No Peeking for the PCC360

Paper Craft Crew 360 Sketch Challenge

This sketch challenge really made me think and plan and redo during the creative process. I knew I was going to use plaid, meaning my colors would be Cherry Cobbler and Shaded Spruce. These colors really say Christmas, even for this non-traditional colors person. I needed some touches of texture for the top part of the card, and the Brick 3D embossing folder really worked. There’s just something about plaid and brick (fireplace) that reminds me of my childhood Christmases on Long Island.

Here’s my card:

PCC360

Here’s the sketch banner that inspired the card:

Can I just take a second for a little woo-hoo moment? I finally figured out how to add an image with it’s link without a major problem. First time since I’ve updated my wordpress. Just saying…..

What I Knew……

I knew I wanted to use the #Elfie stamp set. It is just too stinking cute! I knew I wanted to use the string of lights from Making Christmas Bright. Everything else took a while to come together, but I am pleased with the final result.

My Stamp-a-ratus really got a workout for this card. I used it for the string of lights and then the placement of the no peeking elf. While coloring my first attempt, I went out of the lines on the hat. Mind you, that was the last thing I was coloring. Therefore, I got up, walked away and came back to it later in the day.

On this version of the elf, I used the Dark Daffodil Delight blend and the light So Saffron blend.

After numerous trials and errors, I finally figured out I what to do for coloring skin tones. I started with a layer of Ivory and then color over it with the light Petal Pink blend. If the elf had cheeks, those would have been lightly colored with the dark Petal Pink blend.

All that pretty much covers what I knew at the beginning.

What I Didn’t Know…

Trial and error really was key for the remaining elements of this card. I now have no less than five different Christmas trees stamped and punched. I finally settled on this one, especially since I really nailed the Cherry Cobbler layer without using the Stamp-a-ratus.

You might be asking yourself where I got the gold tree stand. Easy peasy, really. I colored a small swatch of Whisper White with the gold Wink of Stella and then used the lightbulb punch to get just the little base.

I also didn’t know what other element I could do for the left side of the focal elf. I’m pretty stinking pleased with the Santa’s Workshop pole, which is also from #Elfie. Cute.

The final thing I didn’t know was what I was going to do for the two ribbon elements on the bottom of the square. Again, trial and error was key. I finally decided on the flax ribbon and theReal Red cotton ribbon.

Putting It Together

I popped the elf square up on a layer of dimensionals. Since I wanted the tree to overlap the square, I needed to use a double layer of dimensions on the left side of the tree. The right side of the tree is simply adhered using Tombow liquid adhesive.

I completely forgot about the little bit of bling on the top right corner of the elf square. After trying a few different bling elements, I decided to keep it simple with the rhinestones.

I finished by creating a coordinating envelope using the plaid on the flap. Done. Happy. Cute!

As always,

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Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Supplies Used

Making Christmas Bright stamp set, item # 148046

Perfectly Plaid stamp set and Pine Tree punch bundle, item # 151143

#Elfie stamp set, item # 150509

Wrapped in Plaid DSP, item # 149596

Christmas Bulb Builder punch, item # 148013

Brick and Mortar 3D embossing folder, item # 149643

So Saffron blends combo, item # 149557

Cherry Cobbler blends combo, item # 144598

Petal Pink blends combo, item # 147272

Wink of Stella, item # 141897

Rhinestone Basic Jewels, item # 144220

Flax ribbon, item # 148764

Real Red cotton ribbon, item # 146925

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Cherry Cobbler cardstock, item # 119685

Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, item # 147111

Dimensionals, item # 104430

Tombow liquid adhesive (my fav!), item # 110755

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A two-fer for FMS329 and PPC Color Challenge #285

Have to love a two-fer

Freshly Made Sketches # 329 is a clean and simple sketch challenge, as always.  Paper Craft Crew Color Challenge #285 was to use 3 of the 4 colors of turquoise, shades of purple, yellow, or mint.  I chose Bermuda Bay for my turquoise, mainly because it’s not as bright as Tempting Turquoise, and also because it’s current.  My shade of yellow was Daffodil Delight, and my shade of purple was Wisteria Wonder.   

Here’s my card:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I’m Thankful for You

It’s been a rough week and a half for my family and I wanted to let my sisters know how thankful I am that I have them to help us adjust to our new normal.  I picked the clear-mount Heartfelt Blooms because I thought it matches the sentiment.   I needed to use the three colors, so Bermuda Bay is the base, ribbon, and sentiment ink.  My first layer of blooms I used Daffodil Delight stamped on Whisper White, then matted on Daffodil Delight cardstock.  For the inset layer of blooms, I used Wisteria Wonder stamped on Whisper White, then mounted on Wisteria Wonder cardstock.

I knew the sentiment I wanted, and it comes from the Painted Harvest photoplymer stamp set from the holiday catalog.  The punch I used was the Everyday Punch, again from the holiday catalog.  The punch was chosen mainly because the sentiment  would fit on it.  I used my Stamping Write Marker in Bermuda Bay to subtly outline the punch because there were already enough layers, and I didn’t want to add another one to the card.   I then squinted and realized that I needed something to balance the card out, so I added 3 Daffodil Delight enamel shapes.  This means I owe my upline, Brian King, another nickel, since the squint technique is his idea.

A whole lot of ugly……

I’ve said it before, but my mats are always ugly for two reasons:  first, I don’t want to waste the cardstock, and second, it cuts down on the weight of the card, even if just a little.  Every little bit counts when I am trying to avoid using extra postage on the envelope.  I punched out three kinds of labels from these mats, and then put them in my “free” storage containers (read Extra gum plastic containers).  This time I remembered to take pictures of the ugly, and also of my punch containers.

These Extra gum containers are also the perfect size (!!) for the enamel shapes, and I have those next to my label punches on a shelf within arm’s reach of my work desk. 

 

I teach high school, and kids bring me these containers.  I am now the happy owner of a growing stash of containers ready to be filled and labeled.

Challenge boards

Bermuda Bay is not the shade of turquoise pictured, but it is a shade of turquoise, so it works.   At least I think it works.

I took the “Any Shape” literally and used a rectangle.  Bermuda Bay ribbon attaches the sentiment to the card and also covers the strip element on the challenge sketch.

Have to love a two-fer!

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts, so comments are always welcome!

Have a Peachy Day!