Monday, November 28

Woodland Christmas Trees

Hello there Monday! Are you ready for a new challenge, my friends? Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge for this week is...O' Christmas Tree! I took a slightly different path with this theme, and was thinking of the woodland trees and creatures who live there, and remembered when we would decorate the trees with cranberries and popcorn and seeds to give them a holiday treat. 
Also, these are my Christmas cards, so I think that fits! 

It has been such a pleasure this month to have Anita Houston, The Artful Maven Haven with us! Anita, I wish you the best and look forward to more wonderful art work from you! 

I don't have process photos this time because I was at a retreat when I made these and got into them and forgot! I think I worked up new arm muscles cranking out all those die cuts! And, I tried my new Fuse tool to make the shaker pockets, and it is amazing - super easy! 

I made several versions of my card, so here they are!

I hope you are having as much fun as I am crafting for the holidays! I hope you will join us in our Christmas Tree challenge this week, and I am looking forward to seeing your projects! 

Our friends at Simon Says Stamp are offering a $50 voucher to one lucky participant! 



A great place to shop!

 Simon is on Instagram! Use #sssmondaychallenge.

Are you wondering what the design team has come up with for this challenge? Me too! Let's head on over and check out all the wonderful creativity over there! 



  1. I love your story behind the birch trees, Maura. What wonderful memories decorating the trees outside at Christmas time. The scene you created is so peaceful. Beautiful!

    Cathie ♥

  2. Fabulous set of cards Maura, I love the birch tree die and the shaker element is awesome!! Glad you like the fuse tool, I couldnt live without it now 😉

    Lols X X X

  3. A different take and such a gorgeous scene! I LOVE the colors against the white...awesome contrast! Beautiful!

  4. I always been fascinated by scene cards, and this one is AMAZING! Especially because now I have it <3 Thank you my dear and amazing friend!
    Hugs, Zoey

  5. What a lovely card design - I love those tree trunks, and the birds look so sweet perched amongst them.
    Alison x

  6. beautiful card how you made it a shaker card and those cute little red birds just finish off a beautiful colour combo...hugs kath xxx

  7. Love your beautiful card, Maura. It's simply gorgeous! :)

  8. Maura!!! Maybe it was just a super long day with a toddler (who is currently anti-clothing), but I took one look at your gorgeous scenes and wanted to hop in! You've not only created some wonderful cards here, but you've created an emotion and I love that about what you've done! I felt peaceful, I felt hopeful, and I still felt fancy because of the sequins! What a clever crafter you are to show us different variations on a theme. Thank you for the moment of calm in a rather nutso day!

  9. This is just so beautiful Maura, full of Christmas cheer and sparkle and I adore the colour palette, which creates such a beautiful frosty scene ~ gorgeous! Hugs xx

  10. What a lovely set! The die is really beautiful and allows to make such a beautiful projects. Love the contrast you gave by adding the red birds. Hugs, Marzena

  11. FAbulous card Maura!!!!! Your design is amazing and I really adore this color palette!!!!!BArbara

  12. So pretty, Maura! IRL it's even more pretty! It was the first Christmas card of the season for me! Your card is on it's way! Hope you get it soon! Hugs, Sandra


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