Thursday, December 15, 2016

Ugly Sweater Contest

01/13/2017 Update: Sapphire Award Winner at Color My Heart: Color Dare Challenge #223.

Several weeks ago I saw some really cute and clever "ugly" sweaters HERE and was inspired to give it a try. The paper I used is perfectly lovely and it was more challenging to make an "ugly" sweater than a pretty one.

So here it is, with a string of jingle bells along the bottom and some mismatched colors.

I do not have the CTMH paper packet for this design, but through the generosity of a friend, I was able to use the required supplies. Using an off-white card base, an oval die was used to cut out the neck hole at the top fold of the card. Using a coordinating oval die with a scalloped edge, the collar was added. A panel of white cardstock was embossed using the inked-by-embossing-folder method. The circles were lightly distressed to show white through the Fern ink. A panel of wood grain designer paper was also inked, this time with Juniper, using an embossing folder. Under close examination, the wood grain shows through the Juniper ink - a pretty effect.
In my friend's supplies, I found the die cut pine cone with a sprig of fir and the star. They are backed with foam to add dimension. The circle with a deer image was die cut from the paper, the edges sponged with Glacier and popped up with foam. Copic markers were used to brighten the colors on the image. The jingle bells were fussy cut and also adhered with foam. Using a marker, stitches were added to the center panel. The inside is stamped with a simple "A Very Merry Christmas to You" and a strip of the Fern embossed paper along the right vertical edge.
I am submitting the card to the following challenges:
2. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything Goes

3. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge

4. Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies December Challenge

Techniques: Stamping, sponging, die cutting, fussy cutting, stamping-with-embossing-folder, distressing
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

CTMH Materials
Ink: Fern, Juniper, Glacier, Cocoa
Cardstock: Cocoa, Desert Sand
DSP: "Oh Deer" Collection

Stampin' Up! Materials
Stamp Set: "Reason for the Season" (inside sentiment)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Whisper White
Marker: Stampin' Write Crumb Cake
Misc.: Dimensionals foam, Pine Bough EF

Other Materials
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (inside sentiment)
Dies: Spellbinders Classic Ovals, Scalloped Ovals, Classic Circles
Misc.: Darice EF, Copic markers 


  1. Man you got all the colors in there...great job and it truly is what they call an "ugly sweater" but so adorable, and you didn't even have to use the paper packet. Glad to see you were able to use a couple of the cricut images. Thank you for putting this together on such short notice...appreciate it...glad you made it.

    1. Thank you, Sue! Actually, I did use the paper packet for the collar, the deer, the bells, the musical notes for the center strip and the wood grain that was used to achieve the background for the pine bough on the right half of the sweater.

    2. Wow, I really missed most the designed papers, they all blended in so well. I saw that you used in the star, even though the deer button sticks right out there never put it together with the total piece of design paper. And totally missed the collar. I thought I studied the design quite a bit, and the most hidden was the music note page. Great job, should have been made into a contest of how many design papers did you

  2. Oh my goodness, Mel... This is truly a really UGLY sweater! The designs along with the horrendous colours beside each other (and I love the colour combination from the Oh Deer paper pack but not in the way they were used here...) make this a commendable effort at the worst - or perhaps the best - ugly sweater card I have seen for a very long time!

  3. What an adorable idea! And you did an incredible job with the execution. Thanks so much for sharing it on the Color Dare.

  4. Love it!! Such a clever card. Thank you for joining us on Color My Heart.

  5. Hee hee, that's awesomely ugly Melanie! So glad that we inspired you to give it a's harder to make things ugly than you'd think! Love everything from the frilly collar to the jingle bell trim. :)

  6. Prettiest ugly sweater I've ever seen! Love all your techniques. Thanks for playing at the Color My Heart Color Dare.

  7. What a fun card! Love all the textures to this card. Thank you for inspiring us at Color My Heart Challenge Blog.

  8. Love it!! This is the first time I've seen a card like this!! Thanks for playing along with us at the Color My Heart Color Dare blog! DT Jen

  9. What a fun idea! So cute. Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers!

  10. Fun card, thanks for joining us at CHNS patterned Paper Challenge this month hope to see you again in 2017.

  11. OH my! That is one beautiful ugly sweater! What a great idea and I love all of the patterns and textures.. I think I"d wear that!