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Friday, November 14, 2014

Lovely As a Tree

Hello friends!  Happy Friday to ya!
I have discovered a fun new challenge blog and really love the concept of it and wanted to be sure to play along in their very first challenge.  It is called Retro Rubber Challenge and this challenge is meant for you to bring out those older stamps that need dusting off and use them again. They've made their very first challenge to be "use your oldest stamp".

Since I've been stamping for several years, I have accumulated many stamps.  Sadly, I do not still have the very first stamp I owned.  It has been gone for many years now, but looking through my stash of stamps, I have come up with one stamp set that I have owned since 2001 and I actually really love the set and was so happy to pull it out to have a play with it again.

The stamp set that I'm referring to is from Stampin' Up! and is called "Lovely As a Tree".  It has been available for purchase for as long as I can remember being familiar with them.  I believe it is still available in their catalog too!  The sentiment that I have used is also from Stampin' Up! and is from 2006.  I don't think it's available any more but I absolutely love it.

I just masked off a rectangle for the front of my card and used my distress inks to make a snowy blue background for my tree.  The tree was embossed with black EP and then embossed again slightly off-set with white EP to give it the look of having snow on it.

I stamped the sentiment with black ink and took my white gel pen to make the snow drop in the background.  I also added some snowflake sequins and popped the panel up on a white card base.  I placed a rhinestone in the center of the snowflakes.
I really like how this one turned out and how the images are a bit off-set against the blue distressed rectangle.

Now it's time to get back to the cleaning and the noise of tree cutters outside my house today! LOL!
I wish you all a fabulous weekend!  Thanks for dropping by!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are the challenges I'd like to enter this card for:
Retro Rubber Challenge:


Love to Create - anything goes
The Crazy Challenge - Your Favorite Technique (distress blending/masking)
The Pink Elephant (TPE276) - CAS
Clear it Out - 3 of same embellishment (3 snowflake sequins)
Addicted to Stamps & More - anything goes

60 comments:

jimlynn said...

Cute idea about making the "snow" on the background and your card is gorgeous!!! You used one of my favorite stamps - it may not be my oldest either but sure is a favorite! Just beautiful Vicki!!!
Lynn

Emily Lauritzen said...

So gorgeous! I love the soft snowy sky! The tree looks incredible with the white overset a little.
<3 Emily L.

coldwaters2 said...

Oh wow Vicki this is so beautiful love the background and that tree is awesome so glad you found it out, the sentiment is perfect
hugs
lorraine x

Jane Knudsen said...

Vicki! Thanks for playing along with Retro Rubber! We appreciate it! Your card is gorgeous! Wow! I really want to case this card. I want to reach thru the screen and touch that tree! Beautiful!

cm said...
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cm said...

Vicki, your card is nothing short of stunning; a work of art! The snow-covered tree, the gorgeous sky, the sentiment...swoon-inducing! Thank you for sharing this beauty in the gallery at ATSM!
~c

Sue said...

This is truly stunning Vicki. I love the tree, wonderful background and such a beautiful sentiment too.
hugs Sue xx

Chrissy said...

A stunning card Vicki,and I have that tree stamp and you have given it such a different look..gorgeous..Have a wonderful weekend..

luv CHRISSYxx

necgmc said...

Simple and absolutely stunning! Thank you for finding our new challenge blog, Retro Rubber and please come play again!

Chasing the Dream said...

Me like your gorgeous distress background. Love the CAS composition and creative beauty.
Hugs

Sue said...

Gorgeous and loving the simple style!
The sentiment is wonderful. I always write down sentiments I love that are no longer can find in stamps and computer generate them. Love this beautiful card, Vicki. Nicely done.

Hugs
Sue

Pat (mspfd) said...

Spectacular CAS design! Gorgeous in all ways. What a breathtaking creation.

Julia Aston said...

Your embossed tree is just lovely on this Vicki! and I agree - that is a wonderful sentiment for a Christmas card! Have a lovely weekend!

Rhonda Miller said...

This is pretty. I love the tree.

aussie aNNie said...

Fabulous card here Vicki....love the colour tones and the design is gorgeous...have a great weekend...
aNNie xxxx
The Journey is the Start

Bad Kitty said...

gorgeous card

debby4000 said...

Love your gorgeous Christmas card.
luv
Debby

Dr Sonia S V said...

Oh wow Vicki...look at that gorgeous sky background and your super gorgeous tree!!
Cheers
Dr Sonia
Cards Crafts Kids Projects

Céline said...

fabulous, love the beautiful tree
hugs
céline

Stef H said...

this is beeeeee utiful! i've ALWAYS had my eyes on that set from SU and i STILL haven't gotten it! bummer!

but i love your card.

hope you're staying warm. maybe, just maybe we'll only get the 1" of snow instead of the 2". fingers crossed.

hugs :)

Debbie Mageed said...

*Vicki*
What a great technique to make a snowy scene! I just have to try this! Your card is beautiful and perfect for the holidays. Thank you for bringing this beautiful stamp out to play with the first Retro Rubber Challenge! We hope you will play again soon!

Sue said...

Gorgeous card, Vicki! Your snowy background and beautiful tree look sensational. Thank you for sharing at ATSM

Tammy said...

