HLS Christmas Challenge - June - Twine

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Recently had a play with a NBUS SU Woodland EF after being inspired by its use on many blogs and Pinterest. Used several different inks in the process, and it's amazing what different looks can be created. There's an earlier post, using a tan cardstock which turned out nicely, but here are 2 cards made for the HLS Christmas Twine challenge.

- SU Woodland Texture EF inked with Memento Sky Blue. Added some gray shading on the trees using a dauber. This was the 2nd effort, after inking the trees at first, then realizing it's the background that is meant to be inked. It looks good to me, done either way, just depends on the look you're going for.
- MBox birds cut from white snippet, then colored with copic reds, Black spica pen to create the birds' masks, with Orange Spica for the beaks.
- HLS Mixed Christmas Sentiments  stamped with Memento Love Bug red, heat embossed with Rangers Clear EP. Hand cut the fish tail tag. Added some bakers twine, red mat and called it done.
Actually this was the first effort at embossing the Woodland folder, and I inked up the trees using Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment ink instead of the background. The c/s is a mottled pale blue gray - very old stash. It's not showing well in the photo since there is less contrast because of the lighter c/s. IRL, this looks very much like heavy snow flurries among a grove of these trees. The cardinals stand out beautifully if they are about in such weather. Added some SnS Twinkling Clouds over all this, to create some dimensional & sparkling snow flakes, ---again, it's not showing well in the photo.
MBox birds die cut from a white snippet, colored with red copics, Black spica.
- HLS Mixed Christmas Sentiments stamped with Memento Nautical Blue ink, then heat embossed with a Silver Pearl EP, which created some shimmer over the ink. Punched with an EK Success punch, edged with the Nautical blue, then added clear rhinestones. 
- Recollections dark gray mat, over a SU Marina Mist mat, adhered to white card base. Blue Twine, and done!
- Green & yellow Brusho crystals sprinkled on dry w/c weight cardstock. Sprayed with Dylusions in green & yellow. Let the blooming and puddling take effect, used a Ranger Spritzer tool to move some of the puddles. Then dropped some Colorburst Gold Metallic (this is a liquid) in spots, dragged that around with a paintbrush. After drying, used a Jenny Bowlin leaf stencil and Gold BoBunny Glitter embossing paste to create some bling.  Let this dry overnight, then die cut with a S/B Astoria Die.
- JRL Design old wooden Feather Christmas tree image - colored with copics. Stamped the base of the tree on pattern paper that looks like burlap, and paper pieced that portion. Stars punched from glitter paper. Die cut with a S/B deckled rectangle, DI Antique linen to distress the edges, creating a white border. A matching size S/B long rectangle traced to create the faux mat from green snippet, inked edges with Memento Northern Pine to create a darker green for more contrast. .
Added some gold & natural bakers twine, used HLS Mixed Christmas Sentiments  heat embossed with Ranger Detail Gold - stamped over another background created using the 'mop up' from the brusho-o and Dylusions sprays. Edged with Northern Pine. Adhered to a purchased kraft card base. 
- MBox Trees Trio sponged with SU Suede, then smudged with Hero Arts Unicorn White (pigment ink). A 2nd layer of white was added behind the first layer, offset slightly. This was popped up with dimensional foam once the gold-natural twine was added.
- background created with SU Suede, Unicorn White, them embossed with a snowflake EF, which had been inked with the Unicorn white.
- Martha Stewart punched branches (from the snippets stash), Fiskars punch for the red bow, which started as a tiny white snippet.
- Paper Studio copper tape (found on 50% sale recently), then Wplus9 die sentiment from green paper snippet, colored with copics to darken the green. Backed with a white cardstock layer from a small snippet. This was one of the easiest cards I think I've done...and the idea came from a card I'd seen on Pinterest. 
This will be my last post on the HLS Christmas Design Team for now. It was such a pleasure to be on the team, with lots of extremely talented crafters, and I'm grateful to Kylie for giving me this opportunity. Many thanks, Kylie. We have things going on just now at home and within the family, that necessitated my stepping away from this fun team. Pssst... you might want to check out the DT call that is open. While you're there, do please see what my fellow HLS Christmas team mates have shared to inspire you, and perhaps add your own linkup using something with twine. You could win a nice prize!!!
As always, thanks for stopping in and come again when you can.




