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Monday, December 10, 2012

Golden Snowflake

Hello and good morning!

Yesterday was the day of the Annual Christmas Lunch that I've been sharing with two of my very good friends for the past 14 years.  We normally have it at my house with a full English tea, but this year we broke with tradition and had it at C's house instead.  Was a very nice change, and I was delighted to get to enjoy her Christmas decorations in her new house.  G. and I brought a dish each and C. provided additional dishes plus dessert, all of which was divine.  Afterwards, we had our gift exchange, and C's husband snapped a few pics.  We've missed our day only once in all these years, and it is something we look forward to as a break in the holiday hustle and bustle.  

Here are We Three Queens (G., C., and me!).

It was such a fun day that I was inspired to play in my craft room when I arrived back home.  Here is the resulting card.

It is one of the few CAS (Clean and Simple) cards that I have made.  CAS?  Me??  But the challenge was out there, so I did my best.  Of course there is still bling on it.  I mean, let's not get crazy here.

The color challenge was white, gold and one other color for which I used red, a classic combination.  I embossed the first layer with my trusty snowflake embossing folder.   

Frosted Designs is having a 12 Days of Christmas challenge in which I'm trying to play catch-up as I only discovered them a few days ago and they were already on the 5th Day of Christmas.  That, as we all know, means "5 golden rings."  The challenge is to use 5 gold (or yellow) items on your project, so I used a soft metallic gold paper for the strip of paper, glittery gold snowflakes (there are three layered together), ribbon with golden threads, gold embossed greeting, and a golden rhinestone in the center of the snowflake. 

Here is a picture of the snowflake showing how I've stacked three of them in graduating sizes. You can't very well see that there are three, but you can see how I've separated each one with a bit of a dimensional.  And the rhinestone center.

The greeting layers were also popped up for dimension after first heat embossing the greeting using SU gold ep.

And that's it for this card.  One thing about CAS cards - there aren't long lists of materials used.  It kind of stops me short in my description of these kinds of cards.  I do tend to ramble on, but CAS cards beg to be kept short.  Hmmm. . . 

So thank you for joining me today, and thank you C. and G. for a lovely afternoon!  

Until next time, happy crafting!


Stamp: Teeny Tiny Wishes (SU)
Ink: Versamark
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, gold glitter, gold shimmer (The Paper Studio)
Accessories: SU gold ep, gold rhinestone, ribbon, Snow Burst ef (SU), Word Window and Modern Labels punches (SU), SB Snowflake Pendant dies.

Challenges entered:

Oozak Challenge #9 - Anything Goes + Red
Paper Playtime #90 - Christmas Colors
Tuesday Throwdown #126 - White Christmas
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Sparkliscious
Simon Says.... Snowflakes
Divas By Design #64 - Let It Snow
CCEE1249 - Favorite New Dies (New SB Snowflake Pendant)
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge 184 - Christmas
Fussy and Fancy #177 - I Love Christmas
3 Girl JAM Challenge #8 - Christmas Inspiration
Crazy 4 Challenges C4C166- Favorite Holiday Stamps (Teeny Tiny Wishes is my fave!)
Allsorts #184 - White, Gold plus One
Red Carpet Studio RCS#14 - "Frosty the Snowman" (or snowflake)
Creative Inspirations - Inspired by CAS
Pile It On #49 - Pile On the Embellishments
Incy Wincy Designs - Christmas with Snowflakes
Love to Create #45 - Anything Goes
Frosted Designs - 5th Day of Christmas

Getting Started!


Mum of 4 said...

Sounds like you had a very fun afternoon yesterday! That is awesome! Love the picture!

Now onto the beautiful CAS card, I love what you have done! The snowflakes are just gorgeous! Love the color choices too.

Pia S said...

What a lovely clean design! This golden snowflake looks stunning against the all white background! Beautiful!

NanaConnie said...

