Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Viva La Verve - Sketch #4

Hello everyone!  Can you believe we are just days away from December??  Wow.  My kids keep reminding me how many days are left until Christmas, just like the little girl on the Hallmark ornament commercial.   ;)  Apparently there's an "app" for that on the iPod.

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We went to see my in-laws in North Carolina for Thanksgiving, and stayed four days.  We had a good time, except for someone breaking into my car (while it was parked in their driveway).  My husband forgot to lock the car because it was raining while he unpacked the car on Wednesday.  Sometime in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving Day, a guy robbed another neighbor's car and mine as well.  Apparently, he was spooked away by my sister-in-law as she went down to her car for something, and he left in a hurry.  The neighbor was missing some DVD players and a GPS, and then called the police.  My car had two DVD players and two GPS units, but he left them!  Amazing.  He took my emergency car kit, the one that holds flares, jumper cables, etc.  Weird, huh?  And he took my husband's golf shoe bag, but not the contents inside (guess he was going to fill that bag like the Grinch Who Stole Christmas).  A funny note - the thief left behind his Bail Bond receipt, with his name and other info on it.  Something of an inadvertent calling card, wouldn't you say?  LOL  Hope the cops catch him.  I am thankful he only took those few replaceable things.

Okay, on to my card.  This is the fourth and final sketch for Viva La Verve in November.  Here is the layout:


I thought this was the hardest of the four.  (Check out my versions of #1, #2 and #3, if you want)  I decided to combine this with The Shabby Tea Room challenge, to make things 'easier' on myself.  We are to use whites, creams, silver and glitter, as in the inspiration pic:


When faced with a difficult challenge, I often resort to using lots of 'white space'.  In this case, the whole card is covered in shades of white and cream, with some dashes of silver thrown in.


I could NOT get a really good shot of this, and believe me, I tried.  So here are some close-ups for you to appreciate it better:


This little clear die cut corner from K & Company is actually gold.
I turned it over to find a silver side...just what I needed!
This beautiful little charm is new to me.
Isn't the green stone pretty?
I shopped at Tuesday Morning in North Carolina
and found AMAZING steals on Girls' Paperie kits.
They usually go for $55. I got mine for $19.99!
It's got ALL kinds of goodies inside.  :)
I'm also entering this at 4 Crafty Chicks, where the theme is "snowflakes".  My friend Victoria Lavender is the guest designer there.  :)

Thanks a bunch for coming by today.  Let me know what you think of my card today!

Colleen

Stamps:  none
Paper:  white - PTI; patterned - Lost & Found Blush - My Mind's Eye; patterned - SU specialty wedding pack;
Ink:  Antique Linen Distress - Ranger
Other:  Big Shot; Floral Doily Motifs, Fleur De Lis Motifs dies - Spellbinders; Diamonds and Dots embossing folder - Lifestyle Crafts (formerly Quick Kutz); tinsel glitter - Martha Stewart; clear glitter - SU; charm, crochet trim - Girls' Paperie; pearls; silver corner clear die cut - K & Co; lace - Walmart; snowflake die - SU; silver twine - Michael's

33 comments:

Ellen said...

Colleen thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving your sweet comments! I am also happy you did because now I am subscribed to your blog!! I LOVE your blog and all of your cards so I will be stopping by to see more. This card for TSTR is stunning...

Hugs,
Ellen

Selma said...

Saw this over at SCS and had to come to tell you how gorgeous it is. Beautiful work.

MmSs said...

OMG, This card is more than amazing! I've been watching it more than 5 minutes and I surely can tell you that this is one of the most gorgeous Christmas cards I'd ever seen. Love absolutely everything on it! I even can't imagine how beautiful it is alive.

Marisa said...

Holy moly, girl, this is fabulous!! I have to tackle this sketch and am having a heck of a time even coming up with a concept! You have NAILED it. Totally gorgeous card. Love the colour pallet and all your details are amazing.

Sorry to hear about the break ins but laughing about the "calling card". Have a great day :)

Andrea Ewen said...

Oh, wow...WOW! This card is phenomenal, Col! The winter whites are just beautiful and I could stare at this card for hours and find new, interesting, sweet accents on it! Fabulous job with the sketch...it is certainly packed with awesome detail and so is your card...lovely!

lynn said...

such a beautiful xmas card, colleen! so sorry about the thief-hope they catch him! funny that he left a bail bond receipt!

Noor Nahdi said...

Love the richness of your gorgeous card!!!! Absolutely posh :)

Victoria said...

Hi Colleen, it's so nice to chat with you. So very sweet of you to note me your blog too! Your card is so luxurious, I can't stop looking at it. It's absolutely charming and rich feeling! Well done girl! Best of luck in 4 Crafty Chicks, it certainly won't go unnoticed.
Hugs and Happy Holidays,
Victoria Lavender

Bonnie said...

This is so rich and elegant! I love the silver and white!

