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.
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
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!