Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Christmas Madness has Begun!

Good Morning!

"Christmas Madness" you say? What is that all about? Well, quite simply that I am beginning to design my holiday cards for this year and for the next month or so that is probably all you're going to see. I always endeavor to have my Christmas cards done by Dec 1 in order to get them all mailed sometime during that first week. The other reason for the title is that this is also my card for yesterday's MMSC #20. Hard to believe there's already been 20 of them. There were a lot of different elements to this card and it took quite a bit of time to put together. I started with a Brocade Blue base and then I took my Cuttlebug and brayered my swiss dots folder with Navy ink before I added my white paper and ran it through the machine. Next, I added two small strips of Kraft to the top and the bottom. I ran a piece of Mellow Moss through the CB. I stamped the tree from "Lovely as a Tree" on White Cardstock with Versamark and Navy ink, and then added irridesscent ice EP before heating. The sparkle doesn't show up in the picture; but it looks really cool IRL! I sponged the bottom of the image with Moss ink and the top with a bit of Bashful Blue. I stamped the snowflakes from the retired set "Frosty" in Craft White Ink. (In hindsight, I should have heated them to try it...but I didn't, so they smudged a bit) I used my CB and petite scallop nestabilities to cut the ovals before I stamped the sentiment from "Best Yet" in Burgundy ink.
That about does it for me. I was really happy with the way this one turned out and I hope you like it as well.


Unknown said...

Hasn't the Christmas stuff begun! I am at it too. I love the purple you used instead of traditional.

Phyllis said...

Very pretty non-traditional colors on this lovely Christmas card!! I love it!! The MMDesign Team thanks you for playing this week and we will be looking for you next week as well!!

Phyllis MMDesign Team

Anonymous said...

WOWZER!! This is just stunning!! Love the purple colors in this and that tree is so gorgeous!! HUGS

Priscilla said...

Well your extra work really paid off..this is just a FABULOUS CARD. LOVE THE COLORS TOO :) Thank you so much for playing the Midnight Madness Sketch challenge this week. If you find the time, please stop back by and check out the Mid Week Midnight Madness “Wood Paper” Tutorial :) and then the “BIG” give away announcement next Monday.
MMSC Hostess

Maria@Crafty Cre8tions said...

Terrific card!!! Wow - you put a lot of wonderful elements in the card! God Bless You for making them so detailed!!! "IF" I made my xmas cards, they would definitely be CAS cards!! Glad you are gettin and early start on them!!

Carol Hurlock said...

Such a fabulous card. I love all the details you put into this. The tree images is terrific. Also, all that embossing is stunning. What a great job you did on this one. So nice to get some Christmas cards done early so you aren't rushing. Thanks for participating in the MMSC challenge this week. Be sure to keep checking Priscilla's blog for all the fun activities this month.

MMSC-Guest Designer

Pat (mspfd) said...

Very pretty! Christmas cards are my favorite cards to make!

Lynn McAuley said...

I am hard at work on the same thing - my Christmas stash for 2009.

I love this purple beauty!! Wonderful work!

designsfromwithinbycharlotte said...

Such a beautiful Christmas card in lovely colors. The image is gorgeous with the sparkles, love the dp and all that embossing! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week.

PS: If you leave a comment on my blog you will get an extra entry into the MM blog candy drawing!!

Michelle's Daydreams said...

Your Christmas card has such an enchanting quality with the colors you've chosen. :) Just magical! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week and you're right it IS hard to believe we are on week #20! How did that happen so quickly? :)
Michelle MMDT