Arched Gate Christmas

I’m having trouble deciding which of these two cards I like best! Can’t decide which one looks better – I love the silver ribbon, but the flowers seem too big on the second one – on the first one I like the flower placement, but seems like the colors don’t match up just right. In any case – I have completely used up this paper pack – 35 cards, mostly rather embellished. Anyway, please help me pick – it’s for a VIP!

Below is the inside of the first card – both are practically the same.

This is the second card – you can see subtle differences.

And of course, a couple of closeups of the flowers from each card:

Thanks for stopping by, and truly, I need your help on deciding which one to give!!

Gate-fold Christmas Card

The problem with my Christmas card production is my love for embellished cards, with lots of florals. I tell myself, “just 2-3 cards a day, simple, flat, easy to mail” and what do I end up with? Big fat cards that need to be hand delivered, that’s what! but I am in love with this latest one. I started out rummaging through one of my drawers looking for something, inspiration, I suppose. Anyway, I found some old card bases, and thought maybe I could play around with it, so I had to rummage some more, and found some dies that were designed to go with these type of card bases.

For this card, I used Heartfelt Creations Holiday Star paper, and one of the 6”x6” shutter fold cards, as well as the small Festive Poinsettia stamp and die set.

Here is a close up of the flowers

I did something a little different, at the bend of the shutters, I threaded in an organza ribbon to tie it together, and I used some little Velcro dots to keep the shutter flaps together (now that I think about it, I guess I could have glued them together). Then I just started fiddling around with flowers – decided to stamp these in lavender to go with the paper color – and hot glued them down. I have a little video below of the full card.

I think it turned out pretty good, and I really like it! I hope you do too. Thanks for stopping by, and please leave me a comment sometime!

More Winter/Christmas Cards

All of these are using Heartfelt Creations Holiday Star paper, and the first two also use the Small Festive Poinsettia, and the Holly Berry stamps and dies.

The second card uses the same sets, and as you can see, is a very winter cool, ice color – the picture, unfortunately, makes the poinsettias look all blue, but they are in fact, only stamped in light blue (on fomiron) but it gives a very icy feeling.

This last card uses only the Holiday Star collection. I personally think the lovely silver and blue lend themselves delightfully well to Hanukkah cards, as silver and blue are the traditional Hanukkah colors (at least in my house) – so wintery it could even be used as a birthday card!

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Graphic 45 “Time for Christmas” – A Few Cards

I fell in love with this paper – I am in love with Steampunk, and adding Santa with poinsettias to the mix, was just too much to pass up!

The above card is my absolute favorite one, not sure why, maybe I liked the flowers I made a little better, not sure, but I sure had fun! I grabbed some “floral picks” up from Hobby Lobby to fill in the foliage around the flowers, they came with large berries and tiny pinecone, that added just the right touch!

This card (above and below) is fun because it is something to interact with – you kind of twist the top part, and it props itself up (see right at “tis the Season” – mounted on a bit thicker cardstock), but also opens up even beyond this for a message or sentiment page.

Loads of fun, a little fiddly – I really like the cardstock clock on this as well. Absolutely gorgeous paper!

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Merry Christmas Card

Merry Christmas everybody! This is my final card of the season, I have a lot of company coming this week, and really must clean off my desk!

This is an easel card, using a retired Heartfelt Creations paper collection – I am really upset with myself for not buying more of it before they retired it! I just love the cardinals, especially since our yard is full of them!

There are a couple of photos here to show more detail, enjoy!

This is the “absolute” front of my card
Here is the card shown with the easel
Inside view
Flower Detail
Sentiment detail