Saturday, February 1, 2014

Sparkles Anniversary Challenge

Welcome to the 3rd anniversary of Sparkles Christmas Challenges.  We are excited to celebrate this milestone with a blog hop filled with blog candy.  Be sure to visit Sparkles for a list of blog hop participants.  Leave a comment on each of the blogs to be eligible for prizes. 

I thought I would share some of the steps I took to make this festive card.  I started with a wreath image from Lili of the Valley.  They carry the prettiest art pads, already colored.  The prints are on very nice, heavy cardstock.

I used distress paint and a toothbrush to create the splattered snow over the wreath image.  I also added green distress ink around the edges.  I also added little white berries dusted with distress glitter.

Most of my cards need vintage lace and this one was no exception.  The red lace is new, but the cream lace was a find at an antique store.

It takes a lot of distress to create a card! Tim Holtz would be proud, don't you think?

Then I added red gems for just the right amount of sparkle. I clustered lots of pretty flowers around the little Christmas tree. The glad tidings sticker at the top is from K & Co.  The red gem swirls are the finishing touch.  I hope you enjoyed the making of this card shown step by step. 

This month's theme at Sparkles Christmas Challenges is Anything Goes so show us your design.  Our sponsor for this months challenge is Dawn Till Dusk.  I hope you will visit the blog hop participants and see their beautiful projects.  Be sure to leave comments to be eligible to win blog candy from the other design team members.  Winners will be announced Feb. 28.


  1. Hi Jennifer, Your card is absolutely beautiful and l like that you have used lots of distressing on your creation and those flowers are gorgeous too! x

  2. My mum's just got some of those pads from LOTV, they're fab aren't they. I must show her this. Gorgeous card.

    Hugs Helen P xxx

  3. That is stunning! I will have to grab an old toothbrush and some paints - had no idea you could do that- so thank you very much for the inspiration, the blog hop and the chance to win some gorgeous goodies x