Clean and Simple Peaceful Pines for The Paper Players

IMG_2935It’s Tic-Tac-Toe week at The Paper Players! This is always one of my favorite challenges.   I felt is was a perfect time to work on designing a quick and clean holiday card. Because I wanted a touch of elegance, I went for the gold:  embossing powder, sequins, ribbon, and foil.  I hope you enjoy today’s card!

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This finished card measures 4-1/4″ wide and 5-1/2″ long when folded.

  • Falling snow! Don’t you love the new Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder? I thought it was the perfect choice for this card, since it truly does look like snow falling down upon the tree tops.


  • A trio of stars! To satisfy the sequin requirement of this challenge, I added a trio of gold star sequins.  As we all know…things look better in threes!


  • Beautiful bow! What better way to top off an elegant card than with a quick and easy double bow created from gold satin ribbon.


Your Recipe for Fun

Stamps:  Peaceful Pines; Inks:  VersaMark; Paper:  Whisper White cardstock, Gold Foil; Tools:  Big Shot, Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Heat Tool,  Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder; Embellishments: Metallic Sequins, Gold 5/8″ Satin Ribbon

In case you couldn’t tell, I went for the diagonal:  Ribbon, Embossing, Sequins.  In retrospect, I wish I would have placed my top tree in a little different position.  But if I do indeed make this for my holiday card this year,  I’ll have plenty of opportunities to move it around! So, what do you think of today’s card? Won’t you let me know in your comment today? Your comments are important to me…and I do read each and every one! Of course, if you have any questions about the cards I create, or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time…

The Paper Players Design Team
Ann Schach
Claire Broadwater
Joanne James
Laurie Schmidt
LeAnne Pugliese
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis
Amy Koenders
Jodi McKinney
Lisa Elton
Anne Marie Hile (on leave)



  1. I adore this card. This is my first vist with you. I’m impressed. I will visit again. Glenis (Australia)

  2. What a gorgeous card Anne – I love the white and gold combo, so clean yet elegant and glamorous at the same time, especially with that fab satin bow! This is a real ‘wow’ holiday card for sure.

  3. Simply stunning Ann! I love the gold and white color combination and your embossed background is just perfect with you tree image. Love that bow too! 🙂

  4. Such a lovely and elegant card, Ann! I love gold and white for a Christmas card, especially when it has as much texture and shine as yours!

  5. Ann this is such a sweet Xmas card. Love the gold and white… simple yet is captures the season. I think I better start my Xmas cards immediately… my year is getting away from me these last few months! hugs.

  6. AS always Ann, you make the most beautiful, exquisite cards. So elegant. I love your website.

  7. I love this card and the embossing folder. Can’t wait to have one for myself!

  8. Such a gorgeous, simple but elegant card Ann!

  9. Made it in Ann. :}
    Beautiful, elegant and rich looking card. Very Stunning.
    Wishes to Brody and the rest of your 4 legged family members

  10. Very elegant! I missed that embossing folder when I placed my order last week!!!

  11. Gold and white are always so classy and one of my favorite color combos! That bow is gorgeous! What a fantastic card, Ann!

  12. What a gorgeous card, Ann!

  13. Cool elegance here, Ann! This card is lovely with the embossed, snowy white space and the gorgeous gold accents. Way to rock the T3!!

  14. Simplicity some times is the best. Elegant and lovely card.

  15. Oh how very very pretty!

  16. Beautiful and elegant! Love all your touches of gold.

  17. Ann Marie Hodkinson

    I think the card looks really elegant and would grace any location. I would just move the trees up a smudge to be inside the area of the card but that’s just me. I think they tend to bend over in the post if they are outside the card. I love this card and you have done it really well. Thank you for showing it and if it is okay I might try and case it for my own friends and family greeting. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery they say! Thanks Ann x x

  18. Chris R. from Iowa

    Snow much fun with that embossing folder! Looks so elegant with the gold. I really like it! If you make it your holiday card, I hope I get one to grace my shelves! Still so glad to hear our big boy’s news in your earlier post!

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