Wednesday, December 22, 2010

One more Christmas CD{89} & SSC{182}

Hi everyone, sorry it's been quiet under the Canopy this week!  Like everyone, I've been rushing about with last minute holiday projects.  I know that you are just as busy so I will keep today's post short and sweet....kinda like my Color Dare card using this week's holiday colors of Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, and Soft Suede.
 I started out with this sweet little sketch from the operators at the Stamping 411.  Love 
this site!  An uber-talented group of SU demos with great techniques and fun challenges. 
 I don't make square cards very often but the operators had a great tip for this sketch--make a 4.25" square card!  It will still fit in a regular envelope, will not require extra postage and best of all it makes a cute little card!  With this in mind, I happily got busy with some Jolly Holiday DSP and a favorite retired set, Berry Christmas.

I thought my Soft Suede card base looked a little plain so I used the Sanded BG stamp in Soft Suede for a subtle effect.  I stamped the berry wreath in Old Olive on Very Vanilla CS and punched it out with a non-SU 2" circle punch.  Next the Merry Details sizzlit provided a sweet little Cherry Cobbler bird to nest inside the wreath.  Before the birdie could land there, I spritzed him up with some Champagne Mist shimmer spray.  Maybe you can see it here:

The sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes was stamped in Soft Suede on VV CS and popped out with the Word Window punch.  I fussed for a awhile about where to put it and decided I liked it inside the wreath as a perch for my Cobbler birdie.  Some Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon finished off the front nicely.

Not much room on the inside of a 4.25" square card but I made the most of it repeating the wreath to frame one of my favorite "inside" sentiments from Christmas Greeting.  Believe it or not, the sentiment is stamped in Cherry Cobbler and the bow hanger is Soft Suede.  The sun was so bright during this quick photo shoot that it washed out my colors a little!

So, you're probably wondering why this is Color Dare 89 again when last week was 89?  Sometimes life gets in the way of blogging, you know?!  So, there was no official Color Dare post last week.  This is still week 89 for challenges but with new colors for the holiday week!  So let's see your Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler and Soft Suede creations over at the Color Dare blog.  Be sure to check out the rest of the design team where you are sure to find loads of inspiration.  You can follow the links below to their blogs:
We're into the home stretch now...only 4 days until Christmas!  I hope this post finds you enjoying fun holiday traditions and making new ones with friends and family.  I hope to have another post for you by the end of the week but until then...happy wrapping, baking, shopping and merry-making!

stamps: berry christmas [retired]; christmas greeting; sanded BG
ink: cherry cobbler, soft suede, old olive
paper: soft suede, very vanilla, cherry cobbler CS; jolly holiday DSP
xtras: corner rounder, 2" circle, scalloped ribbon border & word window punches; cherry cobbler seam binding ribbon; champage mist shimmer spray; merry details sizzlit


    Marisa said...

    Love it, Nance! Fabulous ribbon and great use of the sketch! Have a blessed Christmas (((hugs)))

    Nancy said...

    How pretty is this I love the wreath and your use of it again inside, great touch. The little glittery bird is so cute. And of course the sea binding ribbon adds its own sparkle!

    Linda Callahan said...

    I don't know what I like better your lovely card or looking at that beautiful sunny green backdrop......sigh.....Have a wonderful Christmas in the Canopy :-)

    Glenda J said...

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the bird - it's perfect! Lovely card!

    Selene Kempton said...

    This is just gorgeous! It looks like a hanging ornament! Totally Beautiful!

    LeAnne said...

    I love square cards, and this is such a sweet one! Great sketch---hopefully I will have time to play!

    stampingminnie said...

    How cute is your card!! Love it.

    Kerin said...

    What a stunning creation, I love every single thing about this card!!

    Connie Babbert said... all the details on your card! The set, the ribbon...everything!

    Hi, I'm Lee Conrey! said...

    This is gorgeous. I love all the little detail.

    jaydee said...

    Nance, gorgeous card. I love the color combo and the way you used the sketch. Great job putting a little spritz on him. Very inspiring card.
    Happy Holidays, my friend

    Anonymous said...

    Congratulations on being chose for Stampers Showcase you did a great job with this card, I am happy to be in your company. Please stop by for a downloadable gift in honor of Christmas!~hugs Donna

    Tamie said...

    Wasn't this just a fantastic sketch! You rocked it and I love the card you chose to enter into our PPC challenge. Awesome colors. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at PPC this week.

    Tamie - PPC DT