Saturday, October 1, 2011

Swirls and Pearls

Today my husband decided to go to Home Depot and run some errands and both girls wanted to go with him (crazy right?!). So, I have the house all to myself and can craft and blog to my heart's content!  I checked out this week's challenge at Simply Stampin' Challenge and they are challenging everyone to create using swirls and pearls. How fun is this!!  I immediately thought of one of my favorite Christmas stamp sets and dug around in my supplies til I found some retired DSP that I thought would look good with the image I wanted.  Generally my cards are very clean and simple. There are a few reasons for this. I like to mail most of my cards and heavy, lumpy cards don't mail so well. I also find that the more I try to add to my initial idea, the less I like it. But the main reason is because I share my crafting table with the rest of the family at mealtime.  But, today, my house is empty and I can get a little more involved!

I used the stamp set Snow Swirled and stamped the tree with VersaMark then covered with gold embossing powder. I haven't heat embossed in a little while and have to admit that I still get a little giddy as the powder goes from tiny crystals to liquid gold! The little snowflakes on the tree were the perfect location for my pearls.  I sponged all of the edges with soft suede ink. I love the aged look it adds. 

Wondering about my ribbon? It is the chocolate chip scallop dots ribbon (dot side down). I also spritzed the card with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz. It's difficult to see in the picture, but this gives the card such a soft,pearly, shimmer. I also put a few snowflakes on the inside to dress it up a little.

I am also entering this for Simply Stampin's DT call.  There are some incredible crafters submitting creations so wish me luck!

Card Recipe: Cardstock-ruby red (ret.), old olive, very vanilla, Holiday Treasures DSP (ret.), Ink-VersaMark, soft suede, ruby red (ret.), Stamp Set-Snow Swirled, Accessories-gold embossing powder, heat gun, chocolate chip scallop dots ribbon, basic pearls, decorative label punch, dimentionals, sponge daubers, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz.


  1. You've been busy!! This is such a beautiful card and I too love that stamp set. Love your extra touches.

  2. This is one of my favorite stamps too! Love your card and the patterned paper is great with it.

  3. LOL.."lumpy cards" I'm gonna say that next time I mail a card to DH. "How much to mail this lumpy card?" Hide n''s gonna happen. :D
    So glad you got to use the entire table for this card. It's fantastic!! I think you've definitely nailed the swirly part for sure.
    I wish you the BEST of would be wonderful at this! :D
    Lisa I HAVE to add this stamp to my wish list!

  4. Lovely card - that's a lovely stamp - Jacqueline xx

  5. This is really gorgeous, I love that stamp, I wish we had it here in the uk! Thanks for joining us this week at the Simply Stampin' Challenge, Niki x

  6. Thanks for joining us at Simply stampin' Challenge this week, your card is gorgeous - I love that beautiful stamp! xx

  7. Oh my word, that tree is stunning! The gold embossing and pearls add such luxury. The recipient is going to feel special getting this fabulous card for sure!


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