I’ve been tinkering around creating various cards in attempting to come up with a design to swap at the upcoming Stampin’ Up! OnStage event that I’m attending next week (yep, I have been a total procrastinator). I’ve been looking around the web for inspiration to help me make some cards quickly. I’ll share the projects that I designed, but I thought I would start with this one. I wanted to sneak in a bit of Christmas amid other cards that I’ll be sharing. It’s never too early to get started preparing for the Holidays!

I came across this challenge that is currently active on the Global Design Project site and decided that I would participate again. I really like this sketch and I immediately knew that I wanted to make it in a Christmas design. I do think that the sketch is quite versatile and it will work with lots of other designs. I will likely make this up again in the future with a different design. I really wanted to ink up the Sheet Music background stamp for the central panel, and my design process just went quickly from there.

I have decided that I won’t be making up a batch of these cards for swaps. Stampin’ Up! sent out a suggestion to the demonstrators to bring cards other than Christmas for swapping. Of course, lots of people will bring Holiday cards for swaps, but I since I haven’t finished (again… procrastinating here), it is easy enough for me to honor their request. Also, I used a die cut element on this card from the Holiday catalog, which may not be usable as a sample for demonstrators after January (if the dies don’t carry over). So… back to the crafting room for me!

Edited 11/5 – It’s happened again! My card design was selected for a “special mention” for the Global Design Project challenge. I’m over the moon excited this morning! It really is quite humbling to have my work selected from all of the other great submissions. It inspires me to keep participating and trying to reach even loftier levels of recognition. But mostly, I’m just super thrilled to have other paper crafting stars recognize my work. Woo hoo! Now I’m back to assembling the swaps that I’m creating for OnStage.

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