I don’t usually start doing little sets of cards until nearer the big day, when I realise I’m running out of time for single, individual cards and switch to simpler designs I can turn out in three’s or five’s.  But this year I want to have a few spare to send off to a friend in England who sells cards and homemade paper crafts to raise money for a local hospice that cared for her Mum in her last days.  So I decided to start the production line a little earlier, this way, I should have enough cards to be able to send some to Clare too.

So, this first set uses this cute little deer stamp I got in Archivers earlier this year in their sale in January.  It’s a wonderful clear set from Stampendous that comes with two cute deer, a number of ornamental antlers in varying sizes, a couple of decorations (a bauble on a string that you can hang from the antlers if you wish!) and a couple of sentiments.  I thought it was a great set the second I clapped eyes on it, because you can make the deer whatever you want… whimsical, formal, elegant etc.

I made five cards in all, very quick and simple, production line style!  The snowflake backing papers were a freebie from a UK magazine, I was given them when I was in England in May and have got a lot of use out of them.  The odd one out uses a piece of DCWV paper.  The inks are all Memento and the sentiment is from a Recollections clear set.  Tiny gems and little bits of ribbon are the only embellishments.  I think I prefer the ones with the snowflake paper, they look rather Scandinavian to me.

The photos are a little dull due to the dreich, drizzly day we have here, I had to take the pictures inside.  But it’s a great excuse to stay indoors and play in the craft room!  Especially as today is World Card Making Day!  Truly, it is!  So if you haven’t made any cards yet you better get your skates on!  It’s also remained cool here so the oven is on roasting a chicken for our tea!  The first roast dinner of the new cooler Fall season!  Oh I do love my “gravy dinners”!!

I know Rudolph is supposed to have a red nose but this one’s got a purple one as red would have clashed with the paper and ribbon!

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Card Recipe:

  • Card: The Paper Company – Kraft from JoAnn
  • DP: DCWV 2009 Holiday Stack ~ Crafts Beautiful free Christmas Paper Book 2009
  • Stamps: Reindeer Swirls from Stampendous ~ Sentiment from “Merry, Merry” from Recollections
  • Inks: Memento Coffee Bean Brilliance, Gingerbread, Copper Crimson Brilliance ~Autumn Leaves Red
  • Emellies: Ribbon and gems from Michaels

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OK, card challenges I’m entering this one in:

Charisma Cardz Challenges want to see a Christmas project.

Daring Cardmakers also want to see a Christmas themed card, AND they’re highlighting World Card Making Day too.

And Stamp Something want us to show Something To Celebrate, so Christmas related would be fine as that’s a celebration.

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