Presents under the Trees — Monday Montage #57

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Now that Thanksgiving is over, there is no denying that Christmas is quickly approaching. I just need to embrace it and dive right in, so I decided to make a Christmas card for today.

I pulled out my Peaceful Pines set and coordinating framelits because I have so much fun decorating these cute trees.   I went with a traditional colors scheme of red and green, more specifically — Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Mossy Meadow.  I also threw in some touches of gold because I have been a little obsessed with gold accents lately.

Trees with PresentsI started with a Crumb Cake card base and layered on a sheet of the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum.   Then I took a piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped some little stars and dots from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set with gold ink.  I added some gold thread and sequins and a fun Snowflake Element and Metal Rimmed Pearl.

I stamped the trees with Versamark ink and used clear and white Stampin’ Emboss Powder on Old Olive and Mossy Meadow card stock, and then cut them out with the Perfect Pines Framelits Dies.  The sentiment was cut with a Christmas Greetings Thinlit die from Red Glimmer Paper, and the “Christmas” is a stamp from the Holly Jolly Greetings set, which I embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.

Trees with Presents Close UpThis would not be a card I would want to mass produce, but it’s perfect to send to a special someone.

You’re ready to hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog for a huge dose of beautiful creativity.  If you prefer to work your way backwards, you can hop over to Wendy Weixler’s inspiring blog.  Either way, be sure to work your way through all ten links.

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When creating this card, I decided to play along with Sandy’s current challenge at The Paper Players.  I haven’t done that in a while, and they always have great challenges.

I went with the “Patterned Paper, Sparkle or Shine, and Tree” column.  Or I could say I went with the “Snowflake, Sparkle or Shine, and Punch or Die-Cut” diagonal.  Or how about the “White, Embossing, and Punch or Die-Cut” column.  Just call me indecisive!

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

A Musical Peaceful Pine

I recently got the  Peaceful Pines Bundle and wanted to play with it.  I love how there are so many options and possibilities with this set.  You can decorate the trees in so many different ways.

The sketch over at Retrosketches was perfect for some inspiration.

I started with a sheet of the Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum.  I love the instant elegance that these sheets add to any project.  I then added a piece of sheet music from the Home for Christmas dsp pack.  And then I added some fun and pretty embellishments.  I think I pulled out just about every gold embellishment I have.  ha!

Peaceful Peace Pine Close UpI started by stamping the tree image with Old Olive ink on Pear Pizzazz card stock.  I stamped the string of lights with Versamark ink and embossed with gold embossing powder.

I added a wooden Snowflake Element (thanks to some inspiration from my Snowflake Element obsessed friend, Jennifer Timko, who has been using these embellishments in amazing ways — you’re awesome, Jen!).  I added a Gold Basic Metal Button and some Gold Cording Trim, with some Gold Metallic Thread looped underneath.  A gold star sequin from the Metallic Sequins Assortment and a sentiment cut from Gold Glimmer Paper using a die from the Christmas Greetings Thinlits finish off the card.

Peaceful Peace Pine

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