Happy Earth Day! It's once again time for my most FAVORITE Jingle Belles challenge! To really celebrate, I made THREE cards yesterday. I considered posting them all separately so I could link them all, but I'm just too lazy for that.
I found some fabulous commercial cards in my collection of those that have been sent to us, cut out the focal points and saved the glitter edges from one. I found one strip of gold vellum and a shimmery off-white envelope paper in my rescued junk mail, and some bits of shiny ribbon in my bits-of-ribbon-from-anywhere-and-everywhere stash.
I also found a great new sketch at Merry Monday and I finished this first card in time to link it there, but then my computer disconnected itself from the internet for unknown reasons, and I went to bed and forgot to sit back down here before noon, when the link closed - sigh.
stamp sets - Joyous Celebrations, Hello Doily; ink - Black StazOn, Versamark; card stock - Tempting Turquoise; recycled - greeting cards (tree and glitter), special envelope paper, bits of ribbon; punch - 1" circle; Big Shot with Holiday Collection framelits
I even recycled a scrap of chipboard under the envelope paper to give the sentiment a bit more dimension.
The next two cards are sharing that fabulous piece of gold vellum; I set the second one on top of a light box so you can see it glow:
stamp sets - More Merry Messages, Patterned Pines (retired hostess set); ink - Versamark; Stampin' embossing powder - Gold; card stock - Riding Hood Red; recycled - greeting card tree, gold vellum paper; Big Shot with Ovals Collection framelits
stamp set - Four the Holidays (retired); ink - Versamark; Stampin' embossing powder - Gold; card stock - Naturals White, Bashful Blue, Old Olive; recycled - greeting card dove, gold vellum paper; punch - Bird Builder; Big Shot with Ovals Collection framelits
Tom seemed to think it was slightly off-season for Christmas cards, but I enjoyed myself so much that I also finished the insides and decorated envelopes for the cards I'd done earlier.
I've been in organizing mode, removing retiring colors from my current supplies, and I finally filled a large box for Operation Write Home. Next time, I'll only be filling a Paper Pumpkin box - a much more manageable size - so now I'm back to the crafting table to use up some already-retired designer series paper that I've decided I no longer need to hoard. I've seen some sneak peeks of the new papers coming out with the June 1 catalog release, and I probably will have to preorder some next week, so I'll need to free some space!