Seasonal Swirls Pretty Pines Christmas Wreath CCS 445

by Joanne James9. November 2021 12:00

It's Tuesday and time for a new challenge over at CAS Colours & SketchesThis week's challenge is a sketch challenge and I designed the following sketch for us to work with:


I designed the sketch to have a layer beneath a single focal point, with an overlapping sentiment. Whilst the focal point on the sketch is a circle, you can use any shape you like. Also feel free to flip or rotate the sketch when making your card.

I have been trying (and failing!) to find the time to play along with the lovely ladies over at Inspired By for several weeks, but when I saw this week's inspiration photo of that welcoming Christmas wreath, I couldn't resist! The fact that I could combine with my sketch was a bonus! Both of their inspiration photos this week feature wreaths, and having had an aborted attempt using wheatgrasses for the first one, I decided to give that up as a bad job and work with this oh-so-pretty Christmas wreath as my inspiration. I actually went on to create two cards, one being slightly less clean and simple than the other. Here's my first clean and simple one:


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

I used the leaf wreath in the Seasonal Swirls Dies set for my wreath base, snipping off the leaves to leaves just the twigs. I used the retired Pretty Pines Thinlits for my sprigs of greenery and berries, adding some sponged white ink to my Soft Succulent greenery and some large retired candy dots for berries. I finished with a gingham DSP bow and added a heat-embossed sentiment from the retired 'Arrange A Wreath' stamp set onto a little stitched rectangle of wood-effect paper which seemed to fit the photo. I backed my wreath with a scrap of white wood effect paper, reminiscent of the shiplap in the photo: 


 And that was that - card complete! I decided to make another one, identical save for one additional detail: I switched out the DSP bow for an actual one, tied with gingham ribbon that I had coloured from its original black and white to black and red with the aid of my Stampin' Blends markers:


 That showy, double-looped bow definitely crosses a CAS boundary, hence not adding it to my original card; I do love it though! Here's a close-up: 


So two cards for the price of one today! Which one gets your vote? Do leave me a comment below - I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Enjoy your day and I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


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Comments (4) -

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
11/9/2021 8:51:52 PM #

This card deserves several huge ticks! Love it, from the woodgrain background panel through to the exuberant plaid bow (in both incarnations).


VickyUnited Kingdom
11/10/2021 8:03:18 PM #

I love them both Joanne! The recipe remains the same in each - the wood, the gorgeous wreath with the fabulous leaves and berries, and the gingham bow - a perfect combination! I am really enjoying your challenges this month! Vicky x


Lisa Elton
Lisa EltonUnited States
11/12/2021 1:39:57 AM #

You can never go wrong with a pretty bow and you've given us two! Both cards are terrific, Joanne and I'm so happy you shared one with us at IB!


danni reid
danni reidUnited States
11/13/2021 4:20:31 AM #

These are so incredibly PERFECT, love your style, your designs are awesome!  Thank you for sharing with and inspiring us @ IB this week!


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