December 18, 2011

2012 Christmas Card Challenge Week #3

Hi ya'll!

It's time for another Christmas Card Challenge!  It seems kinda funny to be creating Christmas cards for 2012 already, but I can't tell you how easy it is come next fall to have all of my cards done and ready to send.  It was a piece of cake this year!  Anyway, onto this weeks challenge, which is to use non-traditional Christmas colors.  Right up my alley!  For this weeks challenge, click HERE.

Of course, if you know me, you know how I love the non-traditional colors for my Christmas cards.  Here is what I came up with.

I used THIS sketch for my card and love how it turned out.  Now, I know what you're thinking.  My card looks completely different than normal.  Hopefully, you'll find it more appealing, like I do.  Unfortunately, the weather hasn't been cooperating lately, and I've been working so much that it's dark when I go in, and dark when I leave my office.  This has been a big problem for a while now, and I finally decided to just make a generic light box to photograph my cards in.  I bought some white foam board, and put a box together, leaving the top open for my lighting.  Once I got my photos taken, and edited, I wound up with this one.  I think it turned out pretty darn good for my first attempt.  The colors are as true as they are in real life, and I'm totally stoked that the main focus is my card, and not the background.  I've been photographing my projects outside for so long that I find this simple photo to be kind of cool.  Now that I've got a light box, I won't need to worry about trying to rush and finish my projects so that I can get my photos in the natural lighting.  Yay! lol  I've combined the following challenges in my card as well.

Annabelle Stamps Challenge - Say it with Christmas Cards
Card Makin' Mamas Challenge #35 - Christmas
Delicious Doodles Challenge #8 - Xtravagant Xmas
Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge 11/16 - Ribbon
Fairy Fun Friday #68 - Holly Jolly Christmas (No red or green)
Inkspirations #100 - Christmas Creations (anything goes)
Raise The Bar #86 - Christmas
Stampin For The Weekend #22 - Christmas
CHNC #51 - Anything Goes
Speedy The Cat's Friends Challenge #86 - Christmas Card
One Stop Craft Challenge Week #162 - Christmas Sparkle (I have snowflakes on my background paper and pearls, hope that works)

I do hope you'll head over to the CCC blog to see what my friends have put together for you today.  It's week three, and it is already turning out to be a wonderful start to the new term.  You'll see what I mean once you visit today. :)

Stay crafty my friends!


Anita Hovey said...

Lovely card...such an interesting color combo.

Barbara Colbert said...

Very pretty nontraditional look. Thanks fro sharing at Mark's Speedy the Cat's Challenge. Happy Holidays!

Hazel said...

I love your unusual colour combo - it works well - thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge 51 - hope to see you again soon. x

RiNNE said...

I love your color combination, Steph! Such a pretty card! I take my pics during the day too - and may end up having to make a lightbox as well! Yours turned out pretty good!

Michelle said...

Oh, Steph, stop teasing me! I haven't finished for 2011 yet, and am NOWHERE near thinking about 2012! LOL! Your card is beautiful. I love that colour combo.

Joni Parker said...

Beautiful- love the ribbon layerd on lace and w/the gorgeous flowers !!! Thanks for playing along at Frosted Designs!!

Ashley Horton said...

This is gorgeous...LOVE the yellow...and the ribbon is so pretty layered over the lace trim! Thanks for playing along with us this week @ Frosted Designs!! :)

Teri said...

I love your embellies!!
Many thanks for playing along with the Delicious Doodles Challenge, and good luck with the draw.
Happy Christmas!
Teri xx

AnnaBelle Stamps Blog said...

A gorgeous Christmas card! Love the colours for a change!
TFS with us this week :)

Marisa said...

Great use of non-traditional colours for a Christmas card. Thanks for joining us in our last Inkspirations challenge :)