Good morning!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Our weather took a pleasant turn into some much warmer, and thankfully less windy, territory and my productivity seemed to get a boost along with it.  I spent Saturday morning pulling things together for my Send A Smile Card Charity event that took place on Sunday  and then wrapped up a stunningly beautiful day with some time on my sunny deck. The card event went well and we had a lovely group of ladies participating again this year.  A HUGE Thank You to all of the card makers who joined us and helped to make the event a success!

So, welcome back for a new Monday Medley. This week I’m featuring a long-loved set that just never goes out of style. Lovely as a Tree is definitely one of those sets that I will likely never part with.

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My first card today is a gatefold. I started with a half sheet (4.25×11) of Always Artichoke scored at 2.75 inches from each end. The two flaps were then covered with a panel of First Edition Specialty DSP. The stamped tree panel is a piece of River Rock stamped with Always Artichoke and tied with a piece of Tim Holtz narrow burlap ribbon and then mounted on a slightly larger piece of Chocolate Chip. The sentiment was stamped on River Rock as well, punched with a 1-1/4 inch circle punch and layered on a Chocolate Chip piece that I punched using the Bracket Label. This piece was adhered to the card with a foam dimensional to pop it up a little. Finally, the left half of the stamped panel was adhered to the left flap of the card.

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My second card is a standard book fold. I started with a card base of Baja Breeze then added a panel of Soft Suede. The hardwood background was stamped on ivory with Soft Suede and adhered to the Soft Suede layer. The tree is stamped on ivory in Soft Suede and layered in the same way. I also stamped the tiny little leaf, punched it out and created a matching brad using my build-a-brad kit. A little scrap of Baja Breeze got the embossing folder treatment to add a little texture and the brad was secured to that before adhering to the card. The tree piece was added next and I wrapped things up with the sentiment which was stamped, punched and layered on a piece of punched Baja Breeze. For that I used the word window punch and the Modern Label punch respectively. A couple of foam dimensionals pop the sentiment up off the card a bit.

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My last card today boast a little more color. My card base is Not Quite Navy folded sandwich-board style. The trees were stamped on ivory in Memento Tuxedo Black and I used sponges and ink to fill in the grass and sky. The sun was a circle that I punched from a Post-it™ to mask off part of the trees and I just sponged over the top with Pacific Point and Lucky Limeade. After I removed the mask I used So Saffron and Pumpkin Pie to fill in the sun. This piece was layered on Tangerine Tango cs and mounted directly to the card. A trio of tangerine colored candy dots finish it off.


Thanks for dropping in! Here’s the supply list:

S: Lovely as a Tree, Express Yourself, Hardwood background, Hero Arts: Small Greetings,

P: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, River Rock, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Baja Breeze, Baked Brown Sugar, White, 1st Edition Specialty DSP

I: Always Artichoke, Memento Tuxedo Black, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Lucky Limeade, Pacific Point, asic Brown

A; ribbo, 1-1/4 inch circle punch, Bracket Label punch, foam dimensio

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