A Christmas Hello

What better way to wish someone a “Christmas Hello” than with an iconic holly leaves card in the traditional colors of the holiday season! It’s time to play at Festive Friday – Home of the Inspo List!

A Christmas Hello

For this week’s challenge, we are inspired by National Letter Writing Day. Remember, at Festive Friday, you do not need to actually celebrate or make a card for the occasion featured. Your goal is to simply use three or more items from the inspiration list on your project. I used script, hello sentiment, and embossing folder to create my card. I can’t wait to see what YOU create!

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One of the fun things about designing your own cards is having the ability to create just the right sentiment.  For today’s card, I selectively inked two sentiments from Stampin’ Up’s Good Greetings stamp set: Merry Christmas and Hello Love.  Although this hostess set is retired, it was one I kept because of the fresh, adorable script font.  I wanted to make a Christmas card for this challenge, and the script font and hello sentiment ticked two items off the Inspo List. However, a person could use any sentiment that fits the space.  While the Evening Evergreen Texture Chic designer paper I used is not a true holiday paper, the gold pattern coordinates delightfully with the Distressed Gold holly leaves. If you have not added the Holly Berry dies to your arsenal of stamping goodies, I would encourage you to invest in them. They have become one of my favorites.

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For more inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the  Festive Friday Challenge Design team:

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Melva Peters


Diane Evans 

Joanne James

Nueve’s Notes

Hey, everyone! It’s me, Nueve!  I just got home from staying in a motel in MinnySwota. We were there because Sixxy was showing. It was so cold, my Mom had to put our coats on to go outside.  The fun part, though, was that I got to ride in an “upper-downer” box for the very first time.  It was SO cool.  First, Mom pushed a magic button, then there was a little “ding” sound, and the door magically opened.  Sixxy and I stepped into a little room.  Mom pushed another magic button, and the door magically closed.  When it opened again, we were in a different place.  How cool is that! And, our room was right next door to a McDonalds!

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I think Sixx thought burgers were going to magically fly through the air and into our room. She stared at it all night.

a Christmas helloBecause Sixxy didn’t show until 2:00, I was able to sleep late in the morning. Usually, I have to get up really early.  Sixxy was a bad girl, and didn’t show very good, like me.  She SAT down in the ring.  Can you believe it?  Mom wasn’t very happy with her.

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She tried to make-up for it by looking really pretty when we stopped at the potty place on the way home. Even though Sixxy was naughty, I love her anyway. Loving my family through good times and bad, even if they ‘barrass you, is what I do.  It’s part of who I am.  I am a working dog. I am Good Boy Nueve!

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  1. Hi Ann!!! I am a little late writing this comment. The card is absolutely beautiful. I am so sorry about Sixxy . . . next time she will do better. I love Nueve’s notes. I agree with Bonnielee a book with Nueve’s notes would be wonderful!!!

  2. Such a stunning card, Ann! I love reading Nueve’s Notes 🙂

  3. Ann, those leaves are just gorgeous! I love the rich colors and all that gorgeous texture. The gold is the perfect pop of shimmer and shine

  4. This is so beautiful Ann – a triumph in red, green and gold! I love the dot detail on the background DSP too – I never noticed that before. I’m so sad these dies are retiring – I’m definitely hanging on to mine.

  5. What a beautiful card, so elegant and classy with the traditional colors and gold paper. Thanks to Nueve for giving me a smile to start the day!

  6. Beautiful and elegant card! Nueve is the best and his stories are so good!

  7. What a pretty card! I agree, those berry dies are wonderful. I always chuckle at Nueve’s descriptions–they’re so apt! I’m sure Sixxy will do well next time, sometimes you just have to sit down, no matter what!

  8. Beautiful card!! So Sorry about Sixxy’s showing. I’m sure she didn’t mean to ‘barrass y’all!! She will do better next time! It’s a shame those burgers didn’t just float right over! That would be a great trick!!!

  9. Wow Ann, another beautiful card. I love all the DSP and the texture. Thanks you for inspiring us all

  10. Absolutely stunning! And I love the upper downer box!! You really need to get to work on a book lady, it would be wonderful. Sorry Sixxy didn’t show well, but we all have our moods : )

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