Friday, January 4, 2013

Waltzingmouse Secret Santa Card Exchange

Time for the big reveal!  Cathy Weber organized the second annual Secret Santa Holiday Card Exchange in the Waltzingmouse Stamps forum.  My card was delivered via Royal Mail from my secret pal Tara Cardwell (aka Craftilicious)!!  It just happens to be in my favorite Christmas card color scheme which is red, kraft, and cream...and it has a delicious Western flair!


The holly leaves and background are embossed using two different patterns.  Little blingy berries decorate the holly and the sentiment...and there's even candy cane striped ribbon, yeehaw!

Tara used an awesome sentiment from Yonder Star cut out with a Labels 3 Nestie!  This card looked so lovely sitting on the shelf in my kitchen that just happens to have red accents in it.  It was a perfect fit, thanks SO much, Tara!


As for me, I had one of my favorite Christmas cards tucked away in a card box.  It was from the month that A Cottage Christmas was released.  I tend to keep favorites indefinitely, which is SO not in the spirit of Christmas giving!  I must have been keeping it for something special...so when I found out that I had sweet Lee Erwee as my secret card recipient off it flew all the way to South Africa!!
(I am hoping it made it there since I tucked it in a small padded envelope rather than a regular one...maybe I should have put a Valentine's sentiment on the inside, eek!!)



I can't wait to participate again next year!  It's always so lovely to open the mailbox and see a puffy little envelope filled with a friend's creative heart :)

8 comments:

Marybeth said...

What a beautiful embossed Christmas card Tara sent you! How fun to get a Royal mail Card. She must have known you love those colors.
The card you sent out is gorgeous as well. All the little details that you added to your sweet cottage… wonderful!

Jeanne J said...

Kelly - The card from Tara is amazing. I love all the embossing - it reminds me of tooled leather with the western theme - so cool! And you know I'm lovin the one you made as you know I am addicted to violet :)!! The snowy background is amazing and I love the sugary snow covered roof!

Craftilicious said...

Glad you liked it Kelly :-) I resisted the urge to make a gingham background - but it was hard! So pleased it survived the mail and that it matched your kitchen.
I can totally see why the cottage one was your favourite - it is absolutely stunning!
Tara
x

Deborah Frings said...

Just love the red and kraft on Tara's card - with the embossing it has so much texture. And I do like that sentiment.

I can see why you hung on to the cottage card, I would be thrilled to receive it - so beautiful!

Renee said...

Well...
you know I love red and kraft...
one of my top fave color combos ever...
and what a beautiful card...
love that sentiment on the label! :)
And that gorgeous creation of yours...
I still doe over it...
stunning!!
I know it will be treasured! :)
This is so much fun...
so many ideas already for this year's holiday cards...
and I can't wait to do this again!!:)

Kim Heggins said...

I agree with Renee, I love the look of red and kraft and this card is just amazing! How fun to get Royal mail too, always makes me feel special. Your card is just stunning, that house is so beautiful and so much amazing detail.

Vickie Z said...

Ohh.. Tara's card is wonderful...love those colors!, you have red in your kitchen....happy!! Red is my FAV color!, your card is fabulous too.. Love that cottage and Snowflakes/stars!!

Julia Aston said...

What a lovely red card you received from Tara - her holly leaves are so pretty!

And I just love the giant snowflakes surrounding your beautiful winter house in all the wonderful blues!