Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Christmas Card & Blogiversary Winner

I put the names in a basket & hubby drew Nat.  We became friends long ago through the Hero Arts Flickr group & she has faithfully followed my blog. I'll be sending her another card & a little gift to celebrate my first 2 years of blogging.  I appreciate all of you--the sweet comments you leave & the inspiration I get from your work.  By the way, I'm always up for exchanging cards.
Logically, one would make cards for challenges in the order they must be posted.  However, it doesn't always work that way for me.  It means deadlines are not always met, including last week's Merry Monday challenge.  I'm still making a holly card, but fortunately have mine done early for Merry Monday Sparkle & Shine with Aqua, White & Silver.  I used Penny Black stamps from yuletide greetings & christmas harmony.  The silvery embossing powder is an old favorite from Stampendous! called Pewter.  It has just a bit of sparkle & I love the shade of silver. For the aqua I used VersaMagic Turquoise Gem.  I wanted the sentiment embossed even though I wasn't using pigment ink.  It's not a problem if you quickly add the embossing powder.  Debated about using color for the sentiment mat & card front, but decided I like the white on white.  
Expected to add
ribbon or twine, but pearls seemed to be all that was needed. Snippets for the sentiment, so will also add this to Pixies Snippets Playground.  Hope your week is going well.
Edited to Add: SSS Wednesday challenge was made for me--LOL! Adding this card with pearls.



58 comments:

Kailash said...

Gorgeous Greta, the silver and aqua is so bold and striking, love the sentiment at an angle too!!

Linda said...

So beautiful.

Cindy C. said...

It's beautiful!

Bonnie said...

Perfect, Greta! Just perfect! I love this shade of silver too and the pearls give this such an elegance! Thanks for sharing this with us at Merry Monday!

Rosemary said...

holey moley, greta!! this is absolutely STUNNING!!! CAS perfection!!

judkajudi said...

This is stunning! And it took me by surprise ... wasn't expecting Christmas!! hugs.

Debbie Henderson Debbie's Designs said...

This is such a beauty with the diagonal sentiment and the pretty snowflakes! Thanks for playing Merry Monday this week!

rcwidow (Linda) said...

What a beauty!

NJ Stamping Queen said...

Very pretty card--the pearls really jazz it up! thanks for stopping by my blog today and leaving such a sweet comment.
:) Marie

Robin K. said...

This is one stunning Christmas card Greta!!! I really love this color combo for Christmas!

Martha said...

What an absolute BEAUTY this is, Greta! OH, the embossing is fabulous!
I love the pretty color combination & the added pearls!
You rocked the Merry Monday challenge!

Lesley said...

This is a beautiful card, Greta! I love the way you did the diagonal sentiment and the embossing is perfect!!!

Lisa Elton said...

Stunning card Greta!! I love the colors and your clean design. The sentiment placed on the diagonal is perfect!

JoAnn said...

Beautiful card Greta. Love the diagonal sentiment with the white mat. The snowflakes look fabulous.

Stacy said...

This card is fabulous!! Tiffy was telling me tonight that turquoise is her new favorite color. It is an awesome color for Christmas too.

Stacy said...

And congrats to your friend Nat!

Di said...

Totally gorgeous card Greta! I do love the colour combination as well as the sentiment angled across the card.

Hugs, Di xx

Dawn T said...

Gorgeous colour scheme Greta. Lovely card.

Aileen said...

Beautiful card, love that colour combo. Card looks very regal.

joy said...

SO beautiful! I love these colors for Christmas cards. You rocked this one, Greta!

Marybeth said...

Well, it's a good thing you made this in time because it's gorgeous! The week goes by so fast I realize I missed many challenges. Congrats to Nat!

Sarn said...

Super card. Love everything about it xxx

JD/ Jill said...

Lovely Christmas card! You did a great job with those colors!

Emily Keaton said...

Congrats to Nat!!! Your Christmas card is absolutely gorgeous--perfect placement of those pretty snowflakes, and I adore the colors!

Colleen said...

Greta, this is stunning...I especially love the sentiment at an angle like you did, and so glad you kept it white on white because it is perfect! Thank you for you sweet comments on my blog, how far south are you?

Emily Leiphart said...

Gorgeous card, Greta! The pewter and turquoise embossing powders look amazing together!

Kristie Goulet said...

This card is so striking in these colors! Awesome card! Thank you so much for joining us this week at Merry Monday!

Congratulations to Nat!

