Friday, December 15, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challege - Pines

Although today is the beginning of a new challenge, it is also the ending of the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge....sniff, sniff....   The curtain is closing and we wish to thank each and every person who has participated in our challenges over the past 4.5 years!  I was shocked to see how many years we had been going as I didn't realize it was for so long - goes to show you how time flies when you are having fun!  

I want to say a special thank you to Stacey Schafer who pulled this fabulous design team together in a week or less (she was a woman on a mission!) after she and Kim Singdahlsen were chatting one day and decided to start the challenge.  Thank you to Kim for all the behind the scenes work setting things up the blog and keeping us all organized for each challenge for several years.  In addition, a big thank you to Lisa Henke and Sheri Gilson who each took over the behind the scenes role of posting on the blog and keeping the team organized at various stages along the way.  It was an honor to have been asked to be a part of this amazing team of talented ladies, and I will miss both the design team and the challenges. 

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I pulled out Verve's Pinecone Christmas for my card (kind of fit the theme perfectly LOL), and created a fun little square Christmas card.  I double stamped the pine boughs in two shades of green as the first colour was too light and am happy with the mix.  Added a few touches of gold for a bit of zip.  Thankful to have an additional Christmas card in my stash as I have been very delinquent in making them this year due to the insanity of 2017 (I am definitely looking forward to some fabulous family time, jammie days, sleeping in, puzzle making and reading over the Christmas break)!

For our final challenge, we have two guest designers as well as some alumni providing loads of fabulous inspiration!


Guest Designers
Elizabeth Stewart, Paper Sweetness

 Design Team and Alumni
Amy Shaffer, Pickled Paper Designs
Amy Tsuruta, Tsuruta Designs
Betty WrightCrafting With Betty
Kim SingdahlsenJoyful Creations with Kim
Leigh PennerTo the Full
Lori TeclerInking Aloud
Lynn ManganMy Mango Boys and Me
Marisa RitzenRosemary Reflections
 Maureen Plutbuttons & bling
Melody RuppleA Paper Melody 
Monika Davis, M.A.D. Stamper 
Sheri GilsonPaper Crafty's Creations
Silke LedlowMy Life
Tara GodfreyInking on the Edge
Tracey McNeely, In My Creative Opinion

Have a wonderful week,  and let's show give this challenge finale some love by getting lots of entries for our final act!!  


What's In It?
Stamps:  Pinecone Christmas (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:  Lost and Found Christmas (MME), Cozy Christmas (Simple Stories)  
Ink:  Black, Old Olive, Garden Green, Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up) 
Accessories:  Gold Sequins, Gold String, Glue Dots, Dimensionals


Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Oh, I totally hear you on the insanity of 2017! Hoping for a more relaxed pace in 2018. This card is so pretty! Love the square layout and fun papers.

Sheri Gilson said...

Beautiful take on the inspiration, Marisa! Love the layout and mix of papers!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Very pretty Marissa. The designer paper squares look fantastic in the background. The gold cord bow looks beautiful. Happy Holidays!

Leigh Penner said...

I love your wonderful take on the inspiration photo, Marisa! I've really enjoyed being on this team with you -- wishing you all the best!

Betty Wright said...

Love this! Great layout and design! It has been a great being on this challenge team! Of course, I will still see your lovely creations in blogland! Merry Christmas!

Melody said...

Great card Marisa! I like the background squares.

~amy~ said...

gorgeous Marisa!

Lynn said...

Wow ! So gorgeous Marisa! This card is absolutely stunning. Love every last detail and have been so happy to design along with you for this team!

Silke Ledlow said...

So beautiful! Wishing you and your family a fabulous Christmas Season! Hugs ~S~

Tara Godfrey said...

Marisa, I love your beautiful card! It was great being a part of the Curtain Call Crew with you!....sad to see it come to an end! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Hugs, t

nwilliams6 said...

NO ONE mixes colors and patterns better than you. This is so cute with the pine sprigs and awesome colors. I so love your cards!!!

Kim S said...

I can't say I even realized it was 4 1/2 years!! It's been amazing! LOVING your pines and the richly colored background! Happy New Year!!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Just gorgeous, love that pine bough. :-)
It's been so long since I played in a card challenge, feels like eons ago! What a blessing you stayed with this challenge to the end. You are such a good teamie. :-)