Sunday, November 4, 2012

CardSwaps Challenge, OWH Sketch, and Pinterest Make For Strange Bedfellows!

Blessed Sunday my friends! I know this is a long post title, but it fits this card to a T! The challenge at CardSwaps last Monday was to have a wreath on your card. I so wanted to make a punch art wreath with branches, or snowflakes, or leaves... all attempts were fails. I should clarify and say 3 days of fails! :(   Then I saw a card on Pinterest with the cutest, and simplest, wreath. I eagerly abandoned my punch art fails and made the Pinterest wreath. Seriously, this wreath took all of about 10 minutes start to finish. Operation Write Home's weekly sketch 145 came out this morning on their blog Stars & Stamps. An A-HAH moment and it all fell into place.


I really, really like how it turned out. I was able to take a concept from Pinterest, modify it slightly, and make a card that fills the CardSwaps challenge and the OWH sketch challenge. It was quite easy to put together and would make a great kit card. Oh... and there isn't any stamping involved. Last year I found Rub-On sets by The Paper Company. It's an outside - inside set meaning the Merry Christmas is the front, or outside sentiment. The inside sentiment reads Wishing you peace, joy and happiness. Actually, I assigned Merry Christmas to the front because it fit with the sketch. Whichever way you use the sentiments it reads very well, so I don't think it matters.

For the wreath I punched the center circle first then centered the larger punch over it and punched. For the banner I used the 3/4" square punch, at an angle, to make the fishtail ends.

Ooops! I had to come back and add something. Don't ya hate when that happens? Here is the sketch we are to follow at OWH:
Supplies:
Card Stock: Bazzill red, white, green
Embossing folder - SU Petals A Plenty
Punches: 2 1/2" scallop circle(Marvy Uchida)
               1 1/8" plain circle (not sure)
               3/4" square punch (Creative Memories or CM)
               Small heart border punch, EKSuccess... I think.
Sentiment: The Paper Co (TPC) rub-on set Merry Christmas Multiples
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink in Festive Berries
Poinsettia & Leaf: Hero Arts felt embellishments
Liquid Pearls: White Opal

Thank You so much for stopping by, hope you enjoyed your visit!

16 comments:

  1. I love how you did the embossing over all center. The small border really adds to it. What a great way to make a wreath. I am going to try this. Have a great day Charlsie

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  2. Love this wreath! The embossing makes it look like it's labor intensive.

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  3. Marlene, this is a beautiful card. What a great wreath making technique. The embossing of the center piece and the wreath really kicks this up. I have a similar EF and border punch. I will definitely try this. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  4. Marlene, This came out gorgeous. Your embossing and your punched edges are really brought out by this beautiful wreath. Great job.

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  5. What a lovely card! So happy you joined the challenge!

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  6. Oh, this is BEAUTIFUL!!! Thanks so much for sharing the technique! I'm definitely going to CASE that wreath! (I suspect MANY of my neighbors will be receiving it, so you're spreading the joy! lol)

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  7. This would make a great Christmas card that you could mass produce.

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  8. The layered embossing is gorgeous!

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  9. I love all of the embossing! It's so, so pretty!

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  10. Very elegant. Thanks for sharing how you made the wreath. Also like all the layers and embossing

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  11. This turned out fabulous! I tend to over-think when I'm creating and that usually ends in waste, but it's a real light bulb moment when you find something so simple, yet effective isn't it? Love your beautiful card!

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  12. Gorgeous card Marlane! A hit for sure. tfs!!!

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  13. This turned out amazing! Love the wreath! I'm going to have to try this one! Thanks!

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  14. Beautiful, Marlene! I've seen that card on Pinterest too and been dying to try it! Yours came out great! Thanks for joining us in this week's Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge!

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  15. You're right! That is a really great kit idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Wow, that wreath is fabulous! Beautiful card from start to finish.

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