Monday 20 June 2022

Oopsie - the Christmas Tree fainted!

One of my favourite photos that was doing the rounds ages ago is a decorated Christmas tree lying on its side, with a very guilty dog sat beside it. The caption was - 'Thank goodness you're home - the Christmas tree fainted'. It still tickles my odd sense of humour!

Over the weekend I used the fourth and final puppy image from the MFT 'Happy Pawlidays' set of stamps to make this Christmas card:

I used: 

- 5.5" x 4.25" white card blank, side opening

- image from MFT's 'Happy Pawlidays' stamp set, stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and coloured with Pro markers

- die cut a sheet of paper from Whimsy's 'Blurry Flurries' paper pack using a die from the Lil' Inkers 'Stiched Rectangles' set of dies

- then die cut an almost complete circle from the upper left hand side for the image - using a die from a The Works set called 'Stitched Circles'. Would have preferred a circle die which cut the stitching around the edge of the patterned paper and not just the drop out piece but hey-ho, too late!

- glued the patterned paper layer onto a snippet of baby blue pearlescent card which I'd trimmed to be a bit bigger than the patterned layer

- then glued the tree and ornaments in place - adding the 'innocent' puppy using thin sticky pads

- then, die cut the MFT 'Pawlidays' sentiment using a die from a set of stamps and matching dies by Poppystamps called 'Gilded Christmas Wishes' - and popped it in place using thin sticky pads

- added some clear Wink of Stella to the baubles and tops of the red bulbs as well as some gold Wink of Stella to the star on the 'fainted' tree

- finally, added clear glossy accents to the light bulbs - which needless to say hasn't been picked up by the camera, nor has the Wink of Stella shimmer, sigh

BTW, I never risk adding Glossy Accents directly from the bottle to cards, the result of bitter experience. I always squeeze a blob onto a scrap of paper and pick it up from there in smaller blobs to use, with a fine pointed paintbrush kept just for Glossy Accents, The bristles have solidified over the years yet it's so easy to use. 

Have really loved playing with the MFT Happy Pawlidays set of stamps and dies. It's rare that I find myself using almost every single item in a big set of stamps. I only missed using some of the sentiment stamps. A good reason to have another play sometime! 



  1. Another cute dog and a great background to go with it the fun sentiment too. x

  2. That’s so sweet, I love that you got so much fun with that set xxx

  3. What a cutie this is - yes, that cartoon about the tree fainting also appeals to me. Just hope it never happens when Dudley is unsupervised ;)

  4. Wonderful Christmas card with the cute dog. Great layout too xxx

  5. The idea of a Christmas tree having 'fainted' really made me smile and you've made a super card inspired by that idea. Brilliant, love it. Shame that any work with shimmer rarely shows up in photos but at least the recipient of the card will see it

  6. Such fun sentiment to match he cute doggie with baubles and bulbs! :D Fabulous Christmas card!

  7. Ooh such a pretty card and image Di love the cut out too and the background xx

  8. An adorably cute cute card, sure to brighten the recipients day when received and now you are another Christmas card ahead, something I need to follow suite!

  9. what a fun image and wonderfully designed card! I just love that yappy Christmas sentiment and can't stop giggling over it :)

  10. So cute! It really made me smile. (in my experience, it's been cats who have caused fainting trees, so I can definitely relate to this.)

  11. Such a fun image and glorious card! Wonderful backing paper and brilliant sentiment. I caused a fainting christmas tree a few years ago. I had laid down to reach under it for something and it 'fainted' on top of me, lights and all! Darren ran in after hearing me shriek and he couldn't stop laughing at my feet sticking out underneath the 'fainted' tree! Take care and hugs my friend xxxxxxx

  12. Sweet card Di. You made good use of that fun stamp set! xx

  13. Great to see you using this set again, Di and that meme about the fainting tree is a fav of mine too, Jo x

  14. Haha, yes I remember the fainting tree meme - tickled me too! This is an adorable card Di. I love that goofy little pup and he looks wonderful in the circular aperture. You are always so clever at using designer paper. This looks as if you spent hours blending inks, embossing snowflakes and splattering coloured spots! Thanks for the glossy accents tip too. I have stopped using glossy accents but will take your advice and see how that works for me!! Hugs, Vicky xx

  15. Great design for this darling card, Di! I didn't ever see that photo, but what a great caption! So grateful Fritz ignores the Christmas tree.


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