Thursday, December 3, 2009

Divine Diva Inspiration Challenge #17

Welcome to the first challenge in December! We have a couple Christmasy challenges for you this month - but don't feel you have to make a Christmas card. You can be inspired in any way you want! This week's challenge is this fun collection of mugs from Garnet Hill.

I had no idea what I was embarking on when I started this card - it started out as a possible workshop card but then it just took on a life of its own! Unfortunately I think it looks way cuter IRL, but I guess you'll have to take my word for it! ;) I knew the colors I wanted to use: bashful blue, ruby red, soft suede, and whisper white. I had the idea to stamp the sentiment from Best Wishes & More in this curvy pattern - it was really easy to do and didn't even require the Stamp-a-ma-Jig. Then I thought it would be fun to cut it out following the words. Rather than try to cut the ruby red DP (from The Write Stuff) I cut the words out along the bottom, adhered them to the DP, and cut again across the top. I trimmed it down and attached it to the bashflue blue base.

Next I thought a tree would look nice on the left side, so I stamped the tree from Season of Friendship in soft suede. I forgot to consider, however, that the raised cardstock on the text would make it not stamp evenly. I tried to think of ways to fix it and finally came up with the perfect solution: to stamp it on soft suede cardstock and cut it out. I made the snowflakes with whisper white craft ink embossed with iridescent ice. Then I added the ruby red bird with a tiny bit of a dimensional.

Here is where it started to get crazy. I hadn't had another idea of what to do with the rest of the card and it was just way too bare to leave it that way. So my idea: a punch art snowman! I did a little searching through blogs and didn't see a snowman design that was small enough for my card, so I came up with my own.

Here's a close-up of my little snow guy. The punches are: 3/4", 1", 1 1/4" circles for the body; jumbo snowflake punch for the arms (trimmed down, of course); modern label punch for the hat; small star punch for the carrot nose; and word window, small oval and large oval punches for the scarf. Some of these probably didn't need to be punched, LOL, but apart from drawing on the eyes and buttons, I can say I did the whole thing with punches! Once he was all put together, I gave him some glitter on the snow and hat, and as long as I had the glitter out anyway, I added more to the snow and the tree branches. And the final touch was a soft suede bird to fill in what still looked a little empty. Whew... after all that, I'm glad I love the card!

Be sure to check out the cards made by all the Divine Divas for this challenge!






(Keri is sitting out our December challenges.)

Hope you are inspired to come and play along. Just leave a comment here with a link to your card. We can't wait to see what you create! The keyword for uploading on SCS will be DDIC17. Have fun and look for the next challenge on December 17!


Donna said...

This is adorable, Lori...I just love your little snowman!

cheryl said...

this is adorable love the snowman love cheryl xxx

Julie- justwritedesigns said...

This is adorable, Lori! I love your punch art snowman; that's such a clever idea. And the wavy snow sentiment strip is terrific!

Kerri said...

Lori! This is so fantastically creative!!! I just love your curvy border with the sentiment, the use of the Season of Friendship tree, and that punched snowman!!! Fabulous, woman!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

This is beautiful Lori!! Love your punched snowman and the scene you created. The colors are perfect with the inspiration! Sorry about the confusion with the inspiration this a.m.

jdmommy - Anne Harmon said...

Lori, I love the wavy sentiment section, and all the sparkle! I love the way you used the colors.......and that tree and snow guy are wonderful!

Katherine said...

What a great card! Have you been published on the Stampers Showcase yet?

pam124 said...

Hey, I haven't played the challenge in awhile and noticed my recent card fit the inspiration piece. Here's my card:

I LOVE your card Lori. It's so cute. I love snowmen!!

Hazel said...

My card is here x

Katie said...

Here's my card