Monday, May 28, 2012

Merry Mondays - Comfort and Joy

Merry Christmas!  I know what month it really is, but I've been in a holiday mood while crafting my cards as Featured Designer for the Merry Monday challenges in May.   


This is the final May sketch, and I can't wait to show you what I made!


I admit that, at first, I had trouble with this sketch.  I made two other cards, using patterned paper scraps, and my critic 13 YO told me "No way."  I guess she was right, because after looking at them, they just didn't seem 'blogworthy'.  Then this winter white confection happened out of nowhere.


I already had a glittered snowflake and a glittered cereal box-chipboard star on hand, so putting this centerpiece together was fast and easy.  The doily die cut is from Martha Stewart.  The cream snowflake patterned paper behind it is part of a Hallmark Christmas card that I snuck into my crafting drawers, knowing it would find a good home someday.  And the lace is from, of all places, Walmart.  Yup.

Have I enticed you to play with us?  I hope so!  Check out what the other Merry Makers have cooked up for you, too:



A big thanks to Lesley Croghan for asking me to be the May Guest Designer at the Merry Monday Challenge!  I had so much fun creating Christmas cards for your challenge, and you are a complete pleasure to work with.  :-)  You're the best, Lesley!

Thanks for coming by.  Have a wonderful day!



Dimensions: 4.25" x 5.5"
Stamps: Bright Spirits - Verve
Paper: white - PTI; Very Vanilla, white stripe - SU; piece of a Hallmark card (snowflake pattern)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko; Walnut Stain Distress - Ranger
Fibers: twine - Creative Impressions; lace - Walmart
Other: cereal box chipboard; clear glitter, silver tinsel glitter, doily die cut, Himalayan snowflake punch - Martha Stewart; pearls - Queen & Co.; Dotted Scallop punch - EK Success
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41 comments:

Donna Bowman said...

Gorgeous Colleen!! Love the sparkly star and the beautiful creamy color scheme! I've got to get started on mine now!

~Tammy~ said...

So pretty and elegant Col! I have that lace too I forgot all about it till today! :-)

Lesley said...

Stunning card Colleen! Thanks for being such a wonderful featured designer!!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Gorgeousness!! That lace is divine~

Marisa said...

Love white on white cards and this one is wonderful! The glittered star is perfect and the lace is lovely.

~amy~ said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!!

Tenia Nelson said...

Just gorgeous!!!!

Martha H. said...

WOW! ... another beautiful card. I didn't realize Walmart has gorgeous ribbon!

Hugs,
Martha H.

Patti said...

Love the beautiful winter look you achieved with this card. The lace looks like it could be snowflakes.

Annette said...

wow this is stunning...it might just be one of my favorites...great design...it is so elegant..

LeAnne said...

WOW WOW WOW---that's all I can say! That little sparkly embellishment is over the top---the lace is gorgeous---and how "green" are you, reusing a card for your BG!!! Awesome creation, I just love it!

Anonymous said...

"COOL" - enough said!

Chris R. from Iowa

Jennifer said...

Love this card, it's absolutely gorgeous!

Karen McAlpine said...

Love the white on white!! That lace is yummy!!

Notes by Nina said...

Your card is stunning, I love all the pretty cream and lace. The snowflake element is fabulous.

Lisa said...

You've just reminded me again to check out the fabric dept. at Walmart! I love this one Colleen, the lace the tinsel look under your sweet star...ALL of it is just SPLENDID indeed!!

Joanna M. said...

Just beautiful Colleen! So pretty with the cream and lace! Love the star! Hugs, Joanna

Bonnie said...

Another awesome Christmas card, Colleen! I love the white and vanilla together and the sparkle of the snowflake. And that lace is perfect. Thanks for the inspiration.

nwilliams6 said...

Wow - this is certainly blog-worthy! I love the sweet little touches on this and that gorgeous Walmart lace. What a great Christmas card - elegant, a bit vintage, and definitely special. Hugz!!!

Deb Hickman said...

Stunning card, love the muted colour with the pop of glitter. Deb xx

Sandie Edwards said...

So pretty, love the sparkly centre of the star! and I love, love, love that string bow.. need to know how to make one too...! SO nice!

Denise Marzec said...

Wowwwwwwww, this is SOOOOOOO gorgeous!! Love all the lace and that glittery star!

Andrea Ewen said...

Oh, I am definitely diggin' that winter white! Beautiful card, Colleen...just the right amount of lace and glitter! You should hire your 'critiquer' full time, lol! :)

Emily Keaton said...

Simply beautiful, Colleen! I love that lace and the sparkly star. This creamy Christmas card is absolute perfection! A fabulous addition to your Christmas collection. :)

Linda R said...

What a gorgeous card. Love the cream color.. Love it my friend..

Hugs~

Leslie Miller said...

It's gorgeous! Good thing you have such a helpful critic on hand. She has very good taste! I find lots of great stuff at Wal-Mart. I can't resist the craft and sewing departments when I go there.

yyam said...

Wow! This is just breath-taking!

Benzi said...

Outstanding!! I love this card and I have to remember the cereal box for making chipboard items...love your star.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

BEAUTIFUL! I looooooooooove that glitter--I need to get some of that! LOVE the vintage/white colors! BEAUTIFULLY done, COL:)

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE your winter white BEAUTIFUL card! That star is GORGEOUS and your lace is perfect! FAB card, Colleen!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fabulous card Colleen. Love the soft tones, the lace... the star looks so pretty with glitter on top.

Marie said...

Utterly beautiful and elegant, Colleen. Great soft, delicate colors.

Wendy said...

Such a beautiful Christmas card, Colleen! I love the you reused things on this! The white and vanilla just go wonderfully together and the lace, linen thread, glitter and pearls add such a nice touch! Love it! :)
Thank you for joining us this past month over at the Merry Monday Challenges! I hope we see you continuing to make those beautiful holiday cards each week! :)
And on a personal note, i'd like to say Thank You for all your kind thoughts over on my blog on the loss of Fluffy. Means alot to know others care....

Maria said...

Wow!!! What a sparkled treasure this card is, Colleen! I just LOVE it!!! The star, dp, doily, and lace are pure eye candy! A very stunning card. One of my favs...great job!!! Take care and have a wonderful weekend, hugs!!

Ellen said...

OMG! Walmart? That lace really has me drooling. Confection is the perfect description for this card; just yummy!
Hugs,
Ellen

Jinny Newlin said...

Love, love, LOVE the monochromatic look of this one with the lace and shimmer! Absolutely stunning! I really should play along over there some time.

Larissa Heskett said...

OH MY AWESOMENESS!! =)
I am in LOVE with this card!! The fun rusted star covered in glitter!! That lace and well just EVERYTHING!! Thanks for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

E.T. said...

oh my word! Colleeeeeeeeeeen! This is gorgeous!!! So so so beautiful. Absolutely love this!

Narelle Farrugia said...

Wow - this is stunning Colleen! Love the clean-ness of all that white! I'm in love with your style have loved seeing your cards at Merry Monday.

Leigh S-B - The Sharpie Domino Queen said...

Hello Colleen! Stopped by to say Hi and to admire this wonderful Christmas card, WOW, I love this one ;0)

Anna-Karin said...

Wow, this card is so gorgeous! Love it. Fabulous layers, textures and the design. ´The centre piece is gorgeous.

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