Monday, December 12, 2011

Nesting in the Pines

It's been a weekend of decorating for me. I don't usually wait this long to get it finished, but decided to put up a slim tree in the breakfast nook and do several more things. I have my mantel and a few more things left to do. Hurry, hurry...it'll soon be time for it all to come down.

I got to use one of my new toys on this card and that is the Holly Background Set-Hero Arts Stamp Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I stamped the holly in Stampin'Up! ink (Always Artichoke) and then ran it through the matching holly embossing folder that came with the set. I really like the look.

My image is from Mark's Finest Papers and the stamp set is Peaceful Nuthatch. My card was made for the challenge on Friends of Speedy TV, week #11 to make a Christmas card. The challenge can be found here at Home of Speedy TV. We would love for you to join us.

Recipe:
Stamps-Mark's Finest Papers-Peaceful Nuthatch
Paper: PTI white cardstock, Stampin'Up! Always Artichoke
Ink: Stampin'Up! Always Artichoke
Accessories: Stampin'Up! Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon, Copics, button from Jo Ann Stores, Sizzix Hero Arts Stamp & Emboss textured impressions-Holly Background set, Spellbinders circle nestabilities

14 comments:

Hussena said...

such a lovely card i love the bird image you have chosen...and the background looks so beautiful.

Emily Keaton said...

Beautiful, Benzi! I love your new toy. The inked embossing folder makes this look extra special. Good luck finishing up your decorating!

Basslady said...

hun, this card is fabulous...i love bird-images so much...and the ribbon looks so fantastic...very cool, what you show here with your new stamp-folder combo as background-paper!
wow!

hugs and kisses from cold and rainy germany...
silvi xoxo

Marisa said...

The EF with the stamp looks fabulous! Darling bird and a lovely card. Good luck getting the rest of the decorating done.

Carla S. said...

This is gorgeous, Brenda! I love the stamped and embossed background! The image is beautiful and so wonderfully colored! Hope you get your decorating done! I have my tree up, but there are no ornaments yet!

Ravengirl said...

Beautiful work Brenda! That holly background is so festive!

Ravengirl said...

Beautiful work Brenda! That holly background is so festive and of course your bird and pine cones are colored fabulously!

Carol L said...

This is fabulous! I've never seen the stamping/embossing tools you mentioned, but what a fantastic background that made! I love how it surrounds this great image and the big red bow finishes it off perfectly!

Colleen Dietrich said...

You had me mesmerized, wondering how you did the background. Did she roll a brayer over the embossing? Draw it on with marker?

I'm glad you explained it! It's very cool, and love that bow.

Pam~ said...

Benzi, this is a stunner ... just gorgeous! Love the look of your holly background ... too cool looking!

Sounds like your house is a real stunner too!

Ellen said...

Don't you just love new toys! Your card is gorgeous! my tree has been us for 3 weeks ...still waiting to be decorated and only got a few cards in the mail yesterday! Your way ahead of me!~LOL

Bonnie said...

What a sweet Nuthatch nestled in the pine! I love the embossed/stamped image! What a great idea!

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

This is a cute image too. Your layout really compliments it and so does that beautifully crafted bow.

Shirley said...

Brenda, this will be framed. How lovely!