Friday, April 29, 2011

Cardstock Christmas

This week's Prompt comes from the lovely guest star Jess Moyer.

Jess lovev card making and is lucky to work with two fabulous design teams. She designs for Just Imagine/Kreaxions, which sells innovative and high quality punches. She also designs for Die Cuttin Divas, which is a weekly challenge blog that encourages you to use any die cutting machine (manual or electronic) to complete the challenge. She also enjoys scrapbooking & you can find her fabulous creations at her blog, Basic Jess.

So for this week's prompt, Jess thought it would be fun to create cards with ... are you ready ... no designer paper.

Jess said, "I've loved playing along with Jingle Belles and each week looking through my Christmas crafting supplies I realized I have lots of random embellishments that I bought during after Christmas sales that don’t necessarily match up with patterned paper, but I still adore. So I thought why not make a card with just embellishments and no patterned paper and my challenge was born."

I realize this prompt may be outside of some of our comfort zones (it certainly was for both Lauren & me) ... but one of the fun things about creativity is pushing your boundaries and seeing what you can make.

So break out the cardstock, rub-ons, embossing folders, and embellishments ... and show us what you can make ... with no designer paper.

Jess says, "Looking through my Christmas embellishments, I decided to play with these May Road rub-ons, which I have a hard time using with patterned paper because of the color palette. I thought they would really stand out on the silver cardstock and added some gems from Studio 18 to accent the rub-ons. The background, sentiment, and snowflakes are all separate rub-ons combined to create the design of the card."

Stef says,"I decided to go digital this week with Hero Arts Season's Greeting Collage printed on blue textured cardstock. I added colored pencil to some of the elements, punched snowflakes, and touches of glitter on the berries & the star on top of the church."

Lauren's Card

Lauren says, "after an absence of color, the most difficult papercrafting challenge you can ever give me is the absence of patterned paper, which is why i *LOVE* jess' prompt so much... it really pushed me to be creative without my usual dependence on lots of designer patterns! this is actually a re-worked version of very first all-cardstock card i made for a core'dinations-sponsored caardvarks challenge in december of 2008 (it's the last card in this post) for which i tore layer after layer of green cardstock (some of which i adorned with the typed lyrics of 'o tannenbaum') and then cut out trees from my 'handmade' paper. this time i used c-bug dies & e/f's as well as some snowflake stickers AND their backing sheet, but i think both versions are pretty cool."

So put away those designer papers this week ... and get creative with cardstock. We can't wait to see what you create. Use keyword JB18 if you upload to a gallery including our Jingle Belles Flickr Gallery.

And, our lovely guest star Jess will be giving one lucky participant in this week's prompt a package of holiday rub-ons.


Rose said...

YIKES!!! are you kidding me???!!!!
this is going to be a challenging challenge as i HAVE to have my dp!! i feel the withdrawals starting now just thinking of it.

i know i am not alone in this, am i? lol

you three made awesome cards :)

~amy~ said...

okay, I had to keep reading the challenge...NO designer paper...I think there was a typo...I think it was MORE designer paper...LOL....I'm with Rose...good Grief...BUT you three lovely ladies show that it CAN be done...and it CAN be done wonderfully...thanks for the inspiration...

Judy Ford said...

wow what great cards and No designer paper! Will have to dig deep in my scrap room! Thanks for the challenge! Maybe I can organize (a little) while I'm digging!!!

Carol said...

Great challenge, getting to quite enjoy this CAS malarky. Great DT cards. Carol x

Janet said...

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you will let me use my coredinations card here............ pretty please :)


June Houck said...

Great challenge , Jess! I do have that same issue with embellies that never quite match…brilliant challenge :)

Jess, Stef, & Lauren, I *heart* all of these sample cards. Very inspiring!

Beverly G said...

3 Beautiful inspiration cards. I guess we all have those things on sale that we just can't pass up. See you next week girls. Ha-I got in before the last minute ;-)

Anonymous said...

Great Challenge Girls! when I first started crafting *cough* a few years ago! *cough* I did not really use DP so its nice to do that sometimes! Great challenge and awesome DT samples too! thanks hugs Samantha :0)

Lorraine said...

I love your wonderful samples. I hope I get this right.

Lisa said...

Thanks for the vexing challenge ;-)

Lisa - papergrace said...

This was a tough one for so many reasons and I am soooo sorry I am late. Here's a link to my post! :)
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