Design Challenges & Christmas Cards

A Multi-Challenge Christmas Card – Created By The Paper Princess

This week, participants of Dutch Dare Card Challenges DDCC 92 are busy making Christmas cards, tags, and ornaments. Now, if you’re still making (rather than mailing!) your Christmas cards, you need a good, flexible design that makes creating cards a snap. That’s why I was delighted to discover Sketch H2H35 at the CTMH-themed Heart 2 Heart Challenges blog this week. I fell in love with this design the moment I saw it, and decided to make it the basis for today’s card!

Heart 2 Heart Challenges: Sketch H2H35

I dug through several packs of paper and pulled out a few combinations of paper to choose from – all of which perfectly fit both Art Walk Friday’s Red & Green and The Play Date Café’s PDCC58 – The Colors Of Christmas color scheme. I chose the cardstock for the background elements to use up some scraps from another project. 

The Play Date Cafe Chalenge PDCC58

I chose “Be Merry” as the card’s sentiment for entry into The Smart Word Challenge’s “Merry December” challenge, which requires the use of the word “merry” on the card. It is with great sadness that I announce that this is my last Smart Word challenge, as Susan is closing her challenge blog on December 22, 2010. Thank you, Susan, for a year of “merry memories” – your blog will be missed, but not forgotten!

For embellishments, I incorporated the Creative Belli’s “R” Challenge 105 and used Red Ribbon from Cosmo Cricket (who coincidentally is this week’s sponsor at The Play Date Café!) and Red Edge Anchors from CTMH – one of my favorite embellishments to play with! Since these are normally adhered to the edge of a page, I had fun incorporating them into the design in a somewhat unusual way!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card, and have lots of fun incorporating these creative challenges into your Christmas cards!

Product List

CTMH Cardstock: Holiday Red, New England Ivy, White Daisy
CTMH Edge Anchors, Vintage
CTMH Brad Assortments, Autumn Harvest, New England Ivy Standard Brads
Cosmo Cricket Ribbon
DCWV Holiday Specialty Diecut Stack – “Be Merry” Diecuts

Design Challenges

Art Walk Friday – Red & Green
Creative Belli Challenge 105 – “R” Embellishments
Dutch Dare Card Challenges – DDCC92: Christmas Card, Tag or Ornament
Heart 2 Heart Challenges H2H35: Sketch Week
The Play Date Café – PDCC58 – The Colors Of Christmas
The Smart Word Challenge – “Merry December”

30 Responses to “Design Challenges & Christmas Cards”

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  1. Hazel says:

    I'm hopping through from the blog hop! Following you via GFC. Hope to learn some crafty things!

    Critique of the Unique

  2. lauren says:

    ah YES! a flexible, mass-producible design is indeed a wonderful thing! love this sketch and what a charming, cheerful, vibrant holiday card! ♥

  3. Rhonda says:

    I like your design a lot. Very well balanced. I can't believe how many challenges you were able to participate in not only with your design, but your time! I'm impressed. Thank you for playing in my Art Walk Friday challenge. In answer to your question, "Where is everyone else's art?", I don't know Nicky…we need to spread the word so more people know about it and want to play. Would you like to be a guest host for an Art Walk Friday?

    Have a great week~

  4. The Pilot's Wife says:

    Swinging by on Sunday! Happy to be following you now and look forward to reading more of your posts!

    Anna, The Pilot's Wife

  5. Kirsty Vittetoe says:

    Very cool holiday card, thanks for sharing!

  6. Kate says:

    Lovely page!! I am a new follower. I found you on a Sunday blog hop. Hope you'll come visit me 🙂


  7. Stef H (Glitterbabe) says:

    absolutely stunning. i love that shape!

    hugs 🙂

  8. Andrea Ewen says:

    Beautiful card! Love the clean, "mailable" design and the awesome use of Play Date's colors. Wonderfully festive! Thanks for playing along with Heart 2 Heart challenges and the Play Date Cafe!

  9. Brandy says:

    Hi, what a fun blog! I got here via admire monday blog hop. I am now a follower yay! if you have a second stop by and check me out

  10. Jan says:

    Beautiful Christmas card and love the design 🙂

  11. Brooke Anna says:

    I found you through Military Monday blog hop! I follow now, if you'd like to follow back you can find me at

  12. Tanya (a Taste of T) says:

    This post reminds me that I need to get on my holiday cards. Eek. I'm here from Magical Monday and feel the magic. Thanks for posting.

  13. Catalina says:

    Hi, I like your blog – nice craft, and hope to see you on mine. I love crafting of any kind. I'm your newest followers now. 🙂

  14. jdmommy says:

    thanks for sharing your mailable card, and for playing in the BElli Challenge!

  15. Ruby says:

    Quick cards to make at Christmas are definately a need! Great card for our challenge, I love your polka dot ribbon. Thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe this week.

  16. Deneen says:

    Very Christmas-y! Great card, I love how you made the sketch your own. Thanks for sharing with us at H2H.

  17. Pattie G says:

    What a special creation! Thanks for joining us this week at Dutch Dare Card Challenge.
    hugs ♥

  18. My name means Wisdom says:

    Like this card.

    Following! Love your blog!

  19. Anette says:

    Lovely card! Thanks for joining us at DDCC.

  20. ChicnSavvy says:

    Out blog hopping with Tuesday Toot your horn! I am your newest follower! Love for you to come follow my blog!

    You have a really nice blog!

  21. Deb K says:

    I am now following you from the TTT Tuesday Blog Hop!

    You can find me here~

  22. Savannah O'Gwynn says:

    Super pretty card–Great Christmas greeting! Thanks so much for playing along and joining in the fun over at the PDCC:}

  23. Susan T. says:

    Red and green and "merry" all over. Thanks for entering December's smART-Word Challenge.

  24. Shar says:

    Love what you did with the sketch! Great card!

  25. Krafty Kat says:

    Lovely! Thanks so much for sharing at the Holiday Hookup!

  26. Michelle says:


    Lovely quick easy card!

    Thank you for linking up to Make It Monday this week.

    Michelle 🙂

  27. Rumtruffle says:

    Hello 🙂
    There are some lovely cards on here, I love looking at what people do with a sketch.
    Helen x

  28. Scrappy Gifts says:

    Cute card. Love how you did the sentiment. Thanks for linking up to Scrappy Saturdays!

  29. Young and Crafty says:

    Pretty card! Love the traditional colors!

    Thanks for sharing at Free for All!

    Hannah @

  30. Mary says:

    We had a second drawing at Heart 2 Heart Challenges for a prize winner for this sketch week and your name was drawn! Please email me at with your address so I can have our sponsor send out your prize. Thanks and congrats!

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