Monday, November 15, 2010

Everything in 3's

Lil Red Wagon's current challenge is to "do it in 3's". I took this challenge really to heart and made 3 cards with plenty of 3's.
These 3 cards were very quick & easy. First step was adhering the peel-off stickers to cardstock and colouring the images (using 3 Copic colours - R35, BG13, YG95). Next, I chose 3 background papers from the Basic Grey "Jovial" pack which I used for matting and the background panels. I love how this paper pack takes a non-traditional look at the green/red/blues of Christmas. And then I used 3 tools - an EK Success small scallop border punch (for either side of the central card), EK Success leaf punch (for embellishments on central card), and a Cuttlebug embossing folder (to emboss the white card-base).

I chose 2 sketches for my inspiration, one from Midnight Madness and the other from Mercy (oops, guess I should have used 3 to keep the theme of 3's going). The central card uses the Midnight Madness sketch. I cut each peel-off sticker image into a square and then matted them onto a lightly patterned paper. I used the border punch to create a partial frame on either side (keeping the left side much thinner than the right for added interest). When I added the matted images, I overlapped them slightly (as in the sketch) and then added some punched out leaves to fill in some of the white space and pull the images together.
The other 2 cards use Mercy's sketch. I cut around the two coloured images maintaining a narrow white outline to help them stand out. I attached them to the matted background panel using some pop dots. Then instead of a single ribbon I chose to use two thin ribbons adhered with a brad each. After pulling the cards together I decided they looked too plain so I added embossing to the white cardstock and it's hard to see but I also added some Glossy Accents to the red circles on the images to make them pop a bit more.
These were super fast cards but I like the end results. These just may end up being my go-to designs for this Christmas. After all, everyone can't have a super-special one-of-a-kind card - but don't tell them - LOL.

Lil Red Wagon - do it in 3's
Fab n Funky - going around in circles (the patterned papers is full of circles)
Challenge up your Life - blue & green
Paper Sundaes - use at least two: punches, ribbon, embossing, blue (hey, I used all four!)
Critter Sketch - texture (embossing, popped up panels, ribbon, stickers)


  1. Hello Shelley - you have been a busy stamper - what a great way to get your Christmas cards done - they are all fabulous - love your MMSC one, the colours are delish! Love it! Thank you so much for playing along with the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge we appreciate your support! {{{hugs}}}
    Linda MMSC Design Team

  2. What beautiful and fun Christmas cards. Love the gorgeous colors and great designer papers. Nicely done!
    Thank you so much for playing along with the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge.

    MMSC Design Team

  3. Yay! Ha, the MMSC sketch is perfect for your threes challenge. And how cute your cards turned out. The colors are great, and I love the pattern in the ornament stamp with the polka-dot paper in the background. Thank you so much for playing the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week. Beautiful cards!

    Holly R. Moore
    MMDT ~ GD

  4. What a beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Critter Sketch this week!

  5. Lovely cards. Thanks for joining us at Fab n Funky this week x

  6. These are fab! Can't decide which one I like best! Thanks for joining us at FnF this week.
    Linds x

  7. great job..thanks for playing with LRW

  8. Great cards! Love the colors and the gold outlines!
    Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes this week!

  9. wonderful cards for Christmas! thanks for playing the critter sketch challenge this week!

  10. Wonderful cards, very cute! Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes this week!

  11. Wow! These are gorgeous!! Beautiful projects great colors and lovely details! Thanks for joining us this week Critter Sketch Challenge Blog for our Embossing Challenge! We Hope to see you again for our next challenge! Thanks Again, Tammy

  12. Love these. Super cute. Just a blog hopper that likes to look at Christmas cards.