Thursday, December 24, 2015

Joyeux Noel Card

This card was a labor of love for me. I really enjoy creating cards with lots of layers and many different details. I'd been wanting to do a vintage Christmas card, and this one was so much fun!
I wanted to have a large amount of space for all my snowflakes, Santa, reindeer, snow globe, etc., so I chose to do a top-hinge card made with the largest die in the Spellbinders Grand Labels 1 die set. Here's a look at the two pieces I die cut to make my card base.
I imported my digi (from The Paper Shelter) to my Silhouette Design Studio software and arranged the pre-colored image from "My Polar Friend" onto the digi paper that came with "Oh Holy Night" (also from The Paper Shelter). Then I sized everything the way I wanted and printed it out. I then die cut the digi with a Spellbinders Labels 1 die. Then I went about die cutting and fussy cutting lots of elements to go on this card. Here's a look at the card front with just some background papers. The music paper is actually die cut from an old hymnal, and the song is "Joy to the World," which is one of my favorites! I used Spellbinders Labels Labels 8 to die cut it and then distressed the edges. The other die cuts I used for the background are Spellbinders Decorative Labels 1, Spellbinders Delicate Doilies, Spellbinders Decorative Labels 22 and Spellbinders Victorian Medallion 2.
Now here's a look at the finished card.
The "Joyeux Noel" die is from Memory Box, the large snowflakes are Spellbinders 2013 Snowflake Pendant dies, the blue snowflake border is a Couture by Craft and Create die, the snow globe is a Sizzix die, and Santa with his pack slung over his back is a Die-Versions die that I die cut and distressed the edges with an ink dauber. The frame around the digi is a Spellbinders Opulent Ovals die made into a frame by die cutting the smaller size die inside the larger die. The small snowflakes with pearls in the middle are from a Carta Bella Designer Dies set. Of course I had to have a wooden reindeer tied with twine and a jingle bell along with some presents and a Christmas tree fussy cut from designer paper! The "Merry Christmas" sentiments also came from designer papers. I made the banner wavy by bending it when I adhered it, but it doesn't really show up in the picture. Then I added some pearls on several snowflakes and the top of the Christmas tree to go with the pretty ivory lace I used. I also added a glittered cork tree tied with twine. It was a decoration on a Christmas gift I recently received, and it was much too pretty not to re-purpose it!


Thanks for visiting, and have a very blessed Christmas celebrating the Savior's birth!
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

