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3/15/2015

Christmas Card Club - Anything Goes - with embossing paste

Hello everyone, and welcome to another Christmas Card Club post - and today our theme was selected by Sylvie of Gibmiss. Her challenge was an Anything Goes, and I decided to go with a Dreamweaver's metal stencil and some pearlized embossing paste. First, though, let me wish all the international Moms a wonderfully Happy Mothering Day. Here in the USA, we shall celebrate that blessed holiday next month.

Also in today's post, there will be a post to the Friends' Cards tab, as we received 2 very lovely St. Patrick's Day cards that we've been enjoying. Now, onto the Anything Goes CCC.



This card was inspired by one seen sometime ago, done by Jill at Ribbon Challenged. When I saw Jill's beautiful card, my own stencil was on the air brush table, but had yet to be used. Thanks, Jill, for this inspiration, belated though the final effort is!

Some weeks ago, decided to experiment with some pearlized embossing paste (below, just in case you may not be familiar with this product).



Once the piece had dried very well, dug out some VOS (very old stuff!) of Pebbles chalks... a metallic set and really the chalk is more of a paste consistency than truly chalk. I liked the way the colors went over the dried pearlized emboss. It was a bit difficult to color the holly, using a Q-tip on the tiny spots - it smeared outside the raised edges. I was biting my tongue & being very careful as I applied it, too.  The birds and holly did ok. Decided to add some red rhinestones over the holly berries, and liked that a little better.

- S/B Majestic Square die for main image, S/B classic square for glitter paper mat, and Sue Wilson New York Collection Times Square die for the pattern dp - which came from an old 12x12 Christmas pack. The center portion of each  layer was removed by using a square die before adhering to a white card base.

Debated on adding a sentiment, but finally stamped a clear Merry using Colorbox Warm Lipstick Fluid Chalk ink. Didn't want to cover up any of the embossed image. Hope you like it, and thanks Sylvie, for a fun theme on this challenge. Do please check out all my fellow members at the Christmas Card Club - their links are on the sidebar.

We have some warm lovely sunshine today, after a dreary overcast Saturday. Very welcome. Enjoy whatever it is that you may be doing today. Another request - if you can - is to please say a prayer for a sweet blogging buddy & her husband, who are going through a difficult patch of life at the moment. I would be so grateful, and I'm sure they would as well. Big hugs & God Bless. Thanks for visiting today.

60 comments:

Christine Harrop said...

A lovely card Mary. It's ages since I've used stencils and embossing paste - maybe I need to get them out again. Your friends will be on my prayers! Hugs Christine xx

AJ Bodine said...

Well that is interesting..I have been looking at that modeling paste and wondering what it would look like..or how easy it would be to apply without making a complete mess! Your birds are lovely and they have a neat dimension to them that you couldn't get any other way. Very beautiful and I do like the choice of rhinestones for the berries!

Yes, this warm sunshine is so welcome here in the Carolinas! Happy Sunday!

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Wow this is a fab stencil and looks absolutely stunning with the added colour too. A beautiful card for the theme.
Lorraine

Jacee said...

So lovely Mary, the stencils a greta idea, I love it!
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Sarah said...

This is lovely Mary and the chalking looks amazing and I am truly inspired. Embossing paste is one thing I do not own, however, the fabulous Pamellia has a great recipe and I did, in fact, buy some kid's pearlescent paint this week to attempt the recipe so watch this space!! xx

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Mary, what a gorgeous card, the image and the colouring is fabulous. I hope all is well with you and yours, hugs Kate x

Donna Ellis said...

How beautiful this stencil technique is, Miss Mary! I love the soft colors you have chosen, and the pretty frames around your masterpiece! Gorgeous! hugs, de

Viv's Visuals said...

This is just fab!

dutchess said...

they are so sweet Mary.....I really must get to grips with the paste ....love the card xxxx

Sue said...

Lovely card.

Glad you have nicer weather.

Sending positive thoughts to your friends. Hopoe life treats them better soon.


Sue

Mrs A. said...

Lovely card. I have loads of stencils and really must get them and use them. I love the effect you have created here on your card. hugs Mrs A.

