Serendipity Stamps Christmas Photo Inspiration

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Designing a card is always easier for me when I have something to give me a little inspiration.  A sketch, a color combination or a photo.  Today I have a card to share using a beautiful picture taken by Serendipity Stamps Design Team Alumni Holly Craft.  Here is the beautiful picture:
Photo by Holly Craft

 Serendipity Stamps has so many beautiful stamps and dies to choose from, I could have gone a ton of different directions with this photo, but I chose to focus on the stark difference between the red, white and green.  Here's my card:

 I used my Serendipity Stamps Ornament die to cut an intricate ornament from red glitter paper.  I cut a circle in white, ran it through my Xyron and added white glitter so the ornament really sparkles.

The branch is cut from brown card stock and I used some white paint covered with flock to make it look like snow.  The holly leaves and berries are from a punch.

The ornament hook is cut with silver card stock, tied with a sparkly silver bow and jingle bells.

Don't you love how this Serendipity sentiment (Merry Christmas Arc) perfectly curves around the ornament.  I stamped it in white and embossed it with white embossing powder.  I didn't want to use an entire piece of glitter paper for the tiny red border layer, so I added strips of scor tape and added my own red glitter.  Gotta save all that glitter paper to make more ornaments!

All of the Serendipity Design Team have made cards today based on Holly's great photo, here's a link so you can see what they have all done:

**Serendipity has a great sale going on right now.  The special is Buy 3 Items Get a 4th one free and is good Nov 7th through Nov 14th.

Merry Christmas Arc


Helen said...

This is so, so pretty Cathy! What an absolutely beautifully finished ornament and the branch and snow looks amazing! Oh and those coloured jingle bells are divine - don't think we can get those over here - must have a look as I need me some of those!! Red and Kraft are great together aren't they ;)

Amy Cokley said...

Love it! Your snow is fantastic looking!

Joyce said...

Oh, this is so pretty. I love how you did the snow on the branches, your glittery red ornament is just beautiful, and I know someone who would be proud as punch with that gorgeous bow you made.

Miriam said...

Cathy - I just love how you used the die ornament and branch! The sparkles and snow are a nice accent.

Jeanne J said...

Cathy this is a real feast for the eyes! I love all the bling and sparkle and texture! The frosty branch ... BRILLIANT! Another "how clever is that?" moment! Everything is so well put together it looks like it was meant to be - even down to the tri color jingle bells! You nailed this!

Oh my where to start! This is fantastic Cathy, I love the snow on the branches and the red glitter ornament is perfect.

Kim said...

Cathy, what a stunning card and that glittered ornament, so beautiful! But what I really love is your tree branch with the touch of snow, so gorgeous. Just so perfect for the holidays!

Sharron said...

Really stunning, Cathy! The glittered ornament is absolutely gorgeous. And the snow covered branch is amazing--LOVE it!

So so pretty, Cathy! I love the snow on the branches, and the different colored bells you tied into the ribbon :)

Pauline said...

Gorgeous Christmas card Cathy, I love that ornate bauble die, and the wonderful frosted branches, so pretty!

Marybeth said...

Great idea to use the score tape and then glitter to save on red paper…. very smart! This is gorgeous Cathy. Love the holly and the snow. Yes,that Merry Christmas is just perfect! Loving the bells on your pretty bow!

Wow this is so lovely! I love the die cut ornament and the gorgeous snow on the branch! So beautiful especially with the bells to finish it off! I just love bells especially the rusted ones from Frost it Pink! :)

Hi Cathy, long time no visit ;) I thought of you today when I saw one of your cards on Pinterest. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this card with it's frosted branch and beautiful ornament; SO pretty!! Hope all is well with you :)

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