Thursday, December 11, 2014

Vintage / Shabby Chic Christmas

Hello Everyone!

I am officially ready for Christmas! My shopping is done and my cards are all finished and in the mail (at last count, I had made just over 100 cards this year, yipes!) All that is left is a bit of wrapping, which I plan to do with some wine and a couple of good movies!

Today I would like to share a Christmas card with you that is on it's way overseas to a friend as we speak. It's a little bit vintage, a little bit shabby chic and a whole lotta TLC! I hope she likes it!


I was inspired by this card I found on Pinterest, unfortunately,  I had no luck in tracking down the original artist. I loved the colours and the layout of having the upright lamp post on a tall and skinny card, so I started with that and went from there. I thank the original artist for the inspiration!



The frame was cut from Tim Holtz Bookplates and Tag. I coloured it with Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy then coated it with Rocky Candy crackle paint. I rubbed Gathered Twigs distress stain into the cracks and threw on a bit of snow using my DecoArt Snow Writer and glitter. The poinsettia is also Tim Holtz.



The tag was just cut by hand and stamped with Tim Holtz Wallpaper background stamp using Ranger Archival ink Coffee and then I spritzed it with some Brushed Corduroy ink spray and added some snow and glitter to the corners.

Thought I would try something new, so I tore off a strip of vellum and then added a design by using my home made texture paste and a Memory Box stencil called Adornment. The vellum did warp a little bit, but I think it's completely worth it for the wintery look you get!


The lamp post die is from Kaisercraft. The rust effect on the lamp post I credit to my good friend Cec of CW Card Creations. I was lucky enough to spend another day crafting with her last week and she taught me her Rust Technique which is the best I've ever seen! If you would like to learn how to do this amazing technique, you can read all about it in her post MAKING RUST.



The snowflake stamp is from BoBunny and the sentiment is from Heartfelt Creations. The foliage was cut using Impression Obsession Pine Branch, Dee's Distinctively Ponderosa Sprig  and Tim Holtz Festive Greenery.


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That's it for today. Thank you for stopping in and for all the amazing comments. I read and appreciate every single one! If you have any questions, please let me know.



114 comments:

  1. She will sure like it Pamellia, it's a very beautiful card with a lot of lovely details.
    Hugs ;-) Veerle

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  2. What a breathtaking card Pamellia! Work of art and a priceless keepsake! I love the colors you chose for this beauty, the street lamp is a show stopper! I have to hop over to Cec's and check out how she makes rust! Love the velum layer, that stencil is gorgeous! The poinsettia is superb (as usual :)) I love the damask design on that tag, I am a big damask lover! The frame is absolutely marvelous with all the paint and crackles and the snow is just the perfect little detail on it. WOW WOW WOW! Another project that blew my mind! Thank you for bringing so much joy and beauty to this world my friend! BIG hugs from Vegas!

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    1. Aahhh, thank you so much Samra! As usual you have put a smile on my face that will last all day long! Have a wonderful afternoon my friend and I will see you around the next crafty corner! holiday hugs :)

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  3. You've done it again....left me speechless over your exquisite card!! It's out of this world and the lucky recipient is going to be completely bowled over, you clever thing!! xx

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    1. Thank you so much Sarah, that is so sweet! holiday hugs :)

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  4. What can I say...Stunning, simply stunning.xx

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  5. You are lucy being so ready for Christmas. Congratuations Pamellia upon your 100 cards which were made until now!!
    And how fantastic they always are - like this exquisite art piece. Love it.
    Have a wonderful time, hugs xx

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    1. Thank you so much Sirkkis! Anything I make now goes to next year's stash! holiday hugs :)

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  6. Good to know someone else is ready for Christmas too Pamellia! I am finished, all cards posted and everything wrapped last week, i like to get done quickly lol :-)

    STUNNING card as always, you do have a wonderful knack of making me feel ever so cold and shivery (in a good way!) when i look at your beautiful Christmas cards.

    Thanks for the inspiration :-) xxx

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    1. Thank you Mo! It's nice to be all finished up with time to spare, takes the stress out of the holiday, don't you think? Nothing to do now but enjoy the twinkly lights! lol holiday hugs :)

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  7. Afraid I can't say much abut your card Pamellia as for whatever reason Blogger is not showing me photos the last couple of days, not to mention the silly thing in the comment box on lots of blogs where the cursor just goes along but doesn't type. Sooooooo frustrating.

