Friday, December 24, 2010

Rustic Christmas Wishes

Ah, it feels good to be all "done" in preparation for Christmas!  It helps that we are not hosting dinner here, but we are having my stepmother over for breakfast and that's a pretty casual affair. 

...which is why I was able to make a few cards last night, and here's one:
I asked my 12 YO what she thought of it, and she said, "Well, it's different."   Yes, it is different for me, but it helped me think outside my comfort zone a little.  I used a sketch by Card Positioning Systems:

The Soft Suede card base was already cut out and folded for me (one of those wonderful things I find in my $1.00 Scrap Bags from my SU lady - thank you, Gail!), so I adhered a piece of Sahara Sand off to the right on top, then went over the card base and Sand piece with Versamark ink and the Weathered background stamp (SU). 

The 'Comfort & Joy' stamp was a Recollections bargain from Mike's and it didn't have a name on the package, but there were four vintage-looking clear stamps in it.  The paper I stamped on is a piece of what most people throw out:  my Merrell shoes were wrapped in it inside a shoebox.  It is rather thin and crinkly, but I loved how rustic it felt.

The red strip is from Anna Griffin's Christmas die-cuts found on sale.  Added some old SU buttons and rough twine and there you have it.  Now I've got four cards (all this design) to put in my stash for next year.

This qualifies for the Stampin' B challenge this week, too, which is to use ribbon or twine without using a bow or knot.  Well, my buttons are knotted, but not the piece wound around the card!!

I'm off to work soon so I'd better go.  Thanks for visiting with me this Christmas Eve; it's so nice to see you and I wish you the Merriest Christmas!

Colleen

Stamps:  Weathered, unnamed by Recollections
Paper:  Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, paper from shoebox
Ink:  Soft Suede, Versamark
Other:  rough twine, Anna Griffin die cut strip, SU buttons, Aleene's craft glue

7 comments:

Emily Keaton said...

Cool card, Colleen! I love all of the rustic accents. Thanks for playing along with the Stampin' B's DT this week!! Merry Christmas!

Marisa said...

Grea use of the sketch! Different is good LOL!

Tammy said...

Great Card and colors! Merry Christmas!

Ann Schach said...

Love the rustic look! Fabulous interpretation of the sketch!

Michele Gross said...

Love the rustic look, so warm and cozy feeling! Great card :)

Benzi said...

Colleen, you really recycled and I love that stamp and the paper you used to stamp. I think your card is just awesome and love the buttons and twine. Glad you joined the Stampin B's with this wonderful creation.

Julia Aston said...

What a great card! love the weathered stamping and the image on the piece of tissue! very pretty!

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