It's time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Challenge (CCMC-HM4)! This challenge is for our subscribers to participate and earn a chance to win one of two $75 gift certificates or one of two free subscriptions to the next Edition of Create with Connie and Mary. This week is a DOUBLE challenge…one using a color combination in Deck the Halls…Early Espresso, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake AND making it a One of a Kind Card…one that you'd probably only make one of for a special person. I know I had fun with it…I think our Guest Designers did, too!
This week on Create with Connie and Mary, we've been focusing on Bells & Boughs, Christmas Collage, Christmas Postcard, Bell Wheel and Vintage Frames from the Holiday Mini Catalog. A big selection to choose from! It's not too late to join this 8 week subscription! We are just getting started. You'll have access to all the previous posts and tutorials long after the session is over!
So here is my card using these colors…a little of the Deck the Halls Designer Paper in the background and one-of-a-kind elements.
I started with a base of Always Artichoke cardstock and layered on Cherry Cobbler cardstock. I ran a piece of Very Vanilla thru the Big Shot with the Finial Press Impressions Folder, then sponged on Crumb Cake Classic Ink on the highlights with a sponge dauber. I added the holly pattern from Deck the Halls DSP in the upper left corner and tore the edge…sponging it with Soft Suede Classic Ink. I used the Distressing Tool on the edges and wrapped the Always Artichoke Seam Binding Ribbon around and tied a bow. It was adhered to the base card. Then I added the largest Pearls to the ribbon.
I took my 5 petal punch and punched out two Cherry Cobbler and one Real Red flower for EACH flower, sponged up the edges with Soft Suede and made "veins" with my Stylus. I adhered together and put in a Gold Glimmer Brad in the center of each flower. They were placed on the front with Stampin' Dimensionals. I punched out another flower with Always Artichoke, made the veins again and sponged with Soft Suede, then cut them up to use as the leaves under the flowers.
I stamped Merry Christmas in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla and punched with the new Decorative Label punch, then sponged the edges with Soft Suede. I punched the Decorative Label again with Early Espresso cardstock. Then cut it in half and put one half under the top half and the other behind the bottom half for a layered look. I placed it on the front with Stampin' Dimensionals. I thought it made a very elegant looking card and I love the punched poinsettias!
Check out what the rest of our Design Team Members have done this week with the sketch challenge:
Mary Brown – StamperCamper's Corner
Cristena Bagne – Gettin' Crafty
Rochelle Gould – I stamp, I create, I have fun!
Jenn Picard – A New Ink on Life
If you haven't checked out the Create with Connie and Mary site yet, now is the time to do it! We feature new Holiday Mini products every week. There is a new project posted every day and there will be an average of two fabulous tutorials each and every week. NEW is a project sheet for every project not having a tutorial! We like to have lots of fun so we have challenges and prizes for our subscribers. Our sites stay up long after the session is done, so you will always have access to the site and the tutorials. For more information and to see our Preview Week projects please visit at Create with Connie and Mary!