Sunday, December 18, 2011

Joy

Over the past three nights, my husband has been working on the Christmas card he's going to give me and I suddenly realized that I don't have one for him yet. LOL So I used one of the sketches from the Hero Arts December Contest to make this card for him. I've used the set Happy Holidays to sublicate but I haven't shown you anything I've made with it so I'd love to know what you think of these charming images! While looking through all my Hero Arts stamps, I realized that I have a lot more holiday stamps than I thought I did but I would love to have more. Isn't that always the case? ;)

Since this will be our first Christmas in our new house, I thought these houses from Happy Holidays would be perfect for the card, especially since the sketch called for a heart! I used three different reds to create a stone pathway like the one we have outside our house. On the card base, I stamped the Clouds background with watermark ink and the Envelope Pattern with Snow chalk ink. I kept the background subtle so that the holiday colours would pop right off the kraft card base.

I hope you're enjoying all the last-minute holiday preparations and taking some time to relax, too! We are going to try to clean the house from top to bottom today since we're entertaining friends from Italy tomorrow and our first house guests arrive on Wednesday afternoon. Eeek!

Sources: Gina K Designs pure luxury kraft & white cardstock; Hero Arts Clouds, Envelope Pattern & Happy Holidays; VersaMark watermark ink; Hero Arts Snow chalk ink; SU Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Real Red & Riding Hood Red inks; foam tape

22 comments:

Virginia L. said...

So glad to see you using this stamp set as I felt as if I am the only one that owns this one :) I love the color contrast against the Kraft cs! Beautiful job you did! And now I caught myself staring at the Nordic sweaters that came in sight...I like to be inspired :)

Cornelie said...

I really really LOVE this card!! So beautiful, great houses, colours, wow!!!
I also like your reindeers from your post before!
Bye Cornelie

onecraftymama said...

House guests? Eek is right! Enjoy your holidays & your guests!
Love the card you've made for hubs - everything in it is so perfect for your first Christmas in the new house :)

Karen B. said...

Some day I'd like to see my husband stamping...What a great card, perfect color choices.

Lynn said...

I love that your husband stamps for you! Pat always has the boys make me cards...and I just adore them. The scene you created with this card is gorgeous.

Pauline said...

This is gorgeous Emily, love the warm colours, and the Scandinavian feel to this! Happy Christmas to you all! Xx

dahlhouse-designs.com said...

Oh, now you make me want that set! Ha! I've seen it around but have been hemmming and hawwwing about wanting it. Yip, leave it to Em to make me want it.

I can't wait to see what your husband makes for you. He should enter challenges!

Annette said...

wow great take on the sketch...love it

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

I'm going to mention to my DH... I should my little men to work though, they're pretty good. Love this one on kraft. And I too have a lot more Christmas stamps (for the person who was never inspired to make Christmas cards before this year).

btenn said...

Beautiful card and eyepopping Christmas colours!

And like you (and probably lots of others, I love holiday stamps too!

Meg said...

Oh, isn't this just perfect for the mister! That stamp set is so cozy, and I love the "pathway" you made. I bet he will just love it!

Chunyuan said...

perfect take of the sketch challenge. Also waiting to see your hubby's card:)

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Beautiful holiday card, love the houses against the background, gorgeous colours, Hugs Gay xxx

Emily Keaton said...

How beautiful, Emily! I love how your design came together, and as always, you planned it out so carefully. No wonder it's a stunner! Good luck getting ready for your guests and ENJOY your visits!!

Lindsey said...

This is adorable, and absolutely perfect for Christmas in the new house! Your husb will love it. Have you made one for D. yet?

Karen said...

Such a sweet card, the ink colors you chose are perfect.

walchowDesign said...

Beautiful houses in against the two different designs on the bg, Emily! Love how your put the big heart shape in front of the house too!

walchowDesign said...

Beautiful houses in against the two different designs on the bg, Emily! Love how your put the big heart shape in front of the house too!

walchowDesign said...

Beautiful houses in against the two different designs on the bg, Emily! Love how your put the big heart shape in front of the house too!

Jennifer said...

Super CUTE, Emily!!! Love the little houses and that sweet heart. The cloud background is the perfect touch!!! (=

Karin (PeppermintPatty) said...

Your card is absolutely wonderful - perfect bg stamping and those houses are so Swedish - perfect design.
Also, I know I'm late but I just saw that you'll be designing for PS now and wanted to come here to say that Kim couldn't have picked a better designer - I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE what you do with her stamps - BIG congrats from me!!!
/Karin

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

BEAUTIFUL! LOOOOOOVE those stamps!!! You are AMAZING, Em!!!