Sunday, December 12, 2021

Christmas in Gold - Stampin' Up! Whimsical Trees - Paper Players 571

   I just can't get enough of designing with the Whimsical Trees bundle and I'm so sorry this is one set that isn't carrying over!  But I'm getting as much use out of it as I can before it retires in January so I'm using it yet again for a Paper Players challenge!  The newest challenge is from LeAnne and she has given some fab colors to work with for this last challenge of 2021!  We are using Merry Merlot, Shaded Spruce, Vanilla and Gold!  So gorgeous!

  I used the layout from the TGIF Challenges as that tag element worked perfectly for my tall Christmas tree.

  There is a lot of gold on this card and I hope it's not too much lol!  I've got gold embossing along the edge of the Shaded Spruce DSP as well as on the tree and the sentiment.  Gold edged ribbon and some gold star sequins on the sentiment are some nice shiny accessories.  And I lightly sponged gold ink onto the raised pattern on the Merry Melody embossed panel.  The tree topper star and backing layer on the tree are made with the gold from the Gold & Rose Gold specialty paper from the annual catalog.

  Check out what the awesome Paper Players design team did with these colors and then play along with us!

Anne Marie

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Whimsical Trees, Frosted Gingerbread

Ink: Versamark, Gold ink

Paper: Merry Merlot, Shaded Spruce, Very Vanilla, Gold & Rose Gold Specialty Paper, 'Tis the Season DSP (retired)

Accessories: Merry Melody embossing folder, Stitched Stars die, Tasteful Labels dies, Christmas Tree dies, gold embossing powder, Gold Metallic Edged ribbon (retired), dimensionals, star sequins (retired)


  1. Absolutely stunning, Amanda! No one has done a better job of designing with Whimsical Trees than you! Even though it is retiring, because of you and your fabulous creations, this is one set which will stay in my arsenal. I can't tell you how honored I have been to stamp beside you this year on The Paper Players. You are an amazing designer! Hugs and happy holidays!

  2. Amanda, all this gold embossing is GORGEOUS! I love the music background and the way you layered that beautiful ribbon behind the pretty tree! I hope you have a wonderful week!

  3. Amanda, I am so thankful you were a part of the PP team this year. I have enjoyed getting to know you. YOU are so creative! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Best Wishes in the NEW Year!

  4. Amanda, This is one of my favs this week that is for sure! I love the ribbon and it's perfectly placed! It has been a pleasure guesting with you at TPP and feel very happy our paths crossed. Please take care and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  5. I LOVE all your touches of gold, Amanda! I was first drawn to the embossed background and then my eye caught that pretty embossed sentiment! Your tree with the gold star is a perfect focal point, and that ribbon treatment...wowza!! I want to thank you for playing with us at the Players for the last year too! Your creations were always stellar and I was excited to see what you would make each week! I hope you'll continue to play with us in the future!

  6. Amanda, from the background patterned paper, to your detailed edges to that stunning ribbon, this is beautiful. It has been my pleasure and privilege to design with you this past year at TPP. You've inspired me and I always loved your sweet comments. I with you a wonderful Christmas Season and lots of love and dreams come true in 2022! I will definitely see you in the Galleries.

  7. What a festive and elegant card!! It's been so awesome having you as a GD this year at The Paper Players. Love visiting your blog and enjoy your creations!!

  8. Can you ever have too much gold?! I think it's the perfect amount. I particularly love it on the musical base. A fabulous card to finish out your year as a GD. It was a pleasure to have you along as a GD this year. Merry Christmas to you all

  9. This is one of my favorite sets, too! I love how you showcased it with the challenge colors along with that beautiful embossed background. Just gorgeous! It has been so much fun working with you on The Paper Players. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome talent with us. Merry Christmas and big hugs sent your way!

  10. Fabulous Amanda! I love the gold detailing, especially the ribbon behind the tree and the inked embossed music. Gorgeous on all counts! Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us over at The Paper Players this year; it has been a real pleasure to have you and a joy to get to know you better. Do stay in touch and look forward to seeing you in our gallery. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas!


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