The holiday crunch is alive and well as I finish my holiday cards and get them mailed. Card challenges have provided continued inspiration for the designs, whether through sketches, colors, or themes. I followed the theme at Double Trouble Challenge #73: Use a favorite cutting tool, link to Bitten by the Bug 2 Challenge, and "Tie It Up" with string, twine, or ribbon. I am also submitting this to Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #398, a fabulous source for sketches. All challenges are underway as of Monday, December 7, 2020. The DTC73 biweekly challenge ends on Sunday evening, December 20, 2020. Bitten by the Bug 2 ends on Monday, January 4, 2021, and the AHSC398 weekly challenge ends on Sunday evening, December 13, 2020.
The first element was cut by using a decorative edge rectangle on a white card base. I added a panel of green tree-patterned paper. The narrow gold ribbon was added and tied into a bow, in keeping with the sketch. The fishtails on two of the banners were done with a punch. The banners were stacked together then added with foam tape for dimension. Finally, the sentiment was stamped, heat embossed in gold, and punched from red cardstock. A few glittery gems were added. The inside was decorated with coordinating paper. By the way, my favorite cutting tool is the die - any die. I love the results. Perhaps over time, I will say it is my Cricut but I need to build more confidence.
For specific details on participating in these three challenges, be sure to visit their blogs for the guidelines. All three can be successfully combined. We hope you'll join the challenge fun at all of them! Here are the links: DTC73 Blog, BBtheB2 Blog, and AHSC398 Blog.Materials
Stamp: Stampin' Up "Itty Bitty Christmas"
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Gold Glimmer
Paper: Echo Park (I think!)
Die: Gina Marie Designs
Punches: Stampin' Up!
Misc.: Stampin' Up! ribbon and gems; SSS ultra-fine EP (gold); foam tape from stash