Sunday, November 29, 2015

Hoppy Christmas Card

This week's sketch challenge over at the From the Heart Stamps blog is one of my favorites so far. I just like the look of the design and could think of lots of different stamps sets I could use for it. I ended up going with this adorable frog and his "Hoppy Christmas" sentiment, but really the sketch lends itself to any season or occasion with those 3 strips of patterned paper (or ribbon, Washi tape, etc.) behind the image which could be switched around for any theme.
I went with a 5x7 inch Kraft card base for this card. I tend to use Kraft paper a lot. In this case, since I already had a lot of white on the patterned paper and the image, I wanted to use the Kraft card base to break up the whites and reds.
I imported my digi stamp set to my Silhouette Design Studio software and sized up my image and sentiment. Then I printed them out and colored the image with Copic and MEXPY markers. I used a Marvy liquid appliqué marker for the frog's hat. I applied it and then used my heat embossing tool on it to make it pop up. Here's a close up:
I die cut the sentiment with a banner die from Sizzix and used my paper trimmer for the patterned paper strips and the red cardstock matting. I cut out and embossed the image and mat with Spellbinders Scalloped Circles dies.
I am entering this card in the following challenges:
I {heart} sketches challenge

Craft It Up & Link It Up Linky Party by Craftin Desert Divas - 2W - (Week 1) Christmas
Digistamps 4 Joy (P1/15,SIO) #118 Anything Goes (Optional Twist = Autumn)
My Besties Spanish Challenge (M,P10) #17 Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread 2W, E3, no digital projects Always Anything Goes (Week 1) 
Through The Craft Room Door W, 2E - Always Anything Goes
Card and Scrap (2W, P1/15) #107 Christmas
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
Creatalicious Challenges (M,P15) #81 Merry Christmas
Creative Craft Cottages Challenges (2W,P1/15,E3) #52 Christmas
Crafting By Designs - W,F, 3E -  Get Ready For Christmas November EditionCrafty Gals Corner -  W, E2 - #47 Anything Goes
Creative Moments - 2W, 3E - #81 Always Anything Goes (Week 1 of 2)
CropStop Linky Party M, 2nd Wednesday of M, E5, SIR(see blog for details)  #10 AnythingGoes (Week 3 of 4) 
Inspiration Destination - W, F- #61 Always Anything Goes 
Paper Shelter Challenge - W,3E, SIO - #229 A Christmas Card
Simon Says Stamp - W, 5E - Anything Goes
WordArt Wednesdays - W,5E , scriptural word art freebie offered each week - #211 Anything Goes

4 Crafty Chicks W #274 Masculine
C.R.A.F.T. W,5E #339 Winter
Craft Rocket Challenges 2W,3E #4 Add A Sentiment (W2 of 2) + A Month long Anything Goes Challenge
Crafty Girls Creations 2W,3E Always Anything Goes
DL ART Thursday Challenge 2W,2nd & 4th Thurs,3E #169 Christmas (W2 of 2) Monthy Challenge: Always Anything Goes
Graph'It Colour Challenge - W (any medium)- No.48 - Christmas
Jingle Belles - 2W - must be Christmas - (W2 of 2) - Use Your Crafting Leftovers (scraps of paper, last sticker...) I used some design paper leftovers from other Christmas cards
Jo's Scrap Shack - W, 3E  - No.116 ATG
Left of Center Creative Challenges W - No.106 - Nothing Square
Stempelsonnen Challenge - 2W, 3E, stamp as main focus - No.155 - (W1 of 2) - Always Anything Goes
Turtle Soup Forum - D until 3rd Friday of the month - 1E per day -  Use Banner on a Card or Layout
The Outlawz Coloring challenge W - Any color medium allowed - Must sign in to play - Anything Goes with option of Christmas
Crafty Catz - W, 3E – #303 - Masculine613 Avenue Create - W - #152 Anything goes with optional twist: Paper piecing
AAA - 2W, 3E, CAS - #53 Anything Goes (W2 of 2)
CAS on Sunday - 2W, 1E, CAS only -   #72 Christmas (W2 of 2)
Christmas Card Challenges - W, must be Christmas / Winter – #52 Anything Goes
Colour Your World with Lucy Sunshine - 2W, E3 Anything Goes (W1 of 2)
Come and Get It WUnlimited Anything goes with a sentiment
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - 2W (1st and 3rd Sunday) E3 #22 Anything Goes   (W2 of 2)
One Stitch At A Time - 2W, SIO - #250 Anything Goes with Winter (W1 of 2)
Pile It On - W #97 Use Red and Green
Quirky Crafts - 2W - #24 Anything Christmas (W2 of 2)
Scrapbook Blessings Club Tutorial Challenge - M,  November - Anything Goes  (Optional Twist- Using Red, Green & White)
The Glory of Christmas (The Christmas Challenge)  - 2W -  #73 Outside scene (W1 of 2)
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas W,must be Christmas die cuts or punches 
Hiding in my Craft Room W,1E  any holiday 
The Pencil Case 2W, E2  (w2)G = green 


  1. The frog is daring! I love what you did with accenting his Santa Hat with the Marvy applique!

    1. --Kathleen M (I finally found the time to check out your lovely cards!!!)