 ABC Christmas Challenge - 2W, Christmas -  'Z' is for Zoo (Week 1 of 2) (Reindeer)
Crafting By Designs - W,F, 3E -  Anything Goes Runs till Dec 29
Crafty Creations - 2W - #305 Anything Goes  (Week 1 of 2)
 Crafty Gals Corner -  W, E2 - #51 Anything Goes
 Creative Moments - 2W, 3E - #83 Always Anything Goes/ optional Traditional Christmas (Week 1 of 4)
 Fresh Brewed Designs - W, 5E - Anything Goes Christmas
 Inspiration Destination - W, F- #65 Always Anything Goes 
 Mod Squad Challenge - W, F ATG
 Paper Shelter Challenge - W,3E, SIO - #230 Anything Goes 
 Scrapy Land Challenges -1st and #3rd Wed of Month, Must use a die sold by Scrapy Land -#32 Holidays PLUS Use Any Brand of Die Scrapy Land Sales (week 2 of 2)
 WordArt Wednesdays - W,5E , scriptural word art freebie offered each week - #215 Anything Goes  Challenge Runs 2 Weeks
 Card and Scrap (2W, P1/15) #108 Anything Goes
 Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra (M,P1) Anything goes as long as it is Christmas
 Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper (M,P1) Anything goes with Patterned Paper
 Creative Craft Cottage Digi Creations (2W, P1/15, E3) #39 Anything Goes
 Dies R Us Challenge (2W,P1/15,E3,SIR) #39 Winter - Use Snowflakes
 Digistamps 4 Joy (P1/15,SIO) #119 Anything Goes
 Just Keep On Crafting (M, P1) Anything Goes
 Kreativeinkauf-challenge (M,P15,E3)  #34 Anything Goes
 Natalie and Amy's Challenge (M,P30) #39 Christmas
Noor! Designs UK (M,P1) #12 Anything Goes
Oddball Art Stamps (M,P15, E5, Must use a digi stamp) Christmas or Winter
 Sparkles Forum Challenges (M,P15,3E)  #75 Favourite Christmas Colours
 Sparkles Forum Christmas (M,P1) # 59 Die Cuts for Christmas
 The Sisters of Craft (M,P1) Anything Goes
 Tinker- Dream (M,P15) #36 Winter
 World Wide Open Design Team Challenge (M, P1, E3) Anything Goes
Paper Sweeties (M,P1) #37 Photo Inspiration
Scribbles Designs Challenge (M,P15,3E,SIO)  #36 Bingo (bling-pearls, twine, patterned paper, ribbon-lace plus free space)
A Snowflakes Promise 2WE3, Must be Christmas/winter themed  #12 - Anything Goes with a Winter or Christmas Theme (Week 2)
Clear It Out 2W, 3E Favorite Card made this year
Creative Card Crew 2W - #103 Anything Goes 
 Deep Ocean Challenge 2W - #119 - Anything Goes (Week 2)
Ike's World 2W, 1E - #53 Santa is Coming (Week 2) 
Inky Chicks W, 3E, cards & altered items - #60 - Merry Christmas (challenge runs till the end of December)
 Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge W,1E, SIO - #267 Winter Inspiration Challenge*
 Paper Minutes #414 - Snow
 Retarte 2W, E3 - #67 - Anything Goes  (Week 2) 
 Through The Craft Room Door W, 2E - Always Anything Goes
 Tuesday Morning Sketches  #332 - Anything Goes
 Tuesday Throwdown W- #274 -  Anything Goes - runs till Jan 4
Outlawz - Color /Inspiration Challenge 
 Artistic Inspirations - 2W, E3 ATG Twist of Christmas
 Crafting from the Heart - W, E3 - Always Anything Goes
 Craft Your Passion - W, E3 - Always Anything Goes
 Eureka Stamps - W, 3E, F - Santa
 Love to Scrap - 2W, 3E, F, digi or real stamping - (Week 1) Anything Goes
 Melonheadz Friends Challenge - 2W, 2E, SIO - (Week 1) Christmas
 Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - W, 5E - Winter Wonderland
 Cutie Pie Challenge - M, 2nd Monday, must be "cute" - (December) Cutie Bingo* (pearls, cute stamp, lace)
613 Avenue Create - W - #154 Anything goes
 Classy Cards 'n Such - W, E3 - #116 Silent Night, Holy Night
 Come and Get It WUnlimited - Month long challenge for December...Anything goes Christmas
 Dragonfly +Dreams - M – December-Holiday Cards
 Dragonfly Journeys -W, E5  Santa Claus is coming to Town
 Eclectic Ellapu - M, 2E - DecemberPink Team ~ 12 Days of Christmas Purple Team ~Cards to Die or more die
 Lacy Sunshine - 2W, 3E, SIO, digi available -  Christmas Confections (W1 of 2
 Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - 2W (1st and 3rd Sunday) E3 #24 Anything Goes   (W1 of 2)
 One Stitch At A Time - 2W, SIO - #252 Anything goes with red (W2 of 2)
Robyn`s Fetish - W #295 Snowflakes
The Glory of Christmas (The Christmas Challenge)  - 2W -  #74 Anything Goes (W2 of 3)
 A Gem of a Challenge 2W (W2)  Christmas anything goes 
 Crafty Friends Challenge 2W,(W1) - anything goes
 Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas W,must be Christmas anything goes Christmas 
 Di's Digis Designs 3E,2W,SIO (W1)anything Christmas
 Little Claire's M,P15, 3E, SIO  Dec - A special Christmas Card 
 My Sheri Crafts 2W (W1) Christmas spirit 
My Time to Craft 2W (W1 ) Last minute Christmas makes
Sweet Stampin W, 2E  Merry Christmas
A Vintage Journey - M First Friday of M (Vintage)- December - Vintage Christmas
CAS-ual Chic M, shabby chic, mixed media - December - Snowflakes
Fussy and Fancy - 2W - No.154 - (W2 of 2) - Happy Holidays
Left of Center Creative Challenges W - No.107 - Anything Goes (W1 of 2)
QKR Stampede – W, 4E, SIO  No. 170 - Christmas
Simply Papercraft - 2WE3 - No. 20 (W1 of 2) - Always Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland W, 3E, must be Christmas – Christmas Bingo (Santa, glitter--on the cork tree, lace)
Pile it On: ATG Christmas or Winter

