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4/26/2015

Christmas Card Club - Stars

Good afternoon, and apologies to my Christmas Card Club teamies for being so late with my card today. It was Mrs. A's turn to select our challenge theme and Valerie wanted to see Stars. A great choice, should be easy right? Yes, definitely -- as I have lots of Christmas themed stamps with stars on them. This is one of those cards that I just should not have attempted, as nothing I did, turned out as planned! Valerie, I didn't want to miss your challenge, so I'll share the 2 best of what I attempted, and I'm not really pleased with either one of 'em - disappointed a great deal because the stamp is one I  like. (Oh yeah, I used Misti too...and the problem was not placement...It was just plain ole MoJo and Me). You ever have one of those kinda days? Here goes:


- PBlack Transparent Silent Night stamp, inked with Versamark, embossed with Ranger Queen's Gold. Very simple, and it _does_ have a few stars! This was the last attempt at making the challenge card.

 
 
- Versamarked the stamp, Queen's Gold embossing over a navy c/s snippet which was to be the focal point of a card. However, it didn't look 'right'...so cut out the elements, applied to some old stars on blue dp. Used an Avery Elle curved die for snow hills, applied Stickles and then some Sparkle n Sprinkle Twinkling Clouds for the snow. Stickles applied to the angel and large star. Again, not happy with the look.
 
There were a few other attempts, with the ones I've shared being the best of the lot. I think I'll leave off trying to make any cards for a few days (oh well, I do have one started for Rudolph Day that needs to be finished), and just do some cleaning. You can't mess up too much if you're just cleaning stamps, putting schtuff away, right????
 
Anyway, thanks for all the encouraging words about DH. Right now it's good days & bad days..sometimes some of both in the same day. He sees the gastrologist tomorrow afternoon, but since the doctor is tied up in surgery all week, we will be seeing the Physician's Assistant. We've seen him before, and like him - but this time I'd be happier if we saw the doctor. However, it can't be helped, so we'll take the one who's available just now.
 
Do please check out all the inspiring cards that my Christmas Club teammates have shared for Mrs. A's Stars Challenge. Their links are shown in the side bar, and I KNOW you will see some fantastic cards! Thanks for popping by. Big Hugs. 


41 comments:

Sue said...

Gorgeous Mary :) lots of huggles Sue xxx

Lisa said...

They are both beautiful, Mary!! I love the image and the pretty angel!! Gorgeous Christmas cards my friend!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Sally H said...

two wonderful cards, Mary! I love them both! I am sure your mojo hasn't gone too far. Big hugs and hope Joe gets some relief with the right meds very soon xxx

Gibmiss said...

Hi Mary
These are both Stunning ... Love them both...
Hugs Sylvie xx

Carol L said...

Your cards are both pretty today, and I especially like the blue version - in spite of the "S-word" stuff on the ground! LOL
Sorry about your hubs, but he could still have a kidney stone anyway! I went to the ER in pain, pretty much certain I had a stone. They sent me home, saying I probably had one but passed it as nothing showed on the X-ray. 2 days later I was back in ER, and this time they found what they called a small stone and kept me overnight to remove it. Turns out I had THREE stones surgically removed...ugh!! I can't take pain killers of any kind, so kidney stones can pretty much make life miserable!! I hope he feels better soon!

Mrs A. said...

I really like the second card you are showing. Love the snow effect on it. Do hope they find out soon what ails your hubby. Hope he is feeling a bit more comfortable.
Thankyou for joining in my theme.
Hugs Mrs A.

Mrs A. said...

I really like the second card you are showing. Love the snow effect on it. Do hope they find out soon what ails your hubby. Hope he is feeling a bit more comfortable.
Thankyou for joining in my theme.
Hugs Mrs A.

jimlynn said...

Mary, I think BOTH are beautiful! I love that stamp you used and yes, the placement is outstanding. I know exactly what you mean though about the no mojo and making something and not liking it. I do that daily!
I've been thinking about you all week and wondering how hubby was doing! Will email but do hope he finds out what's going on and gets better.

Lynn

Bonnie said...

You are being too hard on yourself, Mary! Both of these are lovely! I love the elegant simplicity of the gold and white! And the starry sky and textured snow are amazing on the second card! Good luck at the Dr. tomorrow. Hope he can help!

Maxine D said...

Mary I love that first card - and the second os pretty good too - don't be so hard on yourself :-). Praying the DH's visit to the Dr goes well and you get outcomes that can be easily remedied!
Blessings and hugs
Maxine

Liz said...

Two beautiful cards, Mary. I think you're being to critical of yourself, I love them both.

Hope everything goes well for your DH at the doctors tomorrow. xx

Patricia said...

Hello Mary, beautiful cards, they are both very effective.
You are being too hard on yourself. Good luck with the Dr visit. Sending Positive thoughts .
Patricia x

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Hi Mary, sorry to be a bit late getting here, yesterday was so busy with a Christening to attend. I love both these cards, the stamp you have used is beautiful and a great one to have in your stash as it looks very versatile to either colour up or paper piece, 3d decoupage or as you have it here. Hope everything goes well at the hospital with hubby, take care both of you.
Lorraine

scrappymo! said...

