Christmas Card Club - Trees

Hello and thanks for popping by today for the Christmas Club Challenge. This challenge consists of a group of ladies, who 'meet' every two weeks, and each time one of us has selected a particular theme for that week's challenge. Today's challenge of Trees, was chosen by Margaret of Granmargarets Cards-N-Stuff, and I hope Margaret will like my trees! (although there is only ONE! LOL)

Here goes:

- Die'Sire Die O-Christmas Tree used with some gold swirly lightweight paper. Also made sure to use the Sizzix Precision Plate  since this CAC Die'Sire die is so intricate. Had no wish to be sitting with scissors trying to cut places that did not cut well. Once I made sure the cuts were good, then replaced the Precision Plate with the regular bottom plate and used the embossing mat.  Green glitter paper under the gold c/s was just cut in a square. "Decorated" the tree and snowflakes with colored rhinestones and pearls.

- PBlack sentiment (Love & Joy) cut from some 6x6 American Crafts glitter paper, which is also the 'thin' variety, rather than like the green glitter, which has the thicker weight to it. Debated on leaving off a sentiment, as I think the die is so pretty, but the calligraphy Peace lettering doesn't really cover up.

While looking at the little cut-outs in each corner, perhaps those are meant to be trees too? And now there is a pretty gold positive tree that can be used on another card. Oh Yay!

Please do check the sidebar for my fellow cardmembers' blog links and take time to enjoy their take on today's challenge of trees!

BTW, today DH & I are married 52 years, and he did like the Tulips card. One other little comment:
Is anyone else getting this error when going to their blogs? bX-w7tr63 - reload page? I can X away and still get to the post page, and reloading doesn't clear the error either? Just askin'.

Ya'll have a grand day. Looks to be another HOT one around our place. Blessings & Hugs.


  1. Love the glitter behind your die Mary. So very Christmas-y! Some of these intricate dies are a real pain aren't they, but so worth the effort. Hugs Christine xx

  2. A perfect Christmas card that is also perfect for the challenge! I think they are trees hun, well they look that way to me lol!

    Happy anniversary to you and your Mister too huni - that is a great achievement these days.

    Mary I wanted to thank you too, for that lovely comment you just left on my blog. I'm never 100% sure if I'm going the right way with my crafting and your comment helps me to believe in myself. It also helps me to let go of that nagging worry when the creations are not my usual style so a huge big thank you hun.
    It's hot here too, a little too hot for me but I know many will boo me for that lol! Just happy I am not in SC right now, gawd that would floor me! Beautiful poppy cards, love them stamps! Karen xx

  3. This is gorgeous Mary. I love the embossed background and the green at the back of your tree with its gems looks fabulous. The cut out corner do look like little trees.
    Stunning card.
    Happy Anniversary to you and your Husband.
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  4. Great card Mary, you certainly are getting in a good stock of Christmas cards!

  5. It's absolutely gorgeous, Mary!! What an elegant design!! I love the sparkly tree!! The smaller corner cut-outs do look like trees to me, too!! This is so beautiful! I absolutely love it!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. Hi Mary
    Fabulous Christmas card... Love that Die ... So classy....
    Hugs Sylvie xx

  7. What a gorgeous die you have here Mary. Your gold paper has embossed beautifully and looks lovely over the green glitter.
    Jean x

  8. Happy 52nd Anniversary Mary! What an achievement and I hope you had a good celebration.
    I love your beautiful, shimmery tree card and the die cut 'Peace' is perfect for it.
    I've not had that particular problem with Blogger I'm afraid, so I can't suggest anything. Have you tried Googling it?

    Carol x

  9. I love sparkle and bling so this is right up my street Mary. It is so detailed with the embossing and accents and I like the simple, but powerful sentiment. Hope all good with you. Zx

  10. I must say - this is WOW! Love that tree and all the wonderful embossing Mary. The decorations for it are just perfect too. So pretty!!!
    Nope I've never gotten that when going to my blog - surely Blogger is being a bugger again I hope!

  11. Huge congratulations Mary, as I said in my mail the other day, a real achievement.

    Super Christmas card.

    Apols keeping it short, you know why and just want to put my head in a pillow, second lot not touched it either so review in the morning to see if the new technology can go ahead.

    B x

  12. Happy Anniversary. hope the day has been filled with happy memories.

    Another fab card.

    Not been getting that message, but at times my blog just won't load. I have to close it and start again and then it's fine.

    Hope you've had a good weekend. Sue

  13. Hi Mary. I love your card and I did watch it on our Create and Craft the other day. Really beautiful. Hugs Rita xxx

  14. Happy Anniversary Mary, that is some achievement these days! I love your gorgeous card, the die may be intricate but it is really beautiful and I am sure Mary will love it too! Apologies if I have not been around for a bit, suffering a horrendous summer cold and PC work is not great at the moment. Big hugs, Anne xx

  15. hello Mary, I love your gorgeous card, these dies are wonderful, and I love the gems you've added to look like baubles, hugs Kate x

  16. Touch wood not getting that message.

    Now I have this die and it was going to be used as my next Rudolph Day entry and I have used it totally different to you and I feel like my way is too fussy now I have seen yours. Love the way you have used your die Mary and a gorgeous green sparkly paper.
    Happy Anniversary and glad Hubby liked his card. 52 years, I think we have done well at 46, hope we make it to 50 at least.

