Tuesday, 5 October 2010

MMSC # 74

Here is the sketch for the new Midnight Madness sketch challenge this week. MMSC # 74.
Hmmm ... this has me thinking. As I have a few Christmas card classes coming up I should perhaps try a Christmas themed card.

This is what I've come up with - you can see full details of the project at  my A Cute Christmas Project post.

It was lots of fun making this little double pocket bag, and it was so easy. I just sat in front of my Mac with the tutorial in front of me and made it in a couple of minutes. The only things I forget are the exact measurements; hence the need to reference the tutorial. 

Once again I've used mainly Stampin' Up!® products. I do love the quality and the way papers, inks, ribbons and other accessories all coordinate.

The papers are from the new "Jolly Holiday" collection which uses Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Very Vanilla. I chose Cherry Cobbler for this project and worked on Vanilla card stock. It was my first time using Cherry Cobbler, and the ink pad was scrumptious. I'd forgotten how delightful brand new ink pads are, as many of mine are now 4 years old and very well used.

Here is a detail shot of the stamped area that I'm entering in the MMSC Challenge # 74. It shows how the skaters have been cut out and adhered to the front of the circular image, plus the fabulous depth gained from using pre-inked dry embossing folders with the Big Shot.

The next photo shows in more detail how I created the circular image. I brayered the background first, then stamped the church and trees image over the top. I dragged some of the rich Cherry Cobbler colour around the image to give a little more depth, and then sponged in some snow on the ground in the foreground. This is done by creating negative shapes; ie you sponge behind the area you want to create. The image was then run through the Big Shot withthe Circles # 2 die.

I used the circle scissors plus to cut out the circular border, as I wanted to get just the right width to match the cross of Cherry Cobbler underneath.

What good is a little bag with nothing in it? So I created a couple of cards  with some left over experimental  bits and pieces - one for each pocket.  I think this might be a nice little gift for my mum.

Hope you like this project. It was lots of fun to complete. Now I want to do a more modern version.

Thanks for stopping by



  1. Hello Ann - there is no doubt about you my friend - 5 challenges this week - you are amazing!! I love this card - you make me want to be better at what I do Ann - you always take your cards that bit further and I am always inspired!! I am loving this!! Thanks for joining us at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week - we appreciate your support! {{{hugs}}}
    Linda MMSC Design Team

  2. Totally awesome job on this. Beautiful color, beautiful images. Just a gorgeous job with this challenge!

  3. Wonderful idea! I just love the colors and the way the cards match the bag.

  4. This is just fabulous, a breathtaking creation! I just love your ink, the image and your reverse sponging technique. This is definitely one of my faves this week! Thanks so much for joining us for this week's Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge, I hope you will come back and play along with us again next week!

  5. this is gorgeous! I love the image and the pretty colours you have used. I am loving this!! Thanks for joining us at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week.

  6. What a great set. Love the colors and your image too. Thank you so much for playing the Midnight Madness sketch Challenge.
    CDAC Hostess

  7. Congratulations on your MMSC win. This is an incredible beauty that deserved to win hands down. I'm just speechless at the creativity here!

  8. Congrats. Wonderful and outstanding work. Love it all.

  9. Gorgeous color and design. Beautifully done!

  10. This is stunning!! I so love the coloring and your monochromatic colors!! Gorgeous design!!

  11. Hi Ann!
    Congrats on your gold star at MMSC. I knew the minute i saw your creation that you would be right at the top. Love your monocromatic colorsceme. And i love your stamped images.



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