Christmas is Coming! Are You Ready?

By | 11/24/2012

I keep making different Christmas cards.  Everyone on my list will be getting a completely different card!  I keep experimenting with different stamp sets and different color combinations.  The real problem is that I love all of the cards!  It’s the story of my life.  I go into a shoe store and I love all of the shoes (well, except the pointy toed ones).  I go into Dooney and Bourke in the outlet center and of course I love every bag in there.  Don’t even get me started on the Stampin’ Up! Spring Mini and Sale-a-Bration goodies.  How will I control myself?  The only reason I can control myself in a candy store is because I’m allergic to dairy.  I can only select from the dark chocolates and fruity candies.  Thank goodness for small favors!

A new layout!

I decided to create another card from the Paper Craft Crews challenge sketches.  I am finding the challenges really fun and it’s giving me new layout ideas to add to my repertoire of inspiration and ideas.  I think that is what crafting is all about.  Try new things and new techniques.  Let go of the perfection and just have fun. A little imperfection never hurt anyone!  Here is what the sketch looked like:

Sketch Challenge 17

My card was created using Garden Green, Very Vanilla and Riding Hood Red Card stock and inks.  I also used a Versa Mark Pad and heat embossed the trees with Iridescent Ice Stampin’ Embossing Powder.  It really sparkles up close.  I used my Lovely As A Tree stamp set, a sentiment from a retired set (Punch Pals), the Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder, the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Edge Punch, a piece of Real Red Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon and a Garden Green Brad.  I also used my Simply Scored Tool to create the embossed lines that you see on the red around the Very Vanilla image.  I scored two lines, one at 1/2″ from the edge and then in the next “well” of the Simply Scored to the left of 1/2″ (3/8″ from the edge).  I turned the paper to the next side and did the same thing until I had all 4 sides done.  I really liked the look.  I will be trying that on a larger scale next time.  It was just one little thing I had not tried before and now I have it in my bag of stamping tricks!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies Used With Links:

Paper and Ink: Riding Hood Red, Garden Green paper and ink,  Very Vanilla paper, Versa Mark and Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder #101930

Stamp Sets:  Lovely as a Tree #127793

Accessories: Big Shot #113439, Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder #116824, Simply Scored #122334, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch #119275, Real Red Ribbon, Regals Brad

Thank you so much for visiting!  I really appreciate that you took time out of your shopping to visit my blog.  I hope it inspired you to be creative!

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Happy Stamping!

2 thoughts on “Christmas is Coming! Are You Ready?

  1. Glenda calkins

    Beautiful Christmas Card. I really like the colors and the textured background. I love the impressions folders. Thanks for playing along with the Paper Craft Crew Sketches.

    1. kim Post author

      Thank you so much! I’m really enjoying the challenges. It is allowing me to try layout designs that I haven’t tried before! Thank you for visiting!


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