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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Fairy Christmas!

Hello, my dear friends! I hope you're having a wonderful week. :o)

When this Elisabeth Bell stamp was released last month, my heart pirouetted with delight! She created the sweetest dancing fairy, which I've been so excited to color. While she will be lovely in all hues, I gravitated to Christmas. :o) (A purple Sugar Plum Fairy will appear at some point, too!)

Leaving a trail of peppermint candy pixie dust along the card bottom, Fairy Merrily is fluttering up to Santa's sleigh: 
A peek inside, which is filled with golden Christmas trees and flourishes:

My sweetheart blessed me with some new crafty goodies, which I've used to combine elegance and whimsy for this card. :o) The gorgeous Christmas papers are from Bo Bunny's Silver and Gold collection, which I backed with their Wild Berry double dot cardstock. The middle panel is trimmed in gold with Cheery Lynn Designs Anastasia borders (one of my favorite dies).

Fairy Merrily is festively colored with Copics. Part of my new stash includes Glamour Dust, which I used for her wings to give them an icy appearance. She is fluttering in the snow up to Santa, after all! Bo Bunny jewels provide her magic spark, shooting out of her perfectly drawn ballet hand and also in a flourish from behind her. A warm holiday glow embraces her. 

Stars, peppermint candy, and rhinestones make up the pixie dust, which stems from the corner detailing. Holly leaves are topped with candy canes, crinkle ribbon, and jingly bells for ultimate Christmas happiness. For one last touch of elegance, I used a favorite metal filigree corner. Since I only own them in silver, I heat-embossed one with gold embossing powder to better match my card. It was my first time embossing metal, which I ended up loving.

Creating around this adorable image brought me so much joy, which I hope will also fill the future recipient! :o) Thank you for pirouetting on by and I wish you a sparkly day. :o) (Card details are listed below for easier reference.)

Challenges entered:
 *52 Christmas Card Throwdown~ Holly (Holding the candy canes)
 *Card Crafter's Circle~ Winged Things
 *Christmas Card Challenges~ Anything Goes (Optional: Non-traditional Image)
 *Craft-room Challenge~ Something New (Stamp, designer papers, flourishes, and heat-embossing metal)
 *Crafty Ribbons~ Use Three of Something (Three peppermint candies and rhinestone colors)
 *Created With Love~ Something Sweet
 *Elisabeth Bell's World~ Christmas in July
 *Jingle Belles~ Tic-Tac-Toe (Embossing-Ribbon-Stamping; metal corner is heat-embossed)
 *Love to Scrap!~ Bingo! (Bling-Embossing-Ribbon; metal corner is heat-embossed)
 *Sweet Stampin'~ Bold and Beautiful!
 *The Ribbon Girl~ Red 

Card Recipe
Coloring Medium: Copics
Designer Papers: Bo Bunny Silver and Gold
Cheery Lynn Designs: Anastasia Border
Wild Orchid Crafts: Filigree Metal Corner
Spellbinders: Picot Edge Circles, Small Standard Circles
Silhouette Online Store cut files: Candy CanesPeppermint Candy Pixie Dust
Rhinestone Flourishes: Bo Bunny Jewels
Ribbon: My Craft Spot (Scarlet Red)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Scattered Straw, Walnut Stain
Miscellaneous: Glamour Dust (wings and dress); Star Dust Stickles (shoes); Jingly Bells (Michael's)


  1. Such a wonderful joyful card Karen. I love the sweet image coloured so beautifully with the added sparkle which looks so pretty. The papers are gorgeous and work so well together and your detailing is amazing.
    I hope you are having a good week
    hugs Sue xx

  2. WOW ! Beautiful card. Love the fabulous choice of papers and layout and what a gorgeous image! Gorgeous creation. Have a wonderful day.

  3. Oh wow, my sweetest friend, that is the most beautiful fairy I've ever seen!! I could just stare at her all day - you colored her perfectly!! The sparkle on her wings and dress is such a perfect touch!! And the papers you used are gorgeous!! The bow and jingle bells are awesome...I love every single detail you added!! It's simply stunning!! It makes me happy to look at - the mark of an amazing card!! Love, love it my dear friend!! I hope you are having a wonderful week!! Huge HUGS :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. What a pretty Christmas card, and I'm sure whoever receives this card will be so darn lucky and happy. It's full of happiness and love all your special touches in creating it. The image and all the details is just so so adorable.. Perfect set of papers too!
    TFS Karen - and you do have a sparkly day yourself!

