Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Funky Christmas card (CQC #99/ JB34)

Hey there! Wanted to show you this fun Christmas card in non-traditional colors for this week's Christmasy inspired colourQ 99jingle belles and Clean and Simple sketch challenge.

So, this card was one of those where I ended up ripping the entire thing apart and starting over MORE than once! Particularly that stamped panel in the middle, I just COULD NOT get it right! I think I wasted an entire sheet of cardstock since I screwed up my stamping so many times! I used some yet-to-be-inked ornament stamps that I bought from the Unity clearance section a few months ago. The branch stamp is from an old (2006) Stampin' Up! set called "Best Blossoms." I actually was getting rid of several old stamps and a friend wanted to add to my pile, so we ended up exchanging a few (I'm proud to say I only kept 3 of her sets, but got rid of 20, yea!) and this is one of hers that I took. Shockingly enough, I don't really have very many flower stamp sets, I'm just not a real flower girl, at least in stamps!

So, once I FINALLY got my ornaments lined up right, and finally got the circle cut to the right size, and THEN made a second one because I screwed up the first correctly-stamped/correctly-sized circle with Crystal Effects, well THEN I added some Diamond Stickles to the ornaments a bit, just a tiny bit for some glitz. VERY pleased to say that was the LAST time I'll be stamping and cutting this!

I went through my Christmas/Winter themed papers and found this new bg paper, which really is more orange/yellow than it looks like in this pic. The mitten print paper is a scrap, a REALLY old scrap! I added some gold gems to the "holes" left by the border punch. I ran a strip of ribbon between the DP and the border piece, pleating it at the top a bit. Stamped my sentiment, and adhered my circular panel with some foam tape. 
Final step was to add some 3D snowflake stickers, some of these I peeled apart and re-adhered to be the way I wanted. I also added a glitzy "mirrorball" looking snowflake brad, some gems and an upholstered brad from my stash. I think the glass gems, and the glitzy brad really give this card a kind of kitschy feeling that I think is really FUN ;) 

Well, that is all for me today, folks! I hope you will come play with us at colourQ this week! I always love roaming through the Gallery seeing what your clever minds come up with. Have a stellar day, all!

xoxox, Noelle

supply list: solid cardstock/inks/ribbon/branch stamps: Stampin' Up!; ornament and sentiment stamps: Unity; circle cutter: Creative Memories; border punch: EK Success; upholstered brad/3D snowflakes/gems: K&Company; snowflake brad: I forgot! I am sorry :(

DUST IT OFF!: Trade some old stamps with a like minded crafty friend! Like me, you might end up with some cute, usable stamps that are "new to you!" Also, raid your holiday scraps for non-traditional colored scraps, you might be pleased to find some ORANGE holiday themed scraps that make the perfect accent for your card :)  


Annette said...

fun Christmas card. Perfect for this challenge..Love that snowflake..

lauren bergold said...

ooooooh yeah! this *IS* funky... and fun and festive and ♥FABULOUS♥!!! i adore that color palette and you've done magnificently well with it! plus those stamped ornaments were well worth the effort!!!

Sylvia said...

I love your funky Christmas card, Noelle! There must be a lot of people who like this color combo as there are already cards to comment on. I wish it would snow here, our days have ranged from 102-107 for the last two weeks. Hot is the name of our game!

SmilynStef said...

Love those fun colors for the holidays ... and those snowflakes are fab-u-lous ... so glad you joined our jingle belles fun.

Lisa said...

well it might have taken you ages to get this how you wanted it but the time was worth it as it's lovely. such great colours and the stamped element in the middle is really gorgeous.

Debgem said...

So much texture in your card and wonderfully funky colours - it's fab! Here's mine!

Jenny said...

That's a fun one!!! Although, maybe it would serve you well to invest in a stamp-a-ma-jig!!! LOL! I can picture u stamping and restamping:) Been there- but it's worth it in the end! Hey check this link out..its the camping paper you liked from my last card

Marie B. said...

Ah well, I like it ALOT! I'm glad you stuck it through! :)

Arielle ~ SnappyStamper said...

So cute, Noelle!!! Thanks for playing at the colourQ [wink]!

Christina said...

Hi Noelle! I love that you used these colors for a holiday card! They are perfect for those cute ornaments. Sorry I haven't been around to comment lately, but I hope to do better this fall!