    B x

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    1. Not that you haven't tried this already, but it sounds like you need a reboot. Have you tried restarting the computer? Frustrating technology isn't it! holiday hugs :)

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  8. Wow, this is totally gorgeous, just love this card, wow, wow and wow again! Hugs, Valerie

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    1. Thank you for all of the wows Valerie, that is sweet! holiday hugs :)

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  9. The end result is even more spectacular than all the individual elements that I saw. The snow on the card is timed so well considering the snow we got last night. As much as I love it on your card, I don't really care for it on the roads :( Good for you getting everything out in the mail and lucky the recipients of your fantastic cards. One thing though, you need to stop raising the bar because every time you do, I feel like the incredible shrinking woman.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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    1. haha, raising the bar...that's ironic coming from the person who taught me the technique I used! You silly gal! I don't like the snow on the roads either, but I have to admit, it is quite the beautiful scene off of my balcony right now! holiday hugs my friend, see you soon! :)

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  10. Beautiful! Love the way you did the vellum. Can I ask what you used to emboss the poinsettia ? I think you said it was the TH poinsettia die? Or is it a poinsettia stamp that you have fussycut? Anyway I love this card.

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    1. Thank you so much Marci! The poinsettia was cut from Tattered Poinsettia from Tim Holtz and I used the matching texture fade embossing folder set called Poinsettia Pattern. I believe both have been retired unfortunately. holiday hugs :)

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    2. Thank you for your answer! I have the die but not the embossing folder. I never saw or noticed a matching embossing folder until you and the Funkie Junkie used it, recently. Of course, now I want it and can't find one. Oh well. :-))

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    3. If you shop on-line, maybe try Ebay or Amazon. The price may be a little high, but it might be your only shot to grab one before they are all gone for good. holiday hugs :)

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  11. This is a wonderful card with such beautiful images and textures. The rusted metal looks terrific

    Love Chrissie x

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  12. She will for SURE LOVE it!!!! Gorgeosu card!!

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    1. Thank you kindly Charlene! holiday hugs :)

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  13. Another jaw dropping creation, Pamellia! Too beautiful! xxx

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  14. Stunning, absolutely stunning! your work always leaves me speechless, so beautiful!
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

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    1. So sweet, thank you Jacee! holiday hugs :)

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  15. Well done on being ready for Christmas Pamellia, I'm quite organised for me, presents wrapped and cards posted - only the cards for my immediate family to make. It is my eldest son's birthday on 18th December so I will be busy baking for that as well next week!
    Your card is stunning, I am never disappointed when I visit your blog, so many gorgeous details - the lamp post, the frame, the poinsettia and wonderful layers and texture - beautiful.
    Pauline
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    1. Thanks so much Pauline! My brother's birthday is near Christmas as well, throws a little more on the plate, but I don't mind! Save me a piece of cake!! ha! holiday hugs to you and yours :)

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  16. Oh my! This is stunning! Love all the texture and the snowy touches! So beautiful! You have magic hands, Hun! xxx

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  17. OMGoodness Pamellia, how could she not love this gorgeous creation, it is stunning!! Well done on being prepared for Christmas.... can I borrow you for a week to help me please..... lol. Hugs, Anne xx

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    1. tee hee, thank you Anne! Sure, I'll help...be there in a jiffy! I WISH! I like to get done early, no muss, no fuss, come actual holiday time. holiday hugs :)

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  18. This is stunning Pamellia and I am sure your friend will love and cherish this. I love all your wonderful detailing. gorgeous delicate colours and amazing detailing too.
    I still have loads to do for Christmas, I don't think I have ever left it this late before!
    hugs Sue xx

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    1. Thank you so much Sue! Yeah, I did that a few years ago. It was so stressful, I swore I would never fall behind like that again! It will all come together, you'll see! holiday hugs :)

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  19. What fabulous textures, this is stunning! Hugs Carole Z xx

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  20. What a superb card. Beautiful stamping and particular effect of street lamp on your card.

    Marjeta

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    1. Thank you so much Marjeta! holiday hugs :)

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  21. Wow Pamellia 100 Cards...when do you sleep ! Another beautifully stunning card and I am sure the lucky recipients of your Christmas cards will treasure them.
    Julie x

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    1. Thanks so much Julie! Well, not all of the cards look like this. The ones that I take orders for are a bit smaller and not quite as fancy, so I can get more done. holiday hugs :)

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  22. 100 cards when did you start 2012 OMG I don't think I know 100 people hahaha I have made about 4 I think so well and truly put me to shame (hangs head very low)
    Well this is another stonker of a creation and I know the person receiving it will love it who wouldn't
    Well enjoy the wine but drink to much or you may get the labels mixed up (hick up)
    Jacki x

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    1. Thanks so much Jacki! I don't know 100 people either, although I do have a huge family, I actually sell about half of them. holiday hugs :)

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  23. I'm in love with your card Pamellia it's beyond beautiful! The rust effect is truly the best I've seen....your cards always leave me speechless with wonderment. Well the recipient is certainly one VERY lucky lady :)

