Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Deck the halls with boughs of holly...

Fa la la la la la la.....
I was thinking of that Christmas song when I was making this card...LOL. This is my DT card for the November inspiration challenge at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog.

The card was inspired by the picture below that Pat has chosen for the inspiration challenge. Oh, it's such a gorgeous picture. It should put you into a Christmas-cardmaking mood, so come and join us in our challenge!

My card is a shadow box card. Here are a couple of shots from different angles.

Two Magnolia beauties from the Sweet Christmas Dreams Collection 2011. that I have used for my card:

This one is called Holly Tilda

and this second one is of Glittering Tilda.

Both stamps are available from Magnolia-licious, Diana's on-line store, a fabulous source of everything Magnolia (stamps--full-size and mini version, doohickey die cuts)and excellent services along with discounts and store credits. Check it out HERE!

I have taken a picture of the card from above to show you the 'box' feature of this shadow box card.

And the sides can be folded in an accordion way so that you can reduce it to a flatter card that measures 6'' x 6" and will fit into your envelope.

A few challenges that I would like to enter with this card:
Papertake Weekly Challenge – Christmas Crackers or If It’s Festive Then It’s Fine
Everybody-Art-Challenge – Challenge 169 – Christmas Card
Top Tip Tuesday Challenges – Challenge #61 – More Than 1 Fold
Hooked on Craft Challenges – Challenge #12 – Something Punched
Simply Magnolia – Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe’s Crafts - Challenge 18 – Anything Christmas with Pearls

That's it for me for now.
Thanks so much for taking the time to drop by. Your visits and lovely comments are always very much appreciated.


Materials and Tools Used:

Other stamp used: CC Designs Sugarplum Stool

DP: Recollections Brown Plaid

Dies: Nestabilities Classic Circles; Tim Holtz Sizzlits Festive Greenery (for the swirls)

Punches: Martha Stewart Branch; McGill Holly; Punch Bunch Fern; EK Success punch edger Scandinavian Lace Chain

Miscellaneous: Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pad Vintage Photo; Jewels Glitter Ritz Light Gold glitter; Recollections pearls and star brad

Medium: alcohol-ink markers (Letraset Promarkers and Pantone Trias; Shin-han Touch markers; some coloured pencils to add some shadings


Squirrel x said...

Wow hun, this is absolutely stunning! Hugs Sxx

~* Jay Jay *~ said...

I L.O.V.E. it! Such a beautiful Christmas card and all the die cuts! <3

Jay Jay

mgoll88 said...

what an gorgeous card... thats great!!
I love this Christmastreee..very good idea!


Henny said...

Wow...Norma....this is so amazing beautiful. All so nice colours and all those beautiful details. It's heartwarming to look at this! Thanks for sharing.

Greetings Henny.

Dena said...

Good grief! Could you get any more clever!!!!!? I LOVE how you did the tree. I never understood why they didn't draw a tree for her to decorate haha! LOVE this!!! Thanks for inspiring Norma!
Hugs, Dena

Only By His Grace said...

What can I say Norma? This is beautiful. I love the dimensional look and that tree is awesome. I would love to copy the tree. I love the tartan paper. Both Tilda's are gorgeous. fabulous design with the leaves overhead.
Hugs Maz

Katie said...

This is just fabulous!
Glorious coloring and such a beautiful card.

Christina C. said...

What a magnificent work of art, Norma! Love this gorgeous Christmas tree you created...brilliant!
Your magnificently colored Tildas are perfect in this festive scene.

Danielle Champagne said...

Hello Norma, what a delightful scenery. perfect for putting me into the christmas ambiance!!! Love those 2 tildas together, your tree is just soooo beautiful, love the garland too. Exquisite... and soooo inspirational.

dolcreations said...

Oh you are soooo good! You always do things so differently...I love this Norma! Oh to be on your Christmas card list! Can you adopt me...please! I love how you have used your punch to do the garland and the tree...brilliant!

Suzan L said...

Hi Norma, your card is so gorgeous!! I love how you created the tree and the garlands with all those individual die cuts!!

Patti Jo said...

You never cease to amaze me Norma! You sure took that inspiration photo to a fantastic level!!! LOVE your Tilda's with this lovely tree trimming scene and you know how to use just the right embellishments! AWESOME work Norma!!!

mlarisa said...

Великолепная открытка, очень красиво! Интересная форма и красивая елка. Девочки раскрашены очень красиво. Я ваш поклонник!

cabio's craft corner said...

Wow Wow Wow Norma. I love your Christmas tree. Amazing details and beautiful holly too. Gorgeous project and love every element here :o)

Kelly Schelske said...

Oh my Norma, this is just fabulous!

♥ Doreen ♥ said...

Wow, it's so great and wonderful, love it.
Hugs Doreen

Maria Therese said...

