Warm and Cozy Clean And Simple Christmas Sweater PP371 GDP113

by Joanne James19. November 2017 09:00

It's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of the super-talented Sandy, to host this week and she has a fun clean and simple challenge for us to work with:


I'm a little late with my post today - I am still struggling to keep up with everything as I am so very busy at the moment - but I couldn't miss the opportunity to join in with Sandy's clean and simple 'warm and cozy' challenge in this week's Global Design Project challenge colours - take a look:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

Warm and Cozy - When I think of cold winter days, I think of mittens, gingerbread latte and woolly jumpers; so what better than a Christmas jumper to fit with the 'warm and cozy' theme? There are some fun sweaters in the 'Christmas Sweaters' stamp set; I decided to go with the simple striped one with a snowflake centrepiece for my clean and simple card. With a nod to the lovely Sandy who is such an expert colourer, I decided to get out my new Stampin' Blends to colour my sweater. I'm not sure I'm as good as Sandy when it comes to colouring, but it sure is fun and allowed me a peaceful 10 minutes in my otherwise hectic day!

Deck The Halls - I knew I wanted to use a few simple embellishments and I didn't want to add too many layers to my clean and simple card, so I decided to create a little patterned background with my sentiment to sit behind my sweater. I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to line up my sentiment and just stamped it repeatedly in Cherry Cobbler ink. Keeping this detail to one area of the card allows me to preserve the 'white space' that is a key feature of a clean and simple card.

All Good Things Come In Threes - Along with the trio of festive colours that feature on my sweater, I have also used a trio of embellishments: a (retired) wooden snowflake, a Pool party twine bow and some Pool Party enamel shapes for some added fun detail. I tried to keep my embellishments to a minimum given this week's theme but couldn't resist these additional touches to complete my warm and cozy card.

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my Product and 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

The Paper Players Design Team
Laurie Schmidt
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis 
Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN!

Don't forget the theme is clean and simple this week - so minimal layers and embellishments and lots of white space. I can't wait to see what you create and look forward to visiting your blogs this week! Enjoy the rest of your weekend as it will be over all too quickly; I'll be back later with news of a fantastic week of promotions that will be starting tomorrow and hope to resume something like normal blogging service this week. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (9) -

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
11/19/2017 8:30:56 PM #

I am so glad to finally see someone use this fun stamp set!  And I LOVE how you did the background!  You're so clever, and your coloring and shading is just perfect!  I haven't gotten any of the Blends yet....but I am getting closer, LOL!

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
11/20/2017 10:22:26 AM #

You are too kind LeAnne! I nearly went with mittens today, but having bought this stamp set because Rebecca loved it I hadn't inked it up at all. After a cold snap here in the UK this weekend it was most definitely sweater weather and these little festive jumpers are just too cute! Thanks for the colouring compliments too - I love to colour as I find it so relaxing, but I've a long way to go to get to Sandy's standards I think! As for the Blends - I'm so happy to see these back, they really are the best for colouring!

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
11/21/2017 2:33:01 AM #

This is just so perfect! I love the way you've used the words to create your own special background. The colouring is lovely and the embellishments perfect. I know a couple of people for whom this would be the perfect card! Wonderful work!

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
11/22/2017 7:17:37 PM #

Jan you say the nicest things! I love a clean-and-simple card and these Christmas jumpers are such fun. In hindsight I wondered if the sentiment background was just a little too wordy/busy, but decided to go with it so I'm glad you like it!

sandymUnited States
11/21/2017 3:14:52 AM #

Well this was worth waiting for, Joanne! The sweater is so adorable and you've colored it superbly. I love the background stamping too, and how you've clustered it in one corner. A fabulous card! And ps, you give me way too much credit!

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
11/22/2017 7:15:44 PM #

So nice of you to say Sandy - this was such a fun challenge and nice to get 10 minutes of peaceful colouring in my day, even if not as good as yours!

Annie Abrahamson
Annie AbrahamsonUnited States
11/23/2017 1:17:17 AM #

A perfectly colored cozy card for this week's challenge!  I like the repeating sentiment in the background to ground the image and your wintery embellishments.  That twine looks like yarn!  Hope all is well!  Hugs, Annie

LaurieUnited States
11/23/2017 2:51:31 AM #

This is such a fun card! Your sweater is so cute.Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Deanne @ Three Trees
Deanne @ Three TreesCanada
11/24/2017 6:58:56 PM #

Oooooooooooohhhh - I LOVE this one!  Such a fun card - love the design!

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