PPA 143 Card Sketch Challenge: Christmas Blessings

My entire weekend was filled with stamping (sun up to sun down on both Saturday and Sunday), yet I am JUST getting around to creating my Pals Paper Arts Card Sketch Challenge. What in the world has gotten into me? The sketch for this challenge, designed by Margaret Moody, was posted on Thursday. I’m five days late, but I’m ready to share the answer, followed by Margaret’s riddle.

Here’s my clean and simple card:
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and here’s the sketch that inspired my design:
20120924-200951.jpgTips, Tricks and Reminders:

    • Doubling up on the scallops.  Don’t recognize the scallop shape on my card? At Regionals, we attendees received a Merry Moments Simply Scrappin’ Kit.  I don’t think I would have ever chosen to purchase this kit, but I have to admit that I really love it.  The kit contains 12″x12″ card stock, DSP and sheets of stickers.  The scallop is a sticker that transfers easily to any project. I knew I wanted to layer the sticker on a larger gray scallop, but I also knew I could never get it lined up perfectly, so I attached the sticker to a piece of Basic Gray Cardstock and then punched the larger scallop:
  • Risist the urge. Despite my tendency toward clean and simple, I really, really, really wanted to add texture or images to the Cherry Cobbler block on the top, left corner of this card. With great discipline, I resisted the urge, and I’m really happy for it. By leaving the Cherry Cobbler alone, I allow the pattern on the scallop and the banner to take center stage. They are beautiful, and they deserve the attention.  In person, you can see the natural texture of the Cherry Cobbler Card stock, but it doesn’t detract from the scallop and banner.

Check out the other designs for this sketch here and play along by submitting your own card inspired by this sketch.

Stamp sets:  Christmas Blessings  Papers:  Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Festival of Prints Desiger Series Paper Stack, Merry Moments Simply Scrappin’ Kit  Inks:  Old Olive  Accessories:  3/16″ Regals Brads, 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle punch

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  1. Beautiful! And good for you opening your Free Gift! Mine is still un opened. 🙁 But! I think I’ll try Margaret’s sketch here, she always provides a great sketch!

  2. Love the use of the sticker! I’ll have to break out my paper pack (that I also won:) and see what I can do with that sticker. Thanks for a great idea once again!

  3. I took one look at your card and thought how on earth did he color that intricate design so well, heehee! Love the card and the simply scrappin’ pack!

  4. I like this card. It is a true example of CAS. I loved getting these packs last year when I ordered 40 thousand of the Grab Bags and there were the scrap booking paper packs included in some of them. It`s fun to see just how many things you can make with them ….and everything is color cordinated. I admire your determination to keep it clean and simple …I would not have done so well . Good job !

  5. You are right – great focal point – let it shine!

  6. Nice card, but I would not have been able to resist not putting something on the Cherry Cobbler…it is almost too plain and simple for me….and that surprises even me! I do like the scallop of Basic Gray…nice touch!

    • Carol, I’m not being defensive (OK, maybe just a little), but I have to say that the card looks much better in person than it does in this picture. The Cherry Cobbler has some rich filaments in it that give it some great depth (even when it’s just by itself). Thanks for your comment. I appreciate your feedback. 🙂

  7. This is a beautiful card!!!! The plain and simple part of the card puts emphasis on the scalloped circle sticker and makes the card for me. You don’t have to spend hours making a beautiful card!! Great job! ( I MAY CASE!)

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