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11/30/2014

Silver Bells

Welcome to my Sunday afternoon world. The day got off to a late start, but no matter..it's a sunny day, temp is about 67, so quite pleasant. Today is our Christmas Card Club Challenge. It was our sweet Asha's turn to select the theme, which is Silver Bells.
{Had just started this post and our internet service went down for a while...so this post was delayed again}

I have a PSX stamp that was perfect for this challenge, but it has decided to hide, so after several efforts searching for it, decided to go with the stamp on this card - it's bells - just not the ones I had in mind :-)


- Great Impressions image stamped with Memento Grey Flannel. Colored with Copics, WoS and a Pentel Gold fine point pen on the hangers & streaked through the greenery. WoS silver made these bells glisten so nicely, but don't think the photo shows it. S/B Standard Tag die cut, edged with DI Antique Linen, then Stormy Sky around the edges.

- Background: Canson #98 Mixed Media paper, sprayed with Dylusions Turquoise mixed with white, then added Lindy's Starburst sprays in blues, greens, along with some golds, silver & pearl oversprays. After drying, a Crafters Companion 8x8 Embossalicious Seasonal Music EF embossed in the Grand Calibur. Have purchased several of the 8x8 size EFs, but don't think I'll buy any more. Because: the GC has to be used for this size - which means moving from its storage, gathering the plates for the sandwich. I have to remember how to use the plates with a folder sandwich. Thought I was going to break the machine as it was difficult to pass the sandwich of:  base plate, folder with the mixed media paper, raspberry adapter plate and 2 thin cardboard shims. It did create a lovely effect though!

- snippet of red-white dot paper die cut with a small rectangle from S/B Nautical frames set.

- snippet of green pearl c/s, left from another project was embossed with a holly motif EF, after inking with Memento Cottage Ivy green.

- S/B Twisted Metal Tags & Accents cut the fancy mat behind the bells. This cuts in 2 pieces - used both for the mat.

- MB Jingle Bells with silver glitter paper. Cut the piece  to fit around the focal motif.

- Starform sentiment sticker.

Please do visit my Christmas Card Club teamies (the links are on the right sidebar) and enjoy their take on the week's challenge of Silver Bells.

Since the card has a few Snippets in the layers - there's a new week over at Pixie's Snippet Playground Week 153, I'm going to jump over to say Hello to my little buddy bear, Parsnip. Parsnip is the guardian of the gates at the Playground. Check it out, why don't you? In the meantime, enjoy the last Sunday of November, 2014. Thanks for joining me this afternoon.  Big Hugs.

43 comments:

Carol said...

Super card Mary, great design, fab inking and I love the string of silver bells die. Carol x
PS thanks for the comment about my header...though it has been there for several months lol. xx

Sammy said...

Oh this is really lovely! Such a fab combination of embossing folders and die-cuts! x

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Mary, lovely card, loads of fab bells, great layout and colours.
Amazing to thinks it's only a few weeks till Christmas, what a quick year, hope all is well with you and yours, take care, hugs Kate x

Rainey's Craft Room said...

A lovely card and those silver bells are gorgeous, I'm sure the sparkle is fab in real life. WoS pens really pack a punch. There was some confusion with the theme this time so my card is completely different but hey, I enjoyed making it.
Lorraine

Hazel said...

A great card Mary, love the colours and all your bells.. Mary I have tried doing what the 500 error tells you but I am not sure what they are on about and would hate to mess up my blog. But thank you for your support. Hazel x

Sheila H said...

I love the beautiful combination of colors, patterns, techniques and embellishments on your card, Mary. Your projects always have such varied and amazing details.

Hazel said...

What a lovely card for Asha's CCC challenge of 'silver bells' x

Rita said...

Fabulous card Mary. I love those fabulous bells. Enjoy your Evening. Hugs Rita xxx

Pippa said...

Mary, just love your card. How did you get the depth and the realism on those bells, they are amazing. x

jimlynn said...

Terrific and so beautiful! I LOVE those bells - all of them! I can hear them ringing all the way down to Texas. A beautiful card Mary!
Lynn

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
what a wonderful creation today.
Love that super bell stamp, and what you have created with it.
Now we use bells such as these with our Christmas songs when my little singing group go out to entertain.
We are doing 5 days in a row the last week before Christmas, now who is going to be hoarse on Christmas day.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful image and love the embossing and silver bells banner
Carol x

Pat said...

