Thought for the day -

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." Helen Keller

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Good Morning to you all and Merry Christmas!! LOL It's Christmas in July all over blog land.  My card today is for several challenges with a Christmas Theme.  This is a first for me on a few fronts- 1st time in forever that I am not following a sketch- (I think that's why it is so sparse!) It is also my 1st aperture card.  I know, I know, they've been around forever!

I decided to go shabby chic with a distressed look for this card.  I am challenged with the coluzzle- always have been but I think the distressing made up for the poor cutting, haha.
This really looks so much better in person-the colors are much richer looking.  I can't wait until tomorrow when my light box arrives! I "won" it on e-bay and it really was a good deal.  My winning bid was $39 and the "stated" value was $149.00!! 

My stamps are all from Stampin Up.  I embossed the snow flakes and for the image I stamped it on ivory cardstock in Tim Holtz vintage photo.  I distressed the card with 2 inks-1 generic-there's not even a color label on it and the 2nd again in vintage photo.  The dp is from the Christmas Glitter pad from My Minds Eye.  This paper just sparkles-but again hard to tell in this photo.

Challenges:
Stamptacular Sunday:  an aperture card
Cards for Men: Christmas in July
Corrosive Challenge: Christmas
Fussy and Fancy: Christmas in July
Paper Makeup Stamps: a window card

Ok that covers them.  Have a wonderful day.

11 comments:

Nannieflash said...

Wow fabulous card, love that image its so different. Thanks for joining us at Cards for Men, good luck with the challenge. With hugs Shirleyxxxxxxx

Cor* said...

Christmas, shabby chic, aperture card.........wow you went all out! Can't wait to see photo with the new light box when it arrives! good snag on that purchase! Your card is perfect! Thanks for joining us at Fussy & Fancy !

Annette said...

Simply lovely! Thanks for joining us at SSC this week.

issy said...

Fabulous card, and I love the shabby chic look, Its just perfect for any man.

Thanks for playing along with Cards for men this time around, and good luck in the challenge

issy

Sprytebyrd said...

Wonderful card! I love the rich colors!
Thanks so much for joining us this week at Stamptacular Sunday! ♥ Good luck on our "Aperture" challenge!
Dee (Spryte)

Kym Weber said...

Gorgeous card! Love how vintage and rich looking! Fabulous job! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Cards for Men! Hope you’ll be joining us for the next challenge!

~Hugs~Kym

Donnas Den said...

Great card. Good luck in the challenge over on Cards for Men and thanks for stopping by.

Donna x

mommy2lou said...

like the vintage feel of this card. I have a "thing" for woodsy colors :) Thank you for sharing your unique creation with us over at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge.

Carolyn said...

What a beautiful card. I love the nostalgic stamp. The colors you chose are perfect. Thanks for sharing it with us at SSC.
Hugs xx
Carolyn

Stampin Mindy said...

Very pretty I love that big ribbon and pretty colors.

Thanks for joining us at Fussy and Fancy's Christmas in July Challenge!

Patricia St Martin said...

Just love your card. How fun, Christmas in July! Wonderful layout. Cute image. Thanks for joining us at Donna's Den of Crafts. Good luck on the challenge.