Thursday, December 9, 2010

Peace Wreath & More

Hello Everyone!  I made a card yesterday so I could play at Mark's Finest Papers, where the challenge is to use red and green; in Splitcoast's Clean and Simple challenge - to use a bow; and at Colour Q, where the challenge is to use this color palette:
I've never been a fan of Glorious Green and wasn't too sad when Stampin' Up! discontinued it.  But I must say, for a change, it was nice to play with it on this Christmas card:
The card measures 4 1/4" square, so it will fit into an A2 envelope (having to pay extra postage at this time of year turns me off, which is why I went with this size).  I loved adding the 'ornaments' to the wreath, which is a stamp from a Mark's Finest Papers set called Seasonal Poinsettias.  I won this set a month or so ago, and I've gotten so much use out of the sentiments it comes with.  This is the first time the poinsettia wreath has seen ink.  I like it!

I found out this morning that my Inspired by a Stack of Gifts card won a FAB 4 Badge from The Play Date Cafe!

And finally, I received an award from one of my favorite bloggers, Ann Schach, a couple of days ago.

Ann makes utterly gorgeous creations and sits on the Design Teams for Pals Paper Arts and The Paper Players and is an alumni of Splitcoast's The Dirty Dozen.  Ann, thank you so much for the award! 

Rules that accompany this award:
1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this
2. Share 8 things about yourself
3. Pay it forward to bloggers that you have recently discovered

Eight random things about me:
  1. I am afraid of clowns.
  2. I lived in Houston, Texas for six years.
  3. I love, love, love Yankee Candles and have a candle 'wardrobe' for different moods and times of the year.
  4. As a substitute teacher, my favorite grade to teach is First Grade.  They're just so darn cute!
  5. Organizing anything helps calm me down.
  6. I run a Yankee Candle Fundraiser for my daughter's elementary school twice a year, for the past three years (see?  I told you I like Yankee!)
  7. I adore my "alone" time, when the kids are in school and husband's at work.
  8. I laugh at silly things, like this YouTube video with "talking" cats.
And now to pass this award on to bloggers I have recently discovered:
Tammy Hobbs - Tammy is such a sweetheart, who makes the cutest clean and simple cards
Beatriz Jennings - Bety makes such breath-taking shabby chic creations - wow!

Thanks for joining me today.  I always appreciate any comments you have and the time you have taken to visit me.  Stay tuned for Blog Candy, celebrating the 10,000+ visits to my blog!


Stamps:  Seasonal Poinsettias by Mark's Finest Papers
Paper:  Real Red, Whisper White
Ink:  Glorious Green, Basic Black
Punch:  1/8" hole
Other:  gold cord from Michael's, blue/yellow/red rhinestones, dimensionals


Arielle H Gordon said...

Colleen, I LOVE IT! The rhinestones are so perfect & blingy!!! Thank you SO MUCH for playing with us at the colourQ this week.... it's always a pleasure and a treat to visit your amazing blog!

Karen W said...

Congratulations and your card is great!

Marisa said...

Love how you added the bling to the wreath for the colours. Wonderful card. Fun learning a few things about you too :) Congrats on the award.

Ann Schach said...

Beautiful clean and classy card! I love your style! I worked part time for 9 years in a country decor store that sold Yankee candles! Love, love, love them! I always have a supply of tarts on hand!

Vicki Dutcher said...

LOVING the CAS!!! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Love this card and congrats on your award! Ann is also one of my fav bloggers, so you two are in a class together.

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

PS, if you are ever completely stressed out, you can always come over and organize my whole house, I won't even charge you, lol.

Teresa Kline said...

this is gorgeous, great use of these colors...have a super weekend!

enjoy *~*

Emily Keaton said...

Wow, Colleen!! This is really gorgeous. You used those ColourQ colors in the best possible way!! A great CAS card with lots of pop. So glad you finally got to use that poinsettia wreath stamp from the MFP set--it looks fabulous!! Nicely done. :)

redwasher1 said...

Gorgeous wreath!! Love the added bling!!
Thanks for sharing it with us at Speedy's Friends.

Benzi said...

Beautiful wreath and love the green you used. Congrats on the win and the award! I love reading the facts about you. I think a lot of people are afraid of clowns and your candle 'wardrobe' gave me a smile.

~Tammy~ said...

Congrats on PDCC! I knew it was a winner! Thanks for your sweet words and the award! Beautiful job with these colors! You have such an eye for detail!!!

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Congrats on your winnings... well deserved!! Love this clean design with the pop of bling.

DD and I loved the talking cats!! TFS!!!!

Andrea Ewen said...

A wonderful work of art! Lovely design and great use of the colors! That looks like a difficult challenge to incorporate all of those bright colors...but you've done a marvelous job!

Sylvia said...

Beautiful card, Coleen. I love how you used the colors this week! Thanks for playing the ColourQ challenge. Happy Holidays!

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