Sunday, June 09, 2013

A Bold Bloom for Christmas

Hello everyone !   I hope you had a great weekend.     We enjoyed a lovely sunny day today.

Two of my favourite stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque  -  Bold & Fresh Blooms are on special this week.  I decided to to create a Christmas card using these designs as it's never too soon to get started on them right?

I stamped & embossed the flower (five times) & the leaves with gold on Basic Grey Paper that was hanging out in my stash, I think it's from the Wassail collection.  

I'm not sure if it's called paper piecing or decoupage but I cut the flowers & layered as shown.  I added a metal flower & pearl at the top.    I stamped the mistletoe fragment from Pears & Baubles with Black Soot Distress Ink on the background.  I painted some of the design on the leaves with Vintage Mica Paints.    Noel is a clear stamp and this is the first time I've used it ! 

I decided to add gold around the edge of the background with a gold leaf pen after the card was assembled.   NOT a good idea, it ended up wobbly, certainly not as straight as I would like.   

Here is a look at the two stamp sets that are currently on special.   They are sold individually or with a multi-buy discount if you purchase them together.   I especially love the leaves.   

I'll be back soon with another Peacock Design!
Thanks for stopping by,


  1. Absolutely so lovely & the red is marvelous. You should check out ...her challenge is to use a diecut. This would be perfect!!! TFS & hope your wkend was a good one. Hugs

  2. This has a lovely eastern feel to it Shirley, both the colours and intricacy of the patterns.

    B x

  3. What a great colorcombo. Beautiful BGP. Love the layers of the flower and the golden embossing. Great page on your previous post too! Love your doodled glam lady. And I like the vibrant colors very much.

  4. Beautiful colours and a great use of the stamp.

    Chrissie x

  5. Love the colours and great idea to use this stamp for a X-mas card! The golden line somehow fits great; it let it look a little bit if you used fabric underneath... Hugs, Gerrina

  6. christmas in june, beautiful card! Love the gorgeous rich colors!
    Have a great week! Groetjes Karin x

  7. You almost popped out of the sidebar of my blog.
    This looks realy great, Shirley!
    What a Christmascard this is.
    I always think about the person who's receiving this in their mailbox!!!
    What a great pleasure that must be?
    Groetjes Gery

  8. WOW what a stunner Shirley, I love the red, such a christmassy colour. I agree, it's never to early to think about making Christmas cards, something that I should do, as I'm away from halfway through December. I hope you had a great weekend.

    Sue xx

  9. As Brenda says - an exotic eastern touch with this & very striking indeed. The gold edging is very effective - I hate adding gold edging with a pen for I tend to ruin the whole project.......that was a bold step. I love the gold & aqua floral centre & I think it's a combination of the two - paper piecing & decoupage.
    Paula (PEP)

  10. Beautiful Christmas medallion, Shirley - Love the rich gold embossing against the fabulously rich colors. Not only elegant and eye-catching, but very exotic and magical -- perfect for a Christmas card! Very pretty rich colors, and wonderful combination of shapes with the dramatic background. Love your Christmas card! congratulations for getting started on Christmas! hugs, de

  11. What a beautifull Christmas card, dear Shirley , I love the colours and the beautiful flower!!


  12. What an elegant Christmas card Shirley...great idea, you did so well!

    kind regards, Alie :-)

  13. Stunning Shirley!! huggles Sue xx

  14. Soooo gorgeous and wonderful, Shirley.

    Have a lovely week

  15. Love that rich Christmas red and the fresh teal, yum! :) xxx

  16. Very very beautiful Shirley and the colors and stampa are great
    Greetings Janny

  17. Ooooo I just love those stamps! They look so rich stamped in gold. Love what you did with this Shirley :)

  18. Wonderful colors and card design.

    Regards diane

  19. Beautiful Christmas Card ! Great colours !

    Palm Tree Julia :)

  20. Great minds think alike. I'm starting Xmas cards this week, I have no sense of time, so I'm usually late for everything, even Xmas, so I decided I should be early! That red is divine ! This is such a lush colour combo and those stamps are stunning.

  21. Wow!! Just such Rich and Beautiful colors Shirley!! Love the embossed gold too! And know it's never to early to start working on Christmas cards, lol If I was smart, I'd follow your lead! ;-)


  22. WOW dear Shirley, what a fabulous unique christmas card, I'm excited.
    xox Anja

  23. Fabulous luxury Christmas card. Inspiring as always.
    Hugs, Florence x

  24. Elegant, rich and stunning! Wow an amazing creation Shirley!! Love the red and teal!! hope your day is marvelous!!
    Big hugs,

  25. Love this... such a beautiful card from super stamps! ...Lovely work from you Shirley as always.
    E xxx

  26. Wauw.....what a beautiful creation!!! I enjoyed looking ;-)
    Groetjes, Anja

  27. There's nothing like being ready for Christmas! This is just beautiful with your 3D flower and your borders and excellent colours. I enjoyed reading about your process.

  28. Eine so wunderbare Weihnachtskarte, liebe Shirley! Die neuen Stempel sind sehr schön.


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