Christmas Wishes for PPA

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends in the United States!  So many fond memories are tied to this wonderful, family-based holiday.  While Thanksgiving a great time to reflect on everything we are thankful for, it’s also a wonderful time to start planning for Christmas.  🙂  After Thanksgiving dinner, my family and I would go Christmas tree shopping – we’d search rows and rows of trees for that perfect tree to adorn the corner of our living room.  I recreated my family’s trip to the Christmas Tree Farm for this week’s Pals Paper Arts challenge.  Here’s my card:

Cozy Christmas, Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA277

And here’s the banner for the challenge with Nicole Watt’s sketch that inspired my card – turn it sideways, and you’ve got a Christmas Tree Farm:

11-25 PPA 277

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Sign Post.  That’s right.  I turned this sketch on its side and played around with this gorgeous, retro sentiment from Cozy Christmas.  What Christmas Tree Farm doesn’t welcome you with the warmest of Christmas Wishes?  I used the Hardwood background stamp (inked with Crumb Cake and stamped on Crumb Cake) to create the pole that would obviously be there to greet us with this cheerful sign.

    Cozy Christmas stamp set, Stampin' Up!

    Cozy Christmas stamp set, Stampin’ Up!

  • Snipping Tiny Flowers.  I love to snip little things – it’s so relaxing for me.  These little flowers, however, are super tiny and even my paper snips didn’t enjoy cutting them out – I was left with big, white tips on each of the flowers.  That’s when I figured a quick way around the flower.  I started by cutting around the flower, snipped at the tips of each petal, into a circle.  Then, I simply snipped tiny “v”s in between each of the petals.  That was so much easier than starting with the “v”s – and I wasn’t left with long, thing strips of white.  Yippee!
  • Color Combination.  I just love this combination of colors – the green and blue were informed by the Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper.  I pulled in the Crumb Cake base to coordinate with the sign post, and the flowers just created themselves red – how could they not be red?  If you like this color combination, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Soft Sky

Stamp Sets:  Cozy Christmas, Hardwood  Papers:  Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper, Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White  Inks:  Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow  Accessories:  Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Pals Paper Arts 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. Happy Thanksgiving! I adore your sign post amongst the beautiful trees. Again, you’re so clever with DSP!
    I’m thankful for you and always being so inspired by everything you create. xo

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  3. Oh I love this card and that scene ! Brings back memories ….sigh….
    Happy Thanksgiving !

  4. So clever to reenact your trip to the Christmas tree farm! Darling!

  5. Love this card Brian but boy, have you got patience to be snipping those teeny tiny flowers! I just received this stamp set and am I ever glad I got it before it disappeared. I don’t think the catalog does it justice. You have yourself a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you, as always, for your creativity and willingness to share it.

  6. This is just the card I needed. My husband’s brother and wife have a small Christmas tree farm. This would be perfect for them! Thank you so much! Love your cards!

  7. Happy Thanksgiving Brian and your sweet mom. Smiling and shaking my head at how you come up with these fun ideas. This DSP is perfect for your tree shopping event!

  8. Off of my feet for a few minutes…been up since 6:00am CA time…busy day! Lovely card!

    Hoping you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

  9. Happy Thanksgiving Brian,
    I check your blog every day. Thanks for all your tips and sharing of wonderful cards.


  10. Memories! Happy Thanksgiving, Brian!

  11. Such a warm family story Brian. Before reading the post, your card reminded me of the same thing. Beautiful.

    Happy Thanksgiving, my friend.

  12. Fabulous card Brian, I love the sign and post you created. Such a fun holiday card! I love you choice of layers too, as always!

  13. So clever and creative! Love your scene!

  14. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this card Brian!! Thanksgiving is the time we go shop for our tree too!! Love this DSP!! I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving!!

  15. Brian, this is a real “western” card ~ you’ve really set a scene with this card and taken us to another place! Thank you!

  16. Love how great the DSP goes with the sign post! It’s perfect!

  17. Such a fun story to share Brian and a perfect card to match. Love all the details! Well done my friend!

  18. Every time I see this card it looks so Swiss Alpine! Great card and take on the sketch! Thanks for the inspiration!

  19. Another clean and crisp design from you, Brian! It always amazes me what other people see in a sketch – a signpost! So super creative! It’s just proof positive that a sketch doesn’t have to be complex to ignite the imagination!

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