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December 19, 2018

Christmas Tree Lots or Lots of Christmas Trees

Hello Stamplings!

Real quick, honest, I promise, here are some Christmas cards I made with trees on them:
These designs arose from that line of evergreen trees which came from NBUS stamp I purchased on my fall trip. It is E7724 from Impression Obsession. I kept the color schematic of blues and greens on all the cards, changing up the designs as you see and using different technicurls of scoring, schplattering, Clarity brush blending, debossing, die-cutting, and sediments. For each design, the trees were direct-to-stamp colored, spritzed, and stamped.

Sometimes it's fun to do batch-making and sometimes it's fun to see how many different designs you can make with one stamp. I got a nice fourfer out of this sitting!

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The star of the show for these QACAS designs is the NBUS Washi tape from the Impress stamp store in Seattle. It is wide and schparkly and divine in person. I found several shades of icy blue ancient cardstock in my stash that worked perfectly with the colors in the tape. The white heat-embossed sediment on all the cards is from Penny Black's "Full of Merriment" set.

Hammy had the day off from winking, but wants to say hello and cheer you on with your holiday preptivities!
Is he smoking a cigar? Playing the flute? No, it's just a lovely expensive seedling that he only gets at Christmas time because it comes from Madagascar and has to be flown overnight in a refrigerated case on a sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer.

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Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!*


I'll be taking a bloggie break except to pop back in on Christmas Day. The grandtwins turn 14 tomorrow (!) so between that and Christmas, there will be lots of family celebrating in the next coupla weeks. Even so, I hope to find time to visit and catch up with those of you I've neglected during this busy year. Mwah!

*Life is too short!

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68 comments:

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Your cards are lovely. I particularly like the second batch.

Loving Hammys Santa hat.

Hope you have a good day. Sue

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Mwah! To you too Darnell. Not satisfied with twofers youre now doing fourfers!!
Unstoppable!
That blue washi is droolworthy and most definitely strokeworthy!!
Looks really wide! Havent seen washi that wide!
Love hammys seed treat flown in from Madagascar!!! Nothing but the best!
Every blessing of the Christmas time as we remember the greatest gift ever given, a wee babe in manger, the babe Jesus, Who was born to die and ruse again... that we might live forever through faith in Him.
Hugs Shaz in Oz.x

Lisa said...

Wow, what stunning cards!! The trees look amazing!! And I absolutely adore the tree washi tape!! Gorgeous!! Hammy is so absolutely adorable!! And happy birthday to the twins - we share a birthday!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Marilyn said...

WOW!! Stunning cards! Love the color scheme your used! Hammy looks so adorable in his Santa hat!
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤

I Card Everyone said...

OH D! I love your trees! and there's no need for me to be wishy-washy about that Washi - it's so glamorous and glitzy!
Enjoy the Season, my friend! xx
=]

Jeanne said...

Oh my goodness, Darnell! These are absolutely gorgeous! What beautiful things you can do with stamps. Winter magic indeed. Who knew they could also make such beautiful washi as well. Thank you SO much for sharing. I hope you and your family have a beautiful holiday together. Happy hugs!

OH Babs said...

Another great array of cards. I love the "direct to stamp" technique as it makes great cards. Happy Birthday to the twins. Merry Christmas dear friend from Iowa. Barb

jimlynn said...

So many trees and all so pretty and perfect! Great cards Darnell.
Lynn

Joan V said...

Wow, these tree cards are stunning.

Carol H. said...

Every single card is beautiful! I love how you used the same stamp and yet made it look different each time! Have fun celebrating the twins birthday! Merry Christmas! Hugs!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous cards, Darnell. And yep, thanks for my second which arrived on Saturday. I love them both... and you, of course! xoxo

Carole said...

What super washi tape...and a super batch of cards too! Sounds like a busy time for you. I wish you a wonderful celebration of all types with your family...Merry Christmas Darnell...and a Happy and healthy 2019! Big hugs xx

ike said...

Superb tree cards and Hammy looks adorable in his wee hat :-) xxxxxx

Jean said...

