Do you know what I love best about New Year's? It's one of those holidays that I don't feel obligated to spend with other people. Don't get me wrong, I love me a good social gathering and the old-fashioned inhalation of turkey and stuffing, but I also love me a day shut up in my craft room with only myself, a glass of wine, and the smell of a new paper pack.
Aaaaand that's what I did yesterday! I love DCWV paper packs because they coordinate SO nicely together. And they have way cute cutouts in the back of most of their packs. Did you know DCWV has a blog?! With challenges?! I recently won a $50 prize pack of DCWV paper and product and boy was I inhaling that stuff yesterday!
The above picture is an image of two of the paper packs, plus some NBUS - my new Cricut, an amazing pack of metal ephemera sent to my by Cathy Parlitsis of Stamps and Scrapbooks (thanks!!), and some Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. All of which were used for the very first time during the creation of my card.
What is NBUS you ask? It's the moniker coined by the fantastically whimsical Darnell Knauss of DJKardKreations and it means Never-Before-Used-Schtuff. Darnell is running the third NBUS challenge over at her blog and is giving away $100 in prizes! WHAT?! So if you have brand new product and want to win some prizes, go check it out! Click on the image below to be transported to her domain.
We all know that I love playing around with patterns and adore mixing and matching to create the perfect card. Well Shopping our Stash gave me a little nudge this week to do just that. They are having a "Thrice is Nice" challenge, in which you have to use three or more patterns.
Here's the result:
FOUR different patterns were used in the creation of this guy all from the DCWV Sweet Tangerine Pack. I also got to test my Cricut Explore with the creation of that "happy" die cut, which is cut from the glitter paper stack. Lemme just say that there will definitely be a learning curve with this Cricut. I've got some exploring to do, for sure.
Check out that sweet metal arrow! It's from Stampin Up's "Hung Up" clip pack. So cute! My sentiment is from STAMPlorations Bloom Sketches set.
I stamped the inside with a sentiment from STAMPlorations Thank You Sentiment Builder set because I have a million-and-one thank you cards to send out now, after Christmas. It's good to be this blessed.
My layout for my card came from TechnoStamper's Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge. Also sending this over to STAMPlorations Anything Goes challenge.
Thank you all for stopping by! We're forecast to have a blizzard this weekend with a high of -15 degrees. HOORAY! Now I have a legitimate excuse to lock myself away, lounge in my pajamas, and create!
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