I was browsing the challenge sites that I usually frequent and found a reference to a new one (to me) – In The Pink,  who are running a Christmas challenge this month. I decided that this was the perfect challenge for me to get out Strawberry Slush again; I’ve been neglecting this colour after making the pink cat card for my dentist a few months ago. I struggled with that card and ended up rather “pinked out” by the end of it – not a state that I knew was possible! So here’s my entry:

 

Stampin' Up! Endless Wishes

As I mentioned, I used strawberry slush for the card. I cut a piece of card 1/4 inch smaller than the base and scored, using the Stampin’ Scorer, a quarter inch from the edge all the way around. I liked it best with the raised edge being the front of the card. I then used the Stampin’ Up! Endless Wishes stamp set to emboss the greeting in white embossing powder. Next I took the blushing bride embossing powder and heat embossed the 3 large snowflakes (they are actually the medium sized snowflake from the set) and then filled in with the smaller snowflake with more embossing, this time in white. After that is was a simple matter of popping up the mat with stampin’ dimensionals and dry embossing the envelope with the lucky stars embossing folder. I think I’m going to try this design in a few other colours too. But first, I should probably write more of my Christmas cards and get them mailed!

This week’s challenge from the Pals Paper Arts is three blues. I love colour challenges and I love blues. Perfect. Here’s the banner:

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I used up my last Hanukkah card yesterday so I needed a new one and decided that these colours would be good since I have two more friends that need to receive one. So I pulled out the Stampin’ Up! Happy Hanukkah stamp set which is the only one I have. I have the pool party embossing powder and decided to emboss the image on the bermuda bay. I messed up the embossing slightly and the sentiment wasn’t perfect so I cut that off – I realised that I always just use the entire stamp and there’s no need for that. I then cut a piece of soft sky an 1/8 inch larger than the Bermuda bay as a mat. This gave me a large Bermuda Bay mat around the soft sky and I really like how it works.

Stampin' Up! Happy Hanukkah

I stamped the Happy Hanukkah sentiment from this stamp inside the card in Bermuda Bay.

I’m just sliding in under the wire to enter my submission to the Addicted To CAS challenge which has the codeword of dots.

I’ve been contemplating this challenge for about a week but it took the deadline looming to really get me focused. I love the tangelo twist and white paper from the Confetti pack, which is a surprise because I struggle with orange. However only having 2 colours in the paper helps to keep it more simple. I pulled out the Stampin’ Up! Perfect Pennant set which arrived earlier this week and was so far unused and contemplated the tangelo twist DSP and the stamp set. And I was determined to finally use ribbon. Actually, I’ve used it a couple of times, but in a very minimalist way and never a bow. So the challenge became the DSP, ribbon and orange. Here’s where I ended up:

Stampin' Up! Perfect Pennants

I used the white embossing powder for the sentiment and then cropped it with the #4 banner framelit (counting from the smallest) I initially intended to add a border in the same shape around the orange banner and cropped the DSP with the #4 and #6 banners which obviously left me with a banner the same size as my sentiment in the DSP. I decided that I preferred the 2 banners on the card to one with a border. I guess my next challenge will be to use the border! As I tied the bow in the tangelo orange the card seemed to need something else. My brother commented that it was a bit, well, too orange so I tried the blackberry bliss ribbon and really liked the effect. I usually take out my ribbon and look at it and then put it away after deciding it’s a bit too much for the card – I’m glad I got some on the card today!

I used some more of the DSP to line the envelope to really tie it all together.

This week’s challenge from the Paper Players is fancy – here’s the banner:

This was quite a tough challenge since I tend towards the Clean And Simple type of card, but I was determined to give it a try. I really tried hard to use the All is Calm Snowflake embellishments. When that didn’t really work, I tried ribbon. And then tried to combine the two, but nothing was feeling right, TOO fancy perhaps. The Stampin’ Up! Wondrous Wreath set was out on my table from a couple of days ago and I decided to emboss it in gold. What a surprise, I know. After embossing it on garden green, I realised that my card stock was half an inch smaller than my regular card size and decided to add gold foil as a mat. Now this is looking fancy. I got a sentiment from Endless Wishes and embossed that in gold also.

The challenge says that if I think it’s fancy, then so do they, and lots of gold and green and mats is fancy for me. But I wondered about MORE. I coloured some rhinestones with the medium cherry cobbler blendability but whilst musing about whether this was a good idea, my mother peered over my shoulder, admired the green and gold and said – what about the plain sparkly things. I wasn’t sure, but held a medium sized rhinestone over the card with tweezers and she was impressed. And dared me to add one to each large circle. Twelve rhinestones?? On one card?

I decided to accept her dare. And I really like how the card came out, as did she. My father loved it too.

Stampin' Up! Wondrous Wreath

The rhinestones don’t look quite right here – here’s a close up at an angle to show them looking more sparkly:

Stampin' Up! Wondrous Wreath

I lined the envelope with the background DSP in garden green.

 

 

The Merry Monday challenge this week is to use gold, silver, white and one other colour.

I debated about this for a while – it’s not easy to combine gold and silver effectively. But then my eye fell on the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Home set, most of which I haven’t used. I have previously made a tag using night of navy with the santa and reindeer in silver and that seemed like a place to start. I realised that colouring some of the houses’ windows in gold would give the effect of that room having the light on, perhaps the children waiting for santa. This is the first time that I’ve used the houses from the Holiday Home set and thus the first time that I wished that I’d got the matching framelits. Instead, I had to deploy my paper snips!

Stampin' Up! Holiday Home

So after cutting out the houses stamped in night of navy on whisper white, I coloured in a window per house in gold. I then used my night of navy blendability markers to colour in the doors, going over the outside of the third door a couple of times to give a darker colour. I also stamped the wreath in night of navy figuring that it was dark at night and all colour from the wreaths would be missing. Before adhering the houses, I used the embossing buddy and then embossed the santa and reindeer in silver. I really like the houses and will have to use them more! I finished off the card by lining the envelope using the backgrounds DSP in night of navy.