Oct 08 2011

CCMC-HOL3 – Special Card Challenge

Today on Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Edition we have a Special Card Challenge for our subscribers to play along and win PRIZES!  The theme for this week is a One of a Kind or Special Christmas Card!  You know, one of those that you only make ONE of because of the details or time involved!  Check out the AWESOME cards made by our Design Team over on Create with Connie and Mary!


Here is my Special Card using various sized Scallop Circles and the medallion technique with my Simply Scored Tool to make a PLEATED CHRISTMAS TREE!  Isn't that COOL looking?  I was SO excited when it was done!



I used the Scallop Duo Die for the small top one and the larger bottom one in two different papers, then the 2 3/8" Scallop Punch for the center one.  All patterns were from the Holly Berry Designer Paper package.  To make the medallion, I used my Simply Scored Tool to score from inside scallop to inside scallop on the opposite side of the circle, then cut a slit from the inside of one of the scallops to the center.  I pleated the folds and pressed to make the 1/2 medallion.  I cut the tree trunk from one of the patterns, making sure I got mostly the Early Espresso color.  The top is a Small Star from the Stars Die and Red Glimmer Paper.


Next was the tricky part…to have them hold the tree shape and not pop out too far.  I used Mini Glue Dots to secure them in several places on the card and at the top of each peak.  I adhered the tree to Very Vanilla that I ran thru the Big Shot with the Houndstooth Impressions Folder and layered on Early Espresso.  The background I kept simple with a piece of the designer paper, wrapped with Early Espresso Quilted Ribbon and secured in the back.  I stamped Merry Christmas from Petite Pairs in Early Espresso on the Real Red, then layered onto the base of Wild Wasabi.


This definitely wouldn't be a card you would mail very easily…but would be a beautiful presentation for someone along with their gift…or placed on a tag for the gift!


Make sure you check out the rest of the fabulous Design Team cards over on Create with Connie and Mary!  We've just finished up our third week and are getting ready to begin THREE full weeks of Christmas ideas every day!  It's not too late to join!  You still have access to all the projects we've already done and will be one of the first to see new ones as they are posted every day!

10 People have left comments on this post

Oct 8, 2011 - 08:10:12
Annette said:

Connie, this tree is just too cute. Thank you so much for sharing the instructions. I can't wait to try it out.

Oct 8, 2011 - 09:10:05
Kristen said:

I love this idea! Thanks for sharing love the falling leaves on your site very cool!!

Oct 8, 2011 - 11:10:18
mary young said:

gorgeous! really well done- thanks for the instructions-

Oct 8, 2011 - 12:10:02
Joan said:

Great idea, and a lovely card.  Thanks for sharing.
Love Joan xx

Oct 8, 2011 - 04:10:28

Simply gorgeous.  Thanks for sharing how you made the tree.  Really it is quite stunning.

Oct 8, 2011 - 05:10:35

YOU KILL ME!  I love how you make this sound easy!  It's only easy for creative people like YOU!  But…thanks for sharing it!  I really do love it!
Maybe for Christmas, I'll send a note saying…if you want to see your Christmas card, visit Connie's blog…and there it is!
Awesome card!

Oct 10, 2011 - 04:10:22
Linda Duensing said:

This card is absolutely beautiful.  Thanks for sharing and giving the instsructions.
Linda D.

Oct 11, 2011 - 01:10:29
jane said:

what a fabulous card! I love it. TFS!

Oct 11, 2011 - 06:10:22

What a clever way to create a tree! Love it!

Oct 13, 2011 - 12:10:37

I just love how you made that tree.  How creative!!