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5/27/2018

Christmas Card Club - Challenge 11

Hello and welcome to another Christmas Card Club post - Challenge 11 for 2018. Today our Shaz selected the theme of "Trees - Indoor or Outdoor". I'm a bit late with my post, but we've had guests this past week (one exciting visit, more about that later!) So let's get started: 


 
 
- Memory Box die - 6x6 paper from stash. The tree design was cut from the DP, then cut the tree shape again from white snippet, and gold snippet. Adhered the stripe cutout with the white snippet, then had the gold on top. Inlaid, although the photo does not show the dimension all that well. There's lots of gleam and shine on this card, so hard to photo well (even if I were a good photographer!)
 
A black snippet was heat embossed with Gina K white detail powder. The black snippet was a piece of textured paper, but still the embossing showed up quite well. This is the first time I've used this particular white EP. 



- More snippets (from this card) using the Memory Box Oval Master frame. The silvery oval rim was white, just like the oval inlay shape. Used a Pentel silver slicci pen to color it. Adhered this to a white backing, which the edges were colored black with a Copic marker.

- Tree is cut from 2 different Dee's Distinctively dies, one does the green tree silhouette, one did the silver overlay.  Adhered the tree over the oval, added a vellum sentiment, embossed with WOW platinum ep.  This topper was placed on a purchased pale gray card base.

Apologies to Shaz for being late with my post. I hope you'll take a few moments to check out my teammates' inspiration for this challenge. Their blogs are listed on the right side bar.

Now for my exciting guest: My sweet blog pal Brenda was visiting some relatives on the east coast of South Carolina, and was able to get over to my part of the state for an overnight visit. Her son, Bret, who just graduated very recently, was kind enough to spend his time driving her about 5 hours  off their route home, so we could finally meet face to face! We'd tried once before when we were traveling through her state of Pennsylvania, but things didn't work out for a meeting. I was so looking forward to it. As you might guess, we had a delightful time, yakking away. (I felt bad for poor Bret, having to listen to us gabbing away. Thank goodness young folks have their phones and Ipads to keep them amused). Got a call yesterday evening, that they had arrived safely back home. It was a big blessing to finally meet somebody with whom I've grown to known via blogging and emailing for many years, gotten very attached to. She was just as I thought she would be.  Makes one thankful for taking up blogging, I can tell you! You meet such wonderful people.

Anyway, I'll be back later with a post for May's Rudy Day...  so ya'll have a good day, and thanks for visiting. God Bless and Hugs.




27 comments:

  1. So glad to hear that you have had a lovely meeting with your dear blogfriend!
    Beautiful both your Christmas cards, the first one is so bold and striking with those diagonal stripes and all that gold looks great!! Love the vellum and the embossing in the second one, and that tree overlay is just gorgeous!!

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  2. I'm thrilled you got to meet Brenda and Bret. That was nice of Bret to bring her over. Maybe some day I'll get to meet everyone I blog with. Wouldn't that be wonderful. I so enjoyed meeting you in person and yakking away. I love that first card so much. The gold trees are beautiful. That silver overlay on the second card is just stunning. Two very elegant cards, Mary.

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  3. Two gorgeous Christmas cards, Mary. I love the simplicity of the design of first one. The embossing on the second card is so pretty. xx

    How wonderful to meet Brenda IRL! xx

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  4. Super cards Mary, lovely colours and design, and just perfect for the challenge.
    Sounds like you and Brenda had a lovely meet up,Kate x x

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  5. Hi Mary, love both of your takes on the theme. How lovely you finally got to meet in real life! I've been lucky enough to meet a few people I have got to know through blogging, and through FB crafting groups, and like you feel lucky to have made so many friends this way. Hugs, Shaz Xx

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  6. Hi Mary
    Two fabulous cards... love that strip of Velum on the 2nd one...
    Great news your friend came all that way to see you
    Hugs Sylvie xx

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  7. Two beautiful cards for the holidays! Love both of them Mary.
    I'm so glad you and Brenda got to meet up. Brenda sent me a picture of y'all and it was great! Blogging friends are the best.
    Lynn

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  8. Love the golden trees on the first card and the touch of silver on the second Mary. Lovely cards. Hugs Veerle x

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  9. These are both gems Mary! Love the sparkle and I know the difficulty of the mirror cardstock photography! How fun to meet up with blogging buddies. I hope that some day we'll meet too!

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  10. Gorgeous cards Mary - very clever use of snippets! Well done you! I am so glad you had a good time meeting your blog friend. How lovely! Hugs rachel x

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  11. Two super Christmas cards Mary, I love them both but I especially like the rich colours and gold on the first one.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
    x

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  12. Two really lovely cards, love the red and gold and the green tree with the silver glitter, two lovely designs too.

    Kath x

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  13. Two bright and beautiful Christmas cards Mary and love the pink and red stripe with the gold trees which stand out so well, and the pretty tree with the silver glitter overlaid flourish detail looks great with the red and silver background. How wonderful that you managed to get together with Brenda at last too. x

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  14. Cute cards!! How exciting to meet a blog pal! Glad to hear you all had a good visit
    Marilyn❤️

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  15. I'm so glad you got to meet Brenda and Bret, Mary!! It sounds like such a fun day!! Both of your cards are so beautiful!! I love the trees on both!! So gorgeous!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  16. How pretty are these cards! I especially like the golden trees on the diagonal striped background! The 2nd is so sparkly and festive and I just love the vellum panel for the sentiment too! I'm SO GLAD you got to meet Brenda and her son - how lovely that visit must have been :) Do enjoy the weekend now as well :)

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  17. Two beautiful cards Mary - and I am so glad you got to meet Brenda - what a joy!! I too have met a couple of bloggy friends when travelling and it's always a pleasure!
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  18. Two lovely cards Mary...love the stripes on the first one and the glitter tree on the second...really stunning.We have a bank holiday today here so everyone has an extra day off work and the weather is lovely and sunny...hope you enjoy your day too xxxxx

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  19. Both cards are very pretty and I can see the dimension of the first card and love the silver on top of the tree in the second. Very pretty. Glad you could meet up and have a great visit

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  20. Both of your trees are so pretty with their sparkle and/or shine, Mary! I'm so glad you got to meet Brenda in person! I know she enjoyed the visit as much as you did!

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  21. So glad you met up with Brenda and had such a wonderful time and yes Bret did good x Wonderful cards both of them. The first one is so contemporary and loving the shimmer and the classy layout. Stunning second card too x

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  22. What fabulous cards, like the shimmer. It is always exciting to meet a stamping friend and to meet her son too, such a bonus!

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  23. two beautiful Christmas cards, love the touch of sparkle.
    Isn't it fun meeting up with crafty blogging friends :)

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  24. Super cards Mary. I like both designs and the torn vellum on the second is really effective. TFS Zoe x

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  25. Lovely trees Mary, I especially like the red and gold, very striking.

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  26. Two super cards Mary, love your techniques. It's always good to meet up with internet friends...well done that son! Carol x

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  27. Sorry I've only just arrived here for the CCC post, two gorgeous cards Mary and I love them both.
    Lorraine

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