Sweet card! Thank you for joining us at Bunny Zoe crafts♥

Janiel/ janny said...

Norma!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is stunning my dear!!!!!!

hugs, Janiel

Jean said...

A beautiful card norma.. love your box card and adore your use of the Tilda's decorating the tree and has just the right amount of ornaments.. great job.
Hugs, Jean

Sandy said...

Absolutely gorgeous - I love it and want to learn how to make this kind of card. The possibilities are endless. Wonderful work Norma oh talented lady!!!!

Barb Hardeman said...

Norma! I would love to come and sit at your feet and watch your creative process! This card is absolutely delightful. I would love to be so inspired and talented as you. Love, the tree - how clever of you to put all those branches together. Your coloring is impeccable as always! Just beautiful!

Lisa Minckler said...

This is BEYOND beautiful! I was in shock with all the details and then you show the top shot and I see garland on the inside too...WOW! You really thought of everything and you've showcased it so perfectly.
Truly an awe inspiring Christmas card.

Thank you so much for playing along with us at Top Tip Tuesday!
And remember, if you have a TIP you’d like to share with us crafters, just write it up in your post and then add TIP by your entry name and you’re eligible for the TOP TIPPER PRIZE as well.
Lisa xx

Crealin said...

Hi Norma,

this is an amazing creation!!! What a coloring and stunning how you made this Christmas tree. You're a very talented person.

Thanx for joining in the fun at simply magnolia!


Lins x

Candy said...

I LOVE your card!!
Beautifully designed and coloured.
Perfect paper and embellishments
It's fantastic!!
Hugs, Candy

valou250809 said...

Your card is very very nice, beautiful!!!! sorry for my English, I'm from Belgium.

Jenée said...

Absolutely stunning card. I think you have captured Pat's inspiration card to a T. Beautifully done.

Monique said...


Hugs Monique

Karen said...

Awesome card! I love the green and yellow.


Anonymous said...

Wonderful card Norma! I love the shadow box effect. Your Tilda's are just adorable and the tree is lovely! Delightful creation
Hugs Julie P

Jackie Thomas said...

Oh my goodness Norma. This is simply breathtaking. Wow you have put so much effort into making this stunnng creation. Thank you for sharing and joining us at Hooked on craft challenges.
Hugs Jackie

Leanne said...

WOW! Stunning creation. Really love this shadow box idea. Beautiful colouring too.

Jenny said...

Wow. A lovely card. Your colouring is perfect.
Thanks for joining Papertake Weekly.

Elaine Stark said...

This is fantastic. I love the tree and all the detail. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday. Elaine

Jani said...

Such a wonderful card!
Love the way you used the punched branched to create the tree!
You're so unbelievable talented!
Jani x

cathylynn said...

NORMA what is left to say?? Phenmoenal is one excellent word!! I truly love how you did the arched opening with the beautiful textured tree. Loads of details to admire. I love it all. Thank you so much for sharing.
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Diana Crick said...

OMGosh, beyond spectacular. The Christmas tree is amazing, it looks so, so real and what perfect Maggies you have chosen. You have captured the essence of the Inspiration exactly.
hugs, Diana

Pat said...

Norma...you absolutely nailed this Photo Inspiration Challenge, girlfriend!! I love, love, OVE this shadowbox car design...and oooooh...this scene couldn't be cuter!! You rock, m'dear! Hugs. Pat Frank

Handcrafted by Helen said...

Wow your card is really beautiful - I especially love the way you have done the tree to look so real!
Such a beautiful scene.
helen H

Anonymous said...

Crumbs this is flipping darn cool!! LOVE your TREE and the holly garland too! beautiful card!! so well thought out and done! Thanks for coming to play with us at Top Tip Tuesday for our More than 1 fold challenge I hope you can come play again soon you can enter up to 3 times per challenge, hugs Samantha :0)

Cami said...

OMG Norma, your shadow box card is just gorgeous! EVERYTHING is put together so well. Love your "fir" tree that Tilda is decorating, and the cutie Tilda with holly vine. Your "swag" above the portal is beautiful, and I love all the gold beads and pearls! Just so lovely!
Hug, Cami

Caroljenks said...

This is just STUNNING! What a gorgeous piece - love everything about it.

Thanks for joining in with our ‘More Than 1 Fold’ Challenge over at Top Tip Tuesday this week.
Look forward to seeing you again next week :)

Carol x

Deneen said...

Awsome shadow box card!! Super lovely, your colouring is superb and I love your tree. Thanks for joining the More Than 1 Fold Challenge at Top Tip Tuesday.

Eulanda said...

AMAZING NORMA!! I just love that xmas tree!! Gorgeous and very creative card! Hugs!

stampinglyn said...

Norma, This is such a beautiful card!!! I love your colouring and that tree is amazing!

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