These are simply gorgeous! I love that stamp!!

Nan G said...

Fabulous cards Darnell!! Have a wonderful time with the Twinnies, Happy Birthday to them from the girls, and enjoy some nan-medical downtime๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’– Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. Hugs

Brenda in IN said...

I love that watercolor look and gorgeous colors. I seriously love those blue cards. Gorgeous and the different designs are lovely. I didn't realize the twins were born so close to Christmas. What a celebration for them. We will miss you. Tell Hammy Merry Christmas and give him a pat from Molly. He looks so festive.

Susan said...

Well, I'm finally used to seeing twofers, and now you blow me away with a fourfer! Love the four variations using the same stamp! And what beautiful washi tape you used on the threefer!

Lucky Hammy getting those incredibly special treats flown in just for him!

designbydonna said...

Love your forest of snowy trees. They are all lovely. I really enjoyed receiving one of the second group of cards. I would never have guessed it is washi tape. Merry Christmas to you. And happy birthday to the grandtwins. Enjoy your celebrating.

Marcia HIll said...

Beautiful cards with the IO stamp Darnell! I have that stamp too and need to use it more often!! Love the washi tape cards too! Have a wonderful Christmas break and celebrating with the twins too! And thank you SO MUCH for the stamp...arrived yesterday and I will try to put it to good use before I forward it on too! Hugs. :0)

cm said...

I'm ready to bundle up and wander through allll your gorgeous forests! The washi tape trees are especially eye-catching!
I'm still in the midst of making/sending cards, as my entire stash that I 'thought' I'd share with mom went entirely to her. Don't mind in the least: she was thrilled to send them and I thrilled to make more (frantic though that may be). Good thing Canada Post is still experiencing backlogs...I can use that as a 'partial' excuse for my cards that are sure to arrive late *grin*
hugs~c

cm said...

I'm back: Happy 14th B-Day to the twins! How did that happen so fast! All this growing up...eeek! Enjoy all the celebrations!
hugs~c

conil said...

Where do you find the time. I know Hammy helps but I'm practically hanging from the ceiling here and you're producing this awesome forest of cards. That washi is beyond beautiful...and you've enhanced it nicely. Hope your not suffering through this horrible weather (NOT!) we're having and that your Christmas plans come off without a hitch.

Pat said...

What a fabulous array of cards Darnell and I adore those pretty IO trees on the first batch, and that sparkly washi tape is adorable on the last few, and you always manage to find some beautiful coloured card that goes perfectly, and some lovely sentiments too. Hope the twins have a great 14th birthday and you all have some wonderful family time over Christmas. x

Lisa Elton said...

Love all of those pretty trees and the glitzy Washi! Lovely cards Darnell. Happy Birthday to the twins and enjoy the holidays sweet friend!

frommycraftroom said...

So lovely! A great fourfor collection and that washi tape is just wonderful.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Gorgeous forest cards, Darnell - especially love the one you sent me! Thanks!!

oldpunca said...


This are trees for the whole forest, dear Darnell. :-) It is amazing, how the coloring technique can make a totally different look of the same stamp.
Washi tape on your second set of cards is fabulous. You've used this tape in a very smart way. I like this cards. :-)
Greetings to Hammy. It seams he is in Christmas spirit already. :-)
Happy Birthday to the Twins!
Hugs to you! <3
Sonja

Happy Holiday!

cuilliesocks said...

What a gorgeous selection of cards Darnell, I love the tree images and your card designs.
Wishing you are joyful and peaceful Christmas and a very Happy New Year, Kate x

Bonnie said...

Lots of beautiful trees, Dolly! Love the watery rows, each so different and equally stunning! That Washi tape is amazing! And to think it has schparkle too! Hammy looks very festive in his little Santa cap. I hope he enjoys his treat and that all of you have a very merry time celebrating those boys and Christmas! MWAH! Hugs too!

Redanne said...

Absolutely stunning, each and every one, you really do make the most gorgeous cards Darnell.

LOVE the photo of Hammy!! Big hugs, Annie xxx

Carol L said...

