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5/18/2014

Christmas Challenge: A button, 3 brads, ribbon and 1 other accessory

Good evening, and hope that your weekend was just grand. We had some much cooler weather, a bit of rain, but otherwise, all was quiet. I'm still recuperating from my allergy attack and trying to get my energy back.

The challenge over at the Christmas Card Club for this time was chosen by our Miss Zoe: A button, 3 brads and 1 other accessory. With those thoughts in mind, here's the card I created:



- Image is a fairly largish, old wooden Magenta stamp. Used Memento Blue Danube and Paris Dusk to ink up the rubber (added Paris Dusk after seeing the Blue Danube didn't appear as dark as needed). Used Bonnie's Best stamp press to ink the image onto the paper, and it worked well to get clear crisp details of the stamp.

- die cut with largest die of S/B Majestic Labels Eight- which removed some of the edge details of the stamped image.  Used a finger dauber to smudge some Paris Dusk on the outer edges of the die cut, to give a bit of definition as I didn't want to add a mat to this already large piece. Mounted on foam tape.

- 3 tiny white brads in the upper left corner.

- 2 score lines at the bottom of the navy card base; 2 bands of narrow white grosgrain ribbon added between the score lines. Blue 'crystal' button from the old button box stash, added some white twine as a small bow, with a blue rhinestone in the center.

- additional accessory was the stamped SU sentiment, punched with a SU punch, 2 blue rhinestones for trim. Pretty simple card, and this image is a NBUS.

The Christmas Club Card members are listed in the side bar, so if you have time, check out some of the other members' cards for this week's challenge.

Thanks for popping in this evening for a visit, and many thanks for all the comments wishing me a fast recuperation. Very much appreciated. I'm on meds, but may have to get back to the doctor for the usual antibiotic and prednisone, which I've been trying to avoid. Wishing you a lovely week, with great weather, fun things to do with your time. I'll be back as soon as energy levels allow. Hugs & God Bless.

42 comments:

  1. Lovely!! I love all that wonderful blue too. A beautiful card.
    Now, you take care of yourself and get better fast! I know how things like that can zap your energy. Sending hugs!
    Lynn

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  2. Love this card Mary. It has a comforting old timed feel to it. Beautiful.

    Blessings
    Jim

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  3. Lovely card Mary. The image is so beautiful and I love that you did it all in blue. Loll xx

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  4. Fabulous card Mary, especially when your not feeling 100%. Hopefully things start to improve for you soon. Hugs Rita xxx

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  5. Mary, it amazes me all the different beautiful cards the are being made for the Christmas club. And yours is wonderful. Sorry you are still not 100% , take care. Hazel xx

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  6. just lovely Mary what a majestic image and the colours are lovely..and all the bits are there....
    just take it easy now and get better......thinking of you
    xxxxx

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  7. I love your card Mary! That was such a good idea to stamp first and then die cut (clever!), it looks amazing on your card.

    Hope you are soon back to full fitness. Unusually for us we have had a hot and sunny weekend! Hugs, Anne xx

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  8. So gorgeous Mary, i like the image the frame and the embellishments.
    Kevin xx

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  9. What a fantastic card Mary. I love the image which you have then die cut. Love the colours. Love the whole caboose . I really struggled to use the elements that Zoe requested.
    Really sorry to hear you have had a bad attack. Hope your meds kick in soon. Hugs Mrs a.

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  10. Love the monochromatic look Mary. You certainly nailed the requirements. Super image - love the detail in it. Hope you're soon back to your normal self! Hugs!

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  11. You take your time and heal up Momma Mary. Healing takes has it's own time frame unfortunately. I love, love this Christmas card! That is a beautiful image you used and I love it in the blue. It kinda' reminds me of the Currier and Ives plate collection. Do you remember those plates?? Love, love that SB frame, your tiny brads look great up in the corner like that, and I love that ribbon. At first I thought it had dark blue running between the white, until I keep ready. lol Love the dark blue card stock and that button is awesome. I so love buttons. lol You picked a great one for this card-I can't believe how well the color matches your image. Love this card! You got back to the doctor Momma Mary, you just may need those meds to kick this!! Lots of hugs

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  12. Glad to hear that you are feeling a little better Mary. A lovely card today and such a beautiful stamped scene.
    Lorraine

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  13. this is wonderful Mary - a fabulous image - love all the blue too - wonderful! hugs rachel xx

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  14. This is really lovely Mary, and I think the two shades of blue are beautiful, and such a pretty shaped die cut too. The blue button and pretty white brads with the grosgrain ribbon finish it so perfectly. I'm sorry you are plagued by allergies at the moment and hope you will soon be feeling much better. Hugs. x

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  15. What a wonderful, large image! Love it in blue. And what an interesting tool for stamping those large stamps that are so much bigger than my hand! Hope you are feeling better each day.

