Saturday, 4 January 2020

Altenew Plentiful Pine Christmas card




Hello everyone and welcome to the first Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge of the year. If you are joining us for the first time, we are an anything goes as long as it's Christmas challenge, but each month we have a fun twist that you can use to give yourself some inspiration or step outside of your comfort zone. Our first optional twist is 'trim the tree' and I cheated a bit because I don't think these lovely layered trees need any trimming so I left them completely bare!




This design is particularly useful for mass production and is fairly flat for cheaper posting. I don't know about you but I was completely shocked at the total I paid for postage last year and I must be more mindful when I make cards throughout 2020. Such a shame because I love lots of dimension on cards!



As one of my crafty resolutions is to practice more with layered stamps, I used the Altenew Plentiful Pine stamp set for the trees, and the sentiment is from an old Papertrey Ink set called Trimming the Tree. I don't have the dies for this stamp set so I tried cutting them out with my Scan n Cut. I think it did a pretty good job but I've signed up for an Udemy course and hopefully, I'll get better at using it. I used the PTI Canvas and Linen Impression plate on the panel for some texture and inked around the edge to help it stand out on the card in the absence of a mat.

Why not pop over to the HLS Blog to see lots of inspiration from the team?

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Thanks for stopping by

Hugs
Carol x

17 comments:

  1. that is a beautiful stamp, the trees are beautiful, I too need to do more with my scan n cut.
    Wonderful card
    Barb Housner

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  2. We're thinking alike, Carol! I sent very few Christmas cards that needed extra postage this year & plan to make even less this year. I'm finding you can make things interesting & beautiful without being thick--like you did here with the dry embossing & inking the edge of the panel. I do miss my bows & pearls, though! These trees truly did not need trimming!

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  3. Oh this is stunning and what a great card for making a few for posting out to friends!! I only sent a few this year due to soaring costs :(. I dont think your trees needed any decor, they look brilliant as nature intended, Thanks for sharing with me on Fezziwigs Festive Frolics, Love Hazel xx

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  4. A super Christmas card Carol - well done for making a good start on one of your crafty resolutions.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
    x

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  5. Hello Carol, just popping over from Fezziwigs Festive Frolics as you are the entry before mine. Ha, great minds think alike as I have entered a tree card as well. I too was shocked at the postage costs especially as I went and did the weekly grocery shop straight after and it cam to £3 less than in the post office!! I have a few of Altenew stamps and love the way the colours layer up. I must remember to try and use a colour on my sentiments too instead of inking up in black all the time. The red really stands out on your card. Hugs ValeryAnne. p.s. Found a new challenge too so off to link up. thanks for the nod.

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  6. Beautiful card for Christmas giving. Love the trees.

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  7. This is Fabulous. Love the tree and sentiment stamps Carol. I agree about the postage, it is a shock when posting them together!.
    Faith x

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  8. Wow! What beautifully layered trees on this peaceful woodsy setting, Carol! I hope to follow your example, and learn to make more pretty CAS cards. This one is both elegant and lovely! hugs, de

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  9. Your trees are so pretty! Love the stitched border too!

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  10. You do Altenew's layer stamps so well. Those trees look luscious and alive. Your 2019 cards were awesome as well, especially your son's turntables card. Wow! I know what you mean about wanting to make cards with some dimension. I finally gave up and just bought some bubble mailers and let myself make so many at $3.50 a pop postage package rate - gah! Every one of my flat cards needed an extra ounce stamp too. Oh well, that's their card AND present! hahaha xoxo

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  11. Beautiful card....love your gorgeous pair of Christmas trees!

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  12. Hi Carol!!
    Wow such beautiful trees love the colours and the layering simply beautiful!!! Delighted to be a part of the team again with such beautiful and warm hearted people. Thankyou so much.

    Love Seemaa

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  13. The layering effect looks so pretty and bare trees are great for me x. The pop of red looks fabulous too x.

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  14. I agree with you Carol, those layered trees are beautiful and your touches of red make the card lovely and festive! Also I'm getting that lovely excited feeling you get when you first bring the tree in before the decorations and lights go on! Vicky x

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  15. A beautiful Christmas card! Love the layered trees, which look so real...very pretty!!

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  16. Those trees look really fluffy, Carol. They would be great ones to decorate IRL.

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  17. Those trees look very life like! Beautiful card.

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Carol x

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