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Friday, 31 July 2015

CTC#41 Christmas section

Welcome back to the Friday bloghop around the CTC crew.

I struggle with making Christmas cards so far out from November (OK I know it's not really that far....) However I had fun making this week's entry.
I focused on the layout on the top left of the front page of the section. (page 67 in the catalogue)



I love the wreath options in the stampsets available now and the matching Framelits but sadly I don't own either of them so I had to create another wreath. I like to find alternative uses for stamp sets I already own, and the beautiful set Awesomely Artistic is perfect for this. Using both the fern images and one layer of Mint Macaron and one of Garden Green I laid down a nest of ferns around a circle I had drawn in pencil. These images work really well for this because they are both already curved images.  This is a technique I have done in Christmas cards in the past and it works quite well, you can see some older samples here - one using Gorgeous Grunge, and another with a leaf image.
from a few years ago


I had planned to cut a ring using 2 nested sizes from the Circles Framelits, but the plain circle looked right with the fronds curling gently into the centre. ( In fact a ring was my first attempt using the larger floral image but it didn't look quite right, but then experimenting is all part of the creation)

Awesomely Artistic wreath
The Banner is Vellum  embossed with the Large Polka Dot folder, and I then added some gold embossing powder using the dotted heart image from the same set to decorate the wreath and the card base. I didn't have any gold cord but crochet cotton in the right shade seemed a good option.



With the scraps left over I created a second sample and it came together quite quickly- that's always the way!
using the leftover bits!!
Hope you find lots of inspiration on these blog hop pages, Christmas cards are always fun to create.

Psst, I'll let you in on a secret- the new Christmas catalogue is about to be released soon and OMG it's AMAZING!!!

Next on the blogshop circle is the amazing Helen Heil,she has something amazing to show you.

Thanks for looking,

Liz




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5 comments:

  1. I love the fresh garden feel of your cards Elizabeth. Using awesomely artistic for your wreathe just proves how versatile this stamp set actually is.

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    1. Thanks Tricia, it certainly is a versatile set- wish i had more time to play with it!!

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  2. Great improvisation, Elizabeth. Love how your wreath turned out.

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thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it, Liz