First off, more Christmas cards!!! (Thanks, Spike, I’m still on a roll.) I’ve gotten a little collection started and I’m having so much fun. Addicted to CAS (i.e. clean and simple) is doing a Holiday challenge this week, so what better excuse to add to my collection? http://addictedtocas.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/atcas-challenge-20.html
I made these out of the same handy-dandy tree template I used in this previous card creation: https://craftymadre.com/2013/08/20/easy-peasy-christmas-cards-inspired-by-spike/ (Hence, the earlier credit given to Spike.) I used our Bingo ink daubers (my wife is a REAL Bingo fan) to fill in the whole inside of the trees. I like that it’s not a solid green with the little bit of variation in saturation that the dauber created. Actually, I picked the colors (green, aqua, and orange) for a challenge that I missed by a couple hours, but I still think they look nice together. The “Peace” is a stamp I did with orange marker and the aqua button is from the Paper Pumpkin kit I got recently (talked about in the above post). It’s hard to tell, but I secured it with glitter glue.
I started off with the trees being just the green but thought they were missing something. I wanted to keep it simple, so I grabbed a wire screw cap from my box of doo-dads and used it to stamp little circles on the trees for ornaments. The first one I used an orange marker for ink but it was too light, I thought, so I used a dark green stamp pad for the second one. And then I just left it alone (see, I’m getting better at this “clean and simple” thing).
And then there are these:
The Drunken Stampers challenge for the week is a Person: Party Planner (http://drunkenstampers.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/person-party-planner-drunken-stampers-challenge-138/) The challenge is to design cards for any kind of party. On Friday, two of my favorite front office staff are leaving for school and part time positions. We’re having a little “onward and upward” party for them- it’s not going away because they’ll still be with the agency but they won’t be with us as much (which is very sad- great staff are hard to come by). So, I made these cards:
I actually cut apart the card my dad gave me for Valentine’s Day a couple years ago (yeah, I still have it) for the banner, arrows, and swirly punches. The yellow striped banner is from the aforementioned Paper Pumpkin kit (I’m getting a lot of mileage out of this thing) and the stamps are from a bunch of random collections. I made the little arrow and attached it with a brad as a little suggestion of the many possible directions life could take them. On the inside, I used a couple more stamps and then made my own out of another eraser (the pseudo Chevron/Charlie Brown-reminiscent zig zag). I was thinking of an abstract way to suggest upward movement (or maybe I just had Peanuts on my brain).
I don’t think I’m ever going to stop loving carving these eraser stamps!