Saturday, August 21, 2010

Christmas Collage

It's time for another Utah Diva's weekly sketch challenge. I love the way my thinking and ideas are stretched when I have to work with a sketch. But first, here's a little sneak peek at the card!

I never would have come up with this card on my own! Here's Sketch 97 for August 21.

I've modified the sketch slightly, changing the center rectangle into a tag. I am working on card for a Holiday Mini Catalog swap, and I used this tag on those cards. I really loved how it came out, so I decided I would use it on this sketch challenge as well. My apologies for taking liberties with the sketch, Carol!

The tag was stamped using the beautiful Christmas Collage background stamp. You can only see a portion of it here. It is a full background stamp, and it is just gorgeous! It will be available to purchase starting on September 1. (Holiday mini catalog, page 20, #121279, $17.95) It is my favorite item in the Holiday mini catalog! Here's the recipe:

Paper: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Naturals Ivory, Deck the Halls DSP
Stamps: Christmas Collage
Inks: Early Espresso, Always Artichoke (re-inker & blender pen) and Cherry Cobbler marker
Accessories: Two Tags Bigz die, 2 3/8" scallop circle, jumbo brads, crop-o-dile, 5/8" Early Espresso satin ribbon, hemp twine

Here's a detail of the tag. I first cut out the tags with my Big Shot and the Bigz die. I inked only a portion of the background stamp that I wanted to feature, then carefully placed the cut tag on top of the inked area.

I think I'm in love (sigh) with the Deck the Halls paper!

Now on to Becky's blog to see what she came up with this week. If at any time you run into a dead end on the blog hop, you can head over the the Diva's blog and see who is next in line. Look under Carol's Sketchy Saturday Team. Have a wonderful weekend, and thanks for stopping by! As always, a special thanks to those of you who take the time to leave a comment. I really appreciate it!



  1. oh my barbara, take all the liberties you want. this card is gorgeous. i wish i was in your swap. wow!!! xoxo

  2. Love this card! The tag is beautiful and I love how you used it in the center of the sketch.

  3. WOW! Beautiful! The center tag would make a great bookmark, too.

  4. Absolutely Gorgeous!!! I think I'm going to have to CASE this one!!

  5. Soo pretty!!! I love that Two Tags Die and now I'm just going to have to get it!

  6. This is awesome!! Love how you cut up that DSP and that tag looks ready to be used for a bookmark!! Great job!