Thursday, November 12, 2015

Jolly Elegance...Global Design Project #010

Yes, I know. This card is fitting since my last name is Jolley. One time when my son was 5 years old,  I heard someone wish him a Merry Christmas around the holidays. His reply was "it's my season, you know?" My son is witty, kind and very creative, actually an amazing artist. He has always inspired me. 

I'm playing along with the Global Design Project challenge #010. If you have not had a chance to do so, I encourage you to visit their page and play along with them. There is some incredible talent over there and the challenges really get your artistic juices flowing. I took a bit of creative license with this week's sketch, but I think you can see where my inspiration came from. This week's sketch is by the lovely and talented Teneale Williams. I have followed her religiously this past year while she did her stint on the Stampin' Up! Artisan team. 

I LOVE neutrals mixed with metallics. This combo tends to show up on occasion on my blog. All products are Stampin' Up! 

To make this background, I inked up the raised side of (inside) the Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder with the Versamark Ink pad, ran it through the Big Shot with Tip Top Taupe paper, then embossed it with Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder. I love the randomness of where the embossing showed up. I never meant for it to look perfect. I knew when I inked up the folder, some would end up in other places other then just the raised dots. I think it is even more beautiful than if it had only been on the dots. 

I watercolored the central piece with a bit of Tip Taupe Taupe ink, did a little more stamping & embossing, then stapled the word to the front. Added a vellum layer to finish it off and popped up that piece with Stampin' Dimensionals. 

Supply list:

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Please use the hostess code shown in the top right corner when ordering online, unless your order will total $150 before shipping & tax. At that point, you become your own hostess and get all the rewards! Please keep in mind if you choose "no contact" from the demonstrator, I'm unable to even send you a thank you note for your order...That's right, I'm not even able to see your name. 

I hope you have a creative day!

Artfully Yours,


  1. Kim, This card is gorgeous! Funny that you mention this is "your season" because my first thought was that it must be difficult to see your last name spelled wrong all the time. :) This card is lovely - the neutrals and metallics are gorgeous together (as you point out). I love the beautiful, subtle texture you created in your projects. Thanks so much for playing along with this week's Global Design Project sketch challenge.

  2. Hooray for creative randomness! Gorgeous card!

  3. Gorgeous card. As someone who spent 18 years called Merrey I have terrible trouble writing my Christmas cards! Thanks for sharing another inspiring card :)

  4. Kim this is stunning, thanks so much for the inspiration, I've never used versa mark on an embossing folder but this is gorgeous, I love all the details in your card. Think I may just have to CASE you., Liz


Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my blog. If you like what you see, please sign up to follow me by email.