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6/01/2014

Christmas Card Club Nativity Challenge

Good evening, and welcome. The challenge over at the Christmas Card Club for this 2 week period is a Nativity theme, chosen by our sweet Sue J. I have been very MIA lately, and finished today's card this afternoon. Then had to try to photo it, and of course that was a harder task than making the card itself. So here goes:

 
 
- Onyx Star Dream shimmer paper die cut with the S/B A2 Tranquil Moments die. Even though this is quite an intricate die, it cut quite well, I'm pleased to say.  Used a gold gel pen to outline around the die's center stitching lines.
 
- Older wooden mount nativity stamp inked with Versamark Champagne, then embossed with Ranger's Queen's Gold. 

- Britannia Silent Night die was cut from a white c/s snippet; smooshed in Versamark, then Queen's Gold to heat emboss. Had tried using a Wink of Luna gold metallic pen at first, which yielded a very nice result. After looking at the Queen's Gold emboss color and WoL gold, I decided I didn't like the different 'gold tones', so went back to cut another sentiment. Glued over the top of the WoL effort, and was pleased with the raised effect. Also liked the Queen's Gold effort better.

- white pearls colored with the WoL gold in the corners.

- gold mirror paper embossed with an Elizabeth Craft EF & placed under the S/B die cut. The center part of this layer was removed with an oval die - reserved for another use.

- black card base.

Hope you will check out the other Christmas Club members' cards for this challenge. Their links are over in the sidebar.

Have a wonderful Sunday evening, thanks for joining me, and I'm hoping I can be more active this coming week. My energy seems to be slow in returning, so I'm still resting quite a bit, although my physical symptoms from the allergy attack are thankfully pretty much over. Hugs!

47 comments:

scrappymo! said...

So glad to hear you are feeling better. This is a tough time of year for those that suffer from allergies...hope you are on the mend now.

Your card is stunning! The gold is wonderful and so appealing. Nothing like a little opulence for Xmas cards!

Stunning card!

Lisa said...

This is gorgeous, Mary!! I love the beautiful Nativity scene and the gold sentiment!! What a fabulous card!! I hope you are feeling much better and the allergy symptoms are gone. Have a wonderful evening :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

jimlynn said...

So good to see you back Mary and with a beautiful card too! Love that background die you used! WOW! Very peaceful and pretty card.
Lynn

Carol L said...

This was well worth waiting for! Oh my, those dies are just stunning in black & gold! Beautiful, beautiful card, and I hope you're feeling much better today!

Patti J said...

Glad to see you back here, Mary! Your creation is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. Hugs!

Gail said...

Card is lovely!
Sorry to hear you're under the weather!
Feel better soon!

Rita said...

What a stunning card Mary. Hugs Rita xxx

Darnell J Knauss said...

This is a gorgeous card, Mary! Very striking! I'm so glad to hear that you are starting to have more energy and feeling more like your joyful self!! Hugs, Darnell

Sarah said...

What a fab card Mary. The nativity scene looks brilliant in gold. I think we all forget how wonderful embossing powders can be, I have recently been playing with the old heat gun too!! Hope the energy levels soon return xx

Pippa said...

Really like the black and gold effect Mary.

Gibmiss said...

Hi Mary
Fabulous image... Love the Die ... Stunning card...
Hugs Sylvie xxx

Christine Harrop said...

Sorry you haven't been well Mary. Well this is certainly a great card to return with! I love the black and gold; so dramatic! I have this die and absolutely love it. Hugs Christine xx

mamapez5 said...

Glad you're feeling better. I have been out of circulation too so I hadn't realised you had been unwell.
I love to see a proper nativity card for Christmas, so well done on this one. It all works together so well. Love Kate x

~ Jo ~ said...

This card is gorgeous Mary! I love the gold, so striking and pretty die!
Hugs
Jo
xox

dutchess said...

Hi Mary...just love that die cut may have to go on a wish list!...lovely embossing great image....aq beautiful card xxxx

Pat said...

So nice to have you back Mary and with such a lovely Christmas card and I love the dark shimmer paper with the gold embossing. Beautiful intricate die cut background frames that nativity perfectly. I think it is good to take a bit of a break sometimes, and with your allergy problem you obviously needed to rest up but so pleased you are on the mend now. x

rachel said...

glad you're feeling better Mary - your card is just stunning - i love it to bits - very traditional and perfect for Christmas! hugs rachel x

Shona Erlenborn said...

Glad to have you back! Hope you're back to normal really quickly! A lovely card, which using that kind of cardstock will always be a challenge to photograph, but I think it came out great. Love the die cut too. Awesome job Mary.

Brenda said...

