When I first saw the Gold Hoops Embellishments on page 156 of the Annual Catalog I must admit I was quite intrigued. They looked classy classy classy. Measuring 2 1/8" in diameter, I needed to add them to my new catalog stash.
Unfortunately they did sit there on my work table for a few months since I wasn't sure what to do with them. They were so fine and I kept worrying myself about how I was going to attach them to a project.
When the October Paper Pumpkin arrived with all the lovely Christmas-y card stuff, I suddently had a lightbulb moment. I took one of the stamps that came with the kit, the pretty flower, and stamped it onto Whisper White cardstock. I then proceeded to color it in with my Stampin' Blends in Light Cherry Cobbler, Dark Call Me Clover and Dark Daffodil Delight.
After my coloring was done, I tried mightily to fussy cut the image. There were little berries on thin stems. Leaving a bit of white around those portions, I did not like the results. At all. Trimming off the berries (!), I was satisfied, and thought the flower would look gorgeous on one of the rings, like a little holiday wreath.
Of course, the wreath needed some greenery too! So, from Shaded Spruce cardstock, I used the evergreen branches from the Sounds of the Season (jingle bells) dies set and cut two of the small and two of the large branches.
I adhered the greenery to the back side of the flower/leaves.
As I had mentioned, I wanted to add this little arrangement to one of the golden hoops. But how?
Well, before I got that far, I wanted to have a backdrop for the wreath. So I ran a large tag through my diecut machine inside the Tasteful Textile embossing folder (page 185 of the Annual Catalog). I'd just recently gotten this embossing folder and hadn't had a chance to play with it at all. Embossing a piece of Whisper White cardstock with it, I was truly pleasantly surprised at the result. It looks exactly like a piece of fabric. It turned out to be the perfect piece to feature my little wreath.
After sort of placing everything together to see how it looked, I ended up putting Stampin' Dimensionals on the top and the bottom of the back of the flower to straddke the hoop. Holding the hoop in place, I attached the hoop to the embossed piece with the Stampin' Dimensionals. There! That took care of the bottom of the hoop.
A closer look at the main portion of the card:
I held two pieces of baker's twine, a Cherry Cobbler and a white/metallic gold, together and tied a bow. I attached the bow to the top of the hoop and to the embossed piece with a couple of glue dots, folding them to hide them from view. Yay! Now the whole hoop was held in place!
When I finished up the card by adding a sentiment in Cherry Cobbler, some Shaded Spruce cardstock, all popped up on a Whisper White card base, I felt it still needed something. The perfect something turned out to be a 1/4" strip of Cherry Cobbler cardstock at the top of the banner to balance out all the Cherry Cobbler.
So gorgeous! #AnythingGoesReplyDelete
Thank you, Lydia!Delete
And back from #XmasLinkyDelete
What a great use of those gold hoops!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Joanne. They stumped me for awhile, but they're so classy, I'm determined to get more use out of them!Delete
Wow! Such a great idea! I think I would buy a little frame and put it out as a Christmas decoration since it's so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing Linda!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Denise! I actually set my cards all around my house as seasonal decor. This one will join all the others.Delete
I love seeing what you create Linda! This hoop is beautifully incorporated. What a lovely card! I'm visiting from the Tuesdays with a Twist linkup today. Have a great day!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Marielle! I hope you visit sometime soon again!Delete
That's so pretty. I'm sorry that your fussy cutting got too fussy but it all turned out rather beautifully in the end!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Julie! You're so sweet.Delete
Such a lovely card, really! Love the ring and the color choices. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo KathleenReplyDelete
Aw, thank you so much, Kathleen!Delete
Such a darling card, Linda.ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party.
Happy Thanksgiving Linda! Beautiful card and featuring when my party opens up tonight!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Carol! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!Delete
I love this Linda! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Farmhouse Friday!ReplyDelete
Such a wonderful card with the golden ring for this year. Your cards are always a little piece of art. Thanks for sharing. #HomeMattersPartyReplyDelete