As I said in yesterday's blog post, I'm planning to use layouts from my new book in most of my cards for the rest of the month. After I found out how easy it was today, I may be recycling those layouts for quite awhile to come! There will be some cards, though, where I'll need to follow the instructions in a challenge, so I won't be using my book's layouts. But, hey, I'll need some material pretty soon for NEXT year's book!
Today I used the layout from my August 9, 2010, blog, but with different colors and embellishments. I used a greeting from the same stamp set – Heard From the Heart – and the exact same measurements. But that was about it.
You may well wonder about the colors I chose for this Christmas card. But if you follow my blog regularly, you'd quickly figure out that this is for a Wednesday posting, and it's time for a Divas Coffee Break Design Team color challenge. Yup, colors that I would NEVER have thought to use in a Christmas card. Have you heard this from me before? Sure you have – the last time there was a color challenge by the Divas.
This week the colors were Elegant Eggplant, Melon Mambo and River Rock. My, my, what devil is possessing the person who's selecting the colors! At least we're down to three colors; who knows what the fourth color in this combo would have been! Actually I may be getting used to this because there really isn't another color in the Stampin' Up! lineup that would scare me much with these colors. There – that's the key! I'm getting practice in using different colors together, and I may just be getting better at this! Maybe you should try it out, too! And you know that the Divas love to have entries for the challenges. Pretty soon there will be some prizes for the winning "Featured Artist" over at the Divas, so why not try it out!
It so happens that the stamp set that I used for this color challenge is the same one that I used for the challenge two weeks ago – Snow Swirled. I really like the overall look of the snowflakes in that set as well as or better than any of the other snowflakes that are in the Stampin' Up! collection. The punched snowflakes are cut from the Sizzlet Decorative Strip Die, Northern Frost. I considered using the matching snowflake set, the Level 1 Hostess Set Northern Hearts to coordinate with the die cuts; but none of the snowflakes in that stamp set really fit as well as the one from Snow Swirled.
It was so quick to make this card because I had the measurements all laid out in my book, and all I had to do was pull the colors and decide on a stamp set to use. So easy and I had the card made in about 15 minutes, including the time to emboss the two Elegant Eggplant layers with the Petals A Plenty Embossing Folder. Remember that you, too, could have a copy of my new book as a Christmas gift. The information about how to go about this is in my earlier December 7, 2010, blog post. I'd love to hear from you!
I hope you have plenty of time as we're in the midst of the holidays to be creative in your own craft room – and have fun with it!