Color Combinations: Holly Jolly Christmas

Here's an old-fashioned idea with a modern twist.

We used to make these trees with pieces of gift wrap years ago. This version uses some of Stampin' Up!'s "Blooms" Designer Series paper.


The background is Soft Suede, the trunk is Kraft (with some Chocolate Chip stitching), the papers are in Dusty Dorango and Old Olive, and the star and greeting are my favorite In Color color — Crushed Curry.

What a great way to use scraps of Designer paper. The technique works well for digital and hybrid crafters, too.

I liked the look so much that I tried some other color combintions.


The background is Sage Shadow, the tree is Tempting Turquoise and Night of Navy in the "Small Dots" and "Script" patterns. I changed the stitching to white and used a white button on the star.


More traditional colors here…Close to Cocoa background with Designer Series paper from the "Christmas Jingle" Simply Scrappin' kit. The star and greeting are in Summer Sun and the ribbon is Old Olive.

Can you identify the greeting stamp? Which version is your favorite? What other color combinations would you suggest?

Leave a comment and I'll send you a free tutorial for a Christmas project!



  1. I would love to get the tutorial on how to make this little tree! SOOO cute!!

  2. This is what happens when I can’t sleep, Barb! It’s amazing what comes to you in the middle of the night as you’re composing blog posts…some of them don’t seem like such good ideas in daylight, though — LOL! Glad you liked this one. :-)


  3. Love love love them! Seriously! Why can’t I think up stuff like this?? oh well.. I’ll be casing for sure! Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a great idea for Breast Cancer Awareness cards, Bev! If you make one in pinks, do share it with us.


  5. I remember doing those with wrapping paper! What a great idea to use up scraps as I do not throw away anything!! :> I am very into breast cancer awareness cards so I would suggest assorted pinks with the small breast cancer ribbon stamped instead of the button!

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