Hi Everyone. Happy Sunday.
It's my pleasure to host our final Paper Players challenge of 2016. I decided to go with a color scheme that I use a lot at New Year -
I love the crispness of the white with the cool of the silver and the warmth of the gold. I've also been known to use this color scheme for Christmas dinner table settings :-)
I had this idea going around in my head to use the poinsettia from the Poinsettia and Pines set to resemble a bow on a gift box. So, I heat embossed the poinsettia with gold embossing powder and then used my Kuretake metallic watercolor paints to color the inside of the petals. I heat embossed the pine branches with silver embossing powder and then set about creating the ribbon effect on my card.
I did that by cutting a strip both horizontally and vertically on the front part of my card. I then used the same gold metallic watercolor paint to color a band that would show behind the front of my card. I mounted the pieces with foam tape and then attached the pine branches and the poinsettia. All that was left was to add the sentiment.
Here's my card for tonight:
I really liked the finish product and..... because I liked it so much... I made several cards using different colors and I will share those with you this week.
If you are looking for some inspiration, you have to look no further than our amazing design team. It's the last time that this list of names will appear together on our design team list, as we sadly say goodbye to our three fabulous 2016 guest designers. Colleen, Hannelie and Linda - it has been an honor and a pleasure to play alongside you this year. You have provided wonderful inspiration for us - and for our challenge followers. Your support has meant a great deal and we will miss all of you.
On a personal note:
Lou arrived back from Asia this evening to find the temps in the single digits. Hmmmmm... a lot lower than when he left China 24 hours earlier! It's cold - but forecast to get even colder as the temps will be getting to -12 on Wednesday - without the windchill. Me? I'm staying put in my nice warm house and appreciating the 3-4 inches of snow we are expecting today from my living room :-) So, we are hoping it looks a lot like Christmas again tomorrow when we wake up.
Our Christmas decorations are almost finished. In the niches in the family room, I change out the mercury elements every season. Summer I have shells, Fall I have Pumpkins and at Christmas - Christmas trees and an ornament. They are lit from within by fake candles and I love how they glow at night.
I found these two lit lamps at Pier 1 this year and love them. They sit proudly on the hall table. It was really hard to photograph them - but I think you get the idea.
I love the way the oak trees hang on to their leaves thru winter - they add an unexpected pop of color to our woodland.
I'll be back with another card tomorrow. In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight. Including, Tinkerbell!
- Cardstock: Neenah Solar White #110
- Stamps: Poinsettia and Pines - Altenew
- Inks: Kuretake Metallic Watercolor Paints