The musings and offerings of a burgeoning greetings master

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


We have snow on the ground here today in Michigan, and so it's time to start panicking thinking about Christmas and holiday cards.

I made this one--

This is my VERY favorite stamp and die sets, In the Meadow, by Papertrey Ink.   I have been hoarding the red faux bois paper for a while and I think it was the perfect choice here.  I have it on a base of watermelon cardstock from Amuse Studio.  Great match, right?  Who'da thunk?

I actually cut my sleigh diecut from red paper, and you can see a pee of it coming through the white embossing on the horse, but I used a sponge dauber to make most of it gold, to better match the embossed areas. (Plus, the red wasn't a good match for the background paper.)

I really like the way the sleigh sort of "interrupts" the sentiment.  EVERYBODY knows what it says, for pete's sake, so it couldn't really mater, and I think it gives a feeling of the sleigh moving across the card.

A few rhinestones for some snowy sparkle, and that's that!

Have you gotten started yet?  How many do you need?  I need at least 60, and I have a feeling I will end up needing more like 75-80 this year.  I best get buzzing!

Thanks for stopping by! 
Stay warm!
All best--


  1. The woodgrain is such a neat background for this! Very nice!

    1. Hope you are surviving the winter. Always enjoy your comments.

  2. I'm a teensy bit worried that my cards will be Hallmark style this year! lol...! Only 43 days till Christmas, and it could take this old, gray headed woman 42 days to even design one card! Love this, Richard! The red paper is some that I probably would also have hoarded, and it looks perfect on the amuse cardstock! I love using their cardstock for my bases, as it is white on the back! Ahhh.....the bling is delightful, as are your green snowflakes! Brrrr......cold here today too. High is to be mid-thirties. We were supposed to get snow, but guess they got it wrong! Have a good day, Mr. CardMaker!

  3. This is such a great card!
    I make Christmas Cards All Year 'Round!
    It's a challenge site, can't get it to link.
    I try to make 5-6 a month, and by mailing time, I'm all set. Just sayin!

  4. I love this background paper! Gorgeous card!

  5. Beautiful card!!!Love the paper,Awesome image.Have a great week!!!

  6. Hi there! I stumbled across your blog and just wanted to thank you for all the inspiration! Your style is so unique and eclectic and it was a pleasure to check out your cards. You've got a great eye for sassy, bold, classy and simple. Your art was very refreshing and your skills are so well-rounded! Thanks for sharing your work and best of luck with that stack of holiday cards (I'm personally keeping myself in a state of denial until at least December 1st). :)

  7. Great idea to interrupt the sentiment! I love when things are not always so obvious like that. Fun card!

  8. Oooooh that is fabulous Richard!! Love the red background and yes, the interrupted sentiment is perfect! And snow...*sigh* I love it this time of year! Have fun! :)

  9. I love how the sleigh interrupts the sentiment, too! That faux bois paper is gorgeous and a good choice as well.

  10. this is pretty CAS for you! Im impressed, but it still has your "signature" on it :)

  11. This is so cool - the gold shadow behind the horse and sleigh is wonderful!

  12. This is a very elegant Christmas card. Blessings!

  13. Fabulous job, Richard. That wood grain paper is amazing and looks fabulous with your winter sleigh. Awesome job.


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