Thursday, November 17, 2016

All About Christmas
Since this is our last Blog Hop of 2016, we are going all out for Christmas!

If you are following the Hop line-up, you have arrived here from Marie's blog. I'm sure you are as impressed by her creations as I am!

My first project uses my favourite pattern from the Serene Scenery Paper Stack. I thought it made the perfect background for a wreath made with the Pretty Pines Thinlits dies.
I cut the pine boughs from the Garden Green patterned paper from the This Christmas Designer Series Paper. It was really easy to shape into the wreath form. The bow is also cut from the Real Red pattern from This Christmas DSP. And the holly branches are Real Red cardstock. I stamped the sentiment from the co-ordinating stamp set, Christmas Pines in Real Red ink on Whisper White cardstock.

Can you see the sparkles? They are the white mica flakes - so much fun! I also stamped some little snowflakes with the snowflake image from Christmas Pines using Craft White ink. Here's a close-up:
Next up is a card using the first Christmas set I got from this awesome 2016 Holiday Catalogue - Father Christmas. And I just had to use the brand new Watercolour Pencils in Stampin' Up! colours!! Yay! Look for them in January in the 2017 Occasions Catalogue.
Father Christmas is stamped with Staz-on Black on Very Vanilla and totally coloured with the Watercolour Pencils: Real Red, Basic Black, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Basic Grey. I used a white gel pen for his beard and the trim on his robe.
I wanted Father Christmas to be the focal point, so I cut out the image with our brand new Stitched Shapes framelits. These are a must-have! Then I layered it onto a bigger oval in Dapper Denim, cut with the Layering Ovals framelits.

Then, I used the holly branch to stamp randomly in Dapper Denim on Very Vanilla. I think it kind of looks like Toile and I love how it looks backed by the Dapper Denim card base.

For my third project, I went to the Christmas Pines stamp set. This set has so many elements to it, making it so fun to use. And this design was so quick to do, I had to do two versions:

I stamped the pine bough image in Always Artichoke right onto the Crumb Cake card bases and added some snowflakes using Craft Whisper White.

The tidings of comfort and joy sentiment is embossed with Copper Embossing Powder on Whisper White card stock, then cut out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. You can see a little bit of Copper Wire peeking out from the corners.
For the other sentiment, I used the Real Red Glitter Embossing powder, again on Whisper White, also cut with Stitched Shapes Framelits.
I really can't decide which of all these projects I would pick as a favourite. I love them all! And I hope you like them too.

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  1. Such pretty cards! Loving the mica flakes on the wreath card..great idea and it looks fabulous. Beautiful job colouring Father Christmas and and those stitched framelits are the cat's meow! Thank you for sharing. :)

  2. Where do I start. Gail all three of your cards are beautiful. I fell in love with the wreath card. The DSP is the perfect background. I love the Dapper Denim holly on your second card. It does look like toile. Your Santa is coloured so beautifully, I can't wait to try out those watercolor crayons in the new catalogue too! Your final card is simply great. Both sentiments work perfect with that design and I love the woodsy feel of the card. Thanks Gail for delighting! Great projects!

  3. Hi Gail, what a great assortment of cards! That wreath is perfect against the Serene Scenery DSP. Adding the mica flakes and craft white snowflakes was a brilliant move. There is a real air of a wintery, snow-filled day. You did a great job colouring Father Christmas with those Watercolour Pencils (I have to say that I'm jealous that you already have them). That stamp set was first on my list, too. You really had fun with those stitched shapes framelits, didn't you? They add an elegant touch to the Father Christmas card and, of course, to the Pine Bough cards. I'm not sure which one I like best since both sentiments are so different but maybe it's the oval. Everyone needs some sparkle for their Christmas and the oval is a good contrast to the rectangular card. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. So pretty, all of them. Guess I need those mica flakes. Beautifully done. I love the old fashioned Santa and your card with him is so pretty.

  5. Such beautiful cards, Gail! I love the copper embossing powder, and how you used the Mica flakes. Something new for me to try (other than using them for shaker cards). Thanks for sharing your creativity :)

  6. Hi Gail, such beautiful cards! I too, love them all. The Father Christmas is beautifully finished. I love what you have done with the holly branch. The colors are beautiful and make a lovely background for the stamp.

  7. Your watercoloring is so beautiful, and I'm in love with copper embossing, but your first card is gorgeous! Love the Serene Scenery background with the perfect wreath--gotta make me one of those! Thanks for the ideas, Gail; perfection!

  8. Gail, such pretty cards. My favorite is your first card - it's a real show stopper! I love the wintry look you accomplished with the "snow" and mica flakes

  9. Yes, Gail all beautiful but my favourite is the one you gave me! "May your season sparkle with happiness" Thank you so much for making sure I got the right stamp set. Hope to see you before Christmas maybe coffee? Jennifer (Ariana is my daughter)


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