Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Non-traditional Christmas Card

I haven't participated in any challenges for a while, so I thought, "What if I just combined them all into one card?" I don't do that very often, and I know I'll be breaking the rules on one or two challenges, but I think it was worth it. I LOVE this card! It is a VERY non-traditional Christmas card, but it makes me happy. Here are the challenges:

Pink Elephant - Anything Goes
Merry Monday - Tic Tac Toe (I did ribbon, cute, & designer paper)
Heart 2 Heart - Clean and Simple
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Psalm 73:26
Sentimental Sundays - Flowers, Flowers and more Flowers
Opus Gluei - Movies (I chose Mixed Nuts)
Crazy4Challenges - texture (my felt letters)
52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown - felt (letters)
Less is More - Paper Piercing
CAS-ual Fridays - Silver
A Day For Daisies - die cut (wooden butterfly)
Frosted Designs - bold colors and patterns
Black Tie Fridays - Animals (butterflies)
Color Throwdown - I used Smoothie, Sweet Leaf, Buttercup, and Cashmere
Inspired By - I was inspired by the pink and the little flowers
For Your Inspiration - pink and outdoors
Freshly Made Sketches
I think that's all. :)

Update: I decided to link up with Pile it On, who's having a "sunshine" challenge this week. I mean, why not pile on another one?

Here is a close up on the letters:
Here is the inside:

For the CAS-ual Fridays challenge, I colored my wooden butterfly with my silver metallic marker, then added Silver Glitz Glitter  Gel. I chose the movie Mixed Nuts for the Opus Gluei challenge because it is a Christmas movie that takes place in California, so it's warm and bright and sunshiny. It's one of my favorites.

For Heart2Heart, CAS-ual Fridays, and Less is More, where the challenges are Clean and Simple, I made sure to use minimal layers, and keep some white space. For Freshly Made, I made sure to add no distressing.

Materials used:
Cardstock: White
B&Ts: Dotty for You
Stamps: Art Philosophy, Card-Chatter Sympathy
Ink: Sweet Leaf, Smoothie
Markers: Sweet Leaf, Smoothie, Buttercup, Silver Metallic
Other: Cashmere Twill Ribbon, Garden Wooden Shapes, Silver Glitz Glitter Gel, Keepsake Felt Alphabet
Digi images: A Day for Daisies, Word Art Wednesday

Disclaimer: Some might say, when you use X-mas to replace Christmas, you are trying to x Christ out of Christmas. But here is a little known fact. In Greek, the word Christ starts with an X. Greek was the language he spoke. That's why X-mas is short for Christmas.


  1. Hi Sarah! This is so bright and beautiful, and I am so blessed that you've taken the time to stop by and share it with us in this week's challenge. Have a great week, and please come by again soon. It's a realy blessing to have you join us and play along.
    Word Art Wednesday

  2. So many challenges! Amazing! very non-trad too, btw, I really like butterflies on Christmas cards, they have been known to feature on some of my own! Thanks for joining us at 52 CCT this week

    Louise xx

  3. WOW! Really nice card, Sarah! I bet it took you longer to find all those challenges and type them in the blog post than it took to actually assemble the card! LOL Kudos to you for making a card to fit so many challenges. I hope you win some of them!
    :) Marie

  4. Your card is lovely. And I adore the glittery butterfly. Thank you for playing with Black Tie Fridays.

  5. This is a sweet card, Sarah. The colours are great for Christmas and perfect for those who have a warmer holiday season. Thanks for playing at Merry Monday this week.

  6. What a super fun and non-traditional card, Sarah! LOVE the gorgeous colors you used and I adore that digi! Thanks for joining us at 52CCT! :)

    1. PS: Thanks for joining us at FYI, too!!! :)

  7. Nice job - a great non-traditional Christmas card! Thans for sharing with us this week at 52CCT.

  8. Great non-traditional Christmas card. Love the Dotty for You paper and butterflies. Thank you for joining us at H2H this week.

  9. great card, and I am amazed that you can get so many challenges into in card! Thanks for joining us at Frosted Designs for our Be Bold challenge!

  10. That's a boatload of challenges for one card. Way to go!!! I'm stunned that it is so CAS. Nicely done!

  11. Cute - love the glittery butterfly heading out!

  12. Lovely card! I like non-traditional Christmas Cards. yours is nicely done! Thanks for joining us at Sentimental Sundays!


  13. Sweet card Sarah! Love that silver butterfly! Great colours! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  14. So pretty, Sarah! Thanks for joining us at FYI!

  15. Cute card! Thanks for joining us at ADFD this week.

  16. Very cute card Sarah, I love the fun bright colours. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday this week.

  17. Cute, sweet, and fantastic non-traditional holiday card. Thanks for playing at Frosted Designs.

  18. This is really cute but sadly you have linked it to too many challenges for us at Less is More where we have a maximum of 5 including ours.
    Do join us again!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  19. Lovely non-traditional holiday card! :) Thank you for joining the "Anything Goes" challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog!

  20. Wow, this one card fit lots of challenges! Love the colors! Thanks for sharing it with us at Merry Monday!

  21. What a super sweet card this is .... love the bright and happy colours!
    Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!!!

  22. Adorable card! Love your stamping! Thanks for playing at FYI!

  23. We'd love for you to try out at our new design team: Sister Act Card Challenge

  24. Goodness I didn't even know there were this many challenges around! lol! You've done a wonderful job of combining them all. These colours are so unexpected for Christmas, but they really work! Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday this week!

  25. What a fabulous idea - totally nono-traditionl, but looks wonderful!

  26. Adorable card! Thanks for playing along with us this week over at Merry Mondays! :)

  27. Super cute! Definitely a different card for Christmas! Thanks so much for joining us at the Color Throwdown this week!

  28. All those butterflies remind me of spring! Cute card!

  29. What a great idea to use this weeks colors for a Christmas's absolutely adorable!!!! Thanks for joining us for the Color Throwdown Challenge!!!!

  30. Love the non traditional Christmas card! Great idea to use various challenges.

  31. Love the colors of this card and the image is pops out of the white background. Thanks for blessing us with your project this week at Word Art Wednesday...Hugs always.

    JO ANN

  32. This card seems too lovely for a movie called "Mixed Nuts" - lol. The butterfly in flight is magical and I love the non-=traditional colours you have sued. Thanks for playing with us at Opus Gluei!!