Wednesday, March 30, 2011

CCC11 - Before

This year, for the first time, I joined the SplitCoast Stampers Christmas Card Challenge. It's been a terrific way to get ready for the holidays. I have many cards to do, because I not only do my own, I do some for the church. Our Children's Ministry Director uses them for the leaders. Often I've gotten so caught up in creating those that I've not done any for myself. While I don't usually send cards to people to whom I give gifts - they just get tags (which I would liek to make this year, too) - I have many family and friends who I don't send gifts to and that I would like to start sending at least a card over the holidays.

I've titled this post before because all of these cards need at least one finishing touch.

 

These first two I am generally happy with - I just need to colour them.If I wanted to, I could in theory get away with NOT colouring them, but I won't be happy about it, so I will do it. The problem is right now my craft area is a slight disaster, and I can't find my pencil crayons.

These two both need colouring, but they also need a sentiment,and in the case of the last one, a finishing touch of ribbon or something. I would prefer NOT to use ribbon since this card will likely go to a man.

PLEASE give me your suggestions on how to finish this card off!


In all cases I also have to look up the sketches I used for the design.

Card Details

Merry Christmas Tree, Square Tree, Racoons
Paper: Soft Sky, Always Artichoke cs (SU)*, misc mat colour (Bazzill); PP  (Provocraft  slab paper)
Stamps: Merry Crittermas
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Word Window Punch (SU)

Christmas Trio
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Certainly Celery cs (SU) green cs (Bazzill), PP from a stack (My Mind's Eye)
Stamps: Merry Crittermas
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Word Window Punch (SU)

*I could be wrong on those colours....may be Cool Caribbean and Mellow Moss. I am sure it is SU cs, though, because all my SU cs is in the same holder, separate from other companies.

I hope to do the finishing touches on these Thursday and have them posted Thursday night. I'll also include links to the sketches used.
   

8 comments:

Cindy said...

Tania, First all, thank you so much for visiting my blog, and the nice comments!! Come back again.
I think the top 2 cards are great just the way they are. They are colorful enough without coloring the images. I do think the little Christmas tree would add some pizzazz if it were colored.
The last one, would be ok as is, if you colored the little critters a little. Maybe add a button or 2 ?? They are all great, howver, just the way they are.

Becky said...

Great cards Tania, and I agree with Cindy...:)

Jennipher Lowery said...

Good for you Tania for joining that challenge. I've joined every year and made absolutely no progress. LOL So, this year I have stayed away from the challenge. I have to make Christmas cards this year because I have some of the cutest stamps from Verve and Sweet n Sassy stamps that just can't be ignored. For the masculine card I suggest adding some buttons down the side. I did that on a Valentine's card I sent my uncle and he loved it.

Kathy and Lucky said...

What great cards and a wonderful way to get started so you are ready to go.

Cheryl said...

Very nice! Congrats on getting such a head start on your Christmas cards.

Heather B said...

I think a button or two would also look great on that last card. Regardless, they all look beautiful!

The Mama Monkey said...

I agree with everyone else...coloring will boost it right up! For the last one, I say twine OR some brads. I love brads. And I think they are manly. :)

Anne Marie said...

I had to laugh at your comment about not being able to find your colored pencils right now. My craft room was like that yesterday...and somehow I lost an ink pad. Eeeek!

I agree with Cindy above. Coloring (when you find the pencils) would be a great touch. I also think your suggestion of ribbon on the last card is a good choice. Even if it is a masculine card, you could just do a simple knot. Hope you are enjoying your day today! :)