Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Coldwater, Michigan -

Friday, September 14, 2018

♫ It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas ♪♫ adventures

So, I once again took the summer off, traveling out west with no time for card making.  It put me seriously behind in my #365somethings2018 challenge, and I've had several mini-buying-spree failures in my #DWPB100thingschallenge.  But, as a friend pointed out, I've done better since I've tried than I would have done had I not tried!  Here is a photo of #365cards2018, numbers 171 through 175, which also qualified as Thing number 60.
I haven't given up yet - cards 176 through 183 are on the crafting table right now, and you won't be surprised that several of them qualify for card challenges :-).  You may not even be surprised that many of them are Christmas cards, since I'm also behind on the number of those I'd hoped to have completed by now. 

This first one uses a technique I recently learned from a fellow Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, using Epsom salts.  The results reminded me of a peaceful winter night sky, which will fit in at Jingle Belles:
stamp set - Itty Bitty Greetings; ink - Night of Navy; card stock - Night of Navy, Vellum, Silver Foil, Whisper White, Shimmer White; Big Shot with Stitched Shapes framelits and Seasonal Layers thinlits

I CASE*'d the Muse ChristmasVisions 108 using some retired supplies to capture the feel of the original:
stamp sets - Christmas Pines, Peaceful Pines (retired) ; ink - Whisper White Craft, Island Indigo (retired); card stock - Whisper White regular and thick, Coastal Cabana; designer series paper - Winter Frost (retired); Big Shot with Perfect Pines framelits (retired)

While I had the retired designer series paper out, I pulled out some of my all-time favorite for this CASE*.  Just before I glued it together I decided it needed just a touch of ribbon, so now it works for Winter Wonderland:
stamp set - Bells & Boughs (retired); ink - Versamark, Real Red, Crumb Cake (on envelope); card stock - Real Red, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla thick; designer series paper - Home for Christmas (retired); ribbon - 1/4" metallic woven (retired)

And then, my order arrived with new designer series paper, and the Freshly Made Sketch 354  provided a great way to showcase it without using it all up right away:
stamp set - Hearts Come Home; ink - Versamark; embossing powder - Gold; card stock - Real Red, Whisper White thick; designer series paper - Dashing Along

I'll leave you with cards 176 through 180 of #365cards2018 for #365somethings2018 and number 64 in my #DWPB100ThingsChallenge - the next four are done, so I should be back soon when I have a fifth card for the group shot:

*CASE = Copy And Share Everything


Birgit said...

I love your retired designer paper trees for your Muse card, it feels good when you can use them, at least I think so!

Linda Callahan said...

Wow you have a great jump on Christmas cards! Beautiful assortment! Glad you shared one at FMS!

Sarah G said...

Wow, so much inspiration in this post! I love the different patterned papers you have used on your trio of trees for Muse - so effective. The background for those snowflakes looks fab too :)

SmilynStef said...

Glad you were able to travel ... I look forward to a time when I can travel more ... it's my favorite activity. Love your assortment of cards, especially the holiday ones ... thanks for sharing some PEACE with us at Jingle Belles.

Ardyth said...

What fabulous cards! I love the idea of your 365 projects! And I love the clean look of your MCV card, but it's still full of interest from those pretty papers! Thanks so much for joining us at MCV!

Jen Brum said...

Great set of Christmas cards! Love the pretty DSP that you've used! So perfect for the season! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Barbara said...

Wow - what an excellent selection of cards... I don't know where to start! The winter night sky with the snowflakes truly is peaceful.

lauren bergold said...

beeeeeeeautiful cards and it's ALWAYS a good choice to travel, especially in the summer, when the weather is nice. we will be indoors all winter. and now i have to go figure out how you made that amazing night sky with epsom salts??!?! wonderful additions to the JINGLE BELLES gallery! ♥

Lorraine said...

What a great selection of cards. I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite, they're all so pretty.

LOU said...

Beautiful cards Kathe. They are all fantastic.
Thanks so much for joining us at Winter Wonderland. Hope to see you again soon.
Lou DT xo