Wednesday, December 2, 2009

December Christmas Card Challenge

I'm so excited! One of my favorite card challenge blogs is Christmas Cards All Year 'Round, and this month I am a guest Design Team member. This is my first time being on Deanna's DT, and I had a lot of fun playing for this challenge. Go check it out and play along!

The rules for this month are to create a card with the following:
~1 word sentiment
~2 different embellishments
~3 layers of paper

Here's the card you'll see on the CCAYR blog:
I'm going to include a closeup of the snowflake, because it has a little something extra that's difficult to see...

It may still be hard to see here, but it's a great effect in person. I cut the snowflake using the When It's Cold Outside mini cartridge for the Cricut. I used textured CS, then used the black distressing tool with Twilight ink to add a little color. Now, the fun part. I used some plastic packaging (like the cartridges come in) and cut the blackout image of the same snowflake. I attached the layers together using some eyelets, and added some Icicle Stickles on top.

Other supplies used are as follows: CS in Outdoor Denim and Twilight (CTMH), Aspen pattern paper (CTMH), sentiment stamp (retired CTMH), ribbon from my stash, and a ribbon slide (CTMH).

I also completed two other cards. The challenge is for 5 cards, but I haven't had time to complete those yet; I'll post again when those are done!

Here's another use of the When It's Cold Outside cartridge for the Cricut. This Nativity "snowflake" is just beautiful. I opted to use the Outdoor Denim CS again, and cut the blackout in Buttercup yellow. I thought this image had a great shadow or silhouette feel to it and these colors enhanced that. The other CS is Indian Corn Blue. (All CS from CTMH) Other supplies used include ribbon from my stash, a border stamp from CTMH to stamp the ribbon, sentiment stamp from CTMH, and some gorgeous brads from 7gypsies.

Here's another card using the recycled plastic packaging. I simply cut a piece the same size as my CS layer and embossed it with a Cuttlebug Folder. I attached it with a couple of glue dots where they would be covered by the star.

Supplies used are as follows:
Hobby Lobby - green card base from Christmas pack
Close To My Heart - Tulip CS, White Daisy textured CS, Ponderosa Pine stamp pad, Cranberry brads, chipboard element, white grosgrain ribbon, Jingle Borders stamp set ("merry christmas" from the sentiment border), and Shining Star stamp set.
Provo Craft - Cuttlebug Embossing Folder in Textile Texture

NOTE: I do receive compensation from Close To My Heart for products sold. I do not receive any additional complensation for using, reviewing, or recommending any of the products/stores seen here.


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  2. Beautiful cards, Lori!!! Thanks for being our guest DT at Christmas Cards All Year 'Round in December!!!


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