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Patterned Pines - welcome Christmas into your heart

Hi Everyone.  Happy Saturday night.

I hope you are all enjoying your labor day weekend!  The weather here has been perfect - mid 70s.  It doesn't get any better than that.

I managed to drag myself away from My Digital Studio to create a challenge card.  I have my new sets which I want to play with... but I'm desperate to get our cruise from last year into a coffee table book. So I'm splitting my play time into two!  It does mean, however, that the vacuuming hasn't gotten done yet! :-)

Today's card is for the stamping411 SSC115 challenge.  Challenges are a great way to take you out of your comfort zone, or get you out of a rut.  I decided to use the Christmas Cocoa designer series paper with my new stamp set.  The level 1 hostess set from the new Holiday Mini - Patterned Pines.  I decided to use the snowflake from the set as it fit so well with the snowflake paper from the DSP.  In my box of goodies was also the Gold Cord and Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint - both from the new holiday mini.

Here's the challenge sketch.  I decided to create a layer underneath the focal point with stamped images instead of using another piece of DSP or card stock for the central layering piece.  

Here's the card that I was inspired to create.

Patterned Pines wsc

  • I stamped the snowflake from the Patterned Pines all over the Soft Suede card stock with the Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint.  I then stamped the sentiment from the Heard from the Heart set in Soft Suede onto Sahara Sand.  I mounted the two together and cut a piece of the golden paper from the Christmas Cocoa DSP to act as the matt.   I added the sentiment piece onto the matt piece with Stampin' Dimensionals.      
  • I then used the new Gold Cord (love it!!!) to wrap around the sentiment piece.  Once again, I used the Stampin' Dimensionals to go behind the matt.  I love doing this as it raises the central focal point, but it doesn't have a high profile because of the width of the SD's.
  • All of these colors match and you can see how beautifully the stamp fits with the DSP.  The overall effect is soft, warm, and has just enough shimmery bling without being overdone.  The script of the sentiment seemed to fit perfectly with the softer feel of the card.

I don't know how you go about creating your projects, but I tend to grow my card organically.  I start with something that I like - in this case the DSP - and then play around to see what works.  Sometimes, I find myself going in ways that I had never imagined. Sometimes I go places I wish I hadn't!  But... generally it works well for me.  

As always, thank you for visiting my little area of the stamping blogosphere.  A shout out to all of you who visit every day and send me an email or leave a comment.  Sharing what I love doing is the reason that I created this blog - and it's always so heartwarming to know that I have inspired someone.  Jean - you are amazing...... thank you for all you do to support me... but also all the other SU demonstrators.

I wish you all a fabulous weekend - doing what you love - with those you love the most.
Peace and hugs