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3/04/2016

HLS Christmas Challenge - March - Shaped Card

Welcome. It's time for Happy Little Stampers March Christmas Challenge, and this month our theme is a Shaped Card.

 Our Challenge is sponsored by Happy Little Stampers.



It's been a while since I did a shaped card, so here goes: (and this is my 2nd card. My first one had some wrinkles in it - and a totally different concept. )

- Pine branches are from a Simon Says Holly Berries clear set. I was inspired by an Ornamental Pine Embossed card done by Dawn. I had been wanting to try this technique, and this seemed like a good time to do so. Used Versamark as Dawn shows, and added the same SU Dazzling Diamonds EP and it really does glitter nicely.
The Lawn Fawn Winter Owl was waiting to be stored away, and thought he'd look good with the pine branches. Used Memento Northern Pine & Olive Grove, sometimes stamping off for the shadows. Add a few pine cones from the Holly Berries set using Espresso Truffle. Stamped some extras for around the sentiment. Added some more shading to these after fussy cutting.
Die cut with a S/B Classic Circle large, sponged SU Espresso around the edges. Came back with Memento Espresso Truffle, and DI Scattered Straw to have a bit of golden look at the edge.
- Owl stamped on watercolor paper with Versamark, heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail gold. Used Zig watercolor markers to color. (a little hesitant with this, since my w/c skills are rubbish at times. This guy turned out ok, I think. Fussy cut him, not sure if there's a die available on this small set. He's popped up with dimensional foam.
Die cut the card shape using a S/B Grand Circle. Edged the top of this with Versamark, then heat embossed with Ranger Queen's Gold.
HLS Mixed Christmas Sentiments was embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold, die cut with a S/B fancy tag, the ends of which have been covered by the embellies. Pine cones from the Holly Berries set, and tiny twigs from an Impression Obsession die set.. these were cut from a green dp, but then colored them with Copics in dark green shades.
Hope you will join in with this fun challenge, and get a head start on your Christmas card stash for 2016!

PLEASE REMEMBER YOU DO NOT HAVE TO USE HLS STAMPS TO ENTER OUR CHALLENGES

Thanks for joining me today. Big hugs. 


37 comments:

  1. Very beautiful card Mary.
    Hugs, Veerle x

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  2. Really lovely card Mary and a great owl, great background and I do like circle cards.
    Glad you are ok.

    Kath x

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  3. Oh what a lovely card Mary! (note to self: get started on Christmas cards!) Beautiful. x

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  4. Fabulous card, Mary. You've created a lovely scene and the little owl is so cute. xx

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  5. I like round cards and yours is lovely Mary. He's a super little owl, very cute. I really like your background too. Barbxx

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  6. Beautiful shaped card Mary! love circle shape, lovely owl scene you have created.
    Pam x

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  7. This is so beautiful, Mary!! I love the round shape and the sweet owl!! The background is perfect!! Gorgeous card my friend!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  8. Beautiful card Mary, I love the background stamping, perfect for the cute little owl.
    Jean x

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  9. What a gorgeous card Mary - love the pine branches and the owl - super sweet and cute.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  10. Making a circle card for this owl fella was the perfect choice, Mary! And I think you did a great job with your Ziggies! Dies? Who needs a die when you're a great fussy-cutter!! It's an all-around fantastic card! Hugs to you and Mr. Joe! Darnell

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  11. Love the card shape and seems to go well with the owl. I think the Phillippe the Owl is coloured really well.

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  12. Hi Mary,
    what a very super card, and I love the fab shape, and wonderful design.
    Your background card looks wonderful with the heat embossing, and that lovely scene is perfect, but my fave of all is that cutie owl with his little winter scarf.
    Love and biggest hugs from my house to yours.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  13. Hi Mary, Lovely card.

    I keep meaning to ask you, what is the silver looking thing you display your cards on?

    Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

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  14. Love this cute card Mary! I love all the subtle pine leaves and inking techniques, and the circle shape is gorgeous.
    BTW - your card stand looks amazing!

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  15. Such a great card Mary, love the expression on that darling little owl's face. It's been a while since I made a circle card...you have inspired me!! xx

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  16. Love your very cute and darling owl against the lovely bg you've given him, Mary!!! I love circle cards and this one is really pretty!!! The colours are beautiful!!!!
    Have a great weekend!!!
    Hugz

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  17. Hi Mary. LOVE this great card! Fancy fussy cutting those little pine-cones . . . great job my friend! Fabulous colouring skills and all over great design!! Have a lovely weekend! Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

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  18. This is so pretty, Mary! Love the pines and that cute owl! I haven't done a shaped card in ages.

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  19. This is so pretty Mary and that owl is really cute and I adore the pine cones and branches and the extra pine cones frame your sentiment beautifully and the circular shape is great. x

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  20. I am with darnell... this is a fantastic card.. so beautiful.. it is all the little details that make it fabulous.. it feels like I am right in the woods with that little owl.. there is a die that goes with him but you just proved you don't need it.

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  21. Your a wise ole owl aren't cha! You are going to have more wonderful Christmas cards - you could open your own shop. I have to get busy and make the one for our Christmas Card Club.
    Sandy xx

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  22. Super card Mary, love the shape and colours and your little owl is just so sweet, Kate x

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  23. This is a brilliant card, Mary, just fabulous! Love the round shape and the cute little owl that pop-up very well from the gorgous background!! Your colouring looks great, and the pine cones and all this the gold made the card so warm and festive!!! Great work!

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  24. Superb! Love the shaped cards and I've never even attempted one before. That owl is so sweet looking and cute. Love everything about this.
    Lynn

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  25. Such a beautiful shaped card Mary and I just adore the stand it is sitting on too! Hugs, Anne xx

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  26. Great scene Mary and a fab card!

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  27. What an adorable card! It's fun to make shaped cards. I don't think I ever did it for Christmas though. Love your design and colors. Thanks for the inspiration! Happy weekend.

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  28. What a fabulous design and shape Mary! Yes, we have been to Bryce Canyon, it is a fabulous place too!

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  29. What a sweet scene, Mary ... that little owl is so cute ... fabulous sitting amidst the pine branches and cones! Hugs, Anita :)

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  30. Beautiful stamping, Mary, love the pine branches scene you've made for this owl. And how come we don't make circle shaped cards more often, I think they always add something extra to a design.

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  31. LOVE your card....that sweet owl is as cute as can be. What a fun shape too. And those pinecones, adorable.

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  32. Adorable little owl and a great card - love the soft colours and the shape.

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  33. Great card Mary. I love the pine branches to frame the little owl.

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  34. Absolutely fantastic card!
    Xoxo Olga

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  35. A beautiful card, Mary. That owl looks so comfortable sitting there in his surrounds! xx

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  36. Beautiful Christmas card. I love this beautiful owl. Thank you for the beautiful inspiration,
    hugs,
    BozenA DT HLS

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