Monday, May 16, 2011

A Christmas Card Start

Evening all, I hope you all had a lovely start to the week and Monday was kind to you!

It certainly was kind to me!  I had very much a day of leisure today, I did some unnecessary craft shopping and some window shopping, took myself out for lunch and I even managed to pull together a card tonight with some of my new goodies!

If you follow along with me you would be somewhat aware that I have been placing a lot of personal challenges on myself of late, and the reason being is from a comment from one of my girls from my class I teach.  She said to me "It is easy for you because this is what you do, this is what you know, craft and your style.  The colors you work with work with you because you pick them, they inspire you and you see a card by picking up just 3 sheets. I can't do that!"  So ... to put myself in their shoes I have began this journey of personally challenging myself along the way with my girls in class.

So here is how I challenged myself in several ways today with putting this card together.  I used papers and a ribbon I normally would not use, let alone buy (mainly for the print design and not the colors), I followed a sketch from Card Positioning Systems (I usually draft my own) and I decided it was time to get my few copics out and start playing with them - ok so my image (Audrey's  Presents from The Stamping Boutique) is colored but I know it hasn't got shading but I like it! (especially for a start) lol.  And it is somewhat a style I would not normally do as there is no distressing in sight, not even on one piece.  I made a "J card" for the first time and I followed the tutorial from ABC Christmas Challenge on how to make one, I would usually examine the pictures and follow a plan in my head. I normally would hand stitch but opted for my white gel pen and some faux stitching and while I added some ribbon, I have no bow! 

OMG! Out of my comfort zone??? 
Indeed I was - But I think it paid off :))

Thank you for dropping in on me :)
Challenges this creation is entering with the help of the Feline Playful Girls:
* CPS - Card Sketches - Sketch Below
* ABC Christmas Challenge - J Fold Card 
* Bah Humbug - Snowflakes (I have in the image and have highlighted them with Pearl Dimensional Paint and some bling.
*Winter Wonderland - Presents (In the image) ***EDIT** Won random org prize
* Sparkles Christmas- Holly or Ivy (On the DP)
* Christmas Card Challenges - Fibers (Tinsel behind the image)
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18 Treasured comments:

Clare Lloyd said...

fab card style and well done for making a start on your xmas cards. thanks for joining us @ bah! humbug! x

Create It Simply said...

Awesome job!! Thanks for joining us at CPS!!

MacKenzie said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous day! Good for you for stepping out of your comfort zone to make this card. It came out great! Thanks so much for playing along with our stitch challenge over at "Christmas Stampin All Year Long"!

Suzi Mac said...

This is adorable, love the image, your fab colour combo and design. Thank you for joining us at Winter Wonderland this week.
Suzi x

Ciska said...

Wow, that is one beautiful card! I can't tell you were out of your comfort zone, stunning!

Lacey Stephens said...

What a wonder card! Great take on the Joy Fold Challenge Challenge. Thanks for playing along with the ABC Christmas Challenge.
ABC Christmas Challenge DT

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Great card, love the shape its fab!

Thank you for sharing with us at SFCC this month, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

Annie said...

Fabulous love the image and the way you have presented it is extra special.#
Ann xxx

Max said...

Awwww what a cutie ... great idea to used pearl paint to highlight your snowflakes. Great dimension. Thank you for sharing with us at Bah! Humbug!

Max's Craft Creations
Bah! Humbug! Challenges DT

Caroljenks said...

You may have been out of your comfort zone but you have produced a gorgeous card! I love the way you've encorporated the sketch too :)
Thanks for joining in with ABC Christmas Challenge :)

Carol x (Guest DT)

Alanna said...

Great Christmas card. Thanks for playing with Christmas Card Challenges this week.

Crafting Gill said...

What a great card love how you have the openings thanks for joining us at SFCC good luck
GIll x

Jennie said...

Fun design and great job on the sketch!!

Deena said...

this card is awesome! I love how you took the challenge and made it into an interactive layered card...really great!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous card, doing a Joy fold card is hard enough but incorporating a sketch too! well done! Thanks for playing the ABC Christmas challenge this time, really hope we see you next challenge too! hugs Samantha

Helen said...

Fabulous Joy fold card!
Thanks for joining us at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
Helen x

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful card! The design is very unique. Love the layout so much! Thanks for joining the ABC xmas challenge hope I see you again the next challenge. Thanks and great day.

Sandra H said...

Atruely gorgeous card good luck with your challenges:) Sandra x

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