As You Like It Challenge 2W,E3 Favourite Christmas Colours & Why (W2 of 2) Red and Green are so festive!
Crafty Girls Creations 2W,3E Always Anything Goes
Crimbo Crackers 2W #96 Die Cuts (W2 of 2)
DRS Designs W,1E,SIO #206 'Tis The Season
Sassy Studio Designs W,SIO #313 Merry Christmas
Share Joy Challenge W,C5 Sketch &  Tic Tac Toe* (2 weeks this time)distress-Santa and music die cut, gold-jingle bell, and twine-on tree and reindeer ornaments
Unicorn Challenge M, 1st Tuesday of M, E3, No fully digital projects December - Winter Time





  1. Wow absolutely beautiful - thanks for sharing - Happy Holidays to you and your Family!!!

  2. So much goodness in this lovely creation! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us at Paper Sweeties :)

  3. Such a beautiful vintage card with many wonderful layers. Thank you so much for sharing it in our weekly challenge at Classy Cards 'n Such.

  4. Lovely Christmas Card.
    Thank you for entering the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    Annette DT Leader

  5. Wonderful card, love all the layers! Thanks for sharing with us at LOC challenges this week.

  6. Saw your card at Mod Squad-- how do I love it? Let me count the layers...

  7. Carrie beautiful card
    Thanks for join us at
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
    Hope to see you again and goodluck


  8. Thank you for playing with Sweet Stampin'. Warm holiday wishes!

    Love and hugs

  9. Wonderful card. Thank you for joining with us at the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge. Good luck with your entry. Maritza DT

  10. Such a great christmas card :-)

    Thanks for joining us at Card and Scrap.
    Good luck !!

    Astrid DT :-)

  11. Oh, my! You were able to pack a lot of texture and detail into this great proejct! Thanks for dropping this off by 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana, Owner

  12. So much texture and dimension!! Beautiful image!! Beautiful holiday creation. Merry Christmas! Thanks for joining us at ODBD!!

  13. Darling card- super design. Love all the great layers you used. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations Challenges for our latest challenge. We look forward to seeing more of your beautiful work. Hugs, Barbara { Crafty Creations Challenges }

  14. WOW what a fabulous creation! Love all the texture and detail! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘WINTER’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)

    P.S. DID YOU KNOW? A friend and I have a new challenge blog beginning in 2016. Please check it out. Double D Challenges

  15. Beautiful card love all the details it must have taken you ages to make. Thanks for joining us at Oddball, we hope to see you again soon
    Andrea x

  16. Simply stunning! Wonderful layers and textures...thank you so much for joining us at CCC Digi Creations.

  17. So pretty, lots of fabulous details. Thank you for joining us for Tuesday Morning Sketches.

  18. Beautiful! Love all the layers. Thank you so much for entering our challenge at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge Blog Looking forward to see you again soon.
    WWO DT
    Toadally Love To Craft {My Blog}

  19. Wow, lovely layered card. Thank you for playing along this week at OSAAT. I sure hope to see you back again very soon. Good Luck in the challenge!!!


    CraftyGirl OSAAT DT

  20. Lovely card, thanks for sharing with Crafting from the Heart!

  21. Fantastic card and great use of embellishments, thanks for sharing with us over at the Fussy and Fancy Challenge blog...Jo. X

  22. Fabulous card with a wealth of lovely details.
    Thank you for joining us at Creative Moments.

  23. This is so gorgeous!! The layers are amazing!! Thanks so much for playing along with the Scrapy Land Blog Challenge!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  24. Look at all those fabulous die cuts!! All the layers and layering are so pretty. Thanks for playing with both LTSCB and CHNCC2.

  25. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at CCC Digi Creations this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.


    Tammi, DT

    makememories4life {My Blog}

  26. A fabulous make with the all the die cuts and the tree. Perfect card. Thanks so much for joining us this time t the Dragonfly Dreams Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  27. A lovely card, thanks for sharing with A Snowflakes Promise!

  28. Wow, a card full of Christmas. Thanks for taking part in our Paperminutes Challenge.

  29. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing it with us at My Time To Craft!

