Skating Through The Holidays: Mixed Media Christmas Card

Skating Through The Holidays

Wow! I cannot believe the holidays are upon us. We are practicing our church Christmas cantata in earnest and I am starting to make holiday dinner plans! This time of year is always exciting, especially when I browse through Pinterest, but it also tends to be very overwhelming. I don’t handle stress very well so while I have huge aspirations for holiday entertaining and decor, stress wins out and my family usually has to settle for one kind of cookie instead of a buffet of sweets.
But that’s ok. At this time in my life I rather spend time enjoying my little people. Instead of trying to be a supermom in the kitchen and having a magazine worthy home I want my kids to remember me as being happy during the holidays instead of a crazy monster. I wish I could have the perfect balance but let’s face it, we all have more to do in life besides focus on holiday fun.
So, instead of stressing this year I am going to try and enjoy the blessings in my life, focus on the true meaning of Christmas which is Christ’s Birth and plan in a few fun events.

Creating The Card


Over at the Funkie Junkie, Linda is having her 12 tags of Christmas sponsored by her store the Funkie Junkie Boutique. I am very behind but better late than never. Here is my week #2 card. You can see Linda’s week #2 tag HERE. My inspiration for this card was her beautiful textured background which reminded me of embossing and the snowflakes.

The Process

I used a brown grocery bag as my base. I then layered a embossed  piece of cardstock, applied a gesso wash and some sprays. My embellishments include a die cut frame, Tim Holtz pinecone leaves, fiber, roses and stamps from Artistic Outpost’s Skating Emporium.
Thank you for looking. Have a great Weekend,

Challenges Entered:

12 Tags of Christmas: The Funkie Junkie

Simon Says Stamp: Snow White

The Holly and Ivy: Anything Christmas

Christmas Card Challenge: #25 Anything Christmas

Creative Inspirations: Sparkle

12 thoughts on “Skating Through The Holidays: Mixed Media Christmas Card”

  • Your card is a joy to see, so many beautiful details. And your plans to have a HAPPY Christmas with your family instead of being stressed out are spot on! Kids need love – don’t we all? – and not a Mom who’s flaked out in the corner! Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

  • You are totally right with your thoughts about the upcoming pre-christmas period! I handle it absolutely stressless since many years and it woks really good for all of us!
    What a fantastic detailed card – So beautiful dear Kate!
    Happy stressless weekend!
    oxo Susi

  • I’m so with you on the holiday bustle. I just want to do the fun stuff and have a lighthearted season, but shopping, longer than life lists, and dreams of a perfect home/meal always seem to stifle that. That’s why I love playing along with Linda’s challenge. Right there in my little craft room, with music playing way too early for the season, I feel the true joy of the season. I am reminded of my blessings and never more content. <3 I absolutely love this exquisite card. Your textured background is incredible and I love the lavishness of your layers here. What an awesome ice skate image! And guess what, I get off early today and am going home to play some more soon! YIP YIP! 🙂 Hugs, Autumn

  • Indeed, it’s hard to believe the holidays are upon us. Where did 2017 go?!
    I absolutely LOVE this charming card, dear Kate. Your eye for beauty and detail is a gift 🙂
    Thinking of you and wishing you a lovely weekend! Hugs! Stephanie-The Enchanting Rose

  • What a stunning card! I love all of the textures and details, so beautiful! Thanks so much for joining us at the Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge!
    Tammy x

  • I used to go all out for Christmas, bake a dozen different kinds of cookies, three or four candies, and wrap them as gifts for my neighbors. I made lots of gifts, and wrapped them with meticulous care. I did this and still worked 50 hours a week and went to school every night. People used to ask me how I did it. It was because I wanted to. NOW, I want to put out a few well placed decorations, throw some cider and mulling spices in a crock pot, invite a few friends over, and relax. I think that’s the biggest key there is.
    Your latest art Christmas card is fabulous. You are going to skate right through these holidays. The use of flowers and snowflakes are wonderful and those skates are adorable. I have no idea who the lucky recipient is, but that person will surely feel special once it is received. A stunning card, Kate!

  • What a wonderful card – there’s a feeling of abundance, definitely of joy in all that delicious dimensional embellishment. For me, Christmas has always been a quiet time of reflection, candlelight and music. Sure, there are one or two days of family celebration, but we’ve got those down to a pretty fine art now, and after that the twelve days are a time of closing the doors, lighting the fires and enjoying the greenery of the Christmas tree!
    Alison x

  • Yikes, you just stressed me out thinking of all that will have to happen before Christmas and I still have to get through Thanksgiving and Black Friday – LOL. I loke your plans much better than mine! Seriously, this is a wonderful card, Kate. The diminsion of the background layer is incredible and like the combination of soft colors. You have built a lovely collage of snowflakes, flowers and fibers and the ice skates image is the frosting on the cake. So glad to have you back for week #2!

  • I know what you mean about holidays and stress- when did it become so? I do not remember my Mom freakin out the way I used to!She just did it and we helped- 6 kids and we all pitched in, by decorating cookies or getting out of her hair! heehee
    Lovely thoughts on focusing on blessings,I as well need to do this more.
    Your card is beautiful !
    Wishing you peace “)
    Jackie xx

  • Your card is utterly beautiful, love all the layers and lovely colours. I am a big fan of this style!
    Ha… the holidays … I used to have stress too, having to cook a dinner with entrees, main course and desert dor 8 people (I am not an excellente cook) but since the children live on their own and our parents are not with us anymore, my husband and I spend our two vacation weeks on one of the Canaries now.
    Think your approach is wise, keep it up! 🙂

  • we also celebrate a stressless Christmas – it´s just a joy to be together.
    your Card is a wonderful Piece of decoration – starting with this fantastic textured Background!

  • Beautiful, and so much wonderful texture, Kate – a perfect entry for our challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge! Here’s another one who has decided that stress at Christmas isn’t fun, and it’s SO much more enjoyable now when you focus on what is truly important!

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