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:

renee said...

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

Nancy Riley said...

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!

Chris said...

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!!

Jessie/knightrone said...

This is stunning!!

Carolyn Mustopa said...

This is one gorgeous card! Love it!

Ashley C. Newell said...

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

Danielle said...

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

Jenn said...

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

ScrapKia said...

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/

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

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

Tiffany said...

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

Have a great day!

Catherine said...

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 :)

Carol Dunstan said...

This card is stunning! Love the touch of shimmer

Shannan Teubner said...

This is fantastic! Love it!

Jackie Pedro said...

Stunning, Amy!! I just love this!!

Stampvanwinkle said...

This is beautiful. Wonderful work

Paula Barin said...

Another stunner!!! Gorgeous card.

Allison said...

This is beautiful and so classic!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Amy love the black and white, awesome job.

silkeledlow said...

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

SmilynStef said...

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

Kimberly said...

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

Desire Fourie said...

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

Steph K said...

This is gorgeous! Love the shimmer!

Laurel said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Jill W. said...

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

Conniecrafter said...

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!

manicstamper said...

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.

Angel said...

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!

Angel said...

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*

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

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

Oma said...

This is a beautiful card!

America said...

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

Shannon Erskine aka e3stamper said...

Stunning card Amy!!

Cori S said...

Great card & great blog!

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

Cazzy said...

That is elegant and beautiful. Love everything about it.

Cazzy xx

Justine said...

This is very elegant. love the non-traditional colors

Leigh Brown said...

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?

Mlpetros12 said...

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

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