Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Peace On Earth Christmas Challenge #1

Hello friends.  For those of you that have followed me for any length of time, you know that I LOVE Christmas challenges and making Christmas cards all year long!  And guess what?!!  There's a NEW Christmas Challenge in town from Darlene and Diane of the Double D Challenge, and they've named it Peace On Earth Christmas Challenge.  It's a "anything goes" (as long as it's Christmas themed!) challenge, and I just know I'm going to love playing along!  Here's the mood board to inspire us all:


As much as I love all the grays and reds in this mood board, I was inspired by the name of the challenge and went in a totally different direction!  I had just received a new order from Gina K and had to play with the Peace Love and Joy Plate die, and also Gina's technique of adding colored strips behind the cover plate die.  Take a look:


I started by cutting 1/4" strips of Turquoise Sea, Red Velvet, & Honey Mustard cardstock (Gina K) and then sponged Tea Dye Distress Ink along both edges, before adhering all the strips to a piece of 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 cardstock.  Next I die cut the cover plate and then sponged the edges with the same Tea Dye Distress Ink before adhering over the piece with all the strips on it.  I matted both layers to a piece of Red Velvet cardstock and then attached it all to a Honey Mustard card base.  I also stamped and die cut one of the little penguins from the Playful Penguins (Gina K) stamp set, and colored it with a few Copics that matched the colored cardstock strips, before tucking it behind the "O" in the "JOY" die cut opening.  Here's a closer up for you...


Isn't he so cute peeking out from the "O"?!!  I finished this card with a "WISHING YOU" sentiment strip (also Gina K) and a piece of black & white bakers twine.  I get more and more brave with non-traditional colors each year, and I really love how this one turned out!

Thanks so much Darlene and Diane for this new Christmas challenge...what a great way to get us moving on finishing up those Christmas cards before the wonderful day arrives!  YOU can play along too right HERE...this challenge is open till Oct. 14 at 8:00PM.   

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!


13 comments:

  1. Oh I spy with my eagle eye a WHOLE LOT of grey in that mood board!! But, Marcia, you really made that die shine! What a fun color combo - a darling peeking penguin, and tea dyed distressing, too? You've spoiled us today! Thanks for sharing the new challenge!
    =]

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  2. Oh my goodness gracious... that little penguin peeking out is everything... so CUTE! Love this, Marcia. The colors are fantastic!

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  3. Marcia, this makes me so happy just to look at the fun details and adorable penguin. Your card so wonderful, Marcia, and the colors rock!

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  4. What a fun card, Marcia. Love the color strips behind the opening and that cute penguin peeking out. TFS

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  5. Oh wow, ILOVE this, such a cute cute card and so unique too!! Thank you for joining our challenge at Peace On Earth and thank you so much for the shout out for our new challenge as it helps since it was forgotten to be listed in the challenges lists this time!
    Diane POE DT {Nellies Nest}

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  6. Absolutely AWESOME Marcia! And I love that little penguin 'O' ... so so cute! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Peace On Earth Christmas challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    Darlene
    PEACE ON EARTH CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS
    Please stop in for a visit!

    P.S. Thanks so much for the SHOUT OUT! We really appreciate your support and can't wait to see more of your beautiful designs!

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  7. I do know you like Christmas challenges, Marcia. I remember you on Merry Monday which was one of my favorite ones. I plan to join in on this one too. If you buy any more stamps and dies you'll need a new house. lol I love all the strips behind the word die cut and that peeking penguin is the cutest. It's a perfect spot for him.

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  8. This is so festive with the stripes, Marcia, and that penguin is adorable peeking out of the O! A super fun card, my friend!

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  9. Your card is delightful Marcia! That little penguin peeking out is clever and adorable. This challenge is definitely right up your alley.

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  10. I so totally love that sweet penguin peeking out of the O.

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  11. OMG!! This is so adorable and so clever! Love it Marcia!

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  12. Ohhh that's one cute little penguin and such a fun idea to have him peeping through. A striking Peace, Love and Joy card Marcia x.

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  13. Such a beautiful, colourful, and creative card Maria. LOVE your die-cut large message with the stripes in the background. The icing on the cake is that sweet penguin peeking through the "O". :) Adorable! xx

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