Thursday, September 8, 2022

TGIF and 52CCT: Happy Holidays

My card is using the fabulous Stampin' Up Decorated Pine dies with inspiration from the colors at TGIF Challenges and the sketch at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. 

9.8 TGIF and 52CCT (1)

The idea of this card started with the sketch at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. My original idea was a sparkly background and the angled lines were going to be silver cord with ornaments hung from it. Then as the card progressed, I realized I was using new Stampin' Up In Colors. At that point I hadn't used all of them because the ornaments were hanging from cord, not a pine branch (so no green) and I had only used Orchid Oasis (not the darker Starry Sky). But I remembered that the TGIF Challenge was to use them all and I realized that I wanted to try the challenge. It's a lot of colors for me all at once so was definitely a challenge.

The card and all of this post to this point was done before yesterday otherwise it wouldn't be done  at all because I'm typing this part with my left hand due to a broken right wrist. Just a fluke of a trip and fall at the office. It wasn't even that I tried to catch myself like they tell you not to do because you might break something; it was just where I tripped. Just bad luck. I won't see the specialist until next week after the swelling goes down but I'm hoping that my fingers will be free in the final cast they put on because I'm going to have to have to have something to do like cardmaking to relieve the boredom of recovering from the other part of the fall...the clumsy part...I broke my right ankle too.  I was literally walking from the printer to my office, rounded the corner, stepped wrong, and went down. I was even in flats, not heels. I so wish I could say it was something more glamorous like a daring mountain hike that went wrong...but no...I was printing a budget spreadsheet.  Anyway, the blog will be dark for a while. I'm hoping for a couple weeks, not a couple of months!


Stamps: Stampin' Up Brightest Glow

Dies: Stampin' Up Decorated Pine

Paper: Stampin' Up 2022-24 In Color Glimmer Paper (the Orchid Oasis piece), cardstock in Starry Sky, Parakeet Party, Tahitian Tide, Sweet Sorbet

Other: Stampin' Up Softly Falling Embossing Folder (ret)


  1. What cute dies, this is a delightful card, Kim! But, OH MY GOODNESS... two broken bones, poor thing. I hope you're not having to use crutches with the broken wrist. Sending prayers for a speedy recovery. Take care of yourself. We'll be here when you're up to card making again.

  2. Fantastic color combination!!! The bold blue makes the other colors really stand out! Awesome take on my sketch, really!!! Thank you so much for playing along with 52CCT. Rosi x

  3. Oh Kim! I was just about to say what a beautiful card and such a clever way to use the colours, when your post was well and truly gazumped with the news of your double break - that is beyond bad luck!! I too once broke my wrist by simply slipping on some smooth concrete - sometimes the simplest falls have the biggest impact. Rest up and I hope you are managing to get around - praying for a speedy recovery for you! Hugs xx

  4. Oh KIm, I am so sorry about your fall! Kudos to you that you still got your card and blog done left handed! I wish you a speedy recovery, my friend...

  5. Sweet card! So sorry to hear about your fall and injuries. I understand a little about the arm-I had shoulder surgery on my right (dominant) arm and couldn’t use it for nearly 8 weeks. It’s getting better & I can do a bit of crafting now. Your left arm will get more coordinated for sure! Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  6. Your card is so totally fabulous and festive, Kim! I really love the sparkly angled cuts and the way you incorporated those gorgeous in-colors into the design! I'm so sorry to hear about your fall/injuries. Double ugh!! Wishing you a speedy recovery and sending lots of healing hugs your way!!!!

  7. Well, of course, I had to come over to hear the entire story! Kim I am so sorry to hear about your fall! Take good care of yourself!
    LOve your gorgeous glittering twilight sky!


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