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.

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


Benzi said...

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

Chris D. said...

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!

jimlynn said...

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!

Jessi Fogan said...

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 :)

Violent Kittie said...

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

Lindsey said...

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!

Amanda R said...

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

La Papera Gialla said...

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

Jennifer Swandells said...

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

KraftyKoolKat said...

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

Cathy DT

Donna Ellis said...

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

Sandra said...

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

Pia Krogh Larsen said...

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

Scrapbook Lynne said...

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

Glenda Atkins said...

It is beautiful and wonderfully framed.

lindyloo said...

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

*Vicki* said...

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

Karen (karey2005) said...

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

Fit Kitty said...

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

Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

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

Annette said...

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.
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.

Donna said...

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

Craftdee said...

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 ♥

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa) said...

Very nice! Beautifully coloured :)

Karin said...

Thanks for joining us at ATSC. Hugs Karin

deesdesigns said...

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