Thursday, December 4, 2008

Christmas Elegance



I combined this week's SCS color challenge and sketch challenge to make today's card. I love, love, love the crisp elegance of this neutral color combo! See the shimmery snowflakes? Or maybe you can't see the shimmer very well? I punched them from Very Vanilla using the Martha Stewart snowflake punch, then painted them with Angel Wings Shimmerz (I can't say it enough ... I love this stuff!!). They are each topped with 1/4" Sahara Sand circles and a K&Co stick-on pearl.

The ornament image and sentiment are from Ornamental Christmas by Verve Stamps, and the snowflakes I stamped on the inside are from Snowflake Splendor, also by Verve. The set includes a few different ornament images, as well as a bunch of different holiday sentiments, all designed to fit in the middle band of the ornament. I stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and then heat embossed. The band is colored with Copic markers (W1-warm gray and 100-black), and then painted with Angel Wings Shimmerz, just like the snowflakes. I also colored over all the black mats with a black Spica glitter pen. When the light catches it just right, it's ooo-la-la sparkly. Last, I added some black satin ribbon and a punched bottom border.

Here's a detail shot of all that sparkle and shine:



Right now, you can save 10% on the Ornamental Elegance stamp set during Verve's holiday sale! All month long, select sets are discounted between 10% and 20%, and this one is part of the sale. As are quite a few other winter sets, plus a whole bunch more!

Last, I'm hoping this card also qualifies for today's 12 Days of Christmas challenge on Papercraft Planet. Verve is today's sponsor, and the challenge is to make a project that is all black and white. Optional: add a small splash of color. Enter your project by midnight tonight (EST) for a chance to win a prize from Verve! Hope you can play! (You don't have to use Verve stamps, by the way.) Now I've gotta go figure out how to start an album on PCP - haven't done that part yet :) [Update: I did it! Easy peasy :)]

As always, thanks so much for visiting. I know my posts have been getting more and more sporadic here lately. My youngest, who's 18 months old now, is transitioning from two naps to one. Ack!!! There goes a chunk of my stamp time! I've also been working on my dirty dozen projects plus all the usual holiday stuff (stamping and otherwise). I don't know when things will get back to normal, but I'm sure it won't be this month! Thanks for your patience. I know we're pretty much all in the same boat this time of year. I'll keep posting as often as I can! And I'll try to make things extra, extra pretty in case they have to stay up top a few days (grin).



Stamps: Ornamental Elegance (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Basic Black, The Story of Us dp (ATD)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: clear embossing powder, W1 and 100 Copic markers, black Spica pen, Angel Wings Shimmerz, Nestabilities, Offray ribbon, Martha Stewart snowflake punch and border punch, Scor-Pal, 1/4" circle punch, K&Co pearls, foam adhesive

39 comments:

  1. Love Love love this card it is so beautiful, what a gift to receive it. thanks so much for sharing. blessings Renee

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  2. How is it that one person can have sooo much talent?! Amy, this card is truly incredible! ... so elegant, so stunning, so striking! WOW! I am blown away!

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  3. My two are both in school and I don't seem to be able to create half of the beautiful stuff you do! It's always a joy when you do get a chance to post but make sure you keep this fun... :) I don't want you to get burnt out and stop!!

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  4. Love those snowflakes! You just 'enabled' me to buy them...thanks a lot! :)

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  5. WOW! What a stunner Amy! This black and white combo is pure elegance and just gorgeous! I KNEW I should have bought that MS snowflake punch, lol!! Maybe Santa will give it to me in my stocking, hehe!!
    Danielle

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  6. Gorgeous card AMY!!! I LOVE it! :D

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  7. Love Love love this card it is so beautiful, what a gift to receive it!! :-) Love all your card, you are so talent!!

    ~Kicki from Sweden~
    http://blogg.aftonbladet.se/8948/

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  8. Amy, this is so gorgeous! Love the classy looking DP and your awesome embellishments. Fabulous work, my friend! :)

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  9. Wow! I love pearls, so this is a hit with me! Great work.

    Have a great day!

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  10. WOW, Amy! this is absolutely stunning. I'm so glad that Verve is having a great sale, i'll be getting this set for next Christmas :)

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  11. This card is stunning! Love the touch of shimmer

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  12. Stunning, Amy!! I just love this!!

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  13. Another stunner!!! Gorgeous card.

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  14. This is beautiful and so classic!

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  15. Amy - this is indeed so elegant!!! Gorgeous, gorgeous card!!!

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  16. Love those shimmerz snowflakes ... very elegant holiday card.

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  17. Hi! Thanks for visitning my blog today!! Your work is amazing!! So detailed and gorgeous! I will be back!!! :)
    Have a wonderful evening!!

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  18. Amy, this is absolutely stunning and elegant ... don't mind if this stays at the top forever. Hugs from Desire

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  19. This is gorgeous! Love the shimmer!

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  20. I'm totally oooooing and ahhhhing over this....wow!

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  21. Beautiful, never would have thought to do a b&w christmas card but this is just lovely!
    Totally understand this time of year can be so hectic, try to enjoy every bit of it!

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  22. I do so love black and white cards.
    This one is just beautiful.

    Amy I hope you don't mind but I added a link to your blog in my Inspirational Places list.
    If you would prefer I remove please let me know.

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  23. Love this, Amy. Gotta try that color challenge. I've seen some great cards with it! I lvoe tyhe pearls and black satin ribbon. Just gorgeous, Amy!

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  24. Oh, and I love the inside even though I can only see a peek. Yo've got to start showing us so us "Insiders" can get some ideas. *wink*

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  25. Gorgeous!! I love that twill patterned DP, and all that shimmer!! That stuff is addictive...be careful {grin}
    hugs, Jami

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  26. Oh Amy... Keep on creating... your work is always exceptional and beautifully composed. It's a combination of your talent and passion that help you design such lovely cards and thus provide us with such wonderful eye candy. :)

    Thanks for being such a huge inspiration to me. BIG Fan of yours wishing you ALL the best, America

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  27. Great card & great blog!

    I came about it by way of Nancy... :)

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  28. That is elegant and beautiful. Love everything about it.

    Cazzy xx

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  29. This is very elegant. love the non-traditional colors

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  30. Amy, This is Weigh. It's 2012, my first night as a new member, and your Christmas card from 2008 is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen!! Do you sell any of your work?

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  31. Beautiful card! How did you make that twill pattern paper?

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