A Quick Christmas Card for a Sketch Challenge

Can you believe that there are only NINE weeks left until Christmas? Sketch 339As the holidays draw closer, I start to feel the days going by quickly and tend to not have enough hours to get everything ready for Christmas. Can you relate?  Each year, we sent out over 100 Christmas cards and, this time of year, I start to scour the internet for quick, simple card sketches like this one from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  Any uncomplicated card design that can be replicated quickly is a winner in my book.

This week, I decided to join the sketch challenge and create a simple card using the Holly Jolly Border stickers and Build a Plaid stamp set.   As you can see, instead of adding a scallop, I chose to create a variety of layers at the base of the card. MissCarriesCreations-ChristmasBorderStickerCard

Even though the Build a Plaid stamp set is intended for creating plaid designs, I chose to use it as a fill-in for one of my layers. Once the base of card was complete, I stamped the “December 25th” image onto black cardstock with VersaMark™ Ink, heat embossed it in white, then layered it atop a Candy Apple stitched circle. I love the look of white embossing powder on black cardstock. 

I added a stamped Holly embellishment, a sentiment, and a few Holly Jolly Dots to complete the card. This card was so simple to create and could be made using a array of border stickers, paper scraps, or stamped images.

I hope that this card has inspired you to create something new this year for Christmas and to join the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I will be posting more cards I created using the Holly Jolly border stickers this week. In fact, I have created an entire workshop using them and I can’t wait to share them with you.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Creating a Card with Papers You Hate

Sooo maybe “hate” is a strong word, but I want to be honest with you today. How many times have you looked at a paper pack in the catalog and thought “EW – won’t use that!”?  Well, my friend, that is exactly how I felt when I first saw the papers in the Craft On paper pack.  I was not the biggest fan. The bright colors, raging patterns, and crafty concepts did not appeal to me – AT FIRST…. but now I am going to miss it. 

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Who knew that such a brilliant collection would be one of my go-to paper packs this summer?  Sadly, it is now going away along with the Lemon, Emerald, and Pansy ink colors that were some of my favorites. These bright summer flavors will be officially retired on August 31st.

Before they are all gone for good, I thought I would create one more project for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. (You will also find this card linked to the CardzTV & Through the Craft Room Door challenges.)  Here the sketch that I used as inspiration for my card. 

I began with a piece of Raspberry Craft On paper for the background, then created a Torn Paper border on a piece of White Daisy cardstock that had been splattered with Black Shimmer.   I added a stamped sentiment in Black then layered the two strips of paper onto the card.

If you haven’t had a chance to snag our stamp of the month, you
better grab it for $5.00 before August 31st. 

The Watermelon and Flower were created in Design Space™ and cut out with my Air2™.  I have always added Cricut™ cuts to my scrapbook pages, but, recently, I have begun to enjoy adding Cricut cut-outs to my cards.  (Here is the link to another card I made using a few images from our Cricut™ collections.)

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I added a few Black & White Dots, and this simple card was complete. I just love how it turned out. So bright and cheery and full of summer.♥ 

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I hope that this card has inspired you to give the Craft On collection a second glance.  Make sure you hop over to my website and grab yourself a few of the last remaining packs before August 31st. After that, I can’t guarantee that you will be able to get a hold of one of the paper pack I now A-DORE♥.

♥ I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Enjoy Life & a Few Challenges

I enjoy spending most of my summer days outdoors, but this week’s weather has “forced” me into my workroom and allowed me to join a few paper crafting challenges. As I searched through some of my favorites, I came across two challenges that inspired me to create this Enjoy Life card which uses one of our featured stamp sets from our June special.MissCarriesCreations-RoadTripCard

The first challenge is the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge where I was inspired by this sketch. As you can see, I used the Camper image from Happy Trails Stamp set and some of the sentiments to match the sketch for my card.

Don’t forget that this stamp set comes with a free kit this month. 

 

To create the multi-layered Camper, I stamped the image onto some Linen Cardstock and two patterns from the Into the Wild paper packet.  I then cut apart the images and paper-pieced the Camper together. Isn’t it just the cutest?

 

The second challenge I joined was the Heart2Heart Woodwork challenge where we are to incorporate some wood grain or some cute new wooden shapes into our projects. It’s difficult to see, but the patterned paper background has a slight wood grain behind the geometric image.  I also added some of our Wooden Shapes as embellishments.   I like the simplicity of these shapes and how they enhance our projects.

 

I hope that this card inspires you to join one, or both, of these challenges.  Don’t forget to get your FREE KIT when you purchase the Happy Trails Stamp set in the Best Moments are Free Bundle.  This special is only available, while supplies last, during the month of June.

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♥ I can’t wait to see what you create!

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