Christmas mojo has been in short supply around here of late. There are a couple of Christmas challenges that I turn to for inspiration as well as the regular sketch and colour challenges, but I was still drawing a blank or so I thought. This card started off as an attempt at the Fusion sketch - I knew I wanted to use a wreath and set about making a few using this MFT Spring Wreath die which I've had for ages though this is the first time I've used it. I had no idea it was so delicate or I would definitely have used it before. I ended up using the Memorybox Plush bow as I just love it even though it's a fiddly little thing to make up. I coated it with glossy accents and sprinkled it with glitter. I toyed with the idea of adhering little gems but a friend of mine showed me a product she had used for drawing on t-shirts - a Maribu Glitter Liner.
As I was playing with the positioning, I thought the bow looked better slightly off kilter. It took me some time to realise that it was because I had been influenced sub-consciously by the current Christmas Visions Muse. Even before I went back to look at Birgit's card, I knew I wanted a large scrolly sentiment embossed in red underneath, which is why I was struggling with the Fusion sketch. It was the draped red scarf that had gotten into my brain without me even realising. I guess this is how a muse is supposed to work, affecting the sub-conscious or as Darnell refers to it - Hammy the Hamster.
Here's the whole card - very CAS, with traditional Christmas colours using this gorgeous sentiment from WMS 'Tis the Season. The wreaths are all made up for another 5 so I'm feeling a little less panicky now.
I'm just in time for the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge, so I'll be entering there as well.
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