Nov 07 2011

Bright Hopes

A couple weeks ago, one of the Create with Connie and Mary challenges was a sketch challenge.  This was the first card I made for that challenge, but ended up not using it.  Although the Silver Embossed Wreath is so pretty in real life, you cannot enjoy it so much in a photograph!  But, I thought I'd share it with you now, anyway.




I started with a base of Crumb Cake cardstock.  I layered on Marina Mist cardstock that I ran thru the Big Shot with the Snow Burst Impressions Folder.  I added the Whisper White Panel and stamped the greeting from Bright Hopes in Marina Mist.  Then I added a panel of Letters to Santa Designer Paper.  I think this pattern is one of my favorites in that package…I love the subtle snowflakes printed in it!  I added some Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon to hide the seam of the two panels. 


For the medallion, I stamped the wreath from Stampin' Up!'s Bright Hopes stamp set in Versamark and embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.  I added Rhinestone Jewels around the Wreath and punched it with the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch.  I adhered it with Stampin' Dimensionals to a 2 1/2" Circle punched from Silver Glimmer Paper (it REALLY sparkles!) and then a 2 3/4" Circle of Early Espresso.  That medallion is popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals on the front of the card.


As I mentioned, it really has more impact and BLING than the camera captured in this photograph!  Hope you enjoy it!!!


OK…I have a challenge for my readers.  I need to make 9 gifts for my husband's district managers for the Christmas Party we hold for them.  In the past I have done Welcome frame signs, set of 4 stamped tiles, Decorated glass blocks, and last year was decorated Simply Adorned ornaments.  Any suggestions on what I could make for them this year?  Can't be TOO labor intensive…I need to have them done by the party on Dec. 9th.  Would LOVE to hear from you!!!

6 People have left comments on this post

Nov 7, 2011 - 05:11:10
Barbara Edwards said:

Connie, all your works are gorgeious! I'd like to suggest a nice size box with a scalloped lid and yur folded Christmas Tree on the top, perhaps use some pretty ribbon. Fill with candies (sugar free for those non-sugar people). I think your free is fabulous so if you could take the time to use glitter or metallic paper, that would really add some bling!  Good luck and happy stamping!

Nov 7, 2011 - 06:11:14
Rose Kerry said:

Wow, your wreath looks beautiful, must be awesome in real life.  Beautiful work.

Nov 7, 2011 - 08:11:39
Betty said:

This is a beautiful card.  Thanks for sharing.

Nov 8, 2011 - 12:11:52
Ruthie Graen said:

Connie, I would suggest running some thin metal sheets through the big shot with an embossing folder. It really looks stunning. Then layer it up with your single Christmas tree matted on the embossed metal and frame it in one of those 1/2 price beautiful frames from HL!

Nov 8, 2011 - 03:11:54
Carol Carriveau said:

The blue background helps to pop the silver in the photo but cards are almost always much prettier in person!   Thanks for sharing.    And good luck with the gifts you have to create….I have no suggestions for an incredibly crafty lady!

Nov 9, 2011 - 08:11:00
KIm R said:

Love your work Connie! Here are a couple of items that come to mind: Mini Medallion wreaths,  Medallion Christmas ornaments, maybe a glitter glass ball christmas ornament assortment in bright colors with rub on snow flakes, stamped candle(s), metal snowflake votive holders……good luck, I'm sure whatever you end up making will be fabulous and very appreciated.  Share a pic!