Sunday, November 24, 2013

Cacti Christmas

Our theme this week at Pile It On! is Non-Traditional Christmas, either non-traditional colors or a non-traditional image. I played with the idea of Christmas being traditionally being portrayed as a snowy time; my folks live in Arizona, and lots of people decorate their cacti!

I used a digi stamp from our sponsor, Milly with Toffee Apple by Pink Gem Designs
I've hand-cut my own step cards before, and I've even designed my own version in SCAL to cut on my Silhouette, which is why I was very willing to pay the 99¢ for this Side Step Card by Lori Whitlock from the Silhouette store. Funny story: a local crafting friend got a Silhouette around the same time I did, and we laughed that some of the first files we bought were cut designs we've hand-cut in the past! Nothing like experience to foster commerce.

I also used the Cactus Set by Sarah Bailey, which I layered with both sides a Core'dinations cardstock and a shiny red paper. I bought the caramel apple brads last year at Scraps of Love, and the geckos are from a punch also purchased there.

ABC Christmas Challenge: Winter Wishes
A Gem of a Challenge #107: Sparkle + Pink Gem digi
Aud Sentiments Challenge #94: Any Sentiment
Creative Corner #45: Heavy Metal
Crafter's Cafe #38: Metal
Crafty Creations: American Thanksgiving/Christmas
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday: Winter Scenes
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge: Warm Christmas
Stampin' For The Weekend: Feeling Festive
Stamps & Fun = Creativity: Digi stamp

Thank you for visiting, and hope you'll join us this week at Pile It On,


  1. It's nice to here about how other folks celebrate Christmas. Thanks for sharing this lovely card with us at Creative Corner

  2. Love your non-traditional Christmas scene. Great job paper piecing and I love those little candy apples. Thanks for playing along with us at Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge this week!

  3. Oh this is a great idea and fantastic card.
    Thanks for joining us at our digi stamp challenge at Stamps & Fun = Creativity
    Hope to see you again,hugs and greetings
    Angela DT

  4. Wow love the card and the wonderful colours you have used. Lovely image and love the fancy fold. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Holly Jolly and we hope to see you again soon. Meighan DT

  5. Fabulous card CG. Image looks beautiful.

  6. Now this is a delight... Non-traditional, layered and fun! I especially like the candied apple brads - how creative is that!! Well done CG! Thanks for sharing your project in the “Any Sentiment” Challenge.
    ~ginny, DT for Aud Sentiments
    RubberMAD (

  7. Oh this is really a great card.
    Thank’s a lot for joining us at our W for Winter wishes Challenge by ABC Christmas Challenge
    Hope to see you again
    Hugs and greetings
    Angela DT

  8. Now that's different and.... AWESOME! Love those designs, cacti and cute images. Thanks for sharing. My best and most heartfelt merry Christmas greetings to you and your family. Merry Christmas


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