3treescreations@gmail.com said...

Gorgeous! LOVE those snowflakes!!!

Deanne :)

Leigh Penner said...

Gorgeous card, Greta!

Brenda in IN said...

Stunning card! Love the sparkling snowflakes and the turquoise really sets off the sentiment. So, so pretty.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

This is a very lovely card. I liked hearing more about making the card, how you first thought a colored strip of paper would be good... then maybe a ribbon. It is good to know I'm not the only one who goes through these thought processed. I had some very thin ribbon and was bound and determined it would go on my Merry Monday card, but nope, it never made it.

alexandra s.m. said...

Heeheehee...you make me laugh Greta!
I love it!
it's beautiful and oh so elegant!
Perfect ;))

Joni Andaya said...

What a Beautiful card Greta! So Gorgeous with the color combination :)

walchowDesign said...

Lovely card and love your colour take on the card. Glad that you took white on white for the sentiment as it gives a peaceful look, Greta!

Heather said...

So gorgeous - I[m such a sucker for snowflakes!

Notes by Nina said...

Beautiful card, thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

Scrumplescrunch said...

Hello Greta,
Congrats to Nat.
This is a gorgeous card that has a striking palette to the eye,
Smiles:)
Sue

Shirley said...

Love your beautiful Christmas card! What I really like about it is the non-traditional Christmas colors. It is really lovely, Greta!

Karen Davis said...

Your card is stunning Greta, so fresh. I love the diagonal sentiment strip. Thank you so much for joining us at Merry Monday.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful, elegant Christmas design, I love the snowflakes and how the banner goes across on an angle. Take care, Shirleyx

Nancy Thomas said...

Beautiful scattering of snowflakes and I really like the sentiment on the diagonal.

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, my, Greta, this is exquisite! I love your layout and the beautiful and delicate snowflakes! Absolutely fabulous!

Cat Craig said...

Greta, this is a --- hard to find the right adjective...stunning, gorgeous, fantastic....
Congrats to Nat!

Katie Melhus said...

A very beautiful card, and congrats on 2 years of blogging! Glad you're playing along this week at Merry Monday!

Susan Joyce said...

Stunning! Love every detail, thanks for sharing at Merry Monday.

Linda said...

This is gorgeous. I love how you've got the sentiment diagonally across the card - nice touch.x

scrappymo! said...

This is elegant!!! What a fabulous card.

Kim Heggins said...

Oh my...not sure how I missed this card, so classy and very elegant, I love your design.

Mrs A. said...

totally agree that pearls are all this gorgeous card needs. Hugs Mrs A.

Wendy said...

So pretty, Greta! Love the pretty snowflakes and your beautiful sentiment panel! Fantastic card! Thanks for playing along with us this week over at Merry Mondays! :)

Nat said...

hi Greta, your blog is such a beautiful place to visit, I love it here :) Thank you so much for including me in your draw as I am very excited to my name was choosen. Please thank hubby for me too!!! :)
I also wanted to play along in the Merry Monday Challenges, I like the thought of having all my Christmas Cards made before December. Your design is very elegant with the added pearls and frosty color combo. Beautiful :)

Bonnie said...

Yay, Greta! This beautiful card is our Merry Monday Winner for this week. If you would like to be our Guest Designer for next week, email me at bonklass at gmail dot com and I'll send you the information!

Darnell said...

A beautiful classic card, Great! I just love it!! And I love that you used snippets and that Simon put pearls out for his challenge-just for you!! And, mostly, I love that your beautiful card is in the front window as a WIN over at MM!!! Congratulations!!! Hugs, Darnell

Marybeth said...

Back to say CONGRATULATIONS on your win and GD ! This is a beauty!

cm said...

WOW! I absolutely LOVE this card, so seeing it selected as the Merry Monday winner just made perfect, awesome sense! gorgeous in every way - and now you'll be a GD, so more Greta-greatness coming our way! I sent you a note about my slow commenting (more internet/blogger issues...cold weather, perhaps),so hopefully *that* made an arrival! Off to catch up on your dazzling delights...Hugs~c

Melissa Bove said...

Gorgeous card!! Love the snowflakes! Fab embossing!! So pretty!

Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

hugs...
Melissa

Karen Davis said...

Congrats on your win Greta, such a gorgeous card.

Barb Ghig said...

Congrats on your well deserved win for this GORGEOUS card, Greta! This card is sure to bring a smile to the recipient, too!