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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Happy Thursday! I hope you've had a good week...the weekend's almost here!

I think I've gotten back in the groove with my cardmaking now and have two cards to show you. To keep the post from getting waaayyy too long, though, I'll post each one separately. This card is covering three different challenges: a color challenge, a sketch challenge, and a theme challenge. Before I get into exactly what those are, though, here are some detailed photos of this card. See if you can tell what kind of card it is before you see the entire thing.

Is it too soon to guess yet?

Know what kind of card it is?




 
Does this give it away?


What about now?

It's a Christmas card! Both my husband and my daughter held this card in their hands and didn't know it was a Christmas card. Granted, it's not traditional Christmas colors, but I thought just the Naughty and Nice "clipboards" would have been enough. Then, adding in the date--well.... Just to make sure there was no doubt as to it being a Christmas card, here is the inside:


Now, for the challenges. I love the colors for Color Throwdown #152--rosy pinks and greenish browns. Anything that even hints at being green... I'm on it!
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge #128 is one that I hadn't even considered doing. It's to make a Christmas card/project, and I don't own one single Christmas stamp, nor do I have any Christmasy paper, besides solids. So I was going to wait this one out and just admire the Design Team's creations. You should check them out--they are stunning. Oh, I have GOT to have that Vintage Post Card set). But, while pink and brown aren't traditional Christmas colors, I got to thinking that a vintage red and green card, with just the right amount of age on it, would probably be those colors, so I went with it. 

The sketch for this week's Mojo Monday #201 is a great one.

 I love the two tilted panels and they were perfect for Santa's Naughty and Nice clipboards. I only attached the notebook paper image at the top, and it can be lifted, so I think if I had someone specific to send this to, I would put their name underneath the "paper" on the "Nice" clipboard. The tag was a challenge, but I found a flower stamp that kind of looked like a poinsettia, so I colored it with Copics, tied it on, and said "Done."

I'll be back in a few hours with another post. In the meantime, leave me a comment--I love reading them and then I can visit your blog and see what you're up to, too ;). Come visit again any time!
 
Stamps: Blue Skies (Verve); Everyday Expressions (Paper Studio); Studio 112; all text generated in Word and either printed on a transparency and used as a rub-on or printed directly on the paper.
Paper: Simply Delightful (My Mind's Eye); Bazzill Basics; The Paper Studio; Recollections
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Colorbox; Copics
Accessories: Dies: Oval Tag (Sizzix); Floral Doily Motifs, Labels Sixteen, Labels Four (Spellbinder's); Clockworks embossing folder (Cuttlebug); Morocco Lace Edger (EK Success); seam binding dyed with Distress Inks (Hug Snug); twine (Twinery); brads (Pitter Patter-Making Memories; Flora & Fauna- K&Co; Recollections); button (K&Co); corner chomper; Liquid Pearls
Size: 5" sq.
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10 comments :

Cindy Haffner said...

Ohh this is GORGEOUS!!~

Lisa said...

This is fabulous! Loving the naughty and nice along with your very pretty bow!

Kathy said...

Beautiful! I love it for a Christmas card:)

Shannon White said...

OMGoodness this is Gorgeous Miss Cheryl! I totally knew it was a Christmas card right away.. Esecially with those fab clip boards naughty or nice.. lol I love your gorgeous dps! Might have to see if they are still available! Love your button brad combo and that Beautiful died bow! Love the whole thing! 8-)

Hugs
Shannon

Heather Jensen said...

PERFECT! Fabulous job with the challenge. I think these are great colors for a Christmas card. Thanks so much for playing at FTTC. :)
Hugs~

Tammy Hershberger said...

Darling design! Thanks for joining us for the Color Throwdown!

Marilyn (mlj-mlj) said...

Wonderful card! Love the colors and the sketch.

Suzanne Russell said...

I knew it was a Christmas card right away! I love seeing use of non-traditional colors and you did it beautifully. Great job!

Broni said...

Fabulous idea to use these colors for a Christmas card! I'll have to remember that! Thanks so much for playing along with us at the Color Throwdown!

Betty Wright said...

Cheryl, this is wonderful! Love the colors and all your wonderful details! Wonderful Christmas card! Thanks so much for playing Flourishes FTTC Christmas In July Challenge!