Monday, July 9, 2012

Gold Christmas

I've missed the last two challenges at Less is More, and they were great challenges, too.   Happily, I'm able to play along this week and the challenge is to use gold.  Ooh, that's a tricky one for me.  I lean first toward natural colors and second toward bright, happy colors.  Rarely gold.  I don't have any gold ink, but I do have some very old gold embossing powder, so I pulled it out to play along.

I stamped this beautiful Penny Black damask pattern background and embossed the entire thing with gold powder.   Then I cut it down to two panels and mounted them on the card base.  I embossed a sentiment on each and called it good.  Two more Christmas cards checked off the list.  These are very shiny!



I've recently returned from taking a troop of 10-year old Girl Scouts camping for three days.  We lucked out and had incredible weather, which was a blessing as our summer so far has been wet and cold!  The girls had a fabulous time exploring the woods and beaches, whittling sticks, sitting around the campfire, and exploring the historic gun batteries.




I'm looking forward to having time later this afternoon to do some blog-hopping.  See you then!

Ann

26 comments:

Loli. eltallerdelosrecuerdos@gmail.com said...

Hola Ann, great days with the kids!
Amazing damask stamp, stunning card!!!beautfiful!i love it.
hugs from Palma de mallorca

Chrissie said...

These are absolutely fabulous Ann! Brilliant design for a Christmas card!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Rosemary said...

both cards are gorgeous, ann! i have a hard time with gold, too... don't use it much!

Katina said...

Stunning design Ann!
xx

Darnell J Knauss said...

Your Christmas cards are perfectly Christmasy, Ann! I think you should call them "fantastic" rather than "good!" Thanks for the photo share; looks like great fun!

Julie said...

Love the design and the stamp and the colour! Great cards and lovely photos!

Barb said...

these are stunning! what a beautiful stamp...and you've used it to glamorous effect. great design!

Marrigje said...

Great idea! Beautiful embossing. Awesome cards.

Marrigje

Jan Ltc said...

Fab Lim cards & it looks like you all had a great time xx Jan

Meadie said...

Gorgeous cards and such a pretty design x x

Jen W. said...

What gorgeous Christmas cards! Clean, simple and different = I like a lot!

Glad you had good weather for your camping trip. Where do you live? Those coastal pictures are gorgeous!

onecraftymama said...

Wow, camping? With lots of children? YIKES! It's like a field trip for days...although at least all the kids want to be there :) Thank goodness for good weather!
I love the gold cards - the background is gorgeous, and gold is definitely one of my go-to Christmas colours! Shiny is good :)

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Gorgeous embossing Anne, wonderful cards:0) Your photos are superb, artistic, great quality and wonderful memories too, Gay xxx

Bonnie said...

Very elegant! I like the neutrals or bright too, but gold is always a go to for elegance!

Elaine said...

Great cards - nice and quick but very sophisticated looking!

Viv said...

Fabulous cards , well done :) Viv xx

Mandi said...

Gorgeous cards Ann

Looks like you had lots of fun on your trip FAB photos
Thanks so much
mandi
"Less is More"

lostinpaper said...

Your cards are so elegant Ann! Love both versions! thanks for sharing those fab photos, looks like you had a blast!

Dotty Jo said...

This is seriously beautiful! Jo x

Lisa A. said...

Both simply BEAUTIFUL, Ann!! LOVE THEM:)!!

Vicky Hayes said...

Hope you had fun with the scouts Ann - it looks idyllic. I love your cards! The gold-embossed damask strip is wonderfully dramatic.

stamp500 said...

Simply gorgeous!

Allisa said...

Your card is stunning, love it!

Judy1223 said...

Congratulations on being showcased...these cards are FABULOUS!

Jenny said...

Congrats on being showcased with this golden beauty :0)
Such a timeless design and beautiful pattern :0)
Jenny x

Greta said...

I love creating with gold & I'd say you should do it more often--these cards are wonderful! I'm going to CASE them, for sure. By chance are these Oregon coast pictures? Look like Fort Stevens to me. Used to go there a lot, but it's been years. We head to the southern coast now that we're south of Salem.