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January 3, 2011

Christmas 2011! A head start!

Happy Monday Morning to ya!

Are you ready to get back into the swing of things?  I enjoy my rountines, though today I have something very out of routine to share with you!

I'm finally going to try to play along with these weekly Christmas card challenges this year!  So here is my first Christmas card for 2011! 

Stamps: Verve Stamps (wildflower)
sentiment: inkadinkado
Papers: SU! cs, Shimmer Ivory cs
Ink: SU! classic pad
Other: Versamark, Ranger enchanted gold emb powder,
Nesties, Prima flowers, MS pearls

I haven't heat-embossed for a while and it felt gooood!  I have admired Verve Stamps but never had the time to play with them...but this year I'm going to make time to STAMP again!   I even used another sketch today, the Verve sketch over on SCS!  

Wanted to mention a new Christmas challenge blog too...


We really enjoyed the holiday times with friends & family!  I have such a grateful heart for all the blessings in my life!  Thank you all for adding to that joy!
God Bless each & every one of you!

Oh, and don't forget the new Paper Playtime Challenge went live this morning with the theme FACES...interpret it any way you please!


Challenges...
Verve Chall - Jan sketch #1
Christmas Card Chall - #5 embossing
Jingle Belles - something old, something new...(old shimmer paper, cs & new Verve stamp)
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - anything goes


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32 comments:

*Vicki* said...

Wow!! This is so stunning Maria!! You are really getting ready EARLY this year!! :) Great idea and it's really beautiful hun!! TFS!!

Patti J said...

Look at you go! 1 down already! Beautiful card, Maria - I love to heat emboss too, and rarely think to do so! Thanks for the inspiration, and the heads-up on the new Christmas blog!

Riet said...

What a gorgeous card Maria.

Hugs Riet.x

Donna said...

Stunning card Maria and well done you for making a start on this years cards! Wishing you and family a Happy and Healthy 2011 and I hope it will be a fabulously crafty one for you too :)Donna x

Jenn said...

Really Pretty Maria!

Jenn
www.jaxbeanstalks.blogspot.com

Marlene said...

Maria = too organized!!!

HA HA HA!! Love the card - but whoa - you are on the ball, lady!

Sharon said...

Beautiful card! Love the heat embossing. I just don't do it enough myself!! :)

coldwaters2 said...

OMG Maria a Christmas card already, lol, sounds like you are going to be well prepared for next Christmas, lol, I absolutely love it, the embossing and design look beautiful.
hugs
Lorraine x

StephC said...

Gorgeous card! So glad you joined us for this weeks CCC!

Jacilynn said...

fabulous! THanks for the heads up on the new challenge.

Pops x said...

This is gorgeous chick, i love how you have done the panels and the big sentiment is perfect, big hugs sweetie love Pops x x

Holly said...

best of luck sticking to your plan- by Christmas next year you will be set to go!
Love the holographic colors on your embossing!

Rosemary said...

Happy new year, Maria! I'm doing the Jingle Belles challenge too this year!

Love your first card, it is so classy and elegant! Pretty colors and I like that embossing.

Rleen said...

Happy New Year Maria!
WOW! Your christmas card is gorgeous! I love everything about it!
Thanks for sharing this new blog challenge, this is a great idea. I would like to join in too.
Have a wonderful day!
Hugs, Rleen

Cheryl said...

oh good for you hun,and what a beautiful card to start with,just gorgoues hugs cheryl xxxxx

Beth said...

what a beautiful card Maria and such a great idea I think I just might join you on your quest as I just love Christmas and hate when it is over.
Hugs
Beth

Christine Riley said...

Hi Maria,

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year :) I love your card today, it's so elegant and gorgeous.

Hugs, Christine :)

Lorraine said...

This is wonderful - those embossed panels make such a great background. It's nice to get a headstart on next year.

lauren bergold said...

oh *WOW* this is gorgeous!!! i love the silver embossing on those lovely blue panels, and you are just SO CLEVER--i thought the stamp was a wreath but it's a wildflower??! it's PERFECT for this, you've totally made ME want to get out some stamps and embossing powder now, too!!! thank you so much for jingling along with us, we're thrilled you've come to play!!! :)

SmilynStef said...

Absolutely gorgeous embossing ... and I love that floral bouquet ... stunning holiday card ... thanks so much for joining our Jingle Belle fun.

Leslie Hanna said...

Love the embossing! Isn't that what sucked us all into stamping in the first place? :)

itsabrt said...

Oh Maria this is lovely I think the embossing looks fantastic, perhaps I may take your cue and play along this year!

Lisa - papergrace said...

Love the blue with the embossing! Super pretty, elegant card. And the sentiment is one of the loveliest I've seen. Just beautiful.

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

oh my sweet friend.....

happy, happy new year!

gorgeous card! my resolution is to make 1 xmas card every time i'm in my room playing - in addition to whatever other cards i make. maybe by xmas i won't be short - lol.

hugs :)

Dawn said...

WOWEE! WOW! WOW! Your card is so pretty!! I love the colors you used!

Marianne@RuffHaven said...

Hi Maria, I am playing along with jingle belles too. I love blue Christmas cards and this one is beautiful.

Priyanka said...

this is looking so gorgeous and glamarous

~amy~ said...

stunning work...love all the glittery embossing...gotta love the Jingle Belles!

Rose said...

this is beautiful :) and so glad you are playing along with Jingle Belles, it will be fun and sure help me come Dec!!

Jeanne said...

Oh this is gorgeous! very inspired! TFS!

Hazel said...

This is a lovely card. I'm glad to see another Christmas challenge blog beginning. I too have started Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge blog - please feel free to add your card if you'd like to - challenge 1 is open until 22:00 UK time Friday 7 January. x

Hazel said...

Thanks for adding your card to my first challenge on my Christmas Challenge blog x