Friday, January 06, 2012

Inventory Reduction Challenge #63 - Let's See Some Charms

This is the last of the Christmas cards for 2011.  We had a two week break in making cards for our Inventory Reduction Challenge.  Sure seems like a lot longer.  I have been very busy trying to finish up my Christmas cards and December birthday cards.  I also have a new baby boy card to get done too.  If I wait just a little longer I can do one for his first steps or maybe first day at kindergarten.  His birthday was October 12 - the same as my daughter.

Our Inventory Reduction Challenge this week is to use charms on the card.  I had to think about what I wanted to do for a long time - nearly all of the two week break :C

I needed a special Christmas card for our mail carrier, Todd.  He is just an angel bringing me all my stamping boxes and right to the deck steps if the box won't fit in the mailbox.

Here is what I finally came up with for him.
The background paper is from The Paper Studio A Country Christmas.  The ribbon is from my stash, of course. The poinsettia is from Wild Orchid Crafts. The image is Edwin Santa's Little Helper sitting on the Wishful Chair.
Looks like Santa Todd has lots of mail to get delivered before the big day!! 

The upper half of the inside has a poinsettia and the Peppermint.  The charm attached to the ribbon says "Ho, ho, ho" on it. I couldn't find one that said "Bah Humbug!".
At last Santa Todd is back to ordinary, everyday Todd (Heartbreaker Edwin without his wings)!

He looks like he's thinking about all the work he did to get all those Christmas cards and parcels delivered on time. And now there are lots of things under his Christmas tree.

WOW! Is his tree ever decked all out!  Just look at all those ornaments.  The star on the top is a brad.  That gold bead garland is so pretty.  There's a snowflake, a candy cane and holly berries and leaves.  The red balls are some beads I came across in a box of stuff given to me by a friend.  The small red and green boxes are about 1/2 inch square and really difficult to get to stay put!

I wonder who the sled is for - Todd seems just a bit old for it! Or maybe Santa Todd let him keep it for a day or two until he has time to rest up.  He does look a bit tired.

I'm so glad you took time out to stop by for a minute.  Hope you enjoyed it.
Now please be sure to stop by my team mates' blogs and see what charming things they have done!




cathylynn said...

Good Morning Kathy! Both of you cards are so colorful!
You did an amazing job on both! Lots of fun details.
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Linda said...

Kathy oh my word!!!! This is absolutely gorgeous!!!!! I really love this card inside and out!!!!1 The tree is fabulous!!!!! What a way to start the New Year!!!! fabulous!!!!

Christina C. said...

Hi Kathy! Your card is lovely....looks like you put a lot of work into it! The papers are gorgeous and the design is lovely, inside and out! Edwin looks wonderful on his new sled with the lavishly decorated Christmas tree!

Danielle said...

Good morning Kathy, What a lovely idea... chamrs in a Christmas tree. Very clever! beautiful layout of Edwin in the wishful chair. Such a cute inside too! I just love.
Gorgeous work!

Sandy said...

HO, Ho, Ho you clever lady! All your charms are inside and what a wonderful Christmas card it is. I love it Kathy!!

Rene said...

Oh wow! That tree looks FABULOUS!!!!! Great cards...such an overachiever doing TWO! ;D

Les Trésors de Nadine said...

Bonjour Kathy, j'aime beaucoup ta production, c'est vraiment génial!!!
J'espère que as passé de merveilleuses fêtes.

bisous xxx

cabio's craft corner said...

Awesome card and fabulous texture on Edwin's coat!! Thanks for sharing :o)