Monday, July 27, 2009


It is time for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge(FTTC26)!!! It is also the last Tuesday of the month so we have a new guest challenge designer with us today. Please give a warm welcome for Deena Perreault(moonrise)!! Deena is challenging us to go monochromatic with our cards. Her challenge stipulations are ONE color or shades of that color along with white or cream cardstock. All supplies and tools are allowed!!! We look forward to see what you do!!!

I decided to make a monochromatic Christmas card with neutrals. I am using Damask, Forest of Trees, and Sleigh Ride sets.

I realized a couple of things about myself while I was making this card. I have a serious obsession with kraft cardstock. Is kraft a color? I find this cardstock works beautifully with every color. It is like kraft is the new black. The card base is actually kraft cardstock. I layered a vintage cream dry embossed cardstock over the top.

For this card, I stamped the damask for the top portion of the background. I used the C1 copic marker to create the shadowed background look for definion and dimension. I stamped my tree in a cream pigment ink and clear embossed, and I used the sentiment from Sleigh Ride. I love stamping cream pigment inks onto kraft and letting it dry naturally or embossing it. Of course, while I was playing around with a layout, I managed to cover up most of my background. I finished my card with some satin ribbon and pearl accents. I love how my monochromatic card looks.

Oh, the second thing I learned about myself....the less color I have on a card the more stuff I think it needs. I used dp, a punch border, layered nesties, texture, sponging, pearls, and ribbon. I hope it does not look too busy.


Be sure to check out the otherFriends of Flourishes Blog team designers
to see what they created for you this week.

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Certainly, pixie appeal!



I am hosting SCS Color Challenge(CC229) today!!! I chose my color combo from a card I did back in 2005 when pixie pink and apricot appeal were new colors. We are using certainly celery, pixie pink, and apricot appeal.

I am using mostly stamping up on this card. I have not used many SU stamps on a card lately so I figured it was time. Please click on the card to see a close up.
I colored the toile blossom background with copics and I loved the look so much I did not want to cover it up. I decided to add some satin ribbon and a silver style hardware framed sentiment with a little nestie label 4 tucked inside. I used a sentiment from Best Yet set. I added little pearl domes in the corner and called it finished.
What do you think? Please check out this blog post for more card info. Thanks so much!!!

Stamps SU Toile Blossoms and Best Yet Paper Black, certainly celery, apricot appeal, pixie pink, gp white INK certainly celery, apricot appeal, pixie pink, palette noir ACCESSORIES silver style hardware, label punch, nesties, copics, glue dots, satin ribbon(Micheal's), sponges




14 comments:

  1. Betty I love your monochromatic card!!! It is gorgeous, and what a great idea to make a holiday card!!! I think monochromatic works best when made with lots of "extras" for texture, dimension etc!! Your color challenge card is so pretty too!! I will have to give that I try if I get the chance today!
    smiles,
    Deena

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  2. Betty - both cards are FABULOUS!!! Totally up my alley!!! I hope I'm on your x-mas mailing list - LOL?? I love the Kraft with White and your CC colors are the bomb!!! Hugs ~S~

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  3. Betty both cards are gorgeous and amazing. Love your work!!!

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  4. Just love both cards...am partial to flowers, though. The bow on your second card is fabulous! TFS

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  5. Wow, love both cards! Your monochromatic card using kraft is fabulous! I love kraft for everything, too! It is the best neutral!

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  6. Oh Betty, your monochromatic card is just stunning, and LOVE your color challenge colors...your card is just so pretty!

    BTW, I go such a lovely card in the mail from you yesterday! Thank you so much...it is breathtaking!

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  7. Both cards are BEAUTIFUL!!!! WOW I just love those scored lines on the first one and the other one WOW gorgeous job with the colors!

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  8. Oh these are gorgeous Betty!! Kraft and White are a beautiful combo! I love the CC card too!! Just GORGEOUS!

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  9. Your cards are quite beautiful, but that kraft and white Christmas card just stole my heart! It's amazing with all the little details!

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  10. Thanks for hosting the color challenge today. You know I must really like you because you got me to use Pixie Pink :)
    Love both of your cards, they are both so gorgeous!!

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  11. Love the Christmas Card, it is stunning and of course your color challenge card is just as beautiful here as it was over on SCS ;o)

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  12. Wow Betty!! These are both Stunning!! Love your kraft card with the tree. Your example for the sketch is d bomb!! I love your coloring and design!! You rock girl!!

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  13. WOWZER, Betty...I am totally blown away!!!! Your Christmas card is sooo gorgeous with the soft colors, scoring, and the white on Kraft is STUNNING!!! I love your beautiful color challenge card, too...sooo elegant with that amazing flowered background and the awesome green ribbon...AMAZING work, gf!!!

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  14. Everything you do is gold Betty and these are no exceptions!!! I love, love, love your monochromatic card --- simply stunning!!!! The second one is beautiful and I love how you used the colours and made that gorgeous background!!

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