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1/22/2017

Christmas Card Club - Stars

Welcome to Christmas Card Club Challenge #2, and the theme of North Star (or any stars) was chosen by our Maureen (Scraps of Life by Scrappymo). Reminder: Maureen is also the hostess for Rudolph Day, which will start on the 25th of each month and end on the last day.

Before sharing today's card, please help me give a warm welcome to Anne D of Cobnut Crafter. I met Anne when another blogger (Barb's Faraway Cards) gave a shout out to Anne. Anne is a new blogger in the UK, but her cards look as though she's been a card maker for long years. Thanks, Anne, for joining as a new follower, and I hope some of my friends will follow the link and come over to enjoy your beautiful work and become your friends too!



Here's the card with the Stars theme, & I chose the most beautiful & wonderful Star of all time:


- Background is Paper Studio silver star patterned vellum placed over a Paper Studio navy cardstock, then on a white top fold card base.

- DieVersions Three Kings (DV-522) was diecut from a lightweight cardboard from a piece used to hold the die in place when it shipped. (This die is a NBUS and the material is a snippet!). Used WOW clear embossing ink over the kings, then heat embossed with WOW Outerspace EP. (It looks quite like gunmetal gray, actually very pretty). Then placed the embossed piece on an old versamark ink pad that has gotten dirty, reinked it, then applied a coat of WOW Silver Pearl which added even greater sheen. Sorry the photo doesn't show it very well.

- White glitter paper that had previously cut a snow hill was trimmed to place at the bottom of the card.

- Star that is part of the Kings set, was trimmed from the die (it is attached to the nose of the right most camel on the die. I wanted to place it in the sky). This was heat embossed with the WOW Silver Pearl, 2 coats and IRL it gleams very nicely.

- Die-Version Word die cut from a snippet of white cardstock, then one coat of WOW Outerspace EP. Did not add another coat of the silver pearl, and IRL it looks much smoother than the Kings, also looks more like Liquid Platinum.

I hope you'll have time to check out my CCC team mates interpretation of Maureen's challenge. Their blogs are listed on the right sidebar.


Also joining in with Darnell's #8 NBUS Challenge, to celebrate her Blog Birthaversary.

You'll get lots of inspiration at both the NBUS and our group's Christmas Card Club, so I hope you have time to follow the links, maybe play along with the NBUS & Snippets Challenge. (you may ask: what is NBUS? Well, our Darnell coined that term. It means Never Before Used Schtuff, and we ALL have it! )

Thanks for joining me today, and hope you've had a terrific week. We had some 78F sunshine days, some cool gloomy days and Saturday - it rained most of the day.

Blessings & Hugs;  Prayers to those who are in need of them. Come again when you can.

53 comments:

Christine Harrop said...

Such a lovely Christmas card Mary. I love your NBUS die. We were obviously on the same wave length today. Hope you are well and keeping warm. Hugs Christine xx

Sue said...

Hi Mary, The card is lovely.

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

Valerija said...

Fabulous card. Love the dies you used.
Valerija xx

scrAPpamondo said...

You have created a wonderful Christmas scene, love all the sparkling and the vellum sky is a great idea!
Here the cold is very strong, we aren't used to these temperatures...

Rainey's Craft Room said...

A lovely card depicting the journey of the Three Kings Mary. The black glitter card looks beautiful against the starry sky.
Lorraine

Helen J said...

A great way to use up NBUS, it's a lovely card!

Jenny L said...


Hi Mary,
what a very gorgeous card and I love your wonderful design of this.
The glittery scene is fab and very lovely.
Wonderful that you could combine a few different challenges too.
Love and big hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Daffodil Cards said...

A beautiful card Mary, love the glitter and shine on the Kings and the shaped die they are over, the star is certainly THE star and makes this a perfect Christmas card.
Faith
x

dutchess said...

Love it Mary the die cut images really pop from your lovely background....and a beautiful traditional image xxxxxx

crafty creations said...

Stunning card Mary xx Hilda

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

What a great upcycling job you did with the three kings Mary! I LOVE using packaging that way! You have made a great Christmas card with it! Have a wonderful Sunday! Hazel xx

Marilyn said...

Beautiful card!!

cuilliesocks said...

This is so beautiful Mary, I love the image and your design, wonderful colours too, Kate x

Rita said...

Beautiful card Mary. The star is so beautiful. Hugs Rita xxxx

Carol L said...

This is such a pretty card with the gentle snow falling. I love the soft colors and simple design. Congrats on starting your Christmas stash so early in 2017!!

Rita said...

Hi Mary. Beautiful card from you today. Love it. Hope your well. I did write a comment but was not sure if my comment went up. So I wrote again. Hugs Rita xxx

Pam said...

Your Christmas card is just lovely Mary! I love the sparkle and the star vellum paper over the navy gives such a soft look. The die cut Wise-men are beautiful. Great job!
I hope you are well. We sure have had some odd weather. Nice to have the warm weather but it was also nice to see the beautiful snow (for a short time).
Have a great day!
Pam
scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

Bonnie said...

I'm glad this wonderful die isn't a NBUS any longer, Mary! What an awesome Christmas card! Stay watchful with the storms coming your way. xoxo

Donna said...

Wow! I love all the glitter paper in this one. I think I need those three king dies too. You are such an enabler, Mary! Mo picked a great theme for this Christmas Card Club.Hope all is well with you! Have a great week.

