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Fab Friday 121

September 21, 2017

You have already seen one card I created using the new (to me) stamp set Hearts Come Home and for this one I decided to play along with the Fab Friday 121 Sketch Challenge.   The one thing that I find hard about some of the gorgeous stamps in the Holiday Catalogue is that the Christmas themes have a lot to do with snow and being cold.  Now where I live in Brisbane it is more likely to be hot, dry and dusty.  So I created my card today hoping to give the feeling of Christmas in the summer.  The first step was to emboss Very Vanilla card using the Woodland Embossing Folder and attached it to scored and folded Crumb Cake card.  I coloured the bottom half of a piece of Watercolour Paper using Always Artichoke ink and an Aqua Painter and when it was a little dry I added some Crumb Cake ink.  I coloured the top half of the Watercolour Paper using Soft Sky ink and then add some Tempting Turquoise, because when it’s hot and dry the sky is nearly always blue.  I added both the tree images from the Hearts Home Home stamp set to the one clear block, inked them with Always Artichoke ink and stamped all over the top half of the card, sometimes several times without re-inking.  I wanted to convey the feeling of a small community in the bush.  The Watercolour Paper is cut out using one of the ovals from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  I inked the first house image using Tempting Turquoise and Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write Markers, stamped onto Whisper White card and cut out the image.  The second house is created the same way using Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise and Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write Markers.  The third house is created using Cajun Craze and Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write Markers, although the Cajun Craze did blend into the Smoky Slate a little.  I attached the houses to the Watercolour Paper oval, before attaching to a Crumb Cake scalloped oval cut using the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  The panel is attached to the card front using dimensionals.  I stamped the greeting from the same stamp set onto Very Vanilla card using Crumb Cake ink, sponged the edges lightly with the same ink and attached it to the card front over the image panel using dimensionals.

To decorate the inside of the card, I once more stamped the tree images across the bottom of Very Vanilla card using Always Artichoke ink, again stamping several times without re-inking.  I cut a strip of Crumb Cake card using one of the Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies (this can be purchased as a bundle with the stamp set).  The row of houses is added across the stamped Very Vanilla card.

I’d love to hear what you think.  Have I succeeded in my quest to create an Aussie style Christmas card?

Bye for now,


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12 Comments leave one →
  1. mary permalink
    September 21, 2017 8:44 pm

    Kris I just love this card, love the Aussie colours, the green and crumb cake are typically our summer colours

    Thank you Kris




  2. September 22, 2017 1:49 am

    Oh, this is wonderful! I can relate to the holiday climate here in AZ, too, lol. This set is on its way here just now, can’t wait to take a cue from you and get started! Thanks so much for playing at Fab Friday!


  3. September 22, 2017 8:11 am

    Yep, your card hits the Aussie Christmas to a “T” – great card Kris. I did see this challenge but sort of forgot about it.


    • kreatinwithkris permalink*
      September 23, 2017 6:04 am

      Thanks Vicky. Glad you like it.


  4. September 24, 2017 1:44 am

    Beautiful card!!!! Love the colors and style ~Sophia


  5. September 26, 2017 11:50 am

    Very cute scene! I like how you explained your thought process when trying to re-create what Christmas looks like in your part of the world. Being in the US we do tend to imagine Christmas as only cold and snowy even though here in Virginia we have had on occasion Christmases in shorts and t-shirts! The colors are beautiful as is the embossing. Thanks for sharing at Fab Friday!


    • kreatinwithkris permalink*
      September 26, 2017 2:18 pm

      Thanks Amanda. Love Fab Friday and like to try your challenges as often as I can.


  6. Michelle permalink
    September 26, 2017 11:08 pm

    Love your little scene in the woods. I like how you have the trees in the BG on your main panel and also the embossed layer.


    • kreatinwithkris permalink*
      September 27, 2017 6:19 am

      Thank you Michelle.


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