I hope you are all enjoying your weekend, and most probably preparing in some way for Christmas, be it shopping, card making/writing, even cooking. Gosh, it is approaching fast, isn't it.
Tonight I have a simple little card which I will send to my brother and sister-in-law. A few months ago, they lost both their little dogs suddenly, only 3 weeks apart (one was 13, and one was only 9).
The base card is from one of the multi packs, with a Christmas tree aperture, I bought several years ago. Some of my non-crafting friends commented once that "nothing is safe around you crafty people", and I answered proudly "that's great, isn't it" - the red, green and gold holly and ribbon background paper is for covering Christmas cake boards!
Inside the card, showing the tree window. The blank cards were tri-fold cards, but for some I cut off one of the flaps.
The image is 'Santa's Puppy', a Whimsy digital stamp, coloured with Promarkers. It is the first digital stamp on which I have generously applied Stickles. If I apply Stickles to an image, I always do so after the card is completely assembled. However, this being a digital stamp, I learned a valuable lesson. That is, because the Stickles is waterbased, the ink of the image 'runs' when the two meet. I didn't want to discard the finished card, so applied tiny gems to the puppy's hat, but these only partly obscured the blurred ink. I know my brother won't mind, especially since he always 'bins' cards immediately after opening them.
A close-up of the Cheery Lynn 'Holly Flourish', and the poinsettia made with the 2 smallest petals of a Spellbinders die. 'Joy' is from a clear set of Kaisercraft clear stamps, cut out with deckle-edged scissors.
Challenges I would like to enter are -
Whimsy #53 - 'Traditional Christmas Colouring' (2nd entry)
Crafty Sentiments - 'Christmas' (2nd entry)
I will catch up on visiting your blogs tomorrow night, as I am having trouble staying awake tonight. Until then, thank you for visiting.