    Extra big hugs
    Donna xxx

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    1. Aahhh, you are such a sweetheart Donna! Thank you so much my friend! holiday hugs :)

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  24. Whoever receives this card is in for a treat, what a truly delightful piece. Beautifully designed and put together. A stunning card. I love the little frame and use of snowtex. Tracy x

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    1. Thank you so much Tracy! The SnowTex is great to work with, but man, it takes forever to dry! ha! holiday hugs :)

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  25. amazing card. going to a very lucky home to be treasured xx

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    1. Thank you so much Sherryn! holiday hugs :)

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  26. A stunning card. your friend is sure to love this.
    Yvonne x

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    1. Thank you very much Yvonne! holiday hugs :)

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  27. Stunning card and your friend will love it love the rust effect and all the snow looks so realistic,love the foliage dies too-fabulous texture
    Carol x

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    1. Thanks Carol! I hope all your festive planning is going well! holiday hugs :)

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  28. Fabulous vintage colors and design.

    Hugs Diane

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  29. So many lovely layers on this Pamellia! love the lamp post, and sweet little bells, the crackled frame and beautiful colors!

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    1. Thank you Julia, I so appreciate that! holiday hugs :)

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  30. Hi Pamellia
    Just when I think you're all frosted and textured out, you come up with another piece of yuletide yumminess (yes, that is a real word. . . . .or it should be!) 100 Christmas cards? Heavens to Murgatroyd, I don't think I know 100 people that I like enough to make a card for lol!
    Go steady with that wine. Alcohol, wrapping paper and tape is not a great combo. . . . . . . So speaks the voice of experience!
    Best wishes.
    Ang x

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    1. Thanks Ang! About half of those cards are for customer orders, the rest are for family and friends...I have a huge family! When I say wine, I mean one lonely little glass, never really make it past that because all it does is make me hungry! ha! holiday hugs Ang :)

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  31. Gorgeous. Thanks for joining in with our last challenge of the year at FnF. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year :)

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  32. Gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for joining us this week at the Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge Blog! I hope you play along with us again soon!

    Jackie, Crafty Sentiments Designs DT

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    1. Thanks so much Jackie! happy holidays to you and yours :)

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  33. WOW! Pamellia, this is stunning, love the vintage look, so beautiful and that rusty lamppost is gorgeous. Lucky recipient who receives it.

    Have a wonderful day

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you very much Jacquie! holiday hugs to you :)

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  34. Ahh so, so beautiful Pamellia, i would be so happy to have this on my shelf .
    Take Care
    Big Hugs
    Elaine H X

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    1. So sweet! Thank you Elaine! holiday hugs :)

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  35. Stunning Pamellia, I love your vintage shabby chic card and I am sure your friend will too. The rust effect looks amazing - as do all of your other effects.

    I need to make about the same amount of cards as you but have only done about half, so I better get back to them.

    Big hug.

    Dionne xx

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    1. Thanks so much Dionne! Good luck with your card making! holiday hugs :)

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  36. This takes my breath away ... What a stunner ... the recipient of any of your cards will have a treasure ... They ought to be framed!

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  37. Wow, you made over 100 Christmas cards?! O.o Besides all the other gorgeous creations you've been spoiling us with? You are amazing!!
    And so is this card. I'm sure your friend will love it. I mean,(s)he would be nuts if (s)he didn't. And I'm sure you don't have any nuts friends! ;) I've never heard of (or seen) the rusty technique so I will hop to your friend's blog and check how that's made. It really looks great!
    As always, a stunning creation!
    Hugs! xx

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    1. Hi Maja! Hope all is going well with your Christmas planning! Got any snow where you are? holiday hugs :)

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    2. Hi to you too! :) No, not snow yet (well, not in the cities, in the mountains etc. there is snow). But it's getting colder and colder so I hope we'll get some soon - if not sooner, I hope there will be some for Christmas at least. :)
      Hugs! xx

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    3. I like a little for Christmas too, but then it should melt away on Boxing day! I have no use for it the rest of the year, that's for sure!

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  38. I can't believe you have made 100 cards with this sort of standard. I went CAS for 80 and that was enough for me. You absolutely amaze me with your work.

