I'd be the first to encourage fellow stampers to, "use some color and pattern, think outside the box, have fun with it," but I still want my Christmas cards to look like Christmas cards :) A few years ago I thought about mixing things up a bit with our traditional Christmas decorations - my daughter wasn't too excited about the idea and warned, "Mom, don't mess with Christmas!"
I've just about had enough of orange & black projects . . . cutting out leaves, etc . . . so I treated myself to a little creative break to make a few fun things I've been putting off for quite a while. This card is a simplified version of a Melissa Phillips creation - she just seems to have creativity flowing from every fingertip, doesn't she? I visit her blog often - especially when I'm looking for a new little twist to incorporate in my own projects :)
stamps: papertrey ink, stampin' up, inkadinkado
papers: stampin' up, close to my heart
punch: flower - stampin' up
embellishments: ribbon - stampin' up; crocheted trim & button - my sewing stash
I was looking for a little piece of patterned paper in my scrap drawer when a strip of purple polkadots caught my eye . . . I grabbed a few more scraps and came up with this fun little birthday card. It includes a creative twist of combining several sentiments to get a customized look/personalized message all in one - hope it inspires you to try something new!
inside . . .
stamps: papertrey ink, stampin' up papers: stampin' up dies: sizzix punches: stampin' up embossing folder: cuttlebug embellishments: divine twine; clip - making memories
Even tho we're empty nesters, I still like to have some fun with Halloween - my husband just rolls his eyes as the decorations come up from the basement . . . although . . .he was very helpful with a suggestion for a birthday gift for my boss a few years ago - when I told him she was born on Halloween, he said, "she must need a new broom." So, that's exactly what she got! (thank goodness, she thought it was hilarious!!!)
stamps: papertrey ink papers: stripe - pebbles ink; cardstock - stampin' up dies: cat - sizzix; border - papertrey ink; tag - my favorite things embossing folder: cuttlebug embellishments: divine twine; button - papertrey ink
. . . guess fall really is here - at least it's beginning to feel that way. I was thrilled to still be able to get a box of berries at our local patch this morning - waffles with berries 'n ceam will soon be replaced by oatmeal with apples, walnuts 'n spice . . . sure will miss California's bounty when we move.