Wednesday 15 April 2020

Christmas Botanicals

Over at The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up it is the Merry Maidens turn to showcase some fabulous Christmas cards.

The optional Twist for this challenge is "Blooming Botanicals" inspired by the prize paper pack on offer for the winner Christmas Botanicals designed by Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. 

If you want the chance to win this month's featured paper pack, be sure to create a card that features any type of Christmas FLOWER or GREENERY such as pine boughs, poinsettias, holly and berries, Christmas Cactus, wreaths, etc. 

This month we are sponsored by Beccy's Place. Beccy has a huge selection of digital images in her store and is also extremely generous with offering lots of free images for you to download. I absolutely love Beccy's images :)

For my card I have used one of the freebies Berry Wreath. I have coloured it with Promarkers, red glitter gel pen and a gold gel pen for the ribbon.

As I don't have access to a colour printer at the moment I have scanned in the image and used it to make a digital card.

I use a program called Affinity Photo on the Mac and created an A5 portrait card. The base layer is Deck the Halls from Holiday Hoopla Patterned Papers 1 by Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.

Layer 2 is Holly Berries from Holiday Hoopla Patterned Papers 2 also by Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.

The stamped image has been layered on a plain green circle layer. The sentiment is from Holiday Hoopla Wordart by Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. I have split it into 2 separate words so it would fit better inside the wreath.

The snowflake border is from an old set Snow Much Fun from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. I have re-coloured it in red to suit the colour of the image. Finally the last element is a flower that I have coloured in gold to co-ordinate with the ribbon.

I do hope you will take part in our challenge and look forward to seeing your creations.

Digital Supplies Used :  

Coloured with Promarkers & Sakura Red Glitter Pen & Pentel Gold Gel Pen
Papers - Holiday Hoopla Patterned Papers pack 1 & 2 from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles
Embellishment - Glitter Edge Snowflake from Snow Much Fun - Decosse's Dynamite Doodles
Sentiment - Holiday Hoopla Word Art from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)


  1. Great that you are getting ahead with making Christmas cards. Lovely bright colours and design. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Jocelyn x
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  2. A great colourful card Mandy. I too have started on my Christmas cards. I can't imagine how you are coping without a printer. I don't think I could.
    Thank you for joining in with us.
    Carol xx
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  3. Hello... Thanks for entering your lovely card into our ‘Anything Goes’ Challenge. Good luck in the draw and hope you will come back again soon.
    Diane Louise [Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

  4. What a fabulously, festive creation Mandy! Gorgeous! The red and green combination is perfect for Christmas, especially with the splash of yellow. I really love the background paper with the swirly holly growing everywhere too. Well done!

  5. Hello ,
    What a Stunning card you made I love it
    Thank You for Joining us at Polkadoodle Craft Challenge
    Good luck and I hope to see you back at Polkadoodles
    Hugs and Creativity
    Cinderella (

  6. Lovely Christmas card, never too early to start on Christmas cards, while we are in isolation I too have started on mine.
    Thank you for joining us
    CD Sunday plus DT

  7. Mandy- Deck the Halls Indeed! We all could use a little Christmas cheer about now... Lovely image and coloring. Absolutely perfect background papers. The gold botanical completes it! Thanks for entering JDS Blog Challenge #11! Good luck and be safe.

    Jan (owner and illustrator- Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  8. What a beautiful Christmas card! I love Christmas anytime of the year! Thank you so much for entering our Challenge at Crafter's Castle this week. Good luck!
    Blessings, Jeanie Ellis DT
    Crafter's Castle
    Scrapbookingmamaw MyBlog

  9. Amazing card, I love botanical design.
    Great thanks for joining us at All Fun Challenges.
    Wish you good luck and hope to see you soon.
    Twórcze pasje Danki {My Blog}

  10. How wonderful that you are getting ahead on t=your Holiday cheer! Love your wonderful card! Thanks so much for joining us at Jans Digital images AG challenge!!!

  11. Very pretty card, beautiful background papers, thank you for playing along over at IKE's World Challenges, hugs, Lori m

  12. Wonderful card! Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Arty Divas this week. Looking forward to seeing you again next challenge.

    Hugs, Zowie xx

    Arty Divas DT

    Crafts from the Fairy Den {My Blog}

  13. Beautiful! Thanks so much for participating in the PINspirational Challenge this time and good luck :)

  14. A wonderful card perfect colour combination thanks for sharing at 613 Avenue Create x

  15. A lovely Christmas card. Wonderful papers and great festive colours.
    Thank you for joining in with the Crafts Galore Encore April Challenge “Anything Goes”. Good luck x

  16. What a great project! So cute. Thanks for sharing it with us at Digi Choosday good luck and hope to see you again!

    Jennifer, DT

  17. Lovely card!!! Thank-you so much for participating in our {PIN}SPIRATIONAL challenge. Hope to see your beautiful creations in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!! So sorry this is late, but with everything going on, I’m just getting around to doing this. Please stay safe and strong during this time.
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  18. Beautiful Christmas card and papers!

    Thanks for joining IKEsWORLD Challenges. DT Val x

  19. Wonderful work. Thank you for joing us over on the Angie's Digital Stamps Blog. Good Luck!

  20. A great card, doesn't it feel good to be getting ahead? Thank you for sharing your project with us for the ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door (TTCRD) this time.

    decrafts - my blog

  21. This is so beautiful. Nice work here.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for

  22. Super cute! I am sorry I am so late commenting but I have and computer issues and no one available to fix it. Thank you for joining us at Crazy Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge. Myrna S. Design Team Member.

  23. Super Christmas project. Very creative. Thanks for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry. Barbara DT member for { World Wide Open Design Team Challenge}

  24. Very pretty :-) Thank you for coming to play at IKEsWORLD Challenges.
    IKE x

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  25. Lovely card Mandy. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Wendy DT Member for


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