Brenda in IN said...

This is beautiful, Mary. The vellum is gorgeous and the silver pearl really adds the shine and shimmer. I hope you are safe with all the nasty weather that is moving your way. I'm thinking of you.

Pat said...

Your three kings look very pretty Mary and I love the vellum and the snowhills and the lovely sparkle using the embossing powder. A gorgeous Christmas card. x

jimlynn said...

Beautiful card and I know it just shines! Love it
Lynn

Olga Fink said...

A fabulous card Mary!
xoxo olga

Krisha said...

Beautiful card!!!

Pia S said...

Outerspace powder, that sounds exciting. And from the photo it looks fantastic. A lovely card!

rachel said...

wonderful stuff Mary - I really like this die and how you have pieced it all together - perfect! Hugs rachel x

Donna Hanley said...

Very nice card, Mary. I need to start making some Christmas cards real soon because we all know how fast they year flies by. Hope you have a fun Sunday.

Lisa said...

This is so gorgeous, Mary!! The DV Three Kings die looks amazing!! I love the sparkle!! Absolutely beautiful Christmas card my friend!! I love it!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Mary, love your card, so beautiful. I may actually go and add one of mine to Darnells NBUS, as I managed to use a stamp I've had for years, and never used till today! Love all the glittery details, I'm another fan of WOW powders! Hugs, Shaz XxX

Sarah said...

This is a gorgeous card Mary, depicting that very special star. Love the sparkle xx

cotnob said...

A beautiful card Mary, a wonderful scene and lots of lovely sparkle and shine.
Pauline
x

pam said...

Beautiful Christmas card Mary, love this die you have used.
Pam x

Donna said...

Stunning card, like the embossed Wiseman and the subtle sky background and glittery snow! In other words every detail!

Kathleen said...

Beautiful card, love the image and papers, lovely star too.

Kath x

scrappymo! said...

This is a beautiful card, Mary!

So much shimmer and shine from the embossing powders you used. I love traditional religious scenes on Christmas cards and am trying to make more of them this year.
Your die is lovely and I like the charcoal shimmery colour of the Wise Men.

Nancy Stislow said...

Your monochromatic colors scheme is just beautiful on this card, Mary! Love the shimmer and texture on this! Fabulous design too!

JD/ Jill said...

This is just lovely!

Shona Erlenborn said...

Such a pretty die, Mary and beautifully colored. Really pretty layout, with the stars, big shiny star and the lovely snowy base. Gorgeous result!

Darnell said...

Your take on the Star theme is a great tribute to THE wonderful star, Mary! Thank you for introducing Anne, who I have been to visit and follow and thank you for joining in my NBUS Challenge #8! Thank you, too, for your email! It sounds like you've had some amazing weather, but you take care now as I've heard those nasty southern storms are heading north! Lots of hugs, Darnell

Maxine D said...

What a gorgeous card Mary - love the 'Three Kings' on Christmas cards - both dies and stamps.
Love all the sparkle you have on your card
Blessings
Maxine

Petra Swart said...

Oh, this is simply gorgeous with all the shimmer, Mary!!!! You've created a beautiful scene of the Wise Men and all the stars!!!! This is a fabulous Christmas card!!!!
Have a great week!!!
Hugz

Gibmiss said...

Hi Mary
Stunning card... love all the glittery shine fabulous ...
Hugs Sylvie xx

Mrs A. said...

Very striking indeed. The star looks so much better up in the sky. Can't think why it would be over a Camel. Love the silhouette done in the black sparkly. Into week 3 of the refurb now. They are starting on the downstairs cloakroom. The floor tile were laid and grouted Friday and the wall tiles are going up today. Hugs Mrs A.

Donna Ellis said...

ooooooh! How fantastic this is, Mary! Your silhouettes look amazing with the sparkle, and the white dunes are amazing on their star-filled night. Beautiful card design, and a lovely creation! hugs, de

Sheila H said...

OMG, Mary, this is a gorgeous card. I love the sparkle and all the details - the star, the snow hill, the embossing. It's nice to actually use NBUS, isn't it?

Redanne said...

This really is a beautiful Christmas card, I love the embossing and the stars in the background are wonderful. The snowy bottom and all the sparkle make this one gorgeous card! Hugs, Anne xx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Gorgeous card!

Brenda said...

What a gorgeous card Momma Mary! I do so love that die you used and love how you cut the star to use separately. Clever! The vellum is just perfect for the sky and love the white and black sparkle! Just stunning! Hugs, Brenda

Carol said...

A gorgeous take on the theme Mary, love your dies and design. Carol x

Stampsnob. said...

Not sure I am in to Christmas cards just now but this is lovely ........Lis

Loll said...

WOW ... I mean WOW!! LOVE this card Mary. So creative and very beautiful. Amazing work with the embossing powders. Your three kings just sparkle. Great job combining NBUS and Snippets challenges in one card! xx

Anita in France said...

Amen, Mary ... the most wonderful star! Your card is fabulous ... such brilliant embossing that shimmers and shines beautifully! Hugs, Anita :)

*Vicki* said...

This is so stunning Mary!! LOVE the sparkly silhouettes! You've made such a wonderful Christmas design! :) Thanks for sharing! HUGS