Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Joy to the World

We had a great camping trip for our anniversary--lots of sun & very little wind which is fairly unusual for the Oregon coast.  Actually, this year we've had sun every trip.  I think it helps that we're on a bay off the ocean.  On the way we saw this beautiful Great Egret at the Elk Reserve.  Lots of elk, too, but I didn't get a picture of them.


Here's the view from our waterfront campsite. The sunsets are incredible!
Two Great Blue Herons were flying & landing at the river which goes along a little city park where we always take a break. Managed to get a picture when one of them landed fairly close. We have them at home, too, but I'm always excited to see them.  
Got the trailer unloaded & decided to make a card I've been thinking about in my head.  I'm determined to spend less on postage this Christmas, so I'm working on flatter designs.  This card uses 3 of my very old, well loved DeNami stamps.  We used these holly stamps in one of the first classes I took 15+ years ago.  I loved the look of the line stamp not exactly lined up over the solid one & I still do.  The gold is Delicata Golden Glitz which I embossed with clear powder for the sentiment.  The green ink is PTI Simply Chartreuse.  
I have lots of options for the berries, but since I was aiming for a flat card I went old school & punched 3 circles from a red cardstock scrap & covered them with red Stickles. The finishing touch was to add some texture by partially embossing with an old Cuttlebug folder--one of the first ones I bought. There's definitely an art to one layer cards & I'm getting happier with my results as I keep practicing.  I'm entering these challenges: Merry Monday, One Layer Christmas Card Challenge, City Crafter Challenge Blog, CAS-ual Fridays & Pixies Snippets Playground.  Thanks so much for all the support--your comments brighten my day!
Pixies Crafty Workshop

31 comments:

  1. What a great view, happy anniversary! I always want to do a camper but DH is not a big fan driving something big and slow, LOL! Plus he dislike to "dirty job" too, so.... it will never happen, however, my sister will be coming to Vegas for the first time, she will spend nearly a month here and I thought a glamping might be sweet, again, just a thought, I never camp outdoor before and probably won't be able to do it as well, LOL!

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  2. Love your design Greta, and that swirly embossing folder. Thanks for playing at Merry Monday and OLCCC.

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  3. Wow - you used such tiny snippets . . . but snippets they are nonetheless, so it just shows you should never throw any bits away!

    This is a great festive card with minimal layers for cheaper postage. Top marks.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  4. Happy Anniversary to you both Greta. It looks as if you had a wonderful trip and I enjoyed looking at your photos.

    Your card is very pretty. I also find it very difficult to make one layer cards but you have done a wonderful job. I'm also a fan of DeNami stamps. I don't have a lot but they always give lovely clear images. That embossing folder was probably my first one along with the Swiss Dots and I still use it all the time. Barbxx

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  5. What a great one layer card. You got a lot of detail to make it pretty but still one layer. Love the embossing that gave it texture and the clear embossing gave it shine. Even the gold sentiment is so pretty and adds to the card. Happy Anniversary and your trip looks so relaxing and fun. How nice to see a picture of the two of you. Great looking couple!

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  6. Happy anniversary!!! Looks like it was a super fun trip! I always start out with the best of intentions in making flatter Christmas cards, but it never works. Never. I really like how you stamped the hollies slightly outside of the lines - it gives it a nice artsy feel!

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  7. Beautiful image and card; love your card design using the embossing folder. Thank you for sharing with us at OLCCC.

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  8. Yes, one layer cards are an art and this one is fabulous. I love the partial embossing to give a neat look but not overwhelm. Very nice!

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  9. Great photos, looks like a wonderful trip! Love the card too, so easy to mail and I love the curve of the sentiment.

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  10. Beautiful card Greta, I love the CAS design and the texture. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

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  11. Oh, what a gorgeous view! Looks like you had a great get away for your anniversary! Awesome photos! And, your Christmas card is very pretty with the embossed background, holly, and berries!

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  12. Happy Anniversary! Lovely photos Greta, looks like you had a wonderful time. Your card is just so beautiful, how nice to get a head start on your holiday cards!

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  13. What a glorious post!
    I'm so happy you had such a wonderful anniversary Greta!
    Your flat card is beautiful and I think the partially embossed background is a super idea!
    xx

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  14. Sometimes our oldest well loved stamps are the best aren't they!! Glad you pulled this out again Greta, your card is beautifuL!! CUTE photo of the two of you, sounds like a wonderful anniversary trip!

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  15. Gorgeous Greta. Love the way your leaves are designed.

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  16. Happy anniversary Greta !! Looks like you had loads on fun camping :) your card is terrific !

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  17. So glad you had a great time ... Happy Anniversary! Beautiful card for our challenge! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!!!

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  18. your Christmas card is just gorgeous, greta...love all the photos, too... so beautiful!

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  19. Happy Anniversary!!! Glad to hear you had a wonderful camping trip! Your card is fantastic! Love the simple design with the embossed background!

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  20. Firstly, I want to say Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby! Thanks so much for these beautiful photos with us, too...what an amazing place this must be to camp...WOW!
    Your card is really stunning, Greta! I love the off-set stamping on the holly leaves and that you clear embossed the gold for your sentiment...so elegant!

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  21. I love the depth this stamp gives without the bulk! Also love the partial embossing! A wonderful Christmas card, Greta! Thanks for sharing it with us at Merry Monday!

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  22. Awesome card, Greta! Love your pretty holly berries & leaves and the CAS style card. A beauty for sure! Happy Anniversary! Loved your pictures! Thanks for playing along with us this week over at Merry Monday! :)

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  23. Your CAS holly card is so fresh and beautiful!

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  24. Your photos are great! It must have been a wonderful trip and it looks like a perfect place. Your card is perfect for our challenge; love the CAS design! Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB this week!

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  25. Beautiful photos and a gorgeous holly card, Greta! I'm loving all the white space!

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  26. OH, Greta, what a sweet photo of you and your husband!
    Love all the beautiful photos you've shared.

    And, your card is simply LOVELY!
    Fabulous stamping & design.

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  27. The embossed swirls look great with the stamping! Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday this week!

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  28. Looks like your camping site has fabulous nature and views, and it looks like you took the right stuff with you for some crafting. I packed up a bit for my 3 week trip to CA, but not much crafting has been done. I'll be excited to get some cards made once I return.

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  29. Congrats with your win at OLC, Greta!

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  30. Belated Happy Anniversary, Greta! Your photos are lovely showcases of your beautiful surroundings! You have no idea how much I missed not going to Oregon this year; hopefully, we'll be heading your direction in 2016. Your card: stunning in its simplicity...
    Hugs~c

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