Saturday 9 December 2023

It's Christmas! Sweet Stampin' Challenges

 Good morning. Are you all in Christmas mode yet? It's been a busy week for me one way or another and a bit stressful but things are looking up now and I'm looking ahead to Christmas. We're off out this morning to choose a tree, for me it has to be a real one! Not worried about Marvin this year as he was so good with the tree last year- after all he's a big boy now and knows how to behave (he doesn't always do it but he knows how!). Most of my Christmas shopping finished, just a couple of gifts left to buy so feeling more relaxed about that. Our hallway is finally finished- carpets cleaned, dust all gone and the new doors looking very smart, I can't tell you how happy I am that it's finally over :)

Anyway, enough of me waffling on! My card today is for our Christmas Challenge at

  Sweet Stampin'- this challenge will run for 4 weeks and anything Christmas themed is welcome- as long as there is some stamping include.

I gave in to temptation and bought this fabulous pre- loved stamp from ebay. It's a fairly large wood backed stamp so I kept the design simple. Stamped and masked the bear and used distress inks and splashes of water to create the background, coloured up the image and added the stamped embossed sentiment and a few die cut snowflakes. I'll definitely be using this stamp again, he's so cute!

Lots to see over at Sweet Stampin' so do hop over for some fabulous inspiration from the rest of the DT.

Thanks for visiting,

have a great weekend whatever you are doing



Challenge entries:

allsorts #758 Bear, blue

alohafriday #5

kraftychicks #693

MAWTT #161

PFM #719

crittercrazy #81

sparklesforum #170

Double D Christmas animals


meg said...

Love your bear stamp Chris,he's a fun image,great snowy background and card

Janette said...

Firstly Chris, your card is beautiful, love that image and the background is gorgeous.
I am happy for you that everything is now done and you can concentrate on Christmas, all the work and shopping for one day seems alot, but I do enjoy it and between you and I , I do love the gifts, haha, how bad am I...
Have a lovely weekend. xx

Lisa said...

Oh my goodness that is one fantastic polar bear and super fun card.

brenda said...

Your card is lovely Chris, that image is lovely and fabulous colouring really brings it to life.

Real tree here as well, actually already up which is early for me, only really because we have a houseful tomorrow and if it's not up youngest Son will just moan.

B x

Chrissy said...

What a fabulous and fun stamp Chris and fabulous colouring too, I love him, I love the inky background and snowflakes, and glad to hear you are nearly all sorted for the big day, me too, it's a good feeling. and to know Marvin will be a good boy, well, that's icing on the


crafty-stamper said...

Love the fabulous image and inky background.
Carol x

Liz said...

Brilliant card Chris, what a great image! Thank you for joining in the Allsorts Challenge this week using the I Spy option.
Liz xx

Aunty Sue said...

Oh Chris you are doing well i am only just gathering presents although only have a few people to get nephews all have money. Thanks for my lovely card. Well this cutie was a fab find. He reminds me of whipper snapper stamps. Loving the background and snowflakes finish it off perfectly. Have a lovely weekend

aussie aNNie said...

Chris a fabulous card and looks so refreshing
thanks also for entering into our Double D challenges xx

Wendy L said...

Love your card and good luck with the tree. Thanks for joining us at the MAWTT challenge xx

Crafty KJ said...

Aw this is just awesome! I love this image and your colouring is perfect! Great background you've created and those snowflakes look fab too! Thanks for sharing at Passion for Markers. Hugs, Karen x

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

This us a fabulous card great image Ginny
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chrissy xx said...

FABulous! LOve your colours and design Chris.
I can tell he's smiling to have been given a new home!! I'm sure we will see him again.

Pat said...

Fabulous card Chris, love the background and that bear image is just so cute. Sounds like you are almost ready for Christmas.

Pat xx

Sue said...

Totally love this Chris!!! gorgeous stamp and love your card. We couldn't have our large Christmas tree up because Woody would attack it lol so it's going up this year with a very special bauble on it..hugs Sue x

Judy Woodland said...

Oh my gosh, do I ever love that bear. This design is just fabulous, well done! Lots of wonderful work here and great take on the challenge. Thanks so much for playing along with us over at Double D. Hope we see you back again soon!!
Judy~ DD DT Designer

Linda Mc Enery said...

What a wonderful image. Super background too! Thanks for playing along in our MEGA CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE at Passion for Markers! Good luck!

Pat K said...

oh I can see why you couldn't resist this purchase...he is sooo fun. Lovely background you've created on this adorable card. xx

Leanne said...

I like this stamp you colored up, awesome and nice background too, thank you for playing our Stamp Act challenge at Krafty Chicks Challenge. Have a great day!

Leanne DT Member/KCC
Krafty Chicks Challenge

Mervi said...

Fabulous and lovely card!
Thank you for sharing at Allsorts;-))m

Leslie Miller said...

I absolutely love your card with this Whipper Snapper polar bear! He's a favorite in my stash and I've used him a lot. You did a really beautiful job with your coloring and card design. It's a treat to see him in our Christmas animals challenge at Double D!

Tee said...

Love your coloring and the wintery background, adorable Christmas card! Happy Holidays!

Bernadet said...

OMG what a great polar bear Chris!!
Love how you colored him.

Jenny L said...

Hi Chris,
So glad you gave in and bought that fab stamp it makes for such a brilliant card.
As always your colouring and design are superb.
Thank you for joining the MAWTT Challenge.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Aww, he's just adorable Chris! Such a lovely image and gorgeous card created with him! Love it. Hugs, Wends xoxo

pinky said...

Stress is definitely at home during December for sure. We are still waiting on a few finishing pieces to be done to the roof, yes I said roof!! I have cursed that boy in and out of hell for sure!! Anyway glad you are feeling less stressed and the doors are hung. I love this gorgeous card. I actually thought it was pre printed which goes to prove my theory that you are a magical person when it comes to colouring in!!!

coldwaters2 said...

That image is fantastic brilliantly coloured a superb festive make
lorraine x

Rachel said...

How cute is this bear! I love the distressed snowy background too! Thanks for joining us at The Aloha Friday Challenge! Rachel DT

Helen said...

Fab stamp and card - love the scene you created.

Thanks for joining us at the Critter Crazy Challenge.

Helen x

Marjeta said...

Fantastic card. Happy Holidays.

Bunny said...

I'm late to the party. I just saw your card and fell in love with this polar bear. Please tell me the name and make of it. I so hope I can find one on ebay also. I love this. Your card is super cute. Please get in touch with me. [Bunny]