Wednesday, December 25, 2013

So Very Grateful

I am so honored to be Mary Fish's Guest Stamper at Stampin' Pretty today.  As part of Mary's "Stampin' with the Stars Week",  she wanted us to preview new items from the Occasions Catalog, which goes live January 3rd.

As you know, the Occasions Catalog celebrates spring.  But on this Christmas Day, I wanted to share with you a Christmas card.  So I let my heart take over.  Distressed images, water coloring, and pearls were used to create a card reminiscent of a Victorian post card from the fresh floral set, So Very Grateful. And when your heart guides your hands, all things are possible...

The Stampin' Schach Design Tips:  Victorian...the Stampin' Up! Way
This finished card measures 5-1/2" wide by 4-1/4" long.
  • Colors! Cherry Cobbler, Brushed Gold, and Always Artichoke, paired with Very Vanilla are my Stampin' Up! choices for a Victorian color scheme.  Of course, a few speckles to simulate aging and  delicate scallops, courtesy of the soon-to-be released Scallops Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, add to the Victorian vibe.
  • Snips! My mother had a Victorian scrapbook filled with ornate paper-snipped flowers. Although the floral images from So Very Grateful are not the easiest to snip, they are beautiful when water-colored and snipped out.  I did stamp, snip, and color the larger image twice, in order to "pop-up" some of the blossoms.  Of course, I had to add a few pearls.


  • Banner! The Christmas Greetings sentiment from the Beautiful Season set, had the perfect font for the look I was trying to achieve.  A double curl at one end is achieved by breaking down the paper fibers and separating the layers.  Layering leaves over the top adds interest.
And there you have it.  A different look from a spring floral set...lovingly created for you on this Christmas day.  What do you think of today's card?  Won't you let me know in today's comment? Your comments are important to me, and I thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to leave one.  As always, if you have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time...


Coming Soon:
December 26th...Pals Paper Arts Challenge Card
December 27th...The Best of The Stampin' Schach; New items added to the Clearance Rack

Stamp Sets:  So Very Grateful (Occasions catalog), Special Season (Holiday catalog), Gorgeous Grunge; Inks:  Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Sky, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, White Signo Gel Pen; Card Stock:  Always Artichoke, Brushed Gold, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla; Tools:  Big Shot, Ovals Collection Framelits, Scallops Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge Daubers, Blender Pens; Glitz and Glam:  Pearls

38 comments:

Beth Norman said...

I saw this gorgeous card on Mary's blog and had to come over to visit. Your card is stunning.

B : ) said...

Absolutely gorgeous. And to make a Spring set into Christmas was so artistic. And here I was, still swooning over banners with one curl and you throw in TWO curls. Wow!

Colleen said...

Stunning card indeed.

Wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas

Anonymous said...

Just beautiful!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Ruth Petsel said...

What a beautiful card! You are such an inspiration! Now I have more things on my list that I have to have.Merry Christmas!

Steve said...

I love your card! Truly a work of art! How long did it take to make it? I pinned it & shared it on FB (hope that's OK). I found you from your post on Mary Fish's blog & will definitely be back! TFS. -- Sandy

Kathi said...

This is so beautiful! As soon as I saw this set I knew I had to have it! I love how you have showcased it, just stunning! Wishing you and your family (furkids included) a very Merry Christmas!!

Lynn G. said...

I am going to have to look up in the dictionary some new words to describe your cards. It is beyond stunning, gorgeous, beautiful, lovely; way beyond! This is my new FAVE card! Absolutely love it! And, thank you for sharing it with us!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Oh, Ann...this is just so gorgeous! I love the soft vintage color palette you chose for this...and your ability to see this Spring set as a Christmas card is a testament to your amazing creativity and artistry. The texture, composition and coloring are just fabulous. You truly are amazing! Merry Christmas, my friend!

Vicki L. said...

Ann, All I can say is AWESOME!!!

Debbie Mageed said...

Oh, Ann, I am bowing to the great Star of Vintage Cards! lol This is gorgeous! I am assuming that the white flowers were colored with the gel pen then blended? I would never have thought of using it for fear of ruining it, but this is perfect. I always learn so much from you! Thank you for all you do for the Pals! Looking forward to meeting you!

RaeDeen said...

Stunning, Ann! I love every single detail of this gorgeous card! Merry Christmas to you and yours, Friend!

Tonya Denton said...

As I stated over at Mary's blog, you are the Master of Masterpieces! You have created some of the most beautiful, gorgeous, outstanding, over the top, stunning, lavish, decadent, . . . I've ran out of adjectives . . . cards I've ever seen and all made with SU products I might add!

I LOVE your card!! Merry Christmas to the Schach family and Brody, Muffy, and Lexi!! :)

GerriK said...

Ann, this card is Beautiful!! You are so talented! Thank you for sharing all your beautiful creations all year long. Merry Christmas!

Angie L in Illinois said...

What a beautiful card! Merry Christmas!

Barbara said...

As always, just beautiful. To bad the do not sell the pearls by the pound. I also have a great affection for them.

Barbara said...

As always, just beautiful. To bad the do not sell the pearls by the pound. I also have a great affection for them.

Vicki Dutcher said...

It seems like forever since I popped in! Have a very Merry Christmas!! {Beautiful card}

Anonymous said...

Your card is so beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. Wishing you and your family a very Blessed Christmas.
Cynthia

Mary Fish said...

Every inch is perfection. Thanks for being my guest.

Ann Rosie said...

Beauty personified!!

Julie V said...

Merry Christmas Ann - love your card! It is so beautiful.

Mary Lou Glick said...

Ann, your card is breath-taking!

Annette P. said...

Ann, I think this is your best card ever! And that is saying a lot! Merry Christmas!

Pam Carter said...

As usual you have out done yourself. Your card is beautiful!
Have a very Merry Christmas. Looking forward to the New Year and seeing your creations. Pam

Bette S said...

Absolutely gorgeous! One of the prettiest cards I've ever seen! Your talent is amazing! Thank you for sharing. Christmas wishes to you and yours on this celebration of Christ's birth.

Dale Morin said...

Just beautiful! Great job! Hope you are enjoying your Christmas!

Jen Timko said...

I love this. Gorgeous and such a special card. I hope your Christmas is wonderful!!

Pat P said...

Perfection!

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Stef Perry said...

Merry Christmas Ann!! Thanks for sharing your lovely card today and showcasing the versatility of this stamp set.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous Ann! I love how you turned it into a Christmas card!The sentiment banner is stunning. I love the details. I gotta go check this set out in the catalog but first I need to click on Mary's site and read those comments. I love reading everyone's comments!

Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season!

Chris R. from Iowa

Pat said...

Once again, you outdid yourself. Absolutely stunning card! Merry Christmas, and thank you for all the inspiration you provide all year long!

Nancy E said...

What a precious card and message. I love to hear about your family, two and four legged. I saw your card on Mary's post also. Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

What a great and creative trick, turning spring flowers into a beautiful Christmas card!!

Mary said...

Your Christmas card is beautiful Ann. I love the way that you made the banner. Merry Christmas to you.

Mary

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful card you have created. Love everything about it.

Sherry in MI

Mui Hoang said...

I love it! so detailed and love how you colored it too!

lisa808 said...

Another beauty! Who else would have the creativity to turn this set into a gorgeous Christmas card?!? Love your snipping, pearling, and speckling!

Merry Christmas!