Oh this is gorgeous Vicki!! I love that snowy blue background and your stunning tree! Have a nice weekend my friend!
Hugs, Tammy

Katy McGloin said...

Absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing your awesome card and providing details for its creation. Looking forward to you playing with our Retro Rubber challenges often!!

kellyscreativecorner.com said...

*Vicki* I love your snow scene technique. And yes, Lovely as a Tree is still available in the Stampin' Up! catalog after all these years. I think it's from 2001! It is a customer favorite. I hope it sticks around forever! Love your card and hope that you'll play with us for each challenge.

Shelly said...

Oh my, Vicki! This is absolutely, GORGEOUS!!! LOOOOOVE.IT.

Becca Cruger said...

This is such a great set! I'm glad you pulled it out again because your creation is gorgeous! It's so lovely and wintery.

Christine Traversa said...

so lovely

Ruza Rebel said...

Gorgeous card! Absolutely love the scene your created!!! Thank you for joining our "Anything Goes" Challenge at Love to Create this week.
Ruza ~ LTC Admin/Designer
Ruza's Craft Corner

Regina said...

Absolutely gorgeous Vicki! Cool technique on the tree! It's so lovely embossed - a dream Winter card!
wish you a wonderful Sunday - Regina

Crafty and Green said...

What a beautiful Christmas Card!! I LOVE the sentiment!! Great Scene!! Thank you so much for playing along with us this week at Love to Create: Anything Goes Challenge!! We can't wait to see what you'll create next time!! Come back soon!

Many Blessings,
Tina
LTC DT

Monika Reeck said...

Oh dear, I adore that tree in white looks really winter and full with snow on it...this is adorable and I adore the scene you made too...LOVE THIS ELEGANT AND ADORABLE card my dear...you are a talented woman I am loving your card..hugs, Monika

Desire Fourie said...

Oh wow Vicki, this is just so beautifully stamped. Adore the tree with the frost.
Hugs
Desíre
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Crea-Sandra said...

Beautiful card, love the image and colors!
Thanks for joining us at Love to Create!
♥ Sandra ♥

Crea-Sandra said...

Beautiful card, love the image and colors!
Thanks for joining us at Love to Create!
♥ Sandra ♥

Davi said...

That is one stunning card Vicki! You did a fantastic job on the tree, gives it such a real look :)

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous tree image and looks great embossed and off-set-when i first read it was a stamp I thought you had fussy cut it!!! lol love the starry background too
carol x

Lynn's Place said...

Cute card...Thanks for playing with us @ CIO challenge blog hope you stop by again <((><

Donna said...

This is absolutely stunning Vicki! The sky background, the dimension on your tree, your embellishing are all gorgeous together!

julieprice3 said...

Lovely as a Tree was the very first SU set I ever bought and I think it's still my favourite, Love what you've done here with the background, just beautiful
Hugs Julie P

Lisa Mensing said...

So beautiful and elegant! The background is perfect with the tree. Thank you for joining us at CIO. Hope you can join us again!

Patti said...

LOVE this Vicki!! Thank you for telling us how you achieved the snowy tree! I can't wait to try that double embossing - brilliant : )

Patti

Pollard Carole said...

just stunning I love this fabulous design its gorgeous love and hugs Carole x

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

oh wow, the snow effect is beautiful!!! I didn't think that you could emboss ontop of embossing, so excited to try this now!

Dainté said...

lovely card ! :)

Patricia St Martin said...

So amazing, super job on your background and you did such a great job on your tree it really almost looks real. Your snow is wonderful and I love your sentiment.
Hugs, Pat

NanaConnie said...

WOW, Vicki! Fantastic job of embossing the tree. Love the overall effect of your scene and that deep blue for the sky is incredible.

Shelly Schmidt said...

Gorgeous scene and colors! I love this stamp set! Love your white border too!

Wei said...

What a gorgeous card! Love the inking backgroung and the snow-covered tree! Thank you for sharing at ATSM.

chanya13 said...

Beautiful !!!. Love colours and image. Thanks for joining us at Clear It Out!!! I hope you get to join us again for our next challenge. Agnieszka DT

nwilliams6 said...

That technique of black ep and then white ep is wonderful! Wow! I totally love this Vicki!!!! Hugz

Asha said...

I just love the simplicity and elegance of this card. The sky is magical, so is the tree. LOVE this!
hugs, Asha

Gabby said...

BEAUTIFUL tree! Lovely card! I have this set and I may have used it once. I have a tree "thing" and have so many tree stamps, that I forget about this wonderful SU set. I will have to get it out soon and give it a go. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

Gabby said...

Forgot to add a THANKS for sharing how you stamped then emb it in white to get the dimensional effect. GOOD to know. :)

Deepti said...

Oh my what a stunning beauty, love the gorgeous inked sky and sparkly Christmas tree :) thank you for sharing with ATSM

Beth said...

....WOW.... GF this is gorgeous love what you did with the tree and that background amazing....every detail is beautiful.
Hugs

Kate said...

stunning card

Cathy said...

Gorgeous card, love how you created the look of snow just with embossing, Cathy x

Cornelia W said...

Congrats on your win at ATSM - such a fabulous card - love that background panel and that gorgeous tree!

nwilliams6 said...

Just saw this again in your thumbnails - I still love it!!!

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