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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I'll Have a Blue ( and Pink) Christmas Without You...

So, are you all singing Elvis' Blue Christmas?  HI everyone, Julie here, and if I can sing when I post, I do! This week's challenge is to use Pink and Blue (you can also use basic neutrals- black, white and brown)  on your Christmas card...different eh? I just LOVE non-traditional Christmas cards, so I thought this would be a neat combo! 
Here are the Elves creations for your inspiration:

Paige will be away until January. We will miss her but want to say congrats on her new grand baby.
The Holly Jolly Elves
Have a Fabby week, and please be sure to join us!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Three R's Winner & Top Pick

Wow, great entries for our Three R's Challenge - thanks to everyone for participating.

My choice for the winner’s badge is 

I love this Reindeer image which has been coloured beautifully.
Great layout and the ribbon bow is perfect.
Lovely papers, so well co-ordinated.
Great work Brook!  Regards Meighan

Below are the Design Team's Top Picks.

I've chosen Leesa's tag as my favorite pick this week, it is lovely with all the accents she has put on it, including the gingham, which gives it a country feel. Thanks for sharing with us Leesa


My choice for top pick today is Lauren's lovely reindeer card.  I love the way she layered her card and all the little details especially the folded lace doily  Thank you for sharing your beautiful card. 


I have chosen Katie's sweet card. I Love the paper piecing she has done!  I like how she has all of the elements laid out on the card, and the border with the "ribbon of lights" is really cool! 
Thanks for joining us, Katie!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Three R's Challenge

Hi everyone,

It was great to see so many wonderful creations in last week's challenge.

This week the challenge is to include 3 items on your project that begin with "R" such as Reindeer, Ribbon, Red, Rhinestones.

For some inspiration have a look at what the Holly Jolly Elves have created.

We cannot wait to see your lovely creations!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Winner and Top Picks for Inspired by a Carol

WOW Some really great entries into our challenge this week. Thanks to all who played along. We have a winner of the Bugaboo Digital Stamps.

Sonia, please contact Julie at to claim your prize of

Now here are the top picks from the other Designers.


I just fell in LOVE this this card! The image is absolutely ADORABLE, and colored so perfectly! I also love the DPs chosen  and the plaid bow with pearl! Overall, just too cute! Thanks for playing along with us this week Chrissy!


Lots of great Christmas details in this card of Vicky's frosty the snowman that I chose for my favourite card this week. I love the unusual colours Vicky chose to do the card in and how  the snowman sits in the window. Thank you for showing us your art work Vicky and be sure to join us again.

Sylvia Blum

Love this project Sylvia! Love the idea and the colours. 
This is a great idea for a Christmas Gift and looks fantastic.
Thanks for sharing this great project with us this week. Regards Meighan


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Inspired by a Carol

Hi Everyone, Cindy here with your challenge. My favorite thing about Christmas time is the lovely carols that can be heard everywhere. I love Christmas music, so to honor them we want to see your projects that are inspired by a Christmas card. 

Also this week we are sponosored by Bugaboo Digital  Stamps. The winner of our challenge will receive 

Here is a little about Jodie and Bugaboo:
As if raising five children in the frozen land of the North was not enough of a challenge, Jodie Mackrell decided to dip her cold little Canadian toes into the world of paper crafting by opening an online store full of her illustrations. That was two years ago. Today Bugaboo Stamps is one of the leading companies in digital images, and we're still growing! From seriously snarky to sugary sweet to sublimely soulful all the way over to the other side of the super sexy spectrum, you're bound to find all that you need and more to create your paper projects. Jodie works very hard to provide New Releases and Freebies every week!
If your taste runs to rubber (and you know who you are), you can find Bugaboo Stamps at Totally Stampalicious. And finally, join the Bugaboo Stamps DT for weekly challenges at Catch the Bug.

Now onto the projects our Design Team Members have come up with.

using sponsor's image
Chubby Snowman 2

using sponsor's image
Little Penguin Winter - Winter Bench

Cindy  using sponsor's image
Rudolf Stars

Judy using sponsor's image 
Christmas words - Joy

using sponsor's image

Monday, November 12, 2012

Winner and Top Picks for 321 Challenge

Hi Everyone, great to see so many unique creations for our 321 Challenge. We've enjoyed checking out your blogs. 

The winner of the $10.00 Gift Certificate from Fred She Said is


Lindyloo's card is a delightful creation!  The holiday door with the wreath and the mail in the mail slot is just too cute!  I love the panels of patterned paper arranged in the background to mimic the panels on the door - genius!  Hugs, Paige

please email Cindy at to claim your prize

The Designers picks for honorable mentions for this challenge are

Mary D

Great entries everyone! 
For my honorable mention this week I have picked Mary's card.
Great use of the emblishments, papers and image Mary.
I love the CAS layout and the Lovely Christmas Image.
Thank you for sharing with us. Regards Meighan


What great cards this week!   It is hard to chose one favourite but I did and my choice for honorable mention this week is Ellie's Sun Kissed Christmas Tree.  I love the pattern paper she chose for the card along with the great colouring and little details.  Judy


My Choice this week is Suzie's beautiful Magnolia votive holder. The papers are perfect, the roses are gorgesous. and I love all the pearls and details she's added. Thanks for playing along Suzie.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

3-2-1 Challenge!

Hi Everyone!

It's Paige here with the next challenge for Holly Jolly Christmas.  This week we are doing a countdown of sorts.  When making your cards include: 3 embellishments (can be all the same or different), 2 patterned papers, and 1 image. You may also include a sentiment if you wish.

Our challenge this week is sponsored by Fred She Said and our winner will get a 10.00 Gift Certificate from her store

Fred She Said Designs offers a wide variety of digital products with a floral flair and cute characters too - Digi's, Pre-coloured images, Papers, Sets, Fred's Flower Kits, and even digital cutting files.  Have some fun with Fred!

My apologies for not having a card to share with you this week.  I had some surgery recently for a kidney stone and the recovery is slow going.  My mojo and concentration has been put on hold for a bit.  But you will enjoy the awe-inspiring cards the rest of the DT has in store for you, so enjoy!


Using Sponsor's image Emma the Caroler


Using Sponsor's image Kiss Me Scottie Coloured Image

We're looking forward to seeing your 3-2-1 creations!

Monday, November 5, 2012

O Christmas Tree - Winner and Top Picks

What beautiful cards and projects that were submitted for this Christmas Tree challenge this week.  There were as many different Christmas trees as there were entries.  Everyone is starting to get into the spirit of Christmas. 

The Winner is:

It was a hard choice to chose a winner but I did and I chose Linda's tag. Linda created a wonderful snowy tree scene on her tag.  The scene looks so real that it makes me shiver from  the cold.  I also love that beautiful green bow that adorns the top of her tag, it is the prefect finishing touch to the tag. Linda don't forget to grab our Winners badge from the sidebar.

 Below is the Design Team Top Picks for the week


  My pick for this week is Lindyloo's simple tree's on great layout. I like the texture she's added along with the papers she's used. Thanks for joining us this week. Please grab your badge

Hazel (Didos)

 My pick this week is Hazel's card.  I love the colours of this Christmas card.
It is such a cute image and coloured lovely.

The paper looks fantastic in the background.
Thanks for sharing with us this week Hazel. 
Please get your badge from the sidebar.   Regards Meighan


My fave this week goes to Asha. Her tree is really pretty, but the puppy and kitty sitting by REALLY stole my heart. I also love the bling on the star and tree!