Monday, February 24, 2014

Merry Monday Color Challenge

When I saw this inspiration photo that Lesley chose for the Merry Monday challenge this week, I oohed and aahed!

Take a peek


I went more toward the turquoise because that's how it looked on my computer.

It's funny how the picture sticks with me much longer than the words!

Here's my card.


Then I did this one.

I can't decide which one I like best so I'll share both.


The little tags are a CASE from Kristie.  She had added some little tags on my Christmas card.  Loved that little detail that made a beautiful card extra special.

The tree was stamped with Encore Silver and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.
I inked the "balls" with VersaMark then the Tempting Turquoise and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

A little hint.  No matter whether I embossed the tree or the balls first, the balls kind of drifted to the background.  I found the I could scrape off the silver embossing on top of the balls to let them shine through a bit more.  I actually found that out quite by accident.  That's a whole 'nother story!

is in the midst of a HOLIDAY CHALLENGE.

is always a fun place to visit and I have a few snippets on my card.

is to have a sentiment on a Christmas Card.

is Anything Goes.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
just create a Christmas card


I'm so glad you could stop by today.

Enjoy!

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Warmth and Wonder, Teeny, Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Encore Silver, VersaMark, Tempting Turquoise
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Silver Foil
Other:  (Card 1) Silver EP, Clear EP, Snowflake EF (Darice), Oval Frame (Spellbinders), Crystal Effects, (Card 2) Stitched Mats Rectangles (Lil Inker), Silver Taffeta Ribbon, Jewelry Tag Punch (retired)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted




55 comments:

Hettie said...

Loving this Bonnie. The card fits the brief and hopefully the envelope too! LOL!
Gorgeous.
xx

Julia Aston said...

what a sweet tree with the aqua ornaments! The snowflake embossing is perfect behind it!

jimlynn said...

Both are so pretty and I do love that color for Christmas! Love the stitched dies you used (and just ordered mine yesterday!). Beautiful cards!
Lynn

Kristie Goulet said...

LOVE both of your cards, Bonnie! I would love to take credit for this beautiful photo but it was actually Lesley that picked it this week. :) Love that you CASEd the little tag idea. Great touch for your card. Have a terrific week! ♥

Cynthia said...

I can't decide which one I like best either!! Maybe the second one...by the tiniest of smidges?? Love the colors--so icy! And please explain the happy little embossing accident! :-)

Benzi said...

Two beautiful cards, Bonnie. I love turquoise. It would be hard to decide which I like best.
That's a great tip you left us. Thanks!

Irish Cherokee said...

The turquoise and Teal shades are among my very favorites. Combine that with your card making and you have two first class beauties. By the way, the balls on the trees were some of the first things I noticed. You held focus with your design.

Blessings

Karren said...

Two gorgeous cards, Bonnie. I love the rectangle one, but then I'm really having to restrain myself from buying those Lil Inker dies :)

Darnell J Knauss said...

Oh, you've outdone yourself with these two terrific cards, Bonnie! I just sat here and scrolled up and down staring at them for quite a while!! Hugs, Darnell

Notes by Nina said...

Both cards are fantastic Bonnie, I love that little tree.

Deepti said...

OMG Bonnie :) I just love the elegant beauty of ur card, I am looking at it admiring and just admiring, I can't come up with the right words to describe how much I love these cards. Thank you for sharing with us at ATSM!!

Sue Rose said...

Bonnie, I love both of these cards! I love that tree, too! I love how you did your tag, too! It almost looks like it is floating at first glance. Beautiful cards!

Cathy said...

2 gorgeous cards Bonnie, love these colours together, Cathy x

SARN said...

Love both creations Bonnie. Such different looks but both so clean and fresh. Good job!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Bobby said...

Both cards are beautiful in their own way, Bonnie. I love the simplicity of the second one but that frame on the first one is wonderful.

Sue said...

These are both gorgeous Bonnie love the colour you have chosen huggles Sue xxx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I love them both! Although I think I like the one with the oval and embossed snowflake background just a wee bit more.

I usually look at the Merry Monday photo first thing in the Monday so my brain can ponder it all day while I'm working. My brain has refused to cough up any ideas this time around. I'll have to actually look at my Christmas stuff to find out what I'm doing.

Gibmiss said...

Hi Bonnie
Fabulous image.... I cant decide which ilike best.... Both are gorgeous.....
Hugs Sylvie xxx

Lesley Croghan said...

Simple and elegant, and I agree those wee tag sentiments are darling!

Lori said...

Hmmm...Bonnie...I love em both!!! You rocked this challenge - those little trees are adorable ... WTG!

MaryH said...

