Tuesday, January 14, 2014

...Packages Tied Up In String

I love this card now that it's finished and I had lots of fun with the layout but I must admit, when I saw this week's Sketch with a Twist layout, with a twist to use die cuts, I fixated on the star.  It took me forever to move beyond it.  I played with a lot of die cuts before I settled on the holly.  Then it all just fell into place.  Doesn't the card look like a pretty wrapped packaged?  The leaves use one of my favourite techniques - using up leftover paper strips.  You will see this technique a lot for the next little while as I whittle down some of my scraps.  My bin is runneth over.  It's super simple.  I put a layer of double sided tape over scrap cardstock and then lay down my strips, without worrying about the colour or the width, as long as the width is less than 1 inch.  I then run my die cut over  the strips you end up with pretty patterned paper in the desired shape.

The holly leaves were originally pink but I coloured them with nail polish to get the desired colour.  It also gives them a shimmer that isn't really visible in this picture.  The sentiment is from  MFP's Joyous Season and everything, including the base was pulled from the scraps bin.

Challenges this Card Meets:
MFP's Sketch with a Twist - Use Diecuts
Card Mania - Anything Goes
Crafty Boots - Anything Goes
Creative Creations - Anything Goes
Incy Wincy - Add Texture
Inky Chicks - Anything Goes
LEJ Designs - Anything Goes
Lexi Creations - Anything Goes
Loves to Scrap - Anything Goes
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Pile it On -  Celebration / Holiday
Tuesday Throwdown - Stripes


  1. Fab Christmas card, those 'berries' look great. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.

  2. Fabby card hun loving the stripes and thank you for playing along at Tuesday Throwdown Judith DT x

  3. Fabby card loving the stripes - ty for playing along at Tuesday Throwdown Judith DT x

  4. Fabulous Christmas card.

    Thanks for sharing with us

    Lexi's Creations

  5. Fabulous . Thanks for joining in over at LEJ Designs .LEJ DT

  6. Super job using stripes on your project. :) I am very glad you entered this week at Tuesday Throwdown. I hope you had fun!!! See you back very soon to play in another fun challenge.


    Tuesday Throwdown DT

  7. Great CAS Christmas card! Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog
    Tina DT

  8. Hi Christine, Thank you for sharing your card with us at Make it Monday. Great Christmas card.

    Rachael :-)

  9. Cute card..thanks for playing along with us at Love To Scrap Challenge Blog!!

    Cathy DT

  10. Beautiful!! Thanks for joining us at pile it on!! Kimberly DT

  11. Oh, how I love the leaves idea! Beautiful card!
    Thank you for playing with us at Card Mania Challenges!
    Smiles, Kaly

  12. I am so glad you joined in with the LEJ Designs Challenge Blogs first monthly challenge. This months theme is a nice easy one 'anything goes'.

    This is lovely and simple but so affective. The papers chosen are wonderful and the embossing is gorgeous. A very clever idea.

    I hope you will visit us again and join in with many more of our future monthly challenges.

    ♡ & hugs
    Lisa xxxx LEJ DT Organiser