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In the Meadow...


It's officially December!  Bring on the holidays.  :-)  The first of the month means it's Papertrey Ink Sr. Team challenge!  This month the team is once again pulling out an older set to showcase some new ideas for that set.  This month we're focusing on In the Meadow.  This set was released just last year, in October, and it was an instant favorite.  I was happy to have an excuse to pull it out again!
So, you know how that goes when you have a vision for a project?  And then you start and sometimes it flops, but all comes together, just like you envisioned?  I had that with the first card I'm sharing with you today.  I had this idea to use the In the Meadow set along with one of the Movers & Shakers Poppers dies to create a pop-up card.  I kept the outside very simple...white cardstock, the tree stamped in Fine Linen, the deer in Classic Kraft and some BB: Chevron in Aqua Mist...
But then, you open the card and...not so simple.  :-)  
It's like a card and a gift all in one.  I have this displayed on the hutch in my dining room right now and it looks so cute.  Now for a little info on how I put this together.  I used one of the dies from the Movers & Shakers Poppers die collection as the base.  I cut one of those from Aqua Mist cardstock that was slightly smaller than an A2 card.  Like Nichole shows in here video HERE.  I stamped the tree from the In the Meadow set several times onto the background using Aqua Mist and Hawaiian Shores inks.  I also embossed a few snowflakes from the set with white powder.
Then I cut a piece of white cardstock using the Popper die, just large enough to cover the bottom portion of the pop-up insert, creating the "snow" along the ground.  I then set to creating my scene.  I used the In the Meadow (hills) dies to create the snowdrifts.  The rest of the scene was created with the In the Meadow Silhouettes die collection.  There are a total of 5 trees (some full-sized, others trimmed down slightly to create various heights), the 2 deer, and a couple of birds.  I also tucked a bunny way in the background, but I'm not sure you can see him from my photos.  Here is a side's really not as complicated as it might first appear.  
Along the bottom I stamped some deer tracks leading your eye to the sentiment, which was stamped in Pure Poppy over some BB: Chevrons which were stamped with Aqua Mist.
Despite all of the layers, the card folds up nice and flat, much to my surprise...I was thinking I would have an issue with that, but it's actually very mailable!  And I love that it's really a card and a gift all in one -- it makes a cute display piece.
Nichole challenged us to make a second card to share with you today as well.  My second card uses just one of the dear images from the set.  Deer are so trendy right now!  This card could be used for Valentine's day, or if you have a hunter in your family this could be cute for that as well. It would make a cute holiday card as well if you changed the sentiment to "Merry Christmas, deer".  :-)  I have a friend who hates little plays on words like that, so I would have to make sure not to send it to her, though!  ha!   
I stamped the deer several times using Pure Poppy ink and I made sure that two of the deer's antlers were lined up, leaving me the perfect space to stamp a small heart.  The punny sentiment is a combination of stamps from the Glory Be set and some Modern Alphabet diecuts.  I couldn't resist giving one of the e's little antlers.  :-)  The whole sentiment is layered over some more BB: Chevrons.  
Well, that's all for my projects today!  I hope your December is off to a fabulous start and you are able to put aside some of the busyness to enjoy the true meaning of this blessed holiday season!  
For more inspiration, be sure to stop by the other Sr. Team members to see what new projects they've created using In the Meadow...