I can't decide which I like better either. I like BOTH! Thanks for the tip on the silver scrape-off. Now I wanna hear _that_ story! It's probably something I need to know because of my 'crafting skills'. I always love your blue & white(well, Turquoise!) colorways. Very striking and the silver was wonderful with the 2 colors. Like that little tree too. TFS & Hugs

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Oh, Bonnie, this is soooo pretty!!! Love the little touches that make it all sparkle!

Mrs A. said...

Until I scrolled down the post I would have said I liked the 1st one but seeing the second one I like that one more. There is something about the neat squares that draws me. hugs Mrs a.

Katie Melhus said...

These are both winners in my book, Bonnie. Your trees are just lovely, great work!

downrightcrafty said...

beautiful Christmas cards, thank you for joining us and preparing for that Special Time of Year
hugs Kate xx
Winter Wonderland DT
ps I have some new release candy if you are interested :)

Faith A said...

BOTH gorgeous cards Bonnie, but I think I like the second slightly more.

Doris said...

WOW! You sure have all the bases covered with these cards. I have this stamp, but never thought to use it this way--very nice!

Brenda said...

I am loving both Bonnie! They are beautiful cards and I really love the blue color, so pretty!! Hugs!

Loll Thompson said...

Both versions are beautiful Bonnie. I have to say that the second one is my favorite ... I love the stitched borders (those dies are on my wish list) ... and the sweet little tag - too cute! Loll xx

Sue said...

Two gorgeous and elegant cards, Bonnie. Such wonderful use of the photo inspiration. Thank you for joining us at ATSM.

Susan said...

I love them both - I truly could not state a preference!

Sandy said...

Hey - this is definitely two Christmas jewels! Beautiful!
Sandy xx

Alice said...

Both are pretty, but I prefer the second one because the simple stitched rectangles not only frame the tree but also let it (and its ornaments) shine through!

Lee-Anne said...

Bonnie, these are both lovely! I might be a bit more partial to the second one as it's such a beautifully clean design!

Wendy said...

Both cards are gorgeous, Bonnie! Love the colors and your pretty embossing! You did a fabulous job with these! :)

LeAnne said...

Hmmmmm, I like BOTH of your cards...they each have their own appeal! Although I do like those embossed snowflakes on the first one! Shoot, you never make anything I don't like! They're beautiful!

Greta said...

Wow--those colors really inspired you, Bonnie! I love both cards--can't even pick a favorite! So mad at myself for missing the last challenge, although I'm making a holly card anyway--won't miss this one!

Di said...

Two absolutely beautiful cards Bonnie. I love the aqua combined with silver and white - so clean and fresh. And the little tag on the second is really does make it look extra special!

Playing commenting catch up here!

Hugs, Di xx

Jenny L said...

Hi Bonnie,
super cards, and perfectly created too.
I do love the both styles.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Hazel said...

Thanks for entering your lovely card for CHNC challenge 165 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for February - I'd love to see it there too. x

♥Gemma♥ said...

2 Stunning cards Bonnie and love the little baubles on your tree, they are fab!!
hugs and xxx
Gemma

Karen D said...

So pretty Bonnie. I love the stitched frames and the gorgeous wee tree. I love the colour you have used too, so rich. LOvely all round. :-)

Laura said...

BOTH Are Gorgeous!! The blues and silver are pretty together. TFS

Debbie Henderson said...

Both cards are equally fantastic Bonnie. I'm seeing that faux stitching more and more and love the effect!

NJ Stamping Queen said...

Both of your cards are lovely! I can't decide which one I like best. Thanks for stopping by my blog today and leaving such a nice comment!
:) Marie

scrappymo! said...

Two wonderful cards...I love the stitched card best as I am drooling over those dies...Love that stitching!
The tree is so pretty with the embossing added to it!

cotnob said...

Two fabulous cards, I especially love the clean lines of the second one.
Thank you for joining us at Winter Wonderland this week.
Pauline
x

Pat said...

I love both these cards, they are so elegant and turquoise is one of my favourite colours. The die cut mat on the first card is so pretty. and the sweet ribbon and tag on the second is a great finishing touch. Thank you for your lovely comment I really appreciate it. x

Joni nina Andaya said...

So Beautiful in blue!!! Love this a lot Bonnie!

Donna E said...

I like both cards with this great color combination. I love the snowflake background and your tree. How clever to do your ornaments as described.

JD/ Jill said...

These are both beautiful cards in this color combo. Don't ask me to pick a favorite...smile...I like both of them!

Shelia said...

I really like both of these cards, Bonnie. The silver trees with the aqua & silver balls are so festive!!

Susan Joyce said...

Both of your cards are lovely Bonnie, I like the second one most.

Miriam said...

One word: Wow!
They're both very pretty but I like the second one just a little bit better... :)

Christine Barbato said...

They are both so pretty! I couldn't decide which one I like best!

How did you do that faux stitching? It gives the card such dimension, I love it!