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Wow!  My pre-order of new “stuff” arrived yesterday!  I am really speechless as to how lovely it all is.  I really can’t choose a favourite, only to say they all are.  Now as for the new book – wait until you lay your hands on that.  I promise, you won’t be able to put it down.  I know I am going to have to win Lotto, as I WANT  & MUST have everything NOW!  I couldn’t wait to use something & this challenge was crying out for some to be used on it.
It’s a really fun challenge this week over at Sunny Challenges & Creations… The challenge was set by Gwen which included not only a sketch, but we had to do some embossing & a Christmas Theme.  Well, this got me thinking & after receiving my pre-order goodies, I wanted to use the gorgeous new ribbon coming out September 1.  I also wanted to do something in non-traditional colours which is what I like for Christmas – a something a little different! 
So, my card is based around the ribbon & my non-traditional colours.
The challenge –
Go by the Sketch
Christmas Theme
Base Card – Pink Pirouette – 4 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ or 15cm x 10.5cm – once folded & scored in half
Layer 1 – Early Expresso – 4 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 (Top) – Whisper White – 2 3/4″ x 1 7/8″ x 2 or 9.5cm x 4.7cm x 2
Layer 3 (Bottom) – Whisper White – 1 3/4 ” x 3 7/8″ or 4.5cm x 9.5cm
Layer 4 – Early Expresso – Oval
Layer 5 – Pink Pirouette – Oval
Layer 6 – Ribbon
Inside –
Using Early Expresso Ink, I stamped off once, then stamped directly onto the Whisper White & then repeated again but not re-inking my image.  I wanted the faded images in the background.  This piece was adhered to the base card – Pink Pirouette.
I’ve been playing with my Shimmer Paint of late & experimenting all different ways of using it.  Amazing the results you can achieve!!!!
Oval –
I stamped my Dasher – so so so pleased he didn’t retire – image onto Pink Pirouette Cardstock using Versamark & heat embossed using Clear Embossing Powder.  I then grabbed my jar of Frost White Shimmer Paint – gotta love this stuff – a SU Dauber & spread the paint all over the piece of cardstock.  I wiped all the frosted paint off Dasher using a tissue.  This also shines your cardstock a little too.
I then used the same SU Dauber & Paint, except this time applying direct to the stamp itself.  I stamped this image directly over “Dasher“, used my tissue to wipe all the paint off my embossed image & around the piece of cardstock.
Layers –
I run this piece of Pink Pirouette Cardstock through the Bigshot using my Ovals Die.  It doesn’t matter that only part images appear on the completed oval – think it looks better this way.  I repeated again except using a piece of Early Expresso Cardstock & adhered the Pink Pirouette to the Early Expresso.  I adhered a couple of Basic Jewels to his antlers.
I run my 2 pieces of Whisper White Cardstock through the Bigshot using one of my favourite embossing folders – Petals a Plenty.  Oh what the hell, they are all my favourites!  While I still had my good ol’ Shimmer Paint & SU Dauber, I randomly spread Shimmer over the raised section of the embossing.  I wanted the flowers to stand out a little more!  I repeated the same for the bottom piece of Whisper White.
I adhered all these pieces of Whisper White to the Early Expresso Cardstock & run a piece of the new gorgeous Chocolate Chip Ribbon across where the top & bottom meet & tied a bow-tie.
For my greeting, I again stamped the tree image using my SU Dauber & Shimmer Paint onto a scrap piece of Whisper White, stamped the sentiment using Early Expresso Ink over the top, punched using the Word Window Punch & adhered to a piece of Pink Pirouette Cardstock which had been punched using the Modern Label Extra-Large Punch.  This was the adhered to the base card.
My oval was adhered to the base card using SU Dimensionals.  I didn’t want it to be lost in the embossing & shimmer paint.
I think I may have pulled off the look I was hoping for!
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Dasher, Short & Sweet, Lovely as a Tree
Ink – Early Expresso, Versamark
Cardstock – Pink Pirouette, Early Expresso, Whisper White
Punches – Word Window, Modern Label Extra-Large
Ribbon – 1/2″ Scallop Dots – Chocolate Chip
Embossing Folders – Petals a Plenty
Dies – Ovals
Accessories – Shimmer Paint – Frost, Basic Jewels, Embossing Powder – Clear, SU Daubers, SU Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy
To try the challenge out for yourself, why not head over to Sunny Challenges & Creations… & have a go!
While over there, see what Gwen & Kris have created!
Until next time, Enjoy!

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