Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Our Cottage Christmas-Imaginisce Sketch Challenge

This is Cindy Stevens sketch that is being featured over on the Imagininsce blog. If you enter you have a chance to win a $75.00 prize from Imagininsce - you have until Oct 25th to link up your entry. I have tried many, many times but so far I have not won but the most important thing is the sketches - they are always fabulous. I love this one that Cindy sketched and selected a photo of my husband and I in front our Christmas tree. I used the Cottage Christmas Collection and a couple of pieces from the Lucy Bird collection to design my layout. I also used my Cricut Expression and 2 different cartridges to make my border strips that I added to the page. I wanted to mimic the trees that are on Cottage Collection Winter Woods, so the trees became my strips. I fussy cut the ornaments from one of the papers. I made sure that I had two of each so I could glue one down at the end of each branch I freehand and cut to place on one of my large trees. I then put its mate on top with a pop dot so that the ornaments would have dimension, added a very small ribbon and some glossy accent to each. I used my zig pen to do all my stitch and line work on my pieces.

On my tree that looks like a large leaf I added small red gemstones on the holly leaves. The tall Daisy May pink tree has holes in it and is layer on top of the Flower Power brown dot. I filled my holes with glossy accent. If you don't have this cartridge just draw triangles and punch some holes in your tree with some different size hole punches. My star on top of my tree is from the Snowflakes Quickutz die, but again you can use any star.

I used the strips from Christmas Countdown for my journaling, and added some brown Magic Mesh to my layout. I hand cut my flower pot for my tall pink tree and made some holly for the top of the pot; place the pot on page with pop dots.
I cut an extra house and placed it on top of the strip with pop dots to go along with my stamped Santa. I colored him in with Copic Markers and added some stickles to the roof of the house and the snow on the ground. He is also on pop dots.

Cottage Christmas Collection:
Swirly Snowflakes
Peppermint Stick
Christmas Countdown
Happy Holiday
Gingerbread Village
A Than Glitter
Lucy Bird Collection:
Flower Power
Daisy May
Bazzil Cardstock: Redhot & Brown
Doddlebug:White Glitter Paper
Cottage Christmas Stamp
Memento Tuxedo Ink
Copic Markers: W10, G14,G17, R24, R27, R59, R81, E21
Brown Magic Mesh
Paper Studio Red Gemstones
Sheer 1/8" red ribbon
Brown Zig Pen
Stickles: Frosted Lace
Cricut Cake Cartridge: Holiday
Cricut Cartridge: Accent
Quickutz Snowflake Die


  1. Pam this is so festive and cheerful... just love that pink Christmas tree! :)

  2. WOW, Pam, your layout is amazing. I love your take on the sketch and your attention to detail really bumps it up. - awesome!

  3. I really like how you used the trees instead, GREAT job!