Monday, December 21

Winter Wonderland

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the winter wonderland is so delightful! Welcome to a new Monday challenge. I bet you are busy getting ready for the holidays. Maybe you have more cards to make, or gifts, decor, paper wrapping...whatever it is, share it with us, and may you each have a very Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, and Wonderful Winter Solstice!

This week I am sharing my tree cards with you, along with a little tutorial on making them.

 I worked in several color ranges to keep it interesting for me and used up scraps of holiday papers.

 Start by cutting double sided papers into circles in these dimensions.

Cut circle in half, this will make two trees.

Start folding the trees in the order shown, going back and forth.

I like to trim the bottom of the tree just a bit to even it out.

Lots of trees ready to go...

Background papers created with watercolor paper and watercolor powders.

Cut vellum to size and rip on the diagonal, then sew around the card. 
I used washi tape for the tree trunk, doodled around the tree, and then sprinkled with gold to finish them off.

A bit of gold stenciling and some decorating on the envelopes using some of my Create Joy stamps. My postmistress commented on the envelopes and said how pretty they look - why not brighten the mail for those who deliver it?

A little glittered bauble for the top of the tree, and now it is time to start writing the notes, and getting them addressed.

Remember, this challenge will run for two weeks, so you have plenty of time to create and join us in the Winter Wonderland challenge. I am looking forward to seeing what you share! 

Enjoy your holiday season! 

Simon Says Stamp offers their wonderful gift voucher for $50 to one lucky winner of each challenge - it could be you!



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  1. A really cute and simple idea. Your tutorial is really good and it is one I will try. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, hugs Susan

  2. Gorgeous cards Maura :-) I love the design of these, I never saw these trees before and I am thrilled that I have one of these on my shelf!!
    Thank You so much XX

    Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas
    Lols x x x

  3. These are how you created the trees!
    Helen x

  4. Gorgeous and so Bright and Cheerful. Love your Brushos backgrounds and folded DSP trees. TFS the pattern. I have not made for a couple of years and had forgotten how...Merry Christmas and TFS your gift of Art!

  5. These are so fabulous - I adore the bold inky effects, and that vellum creates such a gorgeous effect. Very cool!
    Alison x

  6. What a clever design, Maura! Love the color mixtures too! :)

    Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
    Simon Says Stamp!

  7. I am SOOooOOoOoo glad that you included this tutorial!!! I was dying to know how you made these brilliant little foldy trees! These are so flippin' cute! I really love not only the technique but the patterned papers you combined and the gorgeous power-packed backgrounds. These are such a brilliant modern take on the iconic tree-- thanks for enlightening me on a new type of tree!

  8. These are totally adorable….I love them….thanks for the lesson.

  9. LOVE these sweet cards!! What a great way to use up two-sided papers. Thanks so much for the tutorial-I will definitely be making these! Thanks for sharing so may fabulous projects as part of the Simon Says DT. Merry Christmas!

  10. What a neat idea with the folded tree!

  11. These trees are so clever and cute! Love that fold and how you placed them on beautiful inky backgrounds! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

  12. These are so pretty, Maura! Love these Christmas trees. And the inky backgrounds are amazing. So happy that you've sent me one and I can see it in real life! It's so pretty, thanks again! Wishing you wonderful holidays! Hugs, Sandra

  13. These are beautiful Maura and I'm so happy that I received one of these gorgeous cards and will treasure it ~ thank you!

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you a very happy 2016!! Hugs...

  14. Me too Maura! your card is fantastic !!!!! I love these colors ! Thank you so much! your works are always beautiful, a pleasure for the eyes! BArbarayaya

  15. Love these gorgeous cards, Maura. The colors and the tree are so beautiful! Have a wonderful new year! :)

  16. Gorgeous cards!!! LOVE the backgrounds and stitching! Brilliant!


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