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  16. What a gorgeous image!! I love that you inked it in blue!! It looks amazing!! And I love the die you used too - adding it to my must-have list!! Beautiful card, Mary!! Hope you are feeling better!! Have a great day :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  17. Oh Mary, I'm so far behind on my blog reading because of the class. I'm so sorry to hear you have been under the weather. I hope this finds you on the mend and feeling much better. I love this stamp and the card you made with it. It reminds me of my aunts blue willow dishes. So much detail and the coloring is perfect to make the image stand out.

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  18. Ooh, Mary, this is gorgeous. I love the colors of ink you used for this card. Now, I have to tell you, I have never heard of the stamp press. But, that is very interesting and I took a look through your link. I have to go back and read more about it.

    I'm so sorry you're feeling so bad and hope you recover completely and quickly.

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  19. Hi, Mary! Hopefully you are feeling a little better each day. This Christmas card is GORGEOUS! Love how the image extends into the frilly portion of the die cut. How did you overstamp with the Paris Dusk - or did you do a 2nd card and discard the first one? It does look like the 2 ink colors show up. So did you overstamp it? Or did you do a 2nd one with both colors? The image of course, is darling, but it is your touches which have brought it to life for me. Pinned! hugs, de

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  20. Lovely card Mary, really like the blue colouring. Hope you are better soon. x

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  21. Wow...this is just gorgeous! I love that vintage Santa. And in that beautiful blue, it is amazing Mary!

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  22. Glad to hear that you are feeling a little bit better, Mary!! Your card is beautiful!! Such a lovely image all in blue and a lot of detail to appreciate!!

    Hugz

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  23. Your card is gorgeous, Mary! A wonderful blue and white Christmas scene!

    I'm glad to hear that you are feeling a bit better and taking your time recuperating. We miss you, but you need to rest and replenish those wells of energy again before you go gallivanting around and commenting. We understand! Big hugs, Darnell

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  24. Absolutely gorgeous card Mary! It reminds me of a Delft tile - stunning in the blue and white because it also reminds us of a cold winter night. I hope you start to feel a lot better soon Karen xx

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  25. Sorry Mary, I've only just seen that you have posted your CCC card. I really do love this stamp - it looks really vintage. The stamp press is a clever piece of kit as well, I haven't seen one of those before.

    Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

    PS Sorry you have been poorly, please take it easy and look after yourself.

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  26. Hi Mary, your card is beautiful, I love the diecut around it.

    Glad to hear you are a little better, sometimes we just have to give in don't we?

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  27. I love the blue !!!! I love the beautiful scene , and the shape !!!
    Hugs,
    Mayra

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  28. Hi Mary
    Fabulous card... Love the colour...,
    Hugs Sylvie xx

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  29. LOVE that image. Mary. You've stamped it beautifully. That blue is just perfect... reminds me of Dutch Delft porcelain. Glad to hear you're feeling better. Take it easy until you feel 100% better.
    hugs, Asha

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  30. Fabulous card for the challenge Mary I'm just catching up on everyones blog LOL I've been taking advantage of the good weather !!! huggles Sue xxx

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  31. I love all the blue - beautiful card for Zoe's CCC challenge - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for May - I'd love to see it there too. x

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  32. Hi Mary

    A gorgeous Christmas card and a fabulous image! Very detailed .. .. I love those sort!!

    Hope you are starting to feel much better now.

    Love Jules xx

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  33. Oh, this is so beautiful, fabulous colours and image, it's a card to treasure.

    Warm hugs
    Maarit

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  34. Beautiful card love the blue image and die-cut frame-hope you feel better soon
    carol x

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  35. Great stamping - beautiful color. I love your intricate die cut - it's spectacular :)

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  36. Beautiful card Mary just ready for the winter season

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  37. Beautiful card Mary just ready for the winter season

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  38. A beautiful card jMary, what a wonderful image. You've made great use of Zoe's recipe. Carol x

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  39. Mary this is a wondeful take on my challenge. I love the 'delft' style colouring and image and hope you'll forgive my lateness in commenting. Zx

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  40. I remember those old ornate Magenta stamps. This one is awesome! You made a lovely card with it. I can feel the winter chill from here.

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