Challenge Me A Christmas Card - Candles
by Jeanne Jachna

I'm interrupting the blog blitz with a Christmas Card!  Poppystamps is sponsoring Michelle Lupton's Christmas Card Challenge and I thought you'd want to know about it.   Don't worry there is still a prize on this post! 
Is it starting to feel like Christmas is just around the corner? In a panic and looking for ideas? Michelle Lupton from Handmade By Michelle blog is having a special event! Every day she has a different challenge - Michelle makes a card, and she asks one of her crafty friends to play along too. Some of the challenges are very unique and creative so you'll want to check it out! I got an easy one! The challenge Michelle and I are both playing along with today is "CANDLES"!  The Christmas candles that stand out the most in my mind  are the pink and purple ones on an advent wreath.   Each candle represents one of the four weeks before Christmas!  
I started by die cutting a large POINTED OVAL FRAME die cut. I traced the outline on a card base and inked up everything outside the oval with Tumbled Glass distress ink . I wanted to placed three FORMAL CANDLES inside the oval, but I wanted to make them GLOW!   To achieve this effect I die cut a small circle from card stock.  I used this as a mask to ink up the glow.  I used Mustard Seed for the circle shape and then added Squeezed Lemonade for a soft glow.  I was very careful to stay inside the pencil marked oval.
Next I added a slightly larger oval cut from gold and adhered it over the pencil drawn oval.   Next I adhered the candles and created a wreath from SMALL BLOOMING POINSETTIAS and WHISPY PINE NEEDLES.
The finishing touch is flower center gems and a simple sentiment created by die cutting the MERRY CHRISTMAS SCRIPT  from gold glitter and fold foil paper and adhering them slightly off set.
Want a chance to win one of the new 2017 Winter Release dies?  Just leave me a comment!  For a second chance to win visit Michelle's blog and comment there!  

Jeanne Floral Signature copy





Fantastic card! The way you created the glow around the candles is very cool. The gold frame, the greenery and poinsettias, the Tumbled Glass background,all the details are wonderful.

That is ONE DIE, I "NEED"--- CANDLES! I don't have any candle dies & I don't think I even have any candle stamps! LOL Your card looks BEAUTIFUL, Jeanne! SUPER JOB on the challenge!!! ;)

Such a pretty card. I love the flowers and greenery, it adds a nice touch.

Fabulous card! I do not own any holiday dies yet & will be thrilled if I win.

Ooh this is a real beauty! So bright, and happy, I love it! xxx

Hi Jeanne, This card is really pretty, I adore the die-cuts you have used, especially the little 'holders' for the candles, they are so effective.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Lovely card!!! I really do need to start on my Christmas cards!!! :)

Pretty card! I'd been wondering how the formal candles would look on a card. Now I know they look great! Thanks for sharing!

This is such a cheery and bright card. It really defines the holiday. Love the colors! :)

Wow, great color combinations! Loving the cute poinsettia arrangement.

Love your beatiful card.

Beautiful card, love the bright colours. xx

So cheerful and delightful creation with full of bright colors! Love these pretty poinsettias and flame along the candle light, Genius!


Very pretty card. Thanks for the tips.

very nice card


GORGEOUS!! Absolutely GORGEOUS!! I own those candles ... thanks for the tips to make them glow!!

So beautiful!!

Wonderful card Jeanne, love these bright colours, Cathyx

Wow~ This card is stunning! I love how you made the candles glow. Just beautiful Jeanne!

Awesome vibrant colouring. I like your candle glow.

Great card! so much detail!

Love your ever so beautiful creation!

Super cute and love the glow!

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