I'm getting a head start on next Christmas while I'm still in the mood. If you're a card-maker like me you know all about having a pile of scraps to deal with. It's almost never that a single card idea uses up all the paper you've chosen. The idea you have in your head becomes the Major. The challenge becomes how you adapt that idea to use up the scraps, creating the Minor.
Here is a sample of one of my Majors and Minors. It's a reoccurring theme for me. There is a rendition of "T'was the Night Before Christmas" on my all time favorite Christmas album by Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians that I hear in my head all season long. Inevitably it results in the sugar plumb card.
The larger one - the Major - was my original design idea, 5x7. The background paper is from Pink Paislee's snow day collection. I had been hanging onto a pack of felt snowflakes from American Crafts for forever and decided it was time to use them up. I added glitter brads and stamped images along with punched out rings to create the 'visions of sugar plumbs that danced in their wee, little heads.' The header image is from Unity Stamps - an image by Webster's Pages. I may color it, but have plenty of time to decide. Everything is embossed with clear powder to make the edges shine and the stamped images glossy. It adds to the 'sugar' feel I was trying to create. Some images are popped up with foam to add dimension.
Since I used up all the glitter brads on the Major, I substituted crystal bling on the Minor. The ribbon is American Crafts, again, and has the same color scheme as the background paper. I reversed the paper for the Minor just to mix things up. I think I'll get out my glitter glue and glitter up some of those dots in the background, just to keep the 'sugar' idea prevalent in both.
Happy Christmas, Everyone! - AMK