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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Have A Holly Jolly Christmas!

Hey all y'all,

No I'm not from the South, I'm just back from my travels to Nashville for my company's annual North American Meeting where I heard this greeting many times during the week. It's always a good time to see co-workers from across the country this one time each year. We have general sessions that review results of the previous year, changes and goals for the new fiscal year, a full day of training, an awards night and a half day of "team building." I'm happy to say that I came home with two awards, one for my last year's performance and one that our whole team won. Pretty exciting and rewarding stuff!

Our team building exercise this year was super fun and inspiring. We partnered with Operation Stand Down in Nashville and filled backpacks with food to give to veterans for Thanksgiving. Inside each bag we included hand written notes thanking them for their service to our country and other words of encouragement.

Today is Sunday and time for our second November Paper Players challenge. It's Joanne's turn as hostess and she has a fabulous color challenge for us. Perfect for Christmas! Check it out!

When I saw these colors, I immediately thought holly leaves and berries and I remembered my Taylored Expressions Holly cutting plate. I pulled it out and went to work. Here's my card.

I started by cutting a panel of Emerald Envy card stock with the Holly cutting plate then layering it over a card base of Mint Macaron. I stamped Santa and the Christmas Tree with Memento tuxedo black on X-Press It Blending card stock, colored them with Copies and fussy cut them out. The greeting is stamped in Real Red and cut with a banner die. After placing and gluing the images down, I scattered TE red rhinestones around the card (you know I love my embellishments).  I also added some Crystal Stickles to the white part of Santa's cap and around his middle, yellow Stickles over the star at the top of the tree and red over the ornaments.

The inside uses images from the TE Baby It's Cold Outside stamp set, all colored with Copies in the challenge color shades.

Stop by the DT's blogs for more awesome Christmas inspiration.

The Paper Players Design Team
Hannelie Bester

As usual, I know the gallery will be filled with super cool cards and projects!

Have a relaxing Sunday afternoon and thanks for stopping by,

Stamps:Christmas Doodles and Baby It's Cold Outside sets by Taylored Expressions
Paper: SU Mint Macaron, Emerald Envy, Real Red card stock, X-Press It Blending card stock
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU Real Red, Copics
Other: TE Holly cutting plate, Lawn Fawn large banner die, yellow, red and crystal Stickles, TE red rhinestones, the Big Shot and Dimensionals


  1. Adorable Christmas card, great colors and I absolutely love the Holly cutting plate, nice card.

  2. Love that die cut background! Adorable holiday card!

  3. Wow, this holly cutting plate is gorgeous! Love the way the emerald holly pops off the mint background--beautiful! Congratulations on your awards--well deserved I am certain!

  4. Well, first, let me say I am glad you got home okay, especially with all your MAJOR AWARDS, LOL! Very cool about the service project as well! And this card...where do I begin? The inside is almost as cute as the outside! What a wonderful creation! LOVE the holly background, and Santa is too stinkin' cute!

  5. A beautiful background for your jolly Santa!
    Love your card Colleen!

  6. I love the greeting! Yes, that is a common expression in the South! LOL! Congratulations on your your awards! How exciting!
    This card is fantastic, Colleen! Love the gorgeous holly cutting plate! Your little Santa makes me smile! Great coloring! Such a fun card! XX

  7. Love that holly background...and such a cute Santa Colleen!

  8. Colleen that intricate die cut is a stunning background, and the inside of your card is pretty enough to be an outside! Congrats on your awards, and how wonderful you were able to do something to give back to our military.

  9. Colleen, one of my favorite dies - and you used it to perfection on this card. Great use of the colors. Fabulous card

  10. What a fabulous diecut background Colleen - gorgeous in this week's colours and perfect for your super cute Santa and Christmas tree!


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