Monday, August 5, 2013

parade of rejects finishes (Paper Smooches)

with a card that got published in the Holiday Cards Vol. 8 issue of Paper Crafts Magazine!  Seemed like Christmas had just passed and there I was making Christmas cards for the submission call. Told ya the world of magazine publishing runs on a wonky calendar.  And I personally am still savoring the beauty of vacay days on the shore of Lake Huron (yes, we are back in Germany after a 7 1/2 hour delay at the airport and a whopper stubbed pinky toe!) as opposed to thinking about Christmas cards, but hey, it is what it is.

Here's my take on the call for non-traditional colors and non-Christmas supplies:

I had this card (second one in post) in mind when I was creating.  To tell ya the truth, I probably wouldn't send this as my Christmas card.  I'm more of a red and green gal when it comes to the holidays ;)

I've got lots of laundry and blog visiting to do - have to see what everyone's been up to this summer.  And half-a-suitcase full of stamps that need to be categorized and USED.  Come and get me mojo...

p.s.  I'm hooking up at the Paper Smooches Sparks challenge where the theme is Sheer and Clear.  Don't you just love playing with vellum?!?!?

Supplies  good cheer:
Paper: CS Neenah, vellum
Stamps:  homemade craft foam star, sentiment Paper Smooches
Ink:  pigment Cat's Eye
Tools:sewing maching, star die Sizzix
Other:  thread


  1. Love those soft colours with the vellum - perfect for the Paper Smooches challenge. Can't wait to see what stamps you brought back with you!

  2. I do love playing with vellum! I'm glad to have you back and I'm sorry about your pinky toe, Maria! I am swooning over this amazing card! It is genius how you solved the problem of attaching free-standing vellum pieces by stitching them to your card!!

    Have fun unpacking and getting back to card making. Can't wait to see your NBUS!!

  3. Oh, Maria...I'm lovin' this design!!! (So sorry about the pinky toe!)

  4. Beautiful soft colours Maria - the stitching is a great way to attach vellum onto the card, but it also adds something special to the whole design. Absolutely love it!
    HUgs, Sylvia xx

    PS: I am just finishing a glass of Riesling whilst blogging - great wine!

  5. I LOVE those vellum stars!!

  6. Uh, I can't wait to see what you will be doing with your new supplies...Great card - LOVE the vellum!

    Back in Germany - I am envious! I only had two weeks, but you probably feel the other way around.....

  7. I do love vellum & I love your card!

  8. This card is fantastic, and what a happy way to end your "parade of rejects"...which by the way, I thoroughly enjoyed (even if they weren't in magazine format). :)

  9. Loving the soft vellum stars Maria, what a pretty, contemporary crimbo card!!
    A load of new stamps sounds fun, I would do exactly the same on a holiday across the pond :0)
    jenny x

  10. How gorgeous is that?!?!?! LOVE the vellum stars - just perfect! Thanks so much for playing along with this weeks Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge!!!

  11. Glad to hear you are home safe Maria.
    This card is gorgeous! I love the mix of vellum with the stitching and the stamped stars!

  12. Oh Oh Oh, this is fabulous, Maria! I love non-traditional Christmas cards and this beauty I would definitely send :)

  13. Great Card - I love the non-traditional look.

  14. WOW!! How FUN!! I LOVE your take on the Challenge and your Neat Design!! I LOVE all of the layers!! THANKS for playing along with the Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge and I hope you'll find time to play again next week!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  15. Finally… I can come and visit you …your project of today is simple yet very modern and quick to realize
    Thanks for sharing
    Keep in touch

  16. WOW!! Such a Neat Design Maria, I love love love it!

  17. swoon! serious swoon going on here!!

  18. This is just so so beautiful. The vellum stars are just perfect! Thanks for joining us at Paper Smooches Sparks!

  19. [sigh] I love this one so much. The vellum is a PERFECT compliment to your generational stars. What a great eye you have, Maria. I just read the first part of your blog post title (the "reject" part) and I was starting to get really mad, and kind of doubting my own tastes. Thankfully, it has a happy ending : )

  20. OHHHHHHHH! I LOVE this card-- love love love the vellum stars and the rainbow design! And what a great idea to use this as a non-traditional holiday card! THANKS so much for joining in the fun with the Trend Watch-- hope you play along with us this week at the Paper Smooches Sparks challenge <3


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