Monday, December 13, 2021


I’m going to try something a little different this week.  Last week I used a layout that I indicated was one of my go-to layouts because of its versatility.  If you need a reminder, you can see that card at this link.

Layouts and color combinations often challenge me, and I’ve heard from many of you that these same things challenge you.  So, this week I’m going to see how creative I can get by using similar layout elements in each of the cards that I will make with the featured bundle of the week, Turtle Friends.

You are probably wondering why I’m not featuring a Christmas Stamp Set this week, but I thought it might be fun to use a stamp set in unexpected way, so this week I’m going to use the Turtle Friends bundle to make a Christmas Card, a New Year's Card, and a Valentine Card.

Today Santa and his Elves told me that they are very busy getting all the last minute gifts for the good girls and boys, but they agreed to take time out to stop and say hi to you!

The elves asked that I make sure they have lots of shimmer and shine on their card, so I used Gold, Green and Red Foil for each of the panels.  Foil is so beautiful when it is embossed so for the largest gold panel I used one of my very favorite embossing folders, the Evergreen Forest 3D folder.  For the Green and Red Foil, I used each of the folders from the Wintry 3D pack.  The red and green foil from the Fall Mini is 20% off on the Last Chance List, so if you like it, don't snooze.  It's available only while supplies last.

Above you can get a little closer view of Santa and his elf helpers.  They are sporting their Christmas duds with their Real Red and Garden Green Shells, and don't forget their "fur"-trimmed hats.  The white trim on their hats was made with Shimmery Embossing Paste, so when the elves said that they wanted to shine, I wasn't going to disappoint them.

As I indicated, the layout for all my cards this week will use the same basic 3 elements -- the two rectangle pieces and a circle.  Today I laid them side by side.  You can compare this layout to last week's layout and see that even though the elements are the same, the end result is very different.  I hope you will come back on Wednesday and Friday to see the other ways I used these same basic 3 elements of the layout. 

As you know, I never want to forget the inside of my card (or the envelope either for that matter). 

Today, I kept the inside very simple.  The Basic White sentiment panel is double matted with Real Red and Garden Green.  I added the touch of shine that was needed to coordinate with the front of the card by adding two narrow strips of green and red foil.  

You can also see in a couple of peaks that the envelope continues that theme of narrow bands of foil in green, red & gold.

If you would like a tutorial of today's card, you can obtain it by using this link.  A complete list of all the products used is also shown below.

I hope you enjoyed the visit by Santa and his Elves today.  They told me to wish you all an early Very Merry Christmas!  

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  1. I love the Christmas turtles! Now I have to get that punch and set

  2. Thanks Peggy! There is always something new to add to our wish list!