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11/25/2017

Christmas Card Club - Mixed Media

Hello and welcome to a Christmas Card Club post. This great group of cardmakers have a challenge every 2 weeks, and one member selects the challenge for that week.  I've not participated in a long time due to all the family things we've dealt with for a while. However, since I picked this week's challenge, I felt honor bound to try to get something ready to join in. (hanging head in shame for being away from my CCC pals for such a long time. We're praying that 2018 will be a quiet year and we can get back to our normal routines once again).

So here goes:

 
 

 
- Ken Oliver Metallic Sky Mineral Burst applied to Mixed Media c/s. This is a liquid product that spreads easily as a wash, and is a gorgeous blue. It can be mixed with acrylic paint and other products, and Youtube has some good videos on it. While this was wet, sprinkled Color Burst Osta Blue and some yellow Ken Oliver Color Burst (more powdery than the colorburst crystals). Spritzed some pearlized spray over the surface to help the crystals & powder bloom. After using a spritz tool to blow the puddles around the card surface, let this dry well. This certainly doesn't look as though it started off blue, does it?!
 
Stamplorations Christmas Tree stencil used with Golden Glass Gel Beads to create the dimensional tree. It's been a while since I used this product, and left it a bit thicker than it should be.
 
Let the piece dry overnight, trimmed down. Added 2 mirror gold strips to each edge. A Memory Box tiny snowflake stencil used with pearlized texture paste to add dimensional edges at the sides.
 
- Echo Park die cut from the same gold mirror paper. Remembered to use double side adhesive to the c/s before die cutting. Usually think about that as I'm tediously applying glue to the letters. Recently got a Penny Black O Holy Night die, tried using it, and the slender shapes of the words made it very tricky to glue & put in place properly. (that was the first card I meant to use today! May share it later, but needs some TLC first). Added a few little bits of color around, and called this one done. Mixed media is always fun to experiment, even when it turns out not like your first plan :-)
 
Please do visit my fellow team members to see what beauties they shared today. You will see links to each member's blog in the right sidebar.
 
Would encourage you to check out some new Thanksgiving cards shared on the Cards by Friends page as well. We were so blessed to enjoy these gorgeous cards by such sweet friends.  
 
Also would like to extend a warm welcome shoutout to a lovely new follower, Mac M. of The Sweetest of Peas. Thanks so much for becoming my newest follower. It's been a while since I have been able to make some new friends, so I was delighted to see your name in the lineup! Do check out Mac's work...you'll enjoy it, I promise.
 
Thanks for joining me today, and I'll try to get back to post a couple Thanksgiving cards that were made, but not sent. I seem to be developing a very bad habit with that! Certainly need some improvement on the Christmas cards!!
 
Hugs & God Bless.
 
 

35 comments:

  1. This is so gorgeous, Mary!! The colors are beautiful!! I love the texture and that fabulous tree!! The gold is so elegant!! Stunning, my friend!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  2. The colour bursts are amazing when they spread out and what a great display on this card Mary, loving that stencil too, a beautiful card.xx[aNNie]ğŸŽ„

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  3. Hi Mary, Lovely card.

    Hope you have a nice day. Sue

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  4. Fabulous card Mary
    Thanks for the challenge...
    Hugs Sylvie xx

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  5. Great card Mary...fabulous colours and all your textures....looks stunning xxxx

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  6. Love the colours Mary and the texture is fab. The die cut sentiment really makes it pop. Zx

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  7. So glad you found time to play along with the challenge and the resulting card is beautiful! I love the colors and all the speckles of colorful dots on and around the tree! Very unique and beautiful card! Have fun crafting :)

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  8. Pretty!! Love the gold!!

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  9. Oh my the background you made is stunning Momma Mary! I love the green and blues with a scattering of yellow. You tree shimmers so nicely with the glass gel beads and the mirror paper just brings it all together. Love your little "ornaments" as well as your "be merry" die cut. Yes, I can see how it would be hard to glue this sentiment down if you don't use double sided adhesive. My problem is I don't ever think to do that! lol Let's pray that 2018 will be a better year for a lot of us Momma Mary. God knows we could use some normal again. Hugs, Brenda

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  10. Whoa! Talk about FESTIVE! How incredible with these luscious colors and your sparkling "fun" tree glittering from the background. I especially love the happy die cuts and "dancing Confetti on the branch tips and sides of the card! Beautifully done, Mary! hugs, de

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  11. Wow Mary, your card is so vibrant and such wonderful background!!! Great textures and love the "iced" tree, it looks gorgeous with the gold ornaments and sentiment! Fabulous creation!
    I agree with you for the 2018 wishes... Hope that the new year will be less painful for we all.
    Hugs, have a lovely weekend!

