Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Greetings from the Forest, and Santa Visits a Village

Hello!  I have two fun cards to share today.  As coloring goes, these were quick and the designs are easy.  They're not CAS, but they went together lickety split.  Both are digital stamps from Bugaboo.  The first is Autumn Critter Stack 01.

  • Printed on X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers.
  • Die cut the lower edge with Impression Obsession Holiday Bottom Word Edgers.
  • Matted on dark green and then a chocolate brown card base.
  • Added a die cut Cheery Lynn Holly Corner, colored with Copic markers and gave it Holiday Red Stickles berries.
  • Finished off with a dusting of snowflakes made with a Signo Uniball white gel pen.  Highlighted each of those with a blue Copic so they'd show up better.

The next is AKV Santa Tree.  It was a Friday Freebie I picked up a while back.  Every Friday there's a freebie at Bugaboo.

  • Printed on X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers, then cut out Santa.
  • Covered white card base with BasicGrey Eskimo Kisses designer paper.
  • Die cut Memory Box Oval Master Frame, then embossed with Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder.
  • Stamped old PSX "Ho Ho Ho" in Cherry Cobbler, then die cut with Poppystamps Mainstreet Stitched Tags.  Positioned tag on frame, then punched 1/8" hole through tag and frame.  Set the knot of twine bow into hole.  Added die cut star (Sizzix Primitive Stars).
  • Put lots of Scotch brand foam mounting tape on back of frame and adhered to card, then glued Santa in place.
  • Applied lots of Stickles glitter glue -- Goldenrod to stars and center of bow, Burgundy and Stardust to tree ornaments, Frosted Lace to Santa's hat and coat trim.  The bow on the present is actually colored brown and I added Chocolate Spica glitter pen to that.  It doesn't show up in the photo, and it looks black but, trust me, it's brown.

Sheesh, that sounds like a lot of steps for what I'm calling simple cards.  Honestly, they were simple.

Bugaboo is having their annual 50% off sale -- all the way through Dec. 31st.  Can I resist?  Probably not!  Have a happy day!


  1. Both of these are adorable! The first one could be a picture of I feel like a deer in the headlights. Just look at those eyes! And the little santa peeping out from behind the tree just makes me smile!

  2. Can you hear my chuckling?? As soon as I scrolled on to your first card my face lit up! Fabulous colouring and they really are such happy cards I can't help but smile! I love your versatility when it comes to card making. Have a good day and give those beautiful dogs a hug from me.

  3. Two more wonderful cards, Leslie! I especially love the holly leaves in the corner of the first one.

  4. They are so pretty, Leslie! I love the quartet of critters and the die cut sentiment on the edge. Your coloring is superb! And that fun Santa is cute as can be in a very quaint village scene - I like the snowy vibe of your card! hugs, de

  5. Both winners!! That first one with the critters is just adorable! I looked at that image & wasn't sure so passed it up. Darn! And I don't know if I would have grabbed the Santa either. You just seem to find the exact design to make everything spectacular! He is just so fun & I love the embossed frame with that paper! Awesome job, my friend! I have to head to Bugaboo! lol

  6. Such fun, cheerful and colorful cards Leslie. TFS my friend. Hugs, Nancy

  7. Both images are fabulous, so cute just have to make you smile. I do love the Bugaboo and now they are one of our designers for SNS....I will have to remember to check out their Friday Freebies that cute Santa and of course those adorable critters as well! And of course always love your coloring and designs....I imagine you are getting lots of Christmas cards created...I start mine next week, I an hardly wait!

  8. WOW, two fabulous cards Leslie. Those adorable critters make me smile. Such a great layout, love the die cut sentiment at the bottom and the holly corner. The way you created your santa card with the Eskimo paper (love the houses, just like a village scene)it's just so perfect. Love the santa - bugaboo sure has some great images. I always seem to pass over them, then when I see you colour them up I'm just wowed! You always bring them to life. Love the PSX 'ho,ho,ho' on your tag. You never ease to amaze me with your eye for detail. It's all the little finishing touches that makes me swoon over your cards. Beautiful cards Leslie!

  9. Very cute images and happy and bright cards :-) Won't someone be so happy to receive them?

  10. LOL! Both cards are so fun! You can't beat google eyes to make ya smile!! Fabulous coloring and fabulous, clean design!

  11. Oh my! Look at those eyes and those little faces! Too cute! Great coloring, as always. Thanks for making me smile BIG today! Hugs!

  12. These are both totally awesome! I just love the fun images you use with their great expressions, terrific coloring and the holly for the corner is terrific touch with it and love the sentiment at the base. The design on the santa card is too cute and love the paper you chose for the background too, cute tag to balance it off, just perfect!! I will have to go over and check them out :)

  13. Two adorable cards Leslie! what fabulous images you have used, amazing colouring again!! wish I had your the layout on your second card with the embossed frame.
    Sorry late on my comment.
    Hugs Pam x

  14. Hi Leslie, these 2 cards are fabulous. I love the one with the Santa. Using the oval negative look great.

  15. Oh, these are both adorable! I love some cards with critters, and these are adorable! That stack of critters is so sweet! Love your layouts and wonderful finishing touches! Hugs!


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