What a wonderful array of cards! I especially LOVE that pretty washi tape and the wonderful cards you made with it! Congrats and happy birthday to those handsome twin grandsons - I'm sure it's going to be a fun celebration :) Have a wonderful holiday in case I don't see you within the next week :)

Kathleen said...

As they say in France Tree's Bien, well nearly. Great selection of cards and colours.

Kath x

Cheryl W. said...

Having grown up on the Great Plains, your lines of trees remind me of the windbreaks we use to see on every farm. Trees are a precious commodity there, so mature lines or groves of trees were very special. Your cards are wonderful, as always. And that tape! OMG, what beautiful tape!!! That was a real find, and it makes the prettiest cards. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Sharyn Polesel said...

These are all wonderful, Darnell. The trees are dreamy and I love the colors. Beautiful, beautiful....Merry Christmas!

Donna said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell, I was trying to figure out if the second one was Washi tape, now I know! :) Merry Christmas!

Helen F. said...

Oh these are simply gorgeous, Darnell! I love the IO trees stamp ~ such a pretty set of winter wonderland cards. The Direct-To-Stamp" technique looks fun (and dare I say easy).
Happy Birthday to the Grandtwins! Enjoy your family time during this Season of Blessings! Merry Christmas {{{Hugs}}}

JD/ Jill said...

That is a lot of trees...(glad I wouldn't have to decorate all of them)
lot of beautifully done trees.
Happy birthday to the Twins!

Sharron said...

Wow, you really did some awesome creating with trees! The blues & greens are so peaceful and I love the watercolor look. The tape is amazing and fabulous with the embossed sentiment. Enjoy every minute of your Christmas break. And happy birthday to the twins!

Patti said...

These trees are so spectacular you are going to make God jealous!! : )

Christine Alexander said...

wow Darnell, awesome 4fers. I'm glad I was the recipient of one of these beauties. Love all the trees and those beautiful backgrounds.

Have a wonderful Christmas Christine

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

What a fantastic collection of cards Darnell, I love them all.

Happy Christmas
Sue xx

Sandra H said...

Your tree cards are beautiful Darnell l love trees and the different backgrounds are gorgeous too! Sending lots of Christmas wishes xx

nwilliams6 said...

Awesome collection of tree cards, Darnell. Love the colors and the variations on the cards. Wonderful. Have fun on your bloggie break - I take way too many of those. Hugz and Merry Christmas!!!!

Gerrina said...

Love the combinations of green and blue trees on the first serie, but the blue ones (blue is my favo colour) are the beauties for me... Hugs, Gerrina

Vikki H, southern Oregon said...

Wonderful line of fir trees, Darnell on your QACAS cards! The spritzing adds the perfect zing to their look. It inspired me to look through my drawer of old wood Christmas stamps (yes, I have 200+ WS) and color/spritz/stamp a snowy Hero Arts village in blues. Happy birthday with your handsome 14 year olds!! what a great age to be (for them)!!

Lisa Tilson said...

Both sets of cards are gorgeous Darnell and amazing to see how much can be created with one set. I have a little tree stamp from Altenew that would work well for this sort of thing - as usual it's been gathering dust since the one and only time I used it. sigh. Next year I need to do better at using things more than one. or not using them at all! We live in hope! Happy Christmas to you and yours, hope you have a fabulous holiday and birthday celebrations abound! Lisa xx

Linda said...

WOW! What a lot of trees ..... and each design is stunning. Great techniques too, it's always amazing how the same stamp can look so different depending how you use it.
Happy birthday to the twins ..... have a fab time celebrating their special day.
Merry Christmas to you and all your family and best wishes for 2019 xx

Cat Craig said...

Fabulous tree cards, Darnell. Love them all. Happy CHristmas, enjoy the time off.

scrAPpamondo said...

How many fabulous cards with the trees subject!!! Love them all and those lasts made with the washi tape are just stunning!!! Great works!
Happy Happy Birthday to tour grand-twins!!!
Merry Christmas!

Loll said...

