Monday, November 19, 2012

Purple Christmas

Hello everyone!  I hope you had a fun weekend.  Ours was good:  friends had a small party on Saturday night, and it was so nice to gather together.  We rarely get 'out', so this was a real treat!  I also went to the gym with my husband (who goes frequently), my first time in a long time.  I will probably become a member, too.  After losing 30 pounds this year, I have quite a bit of flab to tackle.  ;)

I've got a Christmas card to show you today, in an unexpected combo of colors:  black, purple, white and gray. Because my friend Emily is a guest designer at Scrapbooker's Paradise, I want to play along with the challenge there.  It's a neat one:  CASE Yourself.  That's fun!

First, my new card:


And here is the older (published!) card that I am CASEing:


I used a very similar layout, but flipped the tree location.  Here's a closeup of the purple tree, decked with bling:


I used light gray markers to give a shadow to the tree's base, coloring right over the patterned paper.  The sentiment is heat-embossed with white, so it'll 'pop' against the black cardstock.  The satin ribbon is from my daughter's clothing - it attached the price tag to the article of clothing (she gets so many clothes, from Abercrombie and Fitch, Hollister, Victoria's Secret, and more....I have no idea which store this came from!).


There are two challenges I'm playing in:

  • A Blog Named Hero - Second Chances - I'm recreating a card of mine using more elegant touches, such as the satin ribbon bow, and bling, and sophisticated untraditional colors. 


Thank you so, so much for your visit today!  I appreciate my online friends very much.  It makes the big ol' world seem that much smaller and cozier, knowing you are all out there.  :)



Dimensions: 4.25" x 5.5"
Stamps: Merry Christmas Trees, Holiday Sayings - Hero Arts
Paper: Basic Black
Ink: Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black- Tsukineko
Fibers: gray velvet ribbon - May Arts; purple satin ribbon (repurposed)
Other: white embossing powder - SU; Pine Needles punch - Martha Stewart; Ornate Flourish embossing folder - The Paper Studio; gems - Queen & Co.; Copic markers

31 comments:

Donna Bowman said...

Great Christmas card with non-traditional colors Colleen! Love the purple tree - it is my favorite color!!

Lisa said...

LOVE your pretty purple tree in the precious polka dot pot! WOW that was a lot of P's!! Seriously pretty Colleen ;)

Benzi said...

That really is a fun challenge or challenges. I'll see if I can have time to enter but it is a very short week for me.

I do love your purple tree with the fun gemstones decorating it.
Grea card in non-traditonal colors!!!

Stella said...

The contrast of a black background (love the embossing) and that gorgeous purple tree is lovely to look at. Fab way of case-ing your own card! Love the way you repurposed the satin ribbon:)
XXX

Annette said...

totally gorgeous..love the black background and the purple tree is perfect...love this

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Good for you on the weight loss!! I loveeeeeeeeeee your card!! LOVING the colors and loveeeeeeeeeee that tree!!!!!

yyam said...

What an elegant card. Love the unique colour combo. :)

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Both cards are beautiful Colleen. I love the purple with the black. The tree is a great image. Your published card is a beauty too ! Shirleyx

Virginia L. said...

Love the elegant feel of this card! Beautiful color combo for a Christmas card! Happy Thanksgiving to you, Colleen!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Looks pretty with the purple against the black~ Another fabulous card~

Carol Lucas said...

Just have to say this is oh so pretty! Love the purple tree on the black background. Lovely!

Jennifer said...

I really love this card more than the original, even though the colors are so dark. It really lends a dramatic air to the card and makes it quite elegant for the season. LOVE it =)

Lea said...

Your card is beautifull.

~Tammy~ said...

Stunning as always even "The second" time around! The colors are so rich and beautiful! Fantabulous my friend! You rocked it and will do Emily and the others proud!

Glad you had fun and a nice dinner! We did too! It was a GREAT weekend!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

This is so pretty and what a fun color pallet for Christmas... somehow it works beautifully! Thanks for the inspiration!

Marisa said...

Oooh, love the bold statement this card makes with the black. Great tree and that punched trim is fabulous! You daughter has champagne taste in clothes ;)

Stephanie said...

Both cards are beautiful, but I love the updated, unconventional color scheme of the second! Thanks for joining us at ABNH!

Notes by Nina said...

Fabulous card Colleen, what wonderful colours and I love your tree. Thank you for Playing in Paradise with us this week.

Maria said...

Ohhh...super fun Christmas card in purple and black! I must say I do LOVE it! Glad you had a great weekend! We met up with our son and had a delicious steak dinner. Big congrats on the weight loss! I love walking, but with cooler weather approaching I may get a treadmill for Christmas!:-) Take care, hugs!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

Beautiful as always! LOVE the tree!!

Martha H. said...

Love the purple Christmas tree!

WOW! you lost 30 pounds!! I seriously need to buy some walking tennis shoes and get my butt walking! .... maybe after winter..too cold out there :)

Tracey Sabella said...

Wow, what an elegant card!! Love the purple/black color combo!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Wow, this is so beautiful

Bernadet Rodakowski said...

Wow! So love this holiday card, it rocks!
Bernadet
www.bernadetscraftblog@blogspot.com

Linda R said...

What a beautiful card. That sounds like such a fun challenge.

Good for you getting out to the gym. I really need to do the same.

Hugs

Cindy C. said...

Very elegant Christmas card! Love the non-traditional colours!

Jessi Fogan said...

Oh, I love the purple & black together! So fun & funky! Both cards are stunning - it's nice to look back & see creations that stand the test of time :) Thanks so much for playing with us in Paradise, Colleen!

Angela Fehr said...

I just love how this turned out! I actually prefer it to the orginal because of the dramatic colours!

Julia S-W said...

Wow, I love the black and purple together but would never have thought of doing this. The velvet ribbon is a lovely touch too. I have to say, I like the purple version much more - the other is lovely but the purple and black creates a whole new look.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Juliaxx

Mike McNamara said...

Colleen,

Sent you a FB message. Really like the purple Christmas card and was wondering if I could purchase one. Let me know, thanks!

Mike Mc.

Bonnie said...

Hi Colleen, it was so nice to hear from you today. I have been so busy lately that I haven't had the time to visit and comment like I would like. I'm thankful to have things to do and the ability to do them. I love your purple tree! The "baubles" and bow are perfect!

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