Thursday, July 9, 2009

Is it that time of year already?

I wouldn't have believed it - but hey, anytime of year is a good time to make Christmas cards! Today's SCS Ways to Use It challenge was to make a Christmas card. I decided that one challenge wasn't enough for me today, so my card also works for two other challenges: the Mojo Monday contest week sketch and the Color Throwdown: real red, tempting turquoise, and kiwi kiss. This is not necessarily a color combo I would have thought of for Christmas, but I had so much fun making my card!

Since this was a Mojo Monday sketch, I decided to use some Verve stamps. This is the Ornamental Christmas set, which I hadn't broken out until today - it's awesome! I cut a whisper white rectangle with a Nesties die, stamped the pine branch on the right side of my whisper white rectangle with the kiwi ink, and added the sentiment (embossed with Ranger rich red EP) in the lower left corner. I realized as I was working that the circle placement in the sketch would be the perfect place for my ornament. It's embossed with the same red EP and the hanger with Ranger gold EP. I added a little Offray gold trim to "tie" it to the branches. I used a larger turquoise scalloped rectangle for the bottom layer, pierced the scallops, and adhered the ornament with dimensionals.

The rest of the card was fairly simple. I embossed the pine branch with gold EP on metallic gold cardstock and used that for the thin strip in the sketch. The red dot paper is from a retired hostess pack, and the kiwi DP is from the patterns pack. The red ribbon is just a scrap I had lying around - no idea what it is or where it came from! That upper left corner of the white rectangle looked too plain, so I tied a bow with the red ribbon and added a gold vintage button with more of the gold trim tied through it.

I spent longer on this card than on any in recent memory... I think it's going to be saved for someone very special on my Christmas card list!

7 comments:

Cheryl said...

oh hun this is beatuiful so elagant love the simplicity of it stunning piece of work lots love cheryl xxxxx

Dawn (flowergal36) said...

This is beautiful Julie. I love the gold embossing. You always have the best layers on your cards. Haven't chatted in awhile. Hope all is well with you and you are enjoying your summer..Hugs

broni (waterchild12) said...

This is such a great triple challenge card! So pretty! And it's never too early to start on those Christmas cards! Thanks for playing the Color Throwdown with us!

Terri E. said...

Great Christmas card and fun colors. Great job with the mojo sketch.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

LeAnne said...

This is GORGEOUS, Lori! I am so impressed with everyone's creations this week---that ribbon embellishment just adds such a nice touch!

Barbara said...

Gorgeous card!! Great take on all the challenges--it's never too early to start on Christmas cards! Thanks for playing the Throwdown! Hope to see you again next time!

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Just beautiful. Love the colors.