Sunday, July 7, 2013

Christmas in July for Paper Players #153

Hello there, stamping friends! Can you hear that sound? It sounds a wee bit like...SLEIGH July! This week at the Paper Players, the always fabulous Ann Schach is our hostess and we are cooling things down with a "Christmas in July" theme challenge. Please join us! It is never TOO early to get a start on those holiday cards! 
My card is an interesting story. First of all, I created it almost completely with one hand, which was a feat in and of itself. (See the end of the post for the pitiful photo of my right hand!) Next, I don't have any new SU! holiday stamp sets, so I was feeling a bit unmotivated. Third, I live in South Texas. It is HOT here, so creating holiday cards feels out of sorts right now. But after I got going, with some holiday tunes blasting on Pandora, I got in the groove pretty quickly.  I wanted to try something different (as I wasn't sure I was going to be able to do any intricate stamping with the pain meds)  and decided to cut out some little trees out of card stock and built my card around that. 

I wanted a simple color palette, so I opened up the Modern Medley DSP that has been sitting in my craft room, waiting for some attention. I'm kind of a weirdo about red and green Christmas cards but in this case I kept it to a simple pop of red because I thought it was fun. Turns out, my injured hand can do one thing...hold paper while I distress ink around the edges of the card layers. So I went with it. The bow was honestly the most challenging part of the card. I confess...I did have to ask my husband for help with that. He rocks! All of the supplies I used are listed at the end of this post. 
Please join us over at the Paper Players this week. The challenge is open through Friday, July 12th, 2013 at Noon (PDT). Stop by and say hello to the rest of the Design Team to see what they are sharing for some early holiday cheer. I love my fellow Paper Players gals, they are truly the best!  

The Paper Players Design Team

Well, before I sign off I thought I would share that photo. Have you ever tried to create a project using ONE hand? It is pretty challenging. Hence, the reason I limited my stamping on this card. Thank goodness I am left-handed, so it wasn't as bad as it could be. I will spare you the details but I have to have my hand in this contraption until further notice. It's ok, it actually feels better IN the splint.  If I have to have it on longer then a week, it WILL be decorated in sparkly bling. Becuse everything is better with bling! :) 

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Stampin' Up! Supply List
Stamps: Petite Pairs
Paper: Modern Medley DSP, Champagne Glimmer Paper,  Always Artichoke, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla card stock
Ink: Soft Suede and Always Artichoke Classic ink
Punches: 1- 3/8" Square Punch and Scallop Border Punch
Accessories: Starburst Embossing Folder, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Always Artichoke Seam Binding, Itty Bitty Banners Framelits, Big Shot, Regals Candy Dots, Sponge Daubers, Basic Pearls and Stampin' Dimensionals
Non SU Accessories: circle and scallop circle die cuts  


  1. Oh wow, this is a beautiful Christmas creation. Loving the shabby vintage feel.
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  2. Oh, no! What happened to your hand Anne Marie? Wow, you are one committed stamper. I don't think I could make a card with one hand. And it came out beautifully! I love the embossing and modern colors, and also love simple triangle-trees. Feel better soon! Hugs :) Sandy

  3. Love your card and kudos to your hubby for helping out with the bow!!!
    Your poor hand. :(

  4. Wow that is one great Christmas card created under rather difficult working conditions!

  5. It's beautiful! I just want to know how you did that bow with one hand...I can't get mine to look that good with TWO hands! Sweet little card, I love everything about it! GET BETTER!!!

  6. OMG, AM...what happened?! Aren't you a dedicated Paper Player! I ADORE your card. Love the look of black with pops of red and green and the mix of candy dots and pearls is BRILLIANT! You'll have to show us if you pimp your brace!! Feel better, my friend! ((hugs))

  7. Anne Marie your card is gorgeous, so sorry that you are in a splint! Definitely will be better with bling and sending you a virtual signature too! xoxo

  8. OK.. this card is awesome... the fact that you did it one-handed. Masterful. I think the card is fabulous - love the mixture of textures and the use of the black and white DSP! Fabulous.
    Now.... what on earth happened to get you into a splint? and, yes, I agree! It needs a little bling! :-)
    Take care of that hand, my friend and hug Prince Tony for me

  9. Anne Marie, this card is gorgeous !! Sorry to hear about your hand and hope it heals quickly.

  10. Love your beautiful card. Great job using just one hand.
    I have had similar situation a few years ago and had one of those contraptions on my left hand - I am right-handed. I made a few cards then also. You can't keep a good stamper down. :) Hope your are all better soon.

  11. Sorry for your hand but you sure did an amazing job on the card love the colors !!


  12. Oh No!!!!!! So sorry you're injured!!!!! But, I'm sure it won't stop you from creating!! Of course your first handicapped card is perfection!!!

  13. Ann Marie I absolutely LOVE your card! Very cool..... and soooooooooo sorry about your hand. Hope it heals soon...ouch. I can't believe you even made a card. Yes, glad you're left handed too, but I don't think I could have made a thing with one hand. Good for you.
    I also have to admit that Christmas is the LAST thing on my mind after a weekend at the cottage boating and tubing with the grandkids! Hugs.

  14. My first impression of this card was, "wow!" But when I realizedd it was created with one hand, well, that doubles the wow! Heal soon!

  15. Impressive one handed card! You are truly talented. Hope you heal quickly and your card is beautiful.

  16. Good grief, girl! Hope you have the use of both hands again soon!

    Your card is wonderful and the trees look fantastic!

  17. Oh my gosh, A-M! You had better get that thing blinged right away! I'm sure it would make you feel better :) Your card is absolutely fabulous! Love, love, love it!

  18. Beautiful card Anne Marie! I love those trees and all that texture! I have a matching brace to yours! I'm left handed as well so it was "fun" to try and make cards (and make dinner, wash dishes, carry kids around!!!) ! Hope your hand heals quickly!!!!


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