Guest DT at Without Words


Greetings friends, thanks for stopping by!  Today is a bittersweet day for Squirrel and her lovely DT over at Without Words Challenge.  After three years of fun CAS (clean & simple) challenges, Without Words will be shutting down comes December 31st.  I was quite sad when Squirrel first shared the news with me.   I love creating CAS cards and had so much fun participating in many of their challenges.  Though all good things must eventually comes to an end, I wasn't about to miss out playing in this last challenge.   So when Squirrel asked if I could join them again as guest designer for this one final challenge, I replied YES! in a heartbeat.  I hope you can come join me over at Without Words and wish Squirrel and her lovely DT all the best and best of luck wherever their new adventure may take them.

The theme for this final month challenge is...Christmas ("Feeling Festive")

For my guest designer project, I am using this rubber stamp image from LOTV calls "Lots of Letters." Aren't these children adorable! Not to mention that little cute dog in his sweater!


rubber stamp: LOTV' Lots of Letters; Power Poppy's Poinsettia stamp set
Die cut: Lil'Inkers Dual Stitched Rectangle Frames
Copic markers
Copic blending paper
pigment pen - white
sponge dauber
Versa Magic Ink Pad - Sea Breeze

When I first saw this adorable children image, I knew I got to have it! This image reminds me of one of the happiest, favorite things that we love doing together with our children during this holiday season - the trip to the post office and getting all those wonderful gifts and greeting cards out to families and friends in time for Christmas.

How The Card Made

First, I opened up Microsoft Word and dragged in the image.  Resize, print and colored it with Copics.

Then I used the stitched rectangle die frame to cut it out and sponged the sky on with a sponge dauber and Versa Magic' Sea Breeze ink. I randomly scatter dots with white pigment pen to create the falling snow.

Next, I stamped on the sentiment from the Power Poppy's Poinsettia clear stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

For the finishing textured touches, I applied white Stickles to the snow on the mailbox, ground area near the children's shoes and on the white part of the girls' coat and hats,

Please come join me over at Without Words Challenge for this last final challenge and wish Squirrel and the DT best of luck in their next adventure.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today and perhaps share your comment with me before you go. It's truly a joy hearing from you.  I'm happy to help answer any questions you may have. So please don't hesitate to e-mail me.

I'm linking my card into the following challenges below. 

Wishing you a lovely week!


  1. This is a beautiful card. Love the image and the coloring!

  2. Beautiful and stunning card, hugs, Lori m

  3. fab coloring
    thanks for playing with us at di's digi

  4. Love the shading for the back ground as well as the image colouring . Beautiful card Thanks for sharing with us at Christmas card Challenges

  5. Christina, your expert coloring skills really make this design SING. Truly gorgeous. hugs, Teresa

  6. Gorgeous Card Christina. I love how you did all the colors. May I ask how did you do the background of the turquoise, I think it is.

    1. Hi Rannah! I sponged the sky (background) with a sponge dauber and Versa Magic' Sea Breeze ink very gentle using the "burnishing" technique which you can see this technique in my Tutorials page, under "Applying Burnishing Technique On Sky & Mason Jar"

  7. Adorable card, Christina! Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges. Marsha DT @ SCCC

  8. This is absolutely stunning! Beautiful coloring and great design.
    Thanks for linking up at Christmas Card Challenges...Rema DT

  9. Christina, your coloring is always outstanding. That image just seems to come to life. Thank you for joining our Winter Challenge at Crafty Sentiments. Julie, DT

  10. It's always sad to see a challenge blog close down. But they are lucky to have you join as a GDT one last time. I'm sure you made them proud with this card, because it's simply stunning! The image is super cute and stands out beautifully and the "stitching" around the image is just a cherry on top. Perfect holiday card that will definitely brighten someone's day.
    Hugs! xx

  11. What a beautiful card. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Christmas Card Challenges -- as a bonus, your card has been featured on our Facebook page.

  12. This is gorgeous...Love the vibrant coloring. Thanks a lot for joining last week's Challenge and would love to see you again this week at Word Art Wednesday. Leaving you with an encouragement found in Psalm 125:2 which tells us, "As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forevermore." Have a great day!

    Hugs always,
    JO ANN

  13. Beautiful card and your coloring is fabulous. Love that sweet image. Thanks so much for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges.

  14. Beautiful coloring Christina, your BG is perfect!

  15. Wow Christina, this card is truly gorgeous, I love the image and the way you have matted it to stand out on the card looks great, the faux stitching border looks fantastic as well. Thanks so much for sharing your card at Anything goes December link-up, Just keep on creating
    Susan xx

  16. How lovely! Fabulous colouring :-) Thanks for sharing with us in our Winter Holiday challenge at Di's Digis Challenge Hope to see you in our latest challenge too a>Donna ☺

  17. Hi Christina

    Firstly wishing you a very happy belated 2016, I hope this year is a really good year for you. I just wanted to thank you for sharing this amazing project at Anything goes December link-up, Just keep on creating. You are one of the featured artists and also the link-up has just been posted for February, I look forward to seeing lots of your beautiful creations xx