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Monday, November 16, 2015

Warm Wishes

Hi all,

I got quite productive yesterday making Christmas cards. I still have many, many more to go but I'm making a dent.

My card today turned out nothing like how I had in my mind. You know that paper crafter's mantra " there are no mistakes, just design opportunities,"well, that is totally what occurred with this card. I started out creating the background with my Zig Real Brush markers and some water color paper. I then decided to use the Sweater Weather cutting plate by TE to cut the design into the paper. Oops, the paper was too thick for the intricate design on the cutting plate. I almost pitched it, but after taking a second look decided I'd just use it as an "embossed" background and continue with the card. I actually kind of like the way it worked. So, I guess our mantra is a good one, LOL.

My personal mantra is don't be quick to judge before the embellishments go on. Before the gold string and gold sequin, the care still looked a little blah. After adding the gold embellishments, a whole new card!

The sketch from Sunday Stamps #114 inspired my card layout and with it's the fairly clean design, I think I can play along with this week's The Paper Player's Challenge of CAS Christmas.

Stamps: Make A Mitten set by Stampin' Up and sentiment from Polar Pals set by Avery Elle
Paper: Tim Holtz water color paper, SU Cucumber Crush card stock
Ink: Zig Real Brush Water Color Markers and VersaMark
Other: Sweater Weather Cutting Plate by Taylored Expressions, Die-namics Fishtail Flag STAX die, SU white EP, heat tool, gold sequin, gold coil, the Big Shot, dimensionals

I'm off to Nashville bright and early tomorrow morning for the rest of the week. Work meetings all week. I hope you all have a nice one.

Thanks for looking in,


  1. Very pretty card. I love the background!

  2. Terrific background and those little mittens are adorable! Thanks for joining us at the Paper Players!

  3. Amazing card, Colleen! The green background is beautiful! The mittens are so realistic! :) I like winter!!!

  4. how clever you used this Image for the circle area
    and I love all green on your card plus that sequin added lovely texture
    and I love your Sweater Weather cutting plate its really sweeet on this card
    thanks for joining us at Sunday Stamps this time
    Monika (DT Member)

  5. What an adorable card! Love that background you created! It really makes those cute mittens pop! Thanks so much for joining us at Sunday Stamps! this week!

  6. How sweet! Love your background panel and those mittens are just too cute! Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players and Sunday Stamps, hope to see you again soon!

  7. Colleen, this is just perfect! I LOVE background you created. Those mittens are just too cute! So happy you joined us at The Paper Players and Sunday Stamps this week! XX

  8. wow, this is stunning, luv the background and those adorable mittens! I am so glad you played along with us at Sunday Stamps!

    sparkle & shine, kindness *~*

  9. I love your background Colleen - a happy accident indeed! Those mittens are such a fun embellishment too! Thanks for joining our CAS Winter Wonderland challenge over at The Paper Players this week!

  10. Great save of your background, Colleen! It's absolutely perfect with your beautiful coloring and those mittens are the cutest. Thanks so much for joining us this week at The Paper Players!

  11. This is lovely, nice technique! Thanks for joining us at Sunday Stamps!

  12. Your card turned out beautifully, great job!

    Thanks for playing along with us at Sunday Stamps!

  13. Such a warm and happy card! Thanks so much for joining us at Sunday Stamps this week :)

  14. Is say this worked out very well! Very festive and cheerful!

  15. I absolutely love the way your card turned out especially when it happened by accident. The embossing and colors are beautiful!! Thanks for joining us at Sunday Stamps!

  16. You did a very nice job on your card. The mittens are adorable.


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