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Monday, November 16, 2015

adventures with all-time favorites

I love the Wonderland stamp set - those magnificent evergreens, the sweet branch & pine cone, the sentiments, the snowflakes - but I didn't buy it, because those darn antlers just stymied me.  Then one of my fellow demonstrators, Deb, brought a beautiful card to our shoebox swap, and I "had to have" the stamp set for a Card Buffet choice.  You've heard before, surely, that Stampin' Up!® demonstrators are notorious enablers.  I was still stumped about those antlers, though.  Somewhere I read that they're "on trend" - is that it?  Other than the idea that deer live in woodlands, I see no correlation between the antlers and the other stamps in the set.  Billie Moan's Rudolph card finally gave me a clue for what do with them, and voilá, a reindeer card for Merry Monday:
stamp sets - Versatile Christmas, Wonderland; ink - Chocolate Chip, Real Red; card stock - Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Red Glimmer, Very Vanilla; Big Shot with Chalk Talk framelits and Woodlands textured impressions embossing folder; punches - 1/4" circle, 1/8" circle
I think of this as Rudolph's attempt at hiding in the woods.  I took it to our shoebox swap this month as a kid's card and told Deb it was her fault <grin>.  In spite of the antlers, this stamp set is pretty surely going to be one of my all-time favorites.

Jingle Belles are celebrating Christmas foods & drinks at this fortnight, so I found another of my all-time favorite stamp sets in the back of my Christmas stamps cupboard, with the other retired sets, and put it to work with the Stick It Down November card sketch:
stamp sets - Cozy Christmas, Scentsational Christmas (retired); ink - Garden Green, Chocolate Chip, Real Red; Stampin' Write Marker - Chocolate Chip; card stock - Very Vanilla, Real Red; designer series paper - Home for Christmas; punches - 1-3/8" circle, Scalloped Tag Topper; baker's twine - Early Espresso (retired)

Well, I mostly used the sketch - I added the tag for the sentiment.  Looking at it now it occurs to me that I could have stamped the sentiment (well, maybe a different one) repeatedly on the card stock as a sort of background and been more faithful to the sketch.

15 comments:

Susangail Powell said...

What a cute reindeer! Great card!

Ronna Law said...

Love your cards. Your Jingle Belles themed card is so cute. A very nice take on the sketch. I really like all the red and green. Very festive. Thanks so much for joining us at Stick It Down.

Linda said...

Both cards are so cute. You did a great job with those antlers. Thanks for joining us this week at Merry Monday.

Sue Reynolds said...

Both of your cards are very nice. I particularly like the hidden reindeer in the forest...so creative, unique and different.

Bonnie said...

I love your reindeer, Kathe! Very clever! Thanks for sharing this with us at Merry Monday!

SmilynStef said...

Your holiday food & drink card rocks ... but I must say, I adore your antler card too ... so very glad you joined us at at jingle belles.

fabiola jaques said...

super original, bravo, biz

lauren bergold said...

oooooohh the tag reindeer (or reindeer tag?) is soooooooo CUTE!!! ♥ but i also love the "treats" card, especially since you've cleverly made those stamps work in the circle motif of the sketch, which is obviously BRILLIANT! (& ok yeah, it's also ♥perfect♥ for our JINGLE BELLES xmas feast!) ♥♥♥

mylittlecraftblog said...

You know, sketches are really just a starting point, aren't they? :) Adding the tag gave it a nice balance.

I like the cute images you chose and the bright, traditional Christmas colors!

Thanks for using our sketch as inspiration for your card!

Evelyn, Stick it Down card team
https://mylittlecraftblog.wordpress.com/

jasann said...

Love this card, it is so cute!!!!

Lori said...

Oh my goodness...what a sweet reindeer card :) LOVE how you made him...thanks for joining us at Merry Monday this week xoxox

Tricia from Spain said...

great use of the antlers:):)

Alison said...

Both cards are awesome. And great take on the sketch. Thanks for playing along with us at Stick It Down.

Cherished said...

Great work. Thanks for playing at SID.

Amanda Jane said...

I love both cards. I don't get the antler trend either, but you've made a great Rudolph, and the tag on the second one is a great addition. That's what sketches are for sometimes, just a starting point and you can add your own twist.

Thanks for playing along at Stick It Down.