Friday, February 3, 2012

a banner holiday... take two!

yes, i know, i could post BOTH of my ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ cards at the same time, i mean, they are generally finished when the prompt goes live, but i kind of like stringing them out over the two weeks!  :)

ok, so just to remind you this time we're being inspired by the new blog banner i made for JB2012, which is composed mostly of ingredients from anna aspnes' divine retro holiday art play palette and looks like this:

you can use ANY aspect of the design that appeals to you; already we've got a whole bunch of clever, beautiful and totally inspiring cards in the gallery, which totally blow my mind! and most certainly you should not (imo) go out and buy ANYTHING to take part in this--or any other--challenge... actually, i think a big part of the fun is to see how people use what they like and what they HAVE!

conversely, if you happen to already *OWN* this particular digi-kit, it would be pure foolishness not to use it, because you were operating under some misguided notion that it'd constitute cheating,  right??!?!?! ok, yeah, believe it or not, for some reason, i felt kind of FUNNY making a hybrid card using the papers and brushes from the kit... but then, i got over it, because after all that's why i BOUGHT the thing in the first place, because i LOVE it and want to use it on cards!

(digital elements: paper, xmas tree and jingle bells (printed on kodak photo paper) from retro holiday art play palette by anna aspnes, o'scraps; "real life" elements: glossy white cardstock: ranger; red glitter chip letters: making memories; rub-ons: creative imaginations & making memories; rubber stamps: rhonna farrer/autumn leaves, glitz designs, stampin' up, purple onion; pearls and gems: recollections; inks: ranger, stewart superior, colorbox, tattered angels; other: sequin scrim & white gesso, sewing machine) 

i did a lot of real life "grunging" on this thing: i stencilled the dots on there with gesso, i stamped and over stamped, i blended and covered up and re-blended with inks and dyes. at least two different times i decided it was "ruined" and i'd have to start over; then i'd just grab another stamp or a different color or swipe some more gesso on there and keep going. this was not "quick & easy" it was more like "slow & messy"... and i loved every minute!!! ♥

you've still got until next wednesday (2-8) to make your own gorgeous card, in the meantime why not stop over at JINGLE BELLES and see what people have been doing so far? it's totally worth the trip, i promise!


  1. This card is scrumptious. Love everything about it. Everything. Yup. You need to check out those markers. They look fabulous. But I am addicted to coloring. So I am excitedly biased on coloring tools - what can I say?

  2. WOW!!!
    have never played with digital programs. you rock girl :)

  3. This is so cute!! I think I like it more than the first banner inspired card. ..hmm yes I think I do! Its gorgeous! I love that digi kit. I wish it was on sale or something. Dang you'll have to tell me when oscraps has another sale or I'll have to wait till scrapping day or whatever in May cause I want that! Maybe they'll have a Valentines sale or Mother's day sale. heh. I love your hybrid card! I don't know if I'll get another one done for this challenge. We'll have to see. :)

  4. I *adore* this card. I'm so happy that you used the kit to make this card - it's totally gorgeous. I think it's that scarlet red against the retro mint that makes it a total stunner!

  5. this card is beautifully done! slow and messy is good! all i've accomplished so far with gesso is messy, but you've created a gorgeous card. p.s. thanks for trying not to enable me about the MB jingle bell die. :) i just need to find a supplier in canada.


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