Monday, October 31, 2022

Peaceful Boughs for the Retro Challenge & #FMS559

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Today's card is inspired by two challenges.  Please click on the hyperlinks below to visit the blog challenges and enjoy the inspiration, then go have some fun & make a card :)

This week the Retro Rubber Challenge #194 is challenging us to use 90's Colours, I chose, Pretty Peacock (dark teal), Sweet Sorbet (red), Cajun Craze (dark terracotta), Kraft (brown).  We have a Blue Spruce in our front yard and I love the contrast of the blue needles and the reddish brown cones.

Jen T's Sketch Challenge over @ Freshly Made Sketches inspired the design of my card, I used the pinecones to capture the three circles, and made the 'message' the star.  Do you ever use the 'message' on the front of your card and add the 'greeting sentiment' to the inside?  I love this message for a Christmas card and it fits great in the big circle.   


Assembly & Trix,

*  Die cut the circle with the Stylish Shapes Die, #159183 from a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Basic White cardstock.  

***Trix, use the Stamparatus, #146276 to line up the circle layer with the 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Thick Basic White card base, remove the circle layer and stamp using the Retired Peaceful Boughs stamp set, #150541 - from the June 2020 to May 2021 Annual Catalogue - using Sweet Sorbet ink.

*  Die cut the boughs and pinecones from the retired coordinating Beautiful Boughs Dies, #150661 from Cajun Craze cardstock, #119684 & Kraft Paper, #156325 and retired Pretty Peacock cardstock.  ***Trix, use Adhesive Sheets, #152334 to die cut the Cajun Craze part of the pinecone.

*  Layer the boughs and pinecones as you wish.  ***Trix, use a combo of adhesives to build dimension, glue, glue dots and dimensionals.  Embellish with Crumb Cake Baker's Twine, #155475  

**  A couple of other sets from the July to December 2022 Mini Catalogue that I think would work beautifully with this sketch are, Leaves Of Holly Bundle, #159608 - or - Decorated With Happiness Bundle, #159711  **


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  1. Love the sentiment and the perfectly placed pinecones! Thanks for playing along with us at FMS this week.

    1. Thanks so very much Jacquie! It was a fun card to make. Thank you for the terrific sketch inspiration! :)

  2. Love the pinecones - elegant holiday card Glad you shared it as FMS!

    1. Thanks so very much Linda for the lovely compliment. Thanks for popping by and thank you for the great sketch challenge.

  3. WOW! What a clean and elegant card. I love the pinecones and the colour of the leaves, inspired by your actual tree. Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber this time. Claire DT

    1. Awe thx so very much Claire for your very enthusiastic comment :) It puts a smile on my face. I'm happy to hear you liked it!

  4. Lesley, this is so gorgeous! Love the pines and cones, but what a lovely sentiment to highlight, too! Thanks so much for playing at Retro Rubber!

    1. Wow thanks so very much Heather! I sentiment is the star isn't it, beautiful words. Thank you for your enthusiasm and support. I love the challenges!


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