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Deco Trees

Deco Trees

Hi All!

I absolutely love this die set by Simon Says Stamp. The swirlies are just so interesting. I originally was trying to make a card using the tree die cuts, but then I realized that the negative image was even prettier.

This is my new favorite green – it’s called Green Apple by Simon Says Stamp. There is an ink pad and matching cardstock.

Enjoy the video and have a great week!



SSS Deco Trees
SSS Deco Trees
Green Apple Cardstock
Green Apple Cardstock
Clear Sequins
Clear Sequins
Copic Sketch YG03 Marker
Copic YG03 Marker
Black Beetle Twine
Black Beetle Twine
Neenah Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Copic Black Liner
Copic .3 Black Liner
Pick Me Up Stick
Pick Me Up Stick
Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
Sizzix Big Shot
Sizzix Big Shot
Craft Mat
Craft Mat


  1. wrote on October 15th, 2014 at 8:34 am


    Didn’t see the mylar (sp?) shims in the dets. Where do you get them?

    • wrote on October 15th, 2014 at 12:09 pm


      I saw them on Amazon; just search mylar shim

  2. wrote on October 15th, 2014 at 10:58 am


    Striking! Love the green apples cardstock – a different Christmas color! I love the idea of coloring the sequins! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. wrote on October 15th, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Robin in WA

    Love the card! Thank you!

  4. wrote on October 15th, 2014 at 12:47 pm


    This is lovely!!!

  5. wrote on October 15th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Kathy Weber

    Darlene, where did you find those mats you used with the dies?

    • wrote on October 15th, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Sorry Kathy, you can purchase them at JoAnn’s online.

  6. wrote on October 15th, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Pat Myers

    I love your videos on your card making, but I especially love that you fast forward through the parts that would be very tedious to watch. Your shortcuts really save a lot of time, but you get the point across. Loving your blog!

  7. wrote on October 15th, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Amy B.

    I absolutely love this card! I never thought of coloring the sequins. Love the die, the colors, everything!

  8. wrote on October 15th, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Maria Rodriguez

    I love this Green Apple CS, it’s a non traditional color but it looks amazing behind this beautifully die cut trees. I’ve never seen that “Pick me Up” stick tool Darlene, is one of the ends sticky to pick up the sequences or did you put a bit of glue on it? I think I need to get me one, I had a very hard time placing this teeny tiny hearts on this cards I made, I wish I had one of this tools, it would have made this a lot easier.
    Thank you so much for another fantastic video of this lovely Christmas card.

    • wrote on October 25th, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Maria, one of the ends of the stick is actually sticky. I also find it very handy for the owl punch pieces.

  9. wrote on October 15th, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Casey Thrush

    I love it!!! That green apple is a great color and I really like that you used your copic marker to color the sequin’s to match. Great job as always!!!

  10. wrote on October 15th, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Anita Holmes

    I love the card, so clean and retro looking! Love the green color…..you always do such an amazing job!
    Thanks for sharing, love your video’s.

  11. wrote on October 15th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Linda S. in NE

    What a great video. So clever of you to custom color the sequins with an alcohol marker. Are the mylar shims you used a “real” commercial product, or an idea of something you came up with that works just perfectly to get a clean cut with detailed dies?

    • wrote on October 25th, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Linda, it’s actually a real product! You can find it at JoAnn’s.

  12. wrote on October 15th, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Cathy E

    Another great video & card Darlene! I agree with you that the negative tree die is wonderful! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!!

  13. wrote on October 15th, 2014 at 4:24 pm


    Beautiful. Those does are only wish list.

  14. wrote on October 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm


    Ha,ha, that should have said dies… They are on my wish list.

  15. wrote on October 15th, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Celeste Goff

    Such a super cute card! I love die cuts…they are my new passion!

  16. wrote on October 15th, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Diana W.

    Darlene – once again you did it!! Love this card. What a fun die. Enjoyed watching you create this. You’re the best!

  17. wrote on October 15th, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Terrie Crawford

    Yay!!! It’s Wednesday!! I had such a stressful day at work today. I got so excited when I realized it was Wednesday and time for a new card! I really look forward to this each week since subscribing to your blog. I had a chance to check out the other blogs on the hop you just did and yours is by far the best. Thanks for bring that spot of joy to my day each week! Keep those wonderful ideas coming!

    • wrote on October 25th, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      You are very sweet Terrie – thank you! 🙂

  18. wrote on October 15th, 2014 at 7:57 pm


    I am loving your contemporary tree cards. The green apple color is great! The sequins seem to be popular. A nice change from pearls and rhinestones.

  19. wrote on October 15th, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    LesLee Stone-Rasmus

    Very Nice… I love that color.. and that die is to die for.. it is on my wish list.. Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring

  20. wrote on October 16th, 2014 at 2:47 am

    Darlyne Wagner

    Excellent card, Darlene! That tree die is so cool with all those swirls; you made a simple card look totally elegant and masterful. I am going to hate to see the holidays end and thus all these clever holiday cards will end. I love your videos.

  21. wrote on October 16th, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Robin L

    Live this card. CAS with a lot of punch!

  22. wrote on October 16th, 2014 at 2:09 pm


    Tres cool, that Apple Green is fast becoming my new fave, too.

  23. wrote on October 19th, 2014 at 5:12 am


    Nice card. I like how you used the negative.

  24. wrote on October 19th, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Gloria Taylor

    What a clean, easy, and fun card to make for Christmas. Thank you, Darlene, also love the Christmas music in the background.

  25. wrote on October 20th, 2014 at 9:05 am


    Wow! It’s so beautiful! It’s so simple yet so pretty at the same time! That die set is so unique with those swirls. Great job! 🙂

  26. wrote on August 9th, 2015 at 2:31 am


    What is the Merry Christmas die that you used? I love the font and size.

    You constantly inspire me with your unique ideas. Your explanations are always clear.g

    • wrote on August 15th, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Keppy. The sentiment comes in the same package as the tree.

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