Thursday, December 1, 2016

it's december first!!!

battle stations, everybody: the holidays will be here in like FIVE MINUTES!!! but there's still time to make a few more cards and things, like this one right here:

patterned papers: american crafts, crate paper, making memories, we r memory keepers, dcwv, pebbles; assorted holiday washi tapes: eyelet outlet; ancient but still cool tree stamp: DOTS; ink: ranger archival; white kromekote cardstock: the paper cut; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape

i've used the rather fab current sketch from retro rubber challenge for this:

so of course i needed to use a stamp that's more than a year old AND mention its age. i'm not actually sure how old this D.O.T.S. christmas tree is, but i'm fairly sure it belonged to my sister, and that she gave it to me (with a bunch of other stamps) a year or two after my niece maddie was born, so that's gotta be 10+ years.

in this case i've paper-pieced it, by stamping the tree on a bunch of scraps of green patterned paper, then cut each layer from a different pattern to make a funky-fab quilty-style tree. i've paired it with a whole bunch of my favorite eyelet outlet holiday washi tapes, too, standing in for the strong horizontal and vertical lines of the sketch.

hope you're having a great week, but if not... cheer up, tomorrow's friday! ♥


  1. I love this card, and the D.O.T.S stamp.
    I have some that are really old too, but still love the simplicity of them because it makes it easy to be creative with them. I love, love, love what you did with the decorative paper and the tree stamp.

  2. Really great card and I love the washi tape! I don't have many tree stamps, if fact I don't think I have but one! Shame. Thank you for sharing this little piece of art.

  3. Lauren, I love your take on the sketch, great use of that old stamp, paper piecing I always forget about, but love it when I see others doing it. Thanks for joining us again at Retro Rubber. Claire DT

  4. Absolutely wonderful holiday card! Fussy cutting that tree was absolutely genius for that WOW factor. Love it!! Thanks for playing along with our sketch challenge at Retro Rubber and look forward to seeing you in the gallery soon.

  5. Fabulous card!! great paper piecing and fussy cutting.

  6. Well Miss. Lauren, this is one gorgeous and beautifully detailed card, very impressive fussy cutting my dear teammate, love all the pattern papers you used to create this sweet little Christmas Tree.
    I'm so happy to see you in the RETRO RUBBER gallery, hope you join us again next time.
    Big Hugs. :)

  7. Lauren, your card is lovely! I love your take on the sketch and the DSP you used. Thanks so much for joking RRCB.

  8. Lauren, I LOVE this card! The paper piecing is brilliant. What a great way to display various patterns of designer paper! The music note paper is so trendy right now. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely card with Retro Rubber's sketch challenge... you nailed it!

  9. I have a DOTS stamp or two in my stash that are closing in on 20 years! Lovely use of the tree image and the sketch. Thanks so much for joining us at Retro Rubber!

  10. Gird your loins Lauren! We are barreling towards Christmas! A beautiful card! I love the patterns that you put together! All the fussy cutting paid off! Stunning! Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber!


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