Some Guest Artist I am!!
This morning when I realized that I had completely dropped the ball for the cards and things challenge I sprung out of bed (grabbed the nearest coffee) and instantly went out to my craft room.. I have to go to the other side of the garage to turn on the lights to the room.. I remembered that the challenge was red, wasabi and crumb cake... I looked out the window, and look what I saw! Gasp!! The first signs of fall..
Instantly, I thought "where did the summer go." My little one will only be five years old once, and I feel like I worked a little too much this summer. :( The changing of the leaves also signifies the season change and although I'm not a big fan of winter, I feel the change coming.
Many people make resolutions at new years, but I think it's time for me to make one to search for a better balance. To take a tiny amount of time for myself in the big hurricane that life seems to throw at all of us! I have a crazy week and a bunch of busy stampers coming at 6pm. Speaking of hurricanes, it looks like one hit my stamp room so I better move on! :)
In the middle of all of that, here is my clean and simple santa card using all of those thought and feeling and elements. I'm looking to simplify life, and it's funny how what I'm feeling comes out in my artwork... I LOVE how the eyelet border punch is sitting on top of that gorgeous satin ribbon! It shines through perfectly!!!
There's a few things about this card that you may not see in the first photo, so I have a few smaller shots here... First... Santa is sparkly! Now, he is not as sparkly in real life as I'm showing here, but this is the pearlized smooch top coat. His belt is sporting the silver version of the same thing...
Since I brought in a silver accent and always have to coordinate. :) I also added a silver accent to my bow. First, I slid my silver cord (which is on the SU clearance rack for $2.99 today) under the red strip of ribbon I had going across.
Instead of tying a bow, I just flopped the ribbon over onto itself to make a "faux bow". Then I slipped a button over the silver stretchy cord. I slipped my faux bow through the hole behind the button, then tied it. So simple, and so pretty!
I really love this effect. I have several club members after seeing this technique that say they will NEVER tie another bow! :) It does make a very pretty presentation. Well, Santa is done, and I have packets to stuff and a stamp room to clean (for starters). I hope you're all having a wonderful week. I'll try to keep it together when I send my sweet girl off to kindergarten next Tuesday... Mom needs a pedicure really bad, so perhaps that'll be the day!