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Monday, September 30, 2013

Top Picks Button Challenge

What a lovey group of cards submitted for the button challenge this week.  It was hard for the team to pick their favourites. But here it is

What a beautiful Christmas card Fabiola submitted for this challenge.  Great details in her layering and lovely colouring.  We loved the different textures that she used and her hand drawn details.  Hope to see you again soon Fabiola.  Judy

Sparkly Fairy

My Choice this week is this wonderful card by Sparkly Fairy, I love how she used the buttons on her clean and simple layout, Great sentiment and wonderful bow added as well. Thanks for joining us for our challenge, hope you come back soon. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Buttons, Buttons, Buttons

Hi Friends!  It's Judy here to introduce the new challenge at Holly Jolly.  This week I'm challenging you to make a card with one or more buttons.  Look at the beautiful  creations by the Design Team members!




On vacation this week


Monday, September 23, 2013

Non-Traditional Christmas Winner and Top Picks

WOW, what a gorgeous bunch of cards this past week! Sure makes it difficult to choose a winner, lemme tell ya! BUT, I did...that would be:


I just LOVE this adorable image and how she has colored it! The layout is sweet and simple, making the card sweet and simple, too! All of  the little extras just finish it off perfectly! Thanks so much for playing along this week, Lisa! Please email me at
and I will send your winner code to you!

I had a hard time choosing my card this week what a selection of beautiful cards but I had to chose one. My favourite card this week is a card made by Laura form Loves Rubberstamps blog. Lots of great details and  layering.  Love her non-traditional colour pallet. Great card Laura.  
Hope to see you back here soon. 

My choice for this week is Susie's wonderful snowman card. I love how she colored it and the colors she used. I also love all the extra embellishments, and the papers are perfect. Great card for our challenge. 
Thanks for playing along and hope you play again soon

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Non-Traditional Christmas

Good Morning! We have a FUN challenge this week, and oh what a challenge it is, too!
I LOVE Non-Traditional colors on my Christmas Cards, so that is my challenge this week-

We are sponsored this week by Bugaboo Digi Stamps, so play along and WIN!

Here is a little information on Bugaboo’s History:

As if raising five children in the frozen land of the North was not enough of a challenge, Jodie Mackrell  decided to dip her cold little Canadian toes into the world of paper crafting by opening an online store full of her illustrations. That was three years ago. Today Bugaboo Stamps is one of the leading companies in digital images, and we’re still growing! From seriously snarky to sugary sweet to sublimely soulful all the way over to the other side of the super sexy spectrum, you’re bound to find all that you need and more to create your paper projects. Jodie works very hard to provide New Releases and Freebies every week! 

If your taste runs to rubber (and you know who you are), you can find Bugaboo Stamps at Totally Stampalicious . And finally, join the Bugaboo Stamps DT for weekly challenges at Catch the Bug.

Here are the Beauties the Design Team have created:


using sponsor's image Dottie Christmas Shop 


Monday, September 16, 2013

Winner and Top Pick for Au Natural

Thank you to everyone who entered our Add Some Nature challenge last week. All fabulous creations and inspiration.

I have chosen Holly's card as my favourite and the winner of the Fred She Said $10 gift.

I love how you have captured the nature feel with your card Holly and the perfect image choice. 
A classy simple design. I really love it and we hope to see you again soon. 

My choice for top pick this week is Lisbeth's pocket Christmas card.  What a cute image she has chosen for the challenge.  I love all the layering, flowers and die cuts that create her lovely card.   Thank you for joining us Lisbeth and hope to see you back here soon. 


My top pick this week is this beautiful CAS card made by Barbara.  I love the color combination, clean lines, texture and of course the beautiful pine cone image.  Thanks for sharing your lovely creation with us Barbara!


I have chosen Marlene's card this week as I love the spray of holly and the ornaments are a perfect touch, not to mention that gingham ribbon. love it. Thanks for joining us this week hope to see you again soon.


