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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Vintage Christmas - Lovely as a Tree

I was looking for something to get my MOJO going today and remembered that Wednesdays are sketch days over at SplitCoast Stampers.

So, I headed over there and found this sketch:

As soon as I saw it, I just knew I had to do something vintage! Nothing like finding your MOJO in a detailed card, eh?

Here's my card:

OMGosh! LOVE!!! How can you NOT love this card? It's the perfect Christmas card. Of course, it's not one you want to replicate for your list of 75 Christmas card recipients but it's certainly doable for those few VERY special people in your life. Wouldn't you say?

Now...for the details. Got your coffee? This could be long!!!

I FINALLY decided to get Lovely as a Tree this year! This made my Caroline VERY happy...mostly because I would stop stealing borrowing hers, but also because now it means she can do her classes at the Creativ Festival. Are you going? You should be! Not only will my Caroline and I be there (isn't that reason enough?), but this year, I plan to have some gift items ready for you to buy and give. How perfect is that? Not only do you get to see US (how cool!), you get to do some Christmas shopping too! If you're REALLY lucky, you might even get to purchase the above card...but you better get there early, because I'm betting it'll be one of the first things snapped up!

Anyway...the first thing I did was stamp the single tall tree image on Very Vanilla Cardstock using Early Espresso ink. Then I added some Always Artichoke colour around the branches using my Stampin' Pastels...of course, you can't see it because I decided to distress the cardstock using Always Artichoke Ink and my sponges - LOL! However, if you look REALLY close, you may see the little red dots of Cherry Cobbler in the tree which was also done using Stampin' Pastels. I'm hoping it really does look like balls in the Christmas tree, since that's the look I wanted.

The next step was to distress the edges of the image panel. I did this using my paper snips because (I KNOW!!!) I haven't yet ordered the distressing kit. It's on my list - PROMISE! I did the same for the edges of all the cardstock and DSP except for the card base.

The panel directly under the image panel was embellished using gold brads. I really need some antique brass brads, so I better put the metallic brads on my list too! I'll bet the vintage trinkets would have looked good too...another thing for the list! You can have them too...just visit my online store and start shopping! Stampin' UP! will deliver the goodies right to your door!

What I DO have in Antique Brass is a mini library clip, so I used that to "attach" the tag to my image panel. In truth, the Linen Thread is stuck down using a glue dot. I hid it under the Library Clip.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Lovely as a Tree, Tiny Tags
INK: Early Espresso, Always Artichoke
PAPER:Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso Cardstock; Deck the Halls DSP
ACCESSORIES: Mini Library Clips, Linen Thread, Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!


  1. Beautiful!!! I've used this tree for my card this year, simple and understated.....


  2. fantastic card! I love lovely as a tree, it makes for the best of cards, and this is no exception. You did a great job, I love all the little extras on it too.


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