Nov 14, 2008

BC73 - Always Peaceful Christmas

It's been quite a week here.  My husband had surgery on Monday (on his left elbow) and so I was gone most of the day because we had to travel out of town for the surgery.  I am happy to report he is doing well.  Tuesday was my Bowling League and last night was Bible Study and I've also been preparing for my monthly stamp club meeting. Needless to say I wasn't sure I'd get everything done on time but thank the Lord I was able to finish everything that needed to be done and on time!                                   
 For the Bloggers Challenge this week we had a color challenge: (Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Vanilla or White).  At first I wondered just what on earth I could come up with using only those colors.  Then I saw a card that I thought would work great for the challenge.  I can't find the source of where I found this card now so if it turns out to be yours please let me know.  The only information I had on the jpg was the name, Kandis.  - I love the idea of the bird image and pretty much followed the layout changing things here and there to make it my own.
My card base is Chocolate Chip layered with Very Vanilla.  Then a piece of Baja Breeze DP from the Ski Slope collection in the Holiday Mini catalog. I added a piece of the Chocolate Chip from the same collection and rounded the corners. Then I "sewed" around it with white thread.  It's not totally even but with my bulky machine and the fact I'm somewhat sewing challenge I think it looks pretty good.  I stamped the berry branch  twice from (Always - SU) with a Chocolate Chip craft pad and embossed it with clear EP and then cut them out. I layered them along with felt flowers (Flower Fusion Too) and brads (Queen and Company).  I also added a piece of Chocolate Chip stitched ribbon from a retired SU ribbon set.  I stamped the word Peace (All Holidays) by just coloring the one word with a Chocolate Chip marker.  I added 3 punched out cirlces 1/4"  of CC card stock with a faux jewel glued in the center.
For my focal bird image I stamped the bird from (Always) in Baja Breeze ink and cut it out.  Then I used a Versa Mark pad and Iridescent Ice EP to make my bird very sparkly.  I then clear embossed the small flower from the set with CC ink and punched it out with a 1/2" circle punch and raised it up with foam mounting tape and added a brown bead for the eye. 
This is somewhat of a different (more artsy) Christmas card then I normally make but I like how it turned out.  You can even see that I added some extra to the inside of the card as well.  Be sure to check out the other challenge members blogs by clicking on the icon on my sidebar to see how they used this color scheme.

25 comments:

Lynn Mercurio said...

Oh Ida...I absolutely love your card. I especially like your flowers and your trimmed berries...what awesome job of cutting those out that you did! I'll have to be casing this card for sure.

Tammy Hershberger said...

Beautiful card, Ida! That's a lovely color combo, and you rocked it! I love how you cut out the branches and conbined them with the felt flowers, and also stamping on the inside! Gorgeous!

Get some rest! Best wishes to your hubby for a speedy recovery!

Nikki Bond said...

This beautiful! Love all the textures, the DP, the felt flowers, the brads....really gorgeous! {SMILES}

Kerry D-C said...

Wow!!! Ida, this is absolutely pulchritudinous!!! Everything about it is just perfect!

Lisa Somerville said...

Beautiful - love the medallion of flowers.

Barb Hardeman said...

Such a beautiful card Ida. Your stitching is wonderful around the chocolate panel and the pretty flowers with the sprigs is a perfect finishing touch. You even did the inside of the card too. Great job girl...

Connie Paxman said...

Love the Bird theme and embellishements with Felt flowers.
Awesome card.
connie paxman

Patti Chesky said...

Very pretty card!! Lots of little details that add up to big impact!!! Great job!!

StampingSelene said...

There is a TON of detail here! I love what you did with this challenge! I really like that you didn't stop with the outside, and you decorated the inside too! Terrific Job!

MJ said...

I love this Ida. I always forget about that set until I see someone use it. This is wonderful.

Monika/Buzsy said...

Very pretty! Love the colors and the great lay-out. TFS!

Robin Merriman said...

This is truly beautiful Ida and I love that you did the inside of the card too! Hope your hubby heals quickly!

Marcia P said...

You rocked this challenge - awesome card, you convinced me to look at this stamp set all over again!

:) Marcia

Marcia P said...

You rocked this challenge - awesome card, you convinced me to look at this stamp set all over again!

:) Marcia

Elena said...

Gorgeous card Ida! Love all the details!!! Your stitching is very neat!
Glad you husband is doing much better and the surgery went well!!! That was a busy week for you!

Kristen said...

Ida, Gorgeous card. You make me want that stamp set. TFS!

Catherine said...

this is beautiful :)

Kimberly Gajewski said...

This is beautiful Ida! What a fabulous mix of patterns! Such a great design! :D

wendy groszkiewicz said...

Oh, my! That is sooo gorgeous! I absolutely LOVE it!

Lori said...

Your card is beautiful, Ida! Glad to hear your husband is doing well.

Chrissy D said...

Ida- Super pretty card! Love this! TFS!

Kathie Bailey said...

Ida, you absolutely ROCKED this challenge! Amazing card. Hope your hubby is better soon.

Rachel Hope said...

So sweet! Great bird...love the layout and feel of it!

Lisa Bohler said...

Very pretty card! Glad to hear that your husband is doing well...rest up this weekend...you both need it!

Claudia said...

This card is simply stunning! I LOVE it! Hope your husband is feeling much better soon!