This week with the Create with Connie and Mary Winter Collection the challenge is (finally!) a color challenge. I LOOOOOVE color challenges! (Have I mentioned this before? I'm sure I have!)
To top off the fact that there was a color challenge, it comes just as November begins and I really start thinking about Christmas cards. And my favorite colors (as of this week) are the challenge colors, Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive. Of course in a challenge, Connie and Mary feel they have to add in a third color (OK, I understand that's a typical challenge; but I could do something just with Cherry and Olive!). The third color is Crumb Cake (formerly – like a long time ago in the Stampin' Up! world – "Kraft").
But Crumb Cake does make a really nice accent for these two favorite colors, so I gave it its time in the sun!
My favorite part of this card was breaking out the banner shape from the Sizzix Hearts a Flutter Framelits set. And the best part about this was that I was able to find a stamp in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog as well as in one of Stampin' Up!'s newest stamp sets, the Christmas Tagables Photopolymer Stamp Set, that both used the banner framelit! The Holiday Catalog set is a Hostess Set, Perfectly You, and that's the one that's on both the left and right "hanging" from the piece of Old Olive 1/8" Satin Ribbon. The stamp from the Christmas Tagables set is in the midde.
To provide a bit of extra color in the banners, I stamped all of them in both Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler, and then cut out some of the text in each stamped image to adhere to the others. The shapes have such nice clean edges that it didn't seem necessary to use markers to color them before stamping. I did, though, use my Stampin' Write Markers to color in the ornaments on the Perfectly You stamps. And, yes, I did use Crumb Cake as one of the colors in the ornaments!
As you might imagine, I fretted a bit over what I might include as the horizontal element under the banner. But once I realized that there was a enough color and shape "interest" in the banner, I decided just to add two horizontal score lines and some more of the Old Olive 1/8" Ribbon to complement the ribbon in the banner. I tied all three bows individually from short strips of ribbon and adhered them in place with Mini Glue Dots.
There's one feature of this card with which I have finally felt comfortable – and that's making the bows (as those in the two upper corners) sit above and to the left and right of the card's edges. The reason for this is that I now can make envelopes – using the Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board – that are just slightly wider and taller than a standard card that would usually fit in an A2 envelope! So I'm not going to have to bend and squeeze those bows that have sneaked up and out of the main card shape to get them into an envelope!
So many fun and new products in today's card! And I have one more Christmas card done. Woo-hoo! I may actually (finally!) be on a roll, Christmas-wise! I hope you're getting there, too. One way to get there more quickly, of course, is to subscribe to the Create with Connie and Mary Winter Collection! Fabulous ideas there, and I'll be using some of them in my own cards this year for sure!
But no matter what you're doing to make your Christmas – or other holiday – cards, I certainly do hope you're having fun with ti!