Lori said...

Wow, gorgeous card!! Thanks for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks this week :)

Lisa said...

Oh goodness Colleen sorry about the car break in...hope they get the nut! LOVE this card to pieces!!! Pure holiday delight going on here ;)

~Tammy~ said...

Well isn't that rotten? Glad he didn't take as much as he could. Dumb crook news needs to hear about this one since he left his bail bond info. Obviously he wants a ticket back to jail! Sometimes people want to get caught during this time of year if they are homeless. Warmer in jail.

Oh my stars is this ever a beauty! You have such a wonderful touch with additions to your pieces of art. Well DONE!

LeAnne said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! LOVE this....so sparkly & pretty!
Your thief sounds like he should be on Stupidest Criminals!! When we were robbed, he took my daughter's duffel bag....dumped everything out and stashed the haul inside, so you're right, your robber probably needed a carrying case for all the loot! Obviously criminals don't plan ahead!

Janny said...

You ask how it is with the cat. It goes very well she is playful, naughty and very cut.
And I like the white cards. Beautiful.
Sorry for the thiefs I hope the corps caths him.
Janny

Shirley said...

How very very elegant. I love every detail from the embossed harlequin BG to the snowflake die cut and your beautiful sentiment arrangement!!!

Michelle said...

Gorgeous, Colleen!! I love all the die cuts and shimmery accents!! Beautiful snowflake and charm!!

Benzi said...

It's really beautiful, Colleen. Love the charm and pretty green stone. The white and silver are just so easy on the eyes.

Sorry about the thief. I hope they catch him and get your items returned.

Tuesday Morning, huh? We have one here and I almost never go in it. I really need to check it out. Who knows what 'goodie' is waiting there for me. :-)

Debbie said...

Colleen, this is stunningly GORGEOUS - WOWOWOW!!! Thanks for sharing your amazing card with us in the Tea Room :)

Oh my goodness - robbed on Thanksgiving morning in the driveway -- pretty bold if you ask me! Where in NC were you visiting, we live in Chapel Hill near Raleigh!

Tamie said...

Stunning card. I love the snowflakes and the fact that you used only a few colors with the layout is perfect. Thanks for sharing your amazing creation with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Your card is just gorgeous Colleen! Amazing!! And the robber leaving behind his "calling card" is hilarious!! I'm so glad he didn't take anything valuable though!!

Thank you very much for joining us this week at The Shabby Tea Room!

Hugs...
Melissa

Cyndie said...

Oh, triple wow!!! This is just drop-dead gorgeous. I love all the sparkly details--everything on this card combines so well to make a harmonious and very beautiful finished piece. Thanks for the inspiration!

Linda R. said...

So sorry to hear about your car being broke into.. It is such an awful feeling to know someone has been through your things..

Your card is Gorgeous. I just love it!
that little charm is so pretty..

Hugs, Linda

Milagros C. Rivera said...

So sorry about your incident:(
Your card i gorgeous, loving all the textures you have used!

Linda Callahan said...

True confession time: I think Verve challenges are challenging - especially for someone of my ability! And you are amazing - rocked this one with one gorgeous card!
Love every beautiful detail!

Julie said...

Gorgeous card

Maria said...

Gorgeous elegant card, Colleen! Love the charm, so pretty! And, am so sorry to hear about the robbery incident while visting on Thanksgiving. Take care and hugs!!:-))

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

GASP---my breath was taken away! THIS IS GOOOOOORGEOUS, Col! I love that shimmery glitter on that snowflake and those pearls--and that tinsel! OH MY! LOOOOOOOOOVE it all:) BEAUTIFULLY done!

Kelly said...

I just seen this on SCS and had to come take a closer look! A lot of thought went into this and it shows...beautifully done! All of your cards are gorgeous...I'm a new follower and will be a regular.

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, what beautiful details on this! Thanks so much for the extra shots. It's well worth a closer look! So sorry about your break in. That happens constantly here. My husband left his car unlocked while he ran in a store the other day (should NEVER do that around here) and his back pack and prescription sunglasses were taken. Not much in the back pack. Thankfully he'd taken his cell phone out. The prescription sunglasses are no small expense, tsk, tsk.

Anna-Karin said...

Oh, wow, this is absolutely gorgeous! The white cream combo is just wonderful and I love all the different details and the design. TFS!

E.T. said...

This is one of the most gorgeous cards I have ever seen Colleen! I love love love it. Absolute beauty!

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Colleen, I can tell by all the comments that this card was a hit!!! Of course, it is! It is spectacular. What a lot of glorious detail. Your work is phenomenal! Sorry to hear your car got broken into. It always makes you feel violated. He took the weirdest things too!

Emily Keaton said...

Fabulous vintage card, Colleen! I could look at all the special little details you included all day long. Your tinsel glitter looks fabulous, especially as a frame for that pretty lacy snowflake!

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