Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Christmas Wreath for Inspired By

Hi there.  I'm so glad you stopped by!

This week's Inspired By Challenge has a twist.
Michele is hosting and she's challenged each of us to ask a friend to join us. 
 I invited my dear friend Loll (Stamping with Loll) to join the challenge with me.

Here's my card Inspired By the Christmas photo.  After all, Christmas is
not that far off!

Here's the inspiration photo.

I was inspired by the wreath, the colors, the metal and the gingham.  I even got in
some of the paneling.

I was inspired by those shiny apples in the other picture too and decided to use the other 
half of my wreath for a Twofer.  It's not for Fall though.  I need to get my Christmas card
stash filled up like that bucket of apples!

Here's that inspiration photo.

The wreath die is from my overfull NBUS box.  I die cut it three times from
watercolor paper and used Zigs and water to color it up.

When it was all dry, I layered it up with some strategically placed drops of glue and
added it to an embossed background.

The jingle bell is part of the die and I used a snippet of foil cardstock to cut it 
and the joy from.  The berries are from Nuvo Crystal drops.

I hope you'll head over to Loll's blog and see the fantastic card she did.
It was so much fun crafting together even with miles between us.
Maybe we should do that more often?

My friends at Inspired By and their friends have some lovely inspiration to share with you.
Do check them out.

And I see there's a new Christmas Challenge in town!
Congratulations, Darlene and Diane on another fabulous challenge!

Inspired By - Inspiration Photos above
NBUS - Never Before Used Schtuff (wreath)
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Used colors Green, Red & White


Card Recipe (card 1)
Paper:   Watercolor (Strathmore 300 series), Smoky Slate, Naturals White (SU)Metallic Confections (TH)
Other:  Birds on a Wreath Die (PB), Zigs (41 lt. green, 40 green, 44 deep green, 65 mid brown), Greetings (PB), Pinewood Planks EF (SU), Nuvo Crystal Drops (Simply White)

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Bitty Holiday Wishes (MFT)
Ink:   Baked Brown Sugar
Paper:   Watercolor (Strathmore 300 series), Crumb Cake, Real Red, Naturals White (SU)
Other:  Birds on a Wreath die (PB), Mini Slimline Double Stitched Die (Kat Scrap), Wonderful Words die (PTI), Pinewood Planks EF (SU), Nuvo Crystal Drops (Autumn Red), Red Twine (Ali)

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Susan said...

That is a fabulous take on the inspiration photo, Bonnie! Love the wreath set off the side and the addition of the gingham bow and the metal bell and sentiment. The second card is lovely too with the big red "merry" taking centre stage.

Leslie Miller said...

Wowie, so gorgeous! I had to go look up the wreath die. It's BIG, and that means you can do a lot of things with it. You have two utterly gorgeous cards, Bonnie! Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Peace on Earth challenge!

I Card Everyone said...

Oh Bonnie! Thanks so much for your darling twofer, and for inviting Loll to play, too! You girls are both so clever, and talented!
You've been inspired by the very best from both of our photos, my friend: the wreath, that darling black and white ribbon AND the wood grain! Of course I found the red of the apples, and the berries too from All the Peels!
I'm off to see what Loll made - hope she adds it to our gallery - and thanks for passing it along nearly across the entire US into Canada!!!

Karen Dunbrook said...

so very beautiful mf.
I'm so sorry I'm behind at commenting...I just can't seem to keep up with social media these day. I have 2 new little ones, one of them being a baby so 5 kids in total. My day is a bit longer too which doesn't help.
I hope you are well
xx Karen

Cat Craig said...

Loving your partial wreaths, Bonnie. Gorgeous cards.

Loll said...

AMAZING designs using the inspiration photos, Bonnie. LOVE the wreath die! Two lovely Christmas cards that will be admired by the recipients! Thanks for asking me to play along. Love, Lolly

JoAnn said...

Two beautiful cards with that wreath and great ideas using the inspiration photos. The second is my favorite. :)

Marcia Hill said...

Two lovely, lovely cards Bonnie! I love the wreath you used and especially those little green leaves...they're so small but really stand out on both cards! And I'm glad to see I'm not the only one to still use that "merry" die...one of my all time favorites!! Off to check out Loll's now. Hugs. :0)

Darlene said...

Oh Bonnie these are both just FABULOUS! LOVE your overall designs!! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Peace On Earth Christmas challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

Please stop in for a visit!

P.S. Thanks for the wonderful shout out ... really appreciate your support!!

Brenda said...

I was just over to Loll's blog and was blown away, now I'm blown away once again with your cards Bonnie! I love how your mind went with both of the inspiration photo's, a stunning Christmas card AND fall card! I love how you cut the wreath in half and got two cards from it. I need to keep that tucked back in my mind. I will definitely have to case your cards one day! What a fun challenge and I love that you were to tag a friend to do the challenge with you. So fun and cool! Hugs, Brenda

Brenda said...

