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August Challenge: Holiday!

August Challenge

Hi All!

I’m a big-time planner, so I’m excited for this month’s challenge. I know a lot of you like to make your holiday cards early, so I thought it would be a great month for a holiday theme! I usually make several holiday cards in addition to my family photo card, which I haven’t started planning yet. It’s a big project for me that I take very seriously. I’ll spend several weeks thinking through the details. I will definitely share it with you when it’s ready!

I understand that many people don’t celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, so this theme includes winter cards and Happy New Year as well.

If you are new to the community, I encourage you to check out the Challenges Page for detailed information about how the challenges work.

The last day to submit your entry is Monday, August 31st, 11:59pm CT. One random winner will be selected from all entries and announced on Tuesday, September 1st.

SimonSaysStamp Gift Voucher
The giveaway will be a $25 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp, one of my favorite stores!

Even though a random winner is selected at the end of the month, the challenge is open indefinitely. Please continue to post to the challenges. Continuously seeing everyone’s new work is a win for everyone’s inspiration!

Okay, just to recap the main rules:

  • Your entry must celebrate the holidays or winter in some way.
  • You can submit as many entries as you like! However, please submit only one entry per card.
  • After submitting your entry, leave a comment on the entry just before yours.
  • Leave more comments on entries, if you’re so inclined. 🙂
  • To be eligible for a prize, you must be an active member of LiveLoveCards at the time the winner is announced.

Are you ready to enter? CLICK HERE!

I made today’s card with the Deco Trees die from Simon Says Stamp. Not only do I love the tree, but I love the sentiment that comes with it. Such a practical set!

Holiday Challenge

Courtney was in my craft room creating her 15th beaded lizard key chain while I created this card. I was actually ripping my first version apart when she saw me pull off the inside panel. She said, “Why not have it open like that, Mom?” Indeed!

The back red panel is actually a single piece of cardstock. Here is a photo of how the card opens:

Holiday Challenge

Need more inspiration? There are lots of holiday cards in the Theme Gallery under “Holiday”.

Enjoy the video and have fun. 🙂



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Femme Frames Dies
Femme Frames Dies
SSS Deco Trees
SSS Deco Trees
Favorite Flowers
Favorite Flowers
Stampin' Up! Sequins
Stampin’ Up! Sequins
Magnetic Die Storage
Magnetic Die Storage
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Precision Plate
Precision Plate
Fired Brick Distress Ink
Fired Brick
Pine Needles Distress Ink
Pine Needles Distress Ink
Ink Foam Applicator
Ink Foam Applicator
Copic Black Liner
Copic .3 Black Liner
Martha Stewart Mini Scoreboard
Mini Scoreboard
Pick Me Up Stick
Pick Me Up Stick
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape


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  1. wrote on August 3rd, 2015 at 2:46 pm


    The front panel is so clever. What a great way to open a card. Courtney is to be lauded for her idea. Love that die, too. It really makes your card unique.

  2. wrote on August 3rd, 2015 at 3:17 pm


    Lovely!! The hinged flap is a great idea. So fun to watch you create. Thanks!!

  3. wrote on August 3rd, 2015 at 3:36 pm


    This card is just super cool! Love the way you made it to open with the hinge. I thought that red paper was actually patterned paper. Way to go using a non-holiday stamp set to create your own pattern! You’ve given me a few ideas, I think. Thanks for sharing this! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  4. wrote on August 3rd, 2015 at 7:03 pm


    Loved the clever card opening and how you created your own background paper. Pretty card!

  5. wrote on August 3rd, 2015 at 9:50 pm


    I thought at first the border was embossed. Love that die. I’ve gone back and forth on buying it, but I always love how it looks.

  6. wrote on August 3rd, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Laura Y

    Very clever card. Love the tree die and how all elements came together … clean and elegant.

  7. wrote on August 4th, 2015 at 1:08 am


    OMG how do you come up with these ideas??!! Aahhh to be able to spend a few hours inside you head! Hey maybe you can do a video telling/showing us how you think this stuff up! I live this card. Ingenious!

    • wrote on August 4th, 2015 at 6:03 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Haha Amy. I’m afraid it would probably be a little nightmare-ish in my head. Things roll and roll around up there for a long time before they come out!

  8. wrote on August 4th, 2015 at 9:14 am


    Thank you. I really like the way you put this card together with the hinge. I will definately give this a try.

  9. wrote on August 4th, 2015 at 11:07 am


    Darlene, I love, love the this card, it’s beautiful, the die cut tree looks so whimsical and delicate with those shiny sequences. And the hinge opening, genus!!!
    Thank you for this fabulous challenge, it will get everyone started on their Holiday card making.

  10. wrote on August 4th, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Brenda L.

    Love your card Darlene! I also love your fun fold. Different and different is always fun. Hugs, Brenda

  11. wrote on August 10th, 2015 at 7:30 pm


    Love all the challenge cards!

  12. wrote on August 19th, 2015 at 9:37 pm


    I get such inspiration here at Live Love Cards! Thank you, Darlene! I also wanted to let Lila Toff know how much I like her snowman card. It is a “Happy Christmas” card indeed! I just wasn’t able to tell her on “Flicker” because I don’t have an account. Thanks also to all of the challenge contributors for the inspiration. I have lots of great ideas for my 2015 Christmas cards now.

  13. wrote on August 29th, 2015 at 6:45 pm


    Your tree is wonderful and after I entered I’ve looked over the rest of the entrants and my, my there are some beautiful cards. So much talent out there.

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