Sunday, November 21, 2010

Paper Players Challenge #25-Nance's Sketch Challenge

Happy Sunday! It's time for another fun and fabulous challenge over at The Paper Players! This week Nance has whipped up the following sketch for us to play along with:
I had a lot of fun coming up with my card(s) for this challenge. Yes, I said cards! I couldn't decide on my theme for my submission as a Guest Designer this week, so I made 3 cards before finally choosing the one you see here. I will post the rest throughout the week, stay tuned. :) Please come play along with us at The Paper Players this week, it's a lot of fun! 

Stop by and visit the lovely ladies on the Design Team for more awesome inspiration: 
I'm back with another installment of my "Cards Too Big for an Envelope" series! I am completely hooked on bulking up my creations lately. I like to call these cards "multi-purpose" because chunky cards can also be used to wrap a gift. (Click here to see my earlier post) With this one though, (here is the awesome part) really CAN fit in an envelope! Yup, the 3-D ornament can actually be flattened for mailing. Ha! Just make sure to tell the recipient to "fluff it up" upon reciept.

I created these dimensional ornaments from 8 punches of Love Letter DSP with the Ornament Punch. They can be made with as few as 5 punches but I like lots of dimension, so I went with 8. Maybe it's a Texas thing, but I say, if given a choice, just go BIG, ya'll! :) Simply take your punched ornaments (in whatever number you feel comfortable with), score them down the middle, fold 'em, stick 'em together, then fan 'em out to create this technique. This isn't my idea, although I can't seem to find a link for a tutorial to share...oh no! If you would like instructions, let me know and I can email you. I'm not sure I would even know how to post a tutorial in any way, shape or form. Eeeek, scary for me! 
The "Merry Christmas" sentiment is heat embossed for some shine. I also used the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder on the Basic Black card stock to play off of the polka dots on the ornaments. Finally, three little pieces of bling were added to the bottom just because I never hold back on the bling! I also dressed up a coordinating inside (my new favorite thing). Somehow, this card reminds me of a "Santa suit". Maybe it's the color combo. What do you think? 
Stampin' Up! Supply List: 
Stamps: Contempo Christmas (sentiment, inside and out) and Delightful Decorations (little snowflake inside)
Ink: Basic Black and Riding Hood Red classic ink and Basic Black Craft ink (for the "Merry Christmas" sentiment on the front)
Paper: Love Letter DSP, Riding Hood Red, Basic Balck and Very Vanilla card stock 
Accessories: Ornament punch, Scalloped Border punch, 3/4" Circle punch, 1" circle punch, Corner Rounder punch, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Clear embossing powder, jewels and Gold elastic cord (ret.)
Non SU! Accessories: gold glitter glue and sheer red ribbon

Have a great day!
Thanks for visiting,


  1. Stunning card, the dotty ornaments look amazing!

  2. Yep, Anne, bigger is better in Texas!!! Beautiful card and I do love those ornaments.

  3. What a clever idea! And the card looks so clean and simple.

    Thank you for sharing!

  4. Oh my word, I'm loving this card! Love the clean layout and the 3D ornaments are delish!

  5. Wow! Fabulous design, Anne Marie! The ornaments are gorgeous, while the bling and rounded corners are the perfect touches!

  6. OMG--this is FABulous! Love your chunky, dotty ornaments and how the polka dot embossing matches the dotty DSP. Just love what you've done with the sketch!!

  7. Holy WOW! My first thought when I saw this was "Go big or go home!" LOL! This is over the top fabulous! I love how you interpreted the ornaments and made them 3D - outstanding! You have such a wonderful flair for designing- a treat in itself just to stop in here each day!

  8. Oh my goodness, girl you really made an awesome card with those three D ornaments, may have to CASE that one ;) love it. You made this really such a gorgeous card and yes bigger is better in TX also need that bling. Love your stuff, so bright and fun. Say hi to your fur babies for me.

  9. Anne Marie this card is FABULOUS. I love the ornament sooooo much, but this is the icing on the cake.

    I might have to CASE this idea and make ornaments for my little tree.

  10. Those ornaments are GORGEOUS!!! seriously, I can't stop looking at them! How beautiful!! And the color scheme is just so elegant.

  11. Wow! This card has all my favorites -- my favorite color scene -- red, black and white, my favorite SU! punch -- ornament punch, and a clean, crisp, 'blow your socks off' design based on a fantastic sketch. Your really nailed this one! Love your 3D ornaments.


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Anne Marie