Long time no post, eh??! 😉
Popping in with an entry for the Papertrey Ink November Blog Hop Challenge, which is based on this inspiration photo:
I used the colors from the photo, mainly, and maybe a snowflake. I have actually been in mass production mode for the last 10 days. I started to work on my lineup of 160 cards for friends/co-workers/neighbors, and got through 3 and a half sets (to be blogged about soon!) before my Mom called last Tuesday and requested that I make her some Christmas cards. Using the photo colors, this is what I created for her:
My mom is a quilter, so I tuned in to some quilting elements that I thought might be fun for her to see in a personalized card.
I cut a green mat layer and pinking-sheared the edges. Then I used the Cane Print Impression Plate to add what I thought was a perfect quilted-texture background. At the bottom of the card is a glitter-red rickrack border, from the same glittered cardstock used for the snowflakes at the top.
(And may I just say, trying to find RED GLITTERED CARDSTOCK in November is really, really difficult!! I had to make the rounds to all the local craft stores, and was lucky enough to find enough sheets at Joann! Ahem.)
I used my recently received Mat Stack 3 Layerz die to create a green mat for the regular Mat Stack die layer made from white cardstock. LOVE the Layerz and Mega Mat Stacks!! I stamped a Signature Christmas sentiment in black at the bottom, and then two poinsetta blooms from the Tag Its #9 stamp set in red. I used rhinestones to embellish this card, but in the end, I scrapped those for the entire set of cards in order to make mailing them a little more hassle free for her.
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I thought it was very clever to incorporate some quilting type of elements (Can you hear that?? Yes, yes, it’s me… tooting my own horn – LOL!), and she seems to love the design, thank goodness. I didn’t get a photo of it, but I did use a Stylish Sentiments: Holiday stamp on the interior. Actually, it was a bit of a fiasco because, after finishing all the cards, I realized that I forgot to stamp the interior sentiment, so I had to go back and do that Wednesday afternoon, hoping the ink would dry in time to deliver them Thanksgiving morning!!
She originally asked me for 20 cards, and I thought, “No big deal! I can churn that out easily before Thanksgiving.” (when we were due at their home.) She changed the amount to 33 the next day, and before I knew it, the final tally reached 42. So I made 44 – to keep the green and white mat layers in multiples of 4, for full-sheet cardstock cutting purposes, because I’m nice and orderly like that. 😉 The design wasn’t quite simple enough to make the process go quickly, so it took me a few days longer than I first thought it would. But I hope she will love them!
A photo of the finished batch.
You can find more beautiful Blog Hop projects at Nichole’s blog.