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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Add 3 Embellishments

Hi everyone and welcome back to our new challenge at Holly Jolly.

It's Meighan here and before I tell you about this week's challenge please read a little bit about Bugaboo, who are sponsoring our challenge.

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 random winner of our challenge will receive:

So the challenge this week :

Add 3 Embellishments

This should definitely help get you started on these Christmas projects!!

Let's see what our wonderful Design Team have created.

Using sponsor's image Joy 

Using Sponsor's Image Joy


Using Sponsor's image BBrat Michael Sitter and  Ornament

Using  Sponsor Image Rudolf Tree

Using Sponsor's Image Eggbert Winter

We cannot wait to see what you create!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Top Pick for Easel Card Challenge

Many thanks to everyone who participated in Easel Card challenge.

So many lovely entries!

I have chosen the winner for the challenge to be

Mama Beate

For the winner this week I've chosen Beate's great Owl Christmas Easel Card. I just love how she made the owl with all the embellishments, and the wreath is wonderful too. but what really makes it stand out is the beautiful bow. Great work. Thanks for sharing with us this week at Holly Jolly.

My Top Pick this week is Mama Beate's wonderful Owl Easel card.
I just love the Owl and the wreath that has been created.
The bow just adds to the finished creation.
Beautiful work Mama Beate! Thanks for sharing with us this week.

I am gonna make it a 3-fer for Beate! I just LOVE the owl and the wreath is GREAT! The Gingham bow is the perfect embellishment to finish it off! Thanks so much for joining us, Beate!

Design Team Top Picks


My choice for top pick is Lindyloo's easel card, 'tTis the season.  Lovely card in soft colours with such a cute image.  I like the way she has layered her papers and added her snowflakes. 

Nana Connie

My top pick for this week is Nana Connie's "Heart of Christmas" card.  I love the interest she created by  using angled layers. And the trim!  Oh my, what beautiful trim.  The bling is divine as well!  So happy you shared your card with us this week!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Easel Cards

Hi Everyone, Cindy here and it's time for a new challenge, and I love to do all different types of cards and techniques for my cards, and for this challenge I've decided to have everyone join us in making


Our designers have made some great cards to inspire you, here are their creations




Monday, May 20, 2013

Winner and Top Picks for First Letter/First Name

So many fun  and creative entries in our challenge last week!  Thank you all for participating!  We enjoyed seeing how you represented your name on your creations.  The winner for this week's challenge is:

I thought Sheryl did a wonderful job with her cute stocking shaped card.  The image she used is so fun and I loved the details on her stocking.  Congratulations Sheryl and thanks so much for joining us this week!  Hope to see you at Holly Jolly again!

I chose Sheryl's adorable stocking card, too! I love the swirly die cuts, the image and the all just came together SO CUTE! Thanks for playing along with us this week!

And the Top Picks from the rest of the Design Team are:


My top pick for this week is Anne's card.
I love this image Anne and how you have just added Peace.
Love how you have used the papers and rounded the corners.
Really lovely Christmas card.
Thank you for sharing with us this week.


My top pick this week is Deanne's Barry Loves Snow card. I love the soft layers on Deanne's card along with the sweet image. The card contains a lot of great details and has a wonderful composition.
Thank you for joining us this week.  Hope to see you back soon.


For my top pick this week I chose Debbie using Designer paper, What a great inventive way to use designer paper and making a great Christmas Card. I also love the buttons too. Great clean and simple card but with a wow. Thanks for joining us this week Debbie, Hope to see you again.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

HJ Challenge: First Letter/First Name

Hi Friends!

It's Paige here with our next challenge!  This week I'd like you to use something on your card that begins with the first letter of your first name.  It can be a color, technique, image, sentiment, embellishment, etc. as long as it represents the first letter in your name.  Our Design Team has provided you with their creative inspiration.  Can you guess what they used to represent their names?

Thanks for looking!  We're looking forward to seeing your creations this week!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Winner and Top Picks for Christmas Birds Challenge

Many thanks to everyone who participated in our Christmas birds challenge.

We did not have so many entries but what lovely entries they were!

I have chosen the winner for the challenge to be Eemeli:


I love Eemeli's colour scheme for her Christmas card.  Her bird is very nicely coloured and the layering of the card with the white flowers and the pattern Christmas tree paper really sets the scene. Well done Eemeli. Hope to see you back soon. 

As the winner  Eemali receives the prize from Fred She Said Designs. 
Please contact Cindy at:

The top picks from the design team are


My choice this week is Sylvia's card. I thought it was a great way to use a card that she received cut it up and make a card of her own. I love shape of the piece she cut, the image as well as all the small details on her card. Thanks again for playing Sylvia .

I have chosen Sylvia's card for my choice this week.
Sylvia I love how have used the die and then placed the bird & trees
inside.  Looks like I am looking through a window.
Love it - wonderful work and fabulous details.
Thanks for sharing with us Sylvia.


I chose Tracey's card for my top pick this week. I love all the layers on her card and the attention she paid to the special details.  It truly is a beautiful card Tracey!  Thanks so much for joining us this week!


This week I have chosen Dee's ADORABLE Tweety card! I just LOVE this little guy, and he looks so sweet in his scarf and stocking hat! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week, Dee!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Christmas Birds

Hi everyone! 

Sorry that we are a little late in posting this week's challenge.

We would like to say thank you to everyone who joined us last week!  
There was some great Blue, White and Red creations.

It's Meighan here to share with you our challenge for this week but before I do 
I would like to share with you some details of our sponsor Fred She Said Designs.

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.

So the challenge :

Christmas Birds

Here is some inspiration from our talented Design Team: 

Christmas chickadee

We look forward to seeing what you create.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Add 3 Embellishments Winner & Top Picks

Thank you to everyone that participated in our
Add 3 Embellishment Challenge.

Fabulous Christmas creations everyone!

The winner of the 


The winner  this week is Jennifer's card.
I just love the cheeky Snowman and the lovely colours of your card Jennifer.
Great idea to use the frame of the die cut to highlight the Snowman!
Perfect embellishments too!
Thanks for sharing with us this week.

To claim your prize email Julie at

Now here are the design teams top picks

Red, White and Blue Faves

We had some FANTASTIC entries in this past week's Red, White, and Blue Challenge. Here are the Favorites chosen by the Holly Jolly Elves:


This week I have chosen Hazel's Sweet Snowman card. I Love how she has colored the image, and the DP's she used behind him. Great Card! Thanks for playing along with us, Hazel!


I have chosen Debbie's card as my top pick for this week, as I love all the elements she has used on the card. I also love the designer paper that she used, and the image is perfect. Thanks for joining us Debbie, hope to see you again at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge

My choice for top pick also is Debbie's card.  She has used great details on her card and a cute digital image.  She is well on her way making her Christmas cards for this year. She already has made one for someone special. 


I have chosen Tracey's card as my top pick for our Colour Challenge.
Tracey I love how you have balanced the colours.
Fabulous choice of papers and layers.
Love the image.
Wonderful work - thanks for sharing with us.


For my top pick I chose Deanne's "Patches Loves Christmas".  The image is so sweet and I love the fun paper patterns!  The big beautiful bow ties together a great layout Deanne!  Thanks for joining us this week!