Saturday 4 December 2010

Winter trees

I'm so grateful to the lovely Julia in her Stamping Ground for introducing me to the fabulous clear stamp set from Artemio from which this tree image originates. Here I've used it for the sketch challenge 119  from Clean and Simple.
I sponged Stampin' Up inks in Bashful Blue, Mellow Moss and Almost Amethyst for the background and then stamped the trees in 3 shades of green. Mellow Moss for the distance, then Bundled Sage Distress ink and finally first and second impressions using Stazon Olive Green for the foreground.
The buckle is from a Spellbinder die using dull silver card further distressed with Stazon Stone Grey ink.

Raise the bar - Trees
Secret Crafter - Christmas
Ooh La La - Christmas Song inspiration - O Tannenbaum (Oh Christmas Tree)

Speaking of winter trees, here's mine.
It has come out for the 35th year, having been used every year since my husband arrived home with it on the top of the car when we were living in Virginia in 1976. I think that's probably quite ecologically 'green'.
For some years I have been collecting Christmas decorations from various places around the world which also come out each Christmas and remind us of the wonderful holidays we have spent. I try to write the place and year of their purchase somewhere on them as my memory isn't as good as it might be.
Here's an angel from Barbados in 2008...
and some snowshoes from Quebec City in Canada in 2006.
Our latest acquisition is this cut-out wooden candle from New Zealand, made from from Kauri Wood which had been  buried for 45,000 years. We bought this one on our trip earlier this year.
Pretty amazing!

We have heaps more, but I won't bore you with them now. I just find it really nostalgic when I get out the tree each year... and remember!


  1. Oh Chrissie I love that card and I really want that stamp set.

  2. Fab card Chrissie, you could also enter it at Raise the Bar as their challenge is Tree's this week.
    Your xmas tree is in very good nick considering it's 35 years old, how lovely to have kept the same one all that time. Very 'green' indeed!

  3. Your card is just perfect and I really love all your little tree decorations. We usually have a real tree but all our decorations are brought out each Christmas and yes we have a few aw moments as we remember where and when we bought or made them.

  4. Your card is fab. TFS your Christmas tree and ornaments - lovely and traditional.

  5. What lovely composition on this elegant card thank you for sharing it with us at the SCSC - Hugs Kate xx

  6. Gorgeous Christmas Card

    Thanks for joining us on SCSC :)

    Hugs Jane x

  7. Beautiful CAS card! Ruth :)

  8. Your card is truely beautiful and what lovely memories you must have each year I enjoyed seeing your decorations
    Thank you so much for sharing with us at ooh la la this week

  9. What a gorgeous card - and such a lovely, nostalgic and traditional family tree - just how they should be.

    Paula x x x

  10. Beautiful card Chrissie, and so elegant.

    Love your Christmas tree. I think mine will make its appearance this week.


  11. Your "tree" card is lovely - I have the same stamp set from Artemio and I think it is quite useful! Your Christmas tree is fabulous - I have a real one every year as I work for foresters and we get trees from them!

  12. I always love your cards Chrissie but this has to be my absolute favourite, it's magnificent Love your tree too :o)
    Jackie xx

  13. Fantastic card Chrissie
    your tree looks magnificent!

    mandi x

  14. What beautiful stamping Chrissie. I haven't done any stamping for ages and just wish I had the time. Looking at your card makes me want to get them all out again.
    Thank you for joining us at OLL.

  15. Beautiful card and i love all your deccies and tree thanks for joining us at Alphabet challenge.

  16. Love the tee card and your own tree too and I too think it is lovely to have memories with the decorations each year. I prefer that to a designer tree all perfectly co-ordinated. Mind you... everything blends well on your tree.
    joZarty x

  17. gorgeous tree card. Love all the depth. That buckle is amazing for being paper crafted.

    Nice tree ornament. You weren't boring me at all.

  18. Wow Chrissie that card is absolutely stunning! I love teh depth form teh different colour inks you've used - brilliant!!
    Pauline x


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