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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year, Pt. 2

I know I've already said it once, but...

Happy New Year, my crafty friends!  Wishing you peace, prosperity, hope, good fortune, and puh-lenty of crafting time to your heart's content!  And let me add that I have missed you!!

The holidays are over, no more hustle and bustle.  The guests have gone, the house is, for the most part, cleaned up, though the Christmas decorations haven't yet been taken down.  Hey, baby steps.  And I've once again got time to play in my craft room.  It's been two weeks and I was going through some serious withdrawals there towards the end; however, I had a lovely time with my family and wouldn't have traded it for the world.'s back to blogland and craft land for me.  Yay!

Today's card took a while.  I don't know about you, but if I don't craft every day, I get rusty.  Sounds silly to think that a piddly two weeks would put one's mojo out of sync, but it did, and  it took awhile to get the gears going again.  I wanted to play with the fabulous design team over at The Shabby Tea Room whose challenge this week is "Monogram Madness."  Here is their inspiration photo:

These are not colors with which I usually choose to work, but that's all part of the fun of a color challenge, right?  I was happy to see that teeny tiny bit of greenish blue which I think goes so well with monochromatic browns and creams.  This girl's gotta have color, even if only the palest sort.

First off, I dry embossed the first layer with a wood grain embossing folder to give a bit more "earthiness" to the design, then inked the edges.  Then I heat embossed the monogram using black embossing powder and adhered it to the smallest of the SB Decorative Labels One, then popped it up on a mid-size Labels One which was adhered to a larger Decorative Labels One.  The mid-size layer was painted with Creative Inspirations paint in Tan to give a little added glow.

The upper band of papers is pretty self-explanatory.  The lower band consists of three layers of decorative borders with tiny pearls added to the top layer.  The seam binding bow was wrapped with a very small piece of what I call "rhinestone ribbon" from my stash (bought at Hobby Lobby) as the button I wanted to put there had a shank which couldn't be removed and thus caused the button to flop about very unattractively.  A few pearls at the upper right corner finished this card off.  Again, baby steps.  It's not exactly CAS, but it's not over-the-top the way I often do.  It's somewhere in between.  Or "just right" as Goldi herself would say.

So that's it for my first card after the holiday rush.  I think I'll go back into the craft room and just sit awhile and absorb the quiet and peacefulness of it all.  Or put away the goodies that Santa brought to me.  :)

Thank you for joining me and here's wishing you time to yourself to enjoy YOUR passions, too!

Happy crafting!!


Stamp: Alphabet Set by Recollections
Paper: Flourishes tan, SU Whisper White, Soft Suede, MME A Mother's Love
Ink: Versamark
Extras: black ep, SB Labels One, Decorative Labels One, Dienamics Double and Triple Scallop Borders, CI Paint (Tan), SU Woodgrain ef, SU Pool Party Seam Binding, rhinestone ribbon, pearls

Challenges entered:

The Shabby Tearoom #147 - Monogram Madness
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Totally Mad (no rules) Tea Party (Anything Goes)
The Pink Elephant TPE180 - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz Challenge #52 - Monochrome
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - New Something (my rhinestone ribbon and dp are new)
3 Girl Jam Challenge #9 - It's a New Year, so Anything Goes
CI Paints Inspired By...Anything Goes (Square layer painted with Tan)
Pile It On #49 - Pile On the Embellishments
The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge #191



Cathymac said...

Love the layers on your monogram, Shea...and that bow is gorgeous! Wonderful texture and card design! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sweet Stop this week!

Mum of 4 said...

Yep, my mojo sure left me during the Christmas break! Thankfully, it is slowly coming back. I love what you have done with this card. I love that you added the little touch of color with the bow, it is beautiful. Have a great day! Mwah!!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Very pretty and elegant Shea. Love the monogram and the lovely die-cut frames. Nice colors too. Thank you for playing along with us at The Sweet Stop.

Maria said...

Very lovely card, Shea! Such an elegant design with beautiful monogram! Love the soft color added with the gorgeous bow, so pretty!

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

Just checking in to see what you have come up with since your crafting 'withdrawal' over the holidays. Love the monogram card. Very nicely done. So pretty.

Lisa D.

Elizabeth Hart said...

Such an elegant card with that lovely monogram and that fabulous bow too. Thanks so much for joining this time at the Pile it On Challenge.

Dana Tatar {datatar} said...

Gorgeous card! I love all the delicate punch work. Thanks for joining the challenge at Creative Inspirations Paint!

Kristi S said...

This is so lovely!I love all the die cuts and borders!

3 Girl JAM said...

Shea- this is simply gorgeous! I love the colors- I would use them all the time! Thanks for linking up with 3 Girl JAM!


Anna-Karin said...

Beautiful card! Love the colours and the design is wonderful. Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

OmaGloria said...

Gorgeous! I really like the wood grain embossing! Thank you for playing along with 3 Girl JAM!

Precious Hugs
3 Girl JAM DT Member

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

Your card may have taken awhile but it was obviously worth it! I was just checking on the winners over at Creative Inspirations and you were a winner. Congrats! You deserve it.

Lisa D., TA Team A said...

Gorgeous! i love the colour and pretty design. Thank you for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week. good luck. Hugs, Jill DT xx

debby4000 said...

Oh I love your gorgeous card, such a pretty design.
Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp challenge.

Deanne Clarke-Saunders said...

Beautiful card!!! Thanks for participating in our PILE IT ON challenge!!


Rebecca Daniels said...

Your wonderful card is DEAD-ON target for the inspiration. So pretty!

Thanks for participating in the 3GirlJam Anything Goes Challenge!