Monday, 11 February 2013

Quick'n'Easy Xmas

Here is a quick 'n'easy Christmas card.  The only thing that took a little time was placing the diamonds on it!
I am having a bit of a problem getting the right aqua to show up for you in the photo so I have tried another set of pictures. The actual shade of aqua is half way between these two photos but due to the pearlescent sheen on the card stock, I can't get it to show correctly. I have tried tilting to all different angles to no avail. You will have to use your imagination! teehee

It's another of my corrugated card and envelope sets with a layer of darker aqua card stock from my snippet bins. Luckily I had another piece, a lighter aqua shade of the same shimmery card stock and embossed it with a  Cuttlebug embossing folder. Sorry that I don't know the name of it. I often buy my EB folders from bins of loose folders at the scrapbook store and they are not marked with the name!

I pop dotted a Memory Box Drop Ornament 98378 and layered it with overlay Emma 98411. This was the last of the Emma overlays that I precut before my surgery. It was so nice to just flip through my diecuts and pull it out to use.
 I added some teensy diamond bling to the diamond shapes on the embossed background. . I searched though my bling bins to find some teensy pearls to add to the ornament snowflakes. How is it that the bling bins can me almost bursting out of their containers with excess stash and yet you never seem to have just the right size or the right colour? Since I am committed to a "Use Your Stash" goal it was back to the bins to look for anything teensy...I managed to find some blue diamonds that I have been hoarding for a couple of years...there wasn't quite enough blue so I added a few of the teensy diamond ones to fill in.
A bit of silver string from my stash made a hanger loop and then it was done. I have had that silver string for a few years so was glad to start using it up!

Considering that I am usually the worlds slowest card maker, I surprised myself!

No recipe today as this card is so easy that all the directions are in the post above.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

1.  Pixies Crafty Workshop - Must use snippets.
2.  MFP Speedy TV Christmas Card Club - Must be a Christmas card.
3.  Christmas Card Challenges - Scallops .  If you look at he filigree portion of my ornament, you will see tiny scallops form part of the pattern, just above the snowflakes.
4  Jingle Belles Rock - HO HO H2O, Rain Sleet or Snow. My ornament has snowflakes in the filigree overlay.
5. .Southern Girls - Bling it on
6. Creative Belli Challenge - Rhinestones
7. Sparkles Christmas Challenge - Anything goes


SUE said...

This is gorgeous Maureen :) love it hugs hun Sue J xxx

sandee said...

Beautiful!! Love everything about it! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving me some love ♥ waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

Kathleen (Kath) B. Hernandez said...

What an elegant card! Love the embossed work! Wonderful! Thanks for joining the “Bling It On” Challenge at Southern Girls!

Blog: Creo by Lady Katutz

Redanne said...

Really love your beautiful card, I have those dies and love them too. Hugs, Anne x

Pia S said...

You say quick and easy, I say very elegant! I think it looks great on both images, and I bet it looks great even in real life. I have the same challenge with photographing green color:)

Barbara said...


SUE said...

Oh wow Maureen!!1 how wonderful your coming to UK in August!!!! which part LOL??????

scrapn_momof2 said...

Gorgeous!! I love the quilted effect. Very beautiful.

SUE said...

OMG!!! Maureen I about an hour away from Filey!!! we often go into Scarborough I would love to meet up with you even if its just for a coffee huggles hun Sue xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

SUE said...

Cant wait Maureen!!! xxxx

Wishcraft said...

Super stylish card Maureen, this is lovely! Hugs, Lisa x

Di said...

Oh wow Maureen - this truly is just stunning. LOVE every element - it's dainty and elegant at the same time.

Have you tried colouring plain clear gems with Pro Markers (while they're still on the backing sheet - to match project if you're stuck?

I had all the ribbons out here today and could I find a match? Not likely! Ended up changing my idea and using bakers twine and a button.

Am keeping August as free as possible :)

Hugs, Di xx

Carolyn Cochran said...

Love the lattice work and the points of bling! Thanks for playing with us on Southern Girls Challenge!
Carolyn, DT

Tracy said...

wow, this card is stunning.
Even though you say it is quick and doesn't look like it was quick and easy.
Beautiful :)

linda said...

beautiful and i love all the diamonds on the embossing! you must have a lot of patience, although i think i might tie with you for the world's slowest card maker title. ;)

Glenda Atkins said...

Gorgeous Mo, love it all from the embossed background to the ornament with the overlay! The diamonds add just the right touch, fabulous card!
Thanks for all your wonderful comments on my blog, do appreciate them.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Great card, Maureen, and fantastic job using up some of that hoarded stash and fitting your card in all those challenges!!

(I'm so with on that bling business. What IS the deal with that?!)

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Wow it looks anything but quick n easy! Love the embossed background with the gems and the overlay on the bauble is just so pretty! x

Asha said...

WoWzer! This is a stunner, Mo. SImple understated elegance.... can't get better than that. Hope you've already started flippin' your pancakes!
Happy Pancake Day!
hugs, Asha
Sunny Summer Crafts

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

WOW - that certainly has AMAZING written all over it! Very pretty festive make and gorgeous embossing.

Sarn xxx

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

What a gorgeous card with so much amazing detail!!!

* Shaz * said...

Fabulous card!

Thanks for joining in the fun with us at Sparkles Christmas

Hugs Shaz x

aussie aNNie said...

Hi Mo, hey this looks so good to me and such a stunner too. Hard to think of doing Christmas when Easter is around the corner, but I admire you...luv annie

Samantha Elliott said...

Ooo I say Mrs! This is gorgeous! Love all the bling and that embossing folder is gorgeous.
I am soo impressed! Well done you!

Kasey ~ in Oz said...

Gorgeous. Love the simplicity of the design, really makes the bling stand out!

Thanks for Blinging it On with us this challenge.

Kasey ~ in Oz
Southern Girls DT

lauren bergold said...

what a gorgeous, glitzy, glamorous card! looooooooooove those tiny "diamonds" they really have a WOW factor! thanks for joining our JINGLE BELLES fun!

Mrs A. said...

As Bernard Matthews wos wont to say 'Just Bootiful'. Love it.
Hugs Mrs A.

SmilynStef said...

Love the wonderful layers ... such a pretty card ... so very glad you joined us at jingle belles.

Stephanie Eaken said...

This is such a beautiful card!Thanks for playing along with us at SGC!

Manderly said...

Hi there Scrappymo!
Wow! You are a very talented Lady! I love your style. I could never make cards like yours, they are so very beautiful. I am a slow card maker too, so we have that in common! It was so nice of you to visit me and I thank you for the lovely comments. You made me feel good inside. It is very nice to meet you and be teamies at CCC. I hope to talk to you again sometime, Mo. So nice to meet you!

Eliza said...

Ive got this die and haven't used it yet, you have created a beautiful card, great work.

Thanks for sharing

Eliza said...

Your suggestion is spot on she already has a tiny bit of stickles but the camera isn't showing it up on the angle I wanted due to the lighting and no I am not offended only to happy to accept advice

Hugs Eliza

DebiJ said...

Wow, what a beauty of a card here too Maureen! Just love the design & your embossing, & beautiful bling.
Hugs xxx

RiNNE said...

So very pretty! Thanks for playing along at CCC!

Lisa said...

Beautiful job! Wow that's lots of bling