Thursday, October 31, 2013

Christmas Beginnings


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas........well, at least in my craft room it is! I haven't started decorating or anything crazy like that yet but do need to get a few cards done so they'll be ready to mail in December.  I've made several during the year and now it's time to kick it up and notch and "git 'r done".

First of all......see that embossing folder!!!  Sweet, sweet Mary over at Carolina Cards By Mary H. sent me several of these after I commented on her lovely blog.  I've searched far and wide and can't find the folder (discontinued) but do love the look of the dots since it reminds me of snow.  Check out Mary's blog when you get a chance - and thank you again so very much! 

The stamp I used is a recent purchase and made by Stampabilities.  Perfect for the upcoming holidays.  I stamped it with Copics and then framed it out in gold.  Very CAS look even though it has the layers.  Now, the best part.......I also recently purchased a Wink of Stella pen.  OMGoodness!!!!  That thing is just sensational!!  I got it in the clear - but am really thinking I need one in gold and what ever other colors they have!!!  I used it on the berries on the wreath and also the red part of the bow.  It really shines - but sadly you can't see it in the photo.  Maybe I just need to send a card like this to all of y'all so you can see the shine!!!

I'll enter this in the challenge at Simon Says Stamps (anything goes), Addicted to Stamps and More (Clean and Simple), and Inky Impressions (Traditional Christmas).

Thanks for stopping by........
Lynn

35 comments:

Donna Hanley said...

Now you've put that song in my hear. It's beginning to you a lot like Christmas". I now think it is time for me to panic as I only have a few cards done for the Holidays. The simple elegance of this card is something to behold. I love the different types of greens in this wreath and your coloring of it is spectacular. Great embossing, it does look like snow. Darn, it's discontinued. The gold edging really frames this image nicely. Your twine matches so good with the gold in the ribbon on the wreath. Enjoy your day. Off to see Carolina Cards now. Thanks for the link.

Di said...

Fabulous Lynn - I do so love the wreath. And of course the EF is a beauty. I just checked mine and it was made by Cuttlebug - got it ages ago. I've done a really thorough search of all the online craft shops here in the UK for you as well as eBay etc. and it's nowhere to be found as you say. Such a shame as it's gorgeous and would sell like hot cakes if they brought it back I'm sure.

Hugs, Di xx.

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Lynn, this card is stunning. I love how the bright/colorful wreath shows up against the white. Lovely indeed!

I also love that embossing folder you used.

Monica said...

Lynn, when I looked at the embossing, in my heart I went, "Oh, so even Lynn has this beautiful embossing folder". Well glad that your friend sent you embossed paper.
Your wreath looks royal all encased in that classy gold and white double frame. Today when I was turning out a card, I thought of you because I like the way you frame your images. Looks so posh, you know.

Love,
M

Marilyn said...

Wow Lynn.. this is so pretty. I like the snowflake embossing folder and that glorious wreath is so striking against the white.

Doreen said...

Gorgeous,love the design and fab details.xxx

MaryH said...

Ooh, goody, I get to make the first comment. Great looking background (LOL!) and I am loving that wreath. Wonderful coloring, and your gold lining on the frames really set the entire card into orbit. This really rocks! Just learned about the Wink of Stella yes'dy. Did you get the .08 nib or the brush? Just discovered this little fact, and I think there are 16-17 colors on the fine nib. Where did you find yours? This really is a terrific card my Friend. TFS & Hugs

Anne Temple said...

Stunning Chrsitmas card! Too bad that embossing folder is discontinued - love it! I'll have to check out the WInk of Stella pens. I've heard about them but haven't seen one in person.

Tammy said...

Breathtakingly beautiful card Lynn! Gorgeous colors and design! Brilliant!

The Crafty Laydee said...

Beautiful card Lynn-Love that garland and you have coloured it so beautifully.How lovely of Mary,the embossing is gorgeous :)
Hugs,Nessa xx

Shana Gaff said...

Beautiful wreath stamp and coloring! I love that you used different shades of green. Very neat embossing folder to imitate snow as well! The white layer on white card base looks awesome. Thanks for playing with us at ATSM. :)

Margaret said...

