Monday, November 18, 2013

Keeping it simple for Christmas.

Hello all!
            just popping in with a smug "I've got my Christmas cards done" post!  Yep, I'm ready to mail them - they're done and dusted!!   To be fair, I really have pared down the style this year and for the majority of the cards, have avoided using my Copics and instead, used my trusty Silhouette Cameo.
I had seen some gorgeous tags here

and decided to make up my own little scene, using them as inspiration.

    I had a tree and house image in my Cameo library and I merged them onto a wavy slope line to make the top layer, adding some text to be cut as well.  For the coloured layer, I removed the text and slightly offset the shape, increasing the size by just under 0.25 inch.  You can find plenty of good tutorials online about offsetting  which will probably make more sense than my explanation!  I added the star and gem as a finishing touch, making up a dozen cards in about 30 minutes - super speedy!

        These are only 4 x 4 inch cards which will hopefully save on postage as well.  Last year, I made 6 x 6 inch cards with embellishments and spent a small fortune on postage to get them across the pond to the UK - won't make that mistake again.  I'm very pleased with these as they are still home-made cards but I didn't take hours and hours to do them.  Once again, the Cameo to the rescue!

Thanks for popping in :)

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Unknown said...

I love these cards! They look awesome. Thanks for linking up at A Handmade Holiday.

Tracy said...

Oh I'm so jealous. I have a few made but am no where near done. These are classy and stylish. Bravo!

Doris T. said...

Love them! Thanks for playing with us this week at Crafting by Designs - Doris :)

Linda Palmer said...

They are beautiful cards Dawn. I wish I knew how to do all of that with my cameo. I love the hillside and the house and trees. Beautiful the way you offset them with the colored cs.

Amy @ Homey Oh My! said...

So pretty and simple! The gem adds the perfect touch :).

Life - Up, Down & Sideways said...

Dawn your tags and cards are just awesome. I love how pretty and clean they are. The style lends it self to all sizes as you've shown. Thanks for playing along with us at Crafting by Designs weekly challenge.

Tammy S.

Sandra said...

Ok show off!!! Now I really have to put the cameo on my xmas list, LOL :D
These turned out fantastic and so quick and simple. Good for you coming up with this idea.
Cheers :)Sandra

Patricia St Martin said...

Love these... So perfect! love how easy they are. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs, Pat

Anonymous said...

Fantastic! So simple yet effective. I love them. Thank you for sharing with us at Creative Moments and good luck in the challenge. Leona (DT)

Dawn said...

They are beautiful! A lovely CAS design and they look so elegant in white. Thanks so much for joining in at Christmas at Sweet Stampin. Hugs, Dawn

Sandra said...

these look gorgeous Dawn!! can't wait till my cameo arrives, LOL

Penny said...

I am envious that you are done! These are just fabulous cards--wonderful dressed-up CAS design! Yay for your Cameo! :^)
Hugs, Penny

nwilliams6 said...

Genius stuff here! Love this very elegant CAS style and very cool design. So well done! Hugz!

Helen said...

Wonderful cards!
Thanks for playing at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
Helen x

Carissa said...

Wonderful Winter Wishes! Thank you for playing along with the ABC Christmas Challenge.

Doreen said...

beautiful cards.
Many thanks for joining us at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'
Doreen xx

Rachel said...

Beautiful project! Thank you for sharing with us at Christmas at Sweet Stampin last month - I hope you join us again this month!

Wedgie xxx

Unknown said...

Simple yet elegant, I agree with the old adage that simplicity is beauty. You just proved it with this pretty card.

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