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Thursday, 14 November 2013

A little Christmas offering


Hello all - a little Artistic Outpost offering for you today... a simple little Christmas card.  And a lovely offering from Artistic Outpost themselves: a well-timed sale with 15% off all Artistic Outpost stamps until November 18th - perfect for stocking up on Christmas presents!!




For now, here's a really quick way to boost your Christmas card making... 

In fact, you could probably make this card in less time than it's going to take me to write this post (especially if Blogger keeps misbehaving)!




I started with kraft cardstock, and stamped the adorable wintry cottage from the Midwinter plate in Coffee Archival.  I used a white pencil to add the snow to the scene.





I added one of the lovely new Christmas Chalk sentiments and edged the card using the Prima Chalk Edger in white.

Inside, I stamped the little '25th' also from the Christmas Chalk plate, and there you have it.  With stamps this good, sometimes that's all you need!

Simple, quick card-making, and simple quick post-writing - I bet you didn't think I could do that.  Don't worry.  I give you fair warning: normal (War and Peace length) service is about to be resumed on Friday!





Oh, the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we've no place to go
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!
From Let it snow! by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne

(I can't be the only person for whom that's a Pavlovian trigger to go and watch all the Die Hard films!)


41 comments:

Chris said...

Hi Alison, I was getting worried there for a minute LOL, look forward to normal service on Friday ha ha! A gorgeous card and I agree that the stamps really do carry it off, they're really beautiful and your penciled snow is superb. See you on Saturday!!!!!!!!! :D Chris xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

No! You've surprised me on both counts He! he! A fabulous quick card - love the log cabin, the white pencil makes great snow! Chrisx

Terry said...

You are too funny, but your card is delightful! Love the snowy goodness! Hugs!

Krisha said...

It doesn't look like a quick card at all. So calm and inviting. Truly a beautiful card.

MichelleZ said...

I love kraft and white and this is a stunning example of why. Simply charming! And beautifully done!

Rita said...

This is adorable Alison. Love the stamp.
Hugs Rita

barbarayaya62 said...

Kraft and white is one of my favorite colors scheme!Here you used it in a really beautiful way! Beautiful stamp, I love your original and unique style! BArbarayaya

maria's knutselplezier said...

I love your card a lot, I like craftpaper a lot, but I never have such a beautiful result on it like you, what a gorgeous christascard!!!The reciever will be very satisfate!!

Greetings
Maria

Yvonne Garner said...

Great card. A refreshing color palette. Love the added touches of white pencil and the chalk edging! Hope all is well. Hugs, Yvonne

Helen said...

What a gorgeous card, Alison!

Chrissy said...

Fabulous Alison..I love the kraft and white pencil and such a gorgeous wintery image..

Luv CHRISSYxx

brenda said...

It's the c&p lady, fingers crossed things will get back to normal in a few weeks,but promise I have still taken a good look at today's lovely work.

B x

Brenda Brown said...

A delightful scene Alison and a great festive card. Love the way you added the snow, a great touch.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Meggymay said...

A beautiful winter scene, the snow looks so effective.
Yvonne

Chris Warner said...

This is beautiful Alison, simply beautiful. Quick? Doesn't look quick to me but then again, put in perspective with your usual mega projects, then I understand, lol. >;o) Chris xxx

craftytrog said...

How beautiful! The white shading looks brilliant Alison xx

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Love the brown and white ...a lovely scenery Alison!

Shirley Chillman said...

The colour scheme is gorgeous Alison. Only you could make a simple card look so expensive and elegant.

Just catching up with everything after being away. So off to have a really good mooch at the rest of your creations.

Crafty hugs from Shirl x x

Dianne said...

Oh my I for 1 sec, though who stole our Alison :O), but the card was all you, excellent work with the white coloring, it's just so darn beautiful, looking forward to Friday, have a wonderful day.. Big hugs..

Netty said...

Looks smashing in Kraft card and sepia tones Alison, great quick one layer makes, smashing for postage. Enjoy the weekend, Annette x

Smile_Art said...

great Christmas atmosphere! :)

May said...

Love this card Alison, Great effect on Kraft...Hugs May x x x

Dorthe said...

Love it , in all it`s simplicity, Alison... The snow looks great and the stamps are beautiful, all. A lovely card.
xo, Dorthe

Redanne said...

Wow Alison, it may be simple but it is also stunning! Hugs, Anne x

Annie said...

Hi Alison :-) Perfect card with a country feel to it which I love x best wishes Annie x

sam21ski said...

Great technique with the white pencil to add snow to the scene

Sam xx

Amanda said...

Quick but beautiful, white on kraft so lovely
Love
Amanda x

isisimaginings.com said...

I think it's beautiful, kraft card is perfect for Christmas projects.

Paper Profusion said...

Sometimes simple things are best - this is certainly one of those times! Absolutely gorgeous card Alison. The Midwinter plate is enroute to me as AO prize - looking forward to it further now. Lol re John McClane. Nicola x

cathylynn said...

Only you can create simple!!!! I love this!
Hugs, Cathy-LYnn

Almo said...

Love this card Alison, simple but very effective. Hugs Mo x

chrissies said...

What a lovely card Alison and nice and flat to fit into an envie for the lowest rate postage :)

Love Chrissie xx

Nan G said...

Love the Kraft card with white! Easy peasy and very mailable, too. Plus it looks fab!

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

That log cabin is so wonderfully nostalgic, I could snuggle up in there over winter with a bundle of books, a cozy blanket and a bar or two of chocolate and I am sure I would be rather contented!
Wishes
Lynne

hazel said...

I love your card Alison - the white on the kraft card is fab.
xxx Hazel.

Sandy said...

A girl after my own heart!!!
Let it snow - bring it on!!!
Sandy

Kezzy said...

Wow I'm so loving the kraft cards this year, they seem so popular and yours it absolutely gorgeous and I so wish I was in that wintery cottage. Hugs Kezzy :-) xxxxxx

Margaret said...

I love the snowy edges you added to this wonderful card!

Mrs.B said...

Gorgeous card Alison, perfect for the 'post'. Love the images.
Avril xx

Kelly Neis said...

I love the effect of the white onto the brown with this image! Gorgeous!!
Hugs Kelly

Kate said...

I really like the kraft background against the white. Its so pretty!
Kate