Monday, February 13, 2017

Christmas Cards


I've had this retired SU! paper for quite some time now. I adore the muted color tones, but it's very sturdy and heavy - almost heartier than cardstock, so I found it challenging to use until I came up with a simple design like this. I just cut 2 coordinating panels and rounded the outside edges, along with the kraft card base corners. I used a SU! Perfect Pines Framelits die set to make the tree, adding some sparkly "ornaments" with some stickles and a toothpick. The sentiment was gold embossed with a retired SU! stamp set and was cut with a SU! 7/8" scalloped punch, then layered with red on a 1" punched element. The star atop the tree was a piece of white cardstock heat-embossed with gold and die-cut with the star from the Perfect Pines framelit die set. The chocolate bucket the tree sits in was done with a die from the same set of dies.



I wanted to use up this dsp, so here's another version where the sentiment was matted with early espresso cardstock...


The same papers were used here, but the sentiment was embossed on green, just to make it a wee bit different...


The last card uses some different papers from the pack, along with a pear  pizzazz punched element for the sentiment. I barely put a dent into this paper pack, but I may make a few more of this design before I'm finished with it!

I'm going to enter the first card into the following challenges:

as long as it's Christmas

as long as it's Christmas

does not have to be Christmas, can be any theme

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your Monday kicks off the beginning of a great week. We have severe winds here in PA today, so it's a good day to stay indoors!

Carol

17 comments:

Wendy said...

Wow, you are really cranking out the Christmas cards this year, Carol! I haven't made a 1 yet! I so love all of these with that cute tree and such pretty papers! Love the corners being rounded! Great job on all of them! Yes, it's quite blustery outside today...definitely hang on to your hat if you have to go out! TFS and have a great day! :)

Sue said...

I love to see the same design done in different colors and papers. These Christmas cards are wonderful and now you have a jump start on next year's cards. Carol, thanks for sharing them, still have all my Christmas stuff out and a some stamps and dies that didn't get used........

Hugs
Sue

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

OMGoodness! My eyes were immediately drawn to the tiny gems. Fitting them into the piercing was such a great idea! Okay just kidding... Stickles and a tooth pick... really? That was brilliant!

*Vicki* said...

You always do a wonderful job using your papers Carol!! Good for you on getting some more Christmas cards done for the year as well!! Love that wonderful tree die you've used here! TFS!HUGS

Daffodil Cards said...

Well I have to say your patience with the Stickles is to be admired, beside that these are just wonderful cards.
Faith
x

Janice M said...

Wow you are on a roll with your Christmas card stash for the year! Love the added color to the trees, that had to take a bit of time! Sure is windy on this side the river too! Thankfully the power has stayed on so far anyway.

scrAPpamondo said...

A lovely compilation of cards with these papers and the some design! Love the little differences and the tiny blings on the pierced trees!

JD/ Jill said...

Great design, Carol. The papers you chose were just perfect for this design!

scrappymo! said...

Great batch baking, Carol. These are all wonderful cards and every one is lovely with their differing colour and pattern combinations!

aussie aNNie said...

Won't be long and you will be using these Carol, the year is flying already. Great selection of fabulous cards.{aNNie}

Donna Hanley said...

Wow at this rate you will be done with Christmas cards in just a couple of months. I wish I could get a jump start on mine. Great way to use those very pretty papers. I like how each one is different and has it's own personality. Have a good day.

CdeBaca Crafts Gallery said...

Christmas card?! That threw me off ! ;) i think it's great. Simple but great. I love these kind of cards.

Marie B. said...

Yes, Carol, it was super windy here wasn't it? One of my co-workers had a tree fall on her home and vehicle which did quite a bit of damage. We're still waiting to hear how bad it is...anyhow...what a great set of cards! Gotta love when you can whip 'em out like that! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us at CHNC Extra! :)

~Marie B -DT

Brenda said...

Love these cards Carol! They are fun but so pretty too! A great way to use up some of the sturdier DSP for sure. Hugs, Brenda

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Love the wee dots of glitter to give your trees some sparkle. Great use of old paper stash and the patterns mix and match so well.

Hazel said...

Thanks for entering all of my Craftyhazelnut's challenges with your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon. x

Rocky said...

A great collection of seasonal cards, love all those gorgeous papers. Thank you for joining us at CHNPPC.