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)


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

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

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

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

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

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

    ♥ Lisa

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

  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.

  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! :)

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

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

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

  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. :)

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

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

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

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

  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 :)

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

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