...Oh, and because I'm SO super excited, I have to share some news! It's my BIRTHDAY today!! Whoo Hoo!! "Go Anne Marie...It's your Birthday...go, GO!!" Are you doing the "Birthday Dance"? I sure am! ;) What better way to start the day then to share my card for The Paper Players challenge this week! I am still so excited about being a Guest Designer this month. These gals are amazingly creative and I am so proud to be working with them. Come play along with us this week, it's a lot of fun! :)
Please, stop by and visit all of their fabulous creations. Share some bloggin' love:
This week, our focus was Ann's Color Challenge:
Yup, yup...I'm kind of scared of the whole red/green color combo on a holiday card, so I really had to put on my thinking cap for this one. I tried to stretch myself out of my creative "comfort zone" by trying a something with a "vintage-feel". My Cardinal Christmas set has been in my stamp collection since I first saw it in the Holiday Mini. Sadly, I have struggled to use it...probably because I had to color it in. Don't get me wrong, I love water-coloring...just NOT when I do it. I made an attempt with this one, using my classic ink pads and a blender pen.
I used the cardinal who hangs out in my front yard as my inspiration (he's ridiculously annoying, by-the-way...so this will be his only "shout-out"...grrr!):
My color combo was Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke and ...um...2 neutrals...Crumb Cake and Early Espresso. I made sure to sponge any and all Crumb Cake card stock on the card front with Early Espresso ink. Thought it added to the "vintage-look". Of course I had to include a photo of the inside, jazzed up by my card scraps:
This ribbon was actually recycled from a gift I received earlier this year. I saved it and low-and-behold it matched the Always Artichoke...love that! :) Please check out the end of the post for all of the items used to make this holiday card.
I have to share this photo of the GORGEOUS roses my friend, Kasia sent to my door on Saturday. I have known her since the 3rd grade. She is so incredibly thoughtful and I am so fortunate to have her in my life. We were born EXACTLY 2 months apart...she's older...I just had to throw that in! Haha! Thanks, Kas...you are awesome and I love you!!
Update on "Schnauzer-Gate 2010"...yup, he's STILL here. Despite all of our efforts, no one has come forward to claim this munchkin. He has been doing well and Ozzy has been doing a great job looking after him. Who knows what is next? *Sigh* Here is a photo of the boys relaxing together:
Stampin' Up! Supply List:
Stamps: A Cardinal Christmas
Ink: Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso classic ink
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso card stock and To the Nines DSP (ret.)
Accessories: Blender Pens, sponges, pearls, Scalloped Border punch, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, red glitter, Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue, Scallop Trim border punch (inside), Finial Press embossing folder, 2 x 1 3/8" XL Oval punch,
Non-SU! Accessories: ribbon that looks like an Always Artichoke imposter, square scalloped die cut
Thanks for visiting today! :)
Have a happy day,