Christmas is coming …

Last year I left making my Christmas cards until the last minute — partly due to the wonderful trip we had been on and only arriving back in Australia seven weeks before Christmas!

This year I have been getting a start on them. A couple of weeks ago I  got out one of my favourite stamp sets from Stampin’ Up — Painted Harvest. I have seen people make flowers, wreaths, animals and many other clever things from this set and I wanted to use it to make a Christmas wreath.

For the colours, I used Real Red cardstock for the base and backing the wreath and Whisper White cardstock for the front of the card, the inside and the wreath.

The wreath was stamped in Granny Apple Green with Real Red berries and the sentiment is from the “Night in Bethlehem” stamp set. I used the Oval Stitched framelit for the sentiment and cut out one of the banners from “Bunch of Banners” to sit behind it.

The wreath card is also cut out using the Square Stitched Framelit and it is then placed on a scalloped square from the Layering Framelit dies.

I embossed two different card fronts — one was the Quilt Top Embossing folder and the other was Subtle Dynamic folder. The second embossing folder has become a favourite of mine. And to think that I would have almost passed it over in the catalogue, but for the fact that I had seen a card done with it and fell in love with it. It could be used for so many different cards.

Inside the card I stamped some more wreaths and added a sentiment.

The second card I made uses the Stampin’ Up  “Night in Bethlehem” stamp. It also uses the  large letter framelits I recently bought after deliberating for a long time about doing so!

I used Night of Navy cardstock and Whisper White cardstock for the front and inside for the sentiment.

I stamped the city skyline and Mary and Joseph in black on the white cardstock and then used a brayer to add some Crumb Cake and Night of Navy ink to the front.

I then cut out the ‘NOEL” with the large letter framelits and using Mini Dimensionals, placed the letters back on the card, having glued the main part down. I added a gold star to the top corner and lightly used the brayer to take the stark whiteness from the inside and added some Pineapple Punch stars!

It really looks effective. This card was CASED from a YouTube video I watched from Michelle’s Craft Corner.

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