Friday, July 5, 2019

Rustic Retreat for As You See It Challenges

Well, I haven't thought about Christmas in a long time, but there are only 6 months left you know, so I guess it's time to have a thought here and there about it. As you know, we crafters have to get an early start on the season! But the real reason I'm thinking about Christmas is As You See It Challenge #204.

This is a Recipe Challenge designed by our Design Team Member, Jane Knudsen, and she obviously had Yuletide on the brain:

For a Recipe Challenge, you are given a variety of elements and you have to include all of them in your project, so here goes my Christmas in July card, which makes use of a new stamp set in the Annual Catalogue called Rustic Retreat. It was designed by Million Dollar Sales Achiever, Mary Polcin:

  • I also tried out one of my new background stamps for the back panel. It's called Birch and it looks just like a piece of birch bark. I stamped mine on Whisper White using Early Espresso ink. I wanted to add to the rustic look of the card, but it does look a little busy. It may have needed a larger Buffalo Check panel behind the main image to keep them apart from each other a bit more to tone it down. I do like the effect though.
  • I love the varying scripts in the sentiments from this Rustic Retreat set. They would look great embossed in white on black cardstock with a faux blackboard look, but I used Real Red here to comply with the recipe elements.
  • I stamped the cabin from Rustic Retreat by inking it up in Early Espresso, Smoky Slate and Mossy Meadow using Stampin' Write Markers. I made a mask of the cabin to cover it up and then stamped 3 levels of the evergreens behind it using Mossy Meadow, Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz. The mask allows the evergreens to look as though they are behind the cabin.
  • The stars are from the Little Twinkle stamp set, stamped in Daffodil Delight.
  • The recipe also calls for a ribbon, so I've used some Lovely Lipstick 1/8" Grosgrain Ribbon in a little fork bow. And it calls for a die cut, so I brought in the Dashing Deer stamp set for a stamped stag, die cut with the Detailed Deer dies, mounted with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.
I'm still camping with all my kids and grandkids and having a wonderful time! I'll share some photos when we get home! Happy Stampin'!

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  1. Yes, Christmas is coming soon. I have been thinking about it, haven't gotten too serious about it yet, though. I love your card. This is a great challenge to get a person thinking about starting on making Christmas cards. If I start now maybe I'll actually get them done in decent time this year, no last minute card panic, lol. I hope you guys aren't trying to camp in tents! I might need to send the cherry drying helicopters your way to dry out your tents for you. They are sure being kept busy this week!

  2. Thanks, Eunice! Some of us were in tents and it did get wet and cold. Let's just say Grandma and Gramp's fifth wheel was pretty crowded at times, warming and drying people!


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