Sunday, October 7, 2018

Rustic Lovely as a Tree for PP413

Hello and Happy Sunday! Time for another weekly card challenge over at The Paper Players. This week, Sandy has a theme challenge for us: Leaves and Trees. I started out with a fall card but then when I saw the little note on the challenge graphic that Christmas trees were also welcome, my plans changed. I really NEED to make some fall cards, but I’m kind of smitten with Christmas cards right now. 

Lovely as a Tree is one of those stamp sets that I think I will have in my collection forever. It is perfect for so many occasions and not only can you make some beautiful fall and holiday cards with it, it is perfect for masculine cards too. I wanted to make a rustic Christmas card so I immediately grabbed the Buffalo Check Background stamp. This is a stamp that really is a great accent in ANY color, but I decided on the traditional red (Cherry Cobbler) and black. 
For added texture, I embossed the Crumb Cake Layer with the Pinewood Planks Embossing folder and then distressed (using a sponge) around all of the Crumb Cake edges with black ink. I finished it off with a Linen Thread triple-bow, a True Gentleman Button and then colored some pearls with my Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends Marker. Since they are alcohol-based, they are perfect to create rhinestones and pearls in any color your heart desires! 

It is tough to see in the photos, but I did go over the tips of the branches along with the base of the tree with Clear Wink of Stella for a little pop of “frost” on the tree. I think it’s a cozy card and if it weren’t 90 degrees here, it would inspire me to bundle up in a big, fuzzy blanket and sweater. If cooler temps have arrived in your neck of the woods, I’m very jealous of you. We still have a little while to go here...

Card Measurements: 
  • Mossy Meadow card base - 4-1/4” x 11”, scored at 5-1/2”
  • Basic Black cardstock - 4” x 5-1/4” 
  • Crumb Cake cardstock - 3-7/8” x 5-1/8” 
  • Cherry Cobbler cardstock - 2” x 5-1/8” 
  • Crumb Cake cardstock (for stamped image) 2-1/2” x 4” 
  • Mossy Meadow cardstock (behind stamped image) - 2-5/8” x 4-1/8"
Won’t you join us and share your project this week? 
You can link up your project through Friday October 12th, 2018 at Noon PST.
 All of the details can be found over at The Paper Players 

Please stop by and and show some love to the Design Team and please leave a comment here so I know that you visited today. I’ve listed all of the supplies I used to create this card below. You can click on any of the photos to shop in my online Stampin' Up!® store. 

The Paper Players Design Team
Anne Marie Hile (that’s me!)
Ann Schach
Have a HAPPY day today! :)
-Anne Marie
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  1. Anne I just love your rustic Christmas card this week - that gorgeous black and red buffalo check brings the now vintage Lovely As A Tree bang up to date! Along with the texture of your background and twine bow this makes for a fabulous festive card!

  2. Anne-Marie, I love this card. It's just up my alley. I was very late to the Lovely as a Tree party, only getting it this year but oh my, how gloriously useful it is! I love this Christmas tree. Your triple twine bow is gorgeous - I think I'd cry if linen thread retired! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!

  3. Love the buffalo plaid! This is such a cozy card Anne Marie!

  4. WOW that was my first thought as I opened my email from you! What a great card using a great stamp. Love your color choices, layout/design, everything about your card. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Anne Marie Love your warm and cozy card. The simple tree set off by the plaid background is just snuggly! Hugs.

  6. I LOVE plaid...the buffalo plaid looks perfect with your tree image...what an awesome card!

  7. Anne Marie, this stamp set never gets old. Love your stately tree, and the addition of the plaid and twine make for a wonderfully rustic Christmas card. Thanks so much for rocking my challenge this week!

  8. Beautiful, Anne Marie! This is still one of my favorite sets...and images. It's a classic that never grows old. Plaid is always a winner in my book. Great card!

  9. AM, I agree with Sandy, this set never gets old and you showcased it beautifully. I love the plaid behind your tree and the twine does add to that country chic feel. Gorgeous card

  10. Anne Marie... what a wonderfully composed card! The tree is so perfect for the backgrounds, sentiment and distressing. Love it!

  11. Anne Marie, I feel a CAS coming on! I love this rustic beauty! I am a huge fan of red and black buffalo check and Lovely As A Tree. This card is fantastic! Thanks for the inspiration! Have a fantastic weekend! XX

  12. I keep looking at this card- it’s so beautiful- I really want to attempt to re-create your creation. It may be my first true CASE! Thank you for sharing your talent. (Cyndi Hanna)

  13. Business blessings can be utilized in a varity of ways and can create a wide range of tree gifts


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Anne Marie