Pretty Pines Christmas Home Decor Frame

by Joanne James13. November 2016 09:00

It's Sunday and time for a new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's my turn to host this week and I have a colour challenge for you to work with:


I have another Pretty Pines project for you today, but a 3D project for a change as opposed to a card. I made this home decor frame to showcase these fabulous dies - and adorn my home during the festive season of course! Take a look:


Here's the low-down on today's project:

Pretty Pines - I love these dies and they are perfect to create festive embellishments for cards, gift packaging or a home decor project such as this one. I focused on the pine needles, berries and mistletoe pieces to make my wreath - not a pinecone in sight - as I wanted to stick to my red, green and white colour scheme. Using the Big Shot Precision Base Plate and the die brush also made light work of removing the pieces from the framelits. I added a bow in Real Red stitched edge ribbon as a finishing touch:

A Joyful Christmas and a Wonderful Year - I chose the Joyful Christmas sentiment from the 'Wonderful Year' stamp set as the focal point for my frame. This is the perfect sentiment for this frame, which I am intending to display in my hallway to welcome guests over the festive season.

Ombre, Ombre - I stamped my focal sentiment in Emerald Envy using the ombre stamping pad for added interest. I love the gradation of colour you get with these stamp pads and they really are so easy to use.

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

The Paper Players Design Team
Laurie Schmidt
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis 
Linda Callahan
Hannelie Bester
Colleen Begley
Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN! 

I look forward to seeing what you create with my colour choices this week. We are doing something a little different in terms of sporting pursuits today: Ben is off for his usual session of basketball, however Rebecca is going to be at the swimming pool bright and early as she is participating in a sponsored swim in aid of For Zachary, a charity set up in memory of a little boy who lived for only 69 days before dying from a rare neonatal lung disease. The swimmers are aiming to cover a distance of 69km in total, one kilometre for each day of young Zachary's life - and Rebecca is aiming to swim just over 3km herself. That will be no mean feat! She is still collecting sponsorship, so if you're reading this and you would like to sponsor her, here is the event's JustGiving page - many thanks and I''l let you know how she gets on.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend as it will be over all too quickly; I'll be back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (18) -

Linda K
Linda KUnited Kingdom
11/13/2016 11:51:58 AM #

Oh what a wonderful project. I love it and would love to give it a try. Just a quick question, sorry maybe two. Did you make the frame from card or did you buy it? And what size background did you use? The wreath is really balanced well with the background. Thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful projects and for giving so much inspiration, I do appreciate it. Take care.    


Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
11/19/2016 8:56:35 PM #

Hi Linda. The background for my wreath and ultimate frame size is 9" x 9". The frame is an Ikea RIBBA frame - not made from card, although I guess you could make one in this way.


Linda K
Linda KUnited Kingdom
11/20/2016 1:07:25 AM #

Thanks for taking the time to reply Joanne. I do appreciate it. I'm sure I would have stretched the wreath out far too wide and so not look at all balanced. Yours looks beautifully balanced. Thanks again. Take good care.


Maggie United Kingdom
11/13/2016 2:46:50 PM #

Hi Joanne, I love the wreath you have made, can you please tell me what size frame you have used and would you mind if I copied it for my hall


Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
11/19/2016 8:58:10 PM #

Hi Maggie - the frame is a 9" x 9" RIBBA frame from Ikea - and you are most welcome to copy my project for your hallway. Do send me a picture when it's complete - I'd love to see it!


Jenny Engelke
Jenny Engelke United States
11/13/2016 2:48:24 PM #

What a beautifully done project! I find making my own home decor so satisfying. I love the sentiment stamped in the middle of the wreath and the big, stitched ribbon adds just the right finishing touch. The red berry sprigs also add the perfect pops of color in your lovely two-tone wreath!


Jen Mitchell
Jen MitchellUnited States
11/13/2016 8:40:04 PM #

This is so beautiful.  Your wreath is spectacular - I love how it is framing that wonderful sentiment.


Dawn Easton
Dawn EastonCanada
11/13/2016 9:04:34 PM #

Oh my goodness! This is fantastic!!!


Linda Callahan
Linda CallahanUnited States
11/14/2016 12:00:41 AM #

Love this wreath!  Beautiful with the touches of red and that ribbon is one of my all times faves!


