Friday, December 2, 2022

Speedy Bauble for As You See It Challenge #289

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 Have you put up your Christmas tree yet? When do you like to do it? Real or Artificial? We've had ours up for about a week. We got an artificial tree several years ago when we had a water leak incident with a live tree on our laminate floor that didn't get detected due to the tree skirt. That was the straw! 

Here's a photo of our Christmas tree this year:

christmas tree

Nearly the same as last year! Goes with the d├ęcor of the living room! We've kept our decorations simple this year because we're putting our house on the market. We're trying to downsize!
This week is a new As You See It Challenge, and it's a Speed Challenge! This can be exciting or terrifying, depending on how accustomed you are to doing them. Here's our banner:

challenge #289

So the way this works is that you have to make a card with the theme of Christmas Baubles in under 10 minutes. You're allowed to plan it out ahead of time, even sketch it. You can gather all your materials. But as soon as you start to stamp or cut cardstock or anything like that, you must start your timer.

I had a problem because the only thing I had with Christmas Baubles, stamps or die cuts, were teeny weeny, so I needed an alternative. I saw someone make a simple tag similar to this by punching out a circle and backing it with coloured paper, so I thought I would adapt it to a card of larger proportions.

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  • I started with a Shaded Spruce card base of 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and scored it at 4 1/4". 
  • On a sheet of Basic White, I punched a hole near the bottom, centered on both sides, using a 2" Circle. 
  • I cut a 2 1/2" square of the Gold Glimmer Paper and mounted on the card front so the circle would cover it when the Basic White was mounted in the right place. 
  • I used the fir branches  images from the Merriest Moments stamp set to create the Christmas tree limbs to hang the Christmas bauble from. I stamped them in Shaded Spruce ink. I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set in Merry Merlot.
  • I used Gold Simply Elegant Trim with Glue Dots to anchor it and extended it from the top of the punched hole, straight up and over the top edge of the Basic White cardstock as shown, anchoring it on the back side. I tied a simple bow with another piece of the Simply Elegant Trim and mounted it at the top of the "faux" Christmas Bauble with another Glue Dot.
  • At this point, I adhered the Basic White Layer to the card front adding extra adhesive around the punched out circle.
  • Finally I added a few Festive Pearls to act like mini lights among the branches. It took me 9 minutes 45 seconds to do everything but the Festive Pearls and another 10 seconds to add them. So I finished just under the wire at 9 minutes 55 seconds.
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  1. Great card, Heather - such a clever idea to create the bauble with a die.

  2. Oh Heather! I LOVE this! Even though this challenge was mine, it turned out I didn't have any current baubles either and faced with the choice of being creative (as you so cleverly have) or rummaging the retired stash it was the easy rummage for me! This is just brilliant and so, so pretty.

  3. This is a fabulous creative take on the challenge Heather - your glittery bauble is so eye-catching!

  4. Thanks, everyone! Luckily, I saw someone make a tag by punching a hole and using coloured cardstock underneath it and I cried, "Eureka, I have it!" in the couple of days before this challenge!


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