Friday, September 9, 2011

DECK the Halls

this week we're pleased to introduce a very lovely guest star who's been a good friend to both stef and myself, ms. sue culotti! i first met her last year when she was hosting the up-beat and motivational 52-card pickup project, but have since discovered that her personal blog, random on purpose, is always a great read and visual inspiration, plus she's also got her own line of fabulous digi-stamps (called random bliss) featuring some awesome halloween and christmas images! ...just sayin'... :)

here's what sue said in the email she sent us about this week's prompt, DECK the halls:

"My first thought was playing cards, but it somehow seemed sacrilegious to incorporate something so closely identified with gambling (sinful!) with a holy day, so then I though maybe ATC cards - the cards themselves, or add one to a card front."

stef and i both loved this idea so much, our only problem was WHICH aspect to use? because sue came up with three cool ways to go this time. being "more is merrier" kind of gals, we decided to incorporate ALL of them... and add one of our own! so this week, JINGLE BELLES, you can do any or all of the following:

make a freestanding (2.5 x 3.5") xmas-themed Artist Trading Card
add an ATC-sized element to your holiday card
incorporate a playing card into your design
use a recycled xmas card (or an element from
one!) on your (newly made) holiday card!

here's what WE did:

Sue says, "I've been sketching playing-card-sized "Twelve Days of Christmas" (you know - a partridge, two turtle doves, five gold rings, etc...) and I used one of the cards from that deck - the "Partridge in a Pear Tree", obviously. I painted it with inks from my inkpads "smooshed" onto an acrylic block. Since I kind of wanted it to take center stage, I kept the rest of the card simple."

Stef says, "When I go to yard sales or thrift stores, I always look for Board Games ... not to play, but for the cards & game pieces to add to my paper creations stash. This card features a die cut game card from Candy Land (which I believe was a gift from Lauren). It was perfect with some Echo Park Paper (including punched peppermint candy embellishments) and a Cardabilities Sketch."

Lauren says, "i'm pretty proud that i managed to work in 3 of the 4 ways to go for this week's prompt: i started with a fun shaped playing card... (that sweet xmas tree is actually the 3 of clubs!) ...and made that the focal point of an ATC... (it's the rectangular element on the left) ...then i used sketchy thursdays' current GDT sketch to fit my ATC into a christmas card design that utilized a whole bunch of smaller paper scraps! big win!!!" :)

there are some lovely examples of ATC's here, here and here, should you need inspiration to go in that direction; or use any of the other ideas listed above! try out your wildest designs ever... or go with a tried-and-true strategem; but whatever you decide, link it up by 6pm (EST) next wednesday, september 14th! keyword for our flickr group and/or galleries is JB37. HAVE FUN!!! ♥

PS ~ they're also celebrating "Card Play" at the Moxie Fab World Blog this week, so depending on which idea you use, you might be able to link your card up there as well.



Anonymous said...

Amazing cards, ladies - LOVE them both! Thanks for letting me play with y'all...!

~amy~ said...

fabbie job ladies!!!! Can't wait to play along!!!

Leslie Hanna said...

SUE! You sly dog, you! Slipped in as a Guest Belle! Yee-hah! I hope to play this weekend!

Rose said...

AWESOME cards ladies :)
hope to play along this week

June Houck said...

Welcome, Sue! You are going to have a blast this week...JB is the best :)

Your challenge is fantastic...not sure what to do yet, but my brain is tickled!

All 3 cards are fantastic!!!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Gorgeous cards, Jingle belles!!!

Electra said...

I love your cards, but I always do. (I may have said that before) I've missed playing along-it's good to be back!

Eveline said...

What a fun challenge, I'm glad I could "play" along.

KatheD said...

Dang it, I forgot to post my link here (AGAIN) - I don't know what has gotten into me lately. I'll put it out on Flickr and mollify myself by browsing everyone else's fabulous links...