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Friday, November 11, 2016

Amethyst Snowflake Bird and More

Hello, stamper friends, and happy Friday!  I have three cards to share today, all of which started with my wish to use this pretty Memory Box Snowflake Bird.  I cut it in plain amethyst card stock first, then cut another in patterned amethyst paper to fill in the blanks.  After changing my mind several times I ended up with this design:
Dies:
  • Memory Box Snowflake Bird
  • Poppystamps Stitched Landscapes
  • Die-namics Stitched Rectangle Frames
  • Cheery Lynn Holly Corner
  • Poppystamps Noel Snowflake (I cut off the dangling snowflake due to lack of space in the design)
The patterned paper is old and not Christmas papers at all, but the colors worked together.
Since I'd cut a second bird from patterned paper, I decided to use that outline on an ultra-clean and simple card:
I added a few sequins and one of my favorite Christmas sentiments from the retired SU! Many Merry Messages set.  The photo makes it appear to be stamped in black, but it's actually artichoke.  All the cards have lots of sparkle.
Finally, the last card is made up of some of the dies I cut when I was trying to make up my mind about the first card.  That's how we wind up with spare parts, isn't it?  Sheesh!  I still have one spare part left over, but I have plans for it.  Hope that works out without ending up with yet more spare parts.
The dies for the last card are as follows:
  • Spellbinders A2 Devine Eleoquence (that's how they spell it, folks)
  • Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Eight
  • Frantic Stamper Tall Pine Trees
  • Poppystamps Snowflake Ribbon
  • Poppystamps Noel Snowflake (again with the snowflake cut off)
Same non-Christmas patterned paper covering the card base, and lots of sparkle.  I used Stickles Stardust glitter on the trees and Elizabeth Craft Warm Diamonds micro-fine glitter on the Snowflake Ribbon.
I'm going to enter the first card in the Cardz 4 Galz current challenge:  A Contemporary Christmas.  I hope it qualifies because of the non-traditional colors, stitched dies, and so on.
Thanks for visiting today!  Wishing you all a beautiful weekend!

25 comments:

  1. Such lovely cards. I love the clean crisp lines on all of them. Have a good weekend!

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  2. Such beauty, Leslie! You just have a way of creating awesomeness. I love the colors on them all, and the layouts, and the sparkle. (I still have some of that same patterned paper from SU! :) )

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  3. Whoa! A three-fer today! LOL FABULOUS cards, Leslie! I had no idea that the bird die cut had the outline. Isn't that incredible? I love what you did by embedding it in the first card (it looks like fabric that has been quilted together!). And the "leftovers" were used in your 2nd CAS card - there is something lovely about the hint of nature in that card. Your sequins speak both "magic" and "snowiness". Weaving the giant flake swish in a scene is something I NEVER would have thought of doing. BEAUTIFUL! I just cannot seem to create "scenes" with die cuts - you certainly have the gift. Beautiful shares today, Leslie!

    Gosh, I think all three of your cards quality for the C4G challenge. So with that...

    Thank-you for joining us at the Cardz 4 Galz Challenge. We love seeing your paper crafting projects, and are so happy you have joined us! Please check back to see if you have won a badge!
    crafty hugs,
    de

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  4. All three are very mail-able and also very gorgeous!! You certainly have a great start on your Christmas cards and a wonderful use of leftovers as well!! I think I see your beautiful window in the background, so perfect for your photo take! Have a wonderful day, it is bright and sunny here today and with most of the leaves gone, it shows me very well what I need to do...DUST!! Hubby is gone until Sunday so I can do whatever I want, and it sure wasn't 'dusting'...lol!!

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  5. They all look great and yes no fuss for postage. The soft lavendar is a great touch with the holly and berries. I do like all these dies you have used too. Just bought an embossing folder the other day you enticed me with. Sheessshh.... You are such a tease Leslie. :-) Beautiful Christmas cards!

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  6. Oh my they are all gorgeous!! Love that touch of holly on your first card and they all look so elegant!

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  7. ooo that amethyst colour with the sparkle is so elegant Leslie! Both such pretty intricate cards!

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  8. Oh my ... I am so far behind in visiting my friends! My apologies! These cards are fabulous and I love that you've utilized the off cut of the designer paper bird to create a CAS card. You are well on your way with your holiday cards ... that's awesome!
    Your past posts are wonderful as well. Enjoyed your texting card ... how cute and your new view from your craft room is AMAZING ... lucky you! Being in the basement, I have no clue what's going on outside ... not always a good thing! LOL Hugs to you ... have a fabulous weekend!

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  9. Three beautiful and unique cards, Leslie. I know I always have left over parts and love it when a second card comes together, How much dun to come up with three this time. Fabulous.

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  10. All 3 of these are fabulous! I have tons of left over "parts" as I can never make up my mind the first time around as to what dies I want to use! All 3 of these are gorgeous! Can't wait till I can get to work again!

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  11. Three wonderful CAS Christmas cards Leslie, love this MB bird die you have used, pretty colours in the first one with a touch of green, like you I have so many die cut card pieces left over what has not been used..
    Hugs Pam x

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  12. What beautiful cards you have created with your beautiful dies, they really are so pretty, I just love the bird die, and my favourite one is your first card.. Also I would love to say I have looked on your garden blog , your Garden is just simply amazing, with all your beautiful flowers and all there lovely colours, and how lucky you are having the wild life at the bottom of your garden. Also being a animal lover, your two babies are just gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your photos . Thank you for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment too.


    Hugs Babs

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  13. These are all terrific! I love the snow hills on the first and the framing with the holly in the corner! Your second is so pretty in it's simplicity and the scene in the last is so peaceful and Lovely!

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  14. Sheer delight, love these gorgeous cards.xx {aNNie}

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  15. Wonderful and elegant cards!!
    Love it and just perfect for the challenge!
    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog!

    Aly DT Cardz 4 Galz!

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  16. What a beautiful set of cards! I love them all, especially the bottom one. Thank you for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz. Sian (DT).

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  17. Beautiful cards, Leslie! Really lovely!

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  18. All gorgeous Leslie! Love the colors you used for these!

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  19. I love these cards. They remind me of a bluebird that we keep trying to tempt into our yard! I also like the softness of the colors. You must have quite a stack of Xmas cards!

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  20. A fabulous selection of cards, they are so elegant.
    Pauline
    x

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  21. Wow, three cards, and I love each one! Yes, I can just imagine all the "spare parts" when you use this kind of die! But you've ended up making three gorgeous cards...each one different and lovely! Beautiful color too! Hugs!

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  22. The beauty of this is that even your scraps are beautiful!!! These are all gorgeous Leslie! Love it clean and simple or embellished with class. They are all gorgeous and inspirational.

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  23. Boy did you make magic with these die cuts, Leslie! Love the look of these cards!

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  24. Great cards - thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz and we hope to see you back again for our next challenge.

    Helen x

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