Friday, January 11, 2013

Joyeux Noel

Hello everyone!  Happy weekend!  What are you all doing this weekend?  Our 14 YO has a Winter Ball dance tonight at her high school, and she is taking her boyfriend.  I can't wait to snap some pix of them all dressed up.  :-)  My daughter chose a dress that reminds both of us of the singer, Taylor Swift.  It's lovely and feminine without being too, well, you know, skimpy.  I just can't believe some of the dresses that girls wear now.  Yikes.  What ever happened to leaving a little something to the imagination?  Sigh.

Anyway, I made a Christmas card yesterday (yes, I know, I'm either late or early for it, depending on how you look at it!) out of some pieces lying about in the cast-off box.  The sentiment flag is one of those pieces.


It's a little hodge-podgey, I know.  I threw on some embossed bits that have ragged edges on them.  Just trying something different, just because.  ;-)  The damask background is by Purple Onion...this enables me to enter Moxie Fab World's 'Make Your Own Background Paper' challenge. The Eiffel Tower is a Technique Tuesday stamp, and the sentiment is Verve.

I'm also playing at In The Pink:  they want to see LACE and lots of PINK.  Got it covered.  :-)


I know I nearly always say 'thank you' at the end of every blog post for your visit and comment.  But can I just say so EMPHATICALLY this time?  There is a lot of stress going on in my life right now from various things, and that has rather forced me to look at my blessings and count them.  My dear blogging friends are among my many blessings.  I am all the better for knowing each of you!  May God bless you all.



Dimensions: 4.25" x 5.5"
Stamps: Vintage Damask - Purple Onion; Mon Ami Paris - Technique Tuesday; Glad Tidings - Verve
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Blush Blossom, Whisper White, damask pattern behind oval die cut - SU
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Wheat Chalk Ink - Tsukineko; Frayed Burlap - Ranger
Fibers: lace
Other:  Kassie's Brocade embossing folder - Cuttlebug; Postage Stamp border punch - EK Success; pearl/gem tape - Recollections; oval die - Spellbinders; Scallop Dot border punch - Martha Stewart

30 comments:

Karin Åkesdotter said...

Oh Colleen, how I adore your cards!!! This is so wonderful and lovely and pretty and BEAUTIFUL - I need to take an English class - think I use these same words everytime I come here...
Can't wait to see your daughter's dress - sounds so beautiful.
Hugs, Karin

Lisa said...

Oooooh am I with you on the dresses Colleen, some of them look more like a shirt that's a tad long ~ sheesh! Pretty card today, I REALLY like the little sentiment banner and cluster of gems. I'm truly blessed to have you as my blogging friend as well. I'll keep you in my prayers for the stress surrounding you. Big ol' hug coming your way ;)

Marisa said...

Love the EF you used and how you sponged it. Perfect sentiment too :) You are well on your way for next Christmas ;)

Sorry to hear life is so stressful ((hugs))!! Thinking about you!

Can't wait to see the dress and the couple :) Stick to your guns on the dresses - so many mom's don't and it's a shame.

Bonnie said...

This is so innocent and special! Only you could take a bunch of unrelated pieces from the scrap box and create such elegance!

Kristi S said...

So very lovely and romantic!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

WOW, this is so beautiful, love the soft and feminine design. Fabulous.

lisa808 said...

C'est tres jolie, j'aime beaucoup!

Maria said...

Ohhhh...lovin' that Parisian theme, Colleen! Pretty damask and embossed background! Very pretty in pink, indeed! And, I'm sorry to hear things are stressful right now. I'll keep you in thought and prayer...hugssss!

Martha H. said...

Another beautiful card. Colleen! LOVE everything about it!

I hope everything is okay - keeping you in my prayers, my friend.

Lots of hugs,
Martha

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

What a beautiful card, Col!! I love the soft color palette and that gem cluster! FAB:)

Pooja said...

Wow ! This is very elegant card with beautiful soft colors on it ! I liked the use of torn embossed bg.It looks nice !

Linda R said...

