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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Christmas card mission adventure

I seem to have lots of "Santa belly" pins, but this one especially caught my eye with its clean and simple style.  It has a little Less is More sparkle going on, and I needed another kid-themed card (one of the previous themes at Festive Friday), so I made my own version:
stamp set - Best of Christmas (on envelope), More Merry Messages; ink - Versamark; Stampin' Emboss powder - Black; card stock - Basic Black, Real Red, Red Glimmer, Whisper White; punches - Full Heart, Owl Builder, Petite Curly Label; Big Shot with Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder

In typical Kathe style, I was somewhat distracted from my major Christmas-card-making mission by the idea that Just Us Girls' one layer winter theme would work really well with Jingle Belles' thanks theme.  I don't usually need winter-theme thank you cards, but my Card Buffet participants might, and this one can be repurposed for Christmas or birthday with a different sentiment:
stamp sets - Festive Flurry, Many Thanks, Warmth & Wonder; ink - Midnight Muse, Rich Razzleberry; Soft Sky; card stock - Soft Sky
Actually, I've already repurposed the design.  My first attempt had a badly embossed sentiment so I cut it in half and used the back side of the stamped portion to try again.  The stamping wasn't well balanced, so I added a Christmas sentiment (not completely ignoring my mission) as a banner in one corner and mounted the whole thing as a layer on a new base.  This version was my third attempt, and now I really like it!


Jen said...

Fab Cards.. Love all the sparkle!

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

Chrissie said...

Love your Santa card!
Great sparkle!
Thanks so much
Less is More

Chrissie said...

Love your Santa card!
Great sparkle!
Thanks so much
Less is More

lauren bergold said...

i love *BOTH* of these! holy moly! you are sooooo totally on an xmassy roll, missus! love the single-layer stamping... that ALWAYS impresses me, and your version is gorgeous! thank *YOU* for hangin' out with us all year at JINGLE BELLES and i hope you're looking forward to 2014 as much as i am! <3

Marisa said...

I love snowflakes so I'm loving this card! Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls.

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

This is a great show of two very different styles! Love the detail and texture of the first and the simplicity of the second! Thanks for playing along with Festive Friday! looking forward to seeing you in 2014!

Nancy said...

Love both of your card Kathe! Your One layer winter card is really nice. Love the three colors you used! Thanks for playing along with us over at Just Us Girls!

SmilynStef said...

What a fantastic one layer design ... so glad you shared your gratitude with us at jingle belles.

Sharyn Polesel said...

I love snowflakes....what a pretty card! Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls!

Sue VanDeVusse said...

Love all of those beautiful snowflakes and your Santa card is adorable! Thanks for playing with us at JUGS!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Pretty snowflake card~ Thanks for joining in with JUGS!p