Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Merry Christmas Bauble

 Hi there and welcome back to my blog. My November header was taken at the New York Botanical Garden last week, when a few of my Master Gardener buddies and I took a trip there. I believe it is a Catbird enjoying the berries of the Callacarpa. We had a beautiful, though brisk, day taking in the Fall foliage!

My card today is for the Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge, which is always an anything goes challenge. I hope you will join in the fun, while adding to your Christmas card stash! You know it will be here before we know it! 

I had recently been "enabled" into acquiring the Sweet Poppy Christmas Snowflake Bauble stencil and die set. This was the first time I had played with it. I will be definitely be getting this back out to play around with.

Using the stencil on white cardstock and a piece of scrap paper to try to mask off areas not to be inked (not terribly successful on that, I may add), I used Memento inks Olive Grove and Love letter with a finger dauber to color in the ribbon and the greenery sprigs.

A red Copic marker was used for the berries.

After die cutting, not terribly straight, I inked up the entire ribbons.

I die cut the bauble from red cardstock and the Die-versions Merry Christmas Present die from green cardstock. 

The sentiment was attached to the bauble with a gold eyelet. The Mistletoe Moments embossing folder was run through the machine using the same cardstock as sentiment. 

This was layered on to red carstock, then layered to a white card base. The bauble was attached with tape and mounting foam.

A piece of red and beige bakers twine was tied around the spine to finish off the card for today.

Below, you will find the products used on my card today:

Sweet Poppy Christmas Snowflake Bauble

  Stencil and Die

Memento Inks: Olive Grove and Love Letter

Finger Daubers

Red Copic

Die’sire Embossalicious Mistletoe Moments embossing folder

Die-Versions Merry Christmas Present die

Gold Eyelet

Red and brown bakers twine

Please take a look over on the Holly and the Ivy Challenge blog and see the other design team members' inspirations. We look forward to seeing your entries!

Till next time,



  1. Lovely card Shona, great design. I love the beautiful photograph for your header. xx

  2. A beautiful card in lovely traditional Christmas colours, the large, bold bauble die and stencil have such impact, lovely embossed background too.
    Your header is stunning, I look forward to seeing the new photographs each month, they are always so beautiful.

  3. Very pretty Shona and a whole new way of showcasing the stencil, so creative! I enabled a few people to buy that stencil and they got it and used it way before me lol, which is usually the way, the downside is, it was to be my this years Christmas card but the ones that bought it were on my Christmas card list so now will have to rethink that. guess I should of kept my big mouth shut lol!!

  4. Oh and I forgot to add, I LOVE your new header!!

  5. I’ve left you a reply to your comment on my blog about making a Bay Window card. xx

  6. Your card is so gorgeous and festive looking! I love the ornament design.

  7. I love seeing your steps to making your beautiful cards Shona. The bauble and embossing is a great combination. Love the new header also.
    Faith x

  8. Isn't it a fun stencil/die set! I've had so much fun with it and plan on making even more holiday cards using it for my personal use next week after this week's craft show is done & over with and I can 'breath' again! lol LOVE how you've used yours today and will certainly keep this idea in mind. Well done my friend!
    LOVE your header ... aren't birds fascinating! This guys is beautiful! Sounds like a fun day ... good for you! Have a wonderful day and remainder of your week! HUGS

  9. How pretty, Shona! I love the stenciling effect, and the pretty colors. I miss visiting assorted gardens - especially here in Florida. So thank you very much for sharing the header this month from the NY gardens - it is beautiful! I always enjoy visiting your blog for a taste of nature and to see what you are up to. xx

  10. Beautifully made Shona. It's come together perfectly. So lovely in traditional Christmas colours. I bet it would look lovely in pinks also. Lovely photo of that bird. So crisp.


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