Dec 28, 2015

Hey, hello!

Hello to you on this first Monday after Christmas!   I hope you all had a lovely holiday and will continue to enjoy the beautiful season right into the new year.   I love it when things settle down after Christmas.   The world outside my door seems to be a bit frenzied the closer it gets to Christmas.   More traffic, stores crowded.   Even the holiday light displays seem to blink brighter and faster.   Saturday was so quiet on the streets.   Amazing.

I made today’s cards in that busy week leading up to Christmas when, more than anything, I needed the peace and quiet of clean and simple.  I can’t settle on any one style.  I love them all.  I sat down with two stamp sets, two die sets, one designer paper pad, kept to a theme, and started creating.   The first in blue with the critters stamped in Charcoal Color Box chalk ink:

The stamp sets are new to me, Inkadinkado “Cats” and “Dogs”.   I couldn’t decide which to use first, so I put the two together and love how they paired up, especially with my Paper Smooches Hello Words for the sentiments.   Fabulous, fun script on these with five dies in the set.  I’ve also used Paper Smooches Hearts – a practical set of five hearts plus a heart border.   Very versatile and useful.   The next card is in brown with the critters stamped in Chestnut Roan chalk ink:

The image panels are popped up. The die cuts are layered for dimension – designer paper onto white, then onto a darker cut for shadowing. The designer paper is Simple Stories Snap Color Vibe. Finally, I’m back to Charcoal chalk ink again, this time with pink:

I can’t wait to see what everyone’s stamping now that Christmas is over.   Just a reminder to check the DRU Challenge Blog, too.  There’s always a challenge and a chance to win!   See you again soon!

--- Leslie ---

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