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Thursday, August 13, 2009

How Lovely Are Thy Branches

Good morning! Are you ready for Christmas? No? Me neither, but I did feel like making a Christmas card this morning.



You know how sometimes you have the best intentions to get something done? I had the best intentions of making ten Christmas cards each month when I signed up for the Christmas Card challenge on SCS last December. I think I did pretty good for about two months and then.....well, I guess the rest of life just got in the way of my best intentions. Sigh.

The color challenge on Stamp TV this week was to use a base color of red and Gina K's technique challenge also for this week is inking a Cuttlebog embossing folder. If you haven't checked out Gina's fabulous video tutorials every Wednesday on Stamp TV, you should. She does an amazing job in all of her demonstrations, and the entire site is just chockful of so many cool things to check out!

I used Old Olive to ink up my Christmas ornament Cuttlebug embossing folder and then I sponged the outer edges in the same ink a bit darker. The cute Christmas tree is a Gina K design from Spirit of Christmas (2007). I stamped it in Tuxedo Memento Black ink, colored the branches with my Olive Copic marker, and then lightly sponged Old Olive ink on the entire tree to fill it in. I also sponged the outer edges of the tree, painted the star at top gold, and used a blender pen and Ridinghood Red ink refill to color the tree pot. I cut out the image and popped it up on dimensionals over the Ridinghood Red designer paper. The ribbon is none other than the gorgeous May Arts silk ribbon that I purchased from Sharon Johnson on my stamping trip a couple weeks ago. Sharon has an on-line stamping store, if you'd like to be able to purchase some of this exquisite ribbon yourself. The brass photo turners are from an old SU hodgepodge hardware set.

Thanks for stopping by today. I really do appreciate your comments. If I haven't been by your blog lately, I apologize (crazy days lately), but I hope to do so sometime today!

Blessings,

Charlene

13 comments:

Cindy Haffner said...

Gorgeous Charlene, love your Christmas card!!! Hugs Cindy xxoo

StampOwl said...

Oh Christmas tree ... better get cracking Charlene sounds like you are way behind ... so how many do you have to do this month ... 50 to catch up heheheehehheehehehhe. Great card btw!

jdmommy said...

Charlene, you know how I love RED!! I'm not ready for Christmas either, but your card is fab!! Please add this card to the gallery of those of us who love you-know-what color! (RedDivas in keyword!)

Julia Aston said...

Well Charlene - at least you have SOME Christmas cards made as compared with my (0)! this is so pretty with that wonderful bow, the embossing and pretty tree stamp!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Charlene, this is awesome!! I love your Christmas card!! Great job on all those challenges!! Love your bow, tree and the embossing!!

I am not ready for Christmas either! LOL!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Charlene this is an outstanding holiday card. Everything works perfectly together. Gorgeous, gorgeous card.

Traci M said...

I think you are way ahead of me, and this is a real beauty Charlene!! I am in love with that ribbon too!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Ohhhhh, I LOVE that ornament embossing folder (might just HAVE to go get it!!). Your bow is INCREDIBLE...totally gorgeous!!

Carolyn King said...

This is beautiful Charlene! LOVE your beautiful Christmasy card!!!! (how ever many you have made---you are that many ahead of me! lol!)

Connie said...

This is just so beautiful, Charlene!! I LOVE that stunning bow...just perfect!!

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

This card is just the epitome of charming Charlene!! I love that sweet tree!! And your bow and embossing are fabulous!! Beautiful!!!

Joan Ervin said...

I am sooo ready for Christmas, Charlene...well, maybe just the winter weather!!! I love your gorgoeus card with the beautiful colors and that FABULOUS bow!!!!! I need to go check out the Stamp TV color challenge...sounds fun!!!

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

This is one yummy Christmas card -- Love your rich colors and beautiful silk bow!!!!