Sunday, January 2, 2011

Blue Christmas

Happy New Year's to you and your family. I hope you have a happy and healthy year. May you also have time to craft since I'm sure that's why your visiting me!

I can't believe I made a Christmas card. I was so happy to put Christmas away. I did not see myself making Christmas cards until at least April. I found a sentiment that was stamped and given to me that read "May a peaceful spirit fill your heart and bless your life this season and all year long." I have used that to decorate the inside. I just loved the feeling. It had me reaching for this Flourishes stamp. I find quiet, snowy evenings five me this soft, contemplative feeling. I love to just go for quiet, solitary snow walks. I really wish it would snow!

This card has taken more effort than it looks. As it is, I can assure you, the image is centered in the frame of Vintage Violet. I don't know why it looks off kilter in this photo. I started off trying to use Vintage Violet and Buckaroo blue ink to match the paper but it was too dark. I then switched to Old Olive and Mellow Moss but the green and blue competed for dominance, it wasn't as serene as I wanted. I also tried using a circle with scalloped edges but then found that the spacing was off. Here I managed to fit 3 trees comfortably. In a circle, I ended up with an even number of trees and the image didn't have a real focus.

The base is stamped with a small image from SU's retired Snowflakes set. The image is a baby blue organdy from Michaels. I would have preferred white or silver but I seem to be all out. I don't know how that happened!

Challenges this Card Meets:
7 Kids College Fund - Anything Goes
Christmas Card Challenge #5
Crafty Catz - Your Choice. I chose Challenge #60, Christmas
Jingle Bells - Something Old (background snowflake stamp) and Something New (tree stamp)
Mark's Finest Papers - Use Something New (Flourishes tree stamp)
My Time to Craft - Brand Spanking New (Flourishes tree stamp)
Paper Sundaes - Something New (Flourishes tree stamp)
Stamping With the Dragon - Your Favourite Winter Colour (Blue/White)

20 comments:

  1. gorgeous colour choice and lovely creation thank you for sharing it with us at Stampin with the Dragon
    Happy New Year
    Kate x

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  2. Love the colors! Very peaceful looking card. So glad you joined us for this weeks CCC!

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  3. This is just gorgeous! Beautiful colours. Thanks for playing at Stampin With The Dragon.
    Hugs Nataliya.

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  4. Love the blue trees! Very classy - Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

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  5. those trees are just gorgeous!! So elegant!

    Thanks for joining us in our Something New challenge for Paper Sundaes!

    ♥ Lisa

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  6. WOW! This is gorgeous!!
    Thanks for sharing it with us at Speedy's Friends.

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  7. I love peaceful snowy nights too ... and these wonderful trees ... thanks so much for joining our Jingle Belles fun ... glad you put that beautiful sentiment to good use.

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  8. what a very pretty card this is...i especially love those gorgeous stamped snowflakes on the card base...and i happen to think the blue ribbon is *perfect* actually, so there! :)

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  9. Very pretty card. I love the colors that you used. Thanks for playing with us at Stamping With The Dragon.
    Hugs,
    Beth

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  10. your card is simply stunning in it cas design...lovely...looking forward to the JB challenges!

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  11. What a beatiful christmas card, thanks for joining us at crafty catz

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  12. Ahhhhh! What a beautiful scene you've created. So serene and peaceful. I also love blue & white for Christmas and think it highly under utilized. :)

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  13. Hi Christine
    A beautiful card,thankyou for joining us at CraftyCatz,
    Hugs Dianne xx

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  14. Love the trees & the CAS layout! Thanks for playing along with us at Paper Sundaes :)

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  15. I love the color. It's perfect.

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  16. I love trees, this card is beautiful! Thanks for taking part in the MTTC challenge xx

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  17. What a beauty!! I love that tree stamp, it's so lifelike. Well done! The greeting in the inside is so pretty as well. I need to get more stamps like that. Most of my cards are left blank. It's time to change it up a bit :)

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  18. This is so serene and beautiful, very classy. Love the untraditional colors too!

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  19. I, too, have started my stash for next year's holiday's.....thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends

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