Sunday, January 6, 2013

Here For You & Giveaway Winner


Did you see the debut of Season Three of Downton Abbey here in the States? By golly, it was good! I was glued to the tv, and didn't realize until it was over that there were no commercial breaks! I adore the costuming, I think that is my favorite part of the show.


I have a serene card for you today that features Calm and Gentle from Cas-ual Fridays Stamps. I took advantage of a new to me paper pack (Basic Grey's Soliel) and stamped directly onto the beautiful watercolor background the three tree trunks and leaves from the set (stamping off first). I wrapped the seam of the patterned paper and card base with May Arts Natural Burlap String and added a sentiment stamped onto a banner to finish the card. I'm entering this into the Basic Grey Challenge: Anything Goes and Simon Says Stamps Challenge: Something New.

Today's Tip: The Stamping Off Technique (ink your image and stamp onto a scrap piece of paper before stamping your final image onto your card) worked really well with the background paper. The full concentration of ink would have overpowered the watercolor effect that the paper has.

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Thank you so much for the comments and suggestions left on my Season's Givings post! Random.Org picked #204 and after counting (not including duplicate comments and deleted comments)  Maria@Crafty Cre8tions is the winner! Please contact me via email with your snail mail and I will get the string and bling out to you shortly!

23 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous effect, Karen - love it!

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  2. so so beautiful Karen, what a fantastic background!

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  3. this is so peaceful and beautiful, Karen! love how you used the patterned paper as background. gorgeous card!

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  4. Gorgeous card Karen :-) I love the colours and whole design of this ,, so arty and absolutely FABULOUS :-)

    Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge :-)
    luv
    Lols x x x

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  5. What a dreamy looking card Karen, so lovely :)

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  6. Such gorgeous, soft colors, Karen! Lovely!

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  7. Such a lovely card!! I'm enjoying your 'tips' too!! :)

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  8. The sentiment and mood you set with your soft colors are perfect. This card is breathtaking.

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  9. Beautiful dreamy card - love it!

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  10. This is just so pretty! Gorgeous and serene!

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  11. So lovely and peaceful Karen, LOVE this card! Ahhhh yes Downton Abbey...love it ;)

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  12. So beautiful. Soft and serene and calm. Love the water effects. The faded tree is so perfect. Strong and reliable but not over bearing.

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  13. Oh I tried to watch the new episode, but I think everyone and their brother is streaming it at the moment and it wont go more then 10 seconds without pausing... the one pain of no tv!!!! great card, love your handy tips.

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  14. A gorgeous card Karen, fabulous soft gently colours and the beautiful image.

    hugs
    Heather xx
    Thanks so much to joining us at both Simon Says Stamp challenge and Basic Grey cnallenge.

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  15. Holy Cow! What I shocker I just received!!!!!!! Thanks Karen! I'll shoot you an email!

    Love this card - just perfect to let someone know you're there for them! That paper is just terrific!

    I haven't watched Downton Abbey but I guess I'm really missing out!!!!!

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  16. Beautiful Card!
    Like you - I just love Downton Abbey!

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  17. Gorgeous card! Love the soft colors and your fabulous background! Thanks for joining us for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!

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  18. Oh so soft and pretty. The watercolor paper works beautifully with this image. It makes me think of a pretty sunset. :)

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