Bottle Brush Tree

Hello again crafty friends!   I hope things are going well for you as we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving Day here in the USA.  It’s still pleasantly warm here in Florida (although the mornings have been chilly) …it looks like it will be in the 70’s for today and tomorrow.

Today my Christmas cards are taking a more traditional route.  How do you like bottle brush trees for decorations?  I love the nostalgic look of them.  I don’t think they’ve ever gone out of  style.  I have two cards using the same stamp – just different color schemes.  This first is done in wintery whites and cool blues with some pops of red.  I love these colors for Christmas.

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The tag was cut with a silhouette – which made it easy to do both the main piece the blue mat.  The cardstock and patterned paper were purchased as a pack at Michaels so everything coordinates!  The snowflake is a Martha Stewart punch.  THe image is from a Power Poppy set and was colored with copics.

There pops of sparkle on the ornaments and snowflake.  I used a sakura starburst gel pen for this.  Here are some close ups of the sparkle.

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The second card uses papers from another holiday pack from Michaels and has a warm flannel/lodge feel.  Colored with traditional reds and greens with pops of gold sparkle – it will make you want to light that yule log!

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I have more cards to show but will probably not get to them until after the Thanksgiving holiday.  I wish all of you well!

Thanks for stopping by!

Christmas by the beach

Hello again crafty friends!  Today I have another tropical type Christmas card to show you.

blue-beach-wreath

The wreath can be used for any occasion and since I live in Florida it is perfect for me to use for Christmas.  I made two versions of the same card.  The one above used tradition blues, pale pinks and neutral browns along with some pops of red to bring a little Christmas color into it.  You can’t tell from the photo, but some of the shells have little pops of glitter on them.  The image was colored with copics.

The second version has more red to tie into the holiday season and uses kraft cardstock to add a balance against the red.  The image is from Flourishes.

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Thanks for stopping by – there are more holiday cards to show – hopefully I can get them posted before the Thanksgiving  activities take hold!

 

Tis the season

I’ve used this stamp before but never in a Christmas card .   Using non traditional stamps for holiday cards are a great way to get full use out iof them and is a nice change from the usual holiday images.

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The stamp is from Stampendous and I’ve had it for many years.  it was colored with copics .   the sentiment was computer generated .

I’ll be sharing more of my holiday cards over the next week so be sure to stop by.

baby onesie card

My niece and her husband are expecting their first child right around Christmas.  I won’t be able to make it for the baby shower (I live too far away) so I decided to send her a gift card – enclosed in a cute card shaped like a onsie!

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The card is from the silhouette design store and you can make it any size you want – mine ended up being about 6 inches tall.  The truck on the front and the edging on the arms, legs and collar were all cut from the same patterned paper.

When I first cut the onesie shape in blue cardstock it looked a bit flat so I embossed it with a cuttlebug folder called Oxford.  It’s my latest favorite embossing folder!  In fact I liked it so much that I ended up buying a second one because I forgot I had already purchased it!  And now I am trying to sell the extra one on one of those de-stash facebook sites.  Take a closer look at the embossing.

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Once the card was put together I did not have a regular envelope to fit it, so I just grabbed a sheet of scrapbook paper from a baby themed pad and made my own.  I made a tag using a file from the silhouette design store (baby boy) and adhered that onto a scalloped circle cut with a spellbinders die.   Here is what the final package looks like. Thanks for stopping by today!

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Thinking warm thoughts

Thought I would share something to warm us up!  This clean and simple card worked up quickly with reverse masking a circle and sponging 3 different colors of ink over it.  The palm tree image is from Creative Visions.   Kept the overall look of the card simple in order to keep the focus on the colors.  Stay warm and thanks for stopping by!