Thursday, September 17, 2015

Two for Thursday

While playing along with Darnell's NBUS challenge #5, I browsed through her prize sponsor's blogs and found a place called the "Happy Little Stampers" and immediately knew I wanted to start playing along with their challenges. There are 3 different challenges each month, and this card is for their September Sketch challenge.

I decided to make a tic-tac-toe grid after looking at the sketch for a while. My brain always seems to lean toward evenly balancing any given image. Maybe it's my Libra birth sign (balanced scales) that pushes me in this direction? I used snippets of primary colors and cut them with a SU! bitty banner punch, and did the X's and O's with my Quickutz. The sentiment is from Sweet'n'Sassy Stamps. Since I used snippets to put this card together, I'm also sharing it over at Pixie's Snippets Playground #194.

The Happy Little Stampers September Christmas challenge is to use "holly", while the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is "die crazy", so this card will be shared with both challenges. There's holly in the embossed background, plus I used a Tim Holtz Bigz die to cut the holly & branch, adding some crackle glossy accents for a fun look. The Merry Christmas die is by Kaisercraft and makes use of some pearlized paper for a little extra shimmer. 

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a wonderful day!



Desire Fourie said...

Wonderful creations Carol. Love your take on the sketch with the first card and the second is a gorgeous Christmas creation.
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aussie aNNie said...

Two fabulous cards Carol, you make CAS look CLASSIC...XX
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Barb said...

Hi Carol, two lovely crds from you again today. I love the tic tac toe card using the bright colour banners and the Christmas one is so elegant. What a lovely embossed background and I like the glossy accents on the large holly leaves. Barbxx

Di said...

Both fabulous Carol! You always come up with such clever ideas - the take on the sketch for card #1 is brilliant!


Di xx

scrAPpamondo said...

Oh, now I understand because you are always so harmonious and balanced in your design!! :D
Your card are both clean and beautiful! Love the colourful tic tac toe with the grid and the embossed background with holly leaves and branch. Very versatile cards, I think, they are perfect for any person!
Have a great evening, my friend!

cotnob said...

Fabulous cards Carol, lovely crisp white backgrounds and wonderful CAS designs.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I really like graphic look of the sketch and you captured it well with the tic tac toe grid. I like your grungy holly card. But it is so unlike you! You go for breaking out of the holiday paper wrapped box!!!

Liz said...

Two fabulous cards. The first one is my favourite - such a clever design. xx

Jean said...

Two lovely cards, I love the bright coloured banners on the first, a great take on the sketch. Super die cut holly on the second and beautiful embossing.
Jean x

Lin said...

Love the intricate embossing behind the lovely holly, Carol! Thanks for playing along with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

jimlynn said...

I don't know if I've ever seen a better take on a sketch like you did on the first card! Very creative and cute.
Love the second one too and all that wonderful embossing.

Loll said...

Two fabulous and creative cards Carol. So happy you joined us at Happy Little Stampers. :)

Heather said...

Both great cards Carol, I love your CAS Christmas card - a beautiful embossed background and a stunning coloured holly leages!!

Heather xx
Thanks so much for joining us with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Inkyfingers said...

What a delightful pair of cards Carol. I love the contemporary stylish look of the first one and the very different more traditional look to the the holly card. You are very versatile.
Welcome to Happy Little Stampers and thanks for sharing with us at the HLS Christmas challenge.
Carol x

Susan said...

Thanks so much for joining our Holly challenge at Happy Little Stampers. I love your fabulous holly bough and I bet in real life the crackle looks even better. Great choice of embossing folder for the background.

Birgit said...

Two fabulous cards! The first design is a great interpretation of the September Sketch!! So glad you found HLS and thanks so much for joining in on the fun at Happy Little Stampers September Sketch Challenge.

Gloria Lee said...

Just fantastic!
I love your design and idea!
The tic-tac-toe idea is very nice.
You are so clever!!!
Thanks for playing at Happy Little Stampers sketch challenge!