Friday, December 9, 2016

Anything But Cute Secret Santa

Happy Friday!! I hope you have fun plans for the weekend!! The design team of Anything But Cute held a Secret Santa drawing to create a project for one of our dear sisters. I was so excited to draw as my Secret Santa, the sweet, lovely and amazingly talented Branka of Vintage Handmade!! She is one of the nicest, most talented artists I've met in blogland and I'm so honored to be teamies with her!! I wanted to create something special for Branka since she is such an amazing person!! This is the card that I sent in a package to her in Croatia :)


For this card, I used papers from Maja Designs Winter Frost Basics set. I love this paper stack, and especially this vintage Santa image!! I wanted to showcase it with this card :) What a beautiful representation of Christmas!! The edges of all the papers were distressed with a Zutter DIA.


The back layer is a Precious Marieke Snowflake border die. The gorgeous crinkle ribbon is Steel Blue from the DL.ART Blues Bundle which matched perfectly with the papers. Tucked beneath the Santa photo are Impression Obsession Pine Branch dies, Impression Pine Sprigs dies and Sue Wilson Designs Holly Sprays.


The tree is an Impression Obsession Fir Tree die. It was covered in DecoArt Crackle Paste and once it dried, it was brushed with DecoArt Antiquing Cream in Raw Umber, which was then wiped off, leaving it in the cracks. Believe is a My Creative Time die and it was cut once in Maja paper and once in black for a shadow. It was popped up with foam tape for dimension.


The card was finished up with DecoArt Snow Writer for a frosty effect :) I am entering this in the following challenges:

1) Dies R Us - Christmas


How excited am I that my Secret Santa is the amazing Pamellia of My Little Craft Things!! Oh, I can't tell you how honored I am to own one of her stunning masterpieces!! Wow!! They are even more spectacular in person!! It's sitting on a special shelf in my craft room where I can gaze at it every day and be so inspired!! It is truly a work of art!! And not only did Pamellia send a card, but...


...she created this gorgeous handmade ornament, too!! I have my (sadly artificial) pre-lit tree up and I haven't had a chance to put any ornaments on it at all. I can't tell you how happy I was to receive this stunning one!! It is the most gorgeous ornament I've ever seen!! It's the showplace of my tree!! Please stop by Pamellia's blog, My Little Craft Things, so you can see what she created for me, and then go to the Anything But Cute blog to see what the rest of my sweet sisters created for their Secret Santas!! I guarantee you will be inspired!!

Thank you so much for stopping by!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

51 comments:

  1. Spectacular card Lisa, love the image used and that crackle is fabulous oh and along with the big blue bow....enjoy your weekend.xx{aNNie}

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  2. This is stunning, she will treasure this Lisa! This is truly a masterpiece. Isn't it great how we meet people around the world from our cardmaking?

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  3. Oooh, Lisa! Beautiful card, with all the loveliness of the legend! Lovely design and so lavish in textures and layers! Thanks for the inspiration! Wouldn't this make a delightful home decor piece for the season? Hugs, de

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  4. Wow another beautiful creation - love the background and texture of your card and nice vintage photo and pretty bow thanks for sharing and have a fab weekend!!!

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  5. Lisa, my friend, you have made a gorgeous, snowy winter wonderland from lovely papers, die cuts and the most luscious of bows! I adore that crackled tree,and at first glance I was certain it was made from wood. An incredible job on that! I am sure Branka was over the moon when she opened her package and will treasure this card forever! I'm so happy you are my teamie and proud to call you friend! Sending big hugs to you! I can't wait to see what Pamellia made for you!

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  6. Lisa, I so adore this beautiful and snowy card. I love the Santa and the dies you used. The added snow with the snow writer is a plus. Thanks, for sharing.

