Hi there sweet friends, someone recently asked if I ever make Christmas Cards . . . well, as a matter of fact, I do :-) There were years that I went so overboard, starting Christmas cards as early as July, that I put them on the back burner for several years by making only a handful. A Christmas card is one of the most relaxing cards you can make, am I right? I think about Christmas Carols, baking cookies, hot chocolate, making plans, seeing friends and the goodwill that swirls in the air during the holiday season. Let’s just say the celebrations has begun – so here we go, my first card of the Holiday Season – with things.
My card is a series of stacked frames that are layered to create interest – it’s my go to style because it is so easy. On top of my card base I layered design paper matted with gold using 6 x 6 Matting Basics A and 6 x 6 Matting Basics B to get the bottom matting layer and the thin gold frame – I find that by hand, there is no way to cut these as precisely as I want – that where these two sets of dies are worth their weight in gold. I use them on every square card I make. The second layer is cut using Pierced Squares along with 6 x 6 Matting Basics B. On top I layered Swirling Grace (hint I snipped it in half and glued it back together for a smaller diecut). To finish I created an oval frame with Classic Ovals LG and Classic Ovals SM to highlight a sweet sentiment from Quietfire Design – All Hearts Come Home – another absolute staple in my stash! Oh, and someone will ask – the embellishment bar with pointed ends is from Regal Allure – it’s one of my favs!
Don’t go anywhere though, the Creative Team has some inspiration to share too!
Stamps: Quietfire Design – All Hearts Come Home
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest – Natural White – Cover – 80lb smooth, Bazzill – Pomegranate Splash, My Minds Eye, The Paper Studio – Vellum
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Amazing Paper Grace Dies, Spellbinders 6 x 6 Matting Basics A, Spellbinders 6 x 6 Matting Basics B, Spellbinders Pierced Squares, Spellbinders Swirling Grace, Spellbinders Classic Ovals LG, Spellbinders Classic Ovals SM, Spellbinders Regal Allure, PL-001 Platinum™ Die Cutting And Embossing Machine with 8.5″ Platform, The Paper Studio – Pearls, Satin Ribbon
All of the dies the ladies used below belong to my Graceful Borders Collection seen here.
Sending hugs as we start the slow turn to fall. Days are glorious here, it’s a part of the year I truly savor. I hope you are drinking in all the magnificence of changing seasons :-)
Good morning Becca, I agree
Sorry Becca dont know what happened???
I agree Christmas cards are the best, they are my favourite.
Love your card!!!
The ladies cards are very nice too!!!
Have a good one!!!
Absolutely stunning and full of inspiration! Your designers has done more impressive cards.
Becca, this card is WONDERFULLY BEAUTIFUL & ELEGANT, & OH SO GORGEOUS!!! I LOOOOVE the vintage feel you’ve given it & the GOLD! LOL This is REALLY JUST STUNNING! GOOD START to the beginning of your Christmas Cards this year! ;)I keep telling myself to start mine, but haven’t gotten there yet! LOL Off to comment on the ladies cards! They’re WONDERFUL TOO!!! ;)
Wonderful, Becca! With your permission, I will use that basic design in a project for my class and credit you for the idea. I’m not sure I have all the exact same dies but I do have a large collection of Spellbinders dies and yours in particular. I’m sure I will get a great result.
I do have a question that has plagued me for many years… How does one get the satin bow made without it being too bulky in the middle or having it slip apart? When I make the bow by just going around and around the standards on the bow-maker and then tying it off, the loops want to slide apart. When I make the bow by weaving the ribbon back and forth around the standards, it seems to get too bulky. (And I have to be sure I have double-sided ribbon.) I’ve thought of a couple of things… using fabric glue between layers of ribbon, tying it off with wire really tightly after tying it off and making the tails. But, I’d really like to do something simpler if there is a simpler way so I’m coming to the expert for all things bow related. (That would be you… in my mind..!) Thank you for any help you have to offer.
I just love your card! Red is my favorite color and this card really gives me a much-needed lift! Wonderful visually, psychologically and emotionally. Thank you!
Love & blessings,
I was very pleased to see the Christmas card as usual it is beautiful how do you come up with these ideas?
Beautiful cards thanks for sharing
What a beautiful Christmas card, Becca. I appreciate the inspiration – I haven’t started making Christmas cards yet, so maybe this will get me going!
Thank you to all of your Team also, for the beautiful work they have shared with us.
Love the Christmas cards and all the projects the girls made. Quinty girl
Becca, I never cease to be amazed at the creativeness of you and your wonderful design team. I love having all these wonderful designs show up in my inbox. It is just like Christmas morning each and every time! Thank you so much for taking the time to share all your beautiful creations, and those of your design team. It certainly helps keep me inspired. ????
Loved getting the email with your absolutely georgous Christmas card. I have that stamp and made my sister the card when she came to visit me for Christmas 3 years ago and used that stamp for it. I love red, I love gold and of course, I love your bows so what is not to love about this card I LOVE IT!!!!!
The other designers card are also great.
Miss the Friday card giveaway – did you discontinue it?
Hi Becca your Christmas card has inspired me I have
not done one yet might have to now !
The girls in your team have done well lots of inspiration to
share thank you for sharing hugs PamXXX
You can’t imagine how I love your cards Becca!
So beautiful and meaningful! All the designs are so lovely and inspirational! Thank you!!!
Your posts are all beautiful! I’m so glad you created one for Christmas Becca – it is the season for making Christmas cards if that’s what you do for others – and of course yourself. The message is one of my favorites- “All hearts come home for Christmas”! Thank you for sharing! Hugs Dianne aka the kardlady
All the cards and projects in this post are really beautiful. Well done to all!
Becca your card is stunning! And love all the other inspiration from the ladies. Your dies are all so lovely – frilly, lacy and elegantly feminine. Right up my alley!
Love this card, Becca! So rich! And only 12 1/2 weeks to Christmas!
Also loved seeing your dies in action from the Design Team.
Your card is stunning and inspires me with the Christmas colours and beautiful verse. Your team’s cards are also beautiful and the different use of your dies shows how versatile they are.
I am waiting to read your reply to Charlotte as I would also like to know the answer to her question!
What a gorgeous assortment from you and the design team…thanks for sharing!!
I adore this card and I’m happy to know I have the dies to create my version! My Swirling Grace die just arrived days ago. Looking forward to using it.