Friday, February 10, 2017

A Blizzard of Holly

Well, we had a blizzard yesterday here in New England so it was a great day to stay inside and make more Christmas cards!  We went from nothing to a foot of snow in 12 hours.  Here's Kent snowblowing our driveway last night.
 Here's how it looked at 9 am when it had just started

I got my inspiration from the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge - to make a CAS card.
 
I stamped a simple holly sprig from Festive Foliage (so happy to see that Gina K Designs is now selling this stamp set by Claire Brennan!) on a white panel using Simply Chartreuse Ink and added die cut and stamped berries in red over the holly.  Then I stamped a lovely script Merry Christmas in red and called it done!  
This card looks so simple but actually took me about 30 minutes to get to this design.  I started with another sentiment and the holly and embossed them in gold - nope, didn't like it.  Tried stamping the holly in colors and the other sentiment in black - nope, didn't like it.   Then finally ended up with this design with the green holly and red simple sentiment and it pleased my aesthetic sense (!) 
And as I always try to do when I make Christmas cards - I made 6 of them for my stash!
I used a holly image 1) because I love holly -  


Stamps:  Festive Foliage by Claire Brennan - Gina K Designs, Alpine Christmas - Waltzingmouse (no longer available)
Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Simply Chartreuse, Pure Poppy - PTI
Accessories:  berry die - Holly Die Set - Waltzingmouse (no longer available), foam dots.

15 comments:

Mona Pendleton said...

Wonderful set of Christmas cards Julia! Love the pretty holly and berries!

Samra Leshinski said...

Such a beautiful Christmas card set! Love the crisp and elegant look.
Hugs
Samra
Paper Talk with Samra

Amanda said...

Lovely design x Amanda

Amanda said...

Lovely design x Amanda

Redanne said...

Golly, you got more snow in one night than we have had in 10 years! Good job you stocked up on provisions... Love your beautiful set of cards, they really aesthetically pleasing! Hugs, Anne xx

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Another great set, Julia! Just love the holly with the red sentiment!!

Bonnie said...

Persistence paid off! These are the perfect balance of design and color! I love holly too!

Loll said...

This is a perfect design. Your Christmas card stash must be getting big! xx

nancy littrell said...

Simply Beautiful and how wonderful to have 6 more cards for your Christmas stash! TFS your cards and your snow Julia. Hugs...

Susan said...

Isn't it amazing how long it can take to do a CAS card sometimes!? But your work paid off as you created a wonderful design - I think the red sentiment is definitely the right decision.

Jane said...

Definitely my sort of card! Love its simplicity and how you've let the holly stamp take centre stage. Thanks for playing at HLS Christmas challenge.

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Beautiful card! Thank you for sharing with us Happy Little Stampers XMAS.
BozenA DT HLS

Kim Heggins said...

Love your wonderful snow photos! And your Christmas cards are fabulous.

Deborah Frings said...

Simply stunning!

Cindy C. said...

Beautiful CAS!!