Thursday, November 10, 2011

Pines & Poinsettias and Two Challenges



I really love the way the Pines & Poinsettias Stamp Set works with the color combo of Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso. Very vintage-y! I did not come up with this color combo all on my own; I came across it when looking through last year's Holiday Mini Catalog for inspiration.


Speaking of inspiration, how about Mary Jo's Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge this week? I love it! I did not deviate from it a bit; it is just perfect. 


This card was also designed for the Pals Paper Arts Challenge, which is a holiday inspired challenge. "Use this picture as a jumping off point for your inspiration- the colors, shapes, textures-let us see what inspires you." I think I see some Artichoke, Cherry and Crumb Cake in that photo, don't you?


As they say, the difference is in the details. The image from the Pines & Poinsettias Stamp Set looks oh so much better when it is framed out by card stock embossed with the Designer Frames Embossing Folder. Detail #2 is Rule #1 to me when it comes to creating vintage style: "Everything looks better sponged with Crumb Cake!"  The background was stamped with Always Artichoke ink that was stamped off once for a lighter image. Add a distressed edge, and a couple of pearls, and this project is good to go.


Stampin' Up! Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Pines & Poinsettias, Grateful Greetings
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke
Ink Pads: Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso
Markers: Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso
Tools: Big Shot, Designer Frames Embossing Folders, Extra Large Oval, Modern Label and Curly Label Punches, Stampin' Sponge
Accessories: Dimensionals, Pearls


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Inky Hugs!

Sandy





11 comments:

  1. Beautiful card! The embossed frame is perfect with the stamped image.

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  2. So pretty - has a wonderful old-fashioned feel to it! Love how you used the frame!

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  3. Wow...what a gorgeous vintage-style card! I love the background!

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  4. Beautiful job! I adore the way you distressed the Designer Frame. Thanks for joining us at Pals Paper Arts! :)

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  5. Elegant and beautiful! I love the embossed designer frame. I saw your card on the Pals Paper ARts blog and just had to come tell you my thoughts. :-)

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  6. Yep, that stamp looks great with both the colors and the frame. I love it, thanks so much for playing along with my sketch challenge this week! Beautiful Christmas card!

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  7. Hi, Sandy. I have a question on how to punched out the oval. It's says you used the extra large oval punch and I can't seem to get that to work. Do you have a trick? Thanks
    debbie

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  8. Hi Sandy. Just wondering if you fussy cut the outside of the embossed frame. ? For the life of me I cannot find an oval punch or die that fits that shape. I know the inside is the xtra large oval punch...but the outside??? Thanks - Amy

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  9. Hi Sandy. Just wondering if you fussy cut the outside of the embossed frame. ? For the life of me I cannot find an oval punch or die that fits that shape. I know the inside is the xtra large oval punch...but the outside??? Thanks - Amy

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