Monday, November 18, 2013

Glittery Christmas Trees


Hi everyone.  Here's my Design Team card for the latest challenge at Merry Monday (#84).  Today it's a theme challenge ...




I just love this inspiration photo ... and plan to CASE it in the next couple of weeks! :)

I wanted to come up with something a little new for me.  So today's card has trees die-cut from gold matte card stock, which I dry embossed with the Musical Flourishes folder from Cuttlebug (LOVE the elegant design from this embossing folder).  Then I squirted gold stickles onto the raised portions of the embossing.  LOVE how this turned out.  The card is so much better in real life ... the glittered trees are so pretty!  I wanted them to be the focal point, so left the rest of the card fairly plain, just adding a couple of banks of snow (with clear stickles along the top), the sentiment ... and a knot of twine (natural twine with a gold thread running through it).

Here's the close-up:






Stamps:  Handy Christmas Greetings (Amy R)
Paper:  White (C.C. Designs); Gold (SU!)
Ink:  Early Espresso (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Tree dies (Holiday Cheer set from Hero Arts / Sizzix); Musical Flourish embossing folder (Cuttlebug), gold stickles, clear stickles, gold hemp twine, Stamp-a-ma-jig, adhesives, glue, and dimensionals



I hope you're inspired by the photo challenge and will join us at Merry Monday this week.  Drop by Lesley's blog (Always Playing with Paper) and check out the amazing cards by the rest of the Design Team.


I'm going to enter this card into the following challenges:
CAS-ual Friday (CFC120) - inspiration photo
Curtain Call - inspiration photo
Christmas Card Challenge (#51 - Bling)
Addicted to Stamps & More - #71 - Anything Goes




39 comments:

Gemma said...

Truly stunning and loving the gold...
hugs and xxx
Gemma

Lesley Croghan said...

Love those glimmering trees! SO pretty, Loll!

Linda Callahan said...

These golden shimmery trees are wonderful! Beautiful card!

Julia Aston said...

Love your gold trees Loll! what a creative idea to use stickles on the raised embossing - so wonderfully sparkly!

Nancy Thomas said...

Love all the shimmer and shine. Very pretty card.

MaryH said...

Awesome. Great idea to emboss your matte trees with the EF & stickles. Really added such sparkly dimension. Great snowbanks too. I've channeled you when I tried to do this recently. I need more practice :-). Lovely card. TFS & Hugs

Wendy said...

Such a fabulous card, Loll! Love your CAS card and the sparkle on your trees! A very fun & festive card for sure! Have a wonderful week! :)

nancy littrell said...

Stunning Glittery Trees and glitter on the snow banks. I can just imagine how much prettier it is IRL although I can see plenty of glitter in your pictures too. TFS Loll.

Valerie Nolan said...

Gorgeous golden trees Loll, love the depth you've created:)
Val x

Valerie Nolan said...

Gorgeous golden trees Loll, love the depth you've created:)
Val x

Susan said...

Absolutely love your gold trees with the stickles on them (and that beautiful gold threaded twine)!

somethingcraftybydottie said...

Very very pretty trees love that you did the trees in "GOLD" and not the traditional Green just Beautiful..

Hugs
Dottie

Sabrina said...

Beautiful card with the gold trees and all the glitter! TYFS and joining in all the fun at Christmas Card Challenges #51. :)

Notes by Nina said...

Fabulous card Loll, I love the pretty trees and the glittery hills.

LeAnne said...

Gorgeous trees....what a great technique and I am with you about them looking better IRL...as does mine! AND--great minds think alike---love your sentiment!

Sue said...

Those sparkly trees are gorgeous, Loll! xx

Karren said...

Such a beautiful, blingy yet CAS card, Loll. What a clever technique you used on your trees!

Barb Ghig said...

I love your sparkly snowbanks and glittery trees are stunning, Loll! Beautiful holiday card!

Lea Brawn said...

Your trees are fab Loll. I love it when your blog emails through to me and my first thoughts are always 'great what's she done this time' in a nice way of course! This is lovely as usual
Love Lea x

Deborah Frings said...

Oh my! This is fabulous! Love the clean, simple design and all the sparkle. Thanks for playing along with ASM this week!!

artful-notions said...

I'm so casing your card, Loll, gorgeous! I too love the outcome! Rich and wonderful!

Bonnie said...

Oh, my, Loll, these are gorgeous trees! I love the way you've glittered the embossing! So elegant! And a perfect background!

Gramma Sarah said...

Lovely, Loll! I just acquired the embossing folder and have used it for Christmas cards. You have the most unique designs. What are stickles? Gotta get some , , , Sarah

Danielle Vincent said...

Stunning card Loll - the trees are absolutely Fabulous!! Thanks so much for joining us this week at ATS&M.

PS I also spent a few minutes enjoying your creations of late - you are such a talented lady :o) Hugs D

Karen D said...

Wow! Your trees look like 24 carat gold Loll. I love the wee glitter trail in the background. Completely elegant.

Karen B said...

Gorgeous, rich, glittery card Loll. Love the snowy hills in the background.

Karen x

Nonni said...

Great design with the trees! The golden hues look lovely.

shirley-bee said...

Fab card, Loll! I love the effect of Stickles on top of dry embossing.

Kylie said...

Beautiful, Loll. The golden trees are just amazing!! Thanks so much for playing along at ATSM xx

Stacey Schafer said...

gorgeous!

Tracey McNeely said...

Love this card Loll, the glittery tree and that sentiment with the great fonts. Thank you so much for joining us at the Curtain Call CAS-ual Christmas Challenge!

Tracey McNeely said...

Loll the glittery trees and the sentiment with the great fonts is fabulous. Thank you so much for joining us at the Curtain Call CAS-ual Christmas Challenge!

Donna Przybylowski said...

What a wonderful lot of trees you have Loll!! All so very beautiful and festive looking.
Terrific looking card!!
Love them all
hugs
Donna

Alice Wertz said...

love the textures on the trees. beautiful card! thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Bobby said...

I love how this turned out, too. Those trees are magnificent.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Brilliant idea and brilliant results, Lolly! I imagine they are even more stunning IRL! Hugs, Dolly

baileyrosy.com said...

Excuse me how do you squirt from stickles !!!!!!!! I want/need a video of the squirting technique however you did it the result is fabulous !

Marie

Benzi said...

Such pretty, elegant trees and love the snowbanks. Gorgeous card, Loll.

Shelia said...

Such an elegant card with those gold embossed and glittered trees!! Love it!