Sunday, July 3, 2016

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge: Blessings

The current challenge at Merry Monday Christmas Challenge is to use blue, gold, white/silver.


I ended up with a simple little card, but it took FOREVER.  I almost decided multiple times that this challenge just wasn't going to happen for me.  I started with cute little trees and "treetops glisten" but I was using silver and gold embossing powders which I find wildly frustrating to use so I got annoyed and quit.  Then I pulled out deco foil and was going for blue, silver and gold snowflakes.  I'm not sure what happened with that card except that I couldn't even decide on snowflake dies so that clearly wasn't meant to be.  

Then the light bulb came on in an entirely different direction when I stumbled upon an unused candle die - I immediately saw a golden flame and silver sparkle.  Then I spent another hour or so trying and re-trying sentiments.  I seem to struggle with sentiments more than anything else.  They need to be the right size, the right style, the right saying.  The one I ended up using wasn't really what I had in mind, but it was close in each area.

MM Blessings 2


After the struggle, I decided it was worth it.  In fact, I made four of them to add to the Christmas stash!

SUPPLY LIST

Sadly, there's very little I can link.  The sentiment is from an old Stampin' Up set called Star Studded Season. The sparkly silver and gold is paper that I get from Michaels.  I really like it because it is very sparkly but not as thick and chunky as others so it die cuts well - and there are lots and lots of colors.

15 comments:

KimCreate said...

I feel your designing pain! I hate when that happens. But WOW this card turn out beautiful!!!!!

Susan Joyce said...

Stunning Christmas card Kim! It might have been a painful process but I love every design element. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday this week.

Betty Keefe said...

your card is wonderful, Kim and worth every minute of effort -love that die - someone else used it also and it make such a gorgeous card - might have to invest in it:-) and that sentiment is perfect!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Just love the look of that tall taper and how you pieced it, Kim!! I feel some enabling coming on, as if I need another die - that one is a winner!!

Bonnie said...

I spend more time picking out the right sentiment than I do making the rest of the card. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one! I'm glad you persevered because this candle is AWESOME! Thanks for sharing it with us at Merry Monday!

Nora N. said...

I am glad that you did not quit on this card!! I LOVE the blue candle with the silver. It is the perfect image!! I am with you on the sentiment struggle. I think that takes up the most time when I am designing the card.

Marcia HIll said...

Stunning...absolutely beautiful card Kim! Love it!! :0)

HJ said...

This card is absolutely beautiful! Perfect in every way. Sorry it took a while for your mojo to kick in, but wow! Now you have 4 cards to add to your stash. I need to get moving on mine! LOL! Have a great 4th!

Eliz Stewart said...

Kim...I so laughed after I posted and saw you used the same die! Love how you used the colors...and the sentiment is perfect.

Mary Walker said...

I like everything about the card--the ribbon extending into the frame, gold and silver sparkly paper, blue of the candle, perfect sentiment. It's lovely; worth the struggle.

Linda Callahan said...

This my friend is gorgeous! What a Beautiful die cut!

Doris said...

Thanks for including all the obstacles you had to overcome with this card, Kim. It turned out beautiful! I have had similar challenges where it takes an hour to design the card and 5 or 10 minutes to put it together. However , the design phase is the most fun, don't you think?

Jeanne H said...

Your card is just wonderful - the colors and design. Congratulations!

Lisa said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!

BrendaB said...

This is just beautiful!