Thursday, August 27, 2009

Leave your comfort zone...Yikes that's scary!

Today at notimetostamp# 102 is to leave your comfort zone....Wow that's a toughie!
Well I don't really have a true "comfort" zone, so I decided to do something out of the box. Have you ever seen a brownish Christmas card??? Well, me neither. But, I said " Oh heck, this Crafty Secrets cotton scrap is just too lovely not to figure something out for its use! Soooo....I made a brownish-tone Christmas card and you know what? I like it a lot. It's different and I think quite classy to boot. I love the phrase and the Santa is so bee-utiful for a guy. It's puzzling to me that it looks like he's got a bow and arrow over his shoulder and I'm kinda worried because you know I've been bad so I'm probably in big trouble. Help! I'll try to be a good girl, I promise.

I've used my Nestie's fancy rectangle on both my image and mat which is out of a lovely gold card stock and then I matted on a soft brown tone piece before placing on my white card that I distressed with a few colors of chalk and made a ruffled edge. My ribbon is from Mike's place and my bow done with none other then the fantabulous Bow Easy. Gosh I love that little thing a majig now that I finally can do it. And to end my card, I had to add some bling that I self colored in a brownish tone.Those Sharpie pens color up those jewels really nice. To see what the other ladies did please see the list below with their links....Great Stampers each and everyone of them!
Julie -my DD
Sharon- our hostess with the mostest

And since this is my last week as a guest designer for this team, I just want to thank the academy and all who voted for me to win this wonderful gold naked man named Oscar-- especially all my true die-hard visiters and followers on this blog. Thanks to my family, and friends, but most of all to Sharon who made this all possible and well I'm breaking down into tears now....but seriously, I do thank you all and it's been a dream come true for me. I appreciate all your wonderful words of encouragement. Hope everyone has a truly great weekend. Yes...I am a bit crazy but hey you only get one chance in the game of life and I say...ENJOY!!!


Curt in Carmel said...

Honestly, this is the most beautiful Christmas card ever! You did a fabulous job of this! The colors give it a very classic feel not to mention the image lends to the whole vintage look. I certainly don't know why they aren't keeping you on as a permanent fixture! You have done such an incredible job all month! Let's start a petition everyone to have Pat stay on! Best, Curt

Silke said...

Pat - this is a G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S card for the holidays...and I think the colors are amazing!!! I think you should make more *brownish-toned* cards!!! Don't forget to add my to your holiday mailing list - *wink*!!! Hugs ~S~

6 wacky women said...

Absolutely gorgeous card, Pat.
The image is fabulous and the colours are just beautiful, love the vintage look.

Karen x

Anonymous said...

Pat - this card is very elegant and
very vintage-looking. The colors
you used are just perfect. I
suggest that you leave your comfort
zone more often!!! Just beautiful!

Sherry in MI

pacools said...
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pacools said...

Love it love it...I am really enjoying your work as the guest designer this month.

Joan Fricker said...

Pat, your card is absolutely beautiful! I love the elegance it has by using the brown tones.
Great job!!

Congratulations on your "Oscar" too! Best wishes for your new endeavors! Those of us who "know" you know that you will have a good time no matter what you do!!!!


Anonymous said...

I am sooo glad you stepped out of your comfort zone. Pat, this is such a beautiful Christmas card. I just don't like it, I love it! You deserve the naked man my friend!

Janine said...

Pat how beautiful!! and the colors just are perfect!! Very old world!
Hope you have a fabulous weekend!!

Robin Kirkpatrick said...

Gorgeous card, Pat, very elegant and vintage looking. Excellent job!

Carol L said...

I absolutely LOVE this card! The Santa is one of the best I've ever seen, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the colors you used! BTW, you don't need to worry, I think Santa is holding the harnesses for the reindeer over his shoulder, so keep on being bad :)Even though your GD status is over, thank goodness you still have this blog so we can continue to see your beautiful creations! Awesome work!!!

Pauline in Canada said...

Wow. Pat, I love the brown card. It is beautiful and makes me want to go make one right now. Thanks for the tips on what you did--and I wish we get to see you as a designer with these gals all the time!!!

denise g., who appears to have been reclaimed by Julie, even though you're out blogging her at present said...

OMGOSH!!!!! I LOVE THIS!!!! I HATE Christmas in the middle of MY summer, but you are SO forgiven!!! Thesaurus!! I can't think of all the perfect pretty words to describe this! I have seen other unnamed "guest" designers and you are, BY FAR, superior to them. Bask in the glory, Baby!!

mudmaven said...

Pat this is absolutely stunning, totally gorgeous and just plain beautiful! You should step out of that old comfort zone more often! WOW. Great job! ~chris

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

This of course is right up MY alley! AWESOME JOB Pat!! You nailed the old world vintage color tones and created a gorgeous holiday creation!! (You do have my address, right? Tee Hee)
It's always so much fun to visit your blog ... keep being bad ... we're all bankin' on it!! Have a great weekend my friend!!!

Julie Koerber said...

I am cracking up mom!!! You never told me stories of Santa with a bow and arrow when I was a kid! Might have made me "good!" LOL! I love this card! Love the bling, love the colors, love the ribbon... love it all! I have had a blast with you here this month!!! I am sooooo sad to see it come to an end! :-(

Barbara said...

This is just lovely, Pat! I love non-traditional colors for Christmas so this is right up my alley! It's been so great having you as the August guest designer! BTW, where did August go--seems like you just got here!

Deborah Saaranen said...

What a fabulous vintage card Pat! Perfect touches here!

Debbie said...

Classy card, I like it. And thanks again for the blog candy, I received my goodies yesterday!

inkedx2 said...

Love the card. It is very striking!


Jenny Gropp said...

Oh Pat-- I love this Christmas creation!! Very elegant and rich looking with the browns and golds.
Your Oscar speech was so touching...I felt the emotion as I read!

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

Hi Pat!!! Oh, you are making me feel so sad -- the month went so quickly and I so enjoyed each and every one of your creations!!! I LOVE this gorgeous Cotton Scrap Santa card -- it is SO, SO rich and lovely!!! PERFECT embellishments, too!!! Thank you SO MUCH for playing with us this month, and hope you continue to play as you have in the past. It's been OUR pleasure!!! Thank you, my friend!

Tammy Hershberger said...

Very classy indeed, lady! This is stunning! You really know how to put vintage and elegance together, and your "brownish" Christmas card is gorgeous! Keep smiling, my priceless friend! :)

ChristineCreations said...

Oh goodness I think this is just beautiful! You've done a gorgeous job out of your comfort zone.

You'll have to see what your daughter did to MY blog sometime when you have time. Oh she's a GEM!

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