Seasons Of Fun Christmas Card PP571

by Joanne James12. December 2021 08:00

Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's our last challenge of the year and it's the turn of the fabulous LeAnne to host this week. She has a festive colour challenge for you to work with:


I decided to pair this week's colours with the current sketch over at Try Stamping on Tuesday to use a stamp that I've not yet had the opportunity to ink up, even though I've used each of the other stamps in the same set - take a look:


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

A Colour Confession - First up - I have a confession to make! I had decided on my stamp and layout, so gathered my supplies and various ribbons and accessories that would work for my card and set to work. I completed my card and went to upload it then realised my oversight - I had used Cherry Cobbler instead of Merry Merlot! I had the colour banner in my mind but hadn't double-checked it before I started; a rookie mistake and my only defence is that I really have had one of those weeks! I had no time to remake, so I hope LeAnne forgives me and you can imagine how the same card would look in a slightly darker shade of red. What can I say - I think it's time for a Christmas break!

Seasons of Fun - I used the image of the sweet little girl pulling her sled and tiny Christmas tree on the front of my tailored tag. This is the final image in the 'Seasons of Fun' hostess set that I had yet to use and I think it's so sweet, I just had to use it on today's card. I stamped it twice, once directly onto my tag and a second time, so that I could fussy cut the little girl's hat and scarf so that I could layer these and extend the image beyond the boundaries of the tag. I left my card sentiment-free and also added some stars and a stamped image of the little Christmas tree inside:

Sometimes I like to leave clear space to write, even on a Christmas card, when often I'm writing to someone I haven't seen in a long time.

Touches of Gold - I incorporated lots of gold elements into today's card: the (retired) plaid banners, the gold-edged Cherry Cobbler ribbon tied with gold twine, the gold holly leaves and some (retired) gold Wink of Stella for the star on top of the Christmas tree:

I love the addition of the gold to the festive red and green and switching out the usual white for vanilla adds a lovely warmth to this cute Christmas card. The 'Seasons of Fun' host stamp set is still available, so if you have your eye on it now is the time to order - it will disappear for good when the current July-December catalogue ends on 3rd January.

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:

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!

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

Enjoy your day; today we are spending the day fully embracing our Christmas preparations at home, with tree trimming and festive baking planned - yum! I'll be back soon with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 

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

Comments (13) -

Heather Heroldt
Heather HeroldtUnited States
12/12/2021 6:07:53 PM #

Sweet, sweet coloring, Joanne - so cute!  Love her over the plaid banners, too - adorable!  Thanks so much for playing at TSOT!

Donna Scholz
Donna ScholzUnited States
12/12/2021 6:30:08 PM #

Joanne, such a super cute card! Love all the gold details you've added - ribbon, plaid, and holly leaves. Great job coloring the little girl and her tree! A wonderful interpretation of our Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch! Thank you for sharing your card and talents with us!!! Happy holidays from the TSOT Design Team!!! -Donna

NancyUnited States
12/12/2021 9:11:44 PM #

Joanne, your need for forgiveness is not even necessary! Your card is perfect for the challenge...unlike mine that is!  I love it! Really love the pops of plaid! I have so enjoyed my time with all of you as a guest designer, and I am so sad to see it come to an end. I will be back in the gallery again as a patron when I have the chance. Happy Holidays to you and yours! Take care!

Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
12/12/2021 10:32:59 PM #

Adorable, Joanne! This is such a cute image. I always forget that I have this set. You have colored this little sweetie perfectly. I love the red plaid...such a festive little touch! Happy holidays!!!

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
12/13/2021 2:45:57 AM #

LOL, if you hadn't mentioned it, I would never have realized you didn't use Merry Merlot....that little girl with her tree and sled is so cute, I totally glossed over the color boo-boo.  And trust me, I have done that many times!  Anyway, your card is adorable and I recognized that sketch right away...what a fun one and a great way to use this image too!

Amanda Mertz
Amanda MertzUnited States
12/13/2021 3:52:46 PM #

This is a super cute card no matter which color you used!  I love the plaid strips and how you extended the head over the edge of the tag; great details!  I've enjoyed stamping with you the last year as well as getting to know you!  Thanks for all the very sweet comments on my projects also!  I look forward to joining in on the Paper Players 2022 challenges and seeing all the goodness you create!  Have a very Merry Christmas!

Debbie Crowley
Debbie CrowleyUnited States
12/13/2021 5:18:28 PM #

Joanne, I absolutely love this adorable little one!  I will also say that she has found the perfect tree!  The plaid and gold accents you included in your design are perfect!  I want to thank you, Joanne for your kindness to me always with your sweet comments.  It was truly my pleasure to have the opportunity to design with you this past year and to get to know you.  You are full of talent and goodness and it has been my pleasure to get to know you!  I will miss my Thursday mornings checking in on our next challenge, but I will be back playing along without a doubt.  I wish you a very happy holiday season and lots of love and dreams come true in 2022!

VickyUnited Kingdom
12/13/2021 7:53:23 PM #

This little Christmas cutie looks fabulous Joanne! I love the tag style lay out against the strips of beautiful plaid and I am always in awe of your beautiful bows! Hope you enjoyed your tree trimming and festive baking! Vicky x

Laurie Schmidt
Laurie SchmidtUnited States
12/14/2021 3:48:13 PM #

Really sweet image!! great the tag with some bling on it!

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
12/14/2021 9:40:04 PM #

Joanne, this is the sweetest card!  I love the plaid strips and that adorable little girl!  The tag is perfect and the gold leaves and ribbon is gorgeous!   Such a festive card!  Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas, My Friend!  

JaydeeUnited States
12/17/2021 8:53:56 PM #

Joanne, what a cutie patootie and I love her in her little plaid.  I also love that she's on the tag - but also off it.  This card reminds me of my childhood - I would have LOVED that hat Smile  Merry Christmas to you all

Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
12/18/2021 6:10:55 AM #

Such a sweet card, Joanne! The plaid DSP is the perfect touch. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2022. Big hugs!

12/24/2021 8:32:48 AM #

Adorable card. I love the cute image. Great take on our sketch! Thank you for sharing your beautiful creation at TSOT and good luck!

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