Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas Inspiration, Part 2

NOTE: I'll select a winner for Monday's give-away on Sunday, so get your comment in before midnight Saturday! The comments have been absolutely many ideas!

For part 1 of this series, please click here.

Since it's been a while since Part 1, here's the picture of the inspiration from Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Christmas Ideas magazine:

Today, we're focusing on the polka dot wrapping paper. I reversed the colors (from white dots on green paper to green dots on white paper), and loved the fun results!

The sentiment is from Mark's Finest Papers' set Greetings of the Season. The dots are PTI's Polka Dot background set (the first one, since I don't have the second!). The floss is dark brown and matches the ink of the sentiment much better IRL than in the picture.

Next up, I wanted to play off the pine boughs of the tree, but all the pine bough stamps I own are too realistic...I wanted a stylized look like the poinsettias and reindeer on the mantle in the inspiration picture. Of course, I recently bought the Martha Stewart pine border punch on sale with some birthday money, and it was PERFECT for getting the natural appeal of the inspiration with a clean and simple style!

That sentiment is from Swirl Christmas, a Hero Arts set. Its rustic yet festive font struck just the right tone for the inspiration.

Finally, I used a single white poinsettia on kraft to capture the soft and natural atmosphere of the inspiration stocking...the fuzzy flower soft was perfect to soften the crisp white since I don't have felt for the flower.

I hope this has showed how you can focus your attention of little details of an inspiration and run with them on a card.

Up next week...emergency quick Christmas card and gift ideas for crafters in a time crunch! Also, some cards that have






Your're welcome. *wink*


  1. These are all so different - it's amazing how much inspiration you can get from a picture!

  2. Love all the projects. I agree with Debgem. It is amazing how much inspiration you can get from one picture!

  3. What terrific creations from that magazine photo. My fave is the polka-dots because I love the green color. I made a polka-dot card today too.

  4. How did I miss that MS pine punch? With your eye for design, I'm guessing you could make about a bazillion great cards inspired by that picture.

  5. Everyone of these cards are beautiful! I love how you can get so many ideas from one photo. Good lesson on opening up my eyes to inspiration!

  6. Susan, you are amazing!! Your polka dot card is great and could be modified to be any occasion!

  7. Love all your creativity, from a magazine page I totally would have passed by. I love the MS punch, and the way you used it is magic!

  8. Thank you for the examples of how to use inspiration! I especially love the second one - what a wonderful font on the Merry Christmas stamp!

  9. Love your MS border punch-all neat cards!

  10. Those cards are ALL TOO STINKIN' CUTE! Great inspiration on ways to find and interpret inspiration! Thank you!

  11. A pause from candy making...your creativity never ceases to amaze me! I would have looked at that picture, thought "how pretty" , and turned the page not even thinking about making a card. Thanks so much for sharing.

  12. Loved all the cards, but my fave I think is the polka dot one. It's so cheerful and a little bit retro, but yet CAS! You rock!


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