Dec 17 2014

Ornamental Pine 3

Hard to believe that I almost didn’t buy this Stampin’ Up! set, Ornamental Pine.  I have an older pine branch set that I’ve used off and on, but I really love the greetings in this set.  I also have to admit that I’m a little tired of making Christmas cards.  Feels like I’ve been making up samples for my blog and to share for months (and I have!).  So…I think this will be my last one of the season.  I know I’ll be excited again next year when the season rolls around!  lol!  Plus…I have all my new Occasions goodies waiting for me to play with them.  I made myself a promise that if I put a big dent in my Christmas wrapping today, I’d allow myself to play a little tomorrow!  lol!


Ornamental Pine 3

This card is one of those that looks SOOOO much prettier in person!  The embossed white branch, colored with Blendabilities and the sparkle of Silver Glimmer around the greeting, plus the base of Whisper White…it just pops!  My camera battery was dying or else I’d try to re-photograph this on black to see if it showed up better.  Oh well!  Make one for yourself and you’ll see!  lol!


  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Whisper White, folded in half.
  • The 4 x 5 1/4 Night of Navy layer I rounded the corners with the Project Life Corner Rounder.
  • I embossed the pine branch with White Embossing Powder and colored the needles with the Old Olive Blendabilities Markers.  The branch I used the Crumb Cake Blendabilities.
  • I stamped the pine cone with Early Espresso on Chocolate Chip cardstock, added the White Gel Pen snow and cut it out, then placed on front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • I added some snow flurries with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  I’ve really used that a LOT this winter on cards!
  • The greeting was stamped with Night of Navy on Whisper White and cut with the Circle Framelits.  I layered it on another Circle of Silver Glimmer Paper, then popped it up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

As I mentioned, it really has so much more impact in person than on my computer screen!  But I hope you enjoy it!  And…speaking of moving on…our Create with Connie and Mary Valentine Collection will start soon!  Don’t miss out!  Here are the details:



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Dec 01 2014

Ornamental Pine

I love Stampin’ Up!’s Ornamental Pine stamp set…really, really easy to make nice cards with it!  This card was made up from scraps on my desk (do they ever go completely away?), I never seem to make a dent in them.


Ornamental Pine 2

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Cherry Cobbler, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Crumb Cake, a 1 x 4 piece of Under the Tree Specialty Designer Paper was added at the bottom.
  • I cut a Party Pennant die from Whisper White with a 1/2″ strip of the same DSP across the top.
  • On the pennant, the pine needles and branch were inked with Mossy Meadow and Early Espresso Markers and the pine cone with Chocolate Chip in the background.  Another pine cone was stamped with Early Espresso on Chocolate Chip and White Gel Pen accents added on top, cut out, then adhered next to the background pine cone.  The pennant was added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Merry Christmas was stamped with Cherry Cobbler along the side.
  • Finally, some 1″ Cherry Cobbler Linen Ribbon was tied with Linen Thread and added to the front with Mini Glue Dots.

Amazing what putting together some scraps can do, right?  I just added the base Cherry Cobbler and the greeting…the rest was already on my desk!


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Nov 13 2014

CCMC329 Ornamental Pine

It’s time for another Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge and it is a really fun sketch this time!  I admit, I took a little creative license with mine…mainly because I had these pieces sitting on my desk and wanted to use them!  But…it is close!



And here’s my card:

CCMC329 Ornamental Pine

You can see that I added another panel in the background with the pine branch stamped on it and narrowed my strips of Champagne Glimmer Paper along the side so that it fit my image a little bit better.   Here are the details:


  • The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Mossy Meadow, folded in half.
  • I added the Under The Tree Specialty Designer Paper cut at a diagonal across the bottom.
  • The pine branch was inked with Mossy Meadow and a Chocolate Chip marker used on the stem and stamped on Crumb Cake cardstock.  I stamped the pine cone with Chocolate Chip ink on Soft Suede and cut it out, then used the White Gel Pen to highlight the snow.
  • I used Gorgeous Grunge and White Craft Ink for the falling snow flurries over the pine branch, then added the panel to the front of the card.
  • I cut two small strips of Champagne Glimmer Paper and placed along the left side as per the sketch.
  • The greeting was stamped with Chocolate Chip on Crumb Cake and punched with the 2″ Circle Punch.  I sponged around the edges with White Craft Ink and then popped it up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally, I cut a small piece of Cherry Cobbler 1″ Ribbon and tied it with Linen Thread in a bow, then placed it on the front with Mini Glue Dots.

OK…that’s it for me…check out what the rest of the team did over on Create with Connie and Mary!