Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The Christmas Story - Guest Elf for Christmas Kickstart

Hi, Friends......

I am excited and honored to be Jo's Guest Elf for this fortnight's Christmas Kickstart Challenge. The theme this time is "The Christmas Story" which is what I love most of all to include in my Christmas cards. Even the cards I make with snowmen or reindeer on the fronts have a small nativity stamped on the inside or some reference to Christmas being a celebration of Jesus' birth. 

I usually try to use neglected supplies in my stash for Jo's challenge. But when she asked me way back near the beginning of the year to do this theme, I knew the die set I wanted to buy esp for this card.....which you will see in a moment. I heat embossed all the edges in sparkling gold and spattered with white gesso for a starry sky.

My card is a gatefold style with a velcro fastener under the gold backing of the sentiment panel.

For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.  Luke 2:11
Here is a shot of it as it is opening. You can see the white velcro fastener on the right. These Tombow velcro fasteners (sadly retired) REALLY stick, so I patted a dry Swiffer sheet over it. Some of the fibers pulled out of the sheet and made the Velcro not quite so grabby. :) It still holds the card closed securely, but doesn't try to tear the card apart when you open it!

Here we are all opened up. I left the bottom part of the center panel white so a greeting can be written. Sorry about the angle of the left-hand panel.....it made a bright white glare on the gold foil shepherd and sheep. (Hey....at least you can't see a reflection of me in my pink fuzzy bathrobe!! Ha. Yes...that really HAS happened!!) You can see the other side of the velcro pad on the backside of the sentiment panel.

Supplies used include:
STAMPlorations - A Child is Born - Typografia Christmas
Versamark ink
Gold embossing powder
Pink & Main Scallop Waves die set
Darice - Manger Accessories die set
Darice - Manger die
DCWV Foiled cardstock in Gold
White cardstock scraps
Simon Says Stamp - Soft Navy 100# Cardstock
Tombow Hook and Loop Tabs (retired)

Hope you enjoyed my card! Thank you to the wonderful Jo for inviting me to be her Guest Elf. I hope you all will join in "The Christmas Story" Christmas Kickstart Challenge. I can't wait to see your Christmas Story cards!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Add Sparkle (I have sparkling stars and sparkling gold embossing)
2. Addicted-To-Stamps Challenge #179 - Anything Goes Stamp Focal (I have a focal stamped sentiment on the card front)
3. Allsorts Week #548 - Christmas Gifts (The 3 Wise Men on the inside have gifts)
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #466 - AG Christmas
5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - AG
6. Word Art Wednesday #414-415 - AG
7. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #103
8. Crimbo Crackers Challenge #198 - Animals + Christmas


  1. Congratulations on your gues5 designer spot. You have made a super card. I love the idea of using the Velcro to hold the card shut. Hugs Mrs A.

  2. its gorgeous card!
    congrats on your GDT!

  3. How beautiful design for your inspirational card!! Love the Nativity surprise inside! Fabulous card! Congrats for your GD!

  4. Janis you have created a gorgeous card - you and Jo have provided all the inspiration we'll need to play along! Congratulation on your finish to a great year of play time you began here at CKS!

  5. Thanks so much for being my elf again, Janis - having you join me again has made a special challenge even more so! Love your card. How funny that we both went for gold embossing without having discussed it or seen each others cards, Jo x

  6. Wonderful about your GDT spot, Janis, and I love this elegant card! The gold die cuts are magnificent. But I have to say that the very first photo with the cat in the middle of the nativity is exactly how I imagine the baby Jesus would have wanted it. 😊

  7. Wow Janis, this is just spectacular! I was already impressed by the card front with the gold label, gatefold design and gesso splatters for night sky. Then when you open it up and display that gorgeous manger scene...what a wonderful surprise. LOVE that gold embossing around the edges with a distressed look. This card deserves to take center stage on a mantel!

  8. OMG! This is just BEAUTIFUL inside and out! Thanks so much for playing in our challenge at Addicted to Stamps!
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  9. Wonderful Christmas card. Thanks for joining us at the CHNC Christmas Weekly this week for our Anything Goes, optional "things with wings" challenge.

  10. Wonderful Nativity scene, Janis! Just love all the gold foil figures (and I know what you mean about reflections!!). Congrats on being guest elf again!

  11. Such a great traditional themed Christmas card x

    hugs sally x


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