Saturday, December 12, 2009

Stepping it up

It's time for this week's challenge at Our Creative Corner. Jenny Gropp has challenged us to create using a Christmas or Hanukkah theme. No avoiding the holidays this time, LOL. I looked at my stamps and only had one set that hadn't seen any ink this season, and that was Season of Simple Grace.

This stamp set seems to encourage people to do unusual folds, which is not something I'm normally drawn to. I looked around a little at some other cards and folds and decided to do a stair step card. This is my first time doing one of these, so please be gentle! I also realized that this is a tough card to photograph, so I'm including more photos than usual to try to show you everything I did.

I started with naturals ivory cardstock and folded it following Beate's tutorial. Next I stamped the images - the three kings and holy family are in elegant eggplant, and the shepherds and star in soft suede. I used my Sakura clear glitter pen to accent parts of the images - well, except for the shepherds. I didn't imagine them being glittery! Then I cut out the star and adhered it over the baby Jesus, and layered all three images on eggplant cardstock.

To decorate the steps, I wheeled the Sassy Sparkles wheel with soft suede ink and cardstock, and again accented with glitter pen, then punched the edges with the eyelet border. I added purple organdy ribbon to the tallest step before I attached it to the card, then I staggered the three images so you can (I hope!) see all three.

Finally I added the scripture (from the same set), which I cut with Nestabilities. I also added the ribbon bow, just for a little something extra! Tell me, how did I do? I feel very unsure of myself when it comes to something that's not standard card shaped!

Make sure you go check out all the OCC team samples, and we hope you will want to play along this week. I know I'm really starting to get in the holiday mood!

9 comments:

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Very cool card this week Lori. I have never made a stair step card so my hat is off to you for such a beauty. I love the monochromatic look to it in the brown tones. I'm sure someone is going to be thrilled to receive it in the mail this Christmas season!

Joycelyn Turner said...

This is sooo cool...and I love the colors!!! What a wonderful Christmas treat for the eyes!!!

Jenny Gropp said...

Wonderfully done!! You went all out! Love the rich color combo!

Wendy J. said...

Lori, this is wonderful! I love your creativity!

jdmommy said...

Lori, these images worked perfectly for the stairstep card!! How lovely!! Now aren't you glad you inked it up!!! TFS!

Silke Ledlow said...

Lori - this stamp set is perfect for the fold card!!! It's BEAUTIFUL and so *christmasy*!!! Love it!!!

Have a great weekend!!! Hugs ~S~

Jennifer Meyer said...

Beautiful card Lori, I LOVE all of your wonderful layers and stair step design! Your colors are fabulous and you really rocked the challenge this week!!

Hugs, Jennifer :)

Dana Grothaus said...

WOW! You're card is very impressive. I've never tried this type of card before but seeing yours makes me want to give it a whirl. Way to go this week!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

What a great design Lori! What a great color scheme and Christmas Creations!