Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Circles and Spirals for Christmas

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a fabulous week.  It's raining so it's a good day to be inside with creative activities :)   I had a chance to play with a technique that one of my teammates at Chocolate Baroque -  Maria (who creates gorgeous cards) inspired me to try.    I've also been creating many Christmas designs recently, more will be shown later this month and into August.   This Christmas card features stamps by Designs by Ryn.   



The background was created by using circles cut out from cardstock as a mask and I inked around them with Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers & Picked Raspberry Distress Inks.   Next I blended Peacock Feathers & Mowed Lawn DI over TCW Circle Explosion stencil.

I stamped Designs by Ryn's Sea Bubbles Set and Patio Stone along with the sentiment from Penny Black's Christmas Cheer set with Emerald Green Archival Ink.   I highlighted some of the bubble circles with a white Gelly Roll pen and added a decorative brad in the centre. 

Thanks for visiting and have a great day,
Shirley

36 comments:

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A stunning Christmas Card Shirley, the bubbles and patio stone go so well together as festive stamps.

Sue xx

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Really an unique and amazing Christmas card, love how you used the patio stamp.
xox Anja

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful card, love the colours. It rained non stop here, too! Hugs, Valerie

Miranda said...

It's lovely teamie! Wonderful with all those circles together! xxhugs Miranda

Pat said...

What a great idea to make a really modern and funky bauble, and that background is glorious Shirley. I love the Ryn Sea Bubbles and Patio Stone stamps, and who would think they could look so good on a Christmas card! x

~*~Patty S said...

Fabulous card Shirley...the circles are all so wonderful the way you've put them together and of course your beautiful color palette...
Extra credit for doing Christmas in July too :-)
oxo

aileen (mum) said...

Beautiful card Shirley, has that bokhen look (think thats how to spell). Colours are wonderful and to finish off making the stamp look like a christmas bauble is so clever. So eye catching, I love it.

Irish Cherokee said...

Beautifully done Shirley. Great creative design and colors.

aussie aNNie said...

Magical card, colours are just beautiful...I had to rejoin your blog Shirley, sorry I forgot to do so when I started my new blog..xx
AND I made a background for a card here is the link if you want to give me a comment on it would love your view....
http://thejourneyisthestart.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/koalafield.html#comment-form

Wendy McCarthy said...

What a fab idea to use the patio stone as a bauble! Very pretty as always Shirley, hugs! Xxx

chrissies said...

Very beautiful and unusual Christmas card Shirley. Love the background you created

Chrissie x

brenda said...

Fascinating how you created the background Shirley but what a wonderful finished effect.

B x

Shirley Chillman said...

Wahoo I am back Shirley can't wait to have a mooch at everything I have missed as I just love, love, love all your makes. This one is stunning such a unique Christmas card. Whoever receives it will be mesmerized at the beauty.

Warm hugs from Shirl x x

froebelsternchen Susi said...

stunning Shirley - just AMAZING!

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Lovely result Shirley...that patiostone stamp can be used in so many ways...a great card in total.
greetings, Alie

Margik said...

Beautiful Christmas card Shirley, I love how you used those pretty stamps and the circles on background. This is an amazing design.
Hugs, Mar

Annemie said...

A beautiful Christmas card Shirley!
Nice soft colors, gorgeous background.
Here in Belgium it is raining since Monday, and they still announce rain until the weekend.

Greetings, Annemie

Nan G said...

Fabulous Christmas card using non holiday stamps! Love it!

Crafting Queen said...

Beautiful background, love the colours. Hope Archie and Sheena are well.

LonettA said...

Wonderful and very unique card! I love it!!

Ryn Tanaka said...

Hey Shirley, great idea to use patio stone as an ornament. Just love that! Thanks so much for sending me the link and for posting to Pinterest. Xoxo

Lindeke said...

This is a magical Christmas card Shirley! Very beautiful!!
Groetjes, Linda

Win Dinn said...

Lovely card, Shirley, and in this amazing heat we're experiencing, it is even nice to think of a cold winter Christmas Day!

Greta said...

Wowzer! This is just stunning! So modern & beautiful, Shirley!

friemelchen said...

Wunderschön gemacht Shirley! Das ist eine außergewöhnliche und bezaubernde Weihnachtskarte!
lg Uli

Gerrina said...

Love the BG and colours as usual. And what a great way to make a focalpoint! Enjoy your week, Gerrina

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Very unusual colors for a Christmas card, but FANTASTIC.

MaryH said...

Fabulous use of the bubbles with this circle stamp (and think I have this one!)Love that bling in the center. As always your spectacular backgrounds show off these wonderful Ryn stamps so beautifully. Will check out Maria's blog too. TFS the link and the gorgeous card. Hugs

sheila 77 said...

What a clever way to make the background, it's so effective.
I do like your Christmas card with the hanging decoration and the patterns at the corners, it's lovely. Isn't it good when it rains and we can make art inside!

Little Artbee said...

OMG Shirley your card is magic, these soft colours, wonderful stamps and the circle motiv with the pearls look so nice. I love it very much.
Dear Greetings
Sabine

Donna Ellis said...

oh oh OH! Magic is right! Love the "bokeh" quality in the background, mimicking your ornament. So pretty! And the edges look perfect as a frame! Wonderful card with the masking and blending, Shirley - can you feel me helping you pack your craft room? hugs, de

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow wonderful Shirley, I love the way you used the Ryn stamps for a Christmascard, great inpiration , I love that!!! Beautiful image and colours too!!

Greetings
Maria

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow wonderful Shirley, I love the way you used the Ryn stamps for a Christmascard, great inpiration , I love that!!! Beautiful image and colours too!!

Greetings
Maria

Sophie said...

Das ist unglaublich schön, liebe Shirley.
Chapeau!

Marn said...

Hi Shirley!
Wow this is fabulous card! Absolutely gorgeous! What a terrific idea for a Christmas card! LOVE the colours so much, very pretty together! I also love the circles and bubbles in the background, great combinations! The ornament is very pretty as well! Your techniques are so well done! Very enjoyable!
Warm greetings, Marlene :)

Shirley said...

OMGosh, Shirley, this is stunning and so elegant! I love every treatment for your BG and the way you did the ornament and sentiment is so stunning!