LOVE that tree grove stamp Dolly! Amazing designs that all look so different and all beautiful! Always great to use up some ancient coloured card stock too!

That washi tape is AMAZING! Wow! Great batches of cards, my friend!

Happy Birthday to Adam and Henry! Enjoy their birthday celebration and Christmas together. And enjoy your bloggie break! Love, Lolly

Leslie Miller said...

Gosh, Darnell, your own stamped trees are some pretty stiff competition for the Washi tape, which is certainly gorgeous! I dearly love the blues and greens together. There is definitely some magic happening on all your cards. Merry Christmas to you and Hammy and the whole family, and happy birthday to the twins!

Lynette said...

OH, I love all your beautiful trees, Darnell!! Super wonderful cards, each and every one of them!

Mac Mable said...

Glorious trees, great designs and love the watercolour effect of the stamping.
Wow to that washi tape......I should have scrolled down further because I tried long and hard to see how you did the stamping etc and how you got them to look all the same......then read on to discover that beautiful tape X
Hammy is one spoilt little hammy and rightly so. He is so hard working with all that blinging throughout the year .....what would you do without him? Xxxx
Love and hugs X

Stamps and Paper said...

such a selection of beautiful tree cards Darnell...
Happy Chritmas to you and your family

Anne

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

You are too funny, my friend. Have a wonderful holiday. It is tree time , and you have made some beauties!

Liz said...

You HAVE been busy, Darnell, a wonderful set of tree cards. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family. xx

Maxine D said...

Sorry I am late Darnell, but I am here now! Love your cards, and in the first set of four I love that framed one - that is stunning!
My jaw dropped when I first saw the washi tape cards, but I picked it up again when I realised that it was washi...
Give Hammy a cuddle from me, and I am glad you splash out and get him such a special treat at Christmas!
Blessings
Maxine

Ros Crawford said...

There can never be too many tree cards as far as I'm concerned... These are fabulous!!
Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season and a very happy 2019! Mwah!

Viv said...

Gorgeous cards as always Dee! Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas too ;) hugs Vee xx

Birgit said...

What a lovely array of beautiful cards here Darnell! That tree stamp from IO is fabulous and a must find on my list now. Happy Birthday to your twinnies and Merry Christmas to you all!

Sue - said...

A lovely selection of cards Darnell. And I love that Washi tape! Hope you have a fabulous Christmas and a great birthday celebration with the twins! xx

Papercraft Boutique said...

Gorgeous tree-theme cards, Darnell! And yes, I'm the lucky one to own one of them! I know that the shine of the washi tape and the delicate speckles on the card base are much more beautiful in real life. Thanks again!
Enjoy the family celebration (and a break from blogging)! Happy birthday to Adam and Henry! :-)
Hideko xx

Krisha said...

Merry Christmas !!!! Thanks for dropping by my blog and helping me knock the dust off it.

Mrs A. said...

Merry Christmas Darnell, hope you get lots of preezies for being a good girl. Answer to your Q. 1st Dec and then made it up as I went along. Having said that I do have an inkling stirring for next years 12 days of qwistmas mayhem .Have a lovely break and enjoy the grandkids. Our eldest was 11yrs yesterday. Hugs Mrs A (Anne)

Fikreta said...

so very nice cards!
Merry Christmas!
Happy holidays ! ๐ŸŽ„

TK said...

Your stash of Christmas trees are beautiful, and I love that you showcased it in many beautiful ways! That washi is also beautiful and you made a lot of beautiful cards using it! And to think I was an official recipient of one!

Greta said...

I love tree images, so this post is for me! Love the different artsy cards you got with the IO tree line--just gorgeous! That is quite the Washi--really neat! Hope you had a wonderfully fun & festive Christmas, Darnell!

Anita in France said...

Beautiful batch baking ... ooops, card making ... Darnell ... these are so deliciously artsy and atmospheric ... each one! Hammy looks as though he's enjoying his specially imported treat ... hope he made it last all through Christmas! LYAMYHMA ... HYHASC! Big hugs and bisous, Anita :)