Self-challenged

Last week I went to a Christmas card workshop.  I liked the stamp set we were provided, and the paper set is one of my favorites, too, but the cards just did not move me.  I think it is because I like a lot of shimmer and shine on my Christmas cards, or at least bright colors, and these cards weren't really either of those things.  My challenge to myself today was to take the stamp set and the leftovers and make a card closer to my tastes.
There is shimmer all over this card, from the Laser Lustre paper and pearlescent embossing powder to the pink organdy ribbon and the mother of pearl button.  There would have been even more if I had Versamark Dazzle, but I just used regular Versamark for the swirls and corners on the background paper. The little tag is from the paper pack (Reese) which, like the stamps, are sold by The Angel Company.

In addition to my own personal challenge, this card fits a few others:
GingerSnap Creations - Versamark
Crafty Cardmakers - Stitching
Crazy Challenge - Pearls and swirls
Critter - Christmas
Little Paper Shop - Buttons and bows
Stamp with fun - Things that fly


Juliet Arrighi

11 comments:

Chris said...

I like it! I hadn't even seen the Versamark until you mentioned it - I bet this card is even nicer IRL!

Melly said...

Oh this is just fab!
Its a gorjuss simple but very elegant Christmas card! Love the stamp!
Thanks for joining in the fun at Crafty Cardmakers Challenge
Hugs Melly xxx

marsha said...

Elegant Christmas card! Thanks for playing along with the Crafty Critters this week and we hope you will join us again next week!
Hugs,
Marsha
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Shelly Schmidt said...

Lovely card- great challenge and lookie you- quickly becoming a challenge queen! I have never found a CTMH party to attend- love the images you are always posting.

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Very classy & elegent Christmas card
Thank you for joining us at The Crazy this week! Good Luck, hugs Shell xx

Vicky said...

Beautiful card Juliet , I'm sure the glimmer and shire are so beautiful in person , hard to tell in the pix:) the image is very nice too :)

Colleen said...

Very pretty! Thanks for joining us at Critter Sketch Challenges this week!

Moira said...

I love your take on the card.. isn't it fun to take something that you don't like.. and turn it into something you do like!!

Beautiful!

Thanks so much for joining us at the Critter Sketch Challenge Blog! Hope to see you again next week!!

Eiglas said...

Interesting and elegant card Juliet!
Lovely balance and colour pallette.
I love the stitching and that bow too!
Thank you for sharing with us over at Crafty CardMakers this week!
Hugs
Eiglas
x

SmilynStef said...

Lovely holiday design ... ... thanks for celebrating Goth-tober with us at Gingersnap Creations.

Andrea said...

Very great card - wonderful coloring the motiv. Love it. Thanks for joining stamp with fun.
Big hug
Andrea-Emmi41