Zoe Tant said...

Pretty card and thank you for the info about embossing paste. Something I must have a go at sometime. Zx

Bonnie said...

Such beautiful, intricate coloring, Mary! Love these little birds!

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Mary what a lovely card this is the image is gorgeous also love the papers and colours you have used, super make.
hugs
lorraine x

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Mary,
Beautiful card, as always. I hadn't heard of the pearlized embossing paste but I do not keep up on the all the latest.

I'm sorry to hear of your friend's husband diagnosis and fight with cancer (I visited but didn't leave a comment). Bless them both. It seems that right now I hear of so many that are fighting one illness or another.

I've been at Starbucks this afternoon, writing a post and then updating my Kindle. I thought I'd never want one but I absolutely love it! I'm slowly getting rid of my books (oh how my realtor will love that) and some of my clutter. Although with the crafting supplies I tend to just move them from one place to another!

Hugs,
Kay

Irish Cherokee said...

Excellent Mary. I like the effect you got with this technique. The glitter and background paper really focus the eye on the images. - Jim

rachel said...

this is brilliant Mary - I really thought I'd done the wrong thing when I read your title! Silly me! You've used the embossing paste so well - brilliant! Big hugs rachel x

Carol said...

This is fabulous Mary...what a wonderful stencil and you've showcased it beautifully. Carol x

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous card, love the subtle colours of the fabulous birds. Oh yes I have some Pebbles chalks and to be honest every now and then I do use them, think they are far better than the Pan Pastels that came out a couple of years ago.

Kath x

Carol L said...

What a beauty!! I love that stenciled & glittered background that just looks amazing with these pretty little birds! Nice embossing job with them!

Lisa said...

This is so gorgeous, Mary!! The background looks amazing!! I love the beautiful birds!! Everything about this is just fabulous!! I love, love it!! And I haven't seen the pearlized embossing paste but it's now on my list for my next craft store run!! Have a great evening :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

scrappymo! said...

Very pretty Mary. You have a steady hand...the finished effect is beautiful!

Redanne said...

I love using embossing paste, just don't do it often enough. Your card is beautiful Mary and the image is wonderful!

I am wishing your friends well and hope the outcome is a positive one.

Hugs, Anne xx

pam said...

Wonderful card design Mary, gorgeous stencil with those amazing birds.
Love the colours and layout.
Hugs Pam

Jean said...

A super card Mary, these little birds are so sweet. I like the way you coloured the holly and the rhinestone berries.
I am glad you have some nice sunshine today.
Jean x

Brenda said...

This is most beautiful Momma Mary, I love the pearlized embossing paste, your chalking is amazing on both the birds and the holy. I love the gems for the berries. Your papers are beautiful too. Hugs, Brenda

McCrafty's Cards said...

beautiful card Mary, I love those birds
Kevin xx

linda said...

beautiful! the birds are lovely and i love the texture and deckled edge.

Sheila H said...

Your birds are beautiful - and so realistic looking. The delicate colors are perfect. The pearlized paste looks great. Your techniques never fail to amaze me.

JD/ Jill said...

Great job with this card! I feel honored that my card inspired you to use yours. Nicely done with the paste, In fact, I think you have inspired me to get out my paste tomorrow and try another stencil.

Rita said...

Good Morning Mary. My oh my what a beautiful card. That stencil looks amazing. Keeping my thoughts and prayers for your friend in my heart. So very sad in someone so young. You give me such inspiration by reading your post. Take Care my friend. Hugs Rita xxx

aussie aNNie said...

Super designed card with a beautiful rustic looking birds and gems...love the colours
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Patricia said...

Brilliant card, love those cute birds and the treatment you have given them.
All over design is fantastic
Have a good day
Patricia x

brenda said...

Another lovely creation Mary, great colours and techniques, thanks for sharing.

B x

Maxine D said...

Mary this is wonderful - love the details and the colours - yes colouring small spaces with chalk and q-tip is not easy :-).
Blessings
Maxine

Donna said...

