Saturday, 15 December 2012

Oh Christmas Tree



Good morning Peeps and thank you for all your lovely messages about Alex's achievement yesterday.

At Allsorts Debs is right into the season with the theme of 'Oh Christmas Tree' and our sponsor this week is my good friend Ruth of A Passion for Stamps so of course I wanted to use one of her images and although her Topiary Tree is not the traditional Christmas tree, it is all dressed ready for Christmas complete with bow...............in fact it's not unlike the one by my front door although mine hasn't got any flowers on it. I coloured the image with watercolours, cut it out and mounted onto a Marianne die oval which I stamped randomly with a Stamp Addicts Christmas background stamp. The DP's are Kaiser Craft and I had to use the Marianne holly die............yet again.


And here's just one more using some of Ruth's beautiful new dies distributed by Tonic Studios, here I have used the Domed Window and Window Box sets, stamped a Penny Black image inside the window and embossed with Frantage aged hunter. The little flowers and leaves all come in the window box set and there are also some matching stamps available which work beautifully with the dies. I can't give you a link to them as yet as C & C had exclusivity on the products for the first month after their November launch, but I know the shops had them on order and I think should be generally available this week.

I hope you all have a good weekend and I imagine there's lots of Christmas preparations going on, but I hope you still find a little time to join in with this weeks challenge.

53 comments:

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Two lovely cards Brenda, I especially like the second one its so classy but I also love the papers on the first one

jacqui x

Caroline said...

Beautiful christmas card's I love the window one. Caroline xxx

Cheryl said...

oh wow hun this is amazing,see your talent is as amazing as ever simply stunning hugs Cherylxxxxx

Beryl said...

Two beautiful cards. I think the topiary is a lovely change from the traditional type Christmas - and the whole card reminds me of long lost traditional Christmas'.
The window box card is brill. The wall is very effective and makes a great background for the lovely window.
Beryl xx

Crea Astrid said...

What a beautiful Christmas cards.

Nice weekend.

Hugs Astrid.
http://creaastrid.blogspot.nl/

Ruth said...

These are incredibly beautiful,Brenda and I feel so honoured that you've incorporated several of my designs (stamps and dies) into both of your cards! Thanks so much!! Ruth x

Paula (PEP) said...

The first one just ticks all my boxes of being slightly unusual but traditional & I love the colours. Love the way those blooms are brightening the chilliness on the second.
Paula (PEP)

Fleur said...

Gorgeous cards, both so pretty
HUGZ Fleur xXx

Tedz said...

These are lovely Brenda, I like the first one best as I love the way you have finished the oval. I do hope you are feeling a little better each day. Pauline xx

Jackie said...

Two beautiful cards, but the window one is my favourite :o)
Jackie xx

Sue - bearhouse said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda. I love the designs and beautiful traditional festive colours.

All the best
Sue

Tanya said...

Gorgeous cards as always Brenda! I love that holly die - I really need to get it haha although I think it's a bit late now for this year. I love the beautiful festive colours on the first card and I love the ivy and gold window on the second :)

Hope you're feeling better

Tags xx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Both cards are stunnning ! Love these. Take care, Shirleyx

ALI said...

Lovely cards, love the backing paper on the first.

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

2 beautiful festive cards. janex

Ellie said...

Such gorgeous card Brenda, I love the use of the window die with the golden paper. And the tree behind it looks so pretty!
Beautiful sketch and colors on the first card too, and I love the die you used!
Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Pat said...

Two beautiful cards, as always, Brenda. Trying to play catch up at the moment as I don't seem to have much time for the computer at the moment. Have a good weekend.

Pat xx

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Wonderful Christmas Tree card. Especially like how you framed them. I host a wkly challenge at Mark's Finest Papers Simple Salutations in which the challenge this wk is Christmas Tree. membership in MFP is free. Please join, enter & let them know I sent you.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"
MFP SS Hostess

chillin with Quillin said...

there gotgeous, love the colors on the first one and the tree through the window !!!!!
Paula

Solange Barreto. (Lange) said...

Maravilhosos cartões, adoráveis. Parabéns, lindo trabalho, Beijo.

Andreja L. said...

Gorgeus cards you made :-))

Craftnut said...

