Monday, November 5, 2012

2012 Christmas Card Challenge - November and Final Challenge

Here it is - November - the last Christmas Card Challenge for 2012.   I'm sitting here writing this post with my favorite Christmas music going on the background, thinking about how this Christmas Card Challenge worked out this year.

I'm SO grateful for all the submissions, and truly hope there will be more next year.  I've already planned out the 2013 challenges, made a new logo/header, and am thinking about some (very small) changes.  I stayed pretty close to the plan I had with some changes as the months went along.  

BIG Congrats to JPScraps who participated in so many of the challenges!  She now has a fantastic collection of Stickles and many different sets of stamps.  Each month, I sent out a set of Christmas themed Stickles and a stamp set (hopefully I didn't duplicate any of them).

SO, here is the very last challenge:  

The theme for November is:  RIBBON!  

Use ribbon in any/all creative ways you can think of for your Christmas cards!  Remember, Christmas is coming!

 I saw these cards on a Stampin' Up website, and just LOVED them!  I used the same stamp set a few challenges go for the Christmas Tree Shape cards, and just had to give this a try!

 The cards use the Scentsational Season Framelits Dies, actually named "Holiday Collection".  The ribbon is:  Chocolate Chip Scallop Dots 1/2" ribbon, Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon 3/8" ribbon, and Real Red White trimmed Taffeta 1/8" ribbon.  I used Terrifically Tacky Tape to secure the ribbon on the back of the card, and on the side edges so the card wouldn't lift off the base.  The star above the tree is the Champagne glitter paper punched with the star from the Merry Minis Punch Pack.

SO, at the very end of this year of challenges, you should have had 66 cards finished at 6 per month of the 11 month.  I counted tonight as I prepared the post, as as you've seen throughout the year, I actually made more!  12 miscellaneous cards for me from various challenges and some requests including 4 for Mom you saw earlier on the blog with the red/green ornaments she requested, and the 50 card order I completed for my friend.  That makes:  132 cards in all!!!!  72 of which are available for me to send out.

The next dilemma I had was who was getting which card!!??  How was I ever to pick!?  Well, my friend Dee solved that one for me on our most recent weekend card making/crafting day.  She said, "Write them all out, put them in envelopes, THEN address them.  Then you don't know who gets what, but they all have a handmade card from you."  BRILLIANT!  It makes the choosing so much easier!

Alright - I'm done rambling on now, so here goes for the last time this year:  Make your 6 (or more) cards based on the theme, and enter them into the linky below BEFORE midnight CST on November 20th.  The prize winner will be announced and awarded on the 25th of the month, just one month before Christmas, and just in time to get your cards out in the mail for a Christmas Card delivery!

THANKS so much for hanging in with me all year, and PLEASE join us next year!

Don't forget to vote from November 21 - 24th for your favorite!

 Your comments are treasured!

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