I am so happy to hear that you are feeling better Momma Mary. I hope you continue to rest until you get your full energy back. You have to take care of you!! I love, love this card!! Of course I love anything to do with a Nativity scene and this one is just beautiful. I love that die cut of your mat, so pretty and elegant. Your Nativity scene is perfect embossed in the gold. Loving that night time sky too! The gold embossed mirror paper looks so pretty behind that elegant mat too. I think this is another wonderful card to add to your stash for Christmas! Hugs, Brenda

Bonnie said...

This is stunning, Mary! Such an elegant scene! I hope you are getting better each day.

Sue said...

So pleased to hear your feeling a lot better Mary:) your card is gorgeous I love it! huggles and great to see you back! Sue xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Planetsusie said...

Glad you are on the mend Mary. This card is gorgeous - love these two colours together and the gold silhouette stamp is just right as well.

Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

Jean Straw said...

Mary I love this card, it is so elegant with the gold texture showing through the lovely black die cut.The nativity scene looks great embossed in gold as well.
I am so glad that you are feeling better, take care,
Jean x

Mrs A. said...

Glad to hear that your getting over your allergy attack. What a beautiful card you have made for Sue's challenge.
The Britannia word die looks good on their. Hugs Mrs A.

Redanne said...

Lovely to see you back Mary, hope you are feeling 100% soon. Your card is absolutely stunning and the wonderful embossing. Hugs, Anne xx

Brenda in IN said...

Glad to see you back and hope you continue to feel better and better. This is a beautiful card, I love the gold embossing over the gold background.

Hettie said...

Beautiful card Mary. Love that die cut.
Glad to hear you are on the mend.
Hugs
xx

Diane said...

Greetings Mary, glad to hear you are feeling better, wonderful die cuts and design with the pretty gold.

Hugs Diane

Patricia said...

Hello Mary from Dalyan, Turkey,
Not really thinking about Christmas Cards but I like your card, nice image and a great design.
Happy crafting

Patricia xx

Patricia said...

Hello Mary from Dalyan, Turkey,
Not really thinking about Christmas Cards but I like your card, nice image and a great design.
Happy crafting

Patricia xx

Petra Swart said...

Lovely card, Mary!!! The gold and black look great and such lovely dies you've used!! Beautiful!!

Hazel said...

I love thi - strikingly classic and elegant - a super response to Sue's CCC challenge x

JoAnn said...

Gorgeous card Mary. Love the embossed image and sentiment. The die cut background is a perfect touch. TFS
Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your sweet comment.
JoAnn

crafty-stamper said...

Glad to hear your feeling better-take care-Beautiful Christmas card love the gold on the black
Carol x

Princess Judy Palmer said...

What a neat card! I'll bet it is crazy shimmery in real life. Those shimmery ones are hard to photograph but you've done this one proud!

Sheila H said...

Glad your strength is returning, Mary! Your card is stunning. The black and gold scheme is beautiful. The shimmer effect makes quite a statement. You have the most amazing dies.

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Mary,

Oh, I hope you are feeling better. Allergies are a problem here too. Pollen is layered on everything right now.

Your card is beautiful. When I first looked at it the black card stock looked like felt.

Take care of yourself!
Hugs,
Kay

Granmargaret said...

Lovely card. Thank you for your comments on my blog

Darnell J Knauss said...

This is gorgeous, Mary! You did a great job of photographing it considering all the trouble it gave you because of it's shine and glimmer. I hope you are still moving forward with getting over the allergy attack and feeling like yourself again!! Big hugs, Darnell

KT Fit Kitty said...

What a beautiful card, Mary! I love the gold embossing! I really must emboss more! Just wanted to pop over and officially welcome you to our team over at Deedee's Digis! I am following you now! I would love it if you would follow me too:
http://ktdesigns2013.blogspot.ca/
Looking forward to seeing all your crafty makes! Have a great weekend!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful elegant design, it's fantastic! I have been extremely busy and way behind in visiting blogs. I hope you are doing well, Shirleyx

Mau xx said...

Hi Mary, sorry I am a bad blogger these past two months..life is in the way big time!
Love the card, I so love to see Christmas cards with the Nativity on
Hope you are well, I will try to visit more often as life gets easier here.
Hugs Mau xx

Mau xx said...

I forgot to add I was sorry to read you had been laid low with allergy.
hope you are fully recovered now.
Hugs Mau xx

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Glad to hear that you're feeling better Mary, it's a gorgeous Christmas card, the black and gold works so well with the image.

Maarit

JD/ Jill said...

Stunning Christmas card...really like the black and gold together on this card!

Kim Heggins said...

Stunning card...I am so happy that I have these stamps, I will be CAS'ing you. So beautiful.

Asha said...

Wow! This is super elegant, Mary. Stunning! Have a great week ahead!
hugs, Asha