Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Oh Christmas Trees

No doubt like lots of you I'm fairly busy in the run up to Christmas but am enjoying all the preparations. Maybe one of these years I'll start my Christmas preparations a bit earlier than usual! Anyway I think I'm nearly there with the cards I want to make this year but took a little break away from card making to join in on Hero Arts' Deck the Halls Challenge.

I love little felt decorations so decided to make some to pop on my tree using dies from Hero Arts Merry Christmas Tree stamp and die set. To start with I die cut felt Christmas trees and then die cut green felt circles (from the same Hero Arts set) and a red heart.

Dies - Merry Christmas Tree (Hero Arts) & Bundle of Stitched Shapes (Simon Says Stamp)

Then I decorated the trees with buttons, stitching, sequins and gems. After the trees were complete I added either ribbon or baker's twine between the tree front and back then stitched the outlines and added wadding before finishing the stitching.

As I had the Christmas tree die out I decided to make another card with a removable decoration.

This time I used up lots of green scraps by putting them in rows of strips, cutting and then cutting again to make a patchy background. After die cutting the tree twice I sandwiched ribbon between the two trees and added buttons to finish. Then I added the tree to the embossed background with glue dots so that the ornament can be removed and used.

I was determined to use up every bit of the scrap background I had left over from making the tree so ended up die cutting shamrocks to put aside for next St Patrick's Day using a sweet die my friend Linda gave me. I've definitely never been this far ahead of myself before for a celebration!

Die - Shamrock (Impression Obsession)


Cindy C. said...

The tree ornaments are so cute Heather!! And so is the card! Me too, I can't part with my scraps so I'd like to die cut them for future use too! :)

Monika Reeck said...

Ooh I love your stitching that tree so soo cuute Heather....the card with that tree look so sweet too..the ornaments look like a pillow for needle its really clever made I love your creativity Heather.now it will be 12:00 at night you are my last blog hopping today I will go to bed too tired Heather...Hugs, Monika

Nancy said...

I love the ornaments, Heather and that sweet card with the attached ornament is perfect! What a nice addition to a card!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

You are a stitching genius, Heather!! Just love your ornaments and darling shamrocks too!!

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Visiting from Hero Arts Deck the Halls. Like the felt tree ornaments. Especially like the stitching.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Dawn Turley said...

What adorable trees. Just beautifully done. The stitching looks amazing. Love the little shamrocks.

Libby Hickson said...

These are so great Heather!!! Really love your ornaments, so adorable! Now I want to try that with that tree die! Thanks so much for playing along with the challenge. xo

donna mikasa said...

Wonderful projects as always, Heather! The felt tree ornaments are adorable--I want to try that too! And yay for die cutting those cute shamrocks! Thanks so much for joining the Hero Arts challenge!

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you know that we loved your project and we gave it a shout out on the Paper Crafter's Library Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/papercrafterslibrary

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