MFT sketch challenge #252 was the inspiration for this cutie. I wanted a Christmas card to add to my Caring Hearts collection. I took a present stamp and replaced the pile of snow that the little MFT girl was holding. Just a little altering to extend the way to use a stamp. I cut around her mittens and arms with a craft knife and inserted the cut out present giving a bit of dimension on the card. I wanted to use sequins for the card and I have some clear ones that I have cut with the MFT sequins die but these are going to the elderly in nursing homes and I didn’t want them to maybe pick them off and be a choking hazard. In place of that idea I chose to use my Viva Pearl Pens (my best friends in the craft room. ) I really like how soft this little card turned out. I am also trying to use up the pile of things on the side of my desk and this shimmering background made with a Tim Holtz stencil has been sitting in that pile since February, I think. Mission accomplished. I also used two pieces of water color paper scraps from that pile. Success feels so good.