Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A Christmas Sweetie

Like most of you, as the holidays approached I immediately thought about weeks and weeks of making cards and projects in red, green and gold.  However, that all changed when I was asked to Guest Design this month for Paper Sweeties.  The inspiration photo for their challenge this month is just SO sweet and yummy.  It completely changed my thinking on Christmas cards and projects this year, and I've been using this color combination quite a bit.  Although I've recreated these ribbony Christmas trees several times, I always like to mention that the original idea came from (I believe) Melissa Phillips.
Pink, red and blue are a little bit different for Christmas cards and projects, and yet it somehow looks so sweet when it all comes together.  It reminds me of all that's sweet during the Christmas holidays.  Starting with a Bubble Gum Paper Straw, I tied torn strips of fabric, tulle, ribbons, lace, Blueberry and Cotton Candy Seam Binding and cotton twill around the straw (tree trunk).  I used small pearl accent stickers as spacers on the tree.
The background for my card is white card stock topped with a piece of vellum.  On the vellum, I stamped the snowflake image from the Homemade With Love Stamp Set in red, blue and pink.  Then, I added a tiny tag that I stamped with the word JOY from the Season of Love Stamp Set (Retired), and I topped the tag with an inked Red & White Striped Chenille Candy Cane.
I'm certain that Debbie and the Design Team Members at Paper Sweeties would love to have you stop by and play along in this super sweet challenge.  I sure couldn't resist making something special for the challenge.  I just love playing with these sweet products (even though many of mine are outdated....they're still super cute).  Thanks for stopping by today!

Paper Sweeties Challenge #50 - Inspiration Photo - I used six Paper Sweeties products on my card.  Can you find them all?
Lori Hairston's ChouxChoux Blog - Visions of Sugar Plums Challenge

Mod Squad Challenge Blog - Challenge: Trees and Snow - I made my "Ribbony Christmas Tree" out of ribbons and laces.  The "snow" on my tree is created by all the ripped and frayed materials that look like snow on my "tree" as well as the vellum background with softly stamped snowflakes on the vellum to give the illusion of snow.

Retro Rubber Challenge Blog - Challenge #53 - Merry Christmas - As explained above, I used a Paper Sweeties stamp set on this card (snowflakes on the background as well as the JOY sentiment) from their Season of Love Stamp Set that is now retired.  I'm guessing it's at least three years old, and it was fun to pull it out and use it.

Outlawz Challenge Blog - December 6 Color Challenge

Thanks for visiting,
Blessings,
Karen

19 comments:

  1. I've recently gotten into using pink and blue on Christmas card too! I love your beautiful ribbon and lace Christmas tree -- so pretty!

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  2. Such a soft and beautiful color combination for Christmas. All the ribbons are gorgeous! Love it!

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  3. Yummy, yummy, YUMMY card, Karen! I adore this color combination and your card is absolutely A-MAZING!!! Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us at Paper Sweeties in December - xoxo

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  4. Karen, this is so beautiful - love the soft colors! Thanks so much for joining us at the Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge!

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  5. Oh what a gorgeous sugar sweet card Karen - such perfect pastels with the pop of the red makes it come to life.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  6. I love the non traditional Christmas colors. My grand daughter and I made these fabric trees on tags last year. Your card is so soft and I love the tag.
    Thanks for joining in the Challenge at the Mod Squad this week.

    Barbara Mod Squad Host.

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  7. Hi Karen gorgeous card..can you please get in touch with me you won the November challenge at Crafty Calendar! hugs Sue J xx Susanne2@sky.com

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  8. This is SO cute, Karen. You sure know how to make cute cards. I will try to play along in this challenge, but I just haven't had much time for crafting lately. Hope you're having a lovely winter and holiday season.
    Sierra
    www.sierrasgift.blogspot.com

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  9. Wow, this is such a great ribbon tree card! Love the colors, use of the different ribbons as well as your wonderfully stamped elements - thanks for sharing with us at the Retro Rubber Blog Challenge!!

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  10. I love the idea of a ribbon tree so thank you for sharing this idea! Love all the texture and sweet details! Thanks so much for sharing with Retro Rubber color inspiration challenge this week. Hope to see you often in our gallery!

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  11. Hello dear friend! Been wanting to stop by but I wasn't able to post a comment from my phone! Love this card and the unconventional color palette. Just a beautiful inspirational photo also! Holiday hugs!

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  12. Absolutely beautiful ribbon tree! Really gorgeous variety of ribbons with lovely embellishments! Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber!!

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  13. Congrats on being the GD! Beautifully feminine look!

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  14. Great card, love all the texture and the palette. Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber. Claire DT

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  15. What a wonderful ribbon tree - love all the colors! Thank you for joining the Winter/Christmas challenge at Choux Choux Paper Art!

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  16. Absolutely adorable!!!!!! I love making these little trees with ribbon and fabric too! Yours is precious! Hugs!!!

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  17. Very creative card. I like the use of those ribbons. I have so many that are just too small to tie into a bow and too big to throw away. I like this idea. Love your colors.

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  18. so pretty love the soft colors as always you have done an amazing job
    God Bless

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  19. Nice card, like all the elements you added. Thanks for playing along with Retro Rubber!

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