Berry Christmas - Elegant Bouquet
Chic Boutique - Bird in a Cage

Dasher - Make Merry

Hi Everyone.  Happy Tuesday.  I'm hoping to get some time to play tonight - especially as there are a couple of challenge cards going through my head!  Today's card uses the SU Dasher stamp.  Anyone surprised?  You can see my other Dasher stamps here.  Today's card also uses the same layout as the one I used yesterday - based on the sketch from our Divas across at stamping411.

Yesterday's card used a traditional color scheme of Real Red and Garden Green, whereas today's uses the Old Olive and Very Vanilla paper from the Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin' kit.  I loved the mixture of colors, it's so warm and soft.  The embellishment is also from the same kit!

Jaydee tip:  Some of you have written to ask how I get such crisp images from my solid stamps.  Conditioning your solid stamps is essential.  The minute I have mounted my image, I get out my SU sanding block and gently buff the image - just like you would your toe nails.  I use the same backwards and forwards movement.  I then rotate the stamp 180 degrees and do the same thing again.  That way, I make sure I buff the entire image.  The key is to "rough" up the image just enough to accept ink better.  Don't be too rough - just like you wouldn't be too rough on your toe nails! :-)  The difference in the ability of the rubber to accept ink though, is amazing when you use this technique.  I know this is old hat for some of you... but some visitors haven't been stamping quite as long - so forgive me if you already know this :-)

Card contents:

Stamps:  Dasher and Berry Christmas sentiment
Card stock:  Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Paper:  Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin
Embellishments:  Ribbon - Mistletoe (love it.. it's all satiny and gorgeous), round mistletoe "brad" from the Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin kit

On a personal note:  I was thrilled to see that my Patterned Pines Clean and Simple card had been nominated as a CAS favorite across on Splitcoaststampers for this week.  So, it's been a thrilling week for me what with the Stamping411 team recognizing a different Patterned Pines card and now SCS.  It's always so wonderful to get positive feedback and recognition.  So I'd like to give a shout out to Kristin and Kittykat across at SCS who nominated my card.  :-)

I hope you all have a fabulous Wednesday and, as always, thank you for spending time in my little area of the stamping blogosphere.  Your visit is always appreciated.

Peace and hugs

You can run your mouse over the thumbnails to see the larger image and I've put the product numbers underneath the images for you.  I welcome your comments or questions.  Your feedback is always welcome.

Christmasjingle    BerrychristmasDasher
Christmas Jingle 115696, Berry Christmas 116509, Dasher 116816