Saturday, July 28, 2012

Christmas in July--(finally!) & a thought from the Olympics

Good thing I didn't try to make this card for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge with hours until the deadline, as often happens with me.  I began this card 3 days ago & finally it all came together today.  I began with this wonderful wreath which is a retired Flourishes stamp.  I white embossed it & then sprayed it with Tattered Angels Scarlet, English Ivy & Iridescent Gold.  Spellbinders Parisian Motifs is die cut from a shimmer white cardstock.  I started out stamping the sentiment from Flourishes A Gift For You set (I think it's on sale & about to be retired, if you're interested) with the Spellbinders Fancy Tags die turned around.  I got a smudge on it & decided I really liked it the other way with it's placement on this card.  The smudged die cut is under this one to make it sturdier, so wasn't even a waste--yah!  I love Brilliance Starlight Black when gray is too light & black is a little too stark.  The card base is a grayed white also spritzed with the TA Iridescent Gold.  Just added gems & it was done.  Feels good to be getting a few Christmas cards done when I'm not rushing at the last minute.                                                                            
On another note: I found that watching the Olympics Opening Ceremony had a special twist for me this year as I've made so many stamping friends around the world.  As the nations were presented it was fun to think to myself--I know so & so who lives there or I have a card or sent a card to that country.  Wonderful to have something where the focus for all of us is on something good together.

9 comments:

  1. Beautiful, beautiful wreath on that colorful background!

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  2. Gorgeous card Greta. The white looks amazing with the spritzed colours. I'm so with you about knowing the countries.... I've recently sent an ATC to Estonia.... so was pleased to know where it was when the team came in. We (or should I say hubby) is channel surfing between the extra 8 sports channels we now have on our SKY. Watching cycling and the equestrian at the moment.

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  3. Hello Greta
    I love the phenomena of agglomerated ice crystals that forms Snow, it always looks so pretty when it first falls; enchanting is the word I would use to describe the feeling, and this card has the same effect, it is just enchanting. It has a warmth and softness, even though you are relaying a cold image. A beautiful card.
    Look out for NZ in the Rowing Greta, we are expected to do well!
    Smiles:)
    Sue

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  4. Just love your sparkly wreath with those wonderful white dies, Greta! I thought the same thing while watching the Olympics opening ceremony! Too bad we don't know people in all those countries, eh?

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  5. absolutely stunning Christmas card, greta!! i love how you placed the one die cut up in the corner... so beautiful!!

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  6. The misted background is beautiful in those wonderful Christmas hues!

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  7. WOW! I love your background misting and your sparkly embossing! The diecut behind everything is such a perfect touch, too - I love it! :) This is the perfect Christmas card :)

    Thank you for Playing along with us in Flourishes Timeless Tuesday!

    ~ Amanda :)

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