Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Just a Reminder...

...we're still celebrating Christmas in July at Shopping Our Stash, and you still have time to join the fun. There are even some "presents" on offer... in the form of blog candy from some of our design team members, including me! So be sure to leave a comment on my original post to have a shot at that! Meanwhile here's a second card I made, using lots of older stash combined with Prima's brand new holiday collection, "Christmas in the Country" which I just picked up at Paper Anthology.

I know it doesn't sound like our SOS core values to have built my card around a brand new paper collection, but we're definitely not ANTI-new stuff at Shopping Our Stash, we just like to make sure we're using up the old stuff! And truly the patterned papers are the only non-stash items involved in this project. They did provide all the inspiration I needed, though, including the colors and even the wreath motif.

Most of the embellishments on this card consist of diecut foliage pieces, made from every shade of green cardstock and glitter paper in my scraps file. And seriously, I think there are easily 30 different cuts making up the wreath. Because building a wreath on a card is pretty much exactly the same as building a real wreath: you start with many, many separate stems and you just keep piling them on. Which is exactly what I did! Once I had a great base of various greens, I added a Prima Primed Chipboard branch that I had snipped apart into smaller segments. Then I scattered around some pretty compound flowers from the Love Clippings collection, as well as a bunch of tiny (ancient!) deep red original Got Flowers blooms. I added the sentiment at the bottom of the wreath to ground my fussycut vintage-style Santa and his reindeer pals. The wood-look chipboard letters were exactly the style and size I wanted, but they blended in just a little too well. So I took a black brush pen, and working very carefully, from the back, I "inked" the edges so that they stand out really well from the background.

Once the wreath was completed I added a few Eyelet Outlet gems and some handsome Cardinal Brads. Then I matted the panel with a few more lovely patterns (including one from Prima's lonnnnnnnnnnng ago Angelique collection!) and called it DONE.

Don't forget to visit my original post and leave a comment for a chance at my fun blog candy, then check out the original post at SOS to see the other dt cards and link up your own masterpiece! ♥


  1. WOW!! all that work was worth this beauty :) hope to get in my craftycave and use some of my stash today :)

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