Sunday, 29 April 2018

Christmas Card Club - Wreaths

Rita at RMG Creations chose Christmas Wreaths, for this fortnights theme at our Christmas Card Club. I love wreaths on cards (and on my door or even on my front porch), so I was delighted with this choice! If you would like to see the others ladies wreath cards, check out the hyperlinks on my right sideboard.

I was lucky enough to have a trip into America recently, and was able to purchase 12 x 12 DP at Joann's Craft store for 15 cents a sheet. What a bargain...especially when you look for small patterns and cut them into 6x6 sheets.

My blue background DP is from that sale.   It is a Me and My Big Ideas paper, CCX340, a fairly heavy weight card with teensy white dots on it. It looks like a snowy sky to me!

With that snowy sky in mind, I pulled out a NBUS Sizzix Snowflake Frame die. I die cut a snippet of white laser photocopy paper that was trimmed off the last photocopying I did, and then painted it with Wink of Stella. Once dry, I added some diamonds in varying sizes.

Since my hands are still a bit stiff, I used a poinsettia image that I had decoupaged earlier. The image is from a 10 pack of Hallmark Christmas Thank You cards that I picked up at the thrift shop for 69 cents! I double matted the image with some snippets of red and green card, using my Lawn Fawn stitched dies. I made a bit of a boo-boo on this card, but decided that I like the outcome. I went over the poinsettia image with a Wink of Stella pen. I thought it was clear...but it was a white pen. I think the flower looks a bit like the dual coloured poinsettias!


This first card does not have a sentiment on the front as I centered the die. I liked the front as is and kept my sentiment on the inside. Once again, I used those 6x6 flimsy cards and so added another sheet of the heavyweight blue paper to help stiffen this card. Sentiment is once again Stampendous Christmas Greetings. I really like this stamp as it is impossible to stamp it crooked when I mat with a circle. Somehow it seems to me that it suits this Spellbinders circular die cut shape.


In keeping with my goal of making multiples this year, I made up two cards with this design. This second card shows the image and snowflake wreath a bit off centered so that I could squeeze a sentiment in the bottom right corner.


The envelope was stamped with snowflakes from Teresa Collins Christmas Cottage stamp set... not too pleased with the result. I think this stamp needs a versafine type ink to keep the snowflake image crisp.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Christmas Card Club - wreaths
Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets

29 comments:

  1. Beautiful card Maureen. I love Poinsettias too. Have a nice Day. Hugs Rita xxx

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  2. Beautiful cards Maureen great idea to use the snowflakes as a wreath...loving the blue and red together ...enjoy the rest of the weekend xx

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  3. Two pretty makes, Maureen. I do like the milky effect on the poinsettia of your first card. Yay for happy accidents!

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  4. Two lovely cards and a pretty design too. What a fabulous bargain you managed to find with those papers too.
    Lorraine

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  5. Love the central poinsettia Maureen with it's snowflake wreath surround. Christine xx

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  6. It's a lovely design, both versions are beautiful. I especially like the second, bolder card.
    Chris
    x

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  7. Mary, this is gorgeous! I love it. Wreaths are one of my favorites too. I love the background and the snowflakes. Your decoupage piece is sweet. Hope your hands are feeling better very soon. The wedding is less than a month away so I need to get into high gear for that. Not much extra crafting time for me this month. LOL! Have a super week.

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  8. Gorgeous!! Love this wonderful wreath.
    LYnn

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  9. Hi Maureen, two beautifully designed cards, the wreath is perfect and love it with the snowflakes, have a lovely day, Kate x

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  10. Other two fabulous wreath cards, great design of both! The poinsettias compliment the wreaths so well, and I can't see any boo boo in the first one!

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  11. Lovely cards Maureen, very festive and I hope your hands improve more so that you can continue to make such stunners. Zoe x

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  12. Beautiful wreath of snowflakes and I love the center poinsettia. The wreath frames it perfectly. Two wonderful Christmas cards.

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  13. OMG that paper pack was a real bargain and I'm loving the wreath it's gorgeous and so perfect with the poinsetta in the middle too, Luv Sam x

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  14. Hi Maureen,
    what beautiful cards and such clever designing.
    You always find such very natty bargains that make such wonderful creations.
    Love the poinsettia images and the snowflake wreaths.
    Super paper used as well.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  15. Beautiful cards Maureen, such a lovely snowflake frame and pretty poinsettia.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
    x

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  16. Two great cards Mo - I love the idea of a snowflake wreath!!! Hugs rachel x

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  17. Two beautiful designs. I don’t prefer one more than the other, and I think the placement of the snowflake wreath was right for both designs, with and without the sentiment.

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  18. wow, amazing wreaths, I love them always!

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  19. Two super cards MO and a great bargain to boot. Like the idea of the snowflake wreath and the lovely poinsettia image, especially the second card.

    Kath x

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  20. Two lovely cards Maureen, love the snowflake wreath. Carol x

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  21. I love these beautiful wreath cards Maureen and the gorgeous poinsettias you've used too. Also love the stamped snowflakes on the envelope.

    Sue xx

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  22. How pretty! The snowflake is delicate and goes very well with those pretty colors!

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  23. Two beautiful snowflakes wreaths. The Doc pointed out yo me at the weekend that as we are replacing out old front door with a PVC one that we wouldn't be able have a wreath on the door anymore as PVC doesn't take kindly to having a drawing pin stuck in it!! Hugs Mrs A.

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  24. Two fabulous card Mo
    Hugs Sylvie xx

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  25. #1 is a beautiful wreath card (so is #2). Always love reading about your great shopping finds and how you put to such good use. The dotty paper made me think 'snowfall' too. I've done the same thing with that white WoS, thinking it was clear. Your boo-boo turned out quite nicely, as it looks like highlights on the petals. The matting & framing really set off the poinsettia just beautifully. I like the vivid red on #2 also, and agree with you about sometimes not using the front sentiment. Well done on 2 pretty wreath cards, a really lovely design on each one! TFS & Hugs (hope that your hands keep feeling better too)

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  26. I didn't know there was a white WOS & it gave a lovely effect! Beautiful idea to surround the poinsettias (what a deal!) with snowflakes, Maureen! Sorry that PTI kit is retired. I just got this die set https://mamaelephant.com/collections/stand-alone-cuts/products/framed-tags-union-square-creative-cuts & am anxious to use it as I've loved seeing cards with the scallops on the inside edge.

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  27. Two great cards. I really like the wonderful flower inside this pretty snow wreath.

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  28. Both lovely festive Christmas cards. Love the snowflake wreath die... it must look so sparkly and gorgeous IRL all covered with the white WoS. What amazing deals you’ve found! I need to learn how to shop like you!
    Hope your hands feel better. x

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  29. Two very pretty Christmas cards - I think the first poinsettia looks great with the white accents! I hope your hands are feeling better!

    love Mags B x

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