Merry Christmas with Delicate Ornaments Thinlits Dies

This week’s color challenge for the Pals Paper Arts offers an odd (but gorgeous) collection of colors: Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry and Calypso Coral.  Try to say that five times fast.  While these colors are perfectly suited for a Fall-themed card, I decided to ground them in Christmas.  I do love non-traditional Christmas colors, so I was game to give these a try.  Here’s my card for this week’s challenge:

Delicate Ornaments Thinlits Dies, Versatile Christmas, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA274 And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:PPA274

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Paper Piecing.  This card is all about paper piecing (no “r” in that last word).  I ran this Delicate Ornaments Thinlits Dies through the Big Shot three times – once with Thick Whisper White cardstock, once with Chocolate Chip cardstock and once with Crushed Curry cardstock.  I popped out all the pieces on the white cutout and glued it to a Framelit of the same shape that was cropped with Calypso Coral.  I used craft tweezers to pop out the pieces I wanted from the Chocolate Chip and Crushed Curry Thinlits and dropped them in place with a small drop of glue on the Calypso Coral base.

    Delicate Ornament Thinlits, Stampin' Up!

    Delicate Ornament Thinlits, Stampin’ Up!

  • Make This Card.  Earlier this year, I made a card with this same technique using the Butterflies Thinlits.  While I loved the outcome of the work, the process was so time-consuming that I implored you to NOT make that card (see it here).  THIS card, however, was quite a joy to make.  I didn’t fill in all the spots and enjoyed finding the parts of this pattern that would be right for me to fill with the different colors of paper.  I found a balance of colors that worked for me.Delicate Ornaments Thinlits Dies, Versatile Christmas, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA274
  • Great Christmas Sentiments.  I love stamp sets with really great sentiments.  This year’s stamp sets have such a great variety of sentiments, but Versatile Christmas is the only one that’s dedicated SOLELY to Christmas sentiments.  I love the font on this “May all these be yours at Christmas” sentiment – the others are pretty cool, too.  If you are a fan of matching sentiments on the inside of your cards, you might want to give this set a look-see (these sentiments aren’t necessarily matched up here).

    Versatile Christmas stamp set, Stampin' Up!

    Versatile Christmas stamp set, Stampin’ Up!

Stamp Sets:  Versatile Christmas  Papers:  Calypso Coral, Thick Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry  Accessories:  Delicate Ornaments Thinlits, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Stampin’ Dimensionals

So, what do you think about these colors for Christmas?  I hope you’ll pop over to the Pals Paper Arts design blog to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Looks great, Brian! Looks an interesting colour combination. Was thinking of maybe traditional red and green with Handsome Hunter, Cherry Cobbler, and the Crushed Curry, or maybe Delightful Dijon.

  2. Soooo amazing and unique with this set – I haven’t seen anything like this!!

  3. That is so beautiful and you could use so many different color combinations. Love your ideas.

  4. Wow! Interesting color combination. I think it works!

  5. Okay I just might put in a bit of that Calypso Coral in my Thnx Gvng. card colors since I have some Crushed Curry in the mix already …..but I just can`t get as modern as you and put this color scheme in the Christmas color plan. It really is creative and original !

  6. What I really like about your web site is that you are “down to earth” with your cards. I have bought tons of Stampin Up supplies, but have made very little cards. You make it look easy and yet professional at the same time. Thank you so much. I am so glad I started following you and your blog.

    • Thank you so much for the kind compliment. I really enjoy sharing the things I figure out, so I’m glad to know that my “down to earth” style comes across that way. 🙂

  7. Beautifully done!! Love it!

  8. Beautiful card Brian. I never would have dreamed to create a Christmas card with that color combo challenge, but you did an amazing job. Not surprised though because you are amazingly talented.

  9. Wow, I couldn’t even see the color combo in my head, and you made it gorgeous. Just the right amount of everything. Nice card!

  10. Unique colors for the holidays with stunning results!

  11. Great job, Brian, with the challenge colors. I love your creative way of piecing on the ornament, which gives great results.

  12. Such a great card! I just got this bundle and cannot wait to try this. TFS!

  13. Two words – Love it!
    I wouldn’t dream of trying this without our fabulous Fine-Tip Glue Pen!
    Thanks Brian!

  14. I love this card! Such a beautiful card, and great inlays!

  15. This is one magnificent card, love the way you placed all of those little bits of paper, puzzle like, back on the ornament, lots of patience and precision.

  16. That is a beautiful card, so painstakingly created, too! Only a fellow crafter would appreciate the time you put into that card, but ahhh, the results!! Definitely destined for someone special!

  17. I can just see me trying to do this! Paper pieces flying all over and me getting frustrated! It’s so PRETTY, though!! Nicely done, Brian!


  19. This card has got that wow factor that we all want in a Christmas card.
    I love the colour combination, and the great technique.
    Thank you for all the wonderfull cards you make.

  20. Selina Kilpatrick


  21. I love it! The piecing is super cool and just gorgeous for Christmas. Thanks for sharing something different for these colors!

  22. Uhhhh…. I LOVE this piecing technique. Why, oh why, have I not tried this in all my years of crafting?! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  23. You could seriously make any card ‘shine’ regardless of the combination! Great card Brian – all those little pieces are just the perfect touch.

  24. Love the embedded color pieces in the ornament. Great way to use the colors. Unexpected Christmas inspiration.

  25. How cool, I would have never thought to do a Christmas card with those colors, but this is very pretty. Love how you inlaid the colors into the ornament. Great job!

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