Day 1 of 25 Days of Christmas 2013

Hello crafty friends,
Welcome to Day 1 of my 25 Days of Christmas and Year ‘Round Crafting. This is the fourth year I have done this event. Each year has been different and this year is no exception. Last year I had over 30 designers help me showcase some wonderful and amazing projects. As with everything in life, there are changes, challenges and growth. This year has been quite a challenging year for me. Both “personally and professionally”. As a result, I did not have the time or “strength” to undertake the task of coordinating a massive event like last year….so….this year….it’s just me. So here is what I can commit to you my fellow crafters.  I will TRY my best to get a post up each and every day. “TRY” being the operative word.  I will post sometime around 12:30pm-1pm eastern time each day. I know that “seems” kind of late, but…there is a reason for this….which leads me to: 

I will do my best to offer you something “free” each day. I can make no promises that this will ABSOLUTELY happen, but I will sincerely try. Last year, I received a lot of emails about “WHY” the freebies are only 24 hours. I also received complaints that changing them out when the posts went live in the morning wouldn’t give those who visit during work hours in other parts of the country and or world a chance to grab them before they were gone. So the posting later helps to maybe give everyone a chance to get them. As to the “why”…quite simply, I need to keep things organized and have a system to give you my readers an opportunity to look forward to something new.  

Each day will be something different. As a crafter I try to use all my tools. So I may showcase a project using SVG cut files, Digital Stamps, Traditional Dies and or My Cricut. So you will have to just make the trip over here each day to see what I have. Because this event is low key this year…I did NOT secure sponsors to give away a bunch of great prizes. I will be giving away a few things along the way, so you will need to be a “Follower” of my blog and you will need to leave a comment. I will pick a random comment for some of the prizes and will check to make sure you are a follower. Asking you to follow me and leave a comment to win something really is small to ask….I think.

So now that I have given you a sense of how this event will work….let’s get to today’s project Smile
dcwv christmas card svg goodness light 450
Here is my card. Simple and not too flashy. I started with some great DCWV Die Cuts With A View Christmas and Winter Value Stack Paper. I used Kraft as my base and then cut some mats in plain black. I used today’s free cut file and some cut files from the Deco Emblems CF set from PaperCraftingWorld.com. I machine stitched on two of the layers of mats for just a little extra touch.

poinsettia svg flower cu-450
Here is a closer look at the pretty poinsettia. I cut it out and then inked the edges with some Cranberry Ink. I then used some Burgundy stickles to add some touches of glitter here and there. For the center of the flower and around the points of some of the elements, I used some Champagne Stickles. I really like the look of the Champagne over just regular gold. It has a few extra flakes of iridescent which makes it so much prettier…to me anyway Smile

flower side view
Here is one last side view. I used some foam tape to give the poinsettia a little lift as well as the sentiment.

Products used to create this card
Pazzles Inspiration
dcwv christmas and winter stackvp-450
DCWV Christmas & Winter Value Stack
deco emblem1132g-ppr-cf-200
Deco Emblem 1132g
goodness digi ppr-ds-200
Goodness & Light DS
Cranberry Ink Pad
Z553-chisel tip glue pen
Chisel Tip Glue Pen
Z1151-foam tape
Foam Adhesive
burgundy stickles
Burgundy Stickles
champagne stickles
Champagne Stickles
Additional Products
Red, Black, Kraft Cardstock, Sewing Machine

So now on to the freebies!

Today I have two freebies for you. A cut file and a digi printable.

deco emblem1132g-ppr-cf-325
Deco Emblem 1132g CF
Comes in: AI, DXF, EPS, GSD, KNK, SVG, STUDIO and WPC Formats
Available free for 24 hours. Please note, the cart will say .99. Simply add it to your cart and check out and it will be FREE during this 24 hour period only…Until 12m 12-2-13 Eastern Std. Time…USA.

goodness digi ppr-ds-325
This printable set comes in black and red and is in jpg format.
Available free for 24 hours. Please note, the cart will say .99. Simply add it to your cart and check out and it will be FREE during this 24 hour period only…Until 12pm 12-2-13 Eastern Std. Time…USA.

DON'T FORGET to check YESTERDAY's Post for The Pazzles DT Blog Hop. Enter To Win An SVG Download CD AND PICK UP ANOTHER FREEBIE!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your crafty time with me. I hope you are inspired. Please leave a comment and be sure to follow me….(Top left column)…it is always appreciated Smile
2013 fall winter melsig-450


  1. Great card. I love all your work and I absolutely love your layouts, especially with all the little creature faces. Thank you so very much for sharing your talent with us. God Bless

  2. Thanks for doing this again, I have really enjoyed it the last few years. I know it must be a ton of work, but we appreciate it so much. It is a wonderful kick start for holiday inspiration. Thanks again!

  3. This is stunning!! I love how you have stitched the layers together and the colours are very striking. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Michelle xx

  4. Sorry, I forgot to say - thank you so much for the beautiful freebies. :-)

    Michelle xx

  5. Beautiful card! I love the poinsettia!!

  6. What a lovely idea. your so talented.

  7. Love your card. your so telented.

  8. A girl after my own heart - Pazzles and Close to My Heart!!

  9. Ooooh, this is just so pretty. I love the cut file - my wheels are turning. Your poinsettia is gorgeous. Just lovely, my friend.

  10. Pretty card, love the flower!! Thanks for the freebies!!

  11. Melin I had a lot of fun last year and am definitely looking forward to the fun this year.I love your projects so just seeing them everyday will be treat enough for me!
    Cheers from India
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts School Projects

  12. Beautiful card, Melin. The colors you used make it look so rich. The poinsettia is gorgeous with using the burgundy and champagne stickles. Thank you so much for the digital stamp and the lovely deco emblem cut file!!

  13. Gorgeous card, my friend!

  14. Beautiful card Melin, thank you for the freebie, it looks so lovely on your card : )

  15. A really gorgeous card. I love the rich red colour you've used.

  16. That saying is one of my favorites that reminds me of Christmas. Beautiful Card

  17. Oh Melin, this card is stunning! I love the poinsettia, but it is the sentiment that I am loving as well as that frame. I know life is so challenging and I'm in awe that you are doing this all yourself. I was honored last year to be a designer for you. You rock lady!


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