Paper crafting is works of heart

Paper crafting is works of heart!

Friday, July 1, 2022

MLCC blog Theme #45 starts 1 July 2022

 ***Season's Greetings! I'm excited to be announcing that July 1st is my debut as a design team member of Merry Little Christmas Challenge blog!! YES!! Oh, what joy! In 2022, co-owner Leslie T changed the competitions to last 6 weeks long and to offer 6 per year. That's doable for me. 

MLCC Blog makes it even easier for Christmas cardmaking because their challenges are "Anything Christmas Goes". For my 1st DT project, I decided to do a mixed media holly leaves and berries stenciled 3x focus panel. Light green ink was sponged on first. Then red. Then green acrylic paint was applied to most of the stencil. 

After it dried, I went back and outlined the holly leaves with 3 different tip-sized black pens. The holly berries were brightened with 4 different red markers. I was trying to achieve variegation over the panel. Then gold glitter tempera paint was dabbed on once most of the card was assembled. The gold thickers and red dot gems were added last. 

Merry with holly leaves and berries=

click on the closeup and look for the teeny bits of gold glitter paint scattered around:

Wow! I've used a non-traditional Christmas (or even winter) patterned paper on the left with the traditional red and green holly leaves and berries for the stenciled panel. Thanks to Simple Stories for the stencil sheet and I believe it is American Crafts for the gold thickers (Merry, holly leaves, and holly berries). 

Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog #45 link= July 1-August 15, 2022

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other challenge blogs to link up and Facebook groups for sharing are these=

A. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge blog= anything Christmas goes; option washi tape= nope just ACG for my card


B. The Holly and Ivy Christmas challenge blog= anything Christmas goes; 


C. Through The Craft Room Door challenge blog; anything goes; started June 21


D. Mixed Media Creativity group= inking and painting over stencil, outlining holly leaves, red marker ink applying to berries, touches of gold glitter tempera paint dabbed over the card

E. The Seasonal Cardmaker group

F. Paper, Paper, Paper and DT Calls group


Crafting in the USA heartland for MLCC blog design team,

Becca S

(also owner of Heart's Quest and FarmQuest challenge blogs)


  1. A beautiful card - typical things for Christmas will make the real atmosphere of Christmas. I'm glad you shared it on Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge.

  2. A lot of work on this lovely card Becca!! Well done on a great result

  3. Wow, What a beauty and eye catching details. Beautifully crafted. Thanks for your visit and lovely comment.

  4. Your card is so pretty. Love the holly and it always reminds me of the Christmas Holidays and winter. Just stopping by to say hi from one of your new MLCC teamies.

  5. Congratulations on your DT post - and this first card as DT for them is a fabulous selection of papers and elements. Thank you for joining us at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge xx Lynda/Loopyloo DT

  6. Hi from a fellow DT member! Thanks for visiting my blog and sending some love. Your card is beautiful! Love that Merry die!

  7. Beautiful! So excited to be one of your teammates over at MLCCB!


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