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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Non-Traditional Christmas Colors


Good morning everyone...how are you on this beautiful fall day??? I'm going to work outside a little this morning cleaning out flower beds and planting pansies in a few pots. The leaves are starting to fall...we have 4 huge old oak trees in our front yard and every year on Thanksgiving the Grands rake leaves into 5 foot piles to run and jump in. Even the teenagers can't resist the leaf piles...LOL!!!  Anyway..

I have been playing around with non-traditional colors for Christmas cards. I just love the pinecone paper from The Little Yellow Bicycle....it looks sooo pretty paired with Tempting Turquoise and Kiwi Kiss!!! The Stampendous stamp set called Polar Path was used for the first card...the image was stamped with Ranger Adirondack Espresso and embossed with clear ep. It was then colored with Copics, cutout, and popped up with foam dots. An EK Success border punch was used for the scallop and a Martha Stewart punch was used for the snowflake.



This card features an Inkadinkado stamp...it was stamped with Espresso ink and the twine is the only embellishment. Both these cards are flat enough to mail so I may make a few more for my Christmas stash.

Both of these cards are for the 4 Crafty Chicks challenge - Winter Wonderland, Charisma Cards Challenge to use cool colors, and The Crafts and Me challenge to use non-traditional colors on a Christmas card.

Thanks for stopping by...have a great day!!!!

20 comments:

Sasha said...

Both your cards are gorgeous, Joan. I love your colour combo and the papers you used. The polar bears and sentiment are so beautiful, as is the tranquil winter scene on your second card.
Enjoy a lovely weekend my friend:) x

Doreen said...

Two gorgeous cards,love the image and fab colour choices.xxx

jimlynn said...

I like jumping in piles of leaves too!! LOL! How fun!
Both are so pretty - and do love the colors.
Lynn

Sue said...

Awww these are SO sweet Joan… what a mega cute polar bear image and I love the snow scene too! what gorgeous colour combos!! love the beautiful papers and the wonderful sentiments :-))
Hope you're having a good weekend!
Love and Hugs Sue xx

Tammy said...

I think I'd have to jump in the pile too! Wonderful cards and great colors, love the touch of lime in the second card but I love, love the polar bear and sentiment!

Patti J said...

Joan, both cards are so pretty! It's fun to create with non-traditional colors :) Gorgeous day here today, too - supposed to get back up near 60! Woot woot! Happy weekend, my friend!

VanessaB said...

what a wonderful and perfect saying for that bear card. the second card is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! love the papers and colors in both. :)

Melissa Cash said...

Joan, both cards are beautiful. I have some of that paper in my stash and I love it!

Linda Palmer said...

Both cards are beautiful and I love the non traditional colors used on Christmas cards. I need that image from Inkadinkado..Do you know if they still have it. I have some of cabins, but the beautiful trees in this are what makes it I think.
Anyway great job on both cards, they are such great cards.

Anne Temple said...

Both are stunning! Love the sentiment on the first one.

maryr917 said...

I just love seeing creations with non-traditional colors Joan and these 2 are so pretty-sounds like the kids will have fun with the leaves- we have pin oaks they drop half their leaves now and the other half in early spring

Curt in Carmel said...

Both cards are beautiful Joan. I love the "experiment" with different colors. I think you were very successful. Great stuff! Best, Curt

Dawn Easton said...

Gorgeous! Wow! I love non-traditional colours too! Makes the card unique!!

jules said...

Oh Joan gorgeous cards again!

Ellen said...

fabulous and gorgeous cards Joan! Love that pine cone paper and the color combos! Have a fabulous day!

Carole of Brum said...

oh that really is fabulous paper, Joan - and looks sooooo good on these cards. I love how you used non-traditional colours, both cards are great.

Carrie said...

Great cards!

Thank you for joining us at Charisma this week x

Tamie said...

Loving the non traditional colors and both are great but the second card is simply stunning! Clean, simple and fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful inspiration with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.

clare brown said...

this is fab..love the colours.Goodluck at charisma

Rose said...

Joan, your sweet polar bear family looks fabulous on this pretty Christmas card. So glad to see your entry at the Crafts and Me Stamps digi team's "Untraditional Christmas Colors" challenge. Hugz, ~ Rose