Wednesday, November 11, 2015

CSSC #10 Mid-Challenge Reminder

We're about mid-way through my CSSC #10 sketch challenge, so I went into the craft room today to make another card.

Let me just say "it seemed like a good idea at the time". You see, I caved and bought a roll of washi tape (I KNOW, right?) ... Sigh, here's the card, then I'll explain:

And yes, it follows the sketch, which I turned on its ear:

This all started with a roll of Santa's Belt washi tape. I thought (innocently enough) that it would make for an easy card. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Three hours later ... just kidding - it was only about an hour and a half ... I had a card.

What took so long? Well, just because I found the SSS Schoolhouse Red to be an almost perfect match for the washi tape, so what? I had a red rectangle with a piece of washi tape on it. Big whoop.

I used a piece of plaid paper from my ancient Basic Grey Jovial 6x6 pad for the horizontal element. Then, when I placed the red rectangle over it to the left, it practically filled the card. I didn't want to cut it down too much, as I liked that there were two gold grommets/holes on either side of the buckle. Plus, Santa isn't skinny.

Also, I wanted to use HO, HO, HO as the sentiment, so I dissected (trisected?) a stamp to get just one HO, stamped it thrice with Memento Luxe black ink, and clear-embossed it. Then I cut them out with a circle die and layered them on black circles for contrast. Not only did the Santa fill the left side of the card, those circles filled the right side.

I accepted defeat and made a 5x7 card.

I did trim down the Santa a bit, but I kept the two-grommets-per-side on the belt. Santa's coat looked nekkid, so I found an old 1/4" punch and punched some black card stock for buttons.

I tried and tried to get all three of those HO circles to work on the right side, but it was just too much, even on the 5x7 base. I opted to stamp the HO twice on the card base, and used only one circle HO. (Go ahead, have some fun at my expense. I can take it.)

I added the merry Christmas from a Lawn Fawn set.

For my last act, I added red pearls to the snowflake centers, then covered the buttons with Glossy Accents and set the card aside to dry.

Not able to leave well-enough alone, I made a second card using the same orientation of the sketch:

This card happened because I had a stamped kitteh out on my desk, and a strip of a Gelli print, so all I needed was a sentiment. I opted to use my now-opened Dylusions word set.

I added the "ha ha ha" using an old MFT alphabet set to help elongate the image on the left side.

About that sentiment. I think it's a hoot, but I had to change the comma into a semi-colon, and {shudder} till should be 'til (short for until), but I couldn't figure out how to fix it. Next time I'll mask off the second l. It's spelled properly on the packaging. Sigh.

And yes, it pretty much follows the sketch:

So, there are 10 days left to play. LOTS of time!  The link-up is on the original post; you have until 11:55 pm EST on the 21st to enter.

Thanks for stopping by!

Some of the stuff I used: Basic Grey Jovial 6x6 paper pad, Little B washi tape, 1/4" circle punch, SU black card stock, Neenah linen card stock (off-white/cream), Copics (0, C1, C3, C5, RV11), vat of clear embossing powder, Doodlebug Red, White & Blue pearls assortment, MFT Mini Banner Alphabet, and the following:


  1. Laugh till you leak ... snort ... love the Santa card too

  2. Xacto knife to the second 'l'? :)
    Love both these cards! The Santa belt washi tape is awesome. Your kitteh is so very sweet, and the sentiment snarky! A lovely combination.

  3. Love these! That kitty is so cute and the sentiment is a hoot!

  4. Good grief! You'd think the stamp companies would have an editor. Where are the spelling and punctuation police when you need them? Your washi was used well. Laughing cats are always a winner.

  5. This post made me smile! And enbarrassed , knowing that all of my cards take longer than an hour and a half! Seriously though. Santa turned out darling!

  6. Best Santa card ever!!! I love the HO with the snowflake for an O, the Santa buttons, the Santa belt, everything…wonderful card, L!!!

    The kitteh card is cute…I used to leak when I laughed as a kid all too often…and it happened to me just last week *sigh* TMI???


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