Kathleen said...

Good grief Mary you have been busy. What a great collection of cards, all are stunning but love the first and third cards, a lot of work has gone into all of them and a lot of snippets used too.

Kath x

Mrs A. said...

Four great cards. The first one with the cardinals is my favourite. So rich looking and love the addition of the twine. Hugs Mrs A.

scrAPpamondo said...

Wow, Mary, you has been very busy, how many fabulous cards have made!! I'm in love with the first one, and I pinned it
This embossing folder is in my wish list, it's really a great item to have in the stash, so useful and versatile! Love the colour of the background and the amazing two little cardinals! :D The twine is just perfect to finish the design!
Even the second card is beautiful, more soft and delicate (I prefer the first one because I love bright colours :) )
In the third one love expecially your Brusho's bakground.The glittered embossing paste looks great! And gorgous colours combo im the lasr one!!So soft!

Sarah said...

Goodness me have been a busy bee and each of these four is brilliant!! Love them all but if I had to chose a favourite it would have to be the blue, white and red of the first one, simply because of the colour combo!! xx

crafty-stamper said...

Great selection of cards but the first one is brilliant love the embossing folder and the cardinals and twine stand out beautifully againt the blue
Carol x

Liz said...

Beautiful cards, Mary. Like everyone has already said, you HAVE been busy! My favourite is the first one, I love the blue and white with a pop of red. x

pam said...

You have been busy Mary, fabulous Christmas cards, love the designs you have created.
Pam x

Sheila H said...

Wow - you rocked these cards, Mary. They are all beautiful, and I especially like the first.

Carol L said...

Isn't it fun to see all the different looks you can achieve with that woodlands embossing folder? Your collection of cards is fantastic and each one is so special too! I'm especially fond of the first one with the soft blue color and those pretty red birds! Beautiful job, and I'll miss your DT work for this fun challenge blog too.

Lisa said...

Wow, Mary, all of your cards are absolutely stunning!! I love the designs of each one!! They look amazing!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

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Donna Ellis said...

Wow wow wow! Love all four of your creations, Mary. I especially love the beautiful colors in your first Woodland scene. Fantastic use of twine? I don't even have any and want to get some! Hugs, de

brenda said...

My you have been a bust bee adding to your Christmas basket Mary.

Great effects with the stencil on the first one and hose little pops of red with the Cardinals, I always think they must be your equivalent to our Robins, they just have that added plumage on their heads.

Again on the second card with such elegance and then the bold splashed from the Brusho's on the third, impossible to choose a favourite.

Have a lovely Sunday.

B x

Sue said...

Hi Mary, Lovely cards. I do love the Cardinals.

Hope you have a good day. Sue

Inkyfingers said...

Oh my Mary you have been so productive this month and I love this collection of cards. I love that you tell us step by step how you make the cards because it makes me want to try some of the techniques. I particularly love the coloured background you made behind the leaves on the third card and I really want to try that. I'm so sorry that you are leaving the team because it has been such a pleasure to work with you. You will be missed!
Carol x

Valerija said...

Mary, you has been very busy and you have made beautiful cards. Love them all!

Susan said...

What a beautiful batch of cards - and great ways of using twine! My favourite is the first one - love the soft blue behind the birch trees and then the contrast of the red. I love the different ways you wrapped the twine on each card.

Donna said...

Amazing MAry! I know the team will definitely miss your talent. Just love all your cards. The first card with the trees and cardinal I especially like. The card just grabbed my attention. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week!

aussie aNNie said...

