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Thursday, September 5, 2013

fall and Christmas adventures

Too early for Christmas?  Some of the bloggers I read think it's too early to start Christmas cards - how can that be?  I'm pretty sure I started Christmas cards in January.  But I did think I'd take a little break and try that second idea I had for the prompt at Less is More to use a rubber stamp, and possibly also watercolours.  I'm not sure it's truly clean and simple enough to qualify, but I do quite like it.  I used the end of summer - colors of sunset prompt from 365 Cards Saturday (isn't it fabulous - a challenge every day!) and this week's Freshly Made Sketch:
stamp sets - Wetlands, Woodgrain; ink - Always Artichoke, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Versamark; Aquapainter; Stampin' Spritzer; Stampin' Write markers - Always Artichoke, blender pen, Soft Suede; card stock - Always Artichoke, Natural Composition (specialty), Naturals White, watercolor; 7/16" Natural trim; Big Shot with Ovals collection framelit
Whew - it really took a lot of supplies - I don't think I forgot any.  Of course, I couldn't give up without one more day of making Christmas cards for my own little record (twelve days, yesterday), and I had to try again with the wonderful prompt from Merry Monday - Red, Green and Kraft with ribbon, twine, or burlap:
stamp set - Tag It; Stampin' Write markers - Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive; card stock - textured Crumb Cake (retired), Old Olive; designer series paper - Season of Style; 7/16" Natural trim; Big Shot with Chalk Talk framelit and Tasteful Trim die
I was inspired by Shana Gaff's card here) to mount this stamp set; I hadn't really liked this design until I saw her card.  I finally decided it just isn't cute enough in one color, it really needs to be done with markers.  I didn't do as well with the markers as Shana did, but I can practice a bit more {grin}.


WitchyFingers said...

Gorgeous cards. I love your watercolours, they're beautifully done!
Thank you for joining us at 365 Cards - you're welcome back any time ;-)

Notes by Nina said...

Both cards are lovely, your little Santa is so cute. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday this week.

Bonnie said...

This Santa tag is perfect inked with the markers! I think you did a great job, Kathe! Thanks for sharing with us again this week!

Rita Wright said...

Love the background for the goose and that natural ribbon looks so good with it! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

Cyndie said...

Great little Santa and I love those bold papers! And congrats on 12 days in a row of card making!

Linda Suarez said...

I love the rustic look of your card and how you colored the image! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Jen said...

lovely cards

Thanks for joining us this week
Jen x
"Less Is More"