Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Crafty Elves Countdown to Christmas - April 2023 Edition

Welcome back!  It's the 25th of the month and time for the Crafty Elves to share the Christmas cards we made this month!

After you see what I have for you here, be sure to visit Debra and Michael to see what they have for you today!  Misty is taking a break this month!

Here's what I created this month:

IDK about you but when I create, I always have extras left over!  When I print digis, I print the images in a few different sizes because I'm not sure what I'm going to want when it comes time to create my cards.  Both images I used today along with almost everything else on these cards was left over from previous projects like this adorable Tree Cup Gnome from The Cat's Pajamas!

I created that gel print a while ago and cut it for a previous project but didn't use it so I used it here!  It's funny because the pink of that great Avery Elle Wonky Square frame was much redder and the red in the gel print was much pinker while I was creating... but I don't mind... I kind of like the contrast.  The Gel Print was created using the Lumberjack Plaid Stencil from Miss Ink and has some Iridescent Foil over it from Therm O Web.

And of course I have tons of extra snowflakes in my workspace so I chose this Bold Snowflake from AJVD as an accent.

I'm playing along with the BYSHC Spring Into Christmas 2023 Holiday Linky Party!  You have until the 28th to create a Christmas Card and link up for a chance to win prizes from some fabulous sponsors!  And be sure to join them over on Facebook where you'll have lots of chances to win stuff and you'll find tons of Christmas Card inspiration all year long!

For this one, I had printed some fabulous Unique Snowflakes from Angie Blom onto Gel Prints a while ago and then foiled it.  That's when I discovered that foil sticks to the Acrylic Paint as well as the toner from the printed image..lol... so they didn't come out as clear as I'd hoped and had a bit more foil on them, but I knew I'd use them some day and this was the day!  It's really a fab set of snowflakes that I think I'm gonna print up and use next month again!  So stay tuned for that.

I did cut that loopy panel for this one because I just love it!!  It adds such a fun detail to a card.  And idk how it's taken me so long to talk about that adorable Yeti from LTTS Doodles!!  Also an extra digi I printed from a previous project.  I added some treelights to his horns and a couple gifts from an adorable Pawsome Stamps set that I stamped and die cut previously and they were perfect with this digi!

I used a sentiment from MFT stamps along with a banner that I cut previously... when I'm cutting extras, banners of all sorts are a great go to to fill up the space on my large die cutting machine!

That's me for today!  I've been kind of lax with the prizes during tax season but I am going to start that up again!  If you were a winner and I didn't send you a prize, please do let me know!!  And I apologize.  Although I think I did get past prizes sent out, I know there is always a chance something gets by me.

This month I'm giving away a packet of slightly used or new stamps and/or dies as I'm trying to destash a bit.  Some will have packaging and some not.  If you are interested in being in the drawing, follow me and comment here or on one of my two posts on Instagram for these two cards and let me know!  If you would rather not be in the drawing, feel free to still leave me some love and just let me know not to include you.  Comment in all three places for three chances to win.  I'm not sure what days I'll be posting on Instagram, but it will be sometime in the next week or two.

Thanks so much for stopping and don't forget to visit my fellow Crafty Elves.

I've included links below to the products I used for these two cards.  Some are affiliate links and some are not, but I like to include links to everything in case you're feeling shoppy!

Happy Hopping and Shopping!  


Denise Bryant said...

Love the backgrounds and layering with the big snowflake and the frame on your first card, and the awesome loopy panel on the second one. Fun images and beautiful coloring too!

Wilma DeG said...

Your cards are fantastic, especially the layering! I especially love that Tree Cup Gnome... the colors are wonderful! ❤️

Von Marie said...

Your cards are AMAZING!!! I love your cards always!!! Yes I always print multiples too. Thank you for linking your beautiful cards to the BYSHC Spring into Christmas Linky Party.

corysnana said...

So many cute details on both of these cards!! Love them all!! Fun idea to angle the scalloped frame on your teacup gnome card and love the loopy frame on your second card. So glad you played along with the {BYSHC} Spring Linky Party!

Indy's Designs said...

These are both so, so cute! I am loving the teal background with the holiday Yeti!

Vannessa Osbourn said...

Love that frame and the snowflake in the background! Set off you gnome so perfectly!!

World of Michael Trent said...

These cards are awesome. I love those gelli plate backgrounds. But that gnome in a cup...too cute!