Bells & Boughs Wreath


This week, The Paper Player’s chose great colors for a CAS challenge.  Ann Schach of The Stampin’ Schach picked Cherry Cobbler, Gold and Very Vanilla.   Mmmmmmm.   What a wonderfully elegant color combination.  If you love all things vintage, and you haven’t been to Ann’s blog, you really must check it out.  To my knowledge, they’ve never taken a vote, but I’m sure if they did, Ann would reign Queen of Vintage.  You really have to see the gorgeous creation that she made for this challenge.  I’m hoping that if I study her designs long enough, someday I will conquer Vintage, but for now, everything comes out looking like it was drug through the dirt and chewed up by the dog.

So, guess who’s glad that this is a Clean and Simple challenge?  🙂

I used Gold Shimmer, Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla cardstock, to meet the requirements of the challenge.  The Gold Shimmer was used for my 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ card base, and then I layer a piece of Cherry Cobbler that was texturized with the Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder.  Um, the torn edge was an accident.  I was trying to run it through my Big Shot to emboss the lower portion and I forgot to flip the tab and, um, I tore it.  But I liked it!  Isn’t it wonderful when that happens?!

The Very Vanilla was cropped with the Scallop Circle Bigz Die, and then stamped with VersaMark and the holly leaves from the Bells & Boughs stamp set, and embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.  I also ran my VersaMark Pen around the edge so I could emboss the edge in gold, too.   I dotted the holly berries with a non-SU red glitter glue.

The center piece of Cherry Cobbler was punched with the 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, and I edged that piece with gold embossing, too.  For finishing touches, I added a Cherry Cobbler Quilted Satin Ribbon and Basic Pearls that were colored with a gold metallic marker.

I hope you’ve been inspired by this Clean and Simple card.  Thanks for stopping by!

SUPPLIES: Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Gold Shimmer and Very Vanilla Cardstock;  Stamp Set:  Bells & Boughs;  Ink:  VersaMark pad and marker;  Tools:  Scallop Circle Bigz Die and 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch;  Finishing Touches:  Cherry Cobbler Quilted Satin Ribbon, Gold Embossing Powder and Basic Pearls;  Non-SU Products:  Red Glitter Glue and Gold Metallic Marker


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  1. Lesley

    Wow Cindy, this is amazing! I love the look of the wreath you created, so cool.

  2. Nance Leedy

    Love how this looks like a wreath Cindy! Beautiful gold embossing…So glad you joined us at The Paper Players! Happy Holidays to you!

  3. Ann Schach

    Oh, Cindy! You are such a sweetie! What a gorgeous card you have created! It is so unique and creative. The gold embossing is absolutely stunning! Thank you so much for sharing your remarkable talent with The Paper Players this week! (And just so you know, my card tomorrow was indeed distressed by the dog!)

  4. Tara Bilbao

    This is so pretty Cindy. I love how you used Bells and Boughs to create a wreath. Fabulous!

  5. Rita

    Love all the gorgeous embossing, Cindy! Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players this week!

  6. Julie Marshall

    Gorgeous Cindy! The gold embossing is just fabulous. So glad you joined us at the Paper Players.

  7. LeAnne

    Gorgeous! I love the embossed gold—and gold pearls! Woohoo! Thanks for playing with us this week at the Paper Players!

  8. chall

    Simply gorgeous. Simple yet elegant.


  9. Patti MacLeith

    I LOVE those gold edges! What a great idea, Cindy! Beautiful all the way!

  10. Patty Jo

    Love it! Very nice use of colors and textures.

  11. Pat Gasko

    This card is soooooooooooo beautiful, elegant, gorgeous, Fabulous I can’t say enough about it. I just love it. You are so talented.

  12. Bobbi Miller

    This card is STUNNING, Cindy. You continue to amaze me with your talents and ideas. I love the “torn edge mistake”….it’s so nice when those turn out so well, isn’t it? And, I doubt very much that your vintage comes out looking like it was chewed by the dog. You’re so funny! 🙂 Anyway, thanks for giving us so much inspiration! Merry Christmas!

  13. Carol Carriveau

    This is a fabulous card – thank you for sharing!!! I am new to your blog – loving it – signed up for your newsletter and your updates.

  14. Irene Bottoms

    Your cards are beautiful and very inspirational. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas.

  15. Linda Burgess

    What a gorgeous elegant card, Cindy!! Just beautiful!

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