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  7. Such a beautiful card. I love the old fashioned Santa - he is so sophisticated. Love the colors and the snow. Have a great weekend.
    April

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  8. OH my gosh LIsa, she will be delighted with your Gorgeous card!! I love the blues, the cool crackled tree with the vintage Santa and as ever your beautiful ribon :) Of course Pamellia will give you a beautiful creation too Im sure :) Have a super week friend :)

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  9. OH wow Lisa this is beautiful!!!!! Such a gorgeous wintery card my friend. I love that tree and all that texture and crackle! Love the colors and everything about it... she is going to love it! And I love your ornament that you received!!! So very pretty!!!! I sure hope you have a wonderful weekend my friend!
    Hugs,
    Jo
    xox

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  10. Oh this is one gorgeous card love the blues and the crackled tree with the vintage Santa image . Have a great weekend .

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  11. Just absolutely gorgeous! I love the retro Santa!! Hugs, Robin

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  12. This card is heart achingly beautiful Lisa, the Maja Design image is so beautiful, I love the cool blues, your exquisite bow and the beautiful papers. I am going to try to replicate that treatment of the tree, it is so amazing! Branka is a very lucky lady and she must be over the moon to receive one of your works of art! Like Sara has already said, I feel quite proud to have you as a teamie and to call you a friend. Big hugs, Anne xx

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  13. Such a spectacular card you created Lisa !! She is sure to love this beautiful creation !!
    Hugs&Blessings,
    Mayra

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  14. Wow Lisa, drop dead gorgeous card! I love that Santa image, so vintage and still traditional. The blue tones are lovely with the white accents and all the glittery bits, so frosty and festive! Branka is one lucky gal to get such a beautiful Christmas card!!

    I'm so glad you liked your card and ornament. It was so much fun to make and I send you all my Merry Christmas and Happy New Year wishes with the package!! hugs :)

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  15. Fabulous,Lisa. The Santa image is perfect on the blue papers and of course you have tons of texture and dimension.

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  16. Such a beautiful card! I love the vintage look of your card and that Santa image is stunning! The color combination looks so amazing with the touches of sparkle! Have a fabulous weekend!

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  17. stunning card!
    have a nice day
    hugs

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  18. Oh look, there's another of your spectacular snowy crackled trees! What a gorgeous card for Branka - I love the soft icy blue, great use of the die-cuts and charming vintage image.
    Alison x

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  19. Lisa this is gorgeous! I love the Victorian Santa and he really stands out against the blue papers! I love all the white die layers! That tree with the crackle finish is so pretty! Beautiful card and I am sure Branka will love it!

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  20. OH! Be still my heart!!!! I LOVE vintage Santa's and this creation is utterly amazing! LOVE LOVE LOVE every element! You are such an inspiration ... thanks! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘CHRISTMAS’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

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  21. AWWWWW..... Your card is just fantastic!!! A true masterpiece!! Love, love, love the Santa and the papers you used!! Fabulous layering with all the crackling and the lovely diecuts, your design is a joy for the eyes! Surely the lucky recipient will LOVE this card!
    Pamellia's card and ornament are wonderful too! You are two so talented ladies!

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  22. oh, this santa is amazing and I love the colours and layering, so perfect!
    have a great weekend!
    hugs xx

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  23. WOW! This is just stunning my friend!! I love the vintage Santa and beautiful paper collection.
    I really love the blue. It is my sisters favorite color. The crackle texture of the tree is so cool!The bow is just gorgeous!!! The ornament is beautiful! Gorgeous card!
    Have a wonderful day,
    M'
    Crafting with Creative M


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  24. What an amazing card to send for your Secret Santa swap!! I love the blues and that crackle paste you put on the tree! Gorgeous! So sweet she sent you that beautiful ornament. We have an artificial tree as well- it's just not that practical here to have a real one. It does let me get my tree up early though!

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  25. What a gorgeous Christmas card! I love everything about it! You did good girl!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  26. Oh WOW! Such pure Elegance! I LOVE the old Fashioned look and the vintage image of Santa - So Beautiful! Have a lovely weekend! :)

    Theresa

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  27. Ooooooh, I certainly was over the moon happy when I opened a gift from you, my sweet friend! Thank you so much, Lisa, for this breathtakingly beautiful Christmas card! It's a frosted, snowy, elegant and fantastic piece of art! It's even more stunning in real life and I am going to treasure it forever! I feel so blessed and proud to call you a friend!
    I also want to thank you for all the wonderful goodies you sent me and for your warm, kind and sweet words and especially for your friendship! You are an uber talented artist and an amazing person!
    Sending lots of love to you! Branka xx

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  28. Beautiful. Love the layers, textures and vintage santa. Love it.
    Have a creative day.
    Nana
    ♥ My Crafting Channel ♥
    ♥ MCC Shop ♥

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  29. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! I love the blue....and totally going to have to check out some of the dies and snow writer you used! Love the cracks look to, so vintage!! Have a great weekend, Lisa!

