Create Along With Us challenge over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog. It's the first month of new Christmas products and, so far, the reveals and design team projects have been amazing.
I've come up with a new scheme that, hopefully, will make my PTI buying decisions on the 15th of each month easier. Ha! I've decided that on each of the five countdown days I'll choose one favourite designer project and highlight it here on my blog in my Create Along With Us post for that month. I'll also select one project from the wrap up day. My only criteria for choosing a project are that (1) I love it at first glance; and (2) that it be something that I would be willing to recreate or use in a similar manner. The *Plan* is that this will help me make good choices and buy (only) stamps that I both like and will actually use. We'll see how that works out. In the meantime, here is where I am so far this month ...
Day 1: Lizzie Jones
Day 2: Melissa Phillips
Day 3: Kay Miller
Day 4: Betsy Veldman
Day 5: Betsy Veldman
Release in Review Day: Kay Miller
In the meantime, since my crafting time is pretty scarce this week as we prepare for a month's holiday (we're leaving on Monday), I decided to hurry up and make a card for the challenge. Just by chance, my card was influenced by two of my favourites (my cards won't always evolve from a featured card) - Lizzie's Day 1 number and Besty's Day 4 card ...
This card came about because of a discussion we were having on the PTI Forum. I was bemoaning the fact that the Paper Dolls Basic Dies appear to be out of stock, just in time for the coming elf costumes. :) :( One of my friends, Cheryl, suggested that Lizzie's card might work with the characters from last year's Make It Market Mini Kit: Holiday Pin-Ups. I gave it a try and am happy to report that I kinda like my bobbleheaded card. It could work for a child who didn't know anything about PTI. Ha! Obviously, I don't own Lizzie's new stacked gift set so I improvised, choosing the tree from the All Through The House kit. Thank you, Betsy, for giving me that lightbulb moment this morning. Because the characters are a bit stiff looking (ha! they're supposed to be clothespins), I kept things really simple and just masked off a little snow hill and sponged some Salty Ocean Distress Ink into the background, then stamped a sentiment from Bells & Boughs. By the way, have you noticed how much Santa has slimmed down this year? It makes him look way tall.
Thanks PTI for always inspiring and giving us fun things to try!