Sunday, 27 July 2014

Trees, trees, trees ...

It was Sylvie's turn to choose the topic for the Christmas Card Club this fortnight and she wants to see trees. I have to confess that I meant my card to be up soon after midnight, but it wasn't to be. What I tried just didn't work and it didn't look any better in the cool light of day this morning.

We went to church this morning for the first time for five weeks (we were away for one Sunday and then I was ill) and we then had lunch out, so, after we got home, I got started on making another card. The background for this is a free background for iPads on the internet - I took out the trees that would have been behind the embossed one that I added because it wouldn't have shown up properly. I also changed the colour to be more green, but there is still a bluey tinge that I like.

I used a piece of white spotted vellum to emboss using the Cuttlebug Christmas tree embossing folder which I then brushed with bundled sage distress ink. The two smaller Christmas trees in the corner were die cut using the same spotty patterned vellum using two of the Die'sire spruce trees dies. Brads and gems added and the sentiment circle.

The card has a bit more dimension than can be seen on the photo.

This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
Christmas card challenges week 35: anything goes
My perfect life festive 48 week 29
Sparkles Christmas 42: a winter's scene
Twisted Tuesday 81: a Christmas forest in July
Sentimental Sundays 217: Christmas in July
Hiding in my craft room 159: Christmas in July
Little red wagon 247: Christmas in July
Aud sentiments 111: Christmas in July
Craft your passion 223: Christmas in July
Craftin desert divas 36: Christmas in July
City crafter 221: Christmas in July
Clear it out: Christmas in July
Crafting for all seasons 82: Christmas in July
Bloggers challenge: Christmas in July
That's crafty: Christmas
DL.ART thankful Thursday 137: Christmas in July
Digi choosday 29: xmas in July
Die cutttin' divas 175: Christmas in July (used two Die'sire spruce trees dies)
ABC Christmas: O is for obscured (some of the picture underneath is obscured by the embossed vellum and the smaller die cut vellum trees)
Paper make up digi make over 150: die cuts/punches
The sisterhood of crafters: die cuts and/or punches
Dare to be sassy 239: it's all the same
Creatalicious 65: monochrome
Catered crop: vellum
Paper pretties 320: pink/green
Pile it on 30: embossing
Simon says Wednesday: emboss it
Deep ocean 82: lots of layers
A song in your He{ART} 12: when you wish upon a star
613 avenue 82: anything goes + option: use a sentiment
Creative fingers 44: anything goes
Penny's 187: anything goes
Eclectic Ellapu: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 67


  1. Gorgeous card for the challenge Hazel and I love that embossing!! huggles Sue xx

  2. that's really lovely Hazel! the tones of green....xxxx

  3. Beautiful card Hazel, I love the shades of green and blue - stunning work. Hope you are on the mend now Karen xx

  4. Hi Hazel
    Fabulous card.... Love the trees.....
    Hugs Sylvie xxx

  5. The trees look fabulous Hazel and the coloured gemstones really make the design pop.

  6. Beautiful results with this Monochromatic piece - love the 'moon' / sentiment circle and the very softly stamped message. Nicely done Hazel!
    Thank you for sharing your project & creativity with us!
    DT for Aud Sentiments: [#111 "Christmas in July"]
    RubberMAD (

  7. This is gorgeous Hazel, love the colours....the hint of red really makes it pop. Carol x

  8. Such pretty embossing! Love the jewels and the way you merged the trees. You are sure good on the computer!

    Great card Hazel.

    Thanks for suggesting the other challenge. I will get over and link them. We are up at the lake and time is scarce on the computer. I try to limit to when DH is golfing or fishing...or asleep!!!
    The rest of the time we like to spend relaxing together...

  9. Love all that gorgeous embossing onto the vellum Hazel. It must look fabulous in real life. Hope you are feeling totally well now. Christine xx

  10. Hi Hazel, wow!! this is gorgeous, I love the colours and the use of velum, lovely embellishments, Kate x

  11. Wow, you'll certainly have a lot of Christmas cards come December! Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon again.

  12. How magical, Hazel! Fab embossing and the tress are so lovely.
    hugs, Asha

  13. Gorgeous card and design. Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion Challenges. hugs, Helena

  14. Beautifully Done. I like the colors and the embossing. Thanks for sharing with us at A Song in your HeArt. Good Luck

  15. Wow Hazel, that's an absolute stunner!

  16. This is so beautiful and the colours so pretty.Love the spotty vellum and the embellishments are a lovely touch.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week.
    Lisa x

  17. This is beautiful Hazel. I love all the embossing with the vellum. I had problems with my card too which only went up late this evening. Hugs Mrs A.

