Friday, March 23, 2012

A Tree and More Trees

Every week, Lesley, over at Always Playing with Paper blog has a Merry Monday challenge - and each week I say I'm going to play along......and then get side tracked on something else!  So this week, I finally decided I would just DO IT!  She has a very easy sketch to work with this week so be sure and check it out.  I don't think it's ever too early to make Christmas cards....and now I have two more for my stash.


On both cards I used the Lovely as a Tree set from SU.  On the first one I stamped the tree in Certainly Celery and then again in Old Olive.  I added some Iridescent Ice and then heat embossed....it really shines but you can't see it in the photo.  The sentiment is popped up on dimensionals and the border double punched.  What's really weird about this card is that it was done in Very Vanilla card stock - yet looks REALLY WHITE in the photo!


On the second card, I sponged around the white with Baja Breeze, matted it on Kraft, and then stamped the image in Crumb Cake.  I added glitter to the base of the trees - but there again, you can't really see it in the photo.  I then added the Baja Breeze ribbon and sentiment.  This card is really so much prettier in real life.

Thanks for stopping by............and have a great weekend.
Lynn

33 comments:

Sharon said...

Oh my goodness Lynn. These must be the prettiest Christmas cards I have ever seen. Just love BOTH of them. Wow! Love that Crumb Cake ink. Is it from the Momento range? That cards gives one the impression that it's an early misty morning... stunning! Your border punch or die on the red and white card is very effective. Well done. hugs Sharon x

Anne Temple said...

Yea for you starting your Christmas cards! Both are gorgeous, but I really like how the first one just pops!

McCrafty's Cards said...

I love both of these cards Lynn, I like the punch work on the first and the lovely soft colour on the second.
Kevin xx

Maria@Crafty Cre8tions said...

I see her challenges every week too and haven't played along yet. I'm glad you did! These are two beauties!

Love the non-traditional colors of card #2 :)

Kathy and Lucky said...

These are so pretty, love this stamp, so versitle. Love the red and white as well as the baja breeze, so soft and of course your perfect bows. Have a great weekend.

Gina said...

Wow, these are pretty! Great idea to get a start on those Christmas cards too. I love the blue and white!

Carol L said...

These are both great, but that double staggered border on the first one really caught my eye! Perfect bows, and design, and congrats for getting ahead of the Christmas card game!

MiamiKel said...

Sooo very pretty! You definitely p,ayed along with a bang this week! So lovely and serene!

NanaConnie said...

Both are gorgeous, Lynn! I am going to get a Christmas card done this weekend -- I think. :-D I keep saying that but have yet to do one this year.

Sandi said...

Both gorgeous cards Lynn! Hope they are going to special people who appreciate your talent!!
Somehow I knew that you would like the anniversary card that I made, quick, simple, and makes you ☺ or laugh!
Sandi ♥

Paige said...

Two beautiful cards Lynn! I love the serene color combination of the second card. On the first one i adore the layered border - such a pretty idea!

Tammy said...

Both cards are sensational Lynn! Love the gorgeous bow on the second card and the double punched border on the first.

Donna Hanley said...

Lynn, I can't imagine either of these cards looking better in real life, because they look absolutely gorgeous on your blog. The don't get any prettier. The Baja Breeze is a great color for a holiday card. Thanks for the idea. I am going to hop on over to the blog and see if I can get myself into gear also and make a card. Enjoy your weekend.

Margaret said...

Even if you're not happy with your pics, your cards are beautiful! Of course, I'm a little partial to this stamp set anyway... :)
I really like that you kept things pretty simple, and a little glitter is always good on Christmas cards!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Wonderful cards! I love Blue- so I LOVE the 2nd card- but know the first one is awesome and shimmery IRL!

Monica said...

Both so pretty, Lynn. Love the first one more... dunno why... the heat embossing must look stunning.

Monica xxx

Tammy said...

Lynn both of your Christmas cards are GORGEOUS!! I love them both and I love your bows!! You are the Queen of beautiful bows!! I have a Bow-Easy and I still can't tie a bow!! LOL!
Hugs, Tammy

maryr917 said...

I love both these cards Lynn-my fave is the first one-the double punched border really sets this off-when I photo very vanilla it looks white as well

Catie Cuddles said...

Oh what stunning cards... I just love what you have done with both of them. And I hope you join in with more merry Mondays ... I really enjoy playing along.
Catherine

Lesley said...

Hi Lynn,
I am so excited you joined me this week! Love both of your pretty cards and wow, are they ever pretty! The colours on the 2nd card are so soft and lovely!!
Hugs,
Lesley

Jean McKenzie said...

These cards are just so pretty Lynn!! You have used my very favourite SU set for both and I love how you have made that pretty red and white border on the first! Gorgeous cards!

Shannon White said...

Wowzers Lynn! These are Both so Wonderful! Love the Lovely trees! So Pretty! 8-) Wonderful double punched boarder on your first one and I Love the soft color pallet of your second one! And look at you already doing your Christmas cards! Good for you! I should follow your lead! 8-)

Hugs and Happy weekend my friend! 8-)
Shannon

Beebeebabs said...

Very nice cards

~Paola~ said...

gorgeous looking card...that SU stamp set is on eof my altime favorite...
I love the undertone colors of the second card and the vibrant red against the white/vanilla c/s on the first one....
Both very classy and elegant♥

Wendy said...

OMWord Lynn! Both cards are absolutely beautiful!! I really can't decide which one I like best because they both are very eye catching! Terrific job on this weeks Merry Monday Challenge!! :)

Joan Ervin said...

Both your Christmas cards are beautiful, Lynn...the tree image on the first one is so pretty and the red scallops and ribbon along the side really set it off!!! Love the soft colors on the second and the trees are one of my favorite stamps!!!

Becky said...

Both of these are elegant Lynn. I just love them both.

TrishG said...

oooh, both are great. Love the trees.

Jo said...

2 stunning christmas cards! :)
xx

Marilyn said...

These are fabulous Lynn but what the heck is going on... Christmas cards already? You are way too organized!
I love these cards and that is one of my favourite stamps sets. Very neat to see how the same set can create two totally different cards. Great job!

Bonnie said...

I love the way you did this fir tree with the double punching. I'll be using that idea for sure. And the second card has such a peaceful look.

E.T. said...

wowoooooooooooaaa! So elegant and BEAUTIFULLLL!

Mary said...

Very pretty card!