Friday, February 28, 2020

Mandarin Wreath

Hooray, my first Christmas card of 2020!  I hope this simple card has finally broken the ice so I can get busy and make more.  I've been lagging.

The stamp I used is a digital from Power Poppy -- Wreath:  Boxwood and Cranberry.  However, my version is neither Boxwood nor Cranberry.  I chose to make it with the little Mandarin oranges that seem to be at their yummiest best around the holidays.




Seriously, look how simple this is to color.  It took minutes.  A person could make a bunch.  I printed in full strength gray scale on X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copics.  It's not the least bit fancy schmancy, but that's just what I need right now.  The Mandarin wreath has a nice Christmasy warmth to it, don't you think?

I'm joining up with other Power Poppy designers today, and I encourage you to drop over to the Power Poppy Blog to see a variety of samples that are just pure eye candy.  It'll be fun!

Christine
Gloria
Leslie (you are here)
Nancy
Lisa
Stacy
Barbara W.
Allison

Thank you so much for dropping in today.  I wish you all a nice weekend and hopefully I'll be back soon.  Take care!



32 comments:

aussie aNNie said...

Your colouring is amazing, whether it took a minute or an hour, it's always beautiful. Love this image too....enjoy the weekend.xxx

Diane said...

Very very pretty!! I love the mix of colors and I think you could use this image year round. great idea to turn them into oranges..another pretty one Leslie!!

Christine Alexander said...

That's my type of card, Quick Clean and Simple. Mandarin oranges certainly remind me of Christmas. love the card :)

Judy Woodland said...

LOVE this, Leslie. The simple design really works well with that image. Great coloring too, just beautiful!!

Yogi said...

very nice. Have a great day

Verna Angerhofer said...

That is so beautiful. I liked your version with the Mandarins too. I love to eat them as well.

nancy littrell said...

My mouth is watering:-) Love your wreath with the mandarin oranges, Leslie. Beautiful frame for your sentiment. This would be a wonderful design for making multiples! TFS my friend. Hugs..Nancy

Cat Craig said...

I have this set, and what a fab idea to use mandarins. The color pop from the orange is so much more fresh than from reds. I'll have to remember this and case it.

ChristineCreations said...

Leslie, this is so pretty, just the warm glow around the wreath really makes the design so much more interesting. Simply beautiful!

Vicki said...

This is so beautiful, Leslie! Not the typical image you expect to see on a Christmas card, but I love it. We always had a gift of oranges as a gift from friends while growing up. I love the simplicity and you can almost smell the oranges!

Gloria Stengel said...

Do not ever say it took minutes...be like Scotty on the Enterprise...tell them it took HOURS AND HOURS, and wipe sweat from your brow! hee hee This is so pretty! I love the colors you chose. Lovely work, as always!!!

Nanny's Pansy Patch said...

OMG!! I can't believe you are already making Xmas cards! You are so good! This card is so neat - I like the square wreath and you are right - you can make alot of them. Have a great weekend!

Barb said...

Very pretty card, Leslie! I love the switch up you did, creating oranges instead of cranberries. It worked beautifully!

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment! I appreciate you! :D

Donna Ellis said...

What a beautifully-colored, endearing card, Leslie. Your coloring of Marcella’s frame is breathtaking. I’ve never seen anything like this pretty, unique image before. Hugs, de

Camille Short said...

That is so pretty, I love this image, and your coloring is gorgeous.

Barbara said...

You have a Christmas card done for 202 already? You are an overachiever and an amazing artist. I am jealous, but motivated to make some too.

Darlene said...

Beautiful (as always)! Oranges are perfect for a holiday wreath ... great thinking! Doesn't always have to be 'fancy schmancy' ... sometimes less is more and a better way to go! LOVE your design ... perfect! HUGS

Henriëtte said...

A lovely card Leslie, my intention was to start also in the beginning of the year with my Christmas cards, but unfortunately I didn't made one yet.
Thank you so much for the inspiration and have a wonderful weekend.

Conniecrafter said...

It looks great with the oranges and I love how this set is even easy for me to color :) although you still bring it more to life then I can... I will have to break it out again, Congrats on your first card of the year!!
Hope you enjoy a nice weekend!

Anne Buckingham said...

Such a wonderful border and sentiment. The wreath is good for any season. Beautiful.

Cindy Beach said...

I'm in love with the mandarins and the warm color they bring to the card. It may have only taken minutes but it sure doesn't look it at all! Simply beautiful.

Pauline said...

Oh Leslie, this is beautiful! I love that you did this as mandarins rather than cranberry. A very CAS card with a warm feeling to it. So simple yet elegant, it's perfect! Congrats on your first Christmas card of 2020. No worries about the lagging, I think we have all been there. It will come back! Enjoy your day!

Witchcrafted Life said...

What an elegant, timeless, and entirely lovely design.

Autumn Zenith 🎃 Witchcrafted Life

Darnell said...

Congratulations! This Christmas card may be simple, but it is stunning, Leslie! I love that you colored it like little Clementines, which happen to be really delish down here right now, too. Bonus! Enjoy your Sunday! Hugs, Darnell

Stacy Morgan said...

So pretty and I LIKE that it is a CAS design. Wonderful coloring as usual. And yes a Christmas card, woot woot! I am not letting you beat me this year. ;-)

pam said...

Your colouring is amazing Leslie, love the image..
Beautiful card.
Pam x

laurie said...

Beautiful first card for the holidays!!!

Ros Crawford said...

Little oranges... I love it! So pretty!

crafty-stamper said...

Great CAS card and love the wreath-the litle mandarins are perfect
Carol x

Lisa said...

This is a fabulous Christmas card! What a great idea to make little mandarins, it works so well!

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Leslie, what a beautiful and elegant Christmas card, CAS at its best, love it.
XO

Pam Sparks said...

oh lovely Leslie and congrats on the first one of the year!!!

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