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I've been havin' a ball gettin' the holiday groove on with Jennifer!  Day 3 of our challenge features these fabby stamps:

  Day 3

A Muse Artstamps 2-002CL Sweet Houses       and      Hero Arts #LP177 Christmas Trio       

 

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There's something about kraft paper for holiday designs–I think it gives 'em that extra special warmth?  Very festive with red!  I'm always drawn to using it on Christmas cards and projects, and I especially like using cozy stamps, like these Christmas cookies, on the stuff–it makes 'em look good enough to eat! *chuckle*

Inside, the card reads "From Our Home To Yours"–fitting, I must say!

The cookies were white embossed and colored in carefully with Copics, which give a nice saturated color to the paper.  (Note:  I usually avoid coloring with Copics if I emboss with metallic powders because the Copic formula often etches the embossing right off quicker than you can say, "Bob's yer uncle!".  But, if you use clear EP + pigment ink, or a non-metallic embossing powder, you shouldn't have any problems; just take care not to go over the embossed lines iwth the markers.)

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A little bit of sponging along the edges of candy cane paper gives just enough "aging", and mounting some of the cut outs on pop dots creates varying levels of visual interest and dimension. YUMMY!!!

The scalloped "plate" extends beyond the edge of the card, but it still fits easily in an A-2 envy (4.25 x 5.5"), since the card base is 4.25 x 4.25".

Be sure to visit Jennifer's blog to see what she did with the same stamps!  I fell off my chair over that gosh golly cute box she did yesterday!

I'm teaching at the A Muse shop this weekend, so guess who's preppin' & kittin' like a maniac?  Uh huh!

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Credits:  Hero Arts #LP177 Christmas Trio , A Muse Artstamps 2-002CL Sweet Houses, Sweet Christmas Wishes (From Our Home To Yours, inside) by A Muse Artstamps; Candy Cane Patterned Paper and Swiss Red Solid Paper by A Muse Artstamps; Inks:  Versamark, Versamagic Red Magic, Memento Desert Sand and Rich Cocoa by Tsukineko; White Embossing Powder; Copic Markers; Red Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon by A Muse; EK Success Scallop Border Punch; EK Success Scallop Circle Punch; Corner Chomper (Rounder) by WR Memory Keepers

15 Comments
  1. just LOVE these little houses! superb card!

  2. Just darling as can be. Love the row of houses in the background.

  3. Your card is just so sweet! Love the design and how you coupled the snowman and tree together!

  4. Such a fun card…love those little houses….

  5. adorable. LOVE all that red.

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