Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mojo Monday #217 + Stampin Sisters in Christ #117

You may have noticed I love combining challenges, especially Mojo Monday and Stampin Sisters in Christ.  It's so easy to come up with something fun, because Mojo supplies a sketch, and the Sisters provide a theme.  I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Challenge, where anything goes!

This week is no exception; the Stampin Sisters' theme is using bird stamps, and here's the Mojo sketch:

Last week's Mojo sketch combined with the November Hero Arts challenge led me to create a card with traditional images but not-so-traditional colors (pink, pool, light green, neutral).  This week I did the opposite; I stuck with traditional colors, but used not-so-traditional images.

Here's my take:

I really wanted to try the circle shaped card, so I cut it out using my Pazzles Inspiration.  To make a circle card, cut out 2 circles the same size; as you know I have tons of envelopes (including some nice square ones), so my circles have a 5.25 diameter to fit into a 5.5 envelope.  Whatever size envelope you want to have your card fit into, just make your card .25 inches smaller.  Then take the circle which will be the back part of your card, and score it about .5 inch down.  Then adhere the top circle to the smaller size of the score.
Once I had the circle card done, I layered a green circle on top of the red base, then ran a smaller white circle through my Sizzix Texture Boutique with my Cuttlebug peacock feather embossing folder.  I inked it up with Peeled Paint Distress Ink, and added a smaller white semi-circle to the bottom where I stamped "Peace".  I layered the criss-crossing green and glitter green ribbons, then filled in the peacock feather centers with Ruby Red Liquid Pearls.  I stamped the peacock image in Peeled Paint, cut it out, and adhered with foam tape.  I put Festive Berries in the feathers (with a Q-Tip!) and then dolloped some Candy Cane Stickles in their centers to finish.  I also took this a step further, and created an ornament, so it could become a keepsake! (Why should little kids have all the fun of homemade tree decorations!?)

A close-up of those fab Stickles:

And here's a bonus card because I just had too much fun with the circle sketch:

So, whatcha think?
Have you ever made a unique shape card?
Or have you ever used non traditional stamps in your Christmas cards??