Sunday, November 10, 2013

Holly Jolly Noel

Christmas is fast approaching and we're seeing more and more Christmas cards all over Blogland!  I love making Christmas cards all year, but I've got to admit that I get even more excited about them as we get closer to Christmas.

I had some leftover pieces left from my last Christmas card class and put them together to make this....


Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge this week is Traditional Colors Sort of...  Use Red and Green but add gold or silver.  The door is about to close on this party so I'd better get moving over there.

And I used snippets for the bauble/ornament top, ornament, greenery and the embossed piece was also a snippet.  So over to Pixie's Snippet Playground for a visit and a chance to play on the swings.

The Featured Stamper today at SCS is Marion Rivas, another new stamper to me. One thing I love about these challenges is that I see the work of stampers that I might not otherwise come across.  I chose this holiday card as inspiration.

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Ornament Keepsakes, Many Merry Messages (retired)
Ink:  Read Red, Garden Green, VersaMark, Encore Silver
Paper:  Garden Green, Whisper White
Other:  Snow Burst EF (retired), Clear EP, Silver EP, Silver Ribbon (Holiday Catalog), Pine Needle Border (Memory Box), Red Rhinestones, Silver cord (Michaels)

I stamped the ornament onto Whisper White with Real Red ink. When the ink was dry, I smacked the image with the VersaMark pad and clear embossed it. I could have used the Framelits to cut it out, but I chose to fussy cut to get closer to the ink.  The top was stamped on a scrap with Encore Silver ink and embossed with Silver Embossing Powder. (I take a strip of scrap and stamp multiple times so I have a supply of both silver and gold ornament tops.  Very handy.)

The Pine Needle Border die is a NBUS and I love the way it cut out so easily.

Thanks for stopping by again.



LeAnne said...

LOOOOOVE this....that pine border makes this whole beautiful card!

jimlynn said...

Love the spray of pine needles on a beautiful card!

Greta said...

Another favorite! Think I'll have to use your design as it's just what I really love!

Benzi said...

What a beautiful Christmas card. Such a pretty ornament and I love the pine needles and it all looks great against that white embossing on your base card.

Cynthia said...

I looooove that pine needle border! I have to GET that one!! It looks gorgeous on this card--love all the layers!

Unknown said...

So pretty!! I love the pine tree border...perfect for holiday cards :)

MaryH said...

Bonnie this is just beautiful. I have that same NBUS die, & it really sparked up this pretty card. Love everything about it. Just sparkles & glows so wonderfully well, and yay, for the snippets too! Good luck with the prize too. Hugs & TFS

Julie Temple said...

I, too, love the pine border...really cool! Great Traditional with a twist card! Thanks for playing along this week at Holly Jolly!


Marisa said...

Love the punched pine boughs!!! Fabulous card.

Sue - said...

Beautiful Christmas card .love the pine needles, another thing on my wish list!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Very beautiful and elegant. I can see you've added the greenery to the inside as well, how wonderful! Have a great week, Shirleyx

Loll said...

Beautiful design Bonnie. Love your pine branch die ... hmmm, think I need to go shopping again! :) Loll xx

Susan said...

Perfect traditional holiday card!! Love it. Great idea to heat emboss over the whole ornament and I like your tip about having a supply of ornament tops on hand!

Di said...

Absolutely gorgeous Bonnie - such a lovely design using traditional Christmas colours. I'm not in the least bit surprised to see that this was a winner over at Jolly Holly!

Hugs, Di xx

Jenny L said...

Hi Bonnie,
what a fab design card. Love the beautiful green fur branch.
Lots of love. Jenny L.

scrappymo! said...

Oh Gosh! This looks so Christmassy! Is that even a word?
The pine boughs are wonderful and the hanging ornament is so pretty!

Hettie said...

Stunning! Just Stunning!