March 11, 2011

CR84FN18, PCD Sketch, & Scrappy Saturday Challenge


Hello, friends!  Happy beginning of the weekend!

Okay, so I must admit that my card tonight has a bit of an identity crisis.  Somehow I managed to take fall colors, combine them with fall and Christmas stamp sets, and come up with a spring card.  What can I say, I've been lying on the couch motionless for three days, so creating anything was a moral victory for me today!

This card combines this week's colors for CR84FN18, the sketch challenge to celebrate a new release at Practicing Creativity Designs, and the Scrappy Saturday Challenge to use woodland animals.



I pulled out my two stamp sets from Practicing Creativity, Fall Fest and Retro Christmas, then put on my thinking cap to devise a way to use them together.  It wasn't that hard, actually.  The cute little deer from Retro Christmas easily became a spring fawn stamped in light brown ink and decorated with spots using a white gel pen.

I stamped the large leafy branch from Fall Fest on a kraft cardstock strip, then used the coordinating solid leaf to add some random orange leaves.  I think I might have been okay if I had stopped there, but the main panel needed a little something around the sentiment (which is from WPlus9's Spring Post).  So I stamped a small leaf image three times with orange ink.   Hmmm, not very spring-y, but I think it's cute!

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Harvest Gold, white), Bazzill (kraft)
Stamps:  Practicing Creativity (Fall Fest, Retro Christmas), WPlus9 (Spring Post)
Ink:  Clearsnap (Dune), Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate), Stampin' Up! (Tangerine Tango), Inkssentials (white gel pen), Sakura (brown pen)
Tools:  We R Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper)
Accessories:  Papertrey Ink (buttons), The Twinery (baker's twine), thread

I hope you enjoyed my little season-bending experiment!  Sometimes it's nice to think outside the traditional box when it comes to colors and patterns for our favorite holidays and occasions, don't you think?  Well, that's my story anyway, and I'm sticking to it!

Thanks for popping in tonight!  Have a great start to your weekend, friends!

31 comments:

Amy said...

Love your creative use of these sets Christina! I particularly love your button placement! Looks like I wasn't the only last minute one with this challenge! ;)

Laurel said...

Adorable, thanks for playing!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Love that we both used the fall fest leaves for the horizontal stripe. Great card.

Marisa said...

Well done combining the stamps and color combo. Totally darling card. Hope you feel better soon! My daughter has been home all week from school with a nasty flu. Thankfully she has turned the corner and should be good to go to school next Monday. Have a great weekend :)

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Super cute card Christina! That little deer image is darling! Thanks so much for playing along with CR84FN :)

Sue Lelli said...

Christina, LOVE your story about how you combinedthose stamp sets to create this CUTE card! LOVEall the FAB details! THX for playing with us at CR84FN!

Jean Martin said...

Wow Christina great job on this! Fall and Christmas stamps that you made into a spring card?! Fantastic! It's stinkin' cute too!!! :) Oh my I've been falling asleep on the couch too!!!

kasia c. said...

Christina, this is amazing! I feel like I'm always saying that about your cards. I love how this came together, it turned out amazing. I also love that kraft strip with the orange coloured in leaves(?) :)

p.s. I hope you're feeling ok. Are you sick with a cold? feel better soon.

Karen said...

LOL - well I think its freakin' adorable so YAY FOR YOU!!!

I just love those colours I have to say, and that little reindeer stamp is just too cute for words!

Great job chicki!

Karen
x

Laurel said...

Super cute! I love it. Love that you took stamps and used them in an unconventional way!!! Thank you for playing with us at Wee Memories!!!!

Jen W. said...

Brilliant! Love the colours and that happy little fawn. :)

Andrea M said...

You are too funny :) Your season blending worked PERFECTLY!!!! This card is so darn cute!!! A FABULOUS mix of elements to boot!!! Love the layout! Lovely take on the challenge colors! Thanks so much for playing along with CR84FN!!!

Karen B. said...

I saw this in the Reader, and stopped. Is that the deer from Retro Christmas I asked myself? Its got to be! But it looks so cute and different! What an amazing transformation and what a wonderful way to combine all the stamps. You are amazing.

Kelly said...

Love how you used a Christmas set! So clever. Love your take on the sketch!

Smita said...

Get well soon, Christina!! :(

Your card is cute.... does it really matter if the stamps are not 'seasonal'? You've done a fantastic job with it!

Hugs and love,
Smita

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

Christina, this is cute! Love the overall design of the card, too. Thanks for playing with us at Wee Memories. :)

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

Omg so cute love your use of the stamps perfect!!!!Thanks so much for playing along with us at Wee memories!!!

Debgem said...

I think the little deer is so cute - your card is very pretty!! Thanks for playing along with CR84FN this week!

Lindsay said...

You are too funny! I think it is so fun! I Love that deer and the twine! Well done Christina!

Daniela Hendea {PurpleD} said...

Adorable!!!! Makes me jump like a fawn that spring is here! :-)

Kim Singdahlsen said...

Just darling. The face on that sweet deer had to have made you feel better!

Courtney Baker said...

So cute!

Priya Venkat Designs said...

Commenting here for the first time Christina, though I have been a long time admirer. For a challenge that us Indian crafters are taking part in, we are to CASE a card. I chose your 22nd Feb, butterfly card (the one you made for the ColorQ challenge). Your work is stunning and I want to take this opportunity to thank you for sharing your work. I hope you dont mind that I CASE-d your card.

Laurie said...

How cute is he? I love this card Christina! So fun!!

Diane Jaquay said...

Christina, this card makes my heart SING!!! nuff said ;)

xiumaiyuki said...

Oh, I think this card is just simply brilliant and oh, so adorable!! I did not think of Xmas at all... spring is written all over this happy card. :o)

Jen W. said...

Whoop whoop! Congrats on your Fab Four win! :)

Nance said...

Awww, this is sooooo sweet! Only you could combine a christmas stamp, an autumn stamp and transform it into the perfect springtime card! Love what you've done with the sketch too--perfect button placement! :-)

Sylvia said...

Aww..Christina, this is so cute and adorable!!!
Sylvia xx

Nerina said...

Oh my - the composition of this card is totally and completely fantastic - and your use of the different seasonal images flows seamlessly! FABULOUS work!

Courtney Baker said...

Oh this is so super fun!

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