Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Candy Cane Wishes - Christmas Kickstart and Rudolph Days

Hi, Friends......

I'm here with a card for the new theme over at Jo's Christmas Kickstart Challenge #5: Have a Very Bear-y Christmas. This was quite a challenge for me because I have very few bears in my Christmas stash. I have mentioned before that I have made it a personal challenge to use long-neglected stamps for Jo's themes. 

The only bears I could find in my holiday collection were some small stamps, including one or two from an ancient foam-mount All Night Media - Christmas stamp set that my daughter found at a thrift store for me some time back. I thought one in particular would be cute for stamping a background, along with a candy cane from the same set. I rarely stamp my own backgrounds, so "bear" with me on this one!! :)

As you can see from the photo below, the bear I chose was actually a To and From stamp.

I masked off the words from the bear before inking each time......and removed the washi tape masks before stamping. I thought I might have to get fresh washi for the masks, but they lasted for the duration of stamping this card. Yay!

Winnie & Walter has an Altering Stamps by Masking Challenge going right now as part of their 5th Birthday Bash, so I will be entering this card in that challenge.
The words that I masked were very close to the image on the stamp, so I used my fingernail to tuck the washi in between them. Now I have black fingertips. (Photo not included...Ha.)

Supplies used include:
Very ancient All Night Media - Christmas stamp set (bear and candy cane)
Distress Markers for watercoloring
Tsukineko - Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black
Ranger - Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi Designer Series) in Carnation Red
Winnie & Walter - Comfort + Joy stamp set (star)
Versamark ink
Embossing Powder - Gold
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Candy Cane Wishes stamp unkn mfr from stash
Versafine ink in Satin Red
Sparkle Embossing Powder
Baker's Twine

Hope you enjoyed this sweet Christmas card. Thank you to Jo at Christmas Kickstart for fab themes that challenge me to dig deep in my stash for old stamps to ink up. It is fun to figure out creative ways to use them!!  


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Christmas Kickstart Challenge #5: Have a Very Bear-y Christmas
2. Winnie & Walter - Altering Stamps by Masking Challenge
3. Winnie & Walter 5th Birthday Bash - Layering Die Cuts Challenge (I layered two die cuts for my background)
4. Winnie & Walter 5th Birthday Bash - 5 Challenge (my card has 5 layers: card base + two background layers + two sentiment panel layers)
5. Winnie & Walter 5th Birthday Bash - 3+ Stamp Set Challenge (I used W&W + All Night Media + Unkn mfr sentiment stamp)
6. Rudolph Days at Scrappy Mo's February Challenge
7. ABC Christmas Challenge C is for Candy
8. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #426 - AG Christmas opt Use some gold


  1. I have this very same foam mounted stamp set Janis...does this mean we're twins?!! What a great take on the beary Christmas challenge..and an adorable stamped background. I rarely used that bear stamp, because of the TO: and FROM: on them, but now I have no excuse after you gave us that tip on using washi to mask it out. This is so cute and festive!

  2. Such amazing and accurate work you made with your bear stamp!! Fabulous card, your own background is adorable!

  3. Wow, Janis, what a masking triumph! This is gorgeous and at first I thought it was a background paper. Bravo my sweet friend and thanks for playing along at Christmas Kickstart again. Your continuing support is much appreciated, Jo x

  4. cute bear card and I always get black fingertips with masking too.

  5. Oooh gorgeous stamped BG! I did have a good giggle at your cartoon too :)

  6. Oh, how cute!! I love that holiday bear and it’s perfectly suited to background stamping, although i’m Not sure i’d have the patience to mask off the to/from. Thank you so much for playing along with the Rudolph Days challenge.
    DT Rudolph Days Challenge

  7. Hi Janis,
    what a very wonderful card and such a very lovely design too.
    Love the stamped Bears and the candy canes images.
    Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

  8. its adorable card my friend!

  9. Super creative way to use your older stamps, Janis!! They all work so well together. Excited you were able to join the W&W challenge to use three different stamp sets!

  10. Such a sweet card!
    Thanks for playing at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
    Helen x

  11. Cute Christmas card, Janis. Thanks for entering our C and D challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge and good luck in the draw.
    Dorte x

  12. Lovely work. Thank you for joining Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge. Hope to see you again next time.

  13. Such a cute card, the images work perfectly together!! Thank you for joining our masking challenge at Winnie & Walter! :)


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