Sunday, October 20, 2013

Tis the Season... for Sparkle!

This weekend has been wonderful - I had absolutely NOTHING planned! So yesterday I got to do some stamping and knitting, and today I've already made a cute little Christmas card!

In my search for card challenges yesterday, I came across this fun blog: Tis the Season. The color combo for their second challenge (TTS2) is right up my alley! I actually made a card with a similar color scheme 7 years ago (see below), back when I first started stamping and had very little stamps and supplies! (These stamps were actually Close to My Heart, I think. Before I became an SU! purist. I even used the masking technique - and I had only been stamping for a month! I'm so proud of my early-stamping self.)

In a way, I think it may have been easier to create when I had just a few stamp sets and I really had to think outside the box. My current inventory might look desirable, but honestly I can't even remember what sets I have and I constantly need to pull everything out and browse to find anything. It's kind of ridiculous. I have 7 cubes filled with stamps. SEVEN!! If I ever get the time and energy, I may just need to start selling stuff on ebay just to de-clutter and simplify!

Besides the sickening number of stamps, check out how otherwise adorable my stamping area is!! The rest of the apartment may still need some work, but I finally finished this part. :)

Anyway, back to the color challenge. It's definitely non-traditional, but I love it! I was having trouble deciding on a layout/idea, but then this morning on Pinterest I found this card. It even has the right colors for the challenge! So I totally CASEd it.

I love that I was even able to use the "optional trimming" of glitter! Fun stuff! I think I'll keep up with this blog and maybe it'll help me get my Christmas cards made and sent out on time this year! Hey, there's a first time for everything! ;)

The size of this old ornament punch calls for a wider card if you want to fit 3 across. Because I have the new Envelope Punch Board, I didn't have to worry about finding an envelope to fit an oddly-shaped card: I can just make one! So I used some old Tempting Turquoise DSP. The card front is 3" x 6". I had never really tried the white-on-white look, but it seems so classy, and I like how it turned out! Thanks to the bright gorgeous sun making an appearance today, you can see shadows showing the dimension on my card.

Stamps: Delightful Decorations, Snowfall
Paper: Tempting Turquoise Prints DSP, Whisper White CS
Colors: Tempting Turquoise Marker/Ink, Pear Pizzazz Marker/Ink, Melon Mambo Marker/Ink
Tools: Envelope Punch Board, Paper Piercer & Mat, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Heat Tool, VersaMark Ink Pad, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Ticket Corner Punch, Ornament Punch
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals 

italics = retired product


  1. Janet, this is gorgeous! I love the sparkly ornaments and the bright colors against the stark white background looks so elegant! Wonderful job!!

    I hear you on the sets...I have 436 SU sets...I think I need to downsize LOL

    Thanks so much for playing along with us at 'Tis The Season!!

    1. OMG! 436?! Yowsers. My family would have hosted an Intervention by now if I had that many!!! Hahaha! (I'm too scared to actually count tho... I also have an entire big box full of unmounted sets that I want to sell that aren't pictured above.)

  2. Janet, I love your take on this!!! You've combined the colors beautifully. I love the sparkle. I hear you about the number of sets. I am just impressed that you have a card or a picture of a card you made 8 years ago! Beautiful job!

    1. Thanks Lisa! Yeah I'm kinda OCD... I take a picture of every single thing I create. I'm luckily enough that all my files have escaped various computer crashes and other issues over the years. I could probably set up my blog to post about a different project every day and it would last for at least a year!

  3. What a great Christmas card with all the glitter. I love those ornament stamps and punch. I like your layers and the non-traditional card size too. That's what's great about the Envelope Punch Board! I finally got rid of a bunch of my old sets and supplies this summer because I had way too many too! Thanks for playing with us at 'Tis The Season. :)

    1. I LOVE the envelope punch board!! It's so great for using up retired DSP, and I love the non-traditional sized options. I also can't wait to try those cute file folder cards that I've seen everywhere!

  4. Gorgeous.. I love the sparkle you added to the Ornaments. You have a great stamping area. Thanks for joining us at 'Tis The Season.