Holiday home with sequins and pearls …

Hi and welcome to my blog.

This week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, the challenge is to use sequins and pearls. Remember my “string and bling” cards? Well this time I made a Christmas version …


The background was sponged with whisper white craft ink and a stencil…


At first, I was going to leave the main image stamped in black, but decided it needed a splash of colour.  I took inspiration from artwork by a Liverpool artist – Freida McKitrick – who often uses splashes of red against her black line drawings.  I had the pleasure of working with Freida a few years back, and now one of her pieces of art hangs on my daughter’s wall, a wedding present from her friend – small world, huh?


I distressed the edges of the centre panel before popping it up on dimensionals. Finally, gold sequins and adhesive pearls were scattered between the silver thread, tied around the card in a bow.

I hope you like my card for this week. Do please pop by to see what the rest of the Design Team at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown have created to inspire you, I would love to see your creations there too. Have a wonderful week.

Want to make this blog colours

cardstock: whisper white, pool party;

stamps: holiday home;

inks: black stazon, whisper white craft, real red marker pen;

accessories: dots stencil, sponge dauber, gold sequins, adhesive pearls, stampin’ dimensionals, silver thread (from my stash).

All supplies from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise stated. 

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12 Comments to “Holiday home with sequins and pearls …”

  1. So elegant Gill, love the splash of red on the door x

  2. love the layout and the stenciled background

  3. I love how you’ve colored the house just a bit, the distressed edged and perfect placing of bling! The silver twine and the way you’ve wrapped it adds extra elegance!

  4. Fabulous card! I love the simplicity of the design. Lovely detail with the red door on the house and lots of bling too! Great work!

  5. Gorgeous card, Gill! I love the sponged background and the splash of red X

  6. j’aime la douceur et le charme que tu lui as donné Gill, très mignon, biz

  7. Love ‘string and bling’ and the splash of red is the perfect touch. Such a fantastic CAS card with bling, Gill. LOVE IT!

  8. This is GORGEOUS, in fact I may even case this, I have a new home card to make, so you posted just in time LOL.

  9. Beautifully done.

  10. The sequins, pearls, and metallic thread add elegant pizazz to your CAS card! Very nicely done, Gill! 🙂

  11. LOVE your string and bling card Gill. The red door is a perfect pop of bright color. Great card!

  12. Beautiful card! Love the dimension that the distressed edges gives!

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