Tuesday, November 24, 2009

"Believe" Christmas

What a beautiful week this has started off to be!  It is finally feeling like fall here and I actually saw some COLORED autumn leaves this morning! :)  Just in time for Thanksgiving.
On to today's first card:

The challenges are as follows:

1) 2S4Y: Kazan's Sketch 40 (flipped horizontally):


2) Papertake Weekly "Christmas Crackers"
3) One Stop Craft #56 "Snowflakes"
4) Colour Create #32 "Red, Green and White"
5) Saturday Spotlight #8 "Ornament Obsessions"
6) Creative Card Crew #38 "Favorite Things"

To make the flower, I took a red fabric bloom from Spare Parts and patted it into embossing ink, then I heat-embossed it with Ranger Superfine clear powder.  This was tricky, since my old heat gun has gotten a short in it, and will only work if pointed straight up towards the ceiling.  Ack!  I got some singed fingertips during this step! :{  While the embossing was still tacky I covered the bloom with Martha Stewart fine Garnet glitter, then covered this with a few more layers of embossing powder.  It is VERY *sparkly* and slightly stiff, so it holds up well.  The center is made using the Martha Stewart snowflake punch.

The twine as a corner element was my husband's idea; he has a good eye, doesn't he? ;)  I love using twine to capture a simple, home-spun goodness in my cards.  It cheers me up.  I also love this color combination as it is so very easy to work with... black, red and white have always appealed to me as being so timelessly classy.  Holly is another of my favorite holiday emblems, along with the nativity star and snowflakes and christmas trees and... need I go on? :)

 Materials used on this card:

DCWV Christmas Card base
Patterned papers from 2009 "Magic of the Season" paper stack from Hobby Lobby
Bright green cardstock

Red fabric bloom from Spare Parts (see above for directions to alter)
MS Garnet glitter
Ranger Superfine clear embossing powder
Shorted-out heat gun (I do NOT suggest this however!) :{

EK Success circle punches, 3/4-inch through 1-1/4 inch
"Believe" metal embellishment charm
9mm red acrylic gems
Butcher's twine

Thank you for visiting, happy crafting all and have a really wonderful week!
--Kathryn

PS-Don't forget to enter for my November 10K Hits giveaway before the 30th! :)

15 comments:

  1. WOW!! Now that is sooo gorgeous!! I really love the colors on this and your beautiful design!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Saturday Spotlight this week!! HUGS

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  2. Great card, love the embellies you have used. Thanks for playing along at CCC this week.
    Sam x

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  3. wow Kathryn your card is absolutely stunning I love the colours thanks so much for joining us at PTW hugs Jill xx

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  4. Oh my goodness, how pretty! Love this card! :) Kathy

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  5. wowzers!! LOVE this!! soooooooo striking!

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  6. Such a beautiful card!! That black patterned paper adds so much to it! Great job with the sketch!

    ♥ Lea

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  7. What an absolutely beautiful card - it is so stunning. Who ever receives this beautiful card, will be so thrilled to bits.
    xx

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  8. The dark background really makes these stunning ornaments pop! Thanks for playing along in this week's Spotlight challenge!!

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  9. Congrats to you Kathryn!! You've just been spotlighted as a Top 3 winner in the Saturday Spotlight challenge!! Be sure to stop by the blog and collect your blinkie!! :) Thanks for playing!!

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  10. this is a stunner! Great job on the sketch
    :) Kazan

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  11. Beautiful Christmas card, I love all the details :)

    Hugs
    Tracey
    x

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  12. Oh wow this is absolutly stunning all the detail is just fabulous. Thanks for taking part in the Creative Card Crew Challenge.
    Paula xxxx

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  13. I am at a complete loss for words! This is fabulous! Soooo gorgeous! WOW! Thanks for joining in at Colour Create!

    xx-Deanne

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