The other day I mentioned that I enjoyed some crafting time over the weekend. Well, this is the second card that I created on Saturday. I know that I said I wasn’t feeling like doing Christmas when I posted the other card, but clearly that feeling didn’t last very long. Christmas card making is my all-time favorite, and it was the hook the grabbed me for this hobby.

I was inspired by this color combination challenge for my card. At first I was thinking about doing a fall card with leaves or trees (we have some great sets for both), but I just could shake the pull of creating a Christmas card with these colors.

Cinnamon Cider, stamped off and full-strength, was perfect for the pinecone and twigs. Cherry Cobbler is the right color for the berries at the ends of the twigs, and Mossy Meadow is perfect for some nice, dark foliage. For the diecut leaf bundle I stamped off as well as using full strength ink.

I have to be honest, when I first saw the Painted Christmas Suite I was not 100% excited. I really like the Christmas Season stamps, but I’m not wild about the greetings in the Christmas to Remember set. I think it may be the font – I’m not quite sure why I’m not in love. So, I didn’t purchase the Christmas to Remember bundle (at least not yet). But I did find that the frame dies also work with other word sets, and I’m happy to pair it with the Holly Jolly Wishes set (which I LOVE).

I used this card layout as the inspiration for my design. My original thought was to use some patterned paper in the darker layer, but I quickly decided that I would create my own artwork with the pretty Christmas Season stamps and dies. I stamped some background foliage and then stamped and diecut some elements for the foreground. I added some gold sequins and that layer is just right.

I substituted the greeting diecut for the circle, and used the gorgeous Cherry Cobbler & Gold ribbon from the suite for the strip element. I absolutely LOVE that ribbon! I can see online that it is “low inventory” right now, so clearly I’m not the only one that appreciates this pretty ribbon.

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