Sorry, two Christmas cards. lol I got caught up with the fall inspiration photo and said fall. Yes, the mind if going!!! Hugs again, Brenda

Colleen said...

Two fabulous Christmas cards...what a great idea to turn it into a two-fer! I need to do more of that! I love that merry die also and I bet I have not used it in years! GASP!! I love that wreath, so festive and unique! Heart Hugs, Col

Bobby said...

One wreath, two fabulous Christmas cards. The bright green leaves add a lot of color and your berries are so perfect, Bonnie. It sounds like you've inspired a lot of people to get out that 'merry' die. I think I have one too.

Robyn Oliver said...

Two lovely card Bonnie, great take on the inspirational pic with the first wreath on the side.. always good to be adding to our Christmas stash, All good with life in my neck of the world, hugs Robyn

Nstiz said...

What a fabulous and creative way to use that wreath for two cards! Love the idea of using half. Your cards are both the perfect take on the inspiration photo! Love that wreath too!

Lisa Elton said...

Oh how fun, I'm glad you invited a friend Bonnie! Both of your cards were beautifully inspired. Love the little jingle bell you added to your first card and the sweet plaid ribbon. I think the second is my favorite. There's just something about that big festive red sentiment! Thanks so much for joining us at IB! I'm off to visit Loll ;)

nancy littrell said...

OMG..Another wreath beauty, my friend. I love your color combo and die cut MERRY and wreath elements, Bonnie. You have been on an amazing Christmas Card designs roll!! Love and Hugs...TFS

TK said...

Great cards! Love them both, so great and use the inspiration perfectly

kiwimeskreations said...

WOw what a fabulous pair of cards Bonnie - they arer stunning, and I love how the photo's inspired you
Stay safe

Linda said...

Beautiful cards Bonnie. I love how you've used the wreath die ..... I do like an off the edge design. The check ribbon is a lovely addition too xx

Diane said...

Both cards are beautiful and what a creative way to use the wreath die! Thank you for joining our challenge at Peace On Earth!
Diane POE DT {Nellies Nest}

Brenda in IN said...

That is a pretty wreath and cutting it into is a great way to get a twofer. Both are gorgeous and you captured both inspiration photos perfectly.

Brenda in IN said...

I forgot to add how fun it was for you and Loll to be able to stamp together. I love that.

HilaryJane said...

How wonderful that you happened to have some black and white gingham ribbon. It is perfect on this card, such a great take on the inspiration photo. Love your twofer too and how wonderful to have used up the leftovers straight away xx

Pat said...

Both are beautiful cards using your pretty NBUS wreath and hanging jingle bell Bonnie, and I love the Planks EF for the background and the pretty black and white gingham ribbon and silver die cut sentiment finishes it so well. The second with the wreath and large red die cut sentiment looks wonderful too. x

Cindy Beach said...

Oh. my. goodness. These cards are gorgeous! So many details on that die, and it looks fabulous layered up and colored. We are so honored to have you join us at Inspired By and thanks for inviting your friend!

Papercraft Boutique said...

Such beautiful twofers, Bonnie! Your wreaths are so pretty, and I especially love how you colored them and added the details. Wonderful interpretation of the metal buckets! The silver bell is perfect for the wreath. And the shiny and tiny berries so pretty! The half wreath design is clever too!
Hideko xx

Danni Reid said...

Goodness I can't even pick, these cards are SO beautiful and I love your split wreath with the sentiment strip, such an awesome design Bonnie! Thank you for inspiring us again this week @ IB, so inspiring!

BożenA said...

What an amazing two cards, Bonnie! This wreath is beautiful and so cleverly made. The second card is a total surprise for me. Lovely look at the basket of apples, I admire your creativity!

Ros Crawford said...

I am loving those wreaths... Two terrific cards Bonnie!

Mac Mable said...

Fabulous take on the Christmas inspiration photo and wonderful attention to detail with the panelling, gingham and 'Tin' on your first card. Fabulous to get a twofer from that amazing wreath and both cards are truly beautiful Bonnie x Sorry I am late commenting Bonnie but having some 'messy' work done in the house!

Lia said...

I like both cards very much. You did a great job! Thank you for joining our new challenge!
Lia DT PoE

Darnell said...

What a smashing Twofer you created splitting that fabulous wreath into two different card designs, Bon! I think you absolutely rocked both challenge photos with your gorgeous takes! Thank you for sharing with everyone at NBUS! Hugs, Dolly

Trina P. said...

What a cool challenge twist Michele added. Wonderful takes on the inspiration photos.