This week I have chosen Kevin's pretty card. I just LOVE all of the ivy and the "gem Berries", Gorgeous image, too! Thanks for playing along, Kevin!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Au Natural....

Welcome back to Holly Jolly and thanks to everyone who joined our Anything but a Card challenge last week.  We loved all the entries.

It's Meighan here to share with you our challenge for this week which is also sponsored by Fred She Said Designs.

So before we let you know the details for our new challenge, here is a little bit about our sponsor.

Fred She Said offers a wide variety of digital products with a floral flair and cute characters too - Digi's, Pre-coloured images, Papers, Sets, Fred's Flower Kits, and even digital cutting files. 
One lucky person will receive a 
$10 Gift of their choice from Fred She Said.

The challenge this week is to include some Nature.
Maybe flowers, holly, pine cones, trees - the choice is yours.

Here are the inspirational designs from all the Christmas Elves.

Using sponsor's image Pine Cone Spray

Using sponsor's image Christmas Poinsettia Lantern

So please share with us and add your creation to the link below.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Top Pick - Anything but a Card

Thank you to everyone who has played this week with the Anything but a Card challenge, we got a lot of great entries this week. So many great gift ideas, and packaging ideas too. Great job ladies

The winner of our challenge is

I've chosen Miria's Snowman bag to hold her candles. I think the idea is wonderful, and she has colored it beautifully and accented it perfectly with the snow flake lolly by Tim Holtz. Great job Mira. Thanks for joining us this week at Holly Jolly, Hope you will come back again.

It was very hard for me to pick my top pick this week.  There were so many lovely entries and all so different.  Great gift ideas.  I chose Kate's Christmas candle.  I love her cute Kenny K image along with the Christmas flowers, bling and ribbons that make p her display.  Well done Kate and I hope you will be back soon to play with us again.  Judy

I have also chosend Kate's cool candle! I LOVE the image, and the pearls look so pretty all over it! The flowers up the side just finish it off perfectly! Thanks for playing along with us this week!

I have chosen Sandy's Christmas Tags this week.
I love you have designed a 'His' and 'Hers' Tags Sandy.
Both designs are so perfect for Christmas Gifts.
Thanks for sharing with us this week and we hope to see you back again soon.


My top pick this week is this cute xmas gift box made by Dolphine.  I love the sweet image she used on the top of the box.  The angled layers give this box added character. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Anything but a card

Thanks to all who played our Monochromatic challenge last week, your support of our challenge is much appreciated. Cindy here and I'm your host  this weeek and it's anything but a card week here at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge, so we would like to see all your wonderful decoration, gift wrapping, or home decor items that  your making for the upcoming season. 

For your inspiration here is what the design team  created

box with 4 coasters

Box with tags

Framed art, and decorated frame

tree ornaments

Luminary Frame


Monday, September 2, 2013

Top Picks for Monochromatic

Thank you for sharing your monochromatic cards with us for our challenge this last week.   You created everything from whimsical to elegant and everything in between. The cards were a true delight to the eyes. 
Here are the top picks this week chosen by our Design Team:


 My choice for top pick this week is Chrissy's monochromatic card.  Lovely little detail  and lots of sparkle on this Christmas card.  Thank you for joining us Chrissy and hope to see you again soon. 

Chrissy's  card is also my top pick this week.  I loved the texture and dimension and the pleasing balance of greens.  The cluster of embellishments in the lower corner  was delightful, especially the snowflake button!

My pick for this weeks card is Marie's cute stocking card, I love the fact that it is a clean and simple card that would be simple to duplicate. It has great texture to the card between the dots and the glitter, and then the string just makes the perfect touch. Thanks for joining us Marie, hope to see you again soon here at the Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge

I, too, have chosen Marie's Stocking Card! I am ALWAYS up for glitter, and I LOVE the Glittery Stockings! I also love they layout of this card, and its simplicity! Thanks for playing Marie!