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O Christmas Tree Blog Hop

Hi friends!  It's the 5th of the month and that means it's time for another Diva Inspirations Blog Hop and Challenge!  I'm the start of the hop and as usual, there's a comment prize, so be sure to leave a little shout out in the comments as you hop about for a chance to win some new Verve! Link list is at the bottom of this {very} long post.



It's also the first Friday of a new month, so I'm hostessing Viva la Verve as well.  Since December is a super busy month, I did a special 6 x 6 One Sheet Wonder (OSW) layout with 4 sketches that will be our challenge for the whole month.  I think these are perfect for making card sets for gift giving and also for knocking out holiday cards, so I hope you enjoy them.  I've made three card sets already with the OSW template, so you'll be seeing some more inspiration with the sketches as the month progresses.



The inspiration challenge this month is O Christmas Tree, so I combined Viva la Verve with the inspiration, adding stars and snowflakes to my cards, which are some of my favorite things to trim the tree with.




My cards use one double-sided 6 x 6 sheet of patterned paper, four circles, card fronts and card bases in crumb cake.  I used the Holiday Greetings set for stamping on the circles, then embellished with some stars, snowflakes and rhinestones.  I hand cut the banner ends on a few of the pieces as well. All in all a super quick card set, though!

Here's the link to the full printable PDF of the template. 


This month's challenge is entitled O Christmas Tree:



Ribbons and sparkle and merry galore! Create a card inspired by the decorations of the season!

Need a little inspiration? Check out the blogs linked below to see what the other Divas did with the challenge! It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats, we've got a prize for one lucky commenter along the hop! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!

Next up on the hop is Amy.
1. Julee6. Karen
2. Amy7. Sankari
3. Anya8. Sarah
4. Betty9. Sony
5. Jen10. Susan

Enabler's List
Stamps: Holiday Greetings (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Christmas Basics (DCWV), crumb cake (SU!)
Ink: Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake (SU!), Vintage Photo Distress (Ranger)
Accessories: glitter stars (Frost it Pink), snowflake charms, rhinestones, paper crimper, snowflakes Texture Fades (Tim Holtz Alterations), Classic Circles Nestabilites (Spellbinders)



38 comments

cm said...

These four amazing cards all from one 6X6 sheet of paper? WOW! In awe...I am SO doing this! Thank you for the incredible inspiration!
~c

JoAnn said...

Beautiful cards. Love your color combo.
Thanks for the linkup to the PDF.

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

I love OSW's!! THANKS!! I have got to find a way to use my Verve stamps more this coming year. After Mom died I just haven't found my way back to the VLV challenges, and I miss them. They are going back on my to do list!! : )

~amy~ said...

okay, wow. Love your gorgeous card set and thank you for the 6x6 cutting guide...that's awesome.

Heather said...

Julee, I love your cards! You have such a wonderful style, and these are no exception! I love the idea of making four cards from one sheet. It ties them together without making them "matchy-matchy." Your sponging is always wonderful. It adds a "loved" feel to your cards that is wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

Sandy Palmer said...

I love the neutral colors! It is so nice to see Christmas cards that can go either way, for a guy or girl! Great designs, and love the inked edges as well!
Hugs,
Sandy.

D- said...

OMGosh Julee your cards are AMAZING. LOVE the colors. Thanks for sharing.
Crafty hugs,
D~
DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

Megan said...

Holy smokes, you've been busy! Great way to create quicky, but still have unique cards. Will have to give it a try.

Iris said...

Great cards - I have to try this. Thanks for the template.
isoscia at aol dot com

Amante del Papel said...

so beautiful and so elegant!

Darlene Gabriel said...

Wow, what a gorgeous set of cards. I really like the softness of the colour combo. Also a fun idea with the OSW.

McStamper said...

Love your cards. The Kraft looks so good and what a great idea for multiple cards. I am going to try it!

Becca Cruger said...

That is AH-mazing! Seriously awesome work creating all those coordinating cards with ONE sheet of paper. You rocked it!

Anonymous said...

The cards have a vintage feel to them. Very pretty.
thanks for sharing.

Lyn said...

Aweome cards and such a cool idea <3

Angela said...

Gotta try the one sheet wonder because of your wonderful cards, Julee!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Oh love the kraft background!

Vickie Z said...

Gorgeous Julee!! Love the neutrals with hints of color!! Interesting sketch challenges for December!!!

Basement Stamper said...

what a great set of cards, can't wait to try out those sketches-thanks for providing them.

marilynwillauer said...

WOW what beautiful cards, love the layouts, colors and embellishments.

Jennipher said...

I love the inking around the embossed panel. You're color scheme works really well and it's not one I would have thought of. Great set of cards!

Christine said...

Adore your cards and so appreciate the template! Can't wait to try the OSW!

Julie S. said...

These cards are so pretty, and I really like these layouts!

Lee-Anne said...

Wonderful cards in neutral tones, Julee! Love the bits of bling and texture!

Carolee McCaslin said...

Gorgeous cards!! I love using craft cardstock:)

loulou said...

Fantastic collection of cards. I like the designs and kraft. Amazing use of one sheet of paper.

Elizabeth Sarkisyan said...

Wow! Fantastic cards and layout. It's amazing that it's all from a 6x6.

Heather said...

These are all beautiful! The neutral embossed background is so pretty. I'm definitely giving this challenge a try this month. It looks so fun!

Diane said...

All of the cards turned out lovely. I've never seen anyone layout all the pieces so you don't waste paper. I love it!! Found you because of a beautiful tag on Pinterest and thought I should explore a little. Glad I did.

Milka Gubo said...

Amazing cards and 6x6 sheet :-D WOW! :-D

Debbie Carriere said...

Love, love, love this set of cards!!! Genius template, too!!

Janis said...

WONDERFUL!!! Love the idea of the one-sheet template!! Love the subdued colors on your set of cards.
<3 J

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Christmas GIVEAWAY at http://herpeacefulgarden.blogspot.com/

Sue Crease said...

Love this group of cards your sharing with us. Love the one page of wonders too.
Sue

Miriam Prantner said...

Beautiful cards! I love that dry embossing and those pretty metal snowflake embellishments!

Mary-Anne V said...

Fun use of the challenge...great kraft cards.

Amy C. said...

These are beautiful. Very vintage looking.

Pat said...

What a great idea and how clever to manage to make four cards using just some card and one double sided 6 x 6 sheet of patterned paper. I love the colours which work so well together and pretty inking too. x

Elizabeth said...

Lovely set, Julee! I really like the color combo and the vintage feel combined with a modern look. Great job.