Sunday 27 November 2011

Christmas Ribbon Tree

Will I never learn - in the hope of whipping up some quick cards I dug out a new stamp set to be inked up for the first time. I'd seen it on Jules blog 'Always with a Heart' a little while back and totally loved it - the problem is, I got carried away and set to and made four different colourways, two cards in each - so much for some quick cards! This involved much rootling through papers, stamping images and sentiment, selecting the Pro Markers to match, colouring, trimming, sticking and goodness know what. At least I stopped short of using any glitter - my 'in-house' critic thought the ribbon tree image is contemporary and would be good without glitter. I secretly think it's 'cos he's afraid I'll do a repeat performance and that before long he'll be recognised in Sainsbury's as the chap whose 'totally barking' OH waltzes round with a red glittery nose!

This is the one card I've totally finished, well one of two the same in fact. Overnight the tape runner stuff parted company with some backing that is embossed on the others and I need to set to with some of the red ultra sticky tape - that'll fix it with luck. Failing that, the old technique of jumping up and down on the cards might be employed:)
Yet again, the lime green in the paper and the Pro Marker in the image are a really good match - and, yet again, the camera is trying to make a liar of me:(

I used:

- 6" x 6" white square card stock

- Woodware 'Christmas Ribbon Tree' stamp, coloured with Pro Markers

- Backing papers from the Echo Park 'Seasons Greetings' paper pack

- stamped sentiment using a free stamp kit with Simply Cards and Papercraft

- glossy red Josy Rose Nail Heads

I'm frantically packing 600+ of my old school newsletters here, as if there isn't enough to do - then off out this afternoon to visit some friends down in Winchester. Onwards and upwards though - have a great day whatever you're up to. Just four weeks now until the big man in the red suit will have already been and mayhem will no doubt be in full flow in homes everywhere!



  1. I've seen this stamp. It is a good one for
    quick' cards, and you have matched it up to your paper perfectly. Even your photo shows that on my computer.
    I am having a rush on one more run of about ten cards. then I have to get them all written and addressed ready for son to take back for posting. That's just one of the things on my 'must do this week' list. The last item onthe list is clean house and put up decorations before ben arrives on Saturday!
    Kate x

  2. You have been I can see why you didn't pop round for that coffee yesterday :-) :-) :-)
    A x

  3. Another fab Christmas card Di, I just love the Christmas Ribbon Tree stamp that you used and those colours are just perfect :)

  4. That naughty tape, get jumping hon, it's the ONLY way! Great card

  5. Fab colour-matching. Ribbon tree is just lovely. I'm sure you'll be able to fix the other ones.

  6. Brilliant card - love that tree and plaid paper does it for me every time :) Hope you had a great day with your friends - an uncle and aunt live in South Wonston on the outskirts of Winchester ... just thought I'd throw that in. Elizabeth x

  7. Lovely card, fab colours!! x

  8. Hi Di, You'll not need any help with your christmas cards using this stamp you'll trawl through them! the image is fabulous and background paper is so well matched its just beautiful:)Sandra H

  9. So sweet, love the little tree
    Lindsay xx

  10. This stamp was so hard to get hold of a few years ago, this and another one, I managed to get the other one and wished I hadn't, should have waited for this one instead.
    I'd be tempted to try it with glossy accents to make the ribbon stand up but then it wouldn't be as quick and easy.
    Love what you have done with it and the colours and paper are great.

    Kath x

  11. I like it. I like it alot!
    Don't worry about the colours mismatching on the photos - it is the same as crinkling. The other week I took a photo of a tag and when it appeared on the blog it had become crinkled!!

  12. Oh this is such a lovely contemporary Christmas card! Your posts always make me smile - this time it was in recognition, because I also seem to spend ages finding paper etc whenever I think I'll make a 'simple' card!!

    love, MagsB x

  13. Hi Di

    Beautiful use of the stamp.

    Fabby colour choices too.

    I am loving the sound of your liver casserole .. .. I think that one will be happening in our house!!

    Love Jules xx

  14. This is lovely, I honestly thought you's paper pieced the tree as it's such a good colour match with the backing paper!



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