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Christmas is in the air!

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It may be the end of August but Christmas is in the air around my house.  I continue to work towards making cards for my Operation Write Home challenge.  Only two more weeks until the big “stamp-a-palooza” known as an Open House.  Today I am posting two more cards made for my donation box.  But first, as promised in the Stampin’ Addicts Blog Hop post, I have some more pictures of the candle I made using Rejoicing in Christmas.  The picture shown over the weekend shows the subtlety of the colors but didn’t quite show the shine on the candle.  As I mentioned in that write-up, I watercolored the ink onto the tissue paper and then applied Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint on top.  One of the unexpected effects of this was that the Shimmer Paint took on a gold-leaf feel.  Here are some pictures that show this a little better:

Now on to my cards for today.    The first uses this week’s OCC Sketch Challenge 30 which is a super layout.  The start of this card was actully the tag.  As part of the “creative process” for the blog hop, this was a leftover piece.  Not one to waste a good scrap, I realized that it fit perfectly into the sketch.  I pulled out my friend Dasher again (really, I do have other sets but he works with so many things!).  The result is a card I really like and that isn’t too complicated to replicate.  The ribbon, I confess, is non-SU and was tied onto a gift box from Mother’s Day (perfume).  This nice piece of grosgrain was just waiting for the right card.  Here is the result:

The final card for today uses last week’s OWH Stars & Stamps Sketch Challenge 31.  This is one of those go-to layouts that will work time and time again.  They have a lot of super ideas over there, by the way, so check them out!  I pulled out some retired SU paper from last year, Christmas Cocoa DSP.  The snowflake paper immediately inspired another tone-on-tone card.  I sponged some Soft Suede on the Whisper White paper and then added a little Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint with a sponge dauber.  Dasher was out and I threw a little more ink on him.  While I certainly want each card for OWH to be special, I also need to make as many as I can.  For me that means staying with one “theme” per stampining session.  I am encouraging my participants to do the same so we can fill a nice big box for those heroes!!  Ok, the rest of this card explains itself so here it is:

Thanks for dropping by today.  Tomorrow I will have a birthday card (for a change of pace) and on Wednesday, some more details on my cracked glass card from the blog hop.  If you missed the hop, please go over to Stampin’ Addicts and take a look at all the wonderful projects from Stampin’ Up’s new Holiday Mini.

Candle:

Stamp:  Rejoicing in Christmas; Ink:  Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Not Quite Navy, More Mustard; Paper:  Tissue; Accessories:  Blender pen, Aquapainter, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Heat tool, Espresso Satin Ribbon

Card 1:

Stamp:  Dasher, All Holidays; Ink:  Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black; Paper:  Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, Naturals Ivory; Accessories:  Neutrals Designer Buttons, Ribbon, Shimmer paint (on tag with sponge dauber)

Card 2:

Stamp:  Dasher, Short & Sweet; Ink:  Soft Suede; Paper:  Christmas Cocoa DSP (ret), Soft Suede, Whisper White; Accessories:  Neutrals Designer Buttons

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