Saturday, January 25, 2014

Starting with my Christmas cards early!


Here is my entry for the Rudolph Day Christmas card challenge for January with a twist. The twist is to make two cards in one blog post. Check & check!
I've always loved this great (retired) Rubber Stampede Santa image, and I stamped it with brown ink on kraft cardstock, coloring only the blue eyes. I finished up a Christmas paper pad I've had for a while, so these cards used lots of snippets. I embossed the SU! sentiment with gold, and added 3 gold candi dots to match. Those reflective candi dots are like little mirrors! I can see myself in the center dot intently staring at the card as I snapped the photo! LOL

Here's the 2nd card, slightly different but the same basic design as the first. I used a different sentiment and more snippets from the same paper pack. I almost wish I'd bought two of those paper pads as I love the colors & designs on each and every paper!

After using all of the snippets, I'm also sharing these over at the Snippets Playground #108.

ETA: well I WAS going to enter them into the Snippets Playground, but as usual, the gates and challenge have been closed......sigh. Another dollar short and another day late. It's the story of my life :)

Thanks for stopping by and do make it a great weekend!

Carol

20 comments:

Sue from Oregon said...

This has always been one of my fave stamps...gorgeous design on the stamp and oh such a lovely start Carol!

SARN said...

Hi Carol . . . well at least you're in plenty of time for the Rudolph Day challenge!

Two fab festive cards with that wonderful Santa stamp. Great designs.

Thanks for joining in.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Bonnie said...

I love this Santa and he looks great in both cards!

Donna Hanley said...

I'm sorry you did not make the deadline for the Snippets Playground. It is their loss because these two cards are exceptional Christmas cards. I Love that image and your paper choices are perfect.
Have yourself a great Saturday night.

jimlynn said...

Love that Santa image - and he's great on both cards! Fun papers to go with a jolly old guy! VERY nice!
Lynn

Kathleen said...

I have always thought that this was the best Santa stamp around and I really like your idea of only colouring the eyes blue.
Two great cards.

Kath x

LeAnne said...

Both of these are wonderful!

Kristen said...

Gorgeous card! I love the stamp. Those papers are beautiful. I love to see how different paper can make the same card or image look. Good job!

Cathymac said...

What a wonderful Santa image, Carol! Good for you for getting a jump start on your Christmas cards! Both cards are so festive and beautiful! Hugs!

JD/ Jill said...

Both cards are great...I'm still making Christmas cards too. I used to wait till closer to Christmas and then always go into a panic trying to get them done. Now I do them all year long.

Irish Cherokee said...

Nice Santa card.

MaryH said...

Hey Carol, I did the same thing, zipped over to the Playground and the gates were closed! Boo-hoo! Love the sepia Santa. That is a really good look on this particular image, and I loved the way you used your DP snippets to give each of the cards such a different look. Don't have any of the candi-s yet, but they sure do add a lot of glitz. That stripe is really eye-catching. TFS & Hugs
Glad if you liked the card!

Karen Conner said...

I love that Santa stamp!!
You can never start too early on Christmas cards!
Have a blessed day!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Well Carol, I am so sorry you missed out at the Playground. These are some wonderful Santa cards!

Benzi said...

Super cards, Carol. I can see you or someone in those candi dots, too, on your first card.

Sorry you didn't make the challenge...so aggravating.

Mary said...

Carol, love both cards and yes they are the same but very different. Good job. I was looking at the gold candy dots, love the images reflected! Too bad that stamp was retired, it is one of my favorites too. Happy Rudolph Day, I think you are well on your way to being ready for Christmas 2014

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Great cards! And sorry about the playground. It has to close from time to time to scrape the bubblegum off the bottom of the teeter totter seats... I have no idea how that stuff gets there. Your two cards have the same design but they sure do look so different with the different color combos. I like it when people do that. It just goes to show you that little changes can make big differences.

scrappymo! said...

two wonderful cards...that image is stunning! I love the way you stamped him and just did the eyes... that is just perfect!

Sandy said...

This is one of my most favorite images. You have some great design work going on with beautiful paper!
Sandy

Jean Straw said...

Super cards, I love the vintage Santa image, and it looks great teamed with the lovely papers.
Jean x