11 March 2014

Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge #99 - Use chocolate brown, green, gold, and cream or white on your Christmas card

Hello!! We are off with another Merry Monday Challenge. This time, Margaret has asked us to use chocolate brown, green, gold, and cream or white on your Christmas card. Have a look at the gorgeous inspiration image she chose. Isn't this the most wonderfully decorated Christmas fireplace??


As soon as I saw it I thought pine branches and pine cones.....easy huh? Well not quite, not for me anyway. It was the ##@@**#+# pine cones!! I stamped and coloured and stamped again. I stamped, scanned and did a perfect print and cut on my shiny new Silhouette, but alas, not quite right. In the end, after my desk was covered in various pine cone attempts, I ended up stamping with Brown Versafine, adding Stickles and shaking a bit of glitter. I kinda wanted that 'Ye Olde' worldly look....the glittered cards of old. Well, as the Stickles dried, it spread, and glittered more of the pinecone than I wanted. By this time, I was pine coned out, so my very sparkly pine cones stayed!!!!!! ( not as sparkly IRL)
 My pine branches, are cut on the Silhouette. I imported a rather manky looking clipart pine branch , lopped off a portion of it, traced the image, then set about point editing. This took a while, but I really enjoyed the process.
The stitched rectangle is from Lil' Inker, sentiment is from PTI (Think Big Favorites #8), the button, twine and bells are from my stash. The brown gingham paper doesn't have designers info.



Do join us for the challenge, you know how quickly Christmas will creep up on you, so have your cards 'good to go'.

I finally got round to writing the DT's names and linking to their blogs. Here you go:-

Karen Davis (you're here)

This month's featured designer is Stacey Schafer

See you next time.



23 comments:

Hannelie said...

Your #$%@ attempts paid off Karen... those cones are PERFECT!

Marianne said...

Haha, and to think that I followed the link from the MM blog to take a closer look at those awesome pine cones. Love the look, even though this may not be the look you were hoping/trying to achieve.

Bonnie said...

I've been admiring your pinec one, Karen! I think it's beautiful!!!! All those attempts brought about a beautiful card!

Lesley Croghan said...

I love that you cut out the pine cones and the pine branches with your cameo! They are gorgeous and I can see the sparkle on them! The struggle was worth it! This is a gorgeous card!

Cathy Weber said...

Oh my goodness...how I wish I had been the one to think up this card! It is beautiful...so elegant. I just love this one Karen!

Julia Aston said...

A pretty sprig of pinecones and branches after all your efforts!

Kristie Goulet said...

I absolutely LOVE your beautiful pinecones here, Karen!!! So worth all the efforts! Stunning!!!

Katie Melhus said...

Karen, your Silhouette stories made me LOL (your manky pine branch? ha!) :) This stunning card was totally worth the effort, it turned out absolutely gorgeous!

Stacey Schafer said...

beautiful texture!

Notes by Nina said...

Lovely card Karen, the pine cone and pine branch turned out fantastic even with all the trouble they caused.

LeAnne said...

You always come up with the most creative cards, Karen! Your pine cones look great to me, despite your frustration. I can tell you, Stickles and I DO NOT GET ALONG! I am too impatient to wait for them to dry and then they never look as good as they did when it was wet! Anyway, your card is lovely and that sentiment is just a beauty!

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Karen, this is absolutely GORGEOUS! Love the pine cones and the sentiment is perfect!!

Wendy said...

Such a beautiful card, Karen! I love how you did the pine cones and love the added jingle bells!! The sentiment is wonderful as is your gingham paper! Pure perfection!! Have a wonderful week! :)

Debbie Henderson said...

Ya done good with your pine cones Karen. This card is gorgeous!

Karren said...

All your efforts and frustrations paid off, Karen. This card is gorgeous - sparkly pinecones and all!

Greta said...

I really love this card, Karen! The pine cones don't look overly glittered to me & I love the bells!

TJ Butler said...

This card is breathtakingly beautiful!! I love it so much!! Way to go on nailing the challenge! I am happy to be a new follower of your blog - would you be interested in stopping by my blog at daisiesgirl.com? i would be tickled pink if you would visit!! Have an amazing day!!

Lorraine said...

Such perfect subject matter for this color challenge. Great job with all those elements.

1CardCreator said...

Gorgeous card, the pine cones take the cake on this! ~Diane

Deanne @ Three Trees said...

Gorgeously gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love the pine cones and jingle bells.

Deanne :)

Judy1223 said...

Well, after all that, the end result is GORGEOUS!!!!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

This is a lovely card! Even though you might think it is too sparkly it totally looks like fresh snow. It is wonderful!

Joni nina Andaya said...

So BEAUTIFUL Karen!!! Love it :)