Friday, November 8, 2013

A Winter Wreath

Hehe I'm following an autumn wreath with a winter wreath! I managed to squeeze three challenges into this one card: Sketch Saturday #283, Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Welcome Home, and Color Throwdown #267. (I'm also submitting this card to the Christmas Cards All Year Round blog's November challenge - Winter Wonderland.)

With the two green colors, I thought "I could make a wreath!" However, I don't have any wreath stamps, and wasn't feeling creative enough to free-hand one. So, I changed gears and went with a non-traditional wreath of snowflakes, using the adorable retired hostess set, Four Seasons! (Love the little birdies in this set... even though they didn't make an appearance for this particular card.)

I had trouble coming up with a sentiment to use. "Merry Christmas" just didn't seem appropriate for such a non-traditional Christmas card color scheme. I finally found this retired sentiment, which I thought was clever. As in, "warm" wishes to combat the cold snow!

I think the Glimmer Brads add just the right amount of sparkle to jazz up this card.

I made a coordinating Very Vanilla envelope using the Envelope Liners Framelit dies in the Holiday Catalog. I just recently got them, but they are a MUST-HAVE! Between them and the Envelope Punch Board, I ALWAYS make a matching envelope for my cards now!

As a fun little surprise for the recipient, I kept stamping the background snowflakes onto the back of the card as well (not pictured).

Stamps: Four Seasons, Hugs & Wishes 
Paper: Tempting Turquoise Prints DSP, Crumb Cake CS, Tempting Turquoise CS, Old Olive CS, Always Artichoke CS, Very Vanilla CS
Colors: Tempting Turquoise Marker, Old Olive Marker, Always Artichoke Ink/Marker
Tools: 1" Circle Punch, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Hexagon Punch (for flagged ends), Paper Piercer (for brads), Big Shot, Envelope Liners Framelits
Accessories: Brights Glimmer Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals 

italics = retired product


  1. Great colors Janet and use of the sketch too. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Sketch Saturday! ~Deb

  2. A lovely stylish CAS card! Thank you for playing along with us at Sketch Saturday this week. It is great to see you here! Hugs, Lesley

  3. What a cute card!! Thanks for joining us at the Curtain Call!!

  4. Really pretty card Janet! Thank you for joining us at the Curtain Call Inspiration Welcome Home Challenge!

  5. Love your creative use of the snowflakes to create a wreath! Great card using the throwdown colors and we're thrilled you were able to play along with us this past week!

  6. Beautiful card - love the colours. Thanks for sharing this for CCAYR 'winter wonderland' challenge - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, CCAYR design team - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for November - I'd love to see it there too. x