Saturday, August 10, 2013

Simply Sketched Christmas Card

I am not sure about you, I love the New Holiday Catalog but was not happy with the selection of Christmas Stamp Sets.  There are not a lot of my style stamp sets.  I know I may need to change my style but I find that if I am not crazy about a stamp it is hard for me to be creative with that stamp.  I have bought enough of popular stamps because I see some great samples.  Of course I know it is not my style and it will sit on my shelf until it retires.  I am trying not to do that this year.  

This year, I am looking through my stamps and see what Christmas Cards I can create using some non-Christmas stamp sets, like the card above.  If you have not noticed the Simply Sketched Hostess Stamp Set in the Big Catalog, pg 205.  You should really take a look at it.  I love that stamp set.  If you like to watercolor a little, this is your stamp.  I am not sure the name of the branch image, but I saw berries and I thought, oh I will color those red and make that a Christmas branch.  I stamped the image twice in Gold Ink and Embossed with the Gold Embossing powder.  The button is from the Very Vintage Designer Buttons that I inked and embossed with Gold.  I had to include the new Baked Brown Sugar Ruffle Stretch Trim - (I love this ribbon and the new in-colors).  Lately I have been sponging my edges with the Baked Brown Sugar instead of my old stand-by Soft Suede.  It is just a little lighter in color than the Soft Suede but I think it gives it a nice hue.  Below is a look at the inside.   

Now don't get me wrong, I did purchase some Christmas Stamps from the new Holiday Catalog. In the next couple days I will be showing you a card using the "Special Season" Stamp from the Holiday Catalog.  I am not sure how many people purchased this stamp set but I liked it (I also usually pick the stamp set that is less popular and it does not carry over.)  :o(

I also used this sketch from Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch Challenge.  I usually save card sketches to my pinterest board so they are in one place.

If you have any questions, leave a comment or send me an email.

Thanks for looking,

Stamps: Simply Sketched Hostess Stamp Set (#129672, pg 205) "Delightful Dozen" stamp set (C#122652, pg 27),  "Petite Pairs" stamp set (C#122497, pg 73)

Punches/Dies: Word Window Punch (#119857, pg 180), Modern Label Punch (#119849, pg 181), Circles Collections Framelits (#130911, pg 186), Window Frame Collection Framelits (#129021, pg 186), Square Lattice Embossing Folder (#119976, pg 191, Fancy Fan (#127751, pg 191)

Paper: Natural Ivory (#101849, pg 156), Cherry Cobbler (#119685, pg 149), Old Olive (#100702, pg 143), Baked Brown Sugar (#131296, pg 141)

Ink: Baked Brown Sugar (#131174, 141), Old Olive (#126953, pg 143), Cherry Cobbler (#126966, pg 149), Gold Metallic Encore Pad (#132141, HC pg 28)

Accessories: Festive Paper-Piercing Pack (#127857, pg 179), Stampin Pierce Mat (#126199, pg 179), Very Vintage Designer Buttons, (#129327, pg 169), Baked Brown Sugar Ruffle Stretch Trim (#130022, pg 173), Gold Stampin Emboss Powder (#109129, pg 167), Homemade Shimmer Spray

Adhesives: Stampin Dimensionals (#104430, pg 175), Sticky Strip (#104294, pg 175)


  1. I love love love your card. It is fabulous! But for the life of me I do not see where you used the Sweater weather DSP in this card. Am I crazy?

  2. Hi Diane - No you are not crazy - I guess I am, hahaha. Sorry about that. I usually copy the supplies from a previous post and just make changes, I guess I forgot to change the paper section. I fixed it now. Thank you! - Karen

  3. Love your Christmas card and I love the Simply Sketched stamp set. I think this branch image works perfectly for a Christmas card. TFS

  4. Hello Karen its me again with another question! What did you use to make your shimmer spray? It shows up so well on the card. TFS!

    1. Hi Diane, On the left sidebar there is a link to the Homemade Shimmer Spray Recipe. I use the retired Shimmer Paint. I still have some bottles. I hope this helps.