Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas Flourish with Holly

Hello everyone,   I hope you are having a great weekend with all the activities at this time of year.  

The beautiful Christmas Flourish stamp set from Chocolate Baroque is on special this week !     The beautiful flourishes are quite elegant (see photo at bottom of this post).   I have two cards today created with these designs, one with lots of gold and the other a CAS one layer card.   

I used blended Taffy (pink) & Snickerdoodle (warm beige) Smooch Inks to create the background.  Next I stamped CB's Holly Snowflake (free stamp with December's Craftstamper Magazine) with Colorbox Gold Pigment ink.   I embossed the Holly background with gold and embossed the sentiment with a Rose powder.   The 'Believe in the Miracle' sentiment is from the Snowflake Flourish set, but it's also available as a single clear stamp.    

I blended Snickerdoodle Smooch Ink around both the Holly background and the sentiment.   I used Spellbinder's S5-090 die for the mat behind the quote.   A matching bow, pearls, matting and it's done!    The layers could be popped up but I left them flat for easier mailing.

And below is a one layer CAS design using the large Holly Flourish from the set which was so quick & easy to make !   I love to use layers & decoupage, but ouch it gets expensive at the post office!  The flourishes are wonderful for clean & simple creations.

I used beautiful smooth purple card stock available at Crop Circles.  I embossed the gorgeous Holly Flourish & sentiment with white and added red stickles for the 'berries'.

And below is the awesome Christmas Flourish set.   The trees will also make great cards !

Thanks for your visit and enjoy your day !


  1. Ohhhhhhh! Shirley, this is so elegant! What amazing sheen and texture - and of course, color. So lovely - and your CAS is Beautiful! ((hugs))

  2. Both are delightful examples of what can be done with this set & I love your sense of practicality too. The deep purple with white & red is so classy & makes a lovely traditional yet modern composition. Love the way your deep burgundy sheer ribbon picks up the sentiment & your burgundy matting.
    Paula (PEP)

  3. Wowzer love those gold tones on your first card... So elegant...Tell me about layers and decoupage when trying to mail these types of cards....I had two envelopes returned back this past week because I tried mailing them and it was to thick...When I took it in to find out how much it was going to cost me I said forget it....It sure can add up so those type of cards I'll make for family / friends on the islands and the rest will have to be plain and simple.
    By the way your CAS card is pretty too!

  4. This is again such a beautifull creation Shirley, I really, really like it, every detail is perfect for a beautifull Chrismascard!!!I love your talent!!


  5. These are such beautiful cards Shirley, from one of my favorite sets. The year that this set was launched I made all of my Christmas cards with it. And as you've pointed out they make quite flat cards for posting.

    Hope you've had a great weekend.


  6. Like both cards! Lovely layers on the first and a great lay-out and colors for the CAS-card! Hugs, Gerrina

  7. Both are amazing festive christmas creations.
    xox Anja

  8. Beautiful Beautiful Shirley!! Love the Wonderful snowflake BG you created and the lovely embossed holly leaves and Festive sentiment too! Super Layout as well. Love this! 8-)

    Hugs & Happy Holidays!

  9. Die Karten sind beide ganz wunderbar, die Gestaltung so edel , fantastisch!
    lg Uli

  10. Gorgeous !! as always Shirley I love your work huggles hun x

  11. Einfach nur wunderschön...

    Herzliche Advents-Grüße liebe Shirley

  12. They are both so stunning, Shirley, as always! But I do love your suberCAS snowflake on the purple! Perfection!!

    Happy Holidays! Darnell

  13. Hello Shirley
    Gorgeous card.... Lovely stamp set....
    Happy Christmas.....
    Love Sylvie
    19 degs in Gib.... Fabulous weather

  14. Beautiful cards Shirley. Love the beauty and simplicity of your purple card. Yes great for postage costs.


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