Starstruck for Under the Tree DSP!


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Ready for a new Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge (PPA221)?  The four squares of this design were the perfect background for the smallest of my Stampin’ Up! Stars Framelits Dies!



  • Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper was the inspiration for the patterns and style of this card.  Check out this Stampin’ Up! Video for more ideas using this fabulous specialty paper!

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  • A Gold Basic Metals Button gets a polished finish with Early Espresso 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon.  Snip the end to a point so it’s easy to thread through the button hole.
  • Each patterned (kraft) square measures 1 1/2″ square.  The Cherry Cobbler mat behind measures 1 3/4″ square.

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YOUR FAVORITE?  I debated on using the Under the Tree Specialty DSP as the card base vs. Cherry Cobbler.  Here’s the alternative.  Please leave me a comment at the end of this post (click on the title if you are reading this in email) with your favorite!  I love reading your comments!

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  1. Both are beautiful Mary. Love your clean and classic style.

  2. So you decided to go with the Cherry Cobbler! Excellent choice, Mary. Love that specialty paper too! So happy to be able to comment on your card this week at the Pals Challenge ~ thanks for playing!

  3. Linda berkebile

    Definitely the cherry cobbler – nothing more cheery than red for Christmas and Santa’s suit!

  4. Quick tip for you, Tanya. I line up two squares from the edges diagonally first (starting with the top left). It’s much easier to line up the other two from there.

  5. I vote for the Cherry Cobbler. Cute card. I tried one with squares and I couldn’t get them straight. Need tutorial.

  6. Both cards are beautiful but I do like the cherry cobbler base better. Makes the card pop! TFS! Have a stamp happy day!

  7. The Queen of Clean! Love the idea of using DSP for the punch – or framelits – outs! Also like the non traditional colors. Thanks for playing with Pal’s Paper Arts!

  8. I prefer the DSP; I feel at it makes the rest of the card pop really well. I find the cherry cobbler a bit distracting somehow. Lovely card.

  9. In my opinion, Under the Tree DSP in “real life” is probably a prettier version but it doesn’t photograph that well! I like them both so it was fun to see what all of you thought!

  10. Janet Caldwell

    Both are nice, but I like the cherry cobbler better.

  11. Hey Mary,
    As always both cards rock the sketch! I prefer the DSP base,like Kathie said the inside of the card is awesome! ( NOt Boring) I’m for the country look, I
    think the Holiday Cards should reflect that homey feel! Thanks for sharing and
    inspiring us to step out of our comfort zone. The first time I viewed your blog you had posted a Christmas Card in a non-traditional color (like purple and brown! ). I was surprised how it caught my attention! I have been coming back to your BLOG on a regular basis just to see how you rock-on with your cards. You never disappoint. Hugs ~ Judi

  12. My blog feature that alerts me to a comment wasn’t working! Just now seeing your responses. Thank you so, so much for your feedback on cherry vs. kraft! I love hearing what you have to say!

  13. Great card! I prefer the one with the dsp base, although they are both lovely.

  14. Wow. Love it , YEP ,you rock it !!! So colorful , ready for Xmas !!!
    Hugs frenchie

  15. Lynn Gauthier

    Adorable card. Cherry Cobbler altho’ I love them both. The Cherry Cobbler card reminds me of laying in bed and gazing out the window at the stars. Perfection! I love everything about this card; layering, sentiment font; right down to the ribbon in the button!!!
    Thanks for sharing with us!

  16. You rocked both cards and the sketch challenge!

  17. WOW….tough decision! I love them both, but the DSP card base sure makes it fun on the inside. I am going to CASE this card and use the DSP. As always, thank you for the endless inspiration!

  18. Both are very pretty. I tend to stay away from the typical red and green for Christmas but I think the Cherry Cobbler makes this card pop. TFS

  19. I vote for the DSP. The red and green combo gets a little ho-hum for me. You, Mary, always inspire me no matter what color or project you create!

  20. Rosanne Mulhern

    Hi Mary, the cherry cobbler really accentuates the squares and stars. This card is such a perfect take on the sketch and so happy. Like Peg, I too love the country look.

  21. Both work but I think the cherry cobbler makes it pop. I’m a traditionist for Christmas.

  22. Wild about all those stars. LOVE this DSP!

  23. DSP wins. Like the ‘country’ look.

  24. Really liking the cherry cobbler background……so cheery!

  25. I like the cherry cobbler best. I think the dsp makes it a little too busy. Great card.

  26. I too love your card with the Cherry Cobbler, it really makes this little squares with the stars pop. The DSP is pretty but the sketch needed a bolder color in the background, Cherry Cobbler is it!!! The gold button matches perfectly, wonderful little detail.
    Thank you for sharing.

  27. I like them both!! What a great card!!

  28. Glenda Lehrmann

    I like the cherry cobbler based card better. Hope you have a great day!

  29. Nancy Farrell

    Good Morning Mary,
    Love this card. I like the craft paper in a Christmas card. Looks so “Folk” like and homey. I like traditional red and green colors.
    Have a great day.

  30. I like the Cherry Cobbler better. Seems to make the embellishments pop better.-

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