Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Patterned Holly

Hi everyone.  I've made a holly card for the Peace on Earth Challenge #23, inspired by the top right photo of the POE mood board ...

I used my favourite holly die (Holly & berry branch die - Penny Black).  I love the large size of this holly sprig and have used it numerous times.  This card uses it with patterned paper ("ho ho ho Christmas" from Polkadoodles).  I sponged around the outside edges of the holly leaves with Rustic Wilderness distress ink to add a bit of visual dimension.  I used Real Red dye ink (SU!) to add shading to the berries.  The holly sprig is popped up on an embossed background I received from a friend a few years back ... more than a few, I think. :)  I love the added texture in the design with the embossing.  To finish, I stamped the sentiment (Christmas Moments - Penny Black) in Real Red ink.

Close-up ...
Also entering this into the "Can you Handle the Pressure Challenge - Anything Embossing Goes".  I love the depth from my embossed ornaments in the background. :)

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Latest photo of Jessie (by Alex)
Chillaxin' ...

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Stamps:  Christmas Moments (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Ho Ho Ho Christmas Designer Paper (Polkadoodles)
Ink:   Rustic Wilderness distress ink (Tim Holtz); Real Red dye ink (SU!) 
Accessories:   Holly & berry branch die (Penny Black), sponges, embossed background (gift from a friend)

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34 comments:

Darnell said...

Eep! This is at the top of my Top Ten Christmas Cards of 2022, Lolly! Holly and plaid and embossing? Mwah, perfection! A little thing like sponging ink on the outside edges of the leaves makes a world of difference! Of course, Miss Jessie always brings a smile. Just adorable napping on her duckie! Love, Dolly

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

A beautiful card, love the embossing and the Holly, a fab piccie of Jessie.
Faith x

Viv said...

Lovely card Loll. x

Susan said...

What perfect dp for the holly - it looks fabulous. And what a great take on our mood board! Thank you so much for joining us at Peace on Earth!

I Card Everyone said...

You are so clever, Loll! I love it!
=]

nancy littrell said...

LOVE your beautiful and very creative die cut plaid holly sprig Christmas card, Lolly. The pretty paper adds such a beautiful and unique design for your holly. You are so clever, my friend. Loved the dry embossed background too. Aahhh..such a sweet photo by Alex of Jessie using her cute stuffed duck as a pillow:-). TFS your fun..post,,it made my day:-) Love and Hugs...Nancy

Gibmiss said...

Fabulous card Lol love that Holly …xx xx

LeAnne said...

This is stunning! That plaid looks amazing as a holly leaf!!!

Colleen said...

Oh Loll, I love your holly!! I think it is so clever to use gingham for the holly, it sure is striking! Blessings, friend!

Pat said...

This sprig of holly and berries looks great paper pieced Loll and the tartan and the patterned red for the berries looks great, and the background embossing using this really pretty EF coordinates beautifully and finished with a lovely red stamped sentiment too. I love your photo of Jess chillaxing with her head resting on a toy duck..it obviously makes a comfy pillow..lol. x

Bonnie said...

This is my favorite holly too and I love how you cut it from plaid paper and added the sponging to the edges! Pretty embossed background too!

Lisa Elton said...

I can see why that is your favorite holly die, it's fabulous! This is beautiful, Loll but I'm afraid little Miss Jessie steals the spotlight!

Lucy E. said...

This is so lovely! We had a giant holly bush in our backyard when I was growing up. We attached Holly sprigs to our plate of homemade cookies that we gave to the neighbors. I love anything Holly.

Christine Alexander said...

Beautiful Loll, I love that holly leaf it looks great in plaid :)

TK said...

Beautiful! Love the e/f too, but those plaid leaves are to die for, Loll. Great card!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Oooo - adore the plaid holly leaves, Loll - so great on the embossed background!! And what a darling photo of Jessie too!!

Ina G said...

Oh Loll this is just breathtaking and beautiful. Love the paper (of course) and the embossed background adds so much to this stunning card. Super holly/berry die.

Julie B said...

Love the tartan holly sprig Loll, what a great idea!
Seeing Jessie like that, I did wonder what she'd been up to before she crashed!! :)

Nstiz said...

How fun is this! There is nothing more striking than a plaid patterned paper on a Christmas die cut. It really adds some pizazz to it. Love this.

Bobby said...

I love the plaid leaves, Loll. I have a similar die but I think it's smaller. I haven't used it in a while but now I have to pull it out and make plaid leaves. Thanks for the inspiration.

Darlene said...

OH Loll ... this is AWESOME!! LOVE the patterned holly leaves ... what a great idea ... absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Four Seasons Challenge and our Peace on Earth Challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back again soon.

Darlene
FOUR SEASONS CHALLENGE
PEACE ON EARTH
DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS

P.S. If I hadn’t already mentioned it, just wanted to let you know that we have another new challenge blog. This time it’s all about using your STENCILS. I hope you’ll come check us out and play along at Crazy is our fame – STENCILS are our game (aka STENCIL FUN CHALLENGE. The fun begins OCTOBER 4th … Hope to see you there!

Darlene said...

Ooops ... meant our Can You Handle the Pressure & Peace on Earth Challenge (so many challenge blogs to juggle lol). But we sure are happy to see you playing along and inspiring us with your beautiful designs!
Darlene
CYHTP - Co Owner
POE - Co Owner

Brenda in IN said...

I love this plaid holly. It is so colorful and fun and the bright red greeting is so crisp on the white embossed background.

Brenda in IN said...

I love this sweet picture of Jessie resting on her toy.

Marcia Hill said...

BEAUTIFUL Holly card Loll! I love your plaid leaves against the pretty embossed white background...really pops!! Love Jessie's all tuckered out photo too...she's just too CUTE!! Hugs. :0)

HilaryJane said...

Your holly looks amazing cut in that plaid paper, such a great choice and what an excellent idea to darken the edges xx

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, Loll. Love the plaid and that wonderful sprig of holly atop that wonderful embossing. Thanks for joining us at Can You Handle The Pressure!!

The Ink Tinker said...

I love this beautiful clean and simple card. So clever and creative to use the plaid paper for the holly leaves - its an instant attention grabber!

Papercraft Boutique said...

What a beautiful plaid holly branch card, Loll!
I love the well-balanced design and the visual dimension of the die-cuts and the embossed background!
Jessie is so adorable! The photo made me chillaxed! Thanks for sharing!
Hideko xx

Vickie Y said...

Beautifully designed! Thank you for sharing with us at the Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge.

Trina P. said...

Oh this is so cute! LOVE the fun unexpected plaid holly. Looks great against the embossed background.
Hugs, Trina 💙

Leslie Miller said...

That's a really nice holly die and the plaid paper suits it perfectly! Love the white embossed background, too. I have that folder and I love seeing you make it look so beautiful!

Leslie Miller said...

I can't believe I forgot to tell you how utterly precious your photo of Jessie is. A dog of any age with a stuffed toy is the most darling thing.

Debbie said...

Such a fun Christmas card, Loll. Love the holly leaves!