January 2, 2015

CASE-ing Christmas Challenge #1


I am so excited you've stopped by!  Today is the first challenge over at the CASE-ing Christmas challenge blog.  The idea behind this new challenge is to CASE the card that is posted on the blog, created by one of our design team members.  I think this is a fantastic idea.  It's another great way to help build up your Christmas card stash, throughout the year, and I love that.  Our challenges will be posted weekly, on Friday's.  There is an odd team, and an even team, so there will be tons of inspiration for you.  I do hope you'll head over to the challenge blog to see what is posted today. 

So, months ago, I had decided that I wasn't going to be on anymore design teams.  With my daughters busy school schedule, planning college visits, and planning a wedding, I didn't think I would have the time to dedicate to it.  Then the holiday got closer, and I was excited to send cards out for the first time in a couple years.  As I made my list of cards to send, I realized that I only had enough cards for the people on my list, which cleaned out the Christmas card stash I had built up over the last two years.  It was at that point that I felt I needed the motivation to help get me back on track, and build up my stash for next year.  Fortunately for me, a couple months prior, I had been invited to be on the team for a new holiday card challenge, and the owner was kind enough to let me think about whether or not I could make it work.  As you can see now, I am going to make it work. :-)

Anyway, I'll stop rambling now, and get to the first card that we were to CASE.  This one was created by Mynn.  I think it's lovely.

And here is my card.

I chose to CASE the layout of the card.  The sentiment I wanted to use was a vertical sentiment though, so I flipped it.  I wanted to figure out a way for my background to be simple, and kind of look like there was snow on it.  So I used the Candy Cane Stripe embossing folder on kraft cardstock, then I ran my white pigment ink over the raised parts and embossed them with clear embossing powder.  As you can see, the stripes are not saturated with white ink.  There is just enough to make them noticeable, but you can still see the kraft underneath.  I don't normally use traditional Christmas colors, but for this one, I couldn't help but to pair the candy cane stripes with red and white.  In all I love how this turned out.  It's nice and simple.

I'm hoping you'll join us for this weeks challenge.  I would love to see what you come up with!  I hope to be back soon, with another something crafty.

Have a wonderful weekend!
What's In It?
Paper: Papertrey Ink Kraft Cardstock, SU! Whisper White Cardstock, SU! Real Red Cardstock
Stamps: Verve Peace On Earth
Ink: Avery Elle Pure White Pigment Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Accessories: Red Saddle Stitched Ribbon, Candy Cane Stripe Embossing Folder, Detail Clear Embossing Powder, Martha Stewart Double Circle Border Punch


Asha said...

Simple and fabulous, Steph. That stitched ribbon is just perfect for this card.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, my friend!
hugs, Asha

dstandard said...

Beautiful card Steph~ Sounds like you are on a roll now!

Mynn xx said...

Steph, this is GORGEOUS! I LOVE the beautiful paper you used and the gorgeous color scheme, too! That sentiment totally rocks as well! I feel so lucky to have you on my team! HUGS and happy new year, friend! Mynn xx

Patti J said...

Steph, this is gorgeous! Perfect CAsE, for sure! so happy you are still going to be designing! Hugs...

Bananastamper said...

Congrats on your new adventure in crafting! I look forward to the inspiration!
Your big, beautiful ribbon makes the card! I also love the embossed kraft background.
Happy New Year!
Shanna :)

Judy V said...

Beautiful card Steph! Love the ink added to the embossing! I' m so glad to be part of this DT with so many other talented ladies!

Ellen said...

Amazing CASE Steph! I love the crisp cleanness of your card, the beautiful color combo and your beautiful striped embossing!