Sunday, 8 September 2013

Christmas Card Club - Monochrome

It is time once again to post my card for the Christmas Card Club.

Clare chose the theme and it is Monochrome.  It was harder than I thought, but I liked challenging myself with this theme. I thought I had a lot of papers this pinky. reddish, brick colour, but when I pulled them and laid them out, it was apparent some were too ivory looking. I stamped my image on white paper so those ivory papers looked glaringly wrong!

In the end I opted for the easy solution and just used one DP and combined with a printed ribbon. It fits the brief and I do like the DP I chose. I added the K & Co baubles to perk it up a little and since the ribbon and the image both say Merry and Bright, I decided to forgo a sentiment stamp.

Although it does not show, I did add some stardust Stickles to Santa and the stamped snowflakes on the image. I am not great at stamping, as you can see...my solid type stamps always seem to stamp off a little blotchy...I am trying to convince myself that it makes it look more handmade!!! lol

After it was all finished and I was about to take the photo this morning, I decided it was too plain. I added some layered MS snowflakes to sort of look like an easel frame around the image. Then I may have gone a step too far and added one more sort of nestled alongside the baubles. Think I may play with that one a bit more as I am not sure that I like the exact placement. I may even remove it...hmmn...what do you think...
Recipe
Card Base - White square card and envelope from my stash
DP - 12 x12 snippet left over from a scrapbook project, Echo Park, Style Essentials
Cardstock - snippet of red cardstock from my stash
Stamp - from a class at my LSS, manufacturer unknown
Die - Spellbinders deckle rectangle and Sizzix corner
Embellishments - K & Co baubles
Ribbon - snippet of preprinted Merry and Bright ribbon from my stash
Bling - from my stash ( Dollarama originally)
Stickles - Stardust

I am entering this card in the following challenges
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
2. Christmas Card Club - monochrome
3. CHNC Extra - must be Christmas
4. CHNC - layer it up
5. MFP Speedy TV Christmas Card Club - must be Christmas

24 comments:

  1. This is lovely Maureen! I love that image hope your jet lag is getting easier hun take care lots of huggles Sue xxxxxxxxx

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  2. Wow fab card. I love all the detail and the colour you've chosen for your monotone. Love it! Zx

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  3. I think your monochromatic card turned out beautiful, and the non traditional color scheme actually works really well!

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  4. Ooh fab card, such a great design! Love it :o) Hugs, Lisa x

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  5. This is gorgeous No. That paper is perfect or the Santa image. I like it anyhoo and it is a great alternative to back and white :-)
    Hugs
    Xxx

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  6. isn't it annoying when you think you have matching papers but the colours are just a bit 'off'??!

    Your card is lovely, the colours match beautifully, and the layout is so good, too! I love the double snowflakes!

    love Mags B x

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  7. Just step away and leave it Maureen - it's perfect as it is! Brilliant colour matching and a great result!

    Hugs, Di xx

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  8. Your card is beautiful :)
    I like the non traditional colours :)

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  9. Great minds think alike, Maureen! I have to say - red is a great choice for Christmas! LOVE that image.
    hugs your Christmas Card Clubbie,
    Sunny Summer Crafts

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  10. Hi Maureen

    I think your card is gorgeous!!

    Love that Santa stamp very much.

    Great snowflakes too.

    Hope you have recovered from your jet-lag now.

    Looking back over your blog it looks like you had an amazing time.

    Love Jules xx

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  11. Hello there chuckles! This is lovely - I love your embellishments and the image is gorgeous - just right for a monochrome look. How spooky that you nearly bought the same stamp that I used and I didn't notice the British Columbia on the bottom right hand corner - I did see the Canada on the other corner though.

    It's a great card Maureen - just love it.

    Big hugs Sue Pxxx

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  12. This is beautiful, Maureen - what a lovely response to Clare's challenge for CCC - love the colour tones - thanks for sharing for both of my CHNC challenges. You could also share this lovely card for The Glory of Christmas challenge 15: 'anything goes' - I'd love to see it there too, Hazel, Glory of Christmas DT. Hope to see you again soon. x

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  13. Very pretty card! :)
    If you are going by the rule of three design principle, I might remove it.
    But truthfully rules are made to be broken ! :)

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  14. This is so pretty! I love the monochromatic look.

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  15. There is such a lovely vintage feel to this one Maureen, both in the muted reds as well as the image and whole design. Very nice.

    B x

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  16. Hi ya Mo, gosh what have I been missing from your blog...all of these awesome creations and just love this card, it's stunning. Keeping in touch...luv annie xxxx

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  17. I think it is just lovely with your snowflakes positioned as you have them. Also agree it doesn't need a sentiment. On the blotchy Santa image - I have the same problem quite often. Recently saw a tutorial that showed one should take an eraser and sort of 'sand over' the stamp surface prior to inking. I've been trying that on some of mine...?maybe it's making a little difference...can't really be sure just yet. But your image did look quite vintage so I liked it here. (On my Halloween solids, I went over a couple black places with either a copic or a spica - if I wanted shine, I did the spica). Loved this card. Glad you're getting back in the swing. Bet your littles are so happy you're home. TFS & Hugs

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  18. Beautiful card - I like all the details and textures and your choice of colour too. Elizabeth xx

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  19. Lovely monochrome card. The 'C' pile on my blog refers to the dreaded Christmas card stack. A lot of people have trouble even thinking the word Christmas in any other month than December so I abbreviate to just the letter C so not to upset them to much !!!!!! (My daughter being one of them who makes her cards two days before)
    hugs Mrs A.

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  20. Lovely card and h monochrome look is perfect. Such a pretty colour too. Hugs, Amanda x

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  21. Beautiful monochromatic coloured card!I love the Santa image and the ornament embellishments! Wonderfully done!
    hugs
    Glenda

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  22. This is lovely Maureen, that stamp is gorgeous. Carol x

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  23. Whoo-Eee, just saw your name as the winner over at the Playground, so followed the link to pop over & say "Well done!". It's always a happy to see a name I 'know' as a winner at Pixie's. Can't wait to see what you create with the prize! Hugs

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  24. Me again!! Thanks for joining us at CHNC Extra this month. Carol GD x

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