Good Monday morning. Have you seen the Creative Expressionsnew die release over at Ellen’s. Oh my goodness. I am in love! My project today was made using the new Copenhagen set from the Scandinavian Collection and the Holly Sprays. I think the oval die and coordinating background makes a gorgeous statement with the holly and it was so fast and easy to make.
I cut the green oval and the white background and attached them together with rolled up 1/2” double stick tape. I applied the wreath layer to the red background with mounting tape and then popped the red layer up with another layer of mounting tape for added interest and dimension.
I applied red stickles to the holly spray berries, allowed them to dry. I lightly formed the holly leaves with my fingers and attached the sprays to the wrath with glossy accents. I finished by attaching the pretty multi loop bow for the finishing touch.
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a great week preparing for the Christmas holiday. I’m finished shopping. How about you?
Card size: 5.50” x 4.25” The red layer corners were cut with retired Fiskars corner edgers.
I cut a frame and attached a crimped ground now section to the back of the frame with 1//4” double stick tape. I cut thin strips of mounting tape and attached to the back of the frame. I applied pumice stonedistress ink to the birch trees with a mini applicator and attached the tree to the back of the frame. I applied ATG adhesive to the back of the framed trees and attached it to the card base.
Good Saturday morning. What a crazy week I’ve had. How about you? I am so happy for the weekend. The Free For All Challenge this week at Splitcoaststampers was to make a Christmas tag. I haven’t had the opportunity to create a project this season with Susan’s Conservatory Window die. It creates such a large and lovely window and I thought it would be perfect made into a see thru window on a tag paired with a small Christmas wreath. I love pink and white projects for Christmas but unfortunately this was difficult to photograph. It’s so much prettier in person.
I started by cutting two windows and applying pink designer paper and a scored white cardstock to the front of the tag. This may have photographed better if I had used a darker contrasting designer paper on the bottom. Oh well! I must get over it. LOL! I used the die cut window as a template to draw the cutting lines for the opening of the window and cut it out using my craft knife. I attached the front window to the tag base with mounting tape and attached the back window flat to the opening with 1/4” double stick tape. I punched a 1/4” circle in the top for the tag ribbon. Check out my see thru window tutorial if you would like to see step by step photos of this process.
I created the wreath using foliage made with my Martha Stewart Branch Punch and Spellbinders Classic Circles . I cut a small circular wreath base and attached the the branches all the way around to fill in and create the wreath. Since this is such a small wreath the branches totally covered the inside opening but I still love how it turned out. I tied a small white organdymulti loop bow and attached to the wreath with glue dots. I decorated the wreath with several holly loves from the Impression ObsessionHolly Leaf Cluster and tucked them in all around the wreath attaching with glossy accents. I applied glossy accents on the holly leaves and pine branches with my finger and lightly dusted with Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter. I have to hand it to Martha! If you like crystal clear glitter that has no other color both her fine and coarse glitter are wonderful. I applied glossy accents to the window panes and attached the wreath. Check out my wreath tutorial and mini wreath tutorial if you would like to see step by step pictures of how I made my wreath.
Now for the really good stuff. I have had the privilege to serve on two different design teams with Ellen Taylor over the years and have enjoyed getting to know her so much. She is such a talented designer and such a sweet lady. She was vacationing in Melbourne, FL this week and made the 75 mile trip over to Orlando just to take me to lunch. What a thrill and special honor it was for me to meet her in person. We could have talked for hours. Check out The Serendipitous Stamper to see Ellen’s wonderful creations.
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Tag size” 6” x 3.5” Tag corners cut with Fiskars Corner Edgers
Good Monday morning. I have another project to share with you today using the Wide Tree paired with a sweet bird from the Birds Set and Pine Sprig Cluster. I just can’t seem to stop making nature themed holiday cards.
I started by cutting a couple of trees using the tan woodgrain embossed cardstock and apply vintage photo ink to add depth of color. I punched out a few red circles and attached to the tree branches with glossy accents. I lightly painted Crafter’s Pick glue on the branches with a brush and applied crystal fine glitter, let it dry a minute and then applied a few more touches of glue to a few key spots on the branches and sprinkled on ultra fine whiteflower soft. I finished by applying red stickles to each berry to add more sparkle and to make the berries show up better. I finished adding a few touches of green to the branches by attaching small sections of the pine sprig cluster pieces.
I applied a barn door to the full body of the bird using a mini applicator. I then applied fired brick to the top of the head and around the wing and tail area. I applied aged mahogany along the top of the back and head to add one more level of depth and finished by coloring the beak with a black copic marker.
I cut think strips of mounting tape and applied to the larger trunk portion of the tree and added a few rolled pieces of 1/8” double stick tape to some of the thinner branches and then attached to the card base. I applied a double layer of mounting tape to the back of the bird and attached.
I had a very hard time getting the sparkle and snow to show up well in my photos. This is really so much prettier in person.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great week.
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