Such a lovely card. I don't think you can be to early on starting Christmas cards. I can't wait to see the photos of your daughter all dressed up. And I totally agree with girls being to skimpy now days. They grow up way to fast I think..

Big hugs your way my friend.

Christine L said...

Hi Colleen..

Well I only hope my cast off pieces could make such a fabulous card!! It's gorgeous, with such a fab image and perfect sentiment... and of course I love your lace too!

Thanks for joining in again at In The Pink... hope to see you again soon!

Extra big hugs for your stress.. hope things ease soon.

Christine x

Carole said...

Could be an expression of your life's experience...gathering bits and pieces while trying to bind them together... works beautifully. Take deep breaths and give thanks. Everything will be alright. Hugs Carole

Marie said...

Beautiful card as always! You have vision girl. If I took my cast offs there is no way I old make them look this good! Hang in there - I always remind myself that "this too shall pass".

Anonymous said...

This is totoally magnifque! I really honestly love it! All the elements just meld together perfectly! Just like they were meant to be!

I hope you share a photo of your daughter and her dress with us.

Hang in there...I am sending good thoughts your way.

Hugs!

Chris R. from Iowa

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Another wonderful creation Colleen - fabulous texture and colour, and a beautiful stamped background.

I do hope that 2013 brings you lots of peace and happiness - thank you for joining us again at ITP,
Hugs, Sylvia x

Emily Keaton said...

This is gorgeous, Colleen! I love your vintage design. I count you as one of my blessings, too!!

~Tammy~ said...

Thinking of you! Let's try and talk next week!

This is so elegant and so YOU! Love your background! Love your focal image.

Can't wait to see pics! I know you must be a nervous Mama! I bet her dress is just gorgeous!

Leslie Miller said...

It's never too soon to get started. I've done that, as well, and hope I can keep it up this year. Love the soft colors of this card and how you've paired the image and sentiment. Very nice!

Benzi said...

Yes, I was looking at some of the Hollywood star's gowns on Yahoo this morning. Certainly nothing left to the imagaination there. I'm with Marisa...stick to your guns, Mom. I'm looking forward to seeing the photos.

Your card is beautifully done, Colleen, and in beautiful colors. Love the damask pattern.

Stella said...

Your card is gorgeous but I am also a bit concerned. reading about you and having a lot of stress in your life. Take care sweetie.I am behind with emails; forgive me but I will catch up soon...XXXXX

Sue Lelli said...

So Pretty and Feminine, Colleen! LOVE how you tried something different and made it work so well!

nwilliams6 said...

So elegant and so you. Soft colors, bit of lace, lovely image, and memorable embees (I love that mix of pearls/gems - perfect). Hugz - lots of them!

Jessi Fogan said...

((((Huge Colleen hugs!)))
Stress sucks. Counting blessings is a wonderful way to alleviate that a little bit. I hope the storm passes quickly, Colleen.
About the skimpy dresses...seriously, at the 'grade 6 celebrations' my boys attended I wondered what on earth most of the girls' parents were thinking. Not about modesty or anything like it...12 year olds wearing strapless short dresses? NO THANK YOU. *shudder*
I LOVE the colours you've used for your card - the embossing & edging are so lovely, and the gem cluster on the banner? *happy sigh*

maria f. said...

SQ-wish! Did you feel the big hug?!?!
So sorry to hear things are on the down side right now. That only means they can only get better! I agree with "What ever happened to leaving a little something to the imagination? Sigh.". And I oh-so-agree-with "Just trying something different, just because. ;-)" Beautiful card Colleen.

Audrey Ann said...

OMGracious Colleen - this is beyond gorgeous!!!!!! Absolutely stunning - wonderful colors, textures, gems and pearls - love it all.
Hugs,
Audrey

Marlena M. said...

This is gorgeous Colleen~lovely elegance!
I'm so proud of your girlie for keeping herself covered. There is just WAY TOO MUCH PEER PRESSURE out there. Poor girls~they think they HAVE TO, you know? so sad~

Vicky said...

beautiful! :)x

Cath said...

Hey Colleen! Thanks for linking this up to the Make Your Own Background Paper Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

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