This card is so beautiful, Lynn! I just love the bright colors of Christmas on the stark white background.

Lynn said...

So Pretty - festive colours, but so clean looking with the touch of gold and the white space around it. Lynn x

Linda Simpson said...

WOW Lynn this is fabulous, I do love the wreath and the colours they are gorgeous. It makes me want to reach out and touch. Love the embossed background too.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Lin said...

An elegant Christmas card - beautifully colored, Lynn! Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

McCrafty's Cards said...

Beautiful card Lynn,I love the wreath and the embossing!!!!
Kevin xx

Bonnie said...

What a gorgeous wreath and I can't wait to get mine so I can see the shine! It's so elegant framed in the gold and you've used my favorite embossing folder.

Maxine D said...

That is one sensational card Lynn- and the embossing folder is amazing - love it, as no doubt you do :-)
Blessings
Maxine

NanaConnie said...

Stunningly beautiful, Lynn! I love that folder, too, and am sorry to hear that it's been discontinued. Love that gorgeous gold twine.

Darnell J Knauss said...

This is a stunning classic Christmas card, Lynn! I love that snowy EF, too, and wish they would make it again. Mary is a sweetheart! I did, however, get those WoS pens in every color and love them so much. It's neat that a person is surprised by the "wink" when the light hits the card just right. Too bad it is pretty much impossible to capture in a photo, but WE know!! Anyway, I love your card! Hugs, Darnell

Diane said...

Beautiful and festive card!!! Good for you getting an early start on your cards. You should enter it at "festive Fridays" it is wreaths this week. I have that embossing folder too, Here is where I purchased it, they have 2 left...hurry...lol!
http://www.franticstamper.com/Sizzix-Textured-Impressions-Embossing-Folders-2PK--Christmas-Words-Dots-Set-by-Hero-Arts_p_77317.html

Carol L said...

What a beauty this one is! The gold edging around the main image looks elegant and classy. I've never heard of a wink of Stella pen, but now you've got me interested :) And that was so sweet of Mary to send you those embossed panels! They really do look like snow! Gorgeous!

Davi said...

Gorgeous card Lynn!! I love the embossed white, give a very elegant look to go with the beautiful image, really a winner!! Have a super weekend :)

Tammy said...

Gorgeous Christmas card Lynn! I love that beautiful wreath image and the touches of gold!
Tammy x

MiamiKel said...

Wow, gorgeous as can be! It's beginning to look like Christmas in the stores! :)

Nonni said...

That's a gorgeous wreath card. I love the white, embossed background and gold accents. Thanks for joining us this week at ATSM!

Shawna said...

This is gorgeous Lynn! Love that embossed "snow" and that wreath --- so pretty!!!

Jessi Fogan said...

I almost bought a Wink Of Stella pen...and now I want to drive the hour back & get it. lol
This is a beauty - I so know what you mean about starting to get the cards cranked out now :)

Denise@DigiHaven said...

Gorgeous. Love that background too. Would love that folder :( I think your designs are "simply" gorgeous. Well done.

scrappymo! said...

Gorgeous card. I love a great wreath at Christmas! I have that embossing folder...and who did i learn about it from...Mary of course. I found in in a trio pack at my scrapbook store...just lucky I guess as I checked everywhere on line and they were discontinued.

Just bought a clear Wink of Stella...the clear sells out here so quickly! I was lucky there!

Shelly Schmidt said...

I have never heard of a Wink of Stella pen.....I love this perfect crisp card- and the image- so pretty! You are so right- love the embossing folder-it does look like snow!

Joan Ervin said...

Oh my word...this is gooo gorgeous and elegant, Lynn!!!! I love the white background framed in gold and the wreath is a real stunner!!!!

Vicky said...

A gorgeous Christmas card!! Thank you for sharing it with us at Inky Impressions this week

hugs Vicky xx

Jamie M. said...

Very pretty and get job on the traditional Christmas. Thanks for playing along with Inky Impressions Challenge! Looking forward to seeing your creations at our next challenge. ♥ Jamie at CraftyGirl21

Nancy in Iowa said...

This is one of the prettiest cards EVER! The embossed background is perfect in every way. LOVE THIS CARD!