Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Bells and Pinecones

This feels like the weekend because my hubby started vacation today and will be off through the New Year. We plan an out of town day trip soon and look forward to enjoying each other's company for a while.

My card was made for yesterday's Splitcoaststampers CAS challenge #303. The challenge was Holiday Sparkle. That is why I used the sequins.  It should have been very quick but after several stamping mishaps, it took forever. Can you believe it? Sometimes, nothing goes as should in the craft room. -:)

I didn't have a die for the bells and had to fussy cut them. I colored with Copics. The sentiment and some red sequins were added and that was it...another card ready for mailing.

My card also fit the Fan Club Christmas Challenge/SCSCCNOV14. It was an inspiration piece. You are to be inspired by a wreath, brown and white, or pinecones.

Recipe:
Stamps-MFP Stamp Shop/Seasonal Poinsettias (sentiment), MFP Stamp Shop/New Pines, Inspired by Stamping/Elegant Christmas (bells)
Paper-PTI white cardstock, SU Chocolate Chip
Ink-Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories-Red sequins, Copics R35-R37-R39 (berries), Y23-Y28 (bells), E70 (pinecones), YG61-YG63 (fir and holly), B00-B000 (bow)


34 comments:

Lisa Lara said...

Your bells just pop against your rustic pinecones Benzi. I love the look. Stunning. I know about mishaps.

Basslady said...

your awesome card was definitely worth all the work and patience!

Hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

Ajascha said...

Eine sehr schöne Weihnachtskarte. Die Glocken im Vordergrund hast du wunderschön cororiert.
Liebe Grüße, Anja

Carol L said...

What a great, traditional Christmas card! You did a great job of fussy cutting those bells too :)

jimlynn said...

Great job on the fussy cutting and a stunning card! Love those gorgeous bells and the pines behind them are so lovely.
Lynn

Cathy said...

Very beautiful Benzi! I love the bells!
Great Card!

McCrafty's Cards said...

Beautiful card Benzi, I like the bells and the pine cones
Kevin xx

JD/ Jill said...

Very pretty Christmas card!

Maria said...

Gorgeous, Brenda! Those bells are so pretty with the pine cones! It makes for the perfect Christmas card!:-)

Donna Hanley said...

Well I'm in envy of your fussy cutting skills, great job. Your whole card is just lovely and I adore the sentiment. I do hope it is true for everyone. Most of all I want to wish you fun,enjoyable times with your Hubby for the next few weeks.

Beebeebabs said...

Such a beautiful card as always you did a great job tfs!!!

Bonnie said...

This turned out beautifully! I know how it sometimes goes, but perseverance paid off! A perfect background for the beautiful popped up bells!

Charlene said...

Beautiful, Beautiful!! I love your fussy cutting and coloring! Have a wonderful time off with your husband!!

Sassy Raggedy said...

Oh I love those bells. The pine cones are beautiful. Looks wonderful to me Brenda and anyone would love to receive it. Hope you and hubby have a wonderful day trip and enjoy each other. Have a wonderful Christmas as well. Hugs, joann

Ellen Taylor said...

Hey Benz! Fabulous Christmas card! Your coloring is most fantastic!! Hope all is well with you...sorry I have been such a bad blogger! Big hugs and love!

NanaConnie said...

Really beautiful, Benzi! Love the gold bells and sequins are such a delightful sparkle. Love the dimension.
I'm going to be MIA on visiting for the next 2 weeks as I travel around the country visiting family for the holidays. Merry Christmas to you and yours and may your New Year be healthy and productive. Hugz.

Davi said...

What a gorgeous card!! Love the way you did the pine cones behind the bells!!!

Loll Thompson said...

Gorgeous card Benzi. Too bad it gave you a bit of grief, but was well worth it ... amazing design. Merry Christmas to you!! Loll xx

Pam~ said...

This is gorgeous! Love the bells and you did a great job with the scissors! Enjoy your hubby and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Irish Cherokee said...

I would see you did a very nice fussy cut job. Great coloring too. The pine sprigs and cones look very real, at least in the photograph. LOL. Just had to come back before Christmas and wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. - Jim

Jamie Martin said...

Love your card!

Inkyfingers said...

I'm loving the pine cone stamp Brenda, and the different cards you have made with it.This one is so elegant and the red berries and sequins really pop!
I hope you are feeling a bit better and that the Christmas Spirit had made a late appearance. The winter blahs can be a real nuisance but they usually visit me towards the end of January so I get to enjoy Christmas. All the rushing and stresses of holiday preparation don't help but you are in my thoughts and I am sending big Christmas hugs.
Carol x

Darnell J Knauss said...

Your card is stunning, Brenda! I thought it was professionally made and I got a kick out of the fact that you cut your own bells. Goodness, how quickly we all got hooked on dies, huh? It doesn't seem THAT long ago that we did everything with our skizzers! I wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the new year! Enjoy your time with DH over the holiday!! Hugs, Darnell

Becky said...

wow girl, this is gorgeous..Great fussy cutting :)

Donna Ellis said...

Love love LOVE this card, Miss Benzi! I have to have the pine bough. Have gone over to MFP and am checking with a friend to see how difficult their clear stamps are to pull from the backing. Many brands, I have to give away because it hurts my fingers to try to pry the stamps away from the backing. The coloring on your pine branch is fabulous! Was it difficult? Your shading in the bells is fab, too!

Yes, sometimes I have those flubbery days in my craft room, too! It's just the way it is, right? Merry Christmas, Benzi! love, de

Lynne in NI said...

Oooh gorgeous card Benzi, love the colouring on your bells, and yes I have plenty of those 'how did it possibly take that long to make this' days!
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas :)
Lynne
xx

Becky said...

P.S. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.. Sending Hugs & blessings :).

Colleen Dietrich said...

Well, this looks familiar! LOL I LOVE it, by the way. :) Thank you so much for the card, Benzi. You are sweet to send it up here to me.

Merriest Christmas to you and your loved ones! See you in 2015. :)

Beebeebabs said...

Happy Holidays to you and your family!!!

Dr Sonia S V said...

How beautiful and elegant!
Wish you and family a Happy and Fantastic New Year 2015
Dr Sonia
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Mary Marsh said...

such a beautiful card Benzi-hope your Christmas was a great one and you were able to enjoy your hubby's company--happy new year to you

Inkyfingers said...

Hi Brenda,
Just wanted to pop back and say you are missed. Hope it's because you are out of town having a wonderful time. Belated New Year Greetings and I hope 2015 will be good to you.
Hugs
Carol x

Diane said...

Greetings Brenda, just a stunning design.

Hugs Diane

MaryH said...

Somehow I missed seeing this, but I am certainly enjoying it just now! Love these golden bells, how festive. They also remind me of an old hymn we used to sing "When they ring those Golden Bells - for you & Me!". Hope you are off having some fun, and will be seein' ya when you get back. Congrats for being a winner on the Blog Candy too. Hugs