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Thursday, November 10, 2011

It's What's Inside That Counts

I can't beleive how time has flown by and the holidays are nipping at our heels, already! I just finished up my marathon of Halloween cards, and now it's time to start on Christmas cards! A crafter's work is never done! LOL

Today, we have a fun challenge for you at Shelly's Images. It's what's inside that counts! That's right! We want to see you decorate the inside of your card. We also have a new featured image for you today, too. You can see it on my card, and can find it on sale today only, in the Shelly's Images store.

I have to admit, I'm as guilty as the rest of you. I generally never decorate the inside of a card, so this was a rarity for me. I have to admit though, it was fun, and I just may find myself doing more inside decorating in the future.

Okay, now that we have the challenge info out of the way, let me show you my card, both inside and out. We'll start with The front:

I had a blast making this card, though I admit, it was quite labor intensive with all the details and fussy cutting. It was so worth it though. I love how it turned out. There are so many layers to it!

I found this fun holly paper in my stash and knew it was perfect for this card! The white panel of cardstock on the front is embossed with the Cuttlebug distressed stripes folder. and attached with foam mounting tape for dimension. I used the Holly image, from Shelly's Images, printed it out six times and colored them with Promarkers. Then, I did fussy cutting and cut out each one, arranged them in a circle and attached each one with foam mounting tape, to make a 3D wreath. The red white and green cord is from my stash. The sentiment is from Sentiments 4 You and is punched with oval and scalloped oval punches.

Time to show you the inside of the card, decorated with matching paper:

I'm thrilled with how this turned out. It is so much prettier in person. The pic really does not do it justice. I wish you could see it in person!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Challenge #6 3 R's (I used ribbon cord, Raised images and embossed panel. The round is the wreath shaped the images make) at Lia Stampz
Challenge #19 Anything Goes at Dream Valley
Challenge #37 Show Us Your Beary Best at The Beary Scrap
Your Holiday at Clear It Out
Challenge #8 Christmas Cards at Floweret
Challenge #156 Three Is The Magic Number (3 decorated panels) at One Stop Craft Challenges
Challenge #80 Fall or Winter at Speedy The Cat's Friends
Wrap It Up (Cord wrapped around embossed panel) at Stamp, Scrap And Doodle
Challenge #60 Film Or Song (Holly Jolly Christmas) Inspired at Crafty Emma's
Challenge #14 Christmas at Little Claire's
Challenge #35 Christmas at Really Reasonable Ribbon
Challenge #87 Use A Digi at One Stitch At A Time
Challenge #37 Christmas at Mami Doodles
Challenge #80 Christmas/Winter at I Did It Creations
Inspired By: Anything Goes at Creative Inspirations Paint
Anything Goes at Heartsong Inspirations
Anything Goes at Totally Stampalicious
Challenge #23 Its Nearly Christmas at Cards For Men
TSG129 Holiday Projects at There She Goes Clear Stamps
Challenge #12 Holiday Wishes For Kids at Paper Creations Ink
Holiday/Winter at The Stamping Boutique
Challenge #59 Anything Christmas at Top Tip Tuesday
Challenge #136 Anything Goes at Digital Tuesday
Christmas at Papertake Weekly
Challenge #74 your Favorite color combo (Red, Green and white) at Tuesday Throwdown
Photo Inspiration (Colors, red and green) at Simon Says Stamp
Challenge #178 Inspired By The Princettia (I used green) at Rainbow Lady's
Challenge #23 Embossing (White Panel is embossed) at Paper Crafting Journey
Challenge #45 Inspired By A Song (Holly Jolly Christmas) at Do you Stack Up
Challenge #71 Anything Goes at Fresh Brewed Designs


  1. I am horrible about this too, but I have to say that decorating the inside of your card does make this complete! Wonderful card that someone is going to be really lucky to receive! Thanks for jning us at TSB monthly contest and good luck!

    TSB Challenge Coordinator

  2. Sammi, this is beautiful!
    Love that you did the inside also-aren't we all terrible about decorating there?
    Love the fussy cutting,my favorite.
    So glad you could join us at
    Really Reasonable Ribbon

  3. Beautiful card, both outside front and inside. Thanks for joining us at Paper Creations Ink. Hugs, Julia-DT

  4. Very nice. The inside looks awesome. Thanks for playing with Speedy the Cats Friends.

  5. amazing card, thanks for joining us at Clear It Out

  6. A very pretty Christmas card finished off beautifully inside. Great to have you play along with us at OSAAT this week.
    Carol Ann xx

  7. Gorgeous card, I always find that lots of layers make a difference :)

  8. What a beautiful Christmas card! Thanks for joining us at Dream Valley Challenges.


  9. This card is beautiful -- inside and out!!!

    And, yes, believe it; it'll be Christmas before we know it...lol!!!

  10. fab creation, all that fussy cutting was worth it hun!

    Thank you for sharing with us at CES Challenge this week, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

  11. Absolutely stunning, thanks for sharing with us at OSAAT challenge, hope to see you again, Gaynor DT :)

  12. Wow, all the work you put into this card was well worth it. It is wonderful. I love the inside. Thank you for entering Paper Creations Ink challenge - Pat

  13. Love how you've used the holly to make a wreath! Thanks for joining us at CES this week, Sheena xx

  14. interesting inside. Thanks for joining Speedy the Cats Friends this week. Good luck to you.

  15. gorgeous card Sammi, really lovely
    thanks for joining our challenge this week
    PCI DT

  16. Delightful card - thanks for entering the Paper Creations Ink challenge (Hazel, Guest Designer) x

  17. Beautiful card - it's so elegant. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up and good luck.


  18. Well all your hard work cutting out created a lovely card.... super. Thanks for playing
    Love Cynthia x

  19. Lovely card, Sammi. Thanks for joining us at Rainbow Lady.

  20. Fantastic card! Thanks for joining us this week at Really Reasonable Ribbon!

  21. Love that holly and love that you decorate the inside. Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday this week. Annette xx

  22. It was def worth all the fussy cutting as it really is a lovely card, I love the cord too! Thanks for taking part over on Mami Doodles in the Christmas challenge, good look x

  23. Fabulous Christmas card! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful talent with us at Papertake Weekly, and hope you join us again soon!
    hugs, Sharon

  24. Beautiful card, both outside front and inside. Thanks for joining us at Paper Creations Ink.

  25. Fab card Sammi, the inside is just as beautiful as the outside. Thanks for joining us at Rainbow Lady's Challenge and good luck, hope to see you again soon
    Claire xx

  26. The inside decorations do kick it up a notch or two. Lovely. Thanks for joining in the Tuesday Throwdown.

  27. Goodness gracious this is just gorgeous, of course we are always so glad when you join our little challenge at Top Tip Tuesday. Sure hope you join us again tomorrow!
    Tammy Louise

    I have candy if you collect!

  28. Wonderful card. Perfect for Christmas. Thanks for joining us at Cards for Men. Enjoy seeing your creation. Good luck on the challenge.
    Hugs, Pat

  29. what a great christmas card,thanks for joining us at cards for men, good luck in our challenge
    hugs sandra DT xxx

  30. Fantastic card! Beautiful job inside and out. Thanks for joining us at DYSU.

  31. Great card. Thank you for sharing it with us at Rainbow Lady's this week.
    Jen x

  32. This is a simply lovely Christmas card! Great job!
    Thank you for joining us at Freshly Brewed Challenges for our month long prize challenge, "Anything goes!"
    Remember if you enter a project with a Fresh Brewed Designs Image, you will be entered into our big blog candy drawing!
    Warm Hugs, Sheryl