Saturday, January 19, 2013

Red, White, and Jul (JB 13:2, US#104, and RS#47)

Hi all! I am loving on my Studio right now, and it is a mess! But, in all honesty, I don't care. It has felt SO good to reclaim my mojo lately! :) These 2 cards are for the following 3 challenges.... They are BOTH for Jingle Belles Scandinavian Christmas, here's the inspiration photo:

 And the card on the left is for Unscripted Sketches 194, and the "piggyback" challenge for that is to use stickers, here's the sketch:

and the card on the right is for Retrosketches #47, here is the sketch for that one:

Here's my 2 cards again:

I will start with the Unscripted sketches one, and as a side note my Chemistry Valentine from last week made the Top 3 over there! Yea! :)

That really made my day:) Ok, onto this week's card, I find it tough sometimes to make horizontally shaped cards, for some reason I tend to stick with vertical A2 sized cards... so I was glad to see that this one wasn't vertical! I pulled out these cute October Afternoon banners thinking they were stickers for the piggyback challenge, but they actually were just cute die-cuts instead. But the colors were too perfect, so I used them, and stitched the top like the package suggested. I LOVE this collection, and may need to order some of these papers, they are GORGEOUS!

I found a scrap of DP that I used on the bottom for the long banner with the sentiment. That's where my stickers came in, I used these gold letters from Dear Lizzy. For the horizontal element along the bottom of the sketch, my first inclination was to use a border sticker and gems, but none of the gems or borders I had laid just right together, and in the end I decided to stitch another line there and add some pretty buttons to the bottom instead.

The final touch was this wood snowflake that had such a great vintage appeal, I couldn't resist it. In the end, it really made the card, I think. :)

For the second card, I ended up using 5 elements instead of three. With them being these long skinny trees instead of round like the flowers on the sketch, I just felt it needed a bit more to give it a good flow. Generally speaking it's best to add odd numbers of elements like this, which is why I didn't stop at 4.

I used these KI memories Puffies tree stickers for the trees on top of the vertical element on this. I did something a bit out of the ordinary for me on this card, and that is I mixed different reds as well as used both white and cream colors.

For this one, I used the Cricut cartridge " Winter Woodland" to cut out the trees in the background from some Christmas paper scraps in my scrap bin. I used J*lly H*liday for the sentiment. the "J*lly" was stamped in Poppy Parade ink, and the snowflake was stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink.

I thought this embossing folder was very Scandinavian looking, it was one of the free ones I got with my new Big Shot for Christmas. :)

Well, that is all for me today! Hope you are doing great and having an amazing weekend. I am really excited because tonight some of my friends are having a belated birthday party for me! :) I am thrilled, since having a Christmas birthday is awesome, but parties just don't happen that often. So, I was really touched when Mary contacted me and said she would like to set this up. I am a really lucky girl when it comes to friends I have to say.... Just really blessed. :)

Have a fabulous weekend!

Hugs, Noelle


lauren bergold said...

oh wow♥WOW♥wow! two totally AMAZING scandinavian-inspired cards, and both also BRILLAINT versions of their sketches! this is what you call multi-tasking to an IMPRESSIVE degree, since you've hit it right on every element in every respect! LOVE these... both of them... well done, you, times TWO!!! ♥

Beansieleigh said...

Love your cards, and congrats on placing top 3 on Unscripted Sketches! Thanks for following. I'm following right back! Have a great weekend! ~tina

SmilynStef said...

Hmmm ... I would say you more than *reclaimed* your mojo ... you knocked it out of the park. I adore both of these cards ... and your take on the sketches ... the banner is brilliant and I love those trees ... so very glad you joined us at jingle belles (x2)

Patrice said...

Love that big snowflake, Noelle!

Geri said...

Wowzers girl! I am totally blown away by your creativity! Seriously, amazing work! Your top 3 last week was so well deserved! Based on what I am seeing this week...could it be a repeat performance? Your talent at combining elements rocks! Hope that you will grace our Unscripted site with more of your goodies next week! It really is a pleasure visiting your blog :)

KayM said...

Oh I love both of your cards!! The colors and the papers are fabulous! Great take on the challenges! :)

Adriana Benitez said...

Wow great take on the challenges. Both of your cards are beautiful, with so many great details on each layer. Beautiful! Thanks for playing along with us at Unscripted Sketches!

dstandard said...

Fabulous cards!! Great job on these! Thanks for playing at US!

carol (krillsister) said...

Two beautiful cards.
Love the use of the embossing backgrounds.
Your scandinavian card is fantastic. Love all the elements.
Great color skeme on the retrosketch card.

Chris D. said...

Both of your cards are gorgeous!

Lisa said...

two gorgeous cards! The banner is just perfect and the mix of reds here is so appealing