The Stampin' Up! Only Challenge theme this time around is as the title of this blog post states – I'm supposed to have created a card or other project using my favorite December holiday colors! Every year I go through this same argument with myself: Is it Red/Green or Blue/Silver? If you look around at what I've been making over the past couple of months since the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog was released, you'll see a lot of Red and Green. So this time around, I decided that, at least for today, my favorite color combo is Blue and Silver!
And it's not the dark blue that I've used in the past – Stampin' Up!'s Night of Navy. No, this time around I wanted something a bit brighter, so I decided on Marina Mist. Actually, in the Stampin' Up! color galaxy, Marina Mist is one of the "Subtle" colors. But it surely did look bright enough for me to pair with the silver.
And I wanted this card to SPARKLE! So I needed lots of glitter. The Silver Star was easy because I could just cut that out of Stampin' Up!'s new Silver Glimmer Paper. No muss, no fuss with that star! But the Marina Mist star was going to be slightly more work. I covered a square of Marina Mist Card Stock with VersaMark ink and Heat and Stick Powder and, after the heating part of the routine, sprinkled it liberally with Dazzling Diamonds glitter. I used my heat tool again to set the dazzling diamonds into the heat and stick powder and then ran the square through the Sizzix Big Shot with the Stars #2 Die, as I had with the Silver Star. There was a bit of the sparkling blue card stock left, so I cut a small star out, too.
I decided to try to use the Pines and Poinsettias stamp set with the poinsettias and rose, even though I wasn't sure how it would work in blue. I think it came out lovely! I actually stamped it twice, once on some Whisper White Card Stock using VersaMark and then Silver Embossing Powder, and once with the Marina Mist Classic Stampin' Pad, from which I cut out just the flowers. I then adhered the flowers on top of the silver part of the first image.
I cut the circle with the Circle Scissors, so I'm not sure what the final measurement is. I put the stamped image under the Circle Scissors and adjusted the center and diameter of the circle until it was just where I wanted it.
To give the white circle a bit of texture, I stamped some snowflakes using the snowflake stamp in the Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set, and then sponged the edges.
No ribbon this time around – but I did add some of the Marina Mist and Silver Glimmer Brads and a few Basic Rhinestones to finish the glittery look off!
Now I'm seriously into my Christmas crafting. I hope you're getting into the holiday spirit with your crafting, too – and having fun with it!