Friday, December 29, 2017

Christmas Wreath

Esther from the Crop Stop Challenge Blog asked me to be a guest designer on the blog today.  Thank you Esther--what a great honor!  Here is the card I created for your inspiration:
I usually begin my cards with a sketch, but every once in a while, an idea pops into my head and I have to go with it.  This card was one of those times.  I knew I wanted to use my Darice Woodgrain embossing folder, so that was my starting point.  I'm trying to work on using up my "bits and pieces" stash, so I looked to see if there was anything that could be used for this card.  I discovered a die cut green "sprig" and realized that several of them would create a really fun wreath.  I used a green Spectrum Noir marker to color a bunch of white card stock scraps and die cut a bunch more sprigs (I think I used 7 total).  The numbers were also in the bits and pieces stash (in the perfect color) and I thought they were a fun addition.   After using my Fiskars paper trimmer to cut a card base out of white 110lb Core'dinations card stock, I used my Scor-pal board to create a top-fold, A2 sized card.
I used a stitched rectangle from My Favorite Things to die cut a panel out of the other half of the Core'dinations card stock sheet, embossed it with the embossing folder and then swiped some Grout Gray ink from My Favorite Things along the raised part to create even more dimension.
I used a Spellbinders die cut circle that was in my stash to trace a circle to build my wreath on. I adhered each of the sprigs around the circle with some liquid adhesive.  I used another die to cut out all of the little, pink circles, adhered them around the circle to look like berries, and added a bit of Cinnamon Stickles for some sparkle.  I added a sentiment on a hand cut banner and added it to the wreath with Scotch foam tape.  I finished the wreath off with a bow tied using my Bow-Easy and some pink ribbon.  Whenever I am adhering an embossed panel I like to use my 1/4" Scor tape to get a really secure hold.  I hope this inspires you to dig into those "bits and pieces" stashes and see what you can create.  Thanks so much to Esther for allowing me to guest design here on the Cropstop blog!

Stamps: Verve "Peace On Earth" sentiment
Dies:  MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Verve "Sprightly Sprigs"; PTI "By the Numbers"; Neat & Tangled "Falling Circles Cover plate" little circles

Craft-Dee Bow Z--anything goes with handmade bow
Christmas at Sweet Stampin--anything goes
Crafter's Cafe--Christmas or red, white, and green
Shopping Our Stash #334--GAH!! Pink!
Crafty Gals #155--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--anything goes
The Merry Christmas #49--anything goes with the optional twist of using a manger
Creative Knockouts #226--anything goes


Patti J said...

Beautifully done, Heather! Thanks for sharing!

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Love your wood background for this lovely wreath, beautifully done.
Thank you for sharing with us at SHOPPING OUR STASH, hope you play again soon.
Maria Rodriguez.

Esther Asbury said...

Such a beautiful card, Heather! I love the pink and green color scheme of that pretty wreath...especially paired with the woodgrain embossing. I'm so happy you were able to guest design for Cropstop this week!

Melanie said...

Love your sweet and simple card with that woodgrain background! Thank you for sharing with us at the Crafter's Café Challenge Blog. Please join in again.

Chris said...

The beautiful wreath looks lovely against the embossed background, great design and lovely soft colours too.Thank you for playing along with our last Challenge for 2017 at Christmas at Sweet Stampin’
Happy New Year!

Janis Lewis said...

Beautiful. Thanks for joining us at The Merry Christmas Challenge.
Janis, Owner & Design Team Member

Judy V said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Gals Corner!

Tracy Freeman said...

This is gorgeous. I really like the colours you have used the woodgrain background.

Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge x

cass said...

Wonderful design, gorgeous Christmas Card. Thank you for entering your wonderful creation at The Crafter's Cafe this fortnight for our "Christmas and/or Red White and Green" challenge.

Loose Stitches said...

Beautiful card Heather, love the wreath!
Hugs, Sherry x
Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads