Saturday, November 10, 2012

Victorian Christmas Card

     The Pink Team is posting this week for the Eclectic Ellapu Challenge and our theme was chosen by this week's marvelous Hostess, Berni.  She wants to see creations done in Pink and Cream.  Since she didn't limit it by saying "and no other colors", I had to have a bit of Christmas green.


     That incredible heart-shaped image is a freebie I found over at Graphics Fairy.  I printed it, then fussy cut it with scissors, and added the lace and pearls.  Quick note:  I bought two little containers of those beaded pearl strings simply because they were on sale, with no idea how I might use them.  I'm sure you've never done any impulse purchases like that, right?  Uh huh.  But now that I've used them here with lace, I see all kinds of possibilities.  I used liquid glue and they seem to be pretty permanently affixed.

     Since the sentiment in the image says, "With Best Christmas Wishes,"  I chose holly leaf paper in cream, pink, and green, and a complementing deep pink CS (which I distressed slightly by sanding it) for the background.  I added the corner holly leaves and berries, and felt it just didn't need more embellishment than that.  I didn't want to take away from the heart and the lace.

     I think this is deliciously vintage, though others may feel it doesn't have enough embellishment for true vintage.  I'm very pleased and satisfied, however, and I know just who will receive this card for Christmas.  :-D  Nope, don't ask -- I'm not telling!  She might read this blog post.

     Challenges:
ABC Christmas -- V is for Vibrant colors
Bearly Mine -- Anything goes
Creative Craft -- Special occasion NOT a birthday
Digi Haven Monthly -- Anything goes
Ooh La La -- C is...Christmas
Papertake Weekly -- Anything goes
Shopping Our Stash -- Had to buy it, it was on sale!
Stamp & Create -- Lace
Sweet Stamps -- Christmas
Whoopsi Daisy -- Christmas cards

     Less than 2 weeks until Thanksgiving (for those of us in the US), and I wish I could tell you I was totally ready.  NOT!  But, most of my cards are done and ready to mail.  In fact, those which are destined for Japan went in the mail yesterday.   The rest of them will be mailed this week for delivery to their various locations around the States.

     Enjoy your weekend and Happy Stamping.  (Edited:  Thank goodness this one was scheduled before I got so sick!)  NanaConnie

34 comments:

  1. This is really pretty and vintage. Great freebie find. The string of pearls look good. Thanks for playing at Digi Haven.

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  2. A lovely vintage Conne and so beautifully put together...sure hopw you are getting better, hugs, Ursula

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  3. This is breathtaking. What a beautiful card...Well done!

    :)
    Judy

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  4. Beautiful card, and that little string of pearls certainly makes it even better! I think I might have some of those lying around somewhere - TFS!

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  5. Hi Nana Connie your card is lovely!
    I love the paper they are very cute and Victorian!

    Love From Rebecca xx

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  6. How Victorian-ly beautiful, Connie! A great job! The lace is lined up perfectly - I don't think I could have done that for sure! TFS

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  7. Wow, Connie! This is stunning! The shading on those flowers is amazing! Love the lace and pearls, perfect embellishes!
    ((HUGS))
    Cheryl First
    aka Cafexpressions

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  8. Beautiful! I love that rose digi you found! Thank you for joining us at ♥ Digi Haven ♥ . We’re having a DT call if you’re interested. You can check out the details HERE. We’re adding sponsors and prizes all the time so please check back often and join in. We love to see your designs.
    ~Sandy

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  9. Oh Connie what a fabulous rose and I love the lace and the pearls around it. The paper is gorgeous too. I hope you are feeling a bit better.

    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  10. Aww this is beautiful, elegant vintage. Stunning Christmas card :) x.

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  11. Love the vintage feel of this elegant and stunning card. Simply magnificent. Hugs

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  12. This is beautiful. Love the rose image and the fab lace heart. I think it is very vintage looking! The pearl edging around the heart is a great touch
    hugs
    Glenda

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  13. Stunning vintage Christmas card Connie, love the lace and pearls makes it so special!

    Hugs

    Laurian

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  14. Oh, Connie! This is BEYOND gorgeous!!! I love EVERYTHING about it!!!

    I too am no where near being ready for the Thanksgiving holiday! I can hardly believe it is almost here!

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  15. Your card is soooo pretty and love your Victorian take on this. As far as Thanksgiving goes, we are trying to keep it laid back and small. I guess to some folks it sounds boring. As long as everyone is safe and well I'm happy no matter what the plans are...haha

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  16. Such a beautiful card! Thanks for playing along in our Christmas cards challenge over at WhoopsiDaisy. Hugs...Mona

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  17. As you already know I love anything vintage and this would be no exception! Gorgeous Christmas card Nana. :)S

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  18. Beautifully vintage and so very pretty - those beads were definitely a great buy, they look so lovely here :)

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  19. Impulse buying - what's that!!! LOL!!!

    Connie, this is knock dead gorgeous!! Beautiful image and love the heart frame and all the extras! So lovely and elegant looking.

    Lynn

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  20. What a knock-out card, Connie. So very romantic...that lace trim is just perfect! Very vintage too!

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  21. Perfect use for that string of pearls. I love the lace, too!

    Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

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  22. Such a pretty, vintage card, Connie. Did you say impulse buying. Never! LOL I am the world's worst.
    I sure hope you are feeling somewhat better. Take care.

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  23. This is really lovely! The heart shape is perfect for this design. Thanks for joining us this week at Creative Craft Challenges. NancyD

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  24. My goodness Connie, this is beautiful. I finally for some reason started receiving the posts from you again...lol Now I have bunches of them I will get to them though have no fear...joann sassy raggedy

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  25. Absolutely gorgeous! LOVE that Victorian image--and your elements are amazing! Thanks for joining us at Digi Haven! Hope you join in our DT call, too!!!

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  26. Whats not to love- the lace heart and pearls- are perfect to highlight the fabulous image. Wow! Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stamps for our challenge- and best of luck!

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  27. I love vintage and this is beautiful Nanaconnie! Love the imaage and pretty lace.

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  28. beautiful! love the vintage picture and that pearly string too! Great way to use it (now I'll want some too ;) )
    Thank you for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

    Hugs, Alica ;)

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  29. Beautiful card. Although I miss the vibrant colours for our challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge. Love, Wilma

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  30. NanaConnie, this is just amazing! I love the softness of it!#Hugs
    Dawn xx

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  31. Beautiful card... Gorgeous heart...love the lace & pearls...Fabulous colours... Hugs May x x x

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  32. ooooh, pretty. love the beaded frame around your image!

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