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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Christmas Card with Moose and Trees

I seldom use green colors on my cards - it's a color I find so hard to work with. But sitting down to make my third Christmas card so far this year, using this Panduro stamp of a moose, I wanted to create an outdoor scene and the green color scheme seemed to be the right choice.
The two trees at the bottom left corner are part of a stamp. I stamped them directly onto a green DP and fussy cut them. The tree on the right has been die cut using a Marianne die, and I used a black pen for outlining to make it match better with my stamped ones.
The image has been heat embossed. I used "old paper" distressing powder on white paper before I stamped the image and heat embossed it using brown embossing powder.
I made layers of green and brown papers and texture. I machine stitched around the edges of some of the layers with golden thread.
For embellishments I added a button with a bow of jute, as well as three die cut birds, made using a Memory Box die - I've placed them in the trees. I didn't add a sentiment as the stamped image includes one, saying Merry Christmas (God Jul) in Norwegian.  There's no snow, no red, no Santa - but I think this card still has a Christmas feel to it and I'm planning to give it to a man.

This card is for these challenges:
1) Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - #13 Anything Goes
2) A Gem of a Challenge - #77 Going Green
3) Cut it Up - #17 Arbor Day
4) Cards For Men - Animals
5) Rhedd & Rosie's Challenge Blog - #5 Stitching
6) Tammy's Scrapin Corner - Lots of Layers
7) Pause, Dream, Enjoy - Outdoor Critters
8) Sweet Stampin - Anything but Birthday
9) My Heart Pieces Digital Stamps Challenge - Embossing
10) Make it Monday - Anything Goes


Sue - bearhouse said...

This is wonderful Pia. I would never had been able to tell that you find it hard to work with green at all and the shades you have used work together so well.
I love the image, trees and wonderful textures.
Sue xx

Chrissy said...

Fabulous masculine Christmas card Pia, I love green, and the trees and image are fabulous..


Tammy Ortiz said...

This is so wonderfully designed

Thank you for entering At Tammy Scrappin Corner
I wish you the best of luck in upcoming Contest
Hugs Tammy

Deepti Stephens said...

Wonderful Card!! Loved it totally.. :)

Asha said...

Love this card, Pia. So refreshing to have something muted, not screaming Christmas with bells and tinsel. This is just perfect for a man...hey, it would even be perfect for me! ;-)
xxx Asha

sandie said...

I think this is a great Xmas card for a guy. I really like how you outlined the trees in black-great idea x

Lau W said...

Superb Christmas card Pia ! Love all the textures, fab creation my friend !

Desire Fourie said...

Such a wonderful creation with great attention to detail. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
{Tammy’s Scrapin Corner Senior DT Member}
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

aussie aNNie said...

I'm really loving your style of cards and images Pia, this is a stunner

Pat K said...

Wonderful Christmas card Pia. Really love the design and the little birds in the trees are so cute. hugs, Pat K x

Janis said...

Great moose card! Love the burlap. Thanks for joining us at Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges. :) Janis

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is a fantastic Christmas card sweetie, especially with the male in mind.


Nannieflash said...

Fabulous image and I love your colour choice to. Thanks for joining us at CFM, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxx

Anonymous said...

Thank you for linking this gorgeous card to Cut it Up Challenges! I love all the details you put into it.

cotnob said...

This is a fabulous Christmas card Pia, such a gorgeous embossed image and I love your tree embellishments.

Shirley-anne said...

Hi there Pia .Wonderful masculine Christmas card .
Love the image and your embellishments .
Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday

Wendy Fraser said...

Brilliant Christmas card, perfect for a man, I love the teeny weeny birds. Thanks for joining us at A Gem of a Challenge xx

Cindy Groh said...

Love it. Perfect for a guy. I saw your card on Cards for Men and wanted to stop by and tell you how much I like it.

Ellen said...

fantastic masculine card! The burlap and those fussy cut trees are awsome!

chrissy xx said...

