Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday Flashback: Season of Joy

I started Friday Flashbacks on my first blog because I have...more than a few retired stamp sets, and I wanted to challenge myself to use them more often.  So I put all my stamp set names onto little slips of paper and I draw one out and make a card or two with that stamp set.  You can see the previous Flashbacks here.

So for today the stamp set is Season of Joy.  Generally, I'm the type that doesn't like to rush into the holidays; I like to concentrate on Halloween and Thanksgiving before the Christmas stuff takes over the universe.  But we'll let that slide in the interest of breaking out some old stamps :)

First up, this card is from the archives...made this back in 2007.  And somehow that's the only card I  made with this stamp set?!  (Hence the need for Friday Flashbacks.)

And here's my first brand-new card with this set.  I saw the layout on a blog somewhere and jotted down the sketch, I think it was from the Friday Mash-Up?  Aha!  I found the original challenge. This was one of those rare cards that turned out pretty much exactly the way I saw it in my head.  Lee really liked it, he asked if it was going to be our Christmas card this year.  The answer is no, in no small part because I am hoarding that Frosty Day DSP :)

Here's my second card, showcasing that fun poinsettia stamp.  I think Dashing was some of the first Christmas DSP I ever got and I've got about a zillion scraps of it, some of which made it onto this card.  I'm on a mission to complete all of the Splitcoast sketch and color challenges (even the ones I don't like so much) and this is a combo challenge card.  I paired the old retired set with a new greeting from More Merry Messages.

And here's my last card for this Flashback.  I saw the color combination in my list of color challenges I hadn't done yet and thought it would be fun for a less traditional holiday card.  And I do like how it turned out.  It's hard to see but I stamped the larger flowers in white ink on the pink cardstock, then the smaller one in pink.  I sponged some pink ink on the edges of the Christmas tree mat to make it stand out a little against the pink panel, and I sponged some on top of the word panel to tone down the white a bit so as not to compete with the Christmas tree panel.  I think that word panel gives the impression that it was a word jumble wheel or something, but it's just the regular stamp cropped close.  Kind of like having Christmas carols playing in the background!

I'll have all the supply lists for these cards in my Splitcoast gallery; I don't mind posting them in two places when it's one card at a time, but this is four cards and I've got to get my little girl dog to the vet in 15 minutes.  Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoyed this Friday Flashback!

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