Monday, December 8, 2014

Merry Monday: Baby It's Cold Outside

I am thrilled to be this week's guest designer at Merry Monday!!  They liked my card last week. I felt just a little bit guilty, because the card was all about the lovely script stamp - check it out and you'll see what I mean.  It's kind of hard to go wrong with that stamp, isn't it?  But I happily agreed anyway.  This week's challenge is to use silver, gold and white plus one other color.


I have to admit to many false starts with this challenge.  I'm not sure why - what better than silver and gold for Christmas?  I tried starry backgrounds, but I thought they overwhelmed the image.  I tried ornaments, but just couldn't put together a layout that I liked.  Sometimes it amazes how the creative process works, because I was browsing my Christmas sentiments for inspiration - saw this one - remembered the snowflake dies from the same company - saw my cat unrolling an entire roll of Lost Lagoon ribbon - and the light bulb came on!  It was done in about ten minutes.

Baby It's Cold

The top tag layer is vellum and it's soft and lovely in real life.  I stamped the sentiment in regular dye and then quickly applied clear embossing powder for a little shine.  I'd love to have a close-up picture for you, but in the midst of all the other headaches leading up to this card, I dropped my camera and broke the lens. So my pictures right now are being taken with a 15-year old compact camera with very limited capabilities!!  In general, I think the camera did quite well as I typically have blurring issues when I have glitter or sparkle.

I haven't heard a single cardmaker say they were ready for Christmas - so I DO hope you play along with this week's challenge!  (If you are ready - start your stash for next year!)

SUPPLY LIST:
The sparkly paper comes from Michaels.  I stumbled on it just recently and love it.  It's sparkly but not big chunks of glitter so it's fairly smooth - lots of colors and even some subtle patterns.  The silver cord is retired from Stampin' Up.



25 comments:

~amy~ said...

The lost lagoon with the metallic/glitter is awesome!

Happy Dance said...

Stunning card, Kim. Those colors together are just perfect. Love that your cat helped in making this card, lol! Really though, this is gorgeous. Bev

Lesley Croghan said...

Love this colour combo, Kim! The Lost Lagoon looks amazing! Happy you are our Guest this week!
Hugs,
Lesley

Karren said...

I just love everything about your card, Kim - the colors look fabulous together and that layout is superb! In fact, I think you should use it for an upcoming sketch at FMS :)

Lyn said...

Wow Wow Wow................Beautiful card Kim <3 I need to come and stamp with you for a while :) You inspire me all the time

Nora N. said...

This is stunning!! I LOVE the lagoon with the silver and gold. I also like the shiny sentiment. Fabulous take on the challenge!!

Debbie Henderson said...

Love the layered look of your tags and the white space!

Deanne @ Three Trees said...

Love how it all came together!! And your photo looks fantastic for an older camera!

Deanne :)

Valentyna Komisarenko said...

What a wonderful color combo Kim! So wintry!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Your cat is like my hamster! This is utterly elegant and impeccably executed, Kims! It may be my favorite card you've ever done!! So pinning!! Happy Holiday Hugs! Darnell

Lisa said...

Congrats on guesting Kim!! Love your card, so pretty!

Marisa said...

Adore this!

Kristie Goulet said...

So pretty, Kim! Love the Lost Lagoon with silver and gold. Happy to have you with us as Guest Designer! Hugs!

cm said...

The image of your cat unrolling your ribbon, as part of your inspiration, has me mega watt smiling! A gorgeous card in every way!
~c

Bobby said...

I love the mix of gold and silver snowflakes. And I think the photo looks great, but then again I'm using an old point and shoot. What do I know. ;-)

Jen Mitchell said...

Ooh, I love the combination of Lost Lagoon with the gold and silver. What a wonderful, sparkly creation!

Notes by Nina said...

Beautiful, I love pretty snowflakes and fabulous sentiment.

Katie Melhus said...

Kim this card is absolutely fantastic, I love everything about it! So glad to have you with us this week as our Guest Designer :)

Bonnie said...

Don't you just love it when a card comes together quickly? Although it usually happens after hours of struggling with something else. At least that's how my creative process works! Love the vellum and the sentiment is so pretty! I'm so glad you could join our design team again this week!

Jeanne said...

Your card is really lovely! I am just now doing my cards...glad I am not alone in being so late. Thanks for the inspiration.

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Swoon! Kim your card is just beautiful! Thanks so much for being our GD at Merry Monday this week!

Lori said...

This is absolutely GORGEOUS, Kim! It was so awesome having you with us this week at Merry Monday! Have a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year!

Greta said...

This is stunning, Kim! Love your choice for the 4th color!

Susan Joyce said...

Very elegant Kim, love the addition of the Lost Lagoon as your 4th colour and the great sentiment you used. Congrat's on being our Guest Designer this week. Best Wishes for the festive season.

Lisa Petrella said...

This is beautiful, Kim! Love all of the sparkle and the wintery color combo!!