  30. Fabulous card!
    Thanks for playing at Pile It On!
    Merry Christmas!
    Helen x

  31. A gorgeous card!Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at TTCRD this week, good luck! Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Denice - TTCRD DT

  32. A very pretty card with lots of wonderful layers. Thanks so much for joining in at A Vintage Journey. Anne x

  33. Lovely!!! Thanks so much for participating in our MELONHEADZ challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  34. This is stunning. Great design. Thanks for sharing with us this month. Lisa DT Unicorn Challenge

  35. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Clear It Out, good luck!!! Amy DT

  36. Oh my! This is beautiful!! Lovely layers and embellies!!
    Thanks for playing along this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches!!
    Debbie (TMS DT)
    Debbie's Dash of This and That

  37. Beautiful! Love the vintage look! Thanks so much for joining us in the Paper Sweeties December Inspiration Challenge!

  38. Looks really petty. Thank you for joining us at As You Like It Challenge. Hugs! Mojca

  39. So pretty. Love all the details and the tree looks so cool. Thank you for joining us at Sassy Studio Designs and the DTBST challenge this week! HUGS

    SSD DT

  40. you certainly achieved layers. i lost count! there is so much stash on it. must have taken ages to finish. thank you for sharing it with us at FFFC and good luck, Theresa DT xx.

  41. Fabulous card love all the beautiful dies and lots of layers--Thank you for joining us at Simply papercrafts
    Carol DT x

  42. Beautiful card with a lot of layers. Thanks for joining us at Retarte#67.
    Happy New Year.
    Maria Pilar (Stampartpapel DT)

  43. Wow! This card is absolutely bursting with holiday vintage goodness! I really love the retro vibe you gave it and how you incorporated so many different holiday elements. I especially love the tree with its glittery outline. And those delicate snowflakes give this card such an elegant feel. Wonderful work on this and I'm so glad you shared your talents with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. I hope your holidays were delightful and that 2016 will bring you many hours of happy crafting!

  44. Wow, your card is filled with many wonderful things. What more to ask for? So delighted you blessed us with your project during our two-week Challenge at Word Art Wednesday. This week's Challenge is still ongoing and I hope you’ll join us again. Leaving you with God’s Word in 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 which says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:” Have an awesome New Year!

    JO ANN

  45. Beautiful - love all the details you've added.

    Thanks for joining us at the Glory of Christmas Challenge.

    Helen x

  46. Gorgeous card.. Thanks for playing along with us at the Cutie Pie Challenge.
    Wendy xx

  47. So much work has gone into this card, WOW! Thanks for sharing with us in our Anything Christmas challenge at Di's Digis Challenge Hope to see you in our latest challenge too a>Donna ☺

  48. This ist great! Thank you for playing at - Have a happy new year!

  49. Beautiful card! Thanks for joining the challenge at Crimbo Crackers - see you again next time!

  50. Gorgeous and so dainty with all those lovely doilies and labels! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenge #32!

  51. Wow, lots of lovely details. Thank you so much for playing in our Christmas challenge at Melonheadz Friends. Happy New Year to you and yours :)

  52. Stunning card! Love the colours and the image. Thanks for joining our bingo challenge over at WW.
    Love n hugs

  53. Thanks for joining your card by bastel-traum. We wish you a good, crafty new year and we would pleased to see you again by the next challenge :) Hugs Ute

  54. Gorgeous Carrie! So much to look at and so many stunning die cuts. Love everything about your card. Thank you for joining us at Scrapy Land.
    Hugz from Wisconsin, Patricia
    Scrapy Land Store
    rubber stamping is my game blog

  55. A very cute image and lovely card with so many details. Thanks for joining us at ABC Christmas challenge.
    Dorte x

  56. Me Encanta!!! realmente adorable cada capa de Papel! Gracias por participar con nosotras en RETARTE de Stampartpapel... Felis semana...

  57. My goodness Carrie. This is absolutely stunning. Those die cuts are simply gorgeous.

    Thanks so much for entering your card into our latest challenge over at the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog. Good luck in the draw.

    ☺Lisa D.
    DT Member for The Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog!
    Décosse’s Dynamite Doodles--My Personal Blog!

  58. A great card - thanks for joining us at Sparkles.

    Helen N x