WMSC#64-Banner ChristmasTree

I'm back today with a card I made for this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #64 created by Anya Shrier. 

That wide open space in the sketch just begs for some pretty stamped background paper, don't you think?  I would like to say I had this whole card all sketched out in my mind before I got started, but...nope, I just started playing around with different patterns using a variety of my Waltzingmouse stamp sets.  I finally settled on the medallion in Join Us
Join Us
It is so simple to line up and looks so pretty stamped in Versamark onto Ripe Avocado cardstock.

Here is the card I made with my stamped background paper:

I couldn't decide what image I wanted to use for my focal point, so I put this card to the side and began laying out a banner cut with Spellbinder dies that I have been working on.  The pieces were all turned around on my desk when I realized that the banner diecut turned upside down looks a lot like a Christmas Tree.  It just clicked for me and I cut several sizes, some with loopy borders and some without.  The top layer is kraft and although the picture doesn't show it well, it is stamped with
Text-It in Versamark
Text-It


and then I stamped the swag from Eat Cake in Scarlet Jewel ink.

Eat Cake

The patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye, Lost & Found Christmas.  The tree trunk is stamped with a border from Pic-nic Patterns.


  I stamped the sentiment from Compliments of the Season onto a little label
Compliments of the Season

and wrapped a snippet of saddle-stitch ribbon around it that extends just a bit off the side of the card.  I threaded a button and tied it with a little piece of rustic jute twine.  I can see lots of little "banner" Christmas trees in my future now that I discovered that little upside down trick!



16 comments:

Kara said...

so creative!! love this 'tree'!!

Oh, Cathy! How clever and gorgeous! I love the stamped pattern on the top layer tree... The swooping banner with all the gems! So pretty!

Great to see all that stamping going on! Fabulous job with the sketch... thanks so much for playing along with the Mischief Makers this week!

Joyce said...

What a beautiful and clever card. I would have thought that was a tree die and stamp set if I hadn't read your explanation. Really well done, and now you can save so much money on Christmas tree stamps and dies (!)

I'm Renee said...

Those banners make a fabby tree...
very creative!
Love all the different stamps going on here...
the background is awesome...
love the swags on the tree...
just a super fabby card...
I love it!! :)

Bumblebee said...

Love your ingenious use of those banners for your tree!! Lovely papers to. Great sketch challenge!

Stephanie said...

OMGoodness! This is so soft and beautiful! I just love your color palette for the card. The background is lovely and who wouldn't love all that bling on the tree!

Kelly S. said...

Oh what a wonderful idea, Cathy! Your tree is fabulous with the pennant dies and the gorgeous swag images...oh and the bling! And the background? Smashing!!

cbuswell said...

Love your fabulous tree and gorgeous stamped background. Beautiful shade of green!
(I love the Victorian Frippery set, I always find myself going back to it, especially that fab border! thanks for your comment on my blog!)

Love the tree, Cathy!! That garland is perfect and I love all of the textured looks you created with all of those stamps! Great job!

Marybeth said...

Love this card Cathy, your just too smart and so creative.

What a wonderful and sweet Christmas card - love how you used the pennants and the stones are the perfect touch - lovely!

Debgem said...

Brilliant!! I really do like the way the WM sets all mix and match so beautifully. The swag makes great Xmas tree decorations! And I've used the Pennants as Christmas trees too - they look fab!

this is stunning, great card..hope you have a super week!

enjoy *~*

Amazing card! I love the creative uses of stamps from so many different sets! It was like a game of name that WM stamp:). Bravo!

What a lovely Christmas card! love all the stampings on this - the swag on the tree looks wonderful! Thanks for playing with the WMS sketch this week!

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