Monday, August 17, 2009

OCC Challenge - Christmas in August

Christmas in August???? I am SO not ready to start making Christmas cards. I haven't even gotten to Halloween yet! I just made my first autumn card yesterday.

But the vintage style fall card I finished on Saturday did put me in that vintage/shabby chic mood so that's the approach I took to making a card for the OCC Challenge.

I am also entering this card in two other challenges with a Christmas card theme this week:

Dutch Dare Challenge Blog
Creative Card Crew

I really had fun with this one. I started with SU kraft card stock, running a piece through my crimper and slathering it with Tim Holtz crackle paint then added a piece of white cardstock embossed in a snowflake pattern and lightly sponged with my favorite distressing ink - SU's Creamy Caramel. An old sheet of Christmas music was printed out from an image on The Graphics Fairy's website, torn and sponged with Creamy Caramel and Tim Holtz Vintage Photo inks. All of this was mounted on a layer of kraft on which I had embossed snowflakes with white EP and then sponged with Vintage Photo. Add a bit of gingham ribbon, a glittered chipboard snowflake, a tan Prima flower and a bit of hemp and this card was good to go. Well, almost anyway. I did finish off the inside. I made a tag with a cute rub-on sentiment from SU. Would you believe, that's my first rub-on? I have several sheets in my stash, but have never actually pulled one out and used it - LOL!! I added another distressed piece of music for good vintagy measure. The only stamping was the snowflakes from The Snowflake Spot by SU. The santa image is a vintage digital from LunaGirl.

Update: This card was featured on Card of the Week


Lovely Linda said...

Hello Linda - this card is stunning - a gift on it's own I would think!! I love all that you have done here...and as for that Santa - he looks real enought to give 'my list' to!!! Your vintage card is fabulous!!

Thanks also for letting me know about being part of the Royal Court for Flourishes - I had no idea until I ready your comment!! Thank you AND thanks for sharing!! {{{hugs}}}

Beautiful Greetings said...

I am in love with this card Linda! Everything about it is absolutely perfect. I am a Christmas junkie and think you did an amazing job capturing the magic of the season. LOVE IT!

Janice said...

Yes, I'm finding Christmas creeping into my card making too. I love this card, being a big fan of that vintage shabby chic look. Gosh you have crammed in the techniques and they look just fab.

Anonymous said...

One of your most beautiful cards ever!


Tracey Parrott said...

I love your vintage style! This is an inspiration!

Karin said...

Fabulous vintage christmas card!!
Love the lay-out, beautifull coloured papers and image.
Thanks for joining the DDCC.

xoxo karin

ineke said...

not in the mood ???
i wonder how good your xmascards are..
when you ARE in the mood !!!
fantastic card !!!!

Pascale said...

Fantastic image and colours beautiful card, hugs Pascale

Paula said...

Oh wow this is absolutly stunning wow the image and the papers are beautiful and the detail is fabulous. Thankyou for taking part in the Creative Card Crew Challenge.
Paula xxxx

Carolyn said...

This card is gorgeous, Linda. I think it may just be my favorite card of yours so far. It really is beautiful. Thanks for always stopping by my blog and leaving such nice comments. I love hearing from you, and I love visiting your blog and your fabulous creations.


aardvarkpest said...

Stunning card. I just love the vintage feel.


maxine said...

oh wow Linda, I love this card, it really is a special Christmas card. It is absolutly stunning.

Sharon said...

Sensational card! It is absolutely stunning! The image is awesome. Brilliant use of papers and lovely details.
Sharon xx

Jenny Gropp said...

Wonderfully and Beautifully done!

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