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:

Dana said...

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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ursula Uphof said...

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

Judy said...

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

:)
Judy

Shona Erlenborn said...

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!

Rebecca said...

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

Love From Rebecca xx

Donna Ellis said...

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

Cheryl First said...

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

Sandy Trefger said...

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

Linda said...

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

Andria said...

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

Berni Cuttino said...

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

Glenda Atkins said...

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

Laurian said...

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

Hugs

Laurian

Teresa Arsenault said...

Wow. This is stunning.

Pryn said...

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!

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

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

Mona Eidhammer said...

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

Sandra said...

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

Dawn @ LilyPinkScraps said...

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

jimlynn said...

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

Asha said...

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

Leslie Hanna said...

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

Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

Benzi said...

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.

NancyD said...

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

tiggertastic said...

Good luck in the challenges, hugs Sarah-Louise My Blog - Tiggertastic

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Sketch Saturday , Bearly Mine Designs and Kenny K

Joann Burton said...

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

Mynnette said...

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!!!

Shelly Schmidt said...

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!

Davi said...

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

alicaz said...

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 ;)

Zw@@n said...

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

Dawn Lancaster said...

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

May said...

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

Patricia said...

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