Sunday, December 12, 2010

Candy Cane Christmas a la Verve


This month, for the Verve sketch and inspiration challenges, we get to use ornaments and decorations as our inspiration pieces rather than having to select one of the ones chosen for us - how fun :)

I decided to use candy canes as my inspiration for this card.  You can't go anywhere at this time of year without seeing them.  Plus, I just happened to be nibbling on a small one as I was looking at the sketch and wondering what to use as my inspiration.  This it was meant to be LOL!

However, I had no striped red and white paper in my stash, so I opted for some red polka dotted paper instead.  Not exactly stripes, but if you stare at those  polka dots long enough they start to form vertical lines which can easily lead to stripes.....okay, so I'm stretching things a bit, but necessity is the mother of invention, right?!  LOL :)

Not having any candy cane images in my stash, was my next issue so I used this gift image from Seasons Sketches instead.  It is one of the very first Stampin' Up sets I ever purchased and I still enjoy using it.  I added  silver accents as my third colour, but couldn't figure out what to add to the image panel as it seemed a bit dull, or is it just me? 

Well, that's it for today.  Off to bake some more gingerbread and sugar cookies so the daycare kids can decorate them after school and we can have some left over for ourselves!  Have a great day :)




What's In It?
Stamps:  (SU) Seasons Sketches, Hero Arts
Paper:  Recollections DP, Real Red, Brushed Silver
Ink:  Black, Silver
Accessories:  Crimper, Half Pearls, Red Twine, Button, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

15 comments:

Maureen said...

I can totally taste peppermint looking at this!!!! Love your inspiration!!I have that set too :) It has great images...it sounds very yummy over at your house...I think gingerbread should be made all year long! have a great Sunday...we got about 6 inches of snow last night, but it's supposed to warm up to 6!!! It does look beautiful though, hugs!

Christina said...

What a "sweet" inspiration and card! The silver looks fantastic with red and white. Love the crimped strip and red cord! And I don't think the image panel is dull at all, it gives the eye a place to rest with the busy dotted background.

Enjoy your baking! I'm putting mine off until the week of Christmas so I won't eat all the cookies before it gets here!

Michelle (sf9erfan) said...

I love this Marisa! Love the pops of silver and that fun crimped piece! HUGS!!!

Susan (rainy) said...

Love your dotted-striped darling card, Marisa. The crimped accent is a great addition, too.

Andrea Ewen said...

That's so funny Marisa...I love all your "stretching". And I think that SU set was one of the first ones that I bought too...it's buried in my craft closet somewhere!
I think your card is wonderfully festive, red and white are really all you need... Aha! If you didn't finish that candy cane you can attach it with a little twine...perfect! Stripes and candy canes...check! Well, as long as your stretching...

Wanda Cullen said...

Rows of dots equals stripes in my book! Lovely CAS card...great with the touch of silver. I'll bet your house smells scrumptious with all that baking going on!

Dawn B. said...

This is perfect for the challenge. I love that set and I think I have it too. Makes me want to eat some candy canes..hehe.

The Paper Dolls Design Team said...

Marisa, this is fantastic! Wonderful patterns and design! I remember this stamp set, too! Totally made it look new again! Lovely card!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Another winner! Love the crimped banner!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Great Candy Cane card, the image is very unique and pretty!

Benzi said...

So cute, Marisa! My eyes are now almost crossed making your dots look like stripes. LOL I'm a dot lover so I'll just let
them stay that way. I like that crimped piece, too. Do I smell gingerbread coming through the puter? Hmmmmm

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

So pretty, Marisa! Love the silver accents and candy canes (well any peppermint hard candy) are my favorite holiday treats!

Michele said...

I love the bits of silver here too! Very pretty card!

Diane - Rubber 'n Rafters said...

Wow this card really pops! and I can sooooooooo see the strips. Too fun.

PS: thanks for leaving a sweet comment on my blog.

Colleen Dietrich said...

Great use of that sketch! Love the color scheme, too.