this week's ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ prompt is called "a banner holiday" and the assignment is to create a holiday card using our new (for 2012) blog header as your inspiration. just in case you've not seen it yet, it looks a bit-- ok, it looks exactly-- like this:
i put it together at the end of december and oddly enough for me, nearly all of the digital products i used came from the same kit: retro holiday art play palette by one of my all-time favorite designers, anna aspnes. at risk of sounding a bit (ok, a LOT!) braggy, i really love that thing, lol... but it was actually stef's idea to base a prompt around it, i swear! :) :) :)
you can use any aspect of the header that appeals to you: the colors, the vintage-inspired style, the grungy/painty/inky aspect, the snowflakes, the bells, the glitter... use whatever bits you like and discard the ones you don't! feel free to be as literal or as abstract as you'd like, anything goes as long as it's creative and newly made!
here's the first of my two cards, i will show you the other one next week. i'm proud to say that this is the first week i have completely ♥LOVED♥ both of my cards equally, in fact i had a hard time choosing which to show first, which is kind of a good (if obnoxious, sorry!!!) problem to have, right?! :)
(vintage: sheet music; patterned paper: imaginisce, plus scraps of basic grey and k and co packaging; cardstock: staples; snowflake stickers, pearls and bling sentiment: recollections; cardstock stickers: fancy pants; adhesive fabric border: studio calico; glitter chipboard flourish: k and co; jingle belle die: memory box (thanks lorraine!!!) misc: acrylic craft paint, white gesso, snowflake punches and sequin scrim used as stencils; adhesives: tombow monorunner, uhu gluestick, gluedots, 3m foam tape, sewing machine)
so obviously *my* inspirations were: the palette, the mix of elegance and grunge, the snowflakes, the bells, and a bit of the retro-inspired goodness. i've also thrown in a bit of red glitter chipboard... but then... admit it, you'd be SHOCKED i hadn't, right?! do stop by ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ to see miss stephanie's gorgeous card and link up your card by wednesday, february 8th!