Wednesday, June 26, 2013

First Christmas Card for the year ...


Hi everyone.  My first Christmas card for the year ... it's a bit early for me, I usually wait until about August to get started, but I saw this beautiful card done by my friend Susan, and I was inspired.  Susan included a link to the Weekly Christmas Card Challenges that she made the card for ... it's a photo inspiration challenge ... and when I saw the photo I knew I HAD to enter.  Thanks Susan!!

Here's the photo inspiration:



I took the challenge quite literally and focused on the front door.  It needed some decoration, so I made a small wreath to jazz it up.  Hope you like.



Stamps:  Handy Christmas Greetings (Amy R)
Paper:  White, Real Red (SU!)
Ink:  Real Red (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Classic Screen Door die (Memory Box), Pine Branch die (Cheery Lynn), Small circle nestie (Spellbinders), 5/8" circle punch, Woodgrain embossing folder (SU!), green and red glitter glue (Studio G), sponges, Stamp-a-ma-jig, glue, adhesives, and dimensionals

I used the screen door die from Memory box.  I've had it for over a year and never used it so it's a NBUS (never-before-used-schtuff) ... as Darnell would say. :)   I glued pieces together to change it to a paneled front door.  I also used my new woodgrain embossing folder from SU! (love it!) ... to add some texture.

I cut a small circle frame for the base of my wreath, and then cut small sprigs from my pine branches and overlapped them to make the wreath.  I added a little green glitter to the branches to give them some bling ... and added red glitter "berries" as well.

The sentiment is stamped on a separate piece of white cardstock and popped up ... hopefully it looks like it's the front step, because that's what I was going for :)



Here's a close-up:




21 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful.
    Never to soon to start on Christmas cards..

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  2. Oooh, Lolly, your first Christmas card is a beauty! I don't know if you'll be able to top this as the months go by! Who am I kidding? Of course, you will!! xxoo Dolly

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  3. "Hope you like it" you say - I love it!! It's perfect in every way! I'm glad I inspired you to go to the challenge I mentioned!

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  4. OMG! Another award winning card. Love the red door, it's so inviting. xo, Marian

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  5. A beautiful Christmas doorway Loll! love the shading and the woodgrain embossed background!

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  6. Loll, Just love your first of the Season card, I love decorating the front door, and your wreath looks wonderfully done!! Feels good to look at that door, and think of snow on a 90 degree day!!!
    Looks Terrific
    Thanks for sharing!!
    hugs
    Donna
    Now you have me thinking about xmas!!!

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  7. Hi Loll - this is FAB! I just love that red door and the woodgrained background is stunning. Can I put my order for about 150 now??? No, I'm not joking........

    Karen x

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  8. What a beautiful Christmas card, Loll! I love that red door and the wreath is so pretty!

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  9. Stunning! I especially love the wreath. Really elegant Christmas card!

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  10. This is gorgeous Loll, great idea to add panels to the door and the wreath is beautiful and so tiny. I absolutely love this, :) Cathy x

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  11. So impressed by the fact that you started your Christmas cards and by the card! Just gorgeous!

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  12. Wow...Gorgeous. LOVE the red door and your beautiful wreath.....I am getting inspired my friend :-)

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  13. This I love Loll, the red door really stands out against the background.
    I can't get onto the admin blog at the moment. I am on hols and internet dodgy. So a Happypy Birthday, it is 27th here! I hope my card arrived o k. Have a great day xx

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  14. Beautiful rendition of the red door! I love that red door in the inspirational photo too. Thank you for sharing with us at CCC#030 this week. :)

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  15. Hi loll - your christmas card is gorgeous and I just love it:) I hope you have a lovely birthday today - big hugs xx

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  16. Goooooooooorgeous! This makes me want to bust out the christmas decorations!! Perfect card. Happy birthday too xxxxx

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  17. Love this card !!!'m. Thanks for playing along withCCC this week!

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  18. A perfect christmas card, lovely.

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  19. Oh my, love me a bright red front door! Love this MB die & your SU woodgrain worked so perfectly with your cheery door. Loved your pine wreath, and this was just a wonderful Christmas look to your card. TFS & inspiring. Hugs

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  20. A stunning christmas card Loll. Love the colours. They just stand out so well. Many thanks for the lovely email you sent me. Thank you for your kind comments. I love popping by to look at what you have created next.
    Very best wishes Lea x

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