Thursday, July 22, 2010

Christmas in this Heat?

It's hard to think of Christmas when it's soooo HOT outside. Thank God we have AC and it's working!

Susan chose Christmas for her One Layer Wednesday Challenge this week. You can visit her blog and see what's showing up there by clicking here.

I did two. This is the second one. It took about 10 minutes if you don't count the 45 minutes it took to do the other one that I didn't like.

This was so simple and I liked the way it turned out.

The pine bough is from the Autumn Days set. I inked it with Soft Suede & Garden Green SU Markers and stamped on a Naturals White card. I did use the Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement for this as well as the sentiment. I can still manage to stamped crooked when I use that thing! This time I did pretty good. BTW, the Merry Christmas is from A Cardinal Christmas set.

The bow is from a piece of Christmas wrapping cord tied in a bow and attached with a glue dot.

Now for the one that took so long.

I traced a 1" circle on the Naturals White card with a pencil and stamped the pine spray from the Pines set. This is a retired set that I still use from time to time.

The pine needles are stamped with Garden Green. The berries are from the Autumn Days set and I used a Real Red Marker to ink a few berries and stamped around.

I didn't do a very good job on leaving an opening on the inside and I felt like it needed a little something else, so I pulled out the Extra Large Bird Punch and punched the bird & wing out of scraps of leftover Christmas paper. The sentiment is from the Warm Words set (also retired) and stamped in Real Red. I used one of the tiny pearls that SU offers now for the eye.

Now that I'm finished, the wreath doesn't look so bad but I still like the single spray better.

I've got to go and post this on Susan's blog.

Christmas is right around the corner! Hopefully it will cool off a lot by then!



Abounding Treasures said...

I love BOTH of these Bonnie but I think I lean more toward the top one as it just feels a little more CAS :o)

Sarah C. said...

Both cards are beautiful!

Donelda said...

aaaah, I love them both, especailly the first one!!

Nicole said...

I really like both of these. The top one is lovely and CAS, but I find the wreath in the second one to be really charming. That paper is great, too, very homespun-feeling.

Doris said...

Both of these are great! Up here in NJ, I'm grateful for ANY weather where we don't have to scrape ice off the windshield...

Doris said...

Second comment: Just finished going back through all the previous posts I've missed during vacation and preparing for VBS. You certainly are one talented stamper! I especially enjoy your choices of cardstocks and images, clean and simple. You've inspired me to get back to stamping again, even with VBS next week.

Colleen Dietrich said...

They're both nice, Bonnie, but my fave also is the top one. It' just so simple, and you gotta love a card that can be made in just a couple of minutes!

Sally Atkins said...

Both are beautiful cards, Bonnie. I think the wreath turned out fab! I probably just lean towards the top one as my favourite becuase of the perfect CAS-ness of it! x

Susan Raihala said...

Bonnie, they both are wonderful, and I think your addition of the bird to the second one is truly inspired! The first, however, steals my CAS-lovin' heart!

Susan said...

Beautiful cards! I love the wreath...and the bird was such a perfect touch!