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#302: Christmas Kraft

****editing again! because i have posted a one layer card before, from my time as Guest Designer at All That Scraps...my brain: One Layer Pumpkins, with masking!


***editing to say that this is THE FIRST one layer card I've ever posted...which means it's the first one layer card I didn't throw in the trash!


This kraft "challenge" week really wasn't much of a challenge for me--let's face it, I use kraft far more often than not. So for today's card I decided to stretch, as Susan says. Last Wednesday she introduced a one-layer challenge on  her blog (not that she did a one layer card today!) and I decided to play along. I really love how this turned out, and I could definitely see stamping 30 or so before December (yeah, like that'd ever happen).

I used my ubiquitous PTI kraft and PTI plum pudding, ripe avocado, pure poppy and dark chocolate inks. The combination on the kraft card stock is rich and vintage, but oh so clean. The ornament stamps are Tree Trimmings from Stampin' Up and the sentiment and dots are from Hero Arts Sparkle Clear: Holiday Messages. I added one tiny red gem to the small ornament for a little shine.





stamps: stampin' up tree trimmings, hero arts holiday messages
card stock: PTI kraft
ink: PTI dark chocolate, pure poppy and ripe avocado (old formula), PTI plum pudding (new formula)
other: red gem from my stash
tools: scor-pal

91 comments:

Karen said...

very nice...I am enjoying the challenge you have going on with Susan

Betty said...

lovely card and this kraft week is such great fun!

winjes said...

Great single layer card! Thanks for sharing.

Sherry said...

Great card! This week is really fun!

tea_bag said...

fab card nothing quite like doing christmas early

Karen B. said...

This is lovely on so many levels, I really like how it is balanced yet all elements are one one side, like the look of the colors against the kraft and of course that tiny one bling that makes a huge impact!

Karin said...

That perfect little rhinestone is awesome on this card!

Terri (blindstamper) said...

What a great one layer card! Like Susan, I will likely CASE this...so hard not to when I have that set! Thanks!

ruth said...

You're getting a head start on Christmas...love the stuff from PTI!

Patti J said...

lol...30 days prior to Christmas would be a head start for me! No kidding! The last few years, I have sent out Happy New Year cards! lol... Love this - it's absolutely perfect!

Natalie Winterstein said...

Beautiful! I need to try a one layer - your's is lovely! :)

Sue said...

What a beautiful card! I'd never think of kraft CS for Christmas, and you've shown me it's really a good choice!

Tracy.H said...

Very pretty! :0)

Suzanne said...

What a great card for mass production without looking like it's mass produced. Beautiful!

Donelda said...

Oh wow, this is beautiful! Those colors really are so rich on the kraft cardstock! and the addition of the one gem is brilliant!!! You and Susan are making me want to break out my Christmas stamps!!!

Dotty said...

Well done!! I love single layer cards and you've done a great job on this one!!

kmassman said...

Simple, but beautiful!

Karen said...

Isn't it hard to do a one layer? People don't realize that. There is no room for error. This one turned out lovely.

Jennifer Carter said...

This turned out great! It's a wonderful one-layerd CAS card!!

NancyJ said...

One layer cards are so very difficult. You make it seem so easy with your beautiful cards.

Lueyes said...

I like this card and the ornaments. I'm getting some good ideas from your blog.

rooney said...

lovely!
Jackie
Platte City, MO

Mariana said...

I love it, specially the purple ornament!!

nanalady said...

WOW - a great and simple card. Love the warmth...good job!

Brenda R said...

Congratulations on your one layer card! Yeah PTI!

Agata said...

How cool is that?! Love the colors against the kraft bg!

Natacha said...

Great job yet again!! I could see myself creating something similar to this card in bulk for christmas! Can't wait to see what's up for tomorrow!

Juanita said...

Love it, {I could see stamping a whole whack of these if I got down to the last minute with my Christmas Cards.}

Harriet Skelly said...

Oh I love the one layer holiday card! Great card!

Cassie_lu said...

wonderful card.

Heather said...

Gorgeous. I love one-layer cards and yours is perfect. Hev:)

Stacy said...

Very beautiful! I love the lone gem!

iriseyes said...

Gotta love a one-layer Christmas card! This is great!

Diane M said...

Outstanding! Simply lovely.

Diane M
aka detour3

Jenine Isawa said...

Cute Christmas Kraft!

Hannah Aitken said...

Ooh, I do like the mixture of lilac and kraft together. Your kraft card (although it may just be the light) looks a nice creamy colour. x

Dana said...

I love this card! I especially love that your pin prick lines are not perfectly straight. It gives your card just the perfect touch of whimsy.

Sue D said...

Great card--the colors just pop off the page!

www.noteworthydesigns.ca said...