2 lovely cards again this week B, hope you are on the mend. Tracy xx

Lorraine said...

Two beautiful festive cards. I love the topiary and gorgeous papers and the window looks fabulous.
Lorraine x

McCrafty's Cards said...

Two beautiful cards Brenda, I like the tree through the window.
Kevin xx

Juls said...

These are Just beautiful!!! Hugs Juls

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Two wonderful cards, great die cuts. Love the flowers in the flower pot.

May said...

Two Beautiful cards Brenda...Lovely work!!! Hugs May x x x

Stamps and Paper said...

Fabulous cards Brenda gorgeous colours on both and such lovely designs

Anne

Sarah said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda and huge congratulations to your son, you must be bursting with pride xxx

Merry said...

Two wonderful cards. I really like the way you turned the topiary into a Christmas image. Those little flowers in the window box are too cute. Hope all is well Brenda.

Gerrina said...

What a beautiful traditional first card! And you're right; the window die looks great! Allways so much fun to see what's behind it! Hugs, Gerrina

Kat said...

Hi Brenda love that topiary tree it looks really pretty. Loving the second one too. Love the idea of the scene through the window.

Belated congrats to Alex, not surprised you're proud of him, that's quite an achievement when all these people entered. I didn't get online yesterday as I had to hurry up and add my DT card before work and leave to go babysitting after tea. Needless to say today has been busy. Starting with Poppy's swimming lesson first thing this morning!

Have a good weekend.

Kat xx

linda said...

these are both beautiful brenda! i especially love the first one for it's vibrant colours and image and beautifully coloured topiary.
linda

Samantha said...

More beautiful cards hunny your so creative! the topiary tree is my favourite but that is because its so different, hugs me xx

Whisper said...

Both fabby cards hun, the topiary tree is my favourite, because i love how you make vintage look stunning, Luv Sam x

Sasha said...

Two beautifully created cards, Brenda. Your first one with topiary on the lovely oval die looks gorgeous. I love your window and window box card, too. Such a lovely creation! :)

Nannieflash said...

Hi Brenda, oh wow two fabulous cards, I love them both, the tree is gorgeous and your window is a very clever design and arrangement. hugs Shirleyxxx

catherine said...

These are just fantastic cards Brenda and love the images and layout to them both.Great for the challenge theme
x catherine

Gail said...

Great cards! I really like the emobssed bridk on the second one!

walchowDesign said...

Both lovely cards, Brenda! Love the embossed bricks on the bg together with the silver window!

NancyD said...

Two very lovely Christmas cards! NancyD

Annmaree (Emu) said...

Love the topiary and the window, two lovely and unique card, Brenda!

Hope you are great!

Desire Fourie said...

Brenda these cards are gorgeous. So love your creative style. Loving the window effect on the second.
Hugs
Desíre
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butlersabroad said...

Beautiful cards Brenda, I'm a sucker for the traditional colours of the first one, so pretty. Very well done to your son too and I hope you get some good news with the test results. The Stones concert went out at 9pm for us, so it wasn't too bad at all. I'm still tired today though, I just don't so late nights any more!

Hugs
Brenda

Jenny said...

Both gorgeous cards. Love that topiary tree <3 Jen xx

Izzwizz said...

Two more gorgeous cards Brenda, I really love the window box with all the flowers. It's terrific! Hope you don't have to wait too much longer for your test results and well done for not googling lol!

Sadilla said...

hi dear!!!
amazing cards... you are so talented girl!! =)
Thanks for passing to visit me... I wish all the best!!
warm hugs
sadia

Nikbee said...

Gorgeous cards, Brenda. I love the paper and holly on the first one.
Congratulations to your son - what an amazing achievement.
Nikki x

Louise said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda,love the one with the window box,hope you are feeling better soon with Christmas creeping up fast.
Hugs Louise xx

scrappymo! said...

Two more great cards! Love the dies on the first and the embossed brick background and dies on the second.
Lovely!

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Both gorgeous cards, I am loving those bright reds and the holly, bow and pin on the first one look amazing
Lindsay xx

Bellaidea said...

very pretty work!

Archana Joshi said...

WOW! Marianne's frame die is awesome. Love how you script stamped and distressed it. Love stickpin too. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs, Archana