JUst GORgeous! LOve this little scene Pia.. LOve your colours and the little birds in the trees are so cute!

Paper Profusion said...

Wonderful card Pia - the green works so well for Christmas. You are certainly 3 cards ahead of me! Nicola x

Sue B said...

Oh this is beautiful Pia!! I love the woodland colours that you have used and the gold stitching is beautiful !! it's a gorgeous stamp and the hessian and trees are just perfect with it… it's a fab Christmas card for a male… or a female!!… as I would love this!! :-))
Hope you have a lovely evening!
Big hugs
Sue xx

Creative M said...

A lovely card!
Thanks for playing along at Cut It Up Challenges! :)
Have a wonderful day,
♥ Crafting With Creative M ♥
♥ 2 Creative Chicks ♥

Heather said...

A perfect Christmas card for a man! Well, actually, I think it would perfect for anyone. It's got a great rustic feel too it and I love all your little details. The textures you've added make me want to touch it. : ) Thanks for playing with CSAYL.

scrappymo! said...

This card has such a wonderful, masculine Christmas feeling. That mosse stamp is superb.
I love the layers and the texture. What a great idea to outline the die cut tree to have it look qas if you fussy cut it too!

We hardly ever see moose here...they are so shy. When i was a kid, my Dad would take us to his family homestead. We would always go for a drive and look for wildlife. I saw a moose with him a couple of times. We would just park the car at the edge of the road and watch it feeding in the marshy areas.
They are so huge! It is amazing how huge!

mixamatoasties said...

Wonderful card. Love it.

Thanks for sharing at Sweet Stampin' this week.


chrissy xx said...

Hello! again Pia.
Just called back to thank you soooo much for joining us this week at Tammy's Scrapin Corner.

Mrs.B said...

Hi Pia, great card, love the embellishments, and such a fab image.
Avril xx

Sue - bearhouse said...

Hello again Pia, just popping back for another look at your fabulous card and to say Thank you for taking part in A Gem of a Challenge this week
Sue xx

Julie E said...

What a great lo full of layers and a woodsy feel. Thanks for joining in the fun at CSAYL!!

Tammy said...

WOW this is gorgeous Pia! I LOVE that moose image and your fabulous design, beautiful textures too!
Hugs, Tammy

Christy said...

Love all the beautiful natural textures! Thanks for joining us at Cut It Up's Arbor Day Challenge :) :) :)

Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

Cute card Pia! I love that moose. Very creative. Love your trees.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful creation with us at Tammy's Scrapin Corner!! Have a fantastic day!! Hope to see you again next week. Hugs, Gloria DT

Kim said...

I love the feel of this card! Beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin'.

Lisa Jane said...

what a fab male Christmas card .. love the rustic feel
Thanks for joining us at Cards for men this fortnight
Lisa x

Wishcraft said...

This is fab Pia, great design and details. Thanks for joining in at Sweet Stampin' hun :o) Hugs, Lisa x

Zoe said...

What a gorgeous Christmas card Pia, love all the texture, thank you for joining in Rhedd and Rosie's challenge, good luck Hun, Zoe DT xx

Deanne Clarke-Saunders said...

Awesome card!!! Thanks for participating in our My Heart Pieces challenge!! Hope to see you again next week!

A Little Bit O' Paper

Patricia St Martin said...

Inspiring card!!! Just the right touch of texture and adding animal. Thanks for joining us at Cards for Men. Good luck on the challenge.
Hugs, Patricia

Sandie said...

A totally fabulous card,loving the stitching too.

Lovely that you could join us over at Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge Blog.

Sandie,(owner/head dt)x

Tina said...

A beautiful Christmas card Pia , love love love it ! thank you for joining us at Rhedd & Rosies hugs |Tina x ( DT member )

Tina said...

A beautiful Christmas card Pia , love love love it ! thank you for joining us at Rhedd & Rosies hugs |Tina x ( DT member )

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

What a wonderful Christmas card. Three is a great start. Love the image of the moose and those trees are really cool--certainly one way to use the colour green.