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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sketch Time

Good Morning! Welcome to Tuesday, and another challenge here at Holly Jolly! This week we have a Sketch for you to try! 

Julie 3-26-13
This week we are sponsored by the FANTABULOUS Bugaboo Digi Stamps. You have a chance to win 7 ( yes SEVEN) images of your choice!
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.

The winner of our challenge will receive:

Below are the wonderful creations my fellow Holly Jolly Elves have created.

Using Sponsor's Image - Snowman Topper


Using Sponsor's Image - Santa's Reindeer Tag

Using Sponsor's Image - Christmas Words-Snow


Using Sponsor's Image - Santa's Reindeer Tag

Using Sponsor's Image - Christmas Window-Santa

Monday, March 25, 2013

Sentiment Focus Winner & Top Picks

Thanks to our three participates who joined our last challenge - wonderful sentiments and creations!

I have chosen Helen's card for the Winner of this challenge.


Helen I love design of this card.
The Traditional Christmas Carol sentiment is fabulous.
Wonderful colours and papers.
Lovely work - thanks for sharing with us at Holly Jolly.
Please grab your Winners badge from the sidebar.

Below are the Holly Jolly Christmas Elves Top Picks


My choice for top pick this week is this pretty sentiment card by Lindaloo.  I love the way she accented the sentiment and made it the center point of the card. Her choice of Christmas background papers are also very interesting. . Thank you for joining us Lindaloo this week.  Judy


This week I have chosen Hazel's Pretty Kraft card. The DPs are so pretty and the gold just makes the sentiment POP! Thanks for playing along with us this week Hazel!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Sentiment as Focus

Thanks to everyone who participated in our last challenge.

We hope that everyone is building a stash of cards for Christmas and if you haven't started yet, why not start now?

The challenge I chose for this week is to create a card/project which has the Sentiment as the main focus.

For a little bit of inspiration, have a look at the wonderful
Design Team creations.





Have fun!!

Monday, March 18, 2013

White and One Other Color Winner/Top Picks

My Favorite this week is #3, Carol. The layout is fantastic and her color combo is just striking. All of the elements used are perfect together for a beautiful card. Thank you for joining us this week, Carol!

This week I have chosen Carol's GORGEOUS and GOLDEN card. I love all the glitter and shine of the embellishments, especially that beautiful snowflake! Thanks for playing this week Carol!

For my top pick this week, I chosen Debbie's card.
I think the image is stunning and I love all the detail of your card Debbie.
The placement of the pearls to create a scene where the snow is falling
is very clever.
Wonderful layout and love the small touch of colour.
Lovely work Debbie - thanks for sharing with us.


My top pick this week is Lindyloo's black and white Christmas card.  I love the clean and simple lines and the bit of sparkle she added to the string of ornaments.  Thanks for joining us this week!  Paige

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

White or Vanilla plus One

Hi Everyone, Cindy here to give you the challenge this week but before I do I want to say thank you to one of our followers, for giving us the Liebster Award, It is such an honor for our challenge to receive. As we all work really hard to bring you a new and different challenge each week, and we love to visit your blogs. To get recognized is a huge honor. Thanks Gayle for this honor.

Now onto the challenge for this week, my choice is to do a project using the color White or Vanilla with one other color, now of course it has to be a Christmas card as well, but you all knew that LOL. Anyway onto our Holly Jolly Elves projects.




Monday, March 11, 2013

Christmas Greenery Winner and Top Picks

Thank you to everyone who joined our challenge this last week.  Your beautiful cards were a delight to look at!

It is my pleasure to announce the winner for our Christmas Greenery Challenge for the prize from Fred She Said, and it is........Mrs. A!  here is her lovely card:

I love the fact that she recycled old holiday cards and used her stash to create this beautiful new card!  It was fun reading her post of how she designed her card.  Congratulations Mrs. A and please grab the winner's badge for your blog and also email Cindy at
to find out how to claim your prize from Fred She Said! 
 Hugs, Paige

The rest of the Christmas elves have picked their favorites too. Here they are:

Anne Marie

I chose Annemarie's card for my pic this week. I love the layering, design and all the great little details in her Christmas card. Great choice of pattern papers and colouring of the image.  Thank you for joining us Annemarie this week. Judy

My pick this week is Annemarie's card.
Such an adorable Christmas image which is surrounded with lovely
Christmas flowers.
Wonderful details Annemarie. Lovely work

I chose Fabiola's card this week as my favorite.  I love poinsettia's for one, but I love the layout and the papers she chose to use with it. A great card. Thanks for joining us this week as always Fabiola.

I have also chosen Fabiola's card. I love her layout and choice of Designer Papers! The poinsettia is so pretty with the sparkle, and I love how she used the ribbon around it, too! Thanks for playing along!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Christmas Greenery

Hi everyone!  It’s Paige here with the first challenge for the month of March!  This week the theme is Christmas Greenery, as in wreaths, holly, mistletoe, pine trees, etc.  We have a terrific sponsor this week too!  Fred She Said Designs is 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.

Enjoy some inspiration from our talented Design Team: 

Judy used Pine Cone Spray


Monday, March 4, 2013

Top picks for the Sketch Challenge

Thank you to all of you who participated in the sketch challenge this week.  Great card were entered by everyone.  Here are the top picks as chosen by Holly Jolly's Christmas Elves.

My top pick for this week is Chrissy's Robin Christmas card. I love the cute robin images she used, the pretty fence and pattern paper. Thank you for participating Chrissy.

Mrs. A

I chose Mrs A's card for a few reasons, I think the flocked piece is so pretty and adds some great texture to the card, plus I love the clean and simple image of the dove. She recycled some things and used stuff from her stash, what a great way to use it up. Thanks for playing with us. 



I chose Hazel's card for the fun sparkle throughout.  I love the stars in the background paired with the glittering ribbon.  The main image has some sparkle as well and it all ties in so nicely together for a festive card.    Thanks for joining our challenge!   Paige


I have chosen Lindyloo's card for my top pick this week.
I love how you have used the sketch Lindyloo.
I especially love how you have used the image in the smaller circle.
Lovely work - thanks for sharing with us.


This week I have chosen Pamela's cute Bear card! The image is adorable, and I love the tree die! All of her little "extras" add so much to this great card. Thanks for playing Pamela!