Shana Gaff
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Monday, December 9, 2013

Stress Relief for the Day

I didn't think I would get any cardmaking today with Brett home recovering from his surgery (which went very well...thank you for all of your well wishes and prayer!) AND babysitting, but I managed to sneak in a few minutes while they were eating lunch and then napping!  I used the challenges at Freshly Made Sketches and Color Throwdown, which both end today!  Just in the nick of time!
I had to do some color compromises since Regal Rose and Riding Hood Red are both retired, and my closest color matches were Primrose Petals and Cherry Cobbler. I thought this would also fit with the challenge at SUO Challenges, which is to use something non-traditional for Christmas. I don't really think of pink as being a Christmas color, so I thought it was a bit non-traditional. 
I made my own strip of DSP by stamping the ornaments in Black StazOn and then using my aqua painter to color them in. This was quite fun and helped me to get out some of the stress I have been dealing with lately. After I stamped my sentiment, I got ready to cut it like a pennant and at the last second decided to make it more of an arrow instead for a change. I just got some new pennant framelits from our demonstrator preorder, as well as a punch, so I am SURE there will be enough pennants in my future! I found these scraps of ribbon and decided to loop them around for a fun extra touch. I don't use ribbon all that much and never like this, so I thought it was kind of fun!  

Stamp Sets: Ornament Keepsakes, Sweet Essentials
Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Primrose Petals, Whisper White
Ink: Black StazOn, Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz, Primrose Petals
Tools: Holiday Ornaments Framelits, Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Aqua painter

Accessories: Primrose Petals Stitched Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals


  1. What a fun card! I love what you did with the ribbon, and the ornaments are beautiful. Glad you got to sneak in some stamping time and play along with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  2. What a fun non-traditional Christmas card! Love the homemade ornament DSP panel with all of the pink :-) Thanks for playing along with us at SUO Challenges!

  3. Love this! That ribbon placement is genius!! Thanks so much for playing the Color Throwdown!

  4. Hi Shana, I like your choice of card colors, but even more, I LOVE what you have done with the ribbon in your card. What a neat idea and a bit "untraditional" in it's usage. Love that!

  5. You did a great job with your non traditional card - a real beauty!