Friday, January 11, 2013

Waltzingmouse Christmas Card Challenge - January 2013

Yes, yes, I know, you are thinking haven't we just got over the 2012 edition.  Well, yes but there is nothing like being prepared.  This challenge has been going for a few years now, thanks to the untiring creativity of Lynn Mercurio.

This year things are changing slightly with a few of us taking on a challenge each month.  This month the very talented Anya Schrier has provided us with a sketch (and the new logo) for inspiration.

Here are a few basic guidelines for the monthly Waltzingmouse Stamps Christmas Card Challenge:

• A new challenge will be issued on the 10th of each month in the Playroom Forum.
• Each card must contain some Waltzingmouse Stamps’ images but need not be exclusively WMS images.
• Once you have created your project, upload it to the 2013 WMSCCC gallery - and if you have a blog, we would love for you to post it there too!
• Feel free to grab the WMS Christmas Card Logo for your blog sidebar and/or your blog post if you are so inclined.
• You may make as many projects as you like for each challenge. We encourage you to make batches of cards since our end goal is to have enough hand-made Christmas cards for each person on our “list”.
• You may play along when and if you want – make it suit your schedule. For example, challenge cards for January may be uploaded anytime in January or in June or even September...whenever you have them completed. There is no monthly deadline.

So if you are new to this challenge, beg, borrow or steal (well, maybe not) some Waltzingmouse stamps and give it a go, because by the time December rolls around all your Christmas cards will be done.  Tick off one end of year task.

This was certainly a challenge for me.  I spent a lot of time trying to work out how I would tackle the shape.  In fact, I spent so much time on the shape that I forgot to emboss the bottom half of the card.   I used the negative die cut then traced around the shape of the die to get the red border.  I do love how this turned out but will work out a simpler was to mass produce it.

What you need
Cardstock - PTI Kraft, Rustic Cream, Pure Poppy
Patterned Paper - Authentique Festive
Stamps - WMS Vintage Labels 5, Compliments of the Season, Festive Foliage
Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa;  SU Real Red, Old Olive
Ribbon - SU Striped Grosgrain
Pearls - Kaisercraft

Just a final couple of cards for season 2012.  


This one was for my daughter, the La La Land stamp I had bought last year to use but forgot about it, so she got a run this year.  I am not sure what my daughter's favourite colour is at the moment, but I figured black was probably up there, so had covered most bases.

This was for my husband who loves most things Japanese.  Not Christmassy I know, but when I saw this Darkroom Door series of stamps, I knew he would love it .......  And he did.


  1. Oh Cassie...what a beautifully creative Christmas card. I love it!

  2. I just love the elegance of your Christmas card - the red frame and that lovely ribbon are just super. I really like the oriental card too - very elegant!

  3. Your Christmas card is so elegant! I love the pine boughs stamped over the sheet music and will be filing that idea away for future use. :) The red frame is gorgeous, too!


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