PPA230 Christmas Cheer!

Happy Thursday!  Can you believe a week has already gone by since Thanksgiving, and it’s only 3 weeks until Christmas???  Okay, now I’m having anxiety.  I still have quite a few Christmas cards to make, so I’m really glad I chose to do one for today’s Pals Paper Arts challenge.  This week we’re doing a color challenge with what I think are 3 really yummy colors; after all, just take a look at their names:  Cherry Cobbler, Baked Brown Sugar and Very Vanilla.  Mmmmm.  Delicious, right?  However, I must admit, I had NO IDEA what to do with this color combo, however, like all challenges, somehow it works out.  I don’t know about you, but I love it when I overcome a difficult challenge, especially a color challenge!

PPA230-Festival-of-TreesThe beautiful DSP prints, from the Regals (Cherry Cobbler) and 2013-2015 In Color Collections (Baked Brown Sugar), match up perfectly and have a wonderful contrast.  The tree, from Festival of Trees stamp set, was first stamped in Baked Brown Sugar, then I used a Blender Pens and drops of the VersaMark Refill to daub the little flowers, and heat embossed with Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder.  The tree has little round balls amidst the leaves, so I glued on little tiny circles of Champage Glimmer Paper.  Any guesses on what I cut the tiny circles with?  The Owl Builder Punch has 3 different sizes of circles, and one of the sizes is tiny and worked perfectly!  The star punch used for the tree topper is from the Itty Bitty Accessories Punch Pack.

PPA230-Festival-of-Trees-StThe sentiment is from Christmas Messages (sorry, I didn’t realize this stamp set was retired until writing this post!), and was colored with Cherry Cobbler and Baked Brown Sugar Stampin’ Write Markers.  The card was finished with a pretty bow of Cherry Cobbler Satin Ribbon.

PPA230 Dec 4I hope you are inspired by today’s card.  Head on over to Pals Paper Arts to see what the Resident Artists, who obviously had no problem with this color challenge, to see their amazing creations.  I hope you’ll play along with us this week.

Happy stamping!

SUPPLIES:  Stamps: Festival of Trees and Christmas Messages (retired);  Paper:  2013-2015 In Color DSP Stack, Regals DSP Stack, Very Vanilla, Baked Brown Sugar and Champagne Glimmer Paper;  Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar, Cherry Cobbler and VersaMark;  Stampin’ Write Markers:  Baked Brown Sugar and Cherry Cobbler;  Tools and Accessories:  Blender Pen, VersaMark Refill, Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder, Cherry Cobbler Satin Ribbon, Owl Builder Punch, Itty-Bitty Accessories Punch Pack (Star), Crystal Effects, Tree Punch and Stampin’ Dimensionals.


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  1. Mona Pendleton

    Very pretty card Cindy! Love the shimmery accents!

  2. Michelle Gleeson

    I love all the details on your tree. There is nothing like a little bling to bring a card to life.

  3. Kerry Willard Bray

    Cindy, the way you lined up the designer papers is pure perfection and the detail on the tree is absolutely exquisite! Fabulous work with this color combo!

  4. Patti MacLeith

    Your sentiment and tree are so stinkin’ cute! And the way those papers match? Come on! I love this card so much!

  5. Linda Callahan

    You make the prettiest scenes! This reminds me of a wallpapered living room with the tree all decorated and ready for Christmas! Love it!

  6. Bobbi Miller

    Holy Cow! er…. or whatever! I love this color combo and your card is outstanding! Love that little tree…and those tiny glimmer circles and that beautiful Versamark/embossing in Cherry Cobbler is so pretty! And you did a great job of matching the patterns on the dsp. Beautiful! Merry Christmas my friend ! xo

  7. Dawn Tidd

    Oh my, Cindy, there’s a lot of work in that cute tree, but it was so worth it! Whoever receives this card will certainly feel special.

  8. Cindie McDuffee

    So pretty. Did you apply the versamark with a dauber or a toothpick? I need to try that! You rocked the color challenge, Cindy. And love my owl punch for those tiny dots, too, LOL!

    1. Cindy Hall

      Hi Cindie! I put a little pudding of VersaMark from the refill bottle on some plastic and picked it up with a blender pen to dot it on the image. It worked great for those tiny areas. I’m sure a fine paintbrush or even a toothpick would work as well. Don’t forget to use your embossing buddy first so the powder doesn’t stick to the stamped image. Happy stamping! Cindy

  9. Carol Christopher

    Beautiful card!

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