The morning I was preparing to leave for Texas I decided it would be fun to put together a little scrappy challenge packet for the girls staying at Sharon’s house.  I was still finishing it up when Darla came to take me to the airport. 

The Challenge rules were very simple

***Create a card or 3D item and post it on Monday 11/24/08

***Use at least a portion of each item in the packet

***Add anything you like to these materials

***Have FUN!!!


Here’s a picture of what was included in the packets.  It was just some swatches of designer paper from that pad of Me & MY Big Ideas patterns I bought at Michael’s recently along with some white grosgrain ribbon and a couple of buttons.  I thought it would be really fun to see what my friends might do with those circle elements especially.

I decided to create a genie bag and I had a blast playing More is More with it.  (Also known as *when you think you’re finished, add one more thing!*)  The base panels adhered to the mini white lunch bag are standard card sized (4.25″ x 5.5″) and I added tabs punched with the SU round tab punch with ribbon slots punched with the slot punch.



The Santa image was punched with my SU scallop circle punch and then layered onto cardstocked punched with various Marvy punches.  The Kiwi layer was run through my Cuttlebug with the Snow Dots embossing folder.  That layer was then adhered to a white layer and the white layer was closely trimmed with scallop scissors.  The tag was created by stamping the sentiment from SASI Season’s Sweetings onto a tag from the Tag Treats available at TE and then simply cutting it down to size and rounding the bottom corners.  This is a great way to make tags of various sizes and they’re such a good value I don’t feel like I’m “wasting” them!  I added some snowflakes from Snow Burst and a snippet of the dp (which I had already cut off the bigger peice to make it fit.)  I also added square green Adoro tiny rhinestones.  I looped ribbon through the tag – if you look closely you’ll see that I did use some of the white grosgrain from the challenge kit.  I wanted some bling so I added Fire Engine Red glitter (using a Sakura Quickie Glue pen) in several places – the red circle under Santa, the edges of the dp, the edge of the tag.  I couldn’t get it to really show up in the photo, but it really adds a lot IRL.  I put some white embroidery thread through the buttons (I just hate nekkid buttons!) and attached them with mini glue dots.  Then I just had to add some Liquid Pearls to the Kiwi scallops.

The final touch is the ribbon handles.  I used SU striped grosgrain and Basic Grey Sultry brads.  I rarely tie bows – I think I must have been channeling Taylor!  LOL!  So what do you think?  Did I get back to my *More is More* roots?  Now I just need to find a gift worthy of my special little scrappy bag!


I’m not certain who has had a chance to play, but I’m anxious to hop around and find out – Sharon, Lori, Jenn, Jess (since she hasn’t blogged in over a year we’ll see!) and Taylor.


Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Monday and enjoy the short week!


7 Responses to “The Texas Scrappy Christmas Challenge”

  1. loricraig Says:

    well…how stinkin’ cute! Love your little bag… great idea! Love all the bling! Fun, fun challenge, Jami! You are the best bossy friend I have!

  2. Sharon Harnist Says:

    Oh, girl — you did a fabulous job of combining all of these products . . . I just couldn’t envision it all on one project! And yes, you definitely got back to “more is more” LOL! Love the CB embossed layer, too (I was trying to encorporate one, too, but failed!) and I hate nekkid buttons, too, so I also added white embroidery thread to mine! Love the striped ribbon handles. Thanks so much for taking the time to put these kits together for us — it was a really fun challenge!

  3. Angel Says:

    Your card is SO fabulous! Great work, Jami!

  4. Donna B Says:

    how fun! love how you tied the handles/bows!

  5. Jenn Says:

    Oh, my word, you sure went back to your roots! I *love* what you did here! all the ribbons, all the bling, all the *details*. . .how over the top fabulous!

  6. Jackie Pedro Says:

    What a fun project!! All the details are just wonderful, Jami!!

  7. Brenda Says:

    WoW! This is such a fun card. I love everything about it, especially the ribbon!!!!

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