Shea, this is truly spectacular! Love that big gold snowflake against the embossed background. Thanks for playing along in our challenge at Tuesday Throwdown this week and I hope we'll see you again for our next challenge.
So glad you applied for the DT, too. :-D
NanaConnie TT DT

Lori Apgar said...

What a gorgeous card!!! Love the layered flower!! So glad you joined us at Frosted Designs for Day 5 of our 12 Days of Christmas challenge!!

Lori Apgar said...

Ummm....your golden snowflake looked like a beautiful flower on my tiny pjkne screen!!!

DIANA L. said...

This is so beautiful. Very CAS
Thank you for joining us at Creative inspiration paints.
CI design team member

Lisette Morris said...

Beautiful! Thanks for joining us Oozak challenges.

Ashley Horton said...

This is gorgeous!! Love the embossed snowflake background and the the use of the Gold is really beautiful! Thanks for playing along with us @ Frosted Designs!!

BrendaB said...

What a beautiful card! The gold and white combination is just stunning! Thanks for joining us at Frosted Designs for our Christmas challenges!

Lisa Carroll said...

So gorgeous! Very elegant.. love all the sparkle. :) Thanks for paticipating in our "Snowflakes" challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog! xx

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

So pretty! Great snowflake and color combo! Thanks for joining us over at 3 Girl Jam Challenges! DT Member Carri~Abusybee

Cheri said...

This is absolutely beautiful. Thanks so much for linking up to the 3 Girl JAM Christmas Inspiration challenge.

Cheri - 3 Girl JAM DT

Emma (metalicbutterfly) said...

Great colour combo and i love the embossing folder you have used looks fab!

Thanks for joining us for our white, gold and one other challenge this week at Allsorts :)

Emma xxx

Zenita Smith said...

Such a beautiful and elegant card!!! You are so lucky to be able to visit with friends like that every year!! Thanks for sharing with us at Love to Create Challenge!!

Annie said...

This is beautiful and elegant! I love the gold snowflake! Thanks for sharing your creation with us over at Fussy and Fancy Friday. Ann xxx

Deanne Clarke-Saunders said...

Wow! Gorgeous! Thanks for participating in our LOVE TO CREATE challenge!!

Frugal Scrapper Extraordinaire said...

I really like your take on the challenge over at the Frosted Designs 5th day of Christmas challenge. I have such a hard time making this type of card, but you have definitely inspired me. Thanks for finding us over at Frosted Designs AND playing along with our challenge for December:)

Mian said...

Wonderful and elegant Christmas card with lovely details.

Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us this week at Love to Create.
Best of luck and we'd love to have you visit again!

Love to Create Design Team Member

Wendy L said...

Very stylish card, thanks for joining us at Love to Create. xxxx

Jo Channon said...

Thankyou for sharing this gorgeous card. Love the embossing folder that you have used - perfect for the Allsorts Challenge this week, thankyou for joining in Jo x

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card so classy! Great to see you at Incy Wincy this week, hugs Samantha :0)

3 Girl JAM said...

This is so pretty! You did a fabulous job! Thanks for linking up with 3 Girl JAM.


Jacki Randolph said...

Absolutely Gorgeous!! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Love to Create Challenges.

mum of two said...

What an amazing project! I love the embossing and the glittery snowflake. Thanks for playing with us this past week at Paper Playtime. Hope to see you again soon :)


Kimie said...

Wow, this is gorgeous! Love the gold glitter snowflake.
So glad you got to spend time with your friends for that annual Christmas luncheon! :) Love the picture. MWAH!

Jessica S said...

That embossing looks delightful on the white card stock behind the gorgeous gold snowflake and ribbons. Thanks so much for linking up to our Christmas Challenge at 3 Girl JAM. Wishing you a Happy New Year!
Jessica B.
3GJ DT Member

jessica said...

this is so beautiful!!! love the color combo!!
Thanks for sharing with us over at the 3 Girl Jam Challenge Blog! Hope you had a very Merry Christmas!