Thursday, January 6, 2011

Yours Truly is a Guest Designer!

I am very excited to be this week's Guest Designer at Off The Wall Craftiness!  The color story this week is so classy and elegant - check it out....

The colors remind me of an elegant winter wedding.  I was so thrilled to be working with this color palette that I made two cards for the challenge! 
If you look closely at the group of inspiration photos at the top of the post, you can see where I got my ideas from....scallops from the ladies dress in the top right corner....ornate 'jewels' from the necklace also on the top row of photos....white-embossed words of thanks from the middle row of pix.

I used medallions from Simple Delights and Artistic Etchings, both by SU, and embossed them in white.  The sentiment is from a Flourishes set called With Gratitude.

The next card has a more natural feel.

I broke in my new Pine Needles border punch by Martha Stewart and an acetate die cut of a bird from K & Company.  I layered the bird over pretty white-on-white wedding specialty (retired) paper from Stampin' Up!.  The only other paper used is Always Artichoke for the card base, and Bravo Burgundy for the borders.  It was a very simple card to put together, thanks to that die cut.

Head over to Off The Wall Craftiness to play with us this week! 

Before I go I wanted to show you some of my favorite Christmas decorations before I put them away until next year:
I made this tree out of a Styrofoam cone and vintage glass balls
 from my grandmother's attic.

My beloved snowman collection.
A snow couple and a red squirrel that I made from pipe cleaners.

Vintage jar from a yard sale filled with newer ornaments.

Love this large bottle brush tree from my husband and kids given a few years ago,
 but the vintage type Santa is new to me this year.  Love his aged look. 
Remember,  you can click on any of the above pictures to make them larger.

Thank you so very much for joining me today!  Please leave me a comment and tell me what you think of my cards.  I love to hear what you think!

Happy Stamping,


Scalloped Card --
Stamps:    Artistic Etchings, Simple Delights both by SU; With Gratitude by Flourishes
Paper:  Sahara Sand, Bravo Burgundy
Ink:  Versamark
Punch:  Doily Lace by Martha Stewart
Other:  white embossing powder, heat tool, Stampamajig

Bird Card --
Paper:  wedding specialty paper (retired) by SU; Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke
Punch:  Pine Needles by Martha Stewart
Other:  bird acetate die cut by K & Company


Ann Schach said...

Fabulous cards, Colleen! I love the border punches on both of them!

Karen W said...

Just gorgeous and so exciting! Congrats and well deserved!

Bev J. said...

Like both of your cards but something about that redbird card really catches my attention. Love seeing your Christmas decor-I love snowmen and like the bundled up snow couple. Thanks for sharing........

Bonnie said...

Both of these cards are so elegant! I love the simplicity of the white medallions and the bird is stunning! I enjoyed seeing your Christmas decorations. It's always kind of sad to have to put them away.

Tracey said...

Fantastic cards Colleen, Big Congrats on the guest DT well deserved!!!

Emily Keaton said...

Wow, Colleen, you rocked this OTWC color combo!! I love both cards. The layered scallop borders on the top card look so elegant and you framed that lovely bird beautifully in the second card. (I treated myself to that same MS pine needles border punch when it went 50% off after Christmas. :) ) Congratulations on your Guest DT spot with OTWC. You've done yourself proud!!

Emily Keaton said...

PS Thanks so much for sharing the wonderful photos of your Christmas decorations. I love taking a peek into the homes of others!! The vintage ball ornaments are so fun--I especially love the ones in the vintage jar. Cool! :)

Smita said...

I love the card!! the stamp is so intricate and looks great against the dark background!

Your Christmas decorations are to-die-for!! love them all!!

Hugs from India,

Marisa said...

Hoot, hoot - well done on the Guest DT position :) Gorgeous cards and colour combo. Love your decorations too. Your vintage ornament tree is fabulous and just love your group of snowmen :)

Benzi said...

Wow! Colleen, these are just fabulous cards. You really went to the top with these two creations. I love the Bravo Burgundy and that pine needle punch I do NOT have and NEED.
Congrats on the Guest DT position.

I love your Christms decorations. I think we probably like many the same things. I have a large collection of snowmen and Santas. I keep some of them out all year in a chest in the upstairs hall.

Stacey G.-2 Craf-t-4u said...

Both cards are so pretty! Love the elegance of the first! Can't wait to play with these colors this week! They are great!

Deb Hickman said...

Congrats on the DT spot. Two gorgeous cards,I especially like the first one, very elegant. Love the punched borders and that stamped image is beautiful.

Carol Hurlock said...

Colleen congrats on your Guest Designer position. Your cards are amazing. Just love those colors together. So warm and inviting. Your snowmen are so adorable. I need to borrow the snowman in green with the gray and white knitted cap so I can make a I used to make and sell just these types of snowmen back in the 90's when I had my own business. Cute Cute Cute.

Bear Hugs,

Andrea Ewen said...

Yay, Yay, oh Yay for you Colleen! Cant' wait to see your GDT creations, I know they will be lovely for sure! These cards are stunning, that wine color is absolutely beautiful! Congratulations and we're gonna have to get together for lunch real soon!

~Tammy~ said...

Beautiful job Girl! Thanks for sharing your decorations! I love all things vintage~!

Mona Pendleton said...

Congrats on your GD spot Colleen! Beautiful cards! Love the elegance of the first!

Julie Ranae said...

Really beautiful work, Colleen...and I LoVe those holiday decorations. It's been so fun to see what I have in common with each of the new designers and you and I both have a love for vintage ornaments!
Congrats on being a guest designer, too : )

Kathy Jones said...

Congratulations!! You've done a fantastic job with this colour challenge - both cards are absolutely beautiful!!

Susie W. said...

Beautiful cards! And, I LOVE the pics of your decorations. I also collect snowmen. The vintage ornaments are SO pretty!

Arielle H Gordon said...

Gorgeous cards, Colleen! Congrats on your well-deserved GDT spot! I may just have to play this week!

Anne Jagger said...

Your cards are beautiful and I love your Christmas decorations.

Amy Kolling said...

Wow Colleen! Both of these cards are perfect for the OTWC colors! I am loving that first card with the medallions paired with that border punch. And your second card, I love how you've used that pine needle border punch (I have it and have never used it). Thanks so much for being a guest designer with OTWC this week! Your creations are beautiful!

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