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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Have A Merry Unusual Christmas

And the Inside of the card:

Looking for an open mined challenge blog, where you can feel free to express yourself any way you like?!  Well, then Open Minded Crafting Challenge is the challenge blog for you! We welcome and appreciate any expression of creativity, as long as it fits the current challenge theme, so come over and play with us! Our challenges run every fortnight, so you have two weeks to play along with us!

Our theme, just in time for the holidays is..... Unusual Christmas.  Think unusual colors or images that aren't usually used for Christmas projects. Or, maybe just use papers that are different.  Let your creativity run wild and create something fabulous! Whatever you create, or however you interpret the theme, we'd love to see your creations!  Come link up with us at Open Minded Crafting Challenges. We have prizes up for grabs, from these awesome and supportive sponsors:

Fabulous prizes from fabulous sponsors! Remember, you have to be in it to win it, so hurry over to Open Minded Crafting Challenges and link up your Unusual Christmas creation, for your chance to win!

Oh, wait, don't leave before I get a chance to tell you about my card!  I feel like I truly embraced the Unusual Christmas theme! It's fun, now and then to be different and bring out a little (or a lot) of your darker side.  (We all have one - admit it and show us your dark side creations!) I wanted to color the images in "darker" colors and incorporate skulls, to create a different type of Christmas card.

This is a rarity to me - I actually had so much fun with this card, that I decorated the inside, also - I rarely do that, so this card is definitely special, for a special person! All papers used are from my stash.  (Gotta love that skull paper that I never got the chance to use for Halloween!)  The black white and gold metallic foil snowflake paper seemed to be perfect for this "Darker" Christmas card. My card uses the image Holly and Rosehip Wreath, from Delicious Doodles, colored with Promarkers. My layout uses the sketch at Seems A Little Sketchy. I used skull printed ribbon and a handmade bow, across the bottom.  I used these fun skull shaped buttons to embellish on either side of the bow.  The sentiment is punched with circle and scalloped circle punches.

This card was created for a wonderful friend, for Christmas.  I know my friend will love it and appreciate it!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Non Traditional Christmas Colors at Incy Wincy
TPE279 Photo Inspiration (Christmas Wreath) at The Pink Elephant
Challenge #79 Sketch at Seems A Little Sketchy
CMA#61 Favorite Color Combo (Black, Green, Gold) at Card Mania
Challenge #117 Celebrations at Eureka Stamps
Challenge #7 Anything Goes at Not Just Cards
Challenge #120 Anything Goes at Artistic Inspirations
Anything Goes at Whoopsi Daisy
Challenge #198 Christmas Spirit at Sweet Stamps
Anything Goes 11/24 - 12/6 at My Craft Creations
Challenge #3 Christmas at Get Creative
Challenge #21 Celebrate The Season at Craft Hoarders Anonymous
Challenge #128 Happy Holidays at Fussy and Fancy Challenge
Challenge #99 Christmas at Let's Craft and Create
Challenge #30 Anything Goes at Treasured Times Rubber Stamps
Challenge #240 Anything Goes at Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog
Challenge #235 Lots of Layers at Sentimental Sundays
Challenge #100 Anything Goes at 613 Avenue Create
Challenge #92 Lots of Layers at Addicted To Stamps Challenge
Challenge #53 Anything Goes at Christmas Card Challenges
CHNC December at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra
Celebrate The Holidays at Mema's Crafts
VSC#29 Holiday Theme at V's Sweet Ideas
12 Months of Xmas Card Link Up at Decosse's Dynamite Doodles
December Anything Goes at Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge
Anything goes at Crafty Sentiments
Circles  (Sentiment) and Shine (Foil Snowflakes)  at Clear It Out
Anything Goes at Papertake Weekly
Challenge #129 Photo Inspiration (Christmas) at PINspirational
Snowflakes at Just Inspirational Challenges
One For The Boys at Just Inspirational
TTCRD 12/2 - 12/8 at Through The Craftroom Door
Challenge #48 Christmas at Digi Choosday
Christmas at Scrap-Creations
Challenge #129 Christmas at Loves Rubber Stamps
Christmas at PDE Linky Party
Christmas at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Feeling Festive at Divas By Design
Special Celebration at The Paper Shelter
Challenge #206 Favorite Color (Black) at Penny's Paper Crafty
Challenge #78 Sparkle or Metallic (Gold Foil Snowflakes) at Lia Stampz
Challenge #57 Anything Goes or Winter at Creative Moments
Anything Christmas at Crafting By Designs
Challenge #58 Anything Goes at The Stamping Chef
Challenge #36 Non-Traditional Christmas Colors at Scrapper's Delights
Challenge #10 Anything Goes at Inspiration Destination
Challenge #21 Merry Little Christmas at A Song In Your HeART
Anything Goes at Kraftin' Kimmie Wonderful Wednesday
Favorite Christmas Colors (Black and Gold) at Craft For The Craic
Christmas at A Girl Who Crafts
Challenge #39 Anything Goes at AnMa Creatief
Christmas With Non Traditional Colors at Milk Coffee Challenges
CH#113 Non Traditional Christmas at Delicious Doodles
Challenge #38 Unusual Colored Christmas at Kitty Bee Designs
Challenge #20 Anything Goes at Art By Miran
Challenge #86 Anything Goes at Sister Act Card Challenge
Challenge #95 Anything Holiday at Pumpkin Spice Challenge Blog
Challenge #134 Christmas at A Gem of A Challenge
Challenge #177 Christmas Colors at Hiding In My Craft Room
Anything With a Bow at Craft-Dee Bowz