  18. Very clever Hazel! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘DIES and/or PUNCHES’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters

  19. So beautiful. I love your Christmas card.

  20. I really like the softness of this card. Beautiful. Thanks for playing along with us at Twisted Tuesday Challenges.

  21. Very pretty love the softness of the trees it's quite stunning. thanks for joining us at Paper Makeup.

  22. A beautiful card Hazel, your embossing of the tree on vellum is stunning - a wonderful inking and pretty accents!!!

    Thanks so much for joining Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge,
    Heather xx

  23. This really is gorgeous Hazel, I love the different Christmas trees that you have used on here - absolutely beautiful.

    Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

  24. What a beautiful card!! So very pretty ... I love the vellum! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!!

  25. Such a lovely card ... Very elegant! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!!

  26. Really love the soft colours of this card Hazel. Glad to hear you are feeling better too. Thanks for joining us at Penny's challenges, see you Wednesday fora new challenge!

  27. Sooo pretty Hazel!!! LOVE this!!!

    Thanks for joining us at Die Cuttin' Divas!

    Jessica-DT Member

  28. this is stunning!! Thanks for sharing your talent with us this week at CCCB :-)

  29. such an elegant holiday card! thank you for playing along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

  30. Your card is gorgeous and thank you for joining in our challenge at Sparkles Christmas Buddies Challenge "Winter Scene" good luck and hope to see you again next time Dt Member Sandra H xx

  31. Wow this really is lovely. Thanks for playing with us at CCCB!

  32. So pretty and ethereal! Thanks a lot for joining in with my Festive 48. Hope you can link up again next week. Marina

  33. Hazel this is beautiful! Love it! Glad you could join in the challenge this week, and good luck in the draw!
    DebbieM - SSD DT

  34. Very beautiful ...such a gorgeous holiday card!! Thank you for joining us at "The Sisterhood" for our "Dies/Punch" challenge!
    Diane TSH DT

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  37. Beautiful Christmas scene. Thanks for sharing your lovely creation at Penny's this week.
    Cheers Nicole

  38. Beautiful Christmas card, Hazel. Great colours. Thank you for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge. Luv, Wilma

  39. Beautiful card,thank you for joining in with us at sassy studios and good luck

  40. Another pretty Christmas card! Thank you for joining us at Sassy Studio Designs and the DTBST challenge this week! HUGS

    SSD DT

  41. beautiful card Hazel - really fabulous! Big Hugs rachel x

  42. Thanks for joining us over at HIMCR for the challenge this week. I love the card, how classic and Very elegant.

  43. not sure if this will appear twice - I appear to have a gremlin, but better twice than not at all! I love your embossed tree, and the card is elegantly finished. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing this at Sentimental Sundays! x

  44. thank you so much for joining us at sister act this week and good luck
    hugs Tonnie DT

  45. Hazel,this one was very much worth the wait! I love the way you've used the vellum (something I don't often work intimidates me!) Your trees are beautiful in the soft green/blue hue, and it's just a fantastic card. Saw a later post that I want to check out. Sorry I'm late in commenting. TFS & Hugs too.

  46. Such a beautiful card. I love the different techniques you used for your trees. Thanks for linking up at Craftin Desert Divas!!

    Craftin Desert Divas Design Team

  47. Those trees are so pretty. Love all the bling.

    Thank you so much for joining us at Craftin Desert Divas “Christmas In July“ Linky Party. New Linky Party
    starts Monday hope you will join us again!!

    Craftin Desert Diva's

  48. Stunning card Hazel... love the technique and the use of the vellum. Thank yout for joining is at Sentimental Sundays.

  49. Beautiful, simply beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Sparkles Christmas. We hope to see you join us again. Caz

  50. Lovely card. Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion! :)

    Petya DT

  51. This is a very beautiful Christmas card !!! I love the design !! Thank you so much for joining us at Craftin' Desert Divas !!!!
    Mayra DTM

  52. Lovely card. Thanks for joining us at CFAS.
    Fiona DT

  53. BEAUTIFUL Card!!
    Thank You for joining us at PIO last week!! Hope you will join us again soon!
    Have a GREAT day!!

  54. Love your card! That blue is perfect for a wintery scene!!! Thanks so much for participating in our A SONG IN YOUR HE{ART} challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
    A Little Bit O' Paper


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