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  12. Lovely to see you back Mary and the card is so pretty with great dimension on the tree and the little texture past snowflakes in the background and the wonderful large sentiment. The Colourbusts are such vibrant colours and different every time you use them. x

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  13. Oh Mary what a wonderful card, I love the design and the gorgeous colours, lots of mixed media materials used here and it all comes together beautifully.
    Thanks for the challenge I really enjoyed it, Kate x

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  14. That is a wonderful card design. I love the final outcome of it.

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  15. This is so luscious Mary! Loving the gorgeous colors and the little hints of gold. beautiful sentiment too - wonderful job!

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  16. Delighted to be your newest follower xx You produce amazing creations and I love all the inspiration. Great card today. Love the background and glad you said it started off as blue! The glass beads looks terrific and I always enjoy learning new techniques. Thank you for the inspiration and shout out and kind words x

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  17. Hi Mary,
    oh my word this card is sooooooooooooooo! gorgeous.
    Your work is excellent and the colours look amazing.
    I love this superb creation.
    Sorry I have not been about I am swamped at the Mo.
    We have a Bazaar next week and I have been so busy creating for it.
    I am also host on the MAWTT Challenge at the mo and the DT for the Rudolf challenge.
    I think I am about to tear my hair out. LOL.
    Lots of crafty love and hugs. Jenny L.

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  18. A beautiful card Mary, such a fabulous background and lovely gold details.
    I do hope that 2018 will be a much better year for you.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
    x

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  19. Hi Mary it has been a long time since I last visited but I have been looking through your awesome creations they and beautiful as this one is I love the textured effect it looks so different
    hugs
    lorraine x

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  20. Oh, I love the gorgeous background colour and the shape of the tree is just amazing. So pleased you found time to make something to share with your friends. Big hugs, Anne xxx

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  21. Really lovely theme Mary and so good to see you joining in! I hope things settle for you soon. Your card is beautiful - gorgeous colours. Sending big hugs Rachel x

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  22. This is wonderful Mary, the texture is fantastic and I love the tree. Be Merry is the most perfect sentiment and I love the font of this lovely die cut. I am so pleased that Doc Martin ended on a cliffhanger, it can only mean another series. I do wish they did a Christmas special!! xx

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  23. This is beautiful, Mary! Love the brilliant color as well as all the textures you created. What an interesting combination of products too. Love the font of your sentiment!

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  24. I love the tones of color in the background and the subtle tree, Mary! The gold sentiment adds to the elegance! So good to see you post again!

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  25. Beautiful card, Mary, lovely design and the colours are so pretty. xx

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  26. Such a pretty card and yes, it is hard to believe it started out blue...so pretty :)

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  27. Gorgeous colours and love the texture too! Wishing you a much more tranquil 2018. x Anne

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  28. Lovely card Mary and I hope for you 2018 will settle down a bit.
    Hugs Veerle xxx

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  29. Fabulous card Mary love the beautiful background and stenciled tree-hope next year is better for you
    Carol x

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  30. Gorgeous watercoloured background, Mary. Love it with the glass bead stenciled tree ... one of my favourite stencils from STAMPlorations! The gold sentiment adds even more elegance. Happy to see your post!! xx

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  31. I really enjoyed this theme Mary once I got round to creating my card, thank you for taking us out of our comfort zone. I love the gorgeous colour and texture you have on your Christmas tree stencil.
    Lorraine

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  32. I love green Mary and this is beautiful. Lovely texture too. Barbxx

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  33. I love the look of that tree with the micro beads on. It's something I have not tried, maybe in the New Year!

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  34. Your background is superb! Those colour bursts are quite something.

    sorry I was so late. I am still somewhat under the weather with my mouth and seemed to be hopeless at the photos. The main one is still awful!

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