  1. gorgeous, thank you for joining us at whoopsie daisy, hope to see you again and good luck xx

  2. Thanks for sharing your fabulous card and joining us for our current challenge at Inspiration Destination. Hope to see you again and good luck!
    IDCB Owner

  3. Great card thank you for joining us at Whoopsi Daisy Challenge Sue DT xx

  4. Great card thanks for joining us at Scrappers Delights good luck x

  5. Great holiday card. Thanks for joining us at Fussy & Fancy Challenges.


  6. Oh wow! That is awesome I love it and so would my daughter! thanks for joining us at Divas By Design and Crafty Sentiments this week. Jac x

  7. Wonderfully done. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments.

  8. Such a great card. It's so cool for a teenager. Love the embellisments and the combination of paterned papers. Thank you for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create. Hope to see you around soon.

  9. Lovely card for our challenge at Incy Wincy Non traditional colors.

    DT Pam

  10. LOVE this ~ love the cute little skulls!!

    Thanks for joining us at Eureka Stamps this week.

  11. What a cool card! Love the papers. Thanks for joining us at Seems A Little Sketchy and good luck.

    -Lori SALS DT

  12. Nice holiday card. Thanks for joining us at Mema's Crafts.

  13. Great card design, love the inside too. Thankyou for joining us this month for Favourite Christmas Colours at Craft for the Craic

  14. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Penny's Paper-Crafty. Good luck. We would love to see you again ... Anet DTx

  15. This is lovely..Thank you for sharing with us at Penny,s Paper-Crafty. And good luck..

    Caz xx PPC DT
    My Blog
    Pennys Paper-Crafty DT
    Digi Choosday DT

  16. Awesome project..CIO challenge blog is so happy you came to play hope you pop by again <((><

  17. What a beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  18. Great card and great for our Celebration Challenge this week at Eureka Stamps. Thanks for joining us.
    Karal DT

  19. Thanks for stopping by and playing with us at Mema's Crafts. Come again real soon and good luck in the draw.

  20. What an unusual and fun Christmas card!

    Thanx for joining us at The Paper Shelter
    We wish you the best of luck, and hope to see you back next time!
    Eva Gro
    The Paper Shelter DT

  21. Fabulous Sammi, thank you for joining us for our Christmas challenge at Let's Craft and Create.

  22. Very beautiful card! Love the layers and thanks so much for using our sketch and sharing with us at Seems a Little Sketchy!

  23. So pretty, thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous for this challenge!

  24. Absolutely love it. Great design with the non traditional image and colours. Thanks for playing at Crafty Sentiments and good luck. Hope to see you back tuesday for a new challenge. Bettina GD Member at Crafty Sentiments xx

  25. Gorgeous and unusual Christmas Card! Thank you so much for sharing your work with Through the Craftroom Door this week. Please come and join us again tomorrow for our "New" Anything goes challenge.

  26. What a beautiful creation! Love your work! Thank You so much for joining us this week at Loves Rubber Stamps!
    Tons of Hugs, Dangina

  27. This is beautiful!

    Thank you for participating in the {PIN}Spirational Challenge!

  28. Pretty card. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  29. This is so beautiful. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  30. Mooie kerstkaart. Bedankt voor je deelname bij CHCC Extra en veel succes in de trekking.

    Groetjes, Renate

  31. I love this, and I love how you did the inside of the card! Great job! Thanks for joining us this week at The Stamping Chef!
    Myndi TSC DT

  32. A christmas card with a different twist :) Thanks for joining in the Holiday fun at Fussy and Fancy!!

  33. Beautiful and creative card!!

    Happy Holidays!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


  34. Lovely.... thanks for joining us for the Digi Choosday's challenge... xo Nikki

  35. Cute holiday card! Thanks for joining KBD Aloha Friday Challenge~

  36. Fun and different! Well done! Thanks for joing us over at the Paper Shelter and our celebration challenge!
    Love n hugs
    Marie, team leader

  37. Cool card!! Thanks so much for participating in our A SONG IN YOUR HEART challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
    A Little Bit O' Paper

  38. ...and thanks so much for participating in our {PIN}SPIRATIONAL challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
    A Little Bit O' Paper

  39. Great interpretation! Thanks for joining the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge this month.

  40. Well you sure embraced the unusual for Christmas, skeletons. LOL Thanks for joining us at the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge this month. Good luck and join us again soon. Hugs, Barbara

  41. Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  42. love the fun skulls!!!! Thanks so much for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous.

  43. AWESOMELY creative project Love it! Thank you so much for participating in the Treasured Times Challenge.

  44. Hello again! - I love this unusual design such a great layout- thank you for playing along at TPS hugs Judith x

  45. I love unconventional Christmas cards. This is beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Digi Choosday!
    DT Digi Choosday

  46. What a beautiful card!
    Thanks for playing with os over at Lia Stampz

    Lia Stampz Challenge Blog DT

  47. A lovely card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "your favourite colour” challenge over at Penny’s. Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

    (DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)
    (DT Creatalicious Challenges)
    (DT Come and Get It)
    (DT Allways Something Creative)

    PS: Sorry for the late comment. I really had a busy month so far…

  48. Thank you for entering my CHNC challenge extra for December and my Patterned Paper December challenge with your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon x