Friday, September 29, 2023


I continue to strive to meet my self-imposed challenge to create a Christmas card each week using whatever products I am featuring that week.

Well, using the Petal Park Bundle to create a Christmas card was certainly a challenge.  This bundle definitely does not scream "Christmas!"  But I was determined.

I first got some assistance from the Christmas Pinecone Dies, and then I also took color inspiration from a card I saw by "Frenchie" on Demonstrator Planning Place.  She shared a couple of cards she had made with the Saint Nicholas stamp set.  On one of the cards, she gave Santa a Lost Lagoon Santa Suit, and I really liked the warmth of her card, so I decided to use Lost Lagoon for my Christmas card.

The pine branch background was die cut from Pretty Peacock Soft Shimmer Specialty Paper, and I used Pecan Pie and Early Espresso for my pinecones.

Then it was time to add some Petal Park flowers.  I tried several different reds embossed with white embossing powder and also white cardstock embossed with the colored embossing technique using various red inks.  I ended up with Cherry Cobbler flowers heat embossed with white embossing powder.

After scattering several flowers around the pinecones, I still thought it needed some additional white to brighten it up a bit.  So, I die cut an additional piece of Basic White cardstock with the pine branch background die and snipped it apart to make several little branches.  Then I tucked them among the pinecones and flowers.  And just in case, the Pretty Peacock Soft Shimmer pine branches didn't give enough sparkle, I brushed some clear Wink of Stella on the white branches.  The sentiment from Hope & Peace completed the card.

What do you think of my result?  Did I successfully meet my challenge?

With all of my experimentation on the front of the card, I ended up, as usual, with leftovers.  I was brought up in a home where leftovers never went to waste.  As a result, it is difficult for me to throw away leftover stamping bits!  As I often do, I used my leftovers to decorate the inside of my card and added another sentiment from Hope & Peace.  I love the Christmas sentiments in this stamp set.  It is available as an ONLINE EXCLUSIVE.  You can click on it in my Product List below to see the additional Christmas sentiments it includes.

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