Shana Gaff
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Monday, December 10, 2012

Take Two!

Have you made a card that you absolutely hated and had to start completely over?  That happened to me today!  I had three challenges I wanted to use on my card today: Color Throwdown, Black Tie Fridays and Create with Connie and Mary
2012 Create Thursday-009

I don't have too many bird sets to work with, so I started with Betsy's Blossoms, which I haven't used in quite a while.  I thought it might make a different Christmas card.  Different it is!  I will show it to you, even though I don't much care for it!  It's pretty simple, which I like, but just doesn't work for me. :)

Stamp Sets: Betsy's Blossoms, More Merry Messages
Cardstock: Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink: Gumball Green, Black StazOn, Riding Hood Red
Tools: 2 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder
Accessories: Regals DSP Stack, Dimensionals
Soooo, I took another look through my stash and decided that these colors would work nicely with Snow Much Fun, and there are some birds in that set too!  I am much happier with the results of this card!
I colored the snowman by picking up the color from the end of Watercolor Wonder Crayons with my Aqua Painter. There is not a crayon in Gumball Green, so I used Garden Green and it is a very close match to the Gumball Green ribbon!  I used some Dazzling Details to add some snow on the ground and around the snowman and birds.  I wasn't sure where to put my sentiment, so I put it on the little tag for the snowman to hold.  I thought it looked pretty cute there!
Stamp Sets: Snow Much Fun, Tiny Tags
Cardstock: Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Ink: Black Staz-On, Gumball Green, Riding Hood Red
Tools: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Jewelry Tag Punch, Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder, Corner Rounder, Aqua Painter
Accessories: Black Polka Dot Scalloped Ribbon, Stitched Satin Gumball Green Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, Dazzling Details


  1. I like the colors you chose to go along with our sketch challenge this week. The bird looks great on the scallop circle. Thanks for playing Create with Connie & Mary!

  2. Love how you used the ribbon in place of the DSP - very creative! Thanks for joining us this week at Create with Connie and Mary!

  3. I think both cards are great!! Love how you used Betsy's Blossoms for a Christmas card - clever!! And the dazzling details looks great on your snowman card! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

  4. Both cards are lovely, but have to admit I'm a sucker for snowman images, so I especially love that card! Thanks for playing along with us at Color Throwdown!

  5. Super the snowman the best...because I love snowmen! lol! Really...both cards are great and fit the sketch perfectly! Thanks for playing along with the sketch challenge this week on Create with Connie and Mary!

  6. I love the snowman with the tag in his hand. And the flip of the sketch is great. And the watercoloring looks awesome - it hadn't even occurred to me that we don't have in-color watercolor crayons. The other card for me is much more spring - put a Happy Birthday on it and it would be perfect. I'm so glad you joined our sketch challenge this week at Create with Connie & Mary!

  7. Shana, Just love your cute little snowman. I too am a sucker for them! In fact one of my favorite kid books is, What Do Snowman Do at Night? So much fun!! I really love how your card came together. I do love the bird used in the first one, and the colors of it, but can also see why you felt the way you did!! Ha, I tossed three cards one time before one came out that I loved!! Thanks for playing with us at Black Tie Fridays

  8. Oh these both are GREAT!!! I love the happy colors of your bird card and snowman is just a favorite of mine! Thanks for playing along in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

  9. I think both cards are great Shana! I love your non-traditional stamp for Christmas and I just love the rich colours you've used on your second card - so I'm torn between them both! Thanks for joining us at Create with Connie & Mary this week!

  10. Thank you for always entering the Black Tie Fridays challenges. We truly appreciate the support. The bird oon your card is so sweet and I love the way it stands out against the green.