Saturday, December 3, 2011

Haul Out the Holly, It's Time to Decorate!

Oh, I do so love the title of this week's challenge over at Our Creative Corner.  Wendy Janson is our hostess again this week and she has given us a very basic sketch and is turning us lose to decorate it!  How fun is that?  Here's her sketch:
We can decorate it any way we choose.  And as you can see, I decorated it to the hilt.  I mean really, Wendy was encouraging me - did you expect me to hold back?

As soon as I saw the sketch, I knew I wanted to use the dyed Venise lace for the lower layer.  It's actually a little more gold colored in real life, but I had to adjust the color in photo because my red flower looked too orange.  That left the rest of the card a little washed out looking.  I don't know why the camera wanted to turn the flower orangy.  I adjusted it several different ways, but couldn't seem to get rid of the orange.

To liven it up a bit, I created a tarnished gold panel and flourish, added a shabby crinoline poinsettia and an embellished snowflake and the card was done.  Sounds quick and easy right?  NOT!  I spent forever on that tarnished gold panel and flourish before I was finally satisfied.  Next time, it will be quicker.  I die cut the chipboard and then gold embossed it.  Next I ran the pieces through the Cuttlebug Textile embossing folder. Then I sponged Ranger Black archival ink over the gold embossing and then rubbed most of it off.  It looks great IRL, not so wonderful here.  Ug, why don't my photos do justice to my art? I spend forever taking pictures and editing them, sometimes over an hour for one piece.

Not many details on this one - the flourish die is by Tim Holtz, the main square panel is a Spellbinders die, the DP is old, old, old Cosmo Cricket, but still a hoarded favorite.  The Venise lace is from my Etsy shop and I dyed it with Vintage Photo reinker and water, the snowflake is also from my Etsy shop.  The shabby crinoline poinsettia can be purchased - details in this post.

Well, that's it for my sample.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Let me know if you have any questions.

20 comments:

jude said...

Linda this is beautiful and looks so Elegant!Have great creative weekend
hugs judex

Teresa said...

Very, Very nice. Great color choice

Sharon said...

I just how you are always able to layer so many embellishments and details, and your card is always elegant, shabby chic!
Just Beautiful!
Sharon
aka celticrafter

LuCiA said...

Hi! I randomly found your blog, and really really like it! That's exactly the style i love!!!! If you don't mind, it would be great if you could check out my blog, too... i'm only a beginner in cardmaking so that would mean so much if you could stop by and say what you think, or maybe even participate in my candy if you want! lots of love, xxx Lucia xxx

Susan said...

Oh, he is wonderful. I can't get enough of your beautiful pieces. Thanks, Susan

Netty said...

Another fantabulous card. Enjoy the weekend, Annette x

Pierrette said...

Oh my! what a beauty....just received my box of your gorgeous poinsettias,can't wait to play with them...hugs Pierrette

Pierrette said...

Oh my! what a beauty....just received my box of your gorgeous poinsettias,can't wait to play with them...hugs Pierrette

Pierrette said...

you see how I love them ? lollll had to repeat myself....

nessy said...

oh this creation is just beautiful and so very elegant!!
vanessa xx

Conniecrafter said...

Gorgeous, wonderful vintage feel, love how you used the embossing folder on the frame, lovely flower and snowflake too!

Sandy said...

Oh wow - this is beautiful!!!
sandy

Sue C said...

Gorgeous card Linda, the embossing looks amazing. Thanks for your lovely message, it's always great to have you visit whenever you can ! Sue C x

Ellie said...

Gorgeous!

MONICA said...

Realmente preciosa. Me encanta todo lo que baces todos tus trabajos me sirven de inspiracion.
un saludo desde España

Kathy Eddy said...

Oh, this is just breath-taking!

MarcyK924 said...

Got my goodies today and I am in heaven! You never cease to amaze me with all your details! LOVE this card! I just pinned it! Hugs, Marcy

THANK YOU!!

Marjie Kemper said...

What a beauty! Love your frame and flourish... I know what you mean about the photos being so time consuming but rest assured this looks wonderful on
screen.

Anne Marie said...

Linda, it's always so wonderful to see your gorgeous creations. Your details are amazing! Hope you have been enjoying your week so far. Hugs! :)

Vicki B. said...

What can I say about this beauty Linda, it is outstanding and of course I LOVE the red crinoline flower!!! Pure Perfection!!!

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