Beautiful card, Mary! I've never tried embossing paste but I see it used more and more so I may have to take the plunge. Love the design of this card and beautiful coloring. Thanks for the smile this morning.

Pat said...

These birds are gorgeous Mary and the pearlised paste looks fantastic. I love the background paper and the pretty blue glitter paper enhances it so prettily. x

Krisha said...

Stunning card Mary. I haven't tried the pearlized paste...yet but it looks great on the card.

alexandra s.m. said...

What a gorgeous card and amazing use of modeling paste!
Thanks Mary!

Petra Swart said...

Your card is so lovely, Mary!!! Those little birds are darling and look lovely done with the EP and chalk!!! The rhinestones add lovely sparkle as does the blue paper. Love the sentiment in the corner!!! Beautiful, Mary!!!
Have a great day!!!
Hugz

Karen Petitt said...

Just gorgeous Mary - love that stencil and a fab card too Karen x

Charlene said...

Beautiful Mary!!!

Pia S said...

You did well with this card. The embossing paste looks great and I like how you added some color too.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Awesome card, Mary! You really are so talented in so many different techniques! Your request for Brenda is well-heeded. We are certainly filling the heavens with prayers for them!! Hugs, Darnell

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
oh this card is so adorable.
I do love your bird design with that paste.
Wonderful, wonderful card.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Donna said...

Fabulous card Mary! I've sent a prayer and will keep them in my prayers.

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Amazing how the embossing past breathes life into those birds! Absolutely AWESOME!

Benzi said...

Love, love those birds and the holly. I have used embossing paste but not pearlized. You did a good job with the Q-tip. It's such a beautiful card.

I went over to the blog you left and offered my prayers for this dear lady. How hard it must be for them right now. I can only imagine.

Guess what? My phone showed 80 degrees yesterday. Too bad rain starts tomorrow and it will be back to 60's.

KandA said...

Gorgous card, Love those birds xx

Pat said...

Hi Mary. Thank you for asking if I had a nice Mothers Day. Our son Skyped us and also sent an E-Card with Otters which he knows I love. Unfortunately sending a card is difficult from Australia as there MD is later in the year, not quite sure when. I hope you had a good MD too. It's not easy when family are not living close enough to pop over at these times, but it is something we just have to learn to live with. Hopefully he may come and visit this year if he can which will be good. x

Faith A said...

Mary you are so clever, you just muck in and produce beautiful cards. Love the paste result, the birds could be flying off the page also love your colouring of the holly.

Prayers offered!

Brenda in IN said...

This is so pretty. The shiny paste really shows up and I love those birds. I never thought of using paste with a metal stencil. Great idea. I'm adding my prayers for her and her family too.

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wow, Mary! This is so amazing! The texture looks fabulous and I love the sparkle! You're doing great with your stencilling and embossing paste - I need to try it again - it's been awhile! Sorry I haven't been around much - trying to spend less time on the computer. Always a pleasure to see what you've been doing!

Diane said...

Greetings Mary,

Wow what a fabulous design your birds are just wonderful.

Hugs diane

MiamiKel said...

Oh Mary, your card is absolutely stunning! What a gorgeous card and so delicate. I am laughing at your VOS w/ the Pebbles chalks - I started out with those, 8 years ago? LOL! I think I might have used them once! What a wonderful card today - TFS ♥

Shirley said...

Mary, this is lovely and it's great to be back hopping. I really like how you painted and shaded your embossed images and how you used the modeling creme is wonderful! Beautiful!!

Kim Heggins said...

Mary...what a fabulous card. I love your sweet pair of birds and that one just about to land on the branch. So beautiful. And your colors, just about as gorgeous as can be.

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

What a beautiful card! I haven't seen tis paste before! I need to get me some! Love it!
I hear G'Ville has a beautiful center city by the river. Can you believe i have only bypassed it these many years if I were going to Atlanta etc! So Howdy, neighbor!!!

Hettie said...

This is lovely Mary. I have seen the paste make but not that particular one.
Have a good weekend.
Hugs
xx

Sarah Mabery said...

That bird stencil is lovely. And you did a great job adding the chalk to it. That square die is a really cool shape.