Vintage Leaves Holly Christmas Card

by Joanne James18. October 2015 10:00

It's Sunday and time for a new challenge over at The Paper Players! This week it is the turn of the multi-talented Nance, who not only produces fabulous cards but also designs all our challenge badges and does so much to keep our challenge blog running smoothly - thank you Nance! This week we have a clean and simple challenge for you:


I considered going with something autumnal for my card today, but in truth I've had this idea for a card in my head for a while and decided that since it fits today's brief it was about time I got it down on paper - and it's a Christmas card! Take a look:

I've been using my Vintage Leaves set a lot this week and I'm not sure whether it is meant to be or not, but the large spiky leaf definitely reminds me of holly, so I decided to use it on a Christmas card. I used Mossy Meadow for my card base and adhered a strip of the gingham patterned paper from the Merry Moments DSP stack down the left hand side. My raised panel is extra thick Whisper White cardstock, out of which I cut the spiky leaf shape using the co-ordinating Leaflets Framelits Dies - another one of the great 15% off bundles when you purchase both items together from the current catalogue - and stamped the leaf in Mossy Meadow directly onto the Mossy Meadow panel below, so that it could be seen through the aperture. I then stamped another leaf on a separate piece of Mossy Meadow and cut this out with the same framelit too, positioning it at an angle over the first one and overhanging the edge of the white panel. My 'Joy' sentiment is from the Holly Jolly Greetings set and stamped in Real Red. To finish, I added a trio of Cherry Cobbler Home For Christmas enamel dots for my berries - I love these, they add the perfect finishing touch to my card. So what do you think - do these leaves work as holly? Either way, I am pleased with the finished result.

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 
Amy Koenders
Jodi McKinney
Lisa Elton
Anne Marie Hile - on leave
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 three challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN! 

I look forward to seeing your CAS creations this week.

I'm having a change of sport today as Rebecca is playing in her first club hockey tournament of the season, so I'm off to cheer her team on and then we'll be home for a late lunch. Fortunately for us this weekend marks the start of our school half-term holiday, so we have a lovely two week break from our routine of homework and early mornings to look forward to, which is especially welcome given how cold and dark it has been this week  - far from jumping out of bed in the morning I am more inclined to snuggle under the duvet and hibernate! Enjoy your Sunday however you are choosing to spend it.

I'll be back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

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Comments (9) -

Nancy Lempinen
Nancy LempinenUnited States
10/18/2015 3:28:24 PM #

Gorgeous card and definitely the leaves resemble holly, great idea.  I also love the way you die cut an opening so the one leaf peeks through, the strip of tartan DSP along the side is very nice and the little enamel dots just set it off, very nice card.

Jodi McKinney
Jodi McKinneyUnited States
10/18/2015 8:49:49 PM #

I love how you used those leaves to create "holly" and the red enamel dots POP!  That DSP is perfect with your entire desgin.  Just love it Joanne!

Laurie United States
10/19/2015 12:52:25 AM #

I LOVE this Joanne! Such a perfect CAS card. So cute how you arranged the leaves and enamel dots. So creative!

Amy Koenders
Amy KoendersUnited States
10/19/2015 9:13:34 PM #

Oh, this is so pretty!  I love the colors and your leaves are just perfect.  The enamel dots are awesome too! Smile

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
10/19/2015 11:50:22 PM #

Oooh, I love that you used these leaves as holly!  Just gorgeous!  That MM plaid paper is a perfect background for your holly!

Sandy mathis
Sandy mathisUnited States
10/20/2015 12:29:49 AM #

This card is lovely, Joanne! The leaves are wonderful with that plaid paper, and I adore enamel dots!

Nance Leedy
Nance LeedyUnited States
10/21/2015 1:22:27 PM #

You and Jaydee rocked this challenge this week with your Christmas take on leaves.  LOVE that you made a holiday card but adore your use of the vintage leaf stamp as a holly leaf.  Brilliant way to extend the use of the stamps and the enamel dots are just perfect.  Fabulous card, my friend--thanks for rocking my challenge!

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
10/21/2015 1:23:35 PM #

BRAVO!!!!!  I love this gorgeous creation!  I didn't buy that DSP and now I wish I would have.  PERFECT CAS card!  The enamel dots are so fun!  XX

jaydeeUnited States
10/24/2015 2:48:21 AM #

Oh... I love your leaves - they are simple, clean and elegant. The three pops of red anchor them perfectly.  Gorgeous!

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