It feels so good to be home again!
We had a great weekend in NYC and Connecticut for Emma's skating competition, but it was so good to pull into the house last night and sleep in our own beds again. Really, there's no place like home.
Emma's team skated beautifully and out of 13 teams competing, they came in 8th. They skated their personal best and the coaches were giddy, one of them even did a little happy dance in the locker room afterwards. We don't know what those judges see, but sometimes we wonder if they are taking a nap when our girls skate. There were some really good teams there yesterday, no question, but I'm not sure 8th was where our girls deserved to be. Just sayin'.
At least the girls were proud of their performance and could leave holding their heads high. And in the end, that's all that really matters, isn't it?
So, having been gone all weekend, I have a LOT on my stampin' plate today, but I want to at least show you another quick and easy Christmas card idea. It's a card I designed for a new stamper, a sister of one of my clients who has decided to make her own cards this year.
Here's the design:
I do have to apologize for the poor photo quality. My camera was being a booger that day and I was about ready to throw it out the window! These pics are the best of the bunch.
For this card, I went back to the simple "Z" fold design again. It's a great fold that packs a lot of Wow factor, yet is very easy to do. The card is done in all Riding Hood Red and very Vanilla.
All the stamps used in the design are from the Bright Hopes stamp set.
So, not only is this card simple, but it's economical as well.
I used the snowflake stamp and covered the front folded back panel with that image, stamped randomly. The wreath image was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla and punched out with the 2 1/2" Circle Punch. It's sponged on the edges to make it stand out and then some Dazzling Diamonds glitter was added to the image with some 2 Way Glue.
The ribbon bow is Riding Hood Red Taffeta and is adhered with Mini Glue Dots. I used a few Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere it to the card front.
For the little banner, I simply stamped the greeting on a piece of Very Vanilla scrap and cut it out with my Paper Snips. It's curled with the Bone Folder and added to the wreath with Mini Glue Dots.
Here's the inside view:
Just a simply stamped greeting behind the fold and room to write your message. The stamped Christmas tree has Dazzling Diamonds glitter on it as well for a little finishing bling!
I was so happy with how this card turned out. It was my first time using Bright Hopes this season, but I think now that I've used it, I'll have to find a reason to do it again! Beautiful stamp set!
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