Sunday, April 03, 2016

Holiday Artsy


Hi everyone.  Today I'm back with another Christmas card! :)  My stash is building up quite nicely. :)

I'm playing along with Muse: ChristmasVisions #38.  The muse for the current challenge is my good friend, Maria.  Congrats Maria!

Maria's card

I love Maria's artsy style.  I'm always learning from her as she uses lots of different mixed media products, which have become an obsession with me over the past couple of years. :)

Maria used an awesome stencil from STAMPlorations for her card, but since I recently used it on another Christmas card, I wanted to do something a little different.

I used a NBUS stamp set from StudioL2E called "Bokeh Builder".  It's solid dots and outline dots in the set ... I only used the solid ones to stamp a design onto white card stock.  I used the same colours as Maria's card (gold, green and red).  Once my card front was covered with dots, I used it to die-cut my three layer tree.  Basically, I made my own patterned paper. :)  I'm happy with how it turned out.

Here's a close-up which will hopefully give you a clearer view ...



I added a glittery star at the top of the tree, and also CASED Maria's repeat sentiment across the bottom.  My camera is giving me grief right now, so the photos are a bit blurry.  I have already mentioned to hubby that I'm hoping for a new camera for my birthday in a couple of months.  Finger's crossed! :)

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Also wanted to share my recent craft shopping.  I went into Vancouver to Scrapbook Warehouse --- great selection!!  I was going to just buy gilding flakes and glue, but I ended with a few more things. :)  I'm already thinking I need to head back there for a few more. :)  Don't we have fun with this hobby??  Always so many new things to try. :)








Stamps:  Bokeh Builder (StudioL2E); Holiday Arsty (STAMPlorations)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock); Silver glimmer paper (SU!)
Ink:  Delicata Gold (Tsukineko); Distress Inks:  Festive Berries, Twisted Citron (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools: 5 part Pine (Elizabeth Craft Designs --- I only used three parts); Large Holiday Shapes die -- Star (Simon Says)

Challenges:
Muse: ChristmasVisions #38 - Maria Fischer

29 comments:

  1. Absolutely love this, Loll! The mix of graphic dots and traditional tree make for a fun, festive card! So glad you joined us at MCV this week!

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  2. Loll, this is an amazing take on the challenge! Love the way you played with the suggested pattern and the repeated sentiment stamping reminds the dots from Maria's card background - Sweet Kobylkin

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  3. Love this, and at first thought this was the stencil I had just used for my CCC stencil project (and it was a failure!) I see that it's a different company, but oh I like what you've done with it to create the background for this dimensional tree. Very colorful, yet CAS. And yes, you definitely should go back on another shopping trip. YOu didn't get enough schtuff first time round (but looks like you got some real good yummies!). TFS & Hugs

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  4. Love your card, Loll. The bokeh technique for Christmas is perfect and a great take on the challenge by Maria. I feel another shopping trip in your near future to add to your stash!! Wish we had a large craft store near us. We have the name brand stores but they don't have huge inventories of cardmaking supplies. Of course, that makes my hubby happy!!

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  5. Love how you made the paper for this delightful Christmas tree, Loll! Love that repeat sentiment too!

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  6. LOVE this cute little tree Loll! You always breath such fabulous life into all your die cuts! I have one complaint . . . I have now gone off and bought that EF you have there in your haul . . . now, of course, you just know that you can't just buy ONE thing, right, I mean how do you justify the postage on one item? ;) Have a great week my friend! Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

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  7. Oh, this is SO the winner, Lolly! You are going to rock Maria's world!! Fanmarvitastic in every way!!! Hugs, Dolly

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  8. Fun polka dot hand stamped paper Loll for your cololorful and creative Christmas tree. You, Susan and Bonnie are getting me into a Christmas card mood :-) TFS my friend.

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  9. What a wonderful take on her card, Loll! How clever to make your own designer paper and love the festive colors! I see the gilding flakes! Got a couple of jars so anxious to see how you use them!

    Stamping is so conducive to shopping!

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  10. Nice haul. Looks like you picked up some Frantage! Love your big dotted die cut Christmas tree with the glittery silver star.

    Shirl

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  11. Brilliant take on MCV Loll! :)
    Suchi xx

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  12. Love your colourful Christmas tree Loll the mix of bright dots makes a lovely colour palette....its fatal going shopping in craft stores we always come out with more...

    Anne

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  13. I love your Christmas tree .... cool way of using those stamps. Great looking stash too .... can't wait to see what you create with it. Have a lovely week xx

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  14. This is such a sweet looking tree, Loll.
    As for the shopping trip... Are you the kind of girl who plays with her new toys as soon as humanly possible or the type who puts them away for use 'one day', I wonder? Can't wait to see what you do make with your new goodies!
    Take care. X

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  15. I love your sweet Christmas tree, what a great idea with the dots...I wish it were my card:)

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  16. OOOO OOOO OOOO! Well that's what I said when I saw this! Fab dotty tree Loll - love it. x

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  17. Gorgeous card Loll, love love love your polka dot tree! Looks like you scored some wonderful new products there, can't wait to see how you use them! hugs :)

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  18. Oh this one looked fun. Great making your own paper and fabulous what you did with it! Great card to CASE and the fun spots are 'spot' on!!! x

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  19. That is one fun tree! Love it, when you play with us, Loll! Uhh, all those crafty goodies - I splurged yesterday, too!

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  20. I am loving your card Loll, your tree is just fabulous! I love how you used the dots to fill in the tree-making your own pattern. So fun and cool looking! Great take on the inspiration tree. Can't wait to see what you make with your new goodies. Yes, most certainly a fun hobby! Hugs, Brenda

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  21. Loll such a great idea! Brilliant way to handle this tree...

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  22. Great inspiration, great results! Love the card; happy shopping, yay!

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  23. So very creative and artsy! You had me at bokeh! Then the star. And the small sentiment. What a great CASE. Thanks for playing along at MCV. As for shopping... You had me at "Vancouver"!

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  24. Love your layered tree...this is absolutely fabulous, Loll!

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  25. This is a very fun Christmas card - and a great entry for the challenge to boot!

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  26. ohhh it looks like you had fun shopping, all that crafty goodness. Cant wait to see what you do, more of those gold flake cards I think. This Christmas card is so pretty, those dots look wonderful, love the layers of this die too.
    I really should get into this too as I ended up with barely a card left last year.

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  27. Perfectly fabulous ... love the layers, colors ... everything.

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  28. I adore your dotty die cut tree Loll and it is a fabulous CASE of Maria's pretty card. The bokeh type dots in those colours work really well. x

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  29. What a great idea to use the Bokeh dots for your tree! I love the whimsical feel of this tree and your fabulous take on Maria'a Muse card!
    Thanks for sharing your haul with us...Looks like you had fun, and I can't wait to see what you create with all those goodies :)

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