CAS(E) this Sketch #243 - merry

I made another holiday card using the sketch for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch (#243).

Here's Donna's modern-esque sketch:

I turned the sketch 90 degrees.

While making this card, I was reminded of the importance of going beyond your first thought (thinking out-of-the-box). 
This is what I mean:
The first half of the card-making process was easy and smooth. I used the embossing folder for the background, made my own holiday stripe strip using the background stamp, and die-cut the sentiment. Then I was at a loss what to do with the rectangular space on the left side... I tried matching it with different colors of cardstock, but nothing seemed to click. So I took out several kinds of vellum sheets. OK, the vellum with gold squares seemed to match well.
I didn't want to add anything else to the space because the space already looked busy with the patterned vellum, the red enamel dot, and the fact that it was right next to the red stripes. But something was still missing. I ran out of time, and I literally slept on it. I'm sure you all have this kind of experience. 😉
The next morning with a fresh mind, I started thinking about adding something to the space even though it was not my first instinct. Well, the pine needle die-cuts actually fit. That space is busy but somehow it looks better with the pine needles.
You never know until you actually try it out and look at it - a good reminder for me. It's not always easy, but I enjoy this process!

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Stamp: Diagonal Stripes Background (My Favorite Things)
Whisper White, Real Red, Garden Green (Stampin' Up!), Patterned Vellum (Recollections)
Real Red (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Grid Embossing Folder (Spellbinders), Expressions Thinlits Dies (Stampin' Up!)
, Take a Bough Dies (Concord & 9th), Home for Christmas Enamel Dots (Stampin' Up!)


  1. Oh, this is wonderful! I love how you rotated the sketch!

  2. what a beautiful design and wonderful use of the sketch! LOVE how you used the pine needles die-cut x

  3. TFS your design process, Hideko. I often sleep on design ideas or just put a card aside and return later with a clean slate. I love your added vellum and die cut vellum. They add a pop of gold and red and also add such nice balance to your original designs. TFS my friend. Hugs

  4. It's beatiful and so very elegant!

  5. Oh Hideko, you should see what I woke up to this morning! I do sleep on, and often dream of, card designs. Your interpretation of our Sketch has a few of my favorite things: vellum [where did you find this?] and dry embossing! a plaid? who knew?!
    Thanks so much for joining us again this week...

  6. This card has a WOW! factor, Hideko. Love all the wonderful elements that came together to create a beautiful design. You are not alone in having to walk away from a design. Somehow the time away helps. The green was the trick to complete your beautiful Christmas card. xx

  7. Yes I enjoy the process too and often sleep on it...but maybe not too much sleep as I am thinking about it!!!! I adore your card, the layout, the texture and the fabulous elements...one talented lady and great take on the sketch, always inspiring, thank you x

  8. My favorite part of cardmaking is the process and I can just picture you playing with the different elements until it felt right! This is beautiful, Hideko. I love the addition of the pine sprigs--so festive!

  9. Really sweet holiday card, love all the textures and interest it has yet it is still clean and simple.
    xx Karen


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