Thursday, November 17, 2016

Let The Festivities Begin!

Yay!! It is time for a new blog release from Emerald Creek!! Today is the release of  "Heartfelt Freedom & Festivities- pt 2" I will be continuing on with my full steam ahead to Christmas! And if you've stopped by in the last month or so, you've seen some of my favorite holiday stamps!

I started with my blue background piece. I stamped and embossed the snowflake stamp in Iridescent Shimmer and Soft Fallen Snow, I then sprayed over that with Distress Spray in Broken China and Brushed Pewter. The second layer is watercolour paper sprayed with Evergreen Bough Distress Spray, then splattered with water and dried. then stamped the Christmas Polka stamp in Evergreen Bough and on the corners I stamped and embossed the snowflake image in Iridescent Shimmer.

I also stamped and embossed the snowflake pattern in Iridescent Shimmer on my Cardinal image. I then watercoloured it with my Candied Apple Distress Marker and Spiced Marmalade for the beak. I fussy cut my cardinal out and put him aside.
I used my Sizzix Christmas Cardinal die so I could use the branch part for my stamped image. I then embossed the branch in Burnt Copper Leaves and the pine needle parts with Vintage Ivy and Forest Foliage.

Look at that beautiful Burnt Copper Leaves ep texture!! One of my faves!

I tucked a couple of pine cone charms in the branch  because...well cutest pine cones ever and it's a pine branch! :) And look at the texture from the custom embossing powders!
Just before I put all my pieces together, I attached the silver glimmer balls and the wish script with a thin piece of hemp twine and tied it around my polka layer.

Thank you for stopping by and please make sure you check out the amazing projects from my fellow Design Team mates!
Sara Emily

And please head to the Emerald Creek blog and share your festive project with us! You could win a $50 GC to stock up on your Emerald Creek favorites and maybe try something new too!


  1. Beautiful, Cathy! I love how you used all those festive stamps and mixed the stamped and fussy cut cardinal with the die cut branch. Love that Burnt Copper leaves on the branch and those sweet little pine cone charms! Looks like we had similar thought processes. They are the sweetest little charms! I love the Christmas Polka layer--the image looks amazing and the colors are fabulous! Hugs!

  2. This is so awesome. I love the snowflakes on the cardinal.

  3. A wonderful card, Cathy! Love that red, textured cardinal in front of the gorgeous greens! A fab make! Claudia xxx

  4. Fantastic Card Cathy! Love the cardinal and the texture you've added to it. Also the background of the card is fabulous!

  5. Oh Cathy, this is one of my favorite cards ever! What a great combination and how I adore this cardinal! My grandmother's favorite bird. Sweet, sweet inspiration my friend. Hugs, Autumn

    1. Cardinals were my Mom's favorite too! She's been gone 3 years but I still buy a cardinal ornament every year for her and just hang it on my tree :) Thanks so much Autumn! ~hugs~

  6. Beautiful card Cathy! It has such a fabulous winter feel to it! Thanks for playing along on the Southern Ridge Trading Company Blog!
    -Katelyn DT member at Southern Ridge Trading Company

  7. hello! super fun background and design...sweet cardinal! I am so glad you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

    blog-paperie blooms

    sparkle & shine, kindness *~*

  8. What a pretty creation for our current theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and great paper piecing, many thanks for joining in.

    B x

  9. Gorgeous card Claudia! So many wonderful details to look at & I love how you've added the pine cones.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx


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