Flocked Trees

I never thought it was such a bad little tree.
It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.
~ Linus Van Pelt (A Charlie Brown Christmas)

It’s four days to Halloween, and you know what that means? It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. I know this is early, but it’s not too early for Vera Yates’ fourth annual Caring Heart Card Drive. I hope you’ll join me in the quest to bring holiday cheer to nursing home residents. The deadline is November 28 to submit your cards and increase your chances for lots and lots or prizes.

 

White Flocked Tree

Don’t you love that bleached bottle brush Christmas tree? It makes me giggle because it reminds me of the year Dad bought a flocked Christmas tree.

We always got a live tree but one year, 1968 to be exact, Dad decided to see how fun it would be to have a white, flocked tree. It cost more to have the tree sprayed with artificial snow, so frugal Dad bought a small one.

White Tree Christmas

Dad set the tree up on our round card table before he put it in front of the big picture window – so it looked six feet tall from the street. Isn’t this hilarious?! I wonder if the neighbors were really fooled.

Christmas 1968

For more reasons than just that it was the year of the white tree, I don’t think my brother, sister and I will ever forget that Christmas of 1968. You can read all about it here along with my rant about how water skis are a bad substitute for an Easy Bake Oven.

Heartfelt Holiday CAS

Here’s the simple inside of my card.

 

Tips & Techniques

After I had stamped my wreath from the WPlus9 Heartfelt Holidays stamp set, I added some red hearts from the same set and a few little dots with a Copic marker (YG91).

Flocked Bottle Brush Tree

My bottle brush tree is from Fancy Pants Designs. If you can’t find them, fellow Texan Jennifer Stewart has a smart blog post about how you can bleach and dye the trees you find in the hobby stores with the dollhouse miniatures, here.

To make the tree lie flat on the paper, I used some craft scissors and cut just a little off of the wooden pedestal. I also bent some of the fibers to the side in the back. Then, I attached the tree with my glue gun.

The sketch is from Retro Sketches #87. And, because my newest stamp set is usually my favorite stamp set, I’m adding this to this week’s Crazy 4 Challenges C4C209 (hosted by our very own Silke).

Here are the rest of the ingredients, including some fun toys from i {heart} papers. It’s been an honor and a lot of fun to be a guest designer with them for the last couple of months.

i heart paper


Heartfelt Holiday Card

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  1. Um. WOW. You are amazing! and I love the white tree! It’s fake trees all around for us summer Christmas folk, one day I’d like to try having a live one!
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  2. Gorgeous card!!
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  3. Gor-Juss!!! Okay- do you seriously have Christmas decorations out, or did you drag some things out just for props?? I must know 😉

    • Jenny – You’re on to me. Last year I took one of my projects to Hobby Lobby to photograph in front of their trees because we didn’t have our tree up yet. What I do for you people!

  4. Linda, this is the best. I don’t which I like better the card or the post. When I saw your photo it reminded me of our house in 1966. My step-father always bought the tree AND always bought a white flocked tree *laughing* You did not tinker with Christmas tradition at our house. But… this year my mother who was stylish and creative beyond her years decided she was going to buy the tree (without the permission of my step-father).

    I came through the screen door first. Immediately slammed on the brakes, my middle sister ran into me and our youngest sister ran into her. Standing silently before our mother’s proud accomplishment with not a peep out of mouths, except from our younger sister who said “you’re really in big trouble when dad get’s home” *laughing* we stood amazed!

    There it stood, a Hawaiian Christmas tree with a total of maybe 10 branches with “large” spaces in between. My mother had selected 3 beautiful Christmas ornaments, tied them together with a lovely bow and attached the bundle to the end of each branch. Very retro. Very stylish. Thank you for bringing back a wonderful memory for me. Your cards are always stylish, fresh, and a delight to see.

    Susie Lessard ~
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  5. Wow… this card is stunningly gorgeous, Linda! I really love it!

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