  5. Thanks for playing our challenge, lovely job, great colors.

    Leanne DT Love to Scrap Challenge Blog!

  6. Thank you for showing us your card this week at Sweet Stampin', good luck. Debbiex

  7. She really is lovely and beautifully coloured and glittered. I do like the bow and holly trim. Thanks so much for playing along with 52CCT this week!

  8. Hi Karen, These Elizabeth Bell stamps are so adorable and you have created a stunning card using this one, the layout and colours are gorgeous and the added embellis add to the finishing touches oh so beautiful xx

  9. Such a darling card! I adore the sweet image and your amazing coloring! Thanks for joining us at 52CCT! :)

  10. Fab image! thanks for sharing with us at Created With Love Challenges this week!


  11. And the visions of Sugar Plums danced in their heads... lovely card! The little fairy just jumps off the card. Thanks for joining the Sweet Stampin' Challenge & good luck!

  12. What a pretty little holiday fairy ... so glad you joined us at jingle belles.

  13. No wonder you were excited to color her - she is soooo sweet! What a beautiful card you've created. I love Santa and the sleigh across the top too. thanks for joining us this week at 52CCT!

  14. A very 'Christmasy' card with a non-traditional image. Beautifully done! Thank you for playing with us at Christmas Card Challenge #38. :)

  15. You've done a super job coloring this delightful fairy! Thanks for sharing your festive card with us at 52{C}CT.

  16. Very sweet card & incredibly festive! Lots of beautiful details! Thanks so much for playing along with us at 52 {C}CT, please come back soon! Ruth x

  17. Great image. Thanks for sharing with us at Created With Love Challenges.
    Linda K. DT

  18. This is gorgeous! I love elisabeths Fairy Merrily and she look fab in her traditional Christmas colours! Thanks for joining us at EBW! Hope to see you next challenge starts on the 25th!
    Lynne (DT) xx

  19. Hi sweetie this is just gorgeous I love the image you chose and the colours too, thank you for joining us at EBW this month, hugs Pops x x x

  20. Aww Karen what a Brilliant Idea for Fairy Merrily......she is Gorgeous as a christmastime image :) Beautiful and Stunning!!!! Thanks for joining in the fun at EBWorld!!

  21. Your card is absolutely beautiful Karen! As always, you did a fabulous job on paper selection and the design is just incredible! Your dancing fairy is just darling! The pearls, bow and bell are such a beautiful touch to your already beautiful card! Your work is AMAZING my friend!!!!
    I hope you are enjoying your's hard to believe Sept is right around the corner, ha? Yikes!
    Have a great wknd Karen!
    Sherrie K

  22. Love your creation! Thanks for hopping along to the Christmas Card Challenge to share it with us. Hugs x

  23. What a beauty!!! Such a darling image...I LOVE Christmas. It's one of my favorite holidays. The coloring on the darling image is beautiful.
    I absolutely LOVE it!!
    The pattern paper is just GORGEOUS!!!Love it!
    Sending my hugs, smile and love,
    your angelic angel..

  24. Such a wonderful card - sweet image and you put "it all" together just perfectly! And then the golden trees on the inside as well...The perfect touch!

  25. What a great Christmas card!! Everything goes perfectly together and all the glitter and bling are great touches !! Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog

  26. what a lovely holiday card, that image is beyond delightful, and i love all the gorgeous embellishments! thanks for playing xmas tic-tac-toe with us at JINGLE BELLES! :)

  27. beautiful spectaular design....

  28. What a beautiful Christmas card, Karen! The Glamour Dust looks awesome on her wings. The papers you used are so pretty and I love the peppermints and candy canes! :)


  29. *tosses candy canes and Christmas peppermints at my sis* TEE HEE!


    OMJ! I am just beyond madly in love with this sweet little one sis. Her sparklie wings are truly magnificent. It makes my heart flutter something fierce with all the magic of the holidays. Is it December yet sis? How about now? TEE HEE!

    I am SO proud of you sis. I am all teary right now just reading all the gorgeous comments by all your beautiful bloggy friends! SQUEEEEEEEEE!!! *is ready to burst with pride over all the gorgeous hearts my sis inspires through her work*

    *hops around your bloggy leaving trails of hugglers and Christmas cuppiecakes for everyone* WHEEEEEEEE!!!

    *forever red and green super squishies*
    ~~~ Christina :)


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