Deck The Halls and Under The Tree Christmas Card

by Joanne James8. December 2014 07:00

A nice early post from me this morning as I'm trying desperately to be organised this week as I have the busiest week ahead! It is the last week of the school term before the James Juniors break up for Christmas, so we have a week of pantomimes, parties and performances to look forward to. Not to mention a marathon baking session to ensure there are tasty treats for teachers gifts by the end of the week!

Today's card uses the sketch layout over at The Deconstructed Sketch and this week's colour palette over at Pals Paper Arts:


I'm still making Christmas cards and today's square card features a combination of old and new product. Here is my card:


I love those Under the Tree kraft DSP papers and this red Christmas tree pattern is one of my favourites. I matted a piece of it on a square of Baked Brown Sugar and a mat of Very Vanilla. I embossed a piece of Baked Brown Sugar with the On Point embossing folder for some added texture then added a piece of ribbon for the vertical strip. I used the retired 'deck the halls' stamp for my sentiment as I wanted something nice and square, coloured with my Stampin' Write markers and matted on a piece of Cherry Cobbler and another piece of Very Vanilla. I used a piece of Baked Brown Sugar thick baker's twine for the bow. I used the Christmas tree from the Project Life December Wonder stamp set in place of my tab, and also moved it to the other side in relation to the sketch layout. A tab as well as the tree didn't look right, nor did a tab without it or putting the tree on the left. So I switched it - crafter's prerogative!

Hope you like today's card - this is a colour combination I can see myself using again before Christmas comes!

Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!


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Holiday Home Side Step Christmas Card for The Paper Players

by Joanne James30. November 2014 07:00

It's time for a new challenge over at The Paper Players today and this week the lovely Jaydee has a fun tic-tac-toe challenge for us:

I'm linking up today's card with Merry Monday where the challenge is to use red, green and white on a Christmas card, and Create with Connie and Mary where they have the following sketch layout:


When considering Jaydee's grid I was drawn to the top horizontal line - tree, transport and white - although I ended up completing two more lines too (see if you can work out which ones!). One of the reasons I purchased the 'White Christmas' stamp set was for that cute little car and this is the first time I've used it! Here is my card:

I took some artistic licence with the sketch and turned it upside down and made it into a side stepped card - I think you can see all the elements though. I used Smoky Slate for my card base and having made my folds, I began to customise it. For the main panel, I added a Whisper White snow drift and a road for my car to travel along, then stamped my car, complete with Christmas tree, in Memento Black onto Whisper White, coloured with my Blendabilities and Stampin' Write markers and fussy cut it out and popped it up on dimensionals:


For my stepped side, I added a snow drift of dazzling diamonds glimmer paper at the front, along with a bold satin bow. The house that is the destination for the travelling Christmas tree is on the layer behind, again coloured with Blendabilities and decorated with a mini wreath and some glimmer snow, and a few fir trees. The layer at the rear has a couple more trees and two more houses, this time in Smoky Slate and stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in white, as these houses are in the background of the scene. Here are a couple of additional views from this side of the card:


Here's a close up of the houses:

This was a fun card to create and the Holiday Home houses and co-ordinating framelits work really well on a stepped card. This week's tic tac toe challenge offers lots of opportunities to be creative, so be sure to share your creation with us at The Paper Players!  Check out what the other designers did as well:

Back tomorrow with another other project; until then, enjoy the rest of your weekend and happy stampin'!


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Winter Wonderland Snowflakes Christmas Card

by Joanne James21. November 2014 07:00

Today's Christmas card uses the somewhat unconventional festive colour scheme over at The Challenge paired with the current Retrosketches layout for inspiration:


I decided to create another snowflake card using the Endless Wishes set, along with a few of the stamps in the Project Life December Wonder set that I happened to have out on my desk. This is such a great set, and not just for memory-keeping. Take a look:


A Pink Pirouette base with a mat of Rich Razzleberry for a pop of colour, then a selection of snowflakes stamped in pink and grey and interspersed with some Razzleberry stars. I added a few rhinestones for a little sparkle and decided to use my sentiment from the Project Life set, stamped and framed and cut out with the co-ordinating framelits and popped up on a couple of dimensionals. Very simple, but quite pretty and super quick to put together.

Back tomorrow with another Christmas card with some fun punch art; until then, happy stampin'!


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A Krafty Christmas Card

by Joanne James20. November 2014 12:47

Today's card has been made with a few challenges in mind: The Card Concept has the theme of a Krafty Christmas and a lovely inspiration photo and I decided to use the sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch for my layout, although I'm too late to link up there today:


Since my design is definitely CAS, I am also using this as my entry for 'Less is More' this week where the theme is more than one tree. So, on to my card! I love the Card Concept inspiration photo and decided to use the idea of the punched shapes and colours on my card:


This sketch proved trickier to work with than I anticipated - I think it was all the angled lines! I punched a couple of panels of Crumb Cake with my retired mini tree punch and my star punch (I would have liked a snowflake punch, but alas I don't own one so a star had to do!) and backed them with Real Red and Whisper White, following the contours of the sketch. I stamped my sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Then came the dilemma - I felt like my card was too CAS, as if it was missing something. I fiddled about and eventually decided to try it with a Real Red satin ribbon bow; I'm not sure if this then goes too far the other way, but thought I'd include both photos - perhaps you'll leave me a comment as to which one you prefer!


I'm off to school to watch a class assembly this afternoon - Rebecca is role playing the teacher today, so she went to school with her hair up in a bun this morning because 'that's what teachers do', even though I don't think I've ever seen one at her school with one! Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!


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