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  30. Oh Lisa, this is spectacular!!! Branka is such a lucky lady to receive this beautifully colored, yet shabby card. The way you layer papers and dies always amazes me and I wanna be more like you!!! What a crafty hero you are. I just love every single element in this beautiful creation. Big Christmas hugs, Autumn

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  31. wow, I am so happy I found your blog and am your newest stalker now ha ha! What a wonderful creation from your craft table. Looks very chic and I love all the embellies! Can't wait to see more from you!
    xoxo, Ally
    ellysandallysadventures.blogspot.ch

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  32. I love this Lisa. Such a beautiful image and so much dimension and texture. Just stunning (Again) :) Crafty hugs, Sandra x

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  33. Beautiful, beautiful card, Lisa! It is stunning!! You co-ordinate all the elements with style! That vintage Santa is wonderful! Takes me back to when we lived in Germany!

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  34. My oh my! This is a splendid and spectacular design and totally captured the spirit of the Christmas season. So joyously splendid and full of cheer and vigor! The color combo is gorgeous and so awesome sauce! The details leave me speechless and in awe. Wowzers and fantabulous and so beautiful! I can't enough about this design but it is my new favorite of yours. You rock! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

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  35. This is truly a most BLUEtiful Santa card. How fun to be swapping all over the world. Your received card is very pretty and with the gorgeous ornament. Merry Christmas Bliss...

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  36. Gorgeous work Lisa! I love that vintage look!
    Big Hugs~

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  37. This is one of the most beautiful holiday cards I have seen!!! Love those shades of blue! Just gorgeous!
    Hugs
    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

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  38. Absolutely stunning Lisa. The vintage Santa image is so beautiful!!! The textures, colors and papers are really wonderful. Another amazing design!!!
    Hugs, Mar

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  39. Oh my...this is simply stunning! I love the rich, bold blues you used on this gorgeous card. And that vintage Santa is fabulous! Love the texture and details too. Beautiful work my sweet friend!

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  40. Stunning card Lisa....the blue is so pretty, wonderful scene you have created...Love that gorgeous bow! Enjoy the weekend!

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  41. This card is sooo BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the vintage Santa image and the pretty colors!!! Have a great day.
    Gerda

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  42. Hi Lisa - this is a beautiful card with a lovely vintage topper - it really is a great traditional/vintage design. :)

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  43. Have always loved the vintage images of Old Father Christmas, and this is a very nice one (some have sort of a fierce expression!). The red in his robes is a great contrast with the blues & creams of the other embellishments on your lovely card. Love the crackled effect on the IO fir tree, and like the touch of the pine branches peeking out under Father Christmas - with the dimension of the snowflakes at the top. And of course, the fab ribbon bow. So beautiful. TFS & Hugs.

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  44. OMG Lisa this is another extraordinary beautiful festive creation, I do so love the vintage style and that image of Santa is pure perfection so is the design and embellishments, awesome make
    hugs
    lorraine x

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  45. I know Branka will fall totally in love with this. It is another spectacular work that you created. How great you received that beautiful piece from your secret Santa. What a talented group of ladies.

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  46. Lisa, it is really stunning work! Great! Hugs, have a nice weekend! Maria

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  47. What fun to do the Secret Santa card exchange! Your friend Branka must have loved this! The vintage image is gorgeous and I love all the snowy details you added - the tree, snowflakes, holly pine bough - gorgeous! And the ribbon sets it off beautifully!

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  48. Oh dear me- this is just beautiful! I love your ribbon- hope you have a good discount on it for all that you use : ) Love the beautiful tree and the wonderful snowflakes die too. Your Secret Santa friend is a lucky gal!

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  49. It's so beautiful. I especially love the textures on that tree. :)

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