Friday, August 17, 2012

Joyous Celebrations and Two Challenges

Sometimes all you need is a gorgeous piece of designer paper to create a focal point for your project. Today's card is evidence of that, and features the Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack. This is one of the best buys, I think, in the Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog. It consists of 48 sheets (4 each of 12 different designs), each 4 1/2" x 6 1/2", for $6.95.  There are plenty of patterns to keep you busy through the holidays and beyond.

The first challenge I had in mind when I created this project was The Paper Players Color Challenge. When I originally saw these colors, I thought I would make a masculine card, maybe something nautical. Boy, did I veer off course! I think it's really funny how that happens. The creative process is an amazing thing!

The second challenge is the Merry Monday Challenge, which was to create a clean and simple card using designer paper and this sketch. Here again, I planned something totally different but this is where I landed! I'm not complaining, mind you. I really like this super simple sketch and it is perfect for any occasion, with just a change of paper and greeting.

The little banner in the background is a strip of card stock that I flagged the ends of using a square punch (any square punch will do).  The Crumb Cake layer was cut using the Apothecary Accents Framelit. The greeting was cut using a large oval punch. The little bow was stamped and cut out by hand. What a quick and easy card, perfect for mass production!

Stampin' Up! Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Joyous Celebrations
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler
Designer Series Paper: Festival of Prints Stack
Ink Pads: Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler
Tools: Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Large Oval and Square Punches
Accessories: Pearls

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LeAnne said...

Wow, this is terrific. I LOVE letting my DP do the work, and your little sentiment embellishment is a perfect way to showcase that new set as well as the framelits! Thanks for playing with the Paper Players as well as at Merry Monday!

Bonnie said...

Wow, you did great on both these challenges, Sandy! I love the way you did that tag with the sentiment! I'll be remembering that. Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

Wendy said...

So pretty, Sandy! Love the paper and how you made your sentiment tag! Awesome Christmas card!
Thanks for playing along with us this week over at Merry Mondays! :)

Anne Marie Hile said...

Crisp, clean and full of Christmas elegance, Sandy! I love the banner and the little bow decorating the sentiment. Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Paper Players! :)

Amy White said...

Such a sweet Christmas card - love that little bow over the sentiment! Thanks for playing along with the Paper Players this week!

Lesley said...

Awesome work as always Sandy! That little bow is adorable! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

Notes by Nina said...

Very pretty card, Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday this week.