Thursday, 29 July 2010

Oh Christmas Tree......

I know, I know, it's still July. Here is one of my first Christmas cards for this year, done with a new Christmas tree stamp from Polkadoodles. I used the snow embossing folder for the card base, and a new cuttlebug frame for around the image.
I stamped the tree twice, once onto a green base, then again onto white. I cut out all the layers on the white image and ran them through my xyron to get a nice even coat of adhesive, then I sprinkled the whole thing with glitter
Edited to answer Hestia's question. The base of the tree is a sage green pattern paper printed from the Christmas templates CD by Polkadoodles. You can see the same paper on the background of the card that I showed you last Friday. The snow folder is by Cuttlebug
I really like this frame, it's big enough to frame a good sized image, and seems to emboss really deeply

I went with my sister to Webb's garden centre yesterday. If you are from North America, I don't think you have garden centres like ours - at least, not in Florida. Some of them have developed into huge places, selling not only plants, pots, trellis and weedkiller etc, which would seem logical for a garden centre, but also furniture (not just for the patio, I mean dressers, console tables and the like), expensive ornaments, even more expensive kitchen equipment and the sort of jams and chutneys that try to fool you into thinking they are homemade by having lids covered with red gingham fabric tied on with a bit of raffia, (adding another 1000% to the cost of a naked jar of chutney from the supermarket). Some of them even sell clothes, aiming for the country tweeds and wellies brigade. Oh yes, they sell animals too, birds, fish and tortoises - another finishing touch for your expensive outdoor space. Different coach companies actually advertise coach trips to some of the bigger and better garden centres, for all I know you can book a weekend break in the place - if you get tempted to book a trip, take your wallet with you. A family of four could have a nutritious dinner at home for the price of a cup of tea and a cake.
For some reason, which again defies logic, a lot of these places have a large craft department, which of course was the reason I was there in the first place. Equally predictable was the fact that after walking through hectacres of garden gnomes, skirting the bird department and bypassing the hot pink wellies, the craft department was totally sold out of the item I went there for in the first place....ah well, the cake was very nice

30 comments:

Beth said...

What a beautiful card! I love it!

Maureen Reiss said...

Love it!!! It's soooooooo pretty! That must have taken forever. Great job

Julie said...

You are too funny! My hubby about fell on the floor the other day when I said I wanted to go to the home improvement store with him. They sell crafts there too so it was a blast. Your card is gorgeous!

scrapn_momof2 said...

Oh Enfys this is so gorgeous and makes me want Christmas to hurry up. I love the new cuttlebug frame. I'm going to have to hunt that one down.

Linda said...

When I was in England I wanted to go for high tea but I was told, by my husband, the same thing you said about the tea and cake.

Linda said...

I forgot to tell you that your card is wonderful. I don't see the green for all the pretty snow.

Sharon said...

Never fails, what you go for is sure to be sold out!!! Love the card. That Christmas Tree is just beautiful!!! :)

Hestia's Helper said...

While I love looking at your creations, the real reason I follow you is the stories you tell.
Thank you for sharing so much about you and your life experiences!

I love the card and I have a question. In the close-up photo of the tree, the base looks like there's writing on it. What paper is that? You mentioned you stamped it on GREEN, but I don't see anything green (?)

kisatrtle said...

a craft section in the garden store...I need to come and visit you LOVE THE CARD

Sandy Bayles said...

Enfys,
What a great card. I love it... I did a Halloween card tonight and also have done two Christmas cards. I think this card is so beautiful......
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Sherri said...

So beautiful....I think that is the prettiest Christmas card I have ever seen!!

Melodie said...

Wonderful, dear Enfys, this card is so elegant.
Hugs
Melodie

Kim said...

Great card, I love all the white.

Kim

WhiteRacoon said...

Very cute! It gives me chills - I love it =) Snow on the tree is excellent! =)

Ivolina said...

Lovely card. So wonderful Christmas tree.

notquitemarthastewart said...

i did a similar garden centre trip this week, the craft section didn't have what I needed either! LOL
Love the card too x

Riet said...

What a beautiful card Enfys.

Hugs Riet.xx

Cammie said...

Love your card! Is the snow embossing folder Cuttlebug as well?

Lesley said...

what a very pretty card. You have got me going now and im going to start making some christmas cards when I get back off my Hols. Lesley

Jessica said...

Holy Cow Enfys!!! That sounds more like Walmart to me! Maybe that's where they got the idea... I love this card. I saw the new cb folders and had decided against them, now I need that one for sure!
Huugs

Lynda said...

Now isn't that just typical lol - the only thing you want is out of stock! Anyway your card is lovely and I really like the embossed frame - I might just need one of those! You see you've even got me spending now!

Love Lynda xxx

Karen said...

Totally stunning cards Enfys.

love Karen x

1CardCreator said...

Beautiful card, I am now coveting your embossing folder, shame on me! I love all the depth you created. ~Diane

Mandy said...

Hi Enfys, I had such a good laugh at your garden centre description. When we came to the UK for Christmas in 2006 I made my Hubby drive to every garden centre in West Sussex and beyond hunting for an elusive christmas decoration I had seen adorning a christmas tree in Amberley castle where we attended a high tea. We were relegated to "a private salon" as "under 12's" were not permitted in the dining room. It was awesome as it was a beautiful Victorian decorated sitting room with log fire and the most exquisitely decorated tree. After trecking high and low I am the proud owner of three gorgeous feather fairies.

mahuntington said...

Your tree is gorgeous. I don't have any Christmas stamps, so will have to start investing. Your garden store sure sounds interesting.
Mary Ann

mustavcoffee said...

It's great reading your blog, I can just imagine you walking around the garden centre and your pique at the one thing you wanted being out of stock, it happens all the time:)
I love garden centres especially at Christmas, my friends and I go just to check out the decorations and we may even buy one but we have so much fun and a piece of cake and a real coffee, yum yum, simple pleasures :)
I love your card, Thank you for sharing:) xx

Kristie Maynard said...

Love this card. Especially love that embossing. I love when things are swirley like that. Just love it!

Kaye's Crafty Place said...

Enfys this is stunning, the tree is gorgeous and I just love both embossing folders. So pretty!

hugs
Kaye x

Kim. said...

This white on white effect makes for a really stunning card and with the touch of green it looks amazing, love the embossed frame too.
Kim xXx

AZOWEN said...

Really beautiful tree. Is it possible to show the Cuttlebug folders you use with the name?