Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Silent Night for Whimsy Inspirations

     In the midst of everything else going on in my life (sorting, packing, moving), I was invited to be a Guest Designer for Whimsy Inspiration's challenge this week.  It goes live today at noon Eastern time so my post is a couple hours early but this was when I could get it linked up so... I guess you get a quick preview of the theme.

     I've played in their challenges so often over the last year or two that I just couldn't say "No."  :-D  The theme is "Shabby Chic/Vintage" and I immediately thought of that lacy die cut frame when I saw this image in the Whimsy Stamps store.   It's called "Silent Night," perfect for a Christmas card and lovely with a vintage-y look.  I know vintage is usually piled with flowers, lace, and glittery embellies but I didn't want to cover up the stamp.  I thought the frame was enough and I just did my best to balance CAS and Vintage.


I based this on a sketch from Sketchbook Saturday adapted for a square card.


     I know there's a bit of an angle to the photo but I used gold, metallic CS to mat the image and sentiment and it gives off a terrific glare in a straight-on shot.  The image is colored with ProMarkers and sparkle gel ink on the star and on her wings, although it's hard to see because of the angle.  I die cut both the image and the sentiment with frame dies from Spellbinders.  The bow is one of those I make by the dozens (hand sewn) and the star embellies are metal and enamel brads.  The blue background dp is from DCWV's Juniper Berry stack.

     Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps -- Create a scene
A Gem of a Challenge -- Use black (the wolf)
Challenges 4 Everybody -- Anything goes
Christmas Card Challenges -- Anything Christmas goes
Crazy 4 Challenges -- Use a bow
Di's Digi Designs -- Show your coloring skills
Drunken Stampers -- Die cuts
Glitter n Sparkle -- Something metallic (CS & brads)
Outlawz CAS Sunday -- Baby related (Birth of the Christ child)
Sweet Stampin' -- Things w/ wings

     I think this one may be my favorite Christmas card so far this year.  I know it has to go to someone really special but haven't decided which of the family members will get it.  I do have a friend who just loves wolves so maybe it'll end up in his mailbox instead.  We'll just have to wait and see.  I don't know how many other posts I'll have this week but since yesterday had 3 posts, I know there'll be lots for you to see.  In the mean time, Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

26 comments:

  1. Very pretty, indeed! I love the blues again and that sentiment piece with the die cut is so pretty.

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  2. You are so right in not adding all the fluff that goes into a vintage card. That gorgeous image would have been lost otherwise! Beautiful card! Thanks for playing along with the Drunken Stampers this week!

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  3. Congrats on the guest designer spot!
    Connie, this is superb!! Love all the gold on here and of course that tiny little bow. So very lovely!
    Lynn

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  4. In the middle of chaos we still can't bear to turn down a crafty honour! Congrats :) Love the blue & gold together! Thank you so much for coming to play with us at the Drunken *hiccup* Stampers this week :)

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  5. Gorgeous card! The image is very striking. Thanks for playing along at Drunken Stampers. Cheers!

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  6. Your card design really lets this beautiful image shine! The ornate dies are perfect, too. So glad you joined us at Drunken Stampers this week!

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  7. Connie this is so elegant, that gold cardstock really adds a beautiful touch. Good luck with the moving!

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  8. Very beautiful!
    Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges this week!
    Monica - CCC DT

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  9. What a lovely card Connie, the image is beautiful. Hugs, Jen x
    Krafty Keepsakes

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  10. This is awesome sweetie. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Challenges 4 Everybody.

    Hugs
    Cathy DT
    xxxxx

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  11. Very magical scene, Connie - beautiful golden highlights behind, but I especially like your pretty layers and fabulous colors! hugs, de

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  12. Thanks for sharing your lovely card with us at Sweet Stampin'
    xxx

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  13. Thanks you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week. Pia xx

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  14. Thanks for playing along with us in the Drunken Stampers Lounge... We look forward to seeing more of your work!

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  15. It is beautiful and wonderfully framed.
    hugs
    Glenda

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  16. Beautiful ...thank you for joining us at glitter n sparkle x

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  17. Stunning image and gorgeous coloring on your design and with your touch of sparkle, this is perfect! HUGS :)

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  18. Very pretty! What a beautiful image! Very serene! Thank you for joining Christmas Card Challenges! Karen N, CCC-DT

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  19. What a beautiful card! I love all the metallic accents. Thank you for linking up with Glitter n Sparkle this week for our Add Some Metal challenge.

    KT Fit Kitty, DT Glitter n Sparkle
    http://ktdesigns2013.blogspot.ca/

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  20. such an elegant card. I really love the gold with the dark blue!!!

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  21. Beautiful card. Very elegant image.
    Thanks for joining in with us this week for our ‘bit of black’ challenge at A Gem of a Challenge. I hope you’ll join us again this week for our new ‘boys’ challenge.
    Hugs
    Annette
    Netty's Cards
    Proud to design for :
    Pink Gem Designs,
    Top Tip Tuesday,
    ABC Christmas Challenge,
    As You Like It Challenge,
    The Stamp Basket, and
    Stamp Fairy.

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  22. Thanks for playing along with the Drunken Stampers for the Die Cut challenge :)

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  23. What a lovely card, so elegant! Thanks for "Showing Off Your Colouring Skills" in our challenge at Di's Digi Designs
    Good luck and hope to see you next time too, Donna ♥

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  24. Beautiful!
    Thanks for joining us at ATSC. Hugs Karin

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  25. Beautifully crafted! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity and showing off your coloring skills with us at Di's Digi Designs! Dee

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