Thursday, August 16, 2012

An Off-balance Christmas

Part of the fun of blogging is pushing yourself into uncomfortable creations to challenge yourself.

I am a square corner, symmetrical, clean and simple person. (Both in life and in design!) However, sometimes that just feels "too easy" for me so I try to push myself into feeling uncomfortable and awkward.

Today's post TOTALLY does that to me.

LL532 Line of Christmas Trees

The only "balanced" and symmetrical thing about this card is the pink layer behind the  embossed trees. Everything else is either offset either vertically or horizontally. Does it work? I leave it up to you to decide (and hopefully leave me comments with your thoughts!)

The actual stencil looks like this:

and can be purchased online here or at your local papercrafting store.

As you can see I only used about a third of the stencil. And since I hand-embossed this with my lightbox (which, thanks to my Big Shot, had a nice layer of dust on it that first needed removing!), it was easy to only emboss the three trees. And then with the help of my handy dandy, can't live without, Picasso, I colored in my embossed areas with pigment ink.

So please, I'd love feedback. Is this a winner or a "what were you thinking" creation?

In fact, now I want to challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and create a Holiday creation and link it for the August challenge.   Link your own Christmas in August creations to the Dream It Up! blog mr. linky, or email pics of your creations to lynell@..., for an opportunity to win this wonderful newly released Heart Ornaments:

Don't you just love this new design? There are several newly released stencils and products from CHA last month, which you can view for yourself HERE. During the week of August 20th - 25th, the Dream Team will be posting all week with a hop on Saturday to top it all...featuring all of these new fabulous collaboration with the Woodware UK team. Just a little may want to buy all of these new designs now, so you are ready and waiting for the inspiration that will come your way that week! Meanwhile, check out what the rest of the team has been creating this week:

And be sure to check back all of next week because the Dream Team will be blog hopping with our friends across the pond from Woodware UK.  I am so in awe of the creations their design team posts and I am sure next week will not disappoint.

Hugs until next week,


Scrappychick said...

This is just flippin adorable! Just my favorite colors and i love the layout!!

Pam Hornschu said...

The fun is finding the balance in the asymmetry, which you did perfectly! Love the bright colors. (BTW, for some reason at the bottom of your post it repeated a paragraph from above, and there's a bunch of white space in the middle. Just sayin'...

Lee Kellogg said...

I like how you used just three of the trees, very cool! A companion card to mine two weeks ago. I love it!

Louise said...

What were you thinking! To doubt yourself I mean! A very cute and funky card!