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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Serene Christmas Scene

When I received my card from Asha, via the Card Chain Challenge, I fell in love with the stamp set she used. She told me that it was manufactured by Clearly Besotted, called Christmas Cheer, but, sadly, had been discontinued. Well, I went on the hunt - I found the stamp set at one store and the dies at another, and I won't even tell you how much I spent to get the set, a gift to me from me.  This is my first card with the new set and you'll notice there are no decorations on the tree.  If there were, the cat would be sure to turn this serene scene into a mess!
What I Used to Make my Card:
Vanilla Card Base
Clearly Besotted "Christmas Cheer" stamp & die (discontinued)
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous "Scribbly Christmas" #CMS249
Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Tea Dye, Mowed Lawn, Fired Brick, Pumice Stone and Brushed Corduroy
Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink in Red Geranium
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Vanilla, White, Black, Gold Glitter Cardstock
Stickles in Gold
The Art Institute Glitter in True Red
McGill Cat Punch
Pop Dots

First thing I did was stamp all of the Clearly Besotted Christmas Cheer stamps and then die cut them. I die cut the candelabra twice, once out of black cardstock and once out of gold glitter card, layered them together and adhered.

Once I had all my pieces, I stamped the string across the fireplace to hold the round banner.  I assembled all the die cuts and set them aside to dry, including the flames, which I also put gold Stickles on and loose red glitter from the Art Institute.  I took a vanilla card panel and stamped one of the trees out of the Scribbly Christmas set on it, being sure to leave enough room for the fireplace.  I have a very old McGill cat punch (ok, I have  a few many, many cat punches) and I punched the cat out of black cardstock.  I assembled everything, adhered it all to the vanilla panel and edged the panel with Pumice Stone ink. I saw the strip of gold glitter card on my desk, so I grabbed it, glued it to my base card and then pop dotted the panel to the base.
Another look

I adore the Christmas Cheer set and I am so glad I found both the stamp set and the matching dies. Not a one could be found, not even on eBay!  I am already thinking of other ways to use these stamps and to me, that makes it a good investment worth the money I spent (I can justify almost anything).

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I am entering my Serene Christmas Scene in the following challenges:
The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - #49, X is for Xmas
Cut it Up - #86. Brrrrr! Winter!
Frilly & Funkie - 'Tis the Season
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Holly Jolly Stamping
Dream Valley Challenges - #121, Die Cuts & Punches
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - #259, Anything Goes, as long as it's Christmas
Show Us Your Pussies Challenge - (M) #1, CatMouse is Coming!

 

30 comments:

  1. So glad your hunt was successful! Have fun making more adorable cards with your set. Thanks for joining us at Cut it Up for our BRRRR! Winter! challenge!

    Evelyn
    http://mylittlecraftblog.wordpress.com

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    1. Me, too Evelyn!! Off to check out your lovely creations :)

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  2. Lovely card and I am glad you managed to find the set to add to your collection. It's such a sweet image. I agree about the kitty and the Chrimbo decorations hahaha :-D
    Thank you for coming over to play at SUYP Cats Challenges :-D

    Hugz
    IKE x

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    1. Oh Ike, I plan on entering SUYP multiple times, every single month :) Such a great idea for a challenge!! xo

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  3. Hi Christi ~ so happy to see you over at Cut It Up for the Brr…..Winter Challenge! What a great scene and couldn't agree more kitty would definitely wreak havoc with ornaments! I'm thinking stamps are an investment when they inspire us and keep our little hands out of trouble! hahaha Have a great week ~
    Katrina
    ScrappyHorses.blogspot.com

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    1. I'll have to use that next time I want something that I certainly don't need LOL - thanks for the splendid idea Katrina :)

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  4. Christi, love your use of the glittery areas - makes it come alive. Pretty little scene! Thanks for joining us for the Holly Jolly challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge!

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  5. This is adorable, Christi! Congrats on finding the stamps and dies - you definitely lucked out!

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    1. Thank you Kitty - I appreciate you taking the time to comment :)

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  6. haha - i'd do the same thing - actually have done the same thing only to find out that I actually already had the particular stamp I was hunting....LOL I just love the cat just sitting there thinking what to do.

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    1. Thank you my friend ~ LOL I have bought duplicates of SOOO much stuff LOL ~ hope all is well with you & yours <3

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  7. Lovely Christmas scene! I especially love that sketchy tree! Thanks for joining the sisterhood of snarky stampers for our "X is for Xmas" challenge!

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  8. This is such a sweet Christmas scene! The cat makes it all rather perfect. ;) Thanks for joining the fun at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

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  9. What a sweet little card. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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    1. Thank you Cec - I appreciate the comment :)

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  10. This is absolutely stunning! . Thanks for playing with us at Dream Valley Challenges!
    Neva DT

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  11. A beautiful festive card Christi! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

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  12. Oh my goodness, this is so sweet. Thank you for leaving such a kind comment about my 3D Doctor Who light up ornament. It gave me a chance to look you up and I am so glad I did! This is adorable! TFS Big hugs and happy holidays! Kristina

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    1. Oh Kristina I LOVE your 3D ornament :) Thanks for coming to see my blog xo

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  13. Wonderful X-mas scene you have created here, with the kitty punch giving that extra bit of something special! Thanks for joining the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers for our X is for X-mas challenge!

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  14. Very nice, congrats on finding the stamp set you wanted.. Thanks for joining us at Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers.

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    1. Thank you Chelle! It took some work, but I think it was worth it :)

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  15. Awesome card, love the scene and of course the cat, gotta have a cat. Thanks for playing along with the Challenge At the Sisterhood of Snarky stampers

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    1. LOL Yes, what scene is complete without the cat? Thanks for your comment Barbara :)

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