    Kath xx

  17. Beautiful Christmas card design Mary.

    Happy 52nd Wedding Anniversary, to you both, hope you had a wonderful day.

    Sorry Mary cannot help with your blog, I have not come across that.
    Hugs Pam x

  18. I love these create a card dies Mary...they have such wonderful depth in the embossing..your embellishments are perfect,and the sentiment is just right....xxxx

  19. A wonderful card Mary - love the sparkly tree! Happy wedding anniversary to you and your hubby too - how amazing! My mum and dad celebrate 55 years in september - incredible! Talking of my mum - she is also getting the same message as you on her computer - as indeed do I when I use her computer - I think it must be some sort of bug in the system! Hugs rachel x

  20. Mary, congrats to you and your husband on being together fir 52 years. I love your card, I do like Die'sire dies. And this one is lovely.
    Hazel x

  21. What a GORGEOUS die, Mary! So pretty with the green glitter in the cutouts! Love that delicate peace diecut! So pretty!

  22. This card is really lovely.
    Happy Anniversary.

  23. Just loving the green and white and the gorgeous embossing.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  24. BIG!! congratulations to you and your darling Hubby. Hope you enjoy many more years together.
    Love your beautiful card, the sparkly background is brilliant.
    I was using one of these Dies during the week, they make great cards with "just" the Die Cut.
    Have a great day
    Patricia x

  25. A brilliantly embossed card and the added glitter paper looks this one Mary. xx
    Big congrats on you anniversary...well done.xx
    {aNNie My Personal Blog}

  26. Wonderful card, Mary did not know that Desire had dies too, have one folder, one of the 8 x 8" cut down to fit bog shot, would like another one, but can't find one I like I can afford :)

    Love also your poppy/ tulip card below, smiled at your error as can see why, very impressionist style.
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

  27. What a striking card Mary and I love the glitter background behind your die, very effective.
    Happy Anniversary too! 52 years, wow!

  28. Very pretty Mary. Yes, I think those are supposed to be little trees too. Love the little rhinestone finishes and the sentiment is perfect! Not had that problem with my blog so not much help in that department, sorry. Hope you have a wonderful day with hubby! Congratulations!

  29. Very pretty tree card! Lots of details that really make it stand out. Very special card. I haven't seen that error on my blog so I'm not sure what could be causing it. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  30. Forgot to say, WOW 52 years. A huge congratulations. That's quite amazing for these days. Tom and I were 38 years this year. A very Happy Anniversary!

  31. Wow! This is one beautiful card Momma Mary! I love that die, so pretty and intricate. I too think the corners look like little trees as well and when you said there was only one, I had to go back and look again. lol I see 5! I never knew there was a precision plate, I will have to get me one of those! I hate running a die through only to find out it didn't cut all the way through. OMGosh, Happy Anniversary Momma Mary! 52 years, wow! That is so awesome! No, I have gotten that error when I visit blogs. I hope someone can help clear that up for you Momma Mary. Stay cool!!! Hugs, Brenda

  32. Gorgeous card Mary. Love the twinkling going on behind the Christmas tree etc. Very many congratulations to you and your DH on such an amazing anniversary.

    Best wishes.

    Karen x

  33. Great card Mary, lovely classy design
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

  34. Lovely card, Mary. The glittery green looks lovely showing through the tree aperture.

    Congratulations! Sounds like you have had a perfect anniversary, doing just what you both wanted to do. xx

  35. Beautiful!! I love glitter and sparkle on Christmas cards. Only bad thing about it it sticks to everything, hubby says I always have a very glittery face.
    It seems I'm learning something new over here all the time, getting introductions to tools and supplies I've never heard of. Cool. I won a gift certificate from Simon Says Stamp and I'm now considering getting a smell set of brushos. Need to pay 25% of import taxes to the Norwegian government, but I think it might be worth it...

  36. Happy Anniversary to you and your Mister! You don't look old enough to be married for 52 years, did you marry when you 5 years old?
    Fabulous card, love your festive Christmas tree all decked out in beautiful bling.

  37. So pretty Mary. Love the sparkle from your background paper ... and the intricate cuts.

    Congrats on your wedding anniversary!! xx

  38. As soon as I read your comment of only one tree I though oh no there's not. What about the corners but then read further down your post!! Super card and love the rhinestone decorations on your shimmery tree. Hugs Mrs A. ps. Finally got mine posted. Standing on naughty step for being so late.

  39. WOW, your tree is beautiful, Mary!!! The corners do look like little trees, hey - so pretty!!! Love the green glitter paper and the lovely rhinestones!!!! The sentiment looks great!!! Such a beautiful card!!!!

  40. I love this Diesire die Mary, and the gold and green look perfect together and just the right amount of glitz to make the prettiest Christmas card. So pleased you celebrated your anniversary in the way you wanted. x

  41. A fabulous card Mary, perfect for the challenge. Belated wishes for your wedding anniversary and hope you celebrate many more. Carol xx