This is really pretty in red and green Mary and I love the music and holly embossing and the gorgeous shaped die cut mat behind the bells topper which you have stamped and coloured so perfectly. I think the MB silver bells and the sentiment are great embellishments too. x

Lisa said...

What a gorgeous card, Mary!! The texture is fabulous!! The bells are so pretty!! This is awesome my friend!! Love it!! Have a wonderful evening :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Donna Hanley said...

Mary this is an exceptional card. Yes the WoS did enhance your bells so very nicely. Have a good week ahead.

Carol L said...

Don't you just hate it when you can't find a well-hidden stamp?! The stamp you used works just fine in spite, and I love the coloring and beautiful embossed ornament working the background! Jingle all the way with that great banner too! Fun card!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

What a lovely card Mary and fantastic colouring! Hazel x

Shona Erlenborn said...

What a fun card Mary! Lots of jingle here! Love the dimension and texture you've managed to create. Love that little banner too! So cute.

scrappymo! said...

This is so stunning. The texture you achieved was so worth draging out the GC.

Bet that WOS silver is gorgeous IRL...it looks great from here too!

DH at a friends guy party...they are all watching the game...I managed to address and sign all my overseas cards...the cut off for mailing is tomorrow...so i will be well covered.
Usually I am a day or two late!!!

Maxine D said...

What a wonderful card Mary - love the colouring on the bells, and that background is amazing!
Blessings
Maxine

aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful card Mary and lovely image and die used along with gorgeous colour combo.
aNNie xx
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Christine Harrop said...

Great card Mary and it really meets the remit for Silver Bells. Missing image - oh often does that happen? We know for a fact we have a certain stamp/ image to fit but can it be found? No way! At least not until after you have done something else then up it pops! ... lol! Hugs Christine xx

Sue said...

Lovely card.

Hope you have a good start to the week. Sue

Hettie said...

This is a beautiful card Mary.
Are those bells off Santa's sleigh? Was watching Polar Express last night and their bells were just like this. Hubby's choice not mine!
Hugs
xx

Mrs A. said...

I like your change of bells. very unusual to see tinkle hat bells as apposed to church bells. Loving your great background. Afraid I went with the original theme. Hugs Mrs A.

Patricia said...

Brilliant card Mary, another take on that "silver bells" request. I love it
Hugs

Patricia xx

Planetsusie said...

This is great Mary and I love the bells die - I don't have that one and am very envious!!! Lovely colours as well.

Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

Darnell J Knauss said...

Gorgeous in every way, Mary!! And great job using those snippets!! (Love the snowy blog background!) Hugs, Darnell

Stamping With Bibiana said...

nice image and so festive
hugs bibiana

Redanne said...

This is a really beautiful card Mary,, I love that central image and those silver bells are gorgeous! Hugs, Anne xx

Charlene said...

Fabulous card Mary!!

Brenda said...

Oh Momma Mary, I am loving this card! I love silver bells and you got some great ones on this card, even if it isn't the ones you wanted. lol The embossed papers you used are fabulous and I love the glittery bells as well as the ones you colored. I am hoping to play with everyone over at the Playground this week too, so plan on working on something tonight. Hope you are having a wonderful Monday. It sure was a nice warm one here! Hugs, Brenda

Jean said...

I love the stamp you used here Mary, it's beautifully festive. Great embossing folders used too and traditional christmas colours.
Jean x

Di said...

Fabulous card Mary! Gosh your colouring is absolutely gorgeous - at first I thought it was a pre-coloured topper!

Hugs

Di xx

Zoe Tant said...

Fab card Mary and I love that bell stamp. Zx

Donna Ellis said...

LOVE the coloring in your great impressions image, Mary, and the pretty card design, with those festive layers! xo

Bonnie said...

This is a gorgeous stamp, Mary! Love the bells and pretty ribbon they hang from! Great background with the embossing! Love all the texture!

Susan (rainy) said...


Beautiful card, Mary. Your coloring on the image is just wonderful... like the gold streaks running through the greenery. The little details along with your shading.. LOVE!

Karen Petitt said...

Absolutely gorgeous Mary! Love your colouring on that image - superb! Karen x

JD/ Jill said...

Pretty Christmas card. Thank you so much for all the good thoughts and prayers you have sent our way. They worked. Yes, prayers do work. Hope you have a good week...Blessings, Jill

Pumpy said...

Very, nice indeed. you are getting so clever.

Lucy Woods said...

Gorgeous design love the bells and traditional colours!
Lucy x

Faith A said...

A lot of work beautifully done, love it.