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Snowmen in Blue and White

Christmas Parcels - Clean and Simple

Hi Everyone.

Happy Friday.  I'm currently sitting on a balcony in Nice, France looking out at the local area and towards the sea.  The sun has just risen and the locals are beginning their day.  The cats on the balconies of the apartments around us are also beginning to come out of their warm homes to test the temperature.  For most of them it's still too cold, so they do what they need to do and rush back inside.  We are here to bring my DH home.  He's been based out of here since February and it's so wonderful that he's coming back home.  So, we will be traveling for the next couple of weeks, but I have created cards and other projects to share with you whilst I am away:-).  I had some good stamping time before I left and - as usual - some days my mojo worked well... and some days... it really took it's time getting going!

Today's card was one of the times when my mojo worked quickly and I was really pleased with the result.  The card also happens to fit well into the PalspaperArts challenge 18 - KISS - keep it simple sweetie.

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So, what was my inspiration for this card?  Well, actually it was a serendipitous day.  A parcel arrived for Lou from his airline company.  He's spent so many hours on a plane this year that they offered him a gift and I chose the Tiffany glass vase.  The parcel arrived for him and I opened up the cardboard box and there was the usual gorgeous turquoise blue box with big white satin ribbon.  Now, I don't know about all of you... but a turquoise box with white ribbon always makes my heart beat a little faster.  Mind you..... not quite as fast as when the UPS man arrives with an SU box! :-)

Well, the parcel got me thinking about the color scheme.  Then I decided to do a challenge on splitcoast - an inspiration challenge - IC207 and the sponsor was amibaroo.  I saw the front page banner - here  and was reminded of the Tiffany box... so down to my studio.  Here's a closeup of the parcels for you


Card recipe:

  • Whisper White card stock - scored horizontally - exactly 1/3rd in from the bottom and top edges. I love the fact that the scoring echoes the horizontal lines of the silver elastic cord and also frames the boxes
  • I mounted this onto the Real Red card stock card base
  • I used the Real Red Textured card stock for the parcel squares -  I wanted the textured paper as it works well against the smoothness of the Whisper White and echoes the texture of the elastic cord
  • I used Silver elastic cord to wrap around the parcels and tied them
  • I mounted the parcels using stampin dimensionals onto the whisper white card stock - in the middle of the two score marks
  • I stamped the Noel sentiment from the Many Merry Messages set in Real Red craft ink and them added a little clear embossing powder and heat embossed it

A really quick card - one that can be made for any kind of occasion and one that I feel met the inspiration from my Tiffany box - and from the amibarroo header.  It also fits very well into the KISS challenge for PPA this week, as there is lots of white space.  It looks far more expensive than it cost me to make it - and with a minimal amount of stamping, is ideal for making multiples.

I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving! 

Thanks to all of you for spending a little time in my area of the stamping blogosphere.  Your visits are aways appreciated.  I hope you get to spend time doing the things you love this weekend.  Kelli - have fun stamping - and Adelle - you still owe me pics of your trees :-)

Peace and blessings to you all