Festive Farmhouse Christmas
by Janet Katz
I'm a big fan of the farmhouse look, the rustic charm characterized by simple materials and a good amount of white space. Visit any craft store, furniture store, or my living room and you'll see how popular it is. At Christmas, this style means buffalo plaid, wicker or wire baskets, unvarnished wood, bottle brush trees, and more plaid. With some black and red check paper in my stash, I started working on a farmhouse Christmas card. I used the Double Joy Die set and cut the background from the check paper. The Poppystamps Woodgrain Kraft Paper was the perfect choice to create the outline. It *really* looks like wood.
I wanted to set this off from the background but still use a woodgrain background, so I reached for the same paper but in the Cream color (also comes in white). Then I wanted to add something below the O to give it some texture and softness. I used the holly leaves and berries from the Cabin Snowglobe Pop Up Easel Die Set. I finished off the card by layering a scallop-edged kraft paper, red paper and yep, more plaid beneath that. I was very happy with how it turned out and it was easy to make.
The Cabin Snowglobe die set is the gift that keeps on giving. When I was cutting out the red berries, I had to cut red leaves since they are all part of one die. When I looked at the red leaves, they suddenly resembled a certain red holiday flower. I'm getting an idea!