Friday, November 17, 2023

Winter Meadow Suite for As You See It Challenge #312 - The Most Wonderful Time

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 This week at As You See It Challenges, we have a Theme Challenge, created by our lovely Team Member, Joanne, and the theme is Christmas - the most wonderful time of the year. I have been making a lot of Christmas cards lately and I haven't been posting all of them, but this one is my favourite, because it uses my favourite suite from the 2023 Sept/Dec Mini Catalogue, the Winter Meadow Suite. Let me share it with you now. Here's the challenge banner:

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So, the only requirement is that the card has to have a Christmas theme, but I wanted to bring out some of the most wonderful things about the season as well. Part of what makes the Winter Meadow suite my favourite is the colours, and I really like those blues and greens and whites as opposed to the traditional reds and greens of the season. Check out my usual Christmas tree decor:

christmas tree

So here are the directions for making my card:

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  • I started with a card base of Basic White Thick cardstock measuring 5" x 10" and scored at 5" so when folded on the score line, gave me a 5" square card front.
  • I added a 4 3/4" square piece of Blueberry Bushel, which, by the way, is such an appealing colour of blue. I used to dismiss it as being too primary, but it really has an undertone of teal in it, which rescues it from that fate!
  • On top of that I added a layer of Basic White, 4 5/8" square, embossed using the Merry Melody 3D EF. Music is a huge part of what I love about Christmas. I have some very particular Christmas favourites including Mary Did You Know by Kathy Mattea, I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day by Casting Crowns, and Enya's Emmanuel. Oh, and I can't forget This Baby by Steven Curtis Chapman.
  • The next layer is a 3 1/2" square of more Blueberry Bushel, and on top of that is a 3 1/4" square of the Winter Meadow DSP.
  • I used a twist of the White 1/2" Iridescent Ribbon under the sentiment which is from the Magical Meadow stamp set, and it's die cut with a die from the Natural Prints Die set.
  • Adhered behind the die are foliage die cuts from the Magical Meadow Die set, in Pretty Peacock, Garden Green and vellum.
This is not a difficult card to make, but does require a square envelope larger than the regular ones SU sells, unfortunately. I was able to find some inexpensive ones on Amazon. If you only need one or two, you could make your own.

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  1. So. so pretty, Heather! I let this suite pass, but now I'm rethinking it, of course, lol. Love these blues and grays over that musical emboss!

    1. Don't you hate it when someone makes you rethink your well thought out rational decisions? Thanks, Heather!

  2. I love the cool, clean look of this card! Your use of space and colour give it a classic, elegant vibe. The label for the sentiment is fabulous. All round gorgeous!

  3. I'm with you on those card colours Heather - they're beautiful! Such an elegant Christmas card!

  4. Heather - this has to be my most favorite card of yours now. The colors are cool and classic. The dsp is beautiful but it's the diecuts and ribbon for me - stunning!!

    1. Aw! Thank you, Jane! One of the reasons I love this suite is the die cuts!

  5. This is so pretty Heather! I fell for those papers too, although resisted the bundle. Every time I see it I think I should have got it though! I love the detail and the embossed frame too. Gorgeous!

    1. Yeah, I really think it's one of the prettiest in the catalogue!


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