Friday, August 19, 2011

JB34: holiday "fall to" layout

this week at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ we're thrilled to be teaming up this week with the fab folk at clean and simple stamping! miss natasha made us a special sketch and everything, see?

this means you can make ONE pared down holiday sketch card and use it to link up with us and with the clean and simple stamping blog! nice, right?! there's even a little prize on offer at JINGLE BELLES this week, just to sweeten the deal!

now i know what you're thinking. you're thinking, "hey lauren! have i come to the right blog??! did you REALLY manage to pull off the C&S vibe this week??!?!?!"

welllllllllllll... you tell me:

(vintage: book image & sheet music; patterned paper: basic grey, pink paislee; snowflake stickers: k&co; poinsettia die: bosskut; edge punch: recollections; brad: my mind's eye; merry xmas stamp: hero arts; inks: stewart superior and ranger; adhesives: tombow monorunner, 3m foam tape; other: avery clear label; decorative scissors, sewing machine)

ok, ok, on the one hand, it's not exactly minimalist, is it?! on the other hand, if we're awarding points based on how far we've pared down from our natural inclinations, it's a triumph of restraint!!! just goes to show ya, perspective is EVERYTHING, right?! ;)

but seriously, one of the best things about doing crossovers and letting others set some of the prompts is that i get the chance to TRY NEW STUFF! because i already know how to do the stuff i'm GOOD at, and it's really fun to branch out a little bit! i *ADORE* the C&S style when others assay it, even if i'm not ready to give all my rhinestone flourishes and bold patterned papers to the goodwill quite yet!

so c'mon then, C&S cardmakers--show me how it's done! grab the sketch, make your cleanest, most elegant holiday statement, then link it up at the C&S stamping blog AND jingle belles!!! i am more than usually excited to see the entries this week since i'm VERY keen to learn from you all! ♥♥♥

ps: you don't need to include stamping on your card, but can if you'd like!

pss: if you think this card is "over the top" wait'll later this week when i show you my FIRST try!!!!!!!!!! :)


  1. Cool card! I struggle at doing vintage (properly anyway ;-) ) so I'm really liking this. Can't wait to see your first attempt.

  2. Well I love your card and I think it's a great challenge ... bring it on!

  3. I think my definition of CAS may have a broader definition, because I think you rocked this, Lauren!

  4. Great card, the the vintage image. Thank you for stopping by my blog.

  5. this is great. I love the muted colours and the elements you've added around the central vintage image. just lovely.

  6. Lauren, I love both of the cards that you made for the challenge. The one that you posted with the challenge and the first try. C&S is not one of my strong points either, but you have done a fantastic job. Love this soft and elegant design.


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