Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Pretty in pink

This weekend I allowed myself to be challenged into creating a pink Christmas card. It turned out like so much fun that I actually made two. And to make sure these cards in pink would not be lonely this Christmas, I used the scrap of  patterned paper that was left after creating the cards to create two tags.

For the layout I used this week's great sketch from Christmas Challenges {with sketches}
I also created these cards and tags with the following challenges in mind:
ABC Christmas Challenge – M for Monochrome
Jingle Belles – Lonely this Christmas (aka Tagging Along) >> card + tag
Opus Gluei who are Tagging along with Jingle Belles (or the other way around)
Sew Many Challenges – #58 Dry embossing
Charisma Cardz Challenges – White plus one colour
Winter Wonderland – Pretty in pink
Totally Paper Crafts – #72 Spots and Stripes
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge– #140 Embossing (dry or heat or both; I used both – dry for the background squares and ribbon and heat for the trees in silver on the tags & the card on the right)
CHNC – #26 Anything goes
CCAYR – June Challenge: Anything goes; 4 down, 1 to go, so I'd better hurry

Materials used:
The papers came from a stack of papers I bought through a second-hand market site on the Internet a few years back; no idea what brand they are
Spellbinders scalloped circles
Cuttlebug embossing folders (Swiss Dots & Frills)
The scalloped doily is a Silhouette design; I thought the punched-out holes of the inner circle would be perfect for weaving a ribbon through
The tree stamps are from Imaginisce (the one on the left in smoke-blue Versamark ink, which is more of a light grey; for the one on the right I used embossing powder in silver) and Studio g (I used masking to only get the tree without the entire label).
The pearls are made with different Viva Perlen-Pens. I really love these.
I applied Ranger's disstress ink (milled lavender) on the embossed pieces of white cardstock
The ribbons are from my stash.
The sentiment I created with the Silhouette software and then sent it to my printer.


  1. Wow how beautiful! Your cards are stunning and I love the matching tags. Thanks for playing along with us at Christmas Challenges {with sketches} and good luck in the draw
    Claire xx

  2. Wow! So much work has gone into this - delightful. Thank you for joining in my CHNC challenge 26 - hope to see you soon. x

  3. Really lovely cards and tags too.
    Thanks for joining us at Winter Wonderland this week.
    Hugs Sally xxx

  4. Gorgeous set, Marianne! Beautiful papers and layout and I love your choice of pink! Thanks for joining us at the ABC Christmas Challenge and good luck! Delphine xx

  5. You know we love pink at jingle belles ... and I really love the woven ribbon frame ... fabulous holiday set ... so glad you joined our jingle belles fun.

  6. i love those little tags...and i always go for a pink christmas card!

  7. wow lovely
    thank you for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week
    Love Jan

  8. it's NEVER a bad idea to make a pink xmas card, imo-- & you certainly seem to have a flair for it right off the bat, so i hope these'll be the first of many! absolutely ♥LOVING♥ every brilliant detail: the layered scallop circles, embossed squares, pearl-adorned trees, touches of silver, and of course that amazing ribbon frame! WOW!

  9. What an real beauty you make.
    Thanks for joining CCWS

  10. Wow!! Fab Christmas cards, so nice to see something different. Thanks for your visit to my blog and for your lovely comment.
    xx Vee

  11. a lovely creation, thanks for playing along at Charisma Cardz this week! Gemma :)

  12. Well, you wonderful and thrifty crafter, you! These are lovely. I like the cards and the tags - the little touches you've added are brilliant. Lavish and sparkling, just lovely! I think it is great that you used non-traditional colors to make a wonderful traditional card - I especially like the ribbon woven through!

    Thank you for participating on our dual challenge with the Jingle Belles, they are lots of fun! I hope that you come back to check out challenges with us at Opus Gluei as well!

  13. Nicest xmas cards and tags seen around at the moment - stunning work - Thanks for joining in with Totally PaperCraft this week - Good Luck
    Sarah x

  14. gorgeous pink creation so pretty, thank you for sharing with us at the Winter Wonderland - I have candy if you are interested
    Hugs Kate xx

  15. oops sorry forgot to say , thank you so much for joining us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge.
    Hugs Kate xx

  16. Fabulously Chirstmasy in pink!
    How clever you are and I love the dark pink ribbon threaded through the diecut circle lifts the card to a new level of wonderfulness!
    Thanks for joining Opus Gluei :-)

  17. These are all very pretty. Thanks for playing along at WW. Marianne x

  18. hallo marianne prachtige kerstkaarten heb je gemaakt.

    groetjes karin

  19. Thanks for joining our "Embossing" challenge this week on SECRET CRAFTER SATURDAY CHALLENGE :)

    Hugs Jane x

  20. Really too good for words!

  21. The pink and silver is such a beautiful combination. I love the addition of all those wonderful little details.

  22. dat is een prachtige kaart, weer eens wat anders, leuk dat je medoet bij CCWS

  23. Hi Marianne, I like you am not a pink fan However your cards and tags are beautifully done and I love the style! Thanks for playing the ABC Christmas Challenge this time, really hope we see you next challenge too! hugs Samantha

    P.s if your quick you could add these to our Top Tip Tuesday challenge T is for ??? you have Two Tags!! :0)

  24. Wow, what a gorgious set with the pink and silver. Thank you for joining our CCWS-challenge.

    Linda x

  25. Beautiful set!
    Thanks for joining us at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
    Helen x