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Sunday, January 7, 2018

A Beautiful Season.....

Hello dear blogging friends: In my efforts to have a good stash of Holiday cards by at least November, here I am with another Christmas card that I hope you'll enjoy. I will play along with a few challenges at the end of this post.


This image is from one of my very first Stampin' Up! sets called "Beautiful Season" which came out in the 2011-2012 idea book and catalog, it's indeed BEAUTIFUL, love the sweet Chickadee perched on that lovely Holly branch.
I stamped it onto a piece of Arches 90lb. cold press watercolor paper, which was a gift from my granddaughter Vanessa, I love this paper, it's rough surface makes your image really stand out and the colors blend beautifully.
I colored it with SU markers and also a bit of Sakura Koi watercolors, the pattern papers are from a retired Lili of the Valley line, the sentiment is from the set and the Poinsettia flower from Power Poppy's Merry Littles.

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Finishing the inside of my cards is a great way to save time when I mail them. 
The sentiment is also from the "A Beautiful Season" set.


I'm playing along with the following challenges.

Inspired by all the Little Things Challenge #77 featuring Linda Snodgrass.


The House that Stamps Built DCC13, "Things with Wings"

Craftaholics R Us Challenge #1 "Celebrations"

The Crafty Addicts Challenge #44 "Anything Goes/optional Winter Blues"


Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.


16 comments:

Joanne James said...

What a pretty little fellow Maria - fantastic colouring too, it gives your holly leaves wonderful dimension! In an effort to be 2018 ready, I made a Christmas card this week too - not sure how long my good intentions will last though!

Leigh Penner said...

Very pretty take on the inspiration photo!

Janis Lewis said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Craftaholics R Us.
Janis, Owner & Design Team Member

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

So pretty and wonderfully colored! I love all the attention you lavish onto the inside of your cards! Happy New Year to you, Maria!

Mary Fish said...

You are SO ahead of the game, Maria. Another beauty from your creative mind!

Bonnie said...

This is one of my favorite stamps, Maria! Beautifully colored!

Darnell said...

This is a beautiful Christmas card, Maria! I love it both outside and in!! Thank you so much for playing at Inspired!! Hugs, Darnell

Silke Ledlow said...

I remember this SU set...you've displayed it beautifully with this inspiration challenge! Thank you for playing along!

Ina Grehan said...

Gorgeous card and beautifully coloured Maria, Thanks for sharing at JUGS.

Vicki Dutcher said...

What a lovely image - Thanks for joining in at JUGS

Amy Ottmers said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Craftaholics, good luck!!! Amy DT

Esther Asbury said...

Looks like you have a good head start on this year's Christmas card with this lovely creation! So happy you linked this up to The House That Stamps Built! Do join us again soon!

Heather said...

Good for you getting a head start on the Christmas cards; it's never too early to start! And that image is definitely beautiful!! Some images seem a little outdated after a couple years, but I think this one will be timeless. Your card is beautiful as well. Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

Unknown said...

Your card is beautiful !

Marcie Sharp said...

Fabulous colouring! Thanks for playing along with us at Inspired By!

Patti Willey said...

Great card! great layout and that chickadee looks so life like!