Hi there! Feeling a little overwhelmed? I am. Where have the last few months gone? Still so much to do and little time to get something (anything) accomplished. Ho, ho, ho...
On an upbeat note, however, I'm pleased to announce a new addition to our household: Zorro.
In this picture, he's prepared for a dog show that was held in Orlando this past weekend. Zorro is an 8 month old Shih Tzu. Take a good look at that long hair because after Saturday, it will be gone. Zorro is finished with the dog shows and will be a getting a much shorter (and easier to manage) haircut. Having a puppy in the house is a change for my husband and I. We'd forgotten how much attention they need, but Zorro is a good puppy and seems to be adjusting remarkably well to his new home. Maxwell, our 5 year old Golden Retriever, however, is still deciding.
Today's project is the final card from my annual Christmas Card class. The designs for the first 4 cards were well fixed in my mind and seemed to create themselves. This last card, however, was a challenge. You see, I had this stack of Real Red curly labels that were discards from the Window on Winter Post card. It just seemed silly to throw them away, so I challenged myself to create a card that would incorporate the label, the largest snowflake from the Serene Snowflakes stamp set, and the flocked paper from the Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper. I really hit a wall trying to come up with a design, so I decided to look at some designs from other cards I had created and found just the right thing when I ran across a card I had created for a Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge.
It turns out that this card is the one that most folks liked best. It was also the quickest to make!
Two strips of flocked paper were adhered to Whisper White cardstock. A piece of Mistletoe Ribbon was placed across the lower front, the ends folded to the back, and pressed into place with Sticky Strip. This piece was then attached to the Real Red card front. The "holly jolly" sentiment was stamped with Real Red on a Whisper White cardstock scrap and punched out with the Curly Label punch. The punched image was adhered to the Real Red Curly Label punch window discard. A hole was pierced through the "o" in "jolly" and a small clear Rhinestone brad was inserted. Stampin' Dimensionals were placed on the back of this element which was placed at the center of the card card at the center of the ribbon.
The largest snowflake from the Serene Snowflakes stamp set was inked with Platinum Shimmer Paint and stamped onto the Real Red circle (die cut using the Big Shot). The Real Red circle was layered onto a Whisper White Scallop circle (also die cut using the Big Shot). A hole was pierced at the center of the snowflake and a large clear Rhinestone brad was inserted. Stampin' Dimensionals were placed onto the back of the Whisper White Scallop circle and this element was placed on the upper center of the card front.
The snowflake was inked with Platinum Shimmer Paint and stamped onto the back flap of the Medium Whisper White envelope.
As I was making this card, I couldn't help but think of my grandmother. She had bright red wallpaper with white flocking on her dining room walls for as long as I could remember. She also had a green stripe with gold flocking version in her guest bathroom. It was over the top, but as a child, you don't realize that. It's just one of those visuals that pop up when you least expect them to and make you smile. Just thinking of my grandmother and how much she loved the holidays brings me a wonderful feeling of calm. I miss her.
To close, I'd like to remind you that you don't have to think up a design for every (any) card you make. If you run into a wall look back at other cards or paper crafting projects you've made for inspiration. Other sources of inspiration are magazine ads, catalogs, photos or paintings for color combinations. There are multitudes of web sites and books devoted to sketches for card making, scrapbooking and other paper crafting projects. Links to a few of my favorite sites for card design sketches can be found under the Challenge Blogs header in the lower right column of this blog. Check them out!
Stamps: Christmas Punch, Serene Snowflakes; Inks: Real Red Classic, Platinum Shimmer Paint; Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper: Christmas Cocoa Specialty; Embellishments: Mistletoe Ribbon Originals, large and small clear Rhinestone Brads; Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip; Tools: Paper Snips, Paper Cutter/Scorer, Curly Label punch, sponge, Big Shot w/XL Cutting Plates, Movers & Shapers Curly Label Die, Bigz Scallop Circle #2, Standard Cutting Plates, Sizzix Originals Circle #2, Paper Piercing tool, Mat Pack, sponge dauber; Other: Medium Whisper White envelope