Tuesday 1 December 2020

Itty Bitty Christmas for Retro Rubber 149

Welcome to our final challenge for 2020!

This time round, we're giving you a challenge that will let you get out your older Christmas stamps and show them some love. All you have to do is let the picture inspire you in some way, use at least one stamp that's a year or more old AND give us an indication of how old that stamp is. We also ask you not to enter the challenge more than three times.

This pretty Christmas graphic gives you plenty to work with in the inspiration department. I went for the colours, which are classic Christmas: red, green, white, gold. I took the gold from the flames of the candles. I also used the red stitched star and the snow.

Itty Bitty Christmas is one of my favourite Christmas sets because it's all small scale Christmas sentiments that are endlessly useful on cards and tags. It first appeared in the Holiday catalogue of 2019 and is still available. When it first appeared, it bundled with the Christmas Layers dies, which I've used here with gold foil to create the swirly star layer. This die set is also currently available, although the two are no longer offered as a bundle.

The greenery is cut with the very handy Sprig punch. It, and the Stitched Stars dies are both still current products but first appeared in last year's Holiday catalogue.

One of the creative pleasures is to combine old and new, so there are some new items here too: the Gilded Gem embellishments, the gold twine and the Winter Snow embossing folder.

You can see what the rest of the team have done with this challenge, and link up your entry, by visiting the Retro Rubber Challenge site. We'd love to see what you do and what stamps you have in your stash.

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  1. Hello Jan! Your card is absolutely gorgeous! The embossed background with the gold, green and red elments are put together beautifully on this! Such a pretty take on the photo!! I love it! Merry Christmas!

  2. This is beautiful, Jan! I love all the little embellishments you added to this wonderful stitched star (which I still don't own!!!!)! The gold peeking out from behind might be my favorite part...oh, I do love that set of sentiments too and you've used this one perfectly!

  3. Jan, I love the layer of golden stars behind your beautiful stitched star, all the greenery and the awesome embossed background!! The ribbon and golden gems finish this card perfectly.
    Merry Christmas and a healthy and peaceful 2021.
    Stay healthy and safe.

  4. This is just DIVINE!! I love it Jan, the rich colours in your cluster popping against that embossed background, you are so good at using embossing folders! Have a wonderful Christmas my friend, so glad I got to 'meet' you this year. Claire x