I like both of them. Such a different look obtained when you leave the stamp just in outline...or you colour it. I think these contrasts between the 2 cards point out the specific beauty of each!

Great cards for the star theme of Mrs A.

Need to sit and have a wee catch up on your blog. Sounds like your DH is poorly. I have been a bit remiss in getting about visiting and have not been in my craft room much either. Just want to get the gardens built and planted before the hot weather arrives. Too hard to keep the new plants alive when the heat is high!

brenda said...

Bloggers on one at the moment Mary and not showing photos so just seen the thumbnail on my reading list, but looks like a rather nice Nativity scene from there.

B x

dutchess said...

oh Mary you are too hard on yourself they are lovely cards and just perfect for the challenge...that stamp is a keeper it's wonderful so traditional foe Christmas ...I hope things get sorted for Hubby,it must be miserable and not knowing what is wrong is the worst part....fingers crossed and a big hug to you both xxxxxx

Sue said...

Lovely cards.

Hope you have a good start to the week. Sue

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Love these Mary! I especially love that snow in the second one and the DP was inspired! Have a good week! Hazel xx

Shona Erlenborn said...

These are both lovely Mary - you're being hard on yourself. I love the simple gold on white - it always looks to elegant. .... and now that we are out of the snow period, I can even say the snow looks pretty! Hope Joe finds some answers this week.

rachel said...

these are great Mary - you are very harsh on yourself! I think they're fabulous! Big hugs rachel x

Pat said...

Two great cards Mary. The first with just the outline is simple but very appealing to the eye, and the second has lots of added interest with the snow and the stickles and works beautifully. Hope you have a successful consultation, and your DH's problem gets sorted soon. x

Nessa's Crafty Place said...

Hello Mary :)
Well done you getting another two Christmas cards done and dusted!Two very different looks-both of them lovely :)
Thank you for stopping by my new Blog to say hello-i am finally catching up with all my crafty friends in the land of Blog-i am so happy you stopped by so i could find you and come and see you again,
Hope those lovely hounds are ok?My little Jay is doing well-typical older lazy Greyhound girl now(hey,who am i kidding she was lazy as a pup lol!!)
Have a lovely day,hugs,Nessa xx

Brenda said...

We do all have those kinds of days Momma Mary. Sometimes I sit down and just look at everything, get up and walk away cause the mojo just isn't there. Although these cards aren't quite you, they are still beautiful. I love the stamp set you used and I love it in the gold. The white and gold card is just elegant to me, and the nighttime sky has a more realistic feel to it. I love them both! I hope your mojo gets back in the groove for you Momma Mary!! I hope all went well at the doctors too! Hugs, Brenda

Jacee said...

These are great Mary, love the stamp and your design is lovely
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Hazel said...

Mary. Two beautiful very effective cards. Hazel x

Pia S said...

Love that stamp! And you made two such different cards with it too! Perfect for CAS and embellished cards. Use it a lot!! And don't be so hard on yourself:) a handmade card is always more special to receive than a perfect straight and even store bought one.

LesleyG said...

two great cards, love 'em both. Best wishes xxx

cuilliesocks said...

Well Mary I think both cards are fabulous, your are too hard on yourself. They make very elegant traditional cards, hugs Kate x

Pippa said...

I love your Bethlehem stamp. Two very different cards but I think I prefer the plainer one x

pam said...

Two great card designs Mary, we all have these kinda days, nothing goes right, but your cards are really lovely.
Hope things went well for your DH at the doctors visit.
Hugs Pam

Jean said...

I love the stamp you used here Mary, and both your cards are lovely. It's great to see the different looks you can get from one stamp.
I do hope the visit to the hopital went well today and that your hubby gets the treatment he needs to get better soon.
Jean x

Karen Petitt said...

We all have those Mary. Considering that these two cards are beautiful so well done you! We really are our worst critics too lol. Hope you have a lovely week hun Karen x

Faith A said...

You really are very hard on yourself Mary, but I can understand when you have something in your mind and it doesn't go the way you want it. These are cards that I'm sure will be received with great pleasure, they send the message and the image of the time of year. I Love both cards.

Kim Heggins said...

Love them both...so amazing and what beautiful scenes you have created.

Pam Sparks said...

Pretty cards Mary! So fun to see the stamps in two styles! I love Christmas!

Carol said...

Nothing wrong with either of these Mary but I think we all have days when nothing goes to plan! Love the gold embossing on the blue of the second card. Carol x

Christine Harrop said...

Don't be so hard on yourself Mary, you have two lovely cards here. I think we are our own worst critics! Sorry to be so late commenting but I have been up north to visit my sister and just got back. Hugs Christine xx

crafty-stamper said...

Love both the cards and love the snow effect on the second-hope you hubby gets sorted
Carol xx

Zoe Tant said...

Two cards, one theme but so different. Love both and good to see a nativity scene. Zx

Shirley said...

Well, I like them both! I am a bit partial toward the second one, but that's me. LOLOL I am so sorry to hear about your husband. I do hope he is feeling better.

Sandy said...

wonderful Christmas cards Mary!!
Sandy xx