Friday, March 7, 2014

A REAL Challenge...for me

Since I love making Christmas cards, it's no surprise that the Merry Monday challenge has been one of my favorites since I found it last year.  I was so honored to have my card picked as the winner last week & I hope you'll check out my Guest Designer entry for the challenge starting March 10.  This week's theme is Country Charm with Stitches & Buttons.  My first thought was "oh no--2 things I seldom use"--LOL! Probably should have looked for a different stamp, but I've been wanting to ink up this one by DeNami that was in the giveaway I won from Lisa.  I framed it with the double circle, also by DeNami, & colored with markers. Stickles on the flame & berries add a touch of sparkle.  I used the Tim Holtz woodgrain embossing folder & hand stitched with floss to try & get something of a country feel. Gingham would be more country, but I don't have one with the right shades of red & green.  This striped ribbon matches & is a favorite I seldom use. Some cards have to be re-done before being sent out.  

What do you think?  Is the woodgrain with stitching too foreign to the sweet image? I'm adding this to Pixies Snippets Playground. Glad you took time to come by. Beautiful sunny day after wind & rain yesterday, but that's typical for Oregon & I'm not complaining!
  

26 comments:

  1. So happy to see you stamp get inky Greta! I think the woodgrain totally works with this. The little lantern reminds me of outdoor lights. So this could be hanging on a front porch! Cute card ;)

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  2. I don't think it's too much, Great. I love the added texture. It is really a pretty design and fabulous stitching! (I sat this one out, lol!) I'm looking forward to your creation for your GD spot next week!! Congratulations!! Have a wonderful weekend! Are you seeing the puppies again? Have you picked on out? Hugs, Darnell

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  3. I love that stamp Greta, and I think you put together a fantastic card. Enjoy your weekend!

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  4. I think the whole design works beautifully Greta, very rustic!!

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  5. You did a great job with this. I love the stamp and the way you highlighted it. Your stitches are so neat and uniform.

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  6. Very cute card, Greta. Yes the woodgrain is wonderful for the background! The stitching is fabulous!! Great card for the chaqllenge3!

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  7. Love the pretty image you used and the stitching looks perfect. The ribbon and button add just the right touch against the woodgrain background. Great job, Greta!!

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  8. I think this is perfect, Greta! I love that stitching and the sweet image! Thanks for sharing this with us at Merry Monday!

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  9. Congrats Greta! Love the stitching!

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  10. Very cute card, Greta! I agree, the woodgrain totally works with this card. I love your stitching around the card. Thank you for joining us at Merry Monday!

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  11. i think the image looks perfect with the woodgrain and stitching... makes it so charming!

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  12. I love your card!
    It is absolutely perfect the way it is and the stitching is wonderful!
    Thanks Greta!

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  13. Greta this is fantastic, I love the lantern!

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  14. So pretty Greta! Love the embossed background and fancy stitching!

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  15. Works wonderfully Greta! I love this card, hugs, Di xx

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  16. HI Greta, your card is very pretty, I think the woodgrain and stitching gives it a rustic look. Happy Weekend, Shirleyx

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  17. This is so pretty Greta, I love the stitching and the woodgrain gives it a nice rustic feel. xx

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  18. I am not complaining about the weather either. Yesterday was amazing! I think the wood grain and stitching coordinates very well with the Christmas lantern. Definitely has a good country charm to it. Congrats on your winning card last week. That is so exciting!

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  19. This one looks lovely. I like the woodgrain and i love that beautiful ribbon. The colours are so lovely and...you tie a great bow!!!

    Congrats on your win...

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  20. This is so cute, its like a really pretty postcard!

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  21. I have to admit, I had the same reaction to the challenge when I first saw it! But you've done a great job encompassing the theme. Love your stitching! Thanks so much for joining us at Merry Monday.

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  22. I love it! And your stitching is so perfect, gives your card a real home spun look....too cute.

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  23. I think the lantern image pairs beautifully with the woodgrain bg! It does remind me of a lantern that would be hanging on someone's front porch:). Congrats on the guest DT spot!

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  24. Fantastic card Greta, I love the way you added the stitching to your card and this image is fabulous. Thank you joining us for Merry Monday.

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  25. Hi Greta, I love the stitching around the edge of your card, it looks wonderful with the woodgrain embossing. Love the image too. Thank you so much for joining us at Merry Monday.

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  26. Here I am, Ms. Slow Poke again; on the plus side, you have such an array of cards waiting for me to see that I can I dedicate time for a sloooow stroll through the land of beauty and inspiration! This one: gorgeous - and a perfect selection of images and colours for the challenge. The stitching: excellent special touch!! Hugs~c

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