Friday, September 30, 2016

Flourished Holly

Hello everyone,

I felt the need to keep today's card simple and straightforward.


The printed paper is Stampin' Up Home For Christmas layered on Bazzill Cardinal red and Mossy Meadow.  The image is Couture Creations Intricutz Dies Holly & Berries Flourish die cut from Bazzill Cardinal Red.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Clear Stamps stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Very Vanilla.

One of the joys I have from crafting a one sheet wonder with holly paper is that it is the perfect excuse to play with the multitude of Christmas sentiments, images, embossing folders and die cuts I have in my craft stash.  This is one of those dies that I spent no time even considering before I bought it.  I've used it a number of times and it always takes my breath away.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Pretty And Painted

Hello everyone,

As easy as yesterday's card came together, today's card was, to say the least, a challenge.


The printed paper is Stampin' Up Home For Christmas layered on Bazzill Cardinal red and Mossy Meadow.  The images are Heartfelt Creations Holly Berry stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and painted with LuminArte Cinnamon Brown, Jasper Red, Ruby Red and Sweet Alfalfa Twinkling H2Os.  The berries are highlighted with Wink of Stella Clear 999.  The sentiment is Rubber Cafe G-751 Merry Christmas stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Very Vanilla.  The embellishments are Mark Richards 3mm Gold Metals.

I never did figure out why this small strip of paper caused me quite so much angst.  I'm quite pleased with the results.  I was a little worried that the painted elements would bleed through the card base or cause the card to warp but I kept the paint as dry as possible while still being able to blend.  I blotted a lot!  Everything was kept vertical in terms of the layout.  A bonus of having a couple of vertical stamps.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Well Treed

Hello everyone,

Today's post is one of my favourite cards in this series.


The printed paper is Stampin' Up Home For Christmas layered on Bazzill Cardinal red.  The sentiment is Kaisercraft Jingle All The Way stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Very Vanilla.  The embellishments are Artemio.

I picked up these felt trees at a local art store - DeSerres.  They carry a wide variety of arts and crafts supplies that are really unique.  These particular Artemio embellishments come from Belgium.  I really like that I often find very different things that really get my mojo flowing.  While the colours of these trees don't 'match' perfectly with the printed paper, I quite liked that they were as different as the printed paper pieces.  Regardless of everything, there is just something wonderful about this card that I find really appealing.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A Banner Greeting

Hello everyone,

I'm still plugging away at posting the holly one sheet wonder series.  This particular cutting guides makes sixteen cards.  You better really love the paper when you end up with that many cards.


The printed paper is Stampin' Up Home For Christmas layered on Bazzill Cardinal red and Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow.  The sentiment is October Afternoon Boughs & Berries stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Very Vanilla.  The embellishment is Little Yellow Bicycle 25 Days of Christmas.  The printed paper is highlighted with Christmas Stickles.

I just couldn't help but add Stickles to one of these cards.  The berries in the printed paper are the perfect size for Stickles.  I chose to use it on this particular card because there was a fair bit of printed paper visible so the little hints of glitter are really wonderful.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Monday, September 26, 2016

Layers And Texture

Hello everyone,

Today's one sheet wonder holly card couldn't be more straightforward.


The printed paper is Stampin' Up Home For Christmas layered on Bazzill Cardinal red which was textured with Sheena Holly embossing folder.  The sentiment is Kaisercraft Christmas Carol stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Stampin' Up Very Vanilla, layered on Mossy Meadow and highlighted with Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll pen.

This card came together in mere minutes!  I love this rather large, retro font sentiment.  It was the perfect size to work with the four rectangles of printed paper.  I can't believe that this is the first time I've blogged about the Sheena holly embossing folder.  I can't be 100% certain but I think it may actually be the first time I've used it.  Obviously I've possibly got one too many embossing folders in my stash - gulp!  This is one of the larger sized embossing folders that can take a somewhat larger piece of cardstock.  It's makes perfect background layers.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Simply Situated

Hello everyone,

Today's one sheet wonder card could be a little strange to some.


The printed paper is Stampin' Up Home For Christmas layered on Mossy Meadow and Bazzill Cardinal red.  The sentiment is Impression Obsession Triangle Trees stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.  The embellishment is Jolee's Boutique Embellished Trees.

I couldn't not craft a card in this series without stamping a horizontal sentiment on the vertical.  I can't quite figure out why I like doing this so much.  I came across this set of stitched and sequined felt trees when I found yesterday's wreath sticker.  It's a little more folksy than the more sophisticated holly paper but I thought with the simple font of the sentiment and the reds of the trees it would work just fine.  I actually really like the contrast.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Christmas Wish

Hello everyone,

Today's one sheet wonder holly Christmas card uses one of the most awesome embellishments I have in my stash.


The printed paper is Stampin' Up Home For Christmas layered on Bazzill Cardinal red and Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow.  The sentiment is Impression Obsession Christmas Sentiments stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.  The embellishment is from Recollections.

This amazing wreath sticker is made of green and red micro-beads and is utterly stunning.  It's not the perfect colour match but I don't care.  The layout of this card is reminiscent of a window and so this sticker made a ton of sense.  I did almost affix it upside down until I realized the bow was at the top of the wreath, not the bottom.  I think this Impression Obsession Christmas set is one of the first I ever purchased.  I love the font and have used it year after year proving it was a pretty good investment.  I wish I could say that about everything in my stash.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle