Love & Kisses for Paper Players #396
Thinking of You

5 pink bottles sitting on a card......

Hi Everyone.  Happy Monday.

Sorry about the ear worm :-)  10 green bottles hanging on a wall... or in my case 5 pink bottles sitting on a card :-)

As you have probably guessed, I have another non-floral card for you tonight!   This one is for one of the final classes I had to do for the Altenew Educator Certification Program - called  'Tis the Season.

I decided to make a card inspired the the wonderful Laura Bassen's lesson where she used a co-ordinating die to create a shaker card and I combined that with her other lesson - using non-traditional elements for Christmas cards.  BTW - I am sure you all know Laura - but just in case you don't - the women's videos are hysterical!  Laura uses a lot of rainbows on her cards and I swear that listening to one of her videos brightens my entire day!!!   Lou was sitting close by when I was watching the videos for the class and even he said Laura was a hoot! :-)

So.... a non-traditional color Christmas card, using non-traditional elements .... what on earth was I going to do?  I went through my goodies and found my Altenew Alpha dies.  OK... good place to start and thought I could get the sentiment "merry" across a horizontal card.   OK.... then what?   Ah. Ha!  A lightbulb moment when I stumbled across the My Favorite Things Uncorked stamp and die set!  

I die-cut the merry sentiment and then colored it with three Altenew pink colors.  Here's a closeup of the sentiment

Merry ombre closeup (1 of 1)
You can see the sequins peeking out from the shaker :-)

Once I had finished the sentiment, I took a piece of Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock and die-cut the bottle 5 times across it.  I then backed this with a piece of strong clear acetate.   I used some Stampin' Up! foam to create the well for my sequins and I adhered the panel to my card base leaving an opening so that I could insert the sequins into the well created for the shaker elements.

I stamped "Christmas" onto a piece of white cardstock and adhered that over the merry and my card was ready to go.

Here's the full card:

Alpha Die Xmas AECP (1 of 1)

I decided to do something non-traditional for the inside, too.

Alpha Die Xmas AECP inside (1 of 1)

I normally make very traditional Christmas cards and it was great to do something entirely different.  I know exactly who this card will go to this year - along with the usual couple bottles of wine that we purchase for them.

I really like the shaker element of the card and the fact that the sequins from Martha Stewart work perfectly with the colors I chose for the sentiment.  Here's a closeup showing how the sequins match the sentiment.

Alpha Die Xmas AECP closeup (1 of 1)

I love it when classes force you to go outside of your comfort zone to come up with something different.  This class certainly did that in spades!

I'll be back tomorrow with another card.  In fact, I will be back over the next three days as I have the last 3 cards from the classes to share with you.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.

Hugs

Jaydee

Card recipe:

  • Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White #110
  • Inks:  Altenew - Cherry Blossom mini inks
  • Dies:  Bold Alpha Sentiment - Altenew.   Bottle:  My Favorite Things
  • Inside sentiment:  Uncorked - My Favorite Things

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