Brilliant cards and those cardinals and twine add such a lovely feel to the cards with fabulous colours chosen...just gorgeous..xx{aNNie}

Daffodil Cards said...

Mary what a delightful set of cards, love your embossing and stamping and the use of the twine is lovely. The card with the stencil effect is great with it's bling and sparkle and your cut trees and embossing are just lovely. You've made a great amount for Christmas already, good for you keeping up with it.

Bonnie said...

I love how you've used this embossing folder, Mary! Your woods scenes look so peaceful and the cardinals are the perfect size and look so pretty! I love the little feather tree and the sparkly background and the rustic look of the last card! Great idea to smudge the sponging with white! You have outdone yourself!

Pat said...

Wow! What a lot of beautiful Christmas creations Mary and love them all with a great variety of colours and designs. We will miss seeing your pretty creations at HLS but I know what you mean about life getting too busy sometimes. x

Marilyn said...

Your cards are gorgeous!!

Pia S said...

Oh my, you've been creative, Mary! Great use of twine and 4 fantastic cards closer to getting them Christmas cards ready!

So sorry my visits have been a bit irregular lately, MIL was here 5 nights from mid May, the following weekend my parents spent with us in Oslo and have just now completed a trip to celebrate hubby's sisters' (twins) 50th birthday. 1000 km driving in two days. Weekdays spent at work and outdoors. Soon going on holiday, but things will get back to normal again in July:) I'll be around as much as I can for the rest of this month.

cuilliesocks said...

Help ma bob! Marry, have you been busy or what, wonderful cards and such fabulous designs, you are certainly getting ahead with your festive season cards,love them Kate x

Barb said...

Hi Mary, here's me playing catch up because I was out yesterday. My goodness you've certainly been busy. Four really lovely cards and including some of your pretty cardinals.

I especially love the cards with the birch tree embossing folder. You really cracked that. They give a really great effect. I really like the Brusho background on your with the gold on. It looks really rich and the last card has a lovely icy look to it. You're certainly getting ahead with Christmas cards. Great makes Mary. Barbxx

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Wow, Marry! So many beautiful cards! All very beautiful and each other. I love the forest scene of the first card. Blue sky, which shines through between the tree trunks. In the second card, drifting snow has largely reduced the visibility. Brrrr, well, that we have almost summer and the winter is only a vague memory. The third card are recognized gorgeous colors and rich gold. The last card I love the embossing background and delicate coloring ink. The effect is stunning.

Nancy Stislow said...

I have that Woodlands folder and have not used it yet! Seeing your beautiful cards, think it's time to pull it out! Love the inking of the trees instead of the background. It really DOES look like trees in a snowstorm and the soft colors are fabulous. The last one I just love- the Joy one! It has a bit of a rustic feel to it and I just love that! You sure have been busy! Love seeing your work!

Loll said...

You have been busy!! Lots of beautiful "twine-adorned" Christmas cards Mary. Your stash much be getting big! Love all the versions and the different way you've used twine for each card. xx

Gerrina said...

That was an unexpected many beautiful cards! Must say that the first two are my favorites; I just like trees.... Great inspiration, but... I won't be thinking of these untill after the summerholidays:) Hope you have a sunny week!

Anita in France said...

Such wintery loveliness, Mary ... you've created such a delicious atmosphere on each card with the wonderful blend of different mixed media! Thanks so much for all your inspiration during your time on the HLS DT! Hugs, Anita :)

Team Clark said...

What a fantastic set of cards! The birch folder is the best! Love your creations with it and the other cards really look jolly and beautiful!

Olga Fink said...

All your cards are fantastic! one more beautiful than the other!
xoxo Olga

Princess Judy Palmer said...

MY goodness! You went on a Christmas card making whirl, didn't you. I really like the woods ones with the birds. So lovely no matter what technique you tried with them.