I got a call this morning from a friend asking if I would make her a special Christmas card for her daughter's teacher. I felt so honored! I was inspired by a project in the January Stampin' Success. That is a magazine that comes to every SU demonstrator each month. It is full of business tips, stamping ideas, organization tips, upcoming specials and just all around good stuff! I tweeked it a bit to fit my taste and the Christmas theme. I think it turned out great. I purchased the Illuminations set right after the Fall catalog came out and have not used it much. I love how elegant it looks here.
All the images are stamped with Chocolate chip. I used the blender pens to pick up ink from mellow moss, burgundy and banana pads to color them in. I cut out the J, the flowers and the leaves and adhered them with Dotto. The pearls are from the Pretties kit and stuck on with mini glue dots. The card base is chocolate chip layered with a sheet of Apple Cider designer paper, river rock, and Ivory naturals cardstock. The scallop border was made using the slot punch and the 1/8" circle punch. I rubbed all the edges with my chalk Mocha pad to soften it all. I even stamped the inside! It seems a shame to leave it empty after all that hard work on the outside!
Now, this isn't a card I would make stacks of, but every now and then we all need to take some time and make a one of a kind master piece. Even if it is a bit cased.