Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Monochromatic for Shopping Our Stash

(This is my second post for today........My post for {Pin}spirational Challenges is directly below - a little "Girly" card!)

Our challenge beginning today at Shopping Our Stash is themed.......Monochromatic!  We'd like you to use your favorite color (or even if you don't use your absolute fav, we won't tell) and create a monochromatic card for our challenge.  Fun, right!!  Be sure and check out Shopping Our Stash for all the details and also the wonderful inspiration from the DT.

A short story here - and I WILL keep it short!  After I retired, a friend of mine introduced me to card making.  I always received wonderful hand made cards from her and thought - hey, I can do that too......AND save so much money!!!  I even convinced Jim of how much money I'd save making my own cards instead of buying them!  Yikes!!!!!  Now I just spend my time trying to convince him the UPS man really has the wrong house!   Anyway, when I started all this, my friend gave me a ton of DP and card stock since she was moving on to other interests. 

When I saw the theme for the challenge this week, I thought I'd make a card for Christmas and use up one of the poinsettias that I'd gotten before Christmas at the Dollar Store - now what to put with it?  I remembered I had this piece of embossed paper that my friend had given me and after finally finding it, cut a single small piece as the background for the poinsettia.  The paper is just gorgeous and very heavily embossed.  It's a tad darker than Very Vanilla but went well with this color and the gold.  I can't say that gold is my absolute favorite color (except maybe right now as all the outstanding athletes are winning gold medals) but for Christmas, I do love this color. Maybe I need to send this to Michael Phelps to go with all the gold he's won!



Thanks for stopping by...........and be sure and check out Shopping Our Stash!
Lynn

37 comments:

Monica said...

This is classy as hell, Lynn, love the gentle monotones... You are on a roll!

Thanks for the loving email - just got back, not taken out the laundry yet.

Love,
Monica

Carol L said...

Lynn, you need to dig into your stash more often when you come up with a stunning card like this!!!! This is simply fabulous with that embossed dsp and beautiful flower! All I can say is WOW!!!
{almost lost my morning coffee at the man in brown coming to the wrong house all the time!) ROFL!!

onecraftymama said...

I love the accent of gold to go with all the white - it's really stunning & elegant! Something about a white-on-white card is just so fancy :)

Alyce said...

bahaha i thought that too! And I would hate to think exactly how much I HAVE spent on craft! I love the gorgeous card Lynn...that flower is simply stunning! Beautiful embossed paper too...it all goes together so nicely :)

Tammy said...

You mean the stuff that arrives with the UPS man isn't free?? Love your card, absolutely beautiful! That embossed paper is fabulous!

McCrafty's Cards said...

This is very elegant Lynn. I like the embossed background and the poinsettia.
Kevin xx

lauren bergold said...

i'm laughing at the m. phelps reference, i'm thinking he has to be sick of gold by now... but even so... this card would definitely revive his interest, in fact i think it could convert even ppl who THINK they don't like "sparkly" or metallic things... b/c ♥HOLY MACKERAL♥ this is loooooooovely!!!

Anne Temple said...

Stunning! Love the paper and how you added your dollar store find to make it look like a million $$$.

Michelle said...

Lynn - This is such a beautiful and elegant card! I love the embossed paper also and I have to tell you I purchased a sheet of it about 2 weeks ago art Michaels (just in case you want to replace it...I won't tell your hubby!). Wonderful card!
Blessings,
Michelle

Bonnie said...

I love Gold and Vanilla for Christmas cards! It's so elegant! I think I have some of that paper. I need to bring it out.

Faye said...

Lynn! Wow, wow, wow! This is a fantastic card, I absolutely love it. xx

MiamiKel said...

This is absolutely stunning, Lynn! WOW!!!

Linda said...

WOW Lynn this is wonderful! I am loving the backing paper and the poinsettia look awesome.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Leslie Hanna said...

LOVELY! I'm glad you found that embossed paper, because it's perfect here!

Laura said...

Stunning Card! Now Lynn you need to keep digging up that stash. Who knows what fabulous cards you can make.TFS

MaxineD said...

Hi Lynn I know what you mean about saving money ;-)!!
What an elegant card - love the texture behind the poinsettia.
Blessings
Maxine

June Houck said...

Your card is absolutely stunning and elegant. Perfect in every way! The embossed paper is fabulous as well as your dollar store poinsettia flower.

Ha! I craft to "save" money too. LOL! But over the years I have made at least 2,000 cards and a few other projects to give as gifts, so there is some financial return, right? I recall when I first discovered rubber stamping/card making; I spent $150 on stamps, inks, and paper. I made 3 identical Father's Day cards and my dh said, "yep, the cards cost $50 each." Of course that was not the only time I ever used those stamps, inks, and papers, but...

Kathy and Lucky said...

I just love your stories, could read them all day :) This is so pretty, just love that poinsettia with the embossed white. Gorgeous. Hope all is well there, we are just always running here, but my DD is having a great summer and that is what I wanted for her.

Maria@Crafty Cre8tions said...

LOL - love the story. All our husbands need some convincing huh?

Beautiful card! Love the gold. YOu're the one that inspired me to purchase GOLD embossing powder!!!

Corrinne Quinn said...

WOW! It's clean & simple except for that STUNNING flower - wonderful work :)

Happiness,
Corrinne

PS - I invite you to join me at Tuesday Alchemy http://tuesdayalchemy.blogspot.com for our newest challenge - BINGO!

Tammy said...

WOW this is GORGEOUS Lynn!! That embossed background is beautiful and I love your poinsettia! I LOVE the $1 store too!
Tammy x

grandmabonnie said...

Wowzers, Lynn! This is gorgeous..i am so saving this one to do! LOVE IT!

grandmabonnie said...

Oh and Lynn, i pinned it to Pinterest. :)

Paige said...

Absolutely stunning!

Jennipher said...

Simply stunning Holiday card. Love the gorgeous poinsettia.

Joan Ervin said...

ooooh, Lynn...what a gorgeous Christmas card...the texture in the background is sooo pretty and I love the poinsettia!!!!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Wow- Stunning card- the flower is beautiful and that embossed paper- how did you cut into it? LOL It is fabulous!!!

Shannon White said...

Wowie Lynn! This is Just GOR-JUSS!! Love the Wonderful embossed dp's and the Beautiful poinsettia too! You really rocked this challenge my friend! 8-)

Hugs
Shannon

P.S.

I always hope the man in brown will show up when my Hubby's at work and get rid of the packaging asap! lol

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous card, great idea ! Shirley

Gina Lindsay said...

Gorgeous card, absolutely beautiful! I had to chuckle about the saving money part, I think I uttered those words too at one time! If you add up everything I have bought, I think each card I sends cost me about $15!

Davi said...

Ooh my is this one gorgeous card Lynn! The embossing along with the embossed paper and poinsetta make it so elegant! Fabulous job :)

Nancy in Iowa said...

Lynn,
Your story is as wonderful as your card. I'll have to remember that bit about the erroneous UPS deliveries! That embossed paper is rich! The gold details are a perfect setting for it.
You are a Gold Medal Winner with this one that is for sure!

Alissa said...

OOOOOhhh, this is very elegant Lynn. So pretty.

Carla said...

Gorgeous! That paper and the flower are just beautiful. Great monochromatic card!

Marilyn said...

OMGosh Lynn, this is elegant, classy and gorgeous!

Cheryl said...

So gorgeous and elegant! I love all the yummy texture!

Margaret said...

So elegant and pretty! I LOVE that embossed paper with the poinsettia! I'm thinking you deserve a gold medal for this fantastic card!! Michael has enough gold already!!!