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    1. Thanks Faith! To clarify, only about half were fancy like this, the other half, although not CAS, they were definitely not as fancy. Less layers, less die cuts and NO texture paste! 80 cards is a lot too, wow! Guess we are both busy girls! holiday hugs :)

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  39. Wow absolutely lovely! Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge.
    /Pillan

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  40. WOW this is stunning Pamellia! I LOVE all of the snowy details and your rusty lamp post is gorgeous!!
    Enjoy your weekend!
    Big hugs, Tammy

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    1. Thanks Tammy! I hope your Christmas planning is all going well! holiday hugs :)

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  41. Gorgeous card! Love how you combined the different elements to create your scene. Thank you for joining our "Non-Traditional Holiday Colors" Challenge at Love to Create this week.
    Ruza ~ LTC Designer
    Ruza's Craft Corner

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  42. Oh wow this is just gorgeous Pamellia - again! The layers and the rust and well all of it! How can you make rust look so beautiful! Nikki xxx

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    1. tee hee, thanks so much Nikki! holiday hugs :)

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  43. This is so gorgeous Pamellia, so much detail and I really love the frosty feel
    Kevin xx

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    1. Thank you very much Kevin! I welcome you to My Little Craft Things with a big huge holiday hug! :)

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  44. Completely stunning Pamellia - every detail is perfection! (I'm not sure, but I think the inspiration card might be by Ewa at Cynkowe Poletko - haven't had time to scroll to find this one, but here's something very similar on her site -http://cynkowepoletko.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/rowniez-swiatecznie.html - if you've never been, I highly recommend it - I think you'd love her work as much as I do!!). Glorious - and I can hardly believe you're ready for Christmas, and with 100 cards done - bravo!
    Alison xx

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    1. Thank you so much Alison! I am going to go check out her site right now, thank you so much for the link and for the kind words! holiday hugs :)

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  45. Absolutely Gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Love to Create Non- Traditional Holiday colors challenge.
    Hugs'
    Jackie LTC~owner

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  46. Gorgeous card with so many fabulous elements Pamellia. Congrats on getting 100 cards made this year ... that is amazing! Sounds like you are ready for Christmas, so time to put up your feet and relax a bit. Have a very Merry Christmas! Loll xx

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    1. haha, exactly my plans Loll! Thanks so much for the wonderful compliment! Happy Holidays! hugs :)

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  47. This is another feast for the eyes! I so enjoy looking at all the gorgeous textures you create. The lantern looks so wonderful! Thank you for your lovely comment today, it really made my day :)
    Rebecca.
    x

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    1. Thank you so much Rebecca, you are so sweet! It was a joy to visit you this morning, a great way to get the day started! holiday hugs :)

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  48. My beautiful friend, I apologize for being behind. My mom was in the hospital (very scary moments... we didn't know if she was going to make it), so I was there every day with her. She is doing better so I am playing catch up. It has been a bit of a tough day, so do you mind if I come back? you know what your projects mean to me and right now I just want to save them for tonight when I am more at peace. It's not been a good morning/afternoon. But I did want to leave you a quick note to tell you that I'm thinking of you and missing your creations. There will be no better treat for myself tonight than to finally take in your creations when things are a little calmer. Thank you for being such a loving and understanding friend.

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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    1. Oh my goodness Karen, I'm sorry to hear that! How is she doing, is she OK? Please do not worry about blogging right now, you should concentrate on your Mom. I will be thinking about you! big hugs to you and your family! :)

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  49. A gorgeous creation - so elegant.

    Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky,

    Helen x

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  50. My dear friend, I am back to begin catching up. :o) Things indeed calmed down and my mom is resting comfortably. Pamellia, your creations are always exquisite..I just want to dive into them to observe every teeny tiny detail! The rusty lamp post is stunning and I will be reading up on that technique! The Bo Bunny snowflake stamp is gorgeous and I am enamored with all of your snowy accents. I really love the look of the texture paste atop vellum... and I say any warping just adds more texture! :o) The crackling, jingly bells, and poinsettia are equally glorious. While every individual element throughout is indeed beautiful, it's always the way you pull everything together that heightens it to stunning. What a JOY it is to spend time on your blog. :o) Lovely work, my talented friend!

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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    1. Hi Karen! Thank you so much my dear friend! I hope everything is all right with your Mom. I'm glad you took some time for yourself you relax and wind down a bit. Your wonderful comments always bring such a big smile to my face! Thank you so much for being such a great bloggy friend! big hugs to you and yours :)

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  51. That snowy lamp post and white poinsettia...wow! I have to look and look and look at your cards to drink in all the glorious details. This is just layers and layers of wintry beauty and fabulous design. I am just....gobsmacked. I've run out of adjectives, superlatives and ways to express how much I love your amazing work.

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    1. Gobsmacked,I like it! Thanks so much Kathy, for this and all of your wonderful comments this morning! You have put a huge smile on my face! big holiday hugs to you and yours! :)

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  52. Errrm! I don't think 'Wow' or. 'fabulous' really sum up what I think about this card! Your friend WILL love it I guarantee!! Hugs, Chrisx

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    1. Thank you so much Chris, for all of your lovely comments today! I hope you are enjoying your holiday preparations! hugs :)

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