It's the time of year when the Jingle Belles (aka Lauren and Me) each pledge to donate $2 per card made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure for our October *Pink Candy Christmas* Jingle Belles Prompt (make a Christmas card mostly featuring the color pink). We hope you'll join us.
These papers are from a vintage holiday collection (KaiserCraft Christmas Carnival) that is no longer in print ... I do love that color combination.
I really have no explanation how my card ended-up featuring a sock monkey ... sometimes you just have to go where the Muse leads you.
I used a 1 3/8" square and punched from six different papers in the We R Memory Keepers North Pole Collection. I always turn my punch upside-down, so I can position it over the piece of the pattern I want to capture in my card. I combined images with text and even some psudo-solid (covered with a snowflake sticker) to get a balance in my design.
Many years ago on my quest to find a crafty hobby that was *mine*, I took a quilting class through our local community education program. I loved learning about the patterns, fabrics and colors. It was amazing to me that multiple people could use the same quilting pattern, yet the end result looked completely different depending on the choices of the fabric patters and colors. Those were the parts I liked about learning to quilt ... the sewing and quilting, not so much.
I love that the things I learned during that creative process are so applicable in *my carft* ... creating cards.
For my card, I started with the inspiration photo at the Weekly Christmas Card Challenge and used it to frame my design. I loved the combination of pinks & reds with a hint of chocolate.
I started going through my hoarded 12"x12" papers (I still haven't found a good way to store them so they are accessible in my new studio). I pulled out a number of papers that featured reds & pinks (none of which are actually Christmas papers or from the same paper collection.
I used the Sweet Sunday Sketch to frame my layout ... the strips of designer paper melted into the background design, so I matted them with *chocolate* brown cardstoc, which helps all of the patterns work together.
My focal element is another pocket card, which makes for quick card making.
With a stamp like this one, there's not a lot more you need to do to create a great card (which would make it great for mass producing). I added two different kinds of gold sequins and framed with golden mirror paper before attaching to an ivory cardstock base ... ta dah!
Remember, you have until Wednesday September 10th to link-up your golden creations at Jingle Belles (and the IO Challenge continues until Tuesday the 16th).