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)