Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Christmas Joy--Color Throwdown #61

Are you ready for another Color Throwdown challenge? This week Tammy chose the colors and I love 'em! She chose Regal Rose, Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, and Old Olive.
It's another sponsor week, as well, and this week we're happy to be sponsored by Gina K. and Stamp TV, who has offered up a super generous prize for this week's winner. Check it out at the Throwdown blog for all the details.

I think this is my first Christmas card this year--and it's about time I got started!!! Gina K. generously sent us stamps and I got Christmas Blessings. OMGosh! I love this set! It's primitive Christmas at it's best!!! I just got the new Eskimo Kisses 6 x 6 pad by Basic Grey and wouldn't you know it--it's perfect for these colors and these images! How lucky can you get!? I love non-traditional colors for Christmas (did I already mention that? ;-)) so I immediately decided to do a pink poinsettia. I stamped it four times with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and colored it with Copic markers. I cut out the layers to give it more dimension, each layer popped up on 3M foam squares. Then I added a mustard colored button to the center, tied on with olive embroidery floss, fluffed up a bit to sorta look like the center of a poinsettia--it sorta does, doesn't it? It's cut/embossed with a Classic Circle Nestabilities die and layered up. I also touched up the edges with PTI's Chai tea ink. Card construction is obvious, I'm thinking. I added some olive grosgrain ribbon across the middle and tied on Vintage Buttons with PTI twine. I stamped one word from the sentiment, as the whole thing would have been too large for the space I wanted it in, cut/embossed it with a Spellbinders tag die, sponged the edges with more Chai tea ink and tied it on with more twine. OK, that's one Christmas card for the stash--hey, ya gotta start somewhere, right? ;-)

Remember, you do not have to have the exact colors to play. If you don't, just use the closest you have. And don't forget--this week there's a chance to win a prize or to be chosen as Featured Stamper. Now, c'mon over to the Color Throwdown blog and play along with us this week. Please use Mr. Linky to post your card and please link directly to your card so we can find it easily and so you'll be eligible to win (only directly linked entries will be considered for Featured Stamper or for the prize--see the sidebar on the blog for all the details). If you upload your card to a public forum, please use the keyword CTD61 so we can see your beauty all in one place. Hope to see you there!

Be sure to check out what the other team members have come up with this week!

Broni Holcombe--Splashes of Watercolor
Cathy Indelicato--Crafty Thoughts
Danielle Kennedy--Wild Dragonfly Designs
Tammy Hershberger--Stamp Happy
Kristin Bueter/September Guest Designer--Mindless Creativity
LeAnne Pugliese--Wee Inklings (LeAnne will not be posting on the Throwdown blog on sponsor weeks due to SU! issues, but she'll be playing along on her blog, so please go check out her card and show her some love :))

I'm so glad you dropped in today!

~Recipe~ Stamps: Christmas Blessings (Gina K. Designs)
Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Old Olive (SU!); Pure Luxury 80 lb (Gina K.); Eskimo Kisses (Basic Grey)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Cuttlebug/Nestabilties/Spellbinders dies; 3M foam squares, ribbon (craft store); Copic markers; Buttons, twine (PTI); DMC emboridery floss


  1. This is fantastic Barb! LOVE the non-traditional colors and your poinsetta is AMAZING!!!

  2. Very pretty, Barbara! I love your DP (as usual) and how you used just one word on your tag. NICE!

  3. Just beautiful! I love the non-traditional colors and all the layers of the pink poinsettia!

  4. Beautiful, Barbara! Love the dimension of the flower and that mix of patterns!!!

  5. Barbara, this is soooo gorgeous! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your poinsettia and how you cut and layered it to give it that awesome depth. The frayed embroidery thread was such a clever idea and does look like the center of a poinsettia :) Like you, I LOVE non-traditional colors for Christmas cards, so this is right up my alley! Just BEAUTIFUL! Oh, and gotta love the patterned paper you just bought that coordinates perfectly :)

  6. Wow, check out all those AWESOME layers! FABULOUS card!

  7. This is gorgeous! I love all the dimension on that flower! Great sketch too!

  8. Beautiful card, Bar! These colors worked perfectly for Christmas, especially that paper!


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