I love this graceful cardinal image from the “Warmth & Wonder” set.

The arched top on the red card’s image panel was made by trimming off three sides from a panel made with a Nestabilities Labels #10 die.  (I used this particular die as it was “handy”, but I’m pretty sure just a regular oval shaped die would have worked just as well.)

The stamp was colored with SU markers, stamped and then shaded with Copics.  A teeny tiny bit of Stickles was added to the berries  on both cards.

There is an elegant deer image in this set, too.

To play along in this week’s Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers to “tear or distress”, one of the cards is distressed using SU’s Creamy Caramel ink.

Whether left clean or distressed, I love this embossing folder paired with the simplicity of the deer image and sentiment.

One of the cards follows the sketch for the Freshly Made Sketches #109 Challenge this week.

This is one of my favorite embossing folders from SU.  Love the look of the texture right on the image and sentiment.

To add some sparkle on the final card, Stickles was added around the deer’s neck.

******  BLOG CANDY WINNER ******

The winner of the “Merry Christmas” sentiment stamp by Stampabilities was post #6 – Bensarmom . Congrats, Bensarmom!! I will be emailing you to get your snail mail addy.

Thanks for dropping by today.  Happy Crafting!


Stamps: SU “Warmth & Wonder”

Papers: PTI Select White and Pure Poppy; SU Handsome Hunter; Graphic 45 “French Country” DP; My Mind’s Eye “Christmas Wish” DP

Inks: SU Handsome Hunter, Real Red, Bravo Burgundy, Summer Sun, Basic Black and Creamy Caramel; Copics:

Accessories: Stickles “Christmas Red”; Grosgrain Ribbon; Glitter Ribbon; Snowflake Eyelets; Couture Creations Annalee Embossing Folder; SU Square Lattice Embossing Folder; 1-3/4″ Circle Punch; Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Ovals Die, Nestabilities Labels #10 Die and Floral Doily Motifs Die

14 Responses to “More ‘Warmth and Wonder’, FMS109, CAS244 and A Winner!”

  1. Beautiful image. I love how you stretched the use of your die and also distressed the embossed image. Great ideas. TFS!

  2. You have a lovely stash of Christmas cards girlie…Love the clean and simple style and the added embossing touch!

  3. Love your cards! So many different looks with just the two stamps! The deer ones are really interesting with all that wonderful texture. I also love the fact that they are easily mailed! I have trouble with clean and simple so I might have to CASE these! I tend to muck up thinking it needs a little something more. Thanks for sharing with us. Congrats to the winner!

  4. Fabulous cards! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  5. Beautiful holiday cards, Susan! Thanks so much for the inspiration. I really need to get crackin’!

  6. Susan – I love all the cards you posted today. The coloring on the darling cardinal is excellent. Great use of all the embossing folders. I have not seen that cool large border one that you used both plain and sponged. I think my fav is the one for the Freshly Made Sketches! I’ll be casing that one. Thank you! Barb

  7. Love those embossing folders. You make such elegant cards Susan!

  8. Sweet and simple images made into beautiful cards! Great way to get more mileage out of your Spellbinders die. I love that embossed border. It looks so simple and elegant on the all white card. Good progress on the Christmas cards!

  9. these are all terrific, love the shading on the bird, great designs to use these smaller images , I do like the color added to the embossed deer one!

  10. I love the bird framed with the dotty circle! And the embossing with the deer IS gorgeous! 🙂

  11. You amaze me with your creativity, Susan! I like your Christmas cards! They are lovely!

  12. I’ve had the opportunity to play with this stamp set, and I really like the smaller images! You collection of cards showcases them beautifully, and I love your little trick for making those dies work in new and innovative ways too!

  13. I love these cards, Susan! What a great stamp set. Cardinals and deer are two of my favorite winter images!

  14. You are always so creative and inspiring!

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