  2. Very cute card. Love the background paper and the frog. Great job!

  3. A great card - thanks for joining us at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra,

    Helen x

  4. A great card - thanks for joining us at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra,

    Helen x

  5. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at HIMCR, good luck!!! Amy DT

  6. Super Cute card! Love the Christmas lights paper! Just really cute! Thanks for sharing with us at Lacy Sunshine Challenges!

  7. Great take on the sketch. I love the paper and the cute frog. Thank you for joining the DL.ART Christmas Challenge. Katie-DL.ART-DTmember

  8. Great design and take on the sketch! Cute lil froggie! Thanks for sharing with us this fortnight. Lisa DT Craft Rocket Challenges

  9. FUN Card, Carrie. I´ve never used this Image - thanks for the reminder.
    Thanks for joining our Sketch Challenge with a Twist # 128 @ From the Heart Stamps. Hope to see you back again soon !!

  10. Fun card..
    Thanks for sharing with us at CarftyCatz this week.x

  11. A fun and cute image, love the bands of patterned paper too. Thanks for sharing it with us at 613 Avenue Create this week.
    Lorraine DT

  12. Fun and festive, super bright happy card. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

  13. Oh what a fun Christmas design, Carrie! Love the lights in the background, and of course that frog, too! Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  14. Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenge too!
    Monica - CCC DT

  15. Love the paper and the frog's hat. Fun card.

    Thank you for joining us at Come And Get It challenge. Bunny DT

  16. What a cute card. I love the sketch you used. Thanks for joining the Left of Center Challenge this week. Wendy (DT)

  17. Wonderful card! Thanks for entering I {heart} card sketches with a tWist - hope to see you again next time!

  18. Even frogs can celebrate Cute card .....TFS Craft Rocket Challenges....Lis DT

  19. Very cute Christmas card. I love the layout. Thank you for joining us at Inspiration Destination, good luck!!! Patricia DT.

  20. Who knew a frog could look so cute in a Santa hat. Thank you for entering DLART Christmas challenge.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"
    DLART Guest Designer

  21. Adorable and so perfect with your selection of the background paper - love it!! Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Pile it On Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  22. Super cute- I love the sketch you used. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Gals Corner.

  23. Adorable! I love the papers and that image makes me smile! Thanks for joining the challenge this week at From the Heart Stamps!

  24. this super-HOPPY card will definitely put a smile on someone's face! what a great use of your "holiday leftovers"! thanks for joining our festive feast at JINGLE ELLES!

  25. What a beauty.
    Thanks for joining The Paper Shelter.
    Greetings, Marianne

  26. Fab Christmas card perfect for our Winter challenge at CRAFT this week. Good luck and hope to see you again
    Aunty Sue DT

  27. Oh my goodness this card is super cute! That frog is adorable! Toadally LOVE him! LOL ... and i love the string of lights paper in the background! Great take on the sketch too! Thanks so much for playing in our Funday Friday challenge this week! Have a great day!
    ♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

  28. Oh my word...this is just SO CUTE and FABULOUS. I love the colours, sweet image and wonderful card design!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful project with us Come And Get It challenge.Neva

  29. What a gorgeous Christmascard! Love this one!
    Thank you for joining our challenge at CAS on Sunday!!
    Gr. Mariken

  30. Love that fun little froggie ... so very glad you joined us with your holiday leftovers at Jingle Belles.

  31. So cute! Thanks for joining at Lemon Shortbread: Anything Goes

  32. Hermoso proyecto !! Muchas gracias por jugar con nosotras en My Besties Spanish Challenge Blog. Esperamos verte en el próximo reto.
    Lidia DT

  33. Oh wow...this is so adorable! I love the image and the background paper you chose. Thanks for joining Fun~day Friday at Jo's Scrap Shack.

  34. A really darling Winter card, I adore the wee frog and the way you have finished off his hat too :) :) Thank you so much for joining us at OSAAT this fortnight. Hugs Jane xx

  35. Cute card - ribbit!! ;) Thanks for sharing with us at AAA Cards - Jenny :)

  36. How adorable!! such a cute card!
    Thanks for joining us at CCC this week!

  37. Gorgeous cute card... Thanks for playing along writh us at the Cutie Pie Challenge.
    Wendy xx

  38. So cute!! Thanks for linking up at Craftin Desert Divas!!

  39. Such a cute card thanks for joining us at color you world at lacy sunshine.
    Caroline senior ct

  40. Such a cute card thanks for joining us at color you world at lacy sunshine.
    Caroline senior ct