Friday, November 25, 2011

December 2011 Papertrey Blog Hop!


Hello, Blogland! I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving. We weren't able to travel this year, but we had a wonderful time at home with a small group of friends and a table piled high with delicious food. My fella really knows his way around a pot of black beans (I'm just sayin'). This vegetarian is truly thankful for that skill at this time of year!


Anyhow...I really wanted to participate in this month's Blog Hop, so I whipped up this little ditty recently. In keeping with the inspiration photo I stuck with a fairly traditional red and green color scheme. I stamped the wreath branches with Dark Chocolate ink and then added the "foliage" in Spring Moss and Ripe Avocado. I turned the dotted stamp 180* before stamping the second time to make sure the spacing would look random and more realistic.


The white polka dots were heat embossed on the Pure Poppy strip using ultra fine white embossing powder and then the red was mounted to a strip of white cardstock to give the edges a nice definition. I set that whole bit aside while I stamped my sentiment and ran my card front through the Cuttlebug with an impression plate.

Once the card front and the polka dotted strip were adhered to the card base I cut and knotted a strip of Ripe Avocado Saddle Stitched Ribbon and wrapped that around the entire card, hiding the ends under the wreath panel. I prefer the way that looks over cutting ribbon at the edges of a card, for some reason. Yes, I use more ribbon, but it feels more finished to me. Truly just a preference thing.

The final step was adding the little silk bow to the wreath. I didn't have any 1/4" silk ribbon laying around, so I took white and colored it with a Sharpie. Voila! I haven't jumped on the Copic train, but the handful of Sharpies I own certainly comes in handy sometimes!

Well that's all for me today. I hope you've enjoyed today's card. Have fun hopping!

Recipe:
Cardstock: Spring Moss, Pure Poppy - Papertrey Ink; white
Stamps: Wreath for All Seasons, Stocking Prints, Polka Dot Basics - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Fresh Snow, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate - Papertrey Ink
Ribbon: Ripe Avocado Saddle Stitched, 1/4" silk - Papertrey Ink
Tools: Linen/Canvas Impression Plate - Papertrey Ink; Nesting Circles Dies - Quickutz
Other: Embossing Powder - Filigree; Foam Adhesive - Scotch

14 comments:

Marge said...

Love that sweet wreath -- great CAS card!!!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

So pretty! That wreath is beautiful!

Kay said...

Love the wreath stamp, and I also love the knotted ribbon instead of a bow- great card!

Julie said...

The wreath is always great for Christmas cards.
I do like the linen background you've used- I think I'll have to purchase that!

Tammy said...

Love the tiny bow on the wreath!

Inkyfingers said...

I love everything about this card Lizzie. The white embossing is beautiful, the wreath is perfect and who could tell that the ribbon was dyed!

Lisa said...

This is so cute! Love your sweet little wreath!

Kara said...

realy pretty..love the ribbon treatment!!

Deb said...

GReat job! Love the wreath!

Cammie said...

LOVE your card, Lizzie! And I'm with you on wrapping the ribbon,

Karen C. said...

Love the polka dot paper strip behind the wreath. the little red bow on the wreath is so sweet.

Tracey McNeely said...

Great choices, a lovely card.

Suzanne Russell said...

beautifully clean and simple card. My favorite part is the ribbon knotted instead of tied on a bow!

Kim said...

Such a lovely Chirstmas wreath on a beautiful card.