A little different holiday magic .............

Morning friends!  
 Hard to believe in just 6 more sleeps, it will be Christmas.

I'm.   Not.  Ready! 

Just 3 weeks ago, I was going full steam ahead and 3/4 of the way finished ....
and then hit a wall.
December is just TOO busy!

But, one important reminder I had this holiday season
was to think (way) outside the box
and creating a card that was not in my comfort zone.
I needed a card for someone close to me that hasn't had it easy ...
nothing has been handed to her and life has been hard.
And she's not the sunshine and unicorns and rainbows type of girl!
She does, however, enjoy skulls and crossbones :)
I thought of a perfect card for her using the Prickley Pear 
 sugar skull stamp set (Day of the Dead) and matching die
and my watercolors for a bright pop of painted color.
The vellum was a perfect way to add a sentiment 
yet keep the integrity of the splash watercolors in tact ~
as well as create a perfect pocket for the ornament on the inside!

 The inside of the card - with the ornament

I don't know if she will have a tree at her little place she calls home.
But I want her to know she's thought of ♥ 

Big hugs, bigger blessings!


  1. This is so artistic and fabulous!! I love the colors!! The ornament is such a beautiful touch!! Your friend will treasure it!! I'm so not ready for Christmas either!! Time is whipping by at warp speed!! Yipes!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. hi Kelly these are fantastic cards

    gr karin

  3. How cool that you really thought about the recipient and created a unique and lovely design perfect just for her!

  4. What a unique card for your special friend--I am sure it will be loved!

  5. This is such a sweet idea, conjuring up such a card like this for your friend in need. I hope she has a tree on which to place the ornament. Merry Christmas Kelly.

  6. Kelly this is so obviously created with love and a lot of thought - I am sure it will be appreciated

  7. Kelly, this is so creative! Love the way you put everything together!

    Now about the 6 more sleeps comment. EEK!!!

  8. Wow, that is such a great card. I love the watercolors. Your friend will love this beautiful card.

  9. Making this so unique shows you dig deep within your soul for the right card. So sweet of you to make it so personel. Love it!

  10. Wow Kelly this is really out of the box creative!! I love the red/green color combination with this image!! Really fun and festive! HUGS :)

  11. Wow. This is really awesome. We do sugar skulls for fall, but you really made this fit for christmas. I know she will love it and appreciate it.