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~A California Christmas~


Well, it is that time again…. the dirty girls (past and present) are once again challenging each other in a new way.   This month our challenge was a toughie…. we were to create a card/project inspired by a childhood memory.     We were not allowed to use snowflakes in any way shape or form and we had to use wrapping paper somewhere in our design.

My childhood memories are of Christmas in California as that is where I grew up.   I remember getting bicycles for Christmas and being able to ride them that day!   My kids have never been able to say that :).


The Santa of my childhood was a cool dude… he wore sunglasses and resembled Jerry Garcia.    Of course, it may have been 70 degrees on Christmas day, so he was likely wearing shorts and sipping a lemonade.   It was the 70’s ya know! 🙂


The Santa of my day likely surfed with a candy cane  surf board on the beach in Santa Cruz.    I can remember many a Christmas vacation spent at the beach!    My poor kids spend their Christmas vacations couped up indoors staying warm.   As a kid, I spent mine exploring sand dunes and picking winter apples.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little walk down memory lane.   The funny thing is, it is suppose to be in the 50s next week here in Northern Colorado…. we may just have a green Christmas this year, afterall :).

Here are the deets on my boxed card project:

Stamps:  Front of box:  Holly leaves by Hambo Stamps;  Lemonade glass by There She Goes;  Starfish by My Favorite Things (Isabelle Paper doll set).

Colors:  Box: Riding Hood Red, Certainly Celery; Card/Display:  Real Red, GP White, Basic Black, Blush Blossom, Pink Pirouette,  Bashful Blue, Creamy Caramel, Summer Sun, Basic Gray Wassail.

Accessories:  Ribbons, brads, 3″  coasters, sticky tape, hole punch, 1/2″ circle punch, square scallop punch, medium oval scallop punch, cuttlebug (swirls) ef, round tab punch (for santa’s moustache),  circle punches, word window punch, sentiments are handwritten and santa’s surfboard is hand drawn… oh and dimensionals!


~ IC159  Designer Label Purse ~

designer-label-purse.jpg  It’s funny how sometimes an IC picture will inspire me to work with the colors, other times the layout, and then again  sometimes I feel like recreating the piece.    This is one of those latter times.    When I saw the MaXimo purse, I thought of my little cousin Beilynn’s Christmas present and how I was going to wrap it.   What better way than to tuck it into this little designer label purse?!

This was my inspiration:

I did tweek it a bit to make it my own, but I had to use those colors as they are Beilynn’s favorites and I loved the sun medallion on the front, so I drew that on a small piece of lavendar lace cardstock and punched it out for the center.    I even added a designer label to the bad, but I purposely put the tilde in the wrong spot so as not to copyright infringe.

Here are my deets:

Stamps:  NONE!

Colors:  GP White, Certainly Celery, Lavendar Lace

Ink:  Black Sharpie, white gel pen

Accessories: brads, ribbon, ribbon border slide punch, round tab punch, large circle punch, pinked nesties, large hole punch, sticky tape and dimensionals.

TFL!~ and have a blessed day!

5 Responses to “~A California Christmas~”

  1. […] unknown wrote an interesting post today onToyâ??s Haven » ~A California Christmas~Here’s a quick excerptThe funny thing is, it is suppose to be in the 50s next week here in Northern Colorado…. we may just have a green Christmas this year, afterall :). Here are the deets on my boxed card project:. Stamps: Front of box: Holly leaves by … […]

  2. on 20 Dec 2008 at 09:49pam

    Hi Holly, I couldn’t find a way to email you so I’m just sending a comment instead. Your website is absolutely wonderful, loads of great information and the format is fantastic. I was wondering though why you do not show off your beautiful work by posting bigger/clearer pics of your work. I am just a blog hopper, that is all, but I can tell you that your work has got to be in the top 10 of the best of the best of cardmaker world! Show it off girl!!!

  3. on 20 Dec 2008 at 10:52Judy (StampingQueenJAR)

    What an awesome project with Surfin’ Santa!! I love it! And the little purse is DA BOMB!

  4. on 20 Dec 2008 at 12:07Sue

    What a wonderful Santa card!

  5. on 20 Dec 2008 at 21:26Jessica

    Both of these projects are great, way to go Holly!

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