Nance Leedy
Nance LeedyUnited States
11/14/2016 12:29:42 AM #

Just fabulous, Joanne!  What a lovely use of the colors and a gorgeous home decor piece.  Love the interplay of the mint and emerald to achieve a shaded look.  Just beautiful!


LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
11/14/2016 1:19:04 AM #

This is beautiful!  I think your color choice was wonderful, I REALLY enjoyed playing with it!  They are perfect colors for this lovely wreath...very fresh and seasonal, especially in the white frame. Sadly, I cannot find a source for these square frames any more...very frustrating!  Anyway, it will be a delightful addition to your decor!


Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
11/19/2016 9:00:30 PM #

So glad you liked these colours too LeAnne - your projects were amazing! I got my square frame from Ikea; they are very reasonably priced and I use lots of them, they are a great size for this kind of project.


Hannelie Bester
Hannelie BesterU.A.E.
11/14/2016 8:13:28 AM #

A beautiful 3 dimensional wreath! Those leaves are so delicate, I LOVE it


LaurieUnited States
11/14/2016 11:22:29 PM #

Stunning! I adore this! What a cute project Joanne. The colors look perfect for this too!


Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
11/15/2016 12:30:51 AM #

Joanne, I LOVE this!  This would make a fabulous teacher gift.  I wish I had several of those square frames.  Every detail of this project is perfect!  The sentiment is so lovely!  You are so talented!
I think this color combo is amazing!  So glad you chose it for all of us to play along with!  Have a wonderful week, My Friend!  XX


sandymUnited States
11/16/2016 2:27:38 AM #

Joanne this is amazing! What a stunning home decor piece and what a wonderful gift this would make. Fabulous colors this week, love them!


jaydeeUnited States
11/18/2016 1:56:09 PM #

Joanne, this is fabulous and something that would make a wonderful gift, or something that you can bring out year after year in your home.  Beautiful.


Colleen Begley
Colleen BegleyUnited States
11/18/2016 8:22:51 PM #

Joanne, this is really adorable. Love the idea and this set is so perfect for this idea. Cute, cute, cute!


Add comment

  Country flag

  • Comment
  • Preview

July-December 2022 Mini Catalogue

The new Stampin' Up! July-December 2022 Mini Catalogue runs from 1 July to 31 August - click on the image to download your copy!

Join My Team

It's always a great time to join Stampin’ Up! Between 1 July-31 August as part of the Sale-A-Bration promotion new team members can get £130 worth of products for only £99 + free business supplies + free shipping + all the fun being a part of Stampin’ Up! AND a Making Plans Planner and accessories. Stampin' Up! has something for everyone: join my growing team and benefit from my support to enjoy Stampin' Up! however you choose.

If you're interested, call me for a chat to understand how I can help you realise your goals. Alternatively, if you have already decided to sign up and you just can't wait, please click here for the link to the online form where you can sign up and order your starter kit right away! 

Shop Online

Access my online shop 24 x 7, 365 days of the year:

Current August hostess code:


Shop Online

2022-23 Annual Catalogue


Click on the catalogue for a full list of current SU! supplies - if you would like to order any of the items featured, please drop me a line at [email protected] or give me a call on 07773 421446 - I'd be happy to help.

About Me

Hi I'm Joanne and live in Northampton and when I'm not looking after my husband and two beautiful children, am an avid crafter with a passion for all things Stampin' Up!

I must confess that I have never been a big rubber stamper - until I discovered Stampin' Up! that is. I love the fact that I can get such great results with co-ordinating stamps, inks, papers and punches - the possibilities are endless! Join me on my stamping journey as I share the things I love and be inspired to create amazing things yourself!

Follow Me

Monthly Newsletter

Box Builder

Click the button above to use Box Buster to create your custom box design using the Envelope Punch Board!

Kits Now Available!

Stampin Cut and Emboss

The new Kits Collection from Stampin' Up! is now available!

Click here to see the current kits available and order yours online today.

Craft For A Cause

Help us make a difference with the Nourish & Flourish Kit! Food scarcity is an issue facing communities across the globe. And with your help, we hope to make a difference. With every Nourish & Flourish kit purchased, Stampin' Up! donates £2.50 to organisations fighting to end food scarcity. Get yours by clicking here.


I Design For




Tag cloud

    Stampin' Up Stuff

    This is my personal blog and is not endorsed by Stampin’ Up! I hope you find it a plentiful source of ideas and personal inspiration but please don't copy my designs for contest submission or use for classes, publication or sale without express permission.