Friday 25 November 2016

Paper Players 322 CCMC 434

Today's card is inspired by the Clean and Simple challenge at The Paper Players and the colour challenge at Create with Connie and Mary.

This card turned out to be an exercise in enforced restraint. I was aiming for simple and almost home-spun so fought a constant battle with myself to NOT do things. So, I've considered and discarded several techniques, embellishments and bits: gold emboss the sentiment, sponge a Dijon background for the trees, layering the panel, colouring the hills, adding a curlicue to the sentiment.... Each and every one I talked myself out of doing  - and I'm pleased I did. I like the cleanness of the result which lets the homespun warmth of the paper carry the weight and warmth of the greeting.

I could have hand cut the trees but to make sure they all had the same angle I punched a normal sized tree, then punched the cut tree to make a smaller version. Then I trimmed the trunks to match the hill lines.

Update: Delighted to be a winner to Create with Connie and Mary this week.

Card: Delightful Dijon, Whisper White, DSP from Warmth and Cheer stack
Stamps: Oh What Fun!, Thoughtful Branches
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
Other: Tree punch, Gold metallic shapes.


  1. Jan, I understand what you mean about not doing more to a CAS card. I have a difficult time with clean and simple cards. I love the color combo and the patterned trees! So happy you joined my CAS challenge at The Paper Players this week! XX

  2. I love those sweet patterns trees! Perfect CAS card! So glad you joined us at the Paper Players!

  3. Now THIS is a clean and simple design that I can get behind!!!! The little trees are a vision of coziness cut from the warmth and cheer paper, which happens to be my favorite this season! I'm so glad you shared your creation with us at Create with Connie and Mary this week!

  4. LOVE your CAS card! It's fabulous. I love the DSP trees - what a great way to use the colours from the challenge. Thank you for joining us at Create with Connie & Mary this week!

  5. Lovely card! I love the clean and simple look and your cozy sweet trees and the best!

  6. What a perfect CAS creation! I just love the simplicity of your design and the wonderful homespun trees! Thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

  7. Oh my gosh, these are SO cute! Congrats on the CCMC win, too! I think I may have to CASE these little trees for my own cards this year! Adorable! Thanks for sharing them at the Players too!

    1. Thank you Leanne. My delight at a win at CCMC was made even sweeter since you were also a winner and I thought your card was wonderful.