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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

more Christmas card adventures

There are so many great challenges this week, I'm glad I still need a few more Christmas cards!  Less is More is asking simply for green this week, in a clean and simple style, of course.  Sketch #169 at Clean & Simple Stamping made it easy for me, without even taxing my imagination:
stamp sets - Lovely as a Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes; ink - Old Olive, Early Espresso; card stock - Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla; designer series paper - Letters to Santa; Big Shot with Perfect Pennants; Stampin' Dimensionals

At The Paper Players, the new theme challenge is "create something Christmas (or holiday) with non-holiday stamps or colors" and as Cindy Hall pointed out, Lovely as a Tree is a non-holiday stamp, so I was thinking of linking this card there, too.  But then I decided if I just concentrated a bit harder, maybe I could come up with something more original.  My Letters to Santa designer series paper was still spread out on my craft table, and one of the pieces is a Blush Blossom stripe - I thought it would pair well with Early Espresso, and pink and brown are totally non-holiday at my house.  That was as far as I could go on just my own imagination, so I went browsing for a sketch, and remembered Twisted Sketches, so this is what I came up with - I think it's kind of fun:
stamp set - Word Play; ink - Early Espresso; card stock - Blush Blossom, Early Espresso; designer series paper - Letters to Santa; punch - scallop edge border, Big Shot with Top Note; Basic Rhinestones

Then, just today, Shopping Our Stash challenged us to use white, or to represent light.  I could hardly wait to get out the white card stock.  Wait, what was I thinking?  All (or mostly) white was really difficult the last time I tried that.  But I knew there were some beautiful examples saved from my blog surfing, so back I went.  I was at Cindy Hall's Pretty Impact blog again where I've been drooling over this card, so I had to try it.  Well, I tried something like it:
stamp set - The Sounding Joy; ink - Night of Navy, Versamark with Silver Stampin' Emboss powder; card stock - Whisper White, Brushed Silver, Night of Navy; Frost White Shimmer paint; Big Shot with Top Note; Stampin' Dimensionsals
I like Cindy's better - I may try it again.  Oh, and I forgot the little copyright stamp in the photo this evening, something new I was trying yesterday.

In other news, I submitted my demonstrator pre-order for Occasions and Sale-a-Bration - WooHoo!  I can hardly wait.  I was paging through all four catalogs while preparing my order, and some of the samples caught my eye, so I can see many CASEs in my future.  I'm so excited, I already scheduled Stamp-a-Stack workshops for January 26th and 28th!  Be sure to mark your calendars, because Sale-a-Bration starts January 24, so any orders you place will qualify for a FREE item with every $50!  But, don't forget that many of the items currently available from the Holiday Mini catalog are only available through January 3 - don't miss out on them if you've been waiting - call or email me, or shop online anytime by clicking on the 
button on the right!


Doug said...

Kathe, I always love your cards and this post is a triple play! These are each lovely. Good luck with all of the challenges. Hooray for shopping your stash to create these beauties :)

June Houck said...

Kathe, I did not realize my dh signed me out of google...the comment from "Doug" (above) is really me!


Julie Marshall said...

Oo-La-La! I love your pink card...I was on the same wavelength ;) I think it works perfectly for the holidays. I am lovin' all your yummy layers too. The Top Note and those borders work so perfectly together. So glad you joined us this week at the Paper Players!

Noelle said...

these are all wonderful holiday cards, Kathe! I'm really smitten with the pink and brown one! Thanks for popping by my blog! :)

Chrissie said...

Super cards Kathe, I love that tree stamp and the star one is awesome.
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

lauren bergold said...

what an utterly ♥GORGEOUS♥ group of cards! i thiiiiiiiink the star one is my favorite... but really... they are all totally fabulous!!!

Ann Schach said...

All of your cards are wonderful, Kathe! I love the pink and brown beauty with the bling! The border is stunning! Thanks for playing with The Paper Players!

Anne Marie said...

Kathe, all three of your cards are so festive and fun! Love all of the fun layers on the Holiday Hoopla card, especially the Top Note die. Pink and brown sure make a pretty holiday card! Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Paper Players! :)

Pauline said...

Beautiful cards, love your lim card.

Nance Leedy said...

Lovely cards Kathe! I am especially fond of the pink and brown one--the layout is so unique and creative! Love the colors too...Thank you for playing my holiday hoopla challenge at The Paper Players!

Lesley said...

Your card is totally fun! Love the brown and pink combo! Thanks for joining us at the Paper Players.

Sue said...

Gorgeous cards - thanks for joining in at twisted sketches :)

alicaz said...

Great job! All the cards are lovely - my favorite is the blue with star!
Thanks for joining us Shopping Our Stash!

Hugs, Alica ;)