Ringing the Bells for 4th Friday

I heard the bells on Christmas Day; their old familiar carols play,
and wild and sweet the word repeat of peace on earth, good-will to men!
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Yeah, baby, I love this time of year – making holiday cards. Don’t forget, October 31 is the deadline if you want to send holiday cards for Operation Write Home. Here’s a little inspiration. And, guess what?! You can be rewarded for your efforts because today is the first day of the 4th Friday Fun challenge at Paper Garden Projects. And the challenge? Yep, you guessed it, Christmas cards. So, just link up your card to the Paper Garden Project site, here and you could win this adorable stamp set from Eat Cake Graphics.




First, let me apologize for the quality of these pics. I think my camera battery was going low, and I couldn’t find my backup battery. (Is it too late to still blame it on the movers?) Trust me, the colors are much more vibrant in real life.

I knew when I saw the Penny Black Jolly Follies image that I wanted to do something fun with it – like actually make the little mouse swing from a rope. The stamp has a rope drawn into it, but I cut the image out and attached it to a real rope, well, string and then cut out a window in the front of the card to reveal the inside of the card. Cute, huh?

I used Kazan’s Sketch 64 from 2 Sketches 4 You to get me started.


And, because Caardvarks asked us to decorate the inside of the card, well, I kind of used the inside of the card for the outside of the card. The inside is the backdrop for the window. But, I didn’t leave it at that . . . here’s the inside. The sentiment is from the same Penny Black set, Jolly Follies.


Here’s the rest of the recipe and the Copic markers I used.

Here are pictures of some of the products used. (I don’t usually provide pictures of products, so you’ll have to let me know if this is helpful.)

jollyfolly    jovial6x6   kcrhinered


Okay swingers . . . don’t forget to link up your holiday projects to the Paper Garden Project 4th Friday Fun challenge, you have until October 30. See you soon.



Sweet Comments

  1. Super sweet and clever Linda.  I love it!

  2. OMG!!!!!  How CUTE is this!!!!  Love that hanging on the rope mouse….

  3. Kimberley Jackson-Brown says:

    AWESOME card!!!

  4. Your card is so adorably creative!  Thanks so much for playing along with us at 2S4Y this week!!

  5. wow!  I read through your whole post to make sure I was seeing what I was seeing :) That is so stink'n cute and clever too. I love it
    thanks for joining us at 2S4Y this week 
    :) Kazan

  6. Wow this is adorable and just do delightful. I hope you will add this to the flickr group at Penny Black's Flickr group?
    Here is the link in case you do. Thanks :)

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