Nice! One layer cards sure are a challenge and you pulled it off beautifully!

Summer Braxton said...

pretty, classy and simple.... doesn't get much better

Metelko Family said...

Those colors look so good together - I never would have paired them up for a Christmas card.
Lovin' the ideas this week!

Sweetpz said...

cute! love the ink colours =)

hugs
juli

Diane Jaquay said...

LOVE this!

Sarah said...

Another great Christmas idea. PTI's kraft paper is also amazing.

Anonymous said...

That tiny red gem on the smallest ornament was "inspired". Love it!

~ Rita

Nancy L. said...

super cute and simple!

Chris Simon said...

Great one layer card! I love simple Christmas cards, because I make a lot of different designs. I get bored easily, but still don't want to have to work too hard at coming up with a ton of complicated designs. Thanks for sharing!

Nancy said...

Very cute - I love this set!

Anonymous said...

This has been one of my favorite Christmas sets since it came out. Really nice on Kraft.

Donna
2realtors@cox.net

Sue said...

I love your ornament card. Great colors and layout!

Lindsey said...

This looks great! OLCs are not as easy as they should be, but this one is perfect!

Samantha said...

What a beautiful card! I love the addition of plum with the traditional Christmas colors!

Moi said...

I really like this. Would be perfect for mass-stamping around the Holidays. Just out of curiosity, did you and Susan plan to do Christmas cards or is this a coincidence?

Alice Wertz said...

fabulous one layer card! so pretty!

Geothermal Heat Pumps said...

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Serena said...

Never would have thought of kraft for a christmas card but yours is very pretty!

AmesOx said...

beautiful card!

Marie B. said...

Oh now this is cool! I may have to CASE this one...if I remember...LOL :)

Anonymous said...

wow!
i love these colors with kraft.
you are inspiring me to make some christmas cards. thanks for sharing!
marty ferraro

Diane (fionna51) said...

Awesome colors! And so simple! great card.

Nicole said...

Those ink colors are just fantastic on the kraft!

Carol said...

Beautiful card! I love the simplicity of it being a one layer card!

Ravengirl said...

This is very sweet! Love it!

Christine M said...

Lovely card ..... it is so Susan it could be hers'
I think you two are morphing into each other ... wonderful challenge. Love what you are both creating.
TFS

Doris said...

Love that subtle embellishment! Can't believe you've only been stamping two years???

Becky Yo said...

LOVE this! I have some ornament stamps that I just haven't gotten the hang of (no pun intended!). This is so simple, so Susan, and SO going to be used for my next Christmas card design!

Laura said...

Simple, yet stunning. I love the incorporation of purple into a Christmas card... I must remember that come this November/December.

nancyd said...

deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa la la la la, la la la la....

scgustaf said...

Thanks for sharing your thinking process while creating ~ sometimes that is just as inspirational as the card itself!

Marg said...

I really like the colours that you used on the ornaments. Looks great!

Mary said...

This is so pretty. I love the simplicity of the design. This card is perfect for mass producing.
It's fantastic on so many levels.

Heather said...

This is soo sweet! I love the one layer thing- so easy for mailing :)

Kay said...

Love your card! Everything balances so nicely, and the colors are great, too.

Carolyn Herbert said...

The red gem just adds the right class! Love the simple class.

Pam Ketcham said...

Love this card, especially the punches holes . . .

Diana said...

Very pretty Christmas card! I think OLCs are the hardest to make. There is no room for error.

Leslie Hanna said...

I know where you GOT those stamps. YAY! Nice card!

Sandra said...

Lovely! Love the colours.

haejin said...

christmas cards are the most fun to make~ very nice card!

Bev E said...

Love where you put the one jewel!

lmad said...

I would love to receive this card....Perfectly christmasy

DeniseB said...

Great card! I love this look. That little gem makes it festive.
DeniseB

Anonymous said...

Love this! I will have to try plum ink on kraft! The red gem is such a lovely touch!

Andrea McCulley
prayalways421@yahoo.com

theresa said...

I have these stamps. I would have never thought to use kraft paper for Christmas. Love it. Wonderful.

Carolyn Sharkas said...

Lovet this kraft paper with these Christmas stamps. Not sure I would have thought of this, thanks so much for inspiring me.

ceashark at aol dot com

Terri Garrett said...

I think using craft inks on Kraft paper is beautiful how it blends so naturally! Thank you!

Michelle said...

I saw this in the Hero Arts Flickr pool! I love it. I love single layer cards! :) Beautiful! :)

misstwinkletoe said...

Oh no Christmas already!! Lovely card, I might have to CASE it!!

Karasarus said...

Wow! You have a lot of comments!!!

Stephanie said...

Great card! I really like the little gem on the ornament!

s said...

Kraft + Christmas = Fabuluous!