It’s time for the Festive Friday Challenge, where every challenge is a party! This week for FF0002, we are honoring Employee Appreciation Day, which is celebrated on March 2nd. Just think of all the versatile things you could create for this challenge: a simple thank you card, a gift card holder, a treat bag or box and more. If you have no need to make an Employee Appreciation project, our option for this challenge is to use Ribbon. It doesn’t get any easier. Won’t you please join us and play along? But before you run off to grab stamps, paper and inks, let’s take a look at what I created!
Barn Door Meets Bird Banter
How much fun would it be to receive this card and slide back the door to find this adorable toucan staring back at you! Of course, to truly convey a little “toucan of my appreciation”, I think I would include a tray of cookies on which my employee could munch. A little gift card tucked inside would be a nice touch, too!
Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
Coloring with Stampin’ Blends are so much fun. No special blending was needed on the toucan, since it is meant to be a cartoonish type of image. Tip: Use Memento Tuxedo Black ink to keep the image from “bleeding” as it is being colored with the Stampin’ Blends.
When decorating the wreath, scale was important. The “Thank You” sentiment from Bird Banter was the perfect size to create a banner across the wreath. In hindsight, a Basic Black Baker’s Twine bow might have given a little more contrast.
I always feel so mechanical when I make a slider card. It must be the washers!
You’ll notice, I did make a mid-card design change. Have you ever done that? I decided I wanted white cardstock behind the grooves instead of letting the Tangerine Tango show through. Of course, it wasn’t an easy fix. The foam adhesive strips I used to adhere the panel to the card base are, shall we say, VERY sticky. And let me tell you, it wasn’t easy to insert white cardstock into those little grooves. (Wink)
The Challenge Twists
Festive Friday is a challenge with twists. First, if you do not want to create an Employee Appreciation Day project, you could create a project that uses ribbon. We know not everyone celebrates the occasions which we will be featuring, so we are offering alternatives for each challenge. Secondly, if you play along with us, you will be earning Fest Points which can be redeemed for items such as tutorials, Stampin’ Up! products, cards, and even a spot as a Guest Designer! But remember: To earn Fest Points, you need an account on the challenge site. Just click on login/register anywhere on the challenge site to get started.
Would you like to create your own Barn Door Meets Bird Banter card? If you enjoyed today’s card, and would like to create your own, the supply list is located below. Clicking on a product takes you right to my store. Be sure to use this month’s Host Code. Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a little gift from me IF you use the Host Code. Don’t forget, a $50 order will also qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item! If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code. You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards and Sale-A-Bration items.
Remember, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away. Now hustle on over to the Festive Friday blog to see what my team mates have created. Until next time…