Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Bah! Humbug! Elegance Challenge


This week at Bah! Humbug! the lovely ladies asked for Elegance. I thought long and hard about this. My original thought was to do something very ornate with opulent embellies and the like. Then I got to thinking that some of the most elegant designs are the simplest (and most difficult for me to make) so I turned to my Cuttlebug again and the simplicity of white on white with gold accents. I enjoyed making my Cuttlebug Spot card this week using my craft knife and a Nesties Labels Thirteen so I set out to do something similar for Christmas. This time I used the Tim Holtz Tall Pines folder, Cuttlebug Snowy Village and the Cuttlebug European Limited Edition Snowflakes folder .

Several people asked how I did the frame so I did a little tutorial here. After embossing I cut around the side of the trees with a craft knife until I could position the Nestie where I wanted it. Then I ran it through my Cuttlebug with one side of the Nestie under the trees to make my frame cut out. I cut on a not so sticky Cricut mat that I no longer use in my Expression when cutting with the craft knife.
I cut a full mat in gold and used the next size Nestie down for the opening. I used the embossed mat to position the Nestie and taped it using removable tape to keep it in position, and ran that through the Cuttlebug to cut, and then also with the embossing mat to add the edge detail.
I decided the top mat looked a bit plain so I decided to double emboss using the Limited Edition Snowflakes folder but in my haste had it upside down so I debossed it. I was in no mood to cut the frame again so I just turned the folder the correct way and ran it through the Cuttlebug another time. This muted the inverted snowflakes, but also the trees so I repositioned the mat carefully in the trees folder to crisp up the embossed trees. WooHoo! Success!
I embossed a smaller piece of white with the Snowy Village folder (discontinued?) and glued it to the card base, then popped each layer for dimension. I added a gold peelie sentiment and further enhanced the embossing with Star Dust Stickles. Simply elegant? Hope you think so!

43 comments:

  1. WOW!! What a beautiful card!!! I LOVE IT!!!! So stunning, TFS! :)

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  2. Oh Donna this is elegance personified!! I love it! Thanks for the great tutorial Definitely going to try this!
    Hugs
    Juliexx

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  3. Donna....you have done it again...taken my breath away!!! This is GORGEOUS!!!!!! I was just looking at your beautiful star Christmas card last night( from last Christmas) and I even printed it off so I could figure out how you cut the frame for the nestie. THANKS SO much for the tutorial..I can stop racking my brain now !!!
    xoxoxox Joy

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  4. This is very beautiful and professionally done!

    :)TR

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  5. WOW...Very elegant...Hallmark doesn't have anything on you...you are amazing!

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  6. haha...very elegant bit I still baffled. I can't understand a step. but it's ok. i enjoy it the same :)

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  7. Your work is always gorgeous and amazing, but this card is truly elegant and stunning. Looks to be a bit labor intensive, but worth the pay off in the end. Just perfect.

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  8. Oh definitely a very elegant card.. wish I understood the tutorial. :-(

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  9. Wow!!! Gorgeous card Donna!! I love the white on white lokk w/ the gold. Very classy!

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  10. WOW!!! Beautiful card!! I'm gonna have to give using the craft knife a try..will bookmark this for later :) TFS

    Hugs, Sheena

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  11. WOW Donna! You are definitely creative. This is gorgeous!

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  12. Amazing! I know it is late, but girlie, I think I need a tutorial for this card - seriously! How did you make that? Just stunning!

    xx Susan

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  13. This is elegance to the max - LOVE it - tooo clever! Think I'll be hunting up some new embossing folders - LOL
    xXx

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  14. Beautiful card, Donna!
    Thanks for the tutorial too....
    Every time I see your all white cards, I remember I have to restock my Cardstocks :-( Can you believe this? I am out of white!?! And too lazy to get some... I have to go today :D

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  15. Donna this is absolutely beautiful. I read your instructions, thought 'what???...' so I am going to try and print off then get my bug out 'cos I REALLY want to try your technique. Thanks again, it's just gorgeous x

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  16. Hi Donna,
    This card is brilliant. Thanks for the tutorial - I'll be having a play with this.
    Hugs,
    Fiona x

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  17. Absolutely beautifully elegant. I love your work. Thanks for sharing.

    http://iwycd.blogspot.com/

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  18. Hello Donna

    Oh my what a beautiful, stunning, gorgeous card it just oozes elegance and is perfect for our challange.
    The embossing folders are fabulous and work so well together. Donna, you are so naughty I may have to buy the tree and snow folders!!!!! Your white and gold colour combination is just perfect.
    I hope you presie arrives in the next few days.

    Thank you so much for joining in our latest challange at Bah!Humbug
    irene
    xxxx

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  19. Absolutely gorgeous! You've definitely inspired me for today. And thanks for the link for the Cuttlebug folder. I saw the snowflake one a week or so ago & have been trying to find a retailer that carries it ever since.

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  20. Without a doubt, the most elegant Christmas card I've seen all season! WOW!

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  21. Donna I'm not 100% sure it was you but I think it was - you cost me a fortune every time I visit your blog. First a Big Shot that was in one of your ads - then the stuff from Oh My Crafts (just arrived yesterday - oooooooh scrummy) now I need this embossing folder.
    I may not be able to afford to come and look at your cards for a while.
    LOL only joking this is just one wow of a creation.
    Ann xxx

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  22. WOW! I don't have any other word for it. What a beautiful card...so much detail, and it shows. Your work is just amazing!! TFS!

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  23. This is beautiful! Tricky to figure out, though.

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  24. Oh My God Donna that card is GORGEOUS!!!!!!! Looks like a lot of work....absolutely stunning!

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  25. So glad you showed us how to do that frame, it is so "elegant".

    thanks for sharing.

    Lynette

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  26. Donna - you've done it again! I think that'll be your new name ... "Donna DunnitAgain" LOL!
    Not only have you shown us a wonderfully elegant card for our challenge and written a fabby tutorial to go with it ... but you have also blatantly encouraged my Humbugger teamies to gaily go-a-spending when their purses are supposed to be locked up tight! Think I'll just have to take drastic action and confiscate them or they'll have no money left for when they come to Scotland next year ... hmmmm on second thoughts they could bring all their scrummy new goodies with them so I can play too LOL! OKAY - that sounds like a plan =)

    Luv'n'Stuff
    Max
    xx
    Max's Craft Creations
    Bah! Humbug! Challenges DT

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  27. Очень оригинально.Спасибо за идею:)

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  28. Whoa! Really elegant! :) Seems like really hard work though...my cuttlebug is calling me from a box under my bench...lol

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  29. It's very elegant Donna !! It's beautifull.

    Hugs Monique

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  30. Hi Donna~~ Amazing and Beautiful!!!
    Thanks for the tute lesson--will definitely try :)
    Blessings

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  31. Gorgeous, thanks for all the tips on making this lovely card, I saw you pinned on Pinterest today!

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  32. Gorgeous, thanks for all the tips on making this lovely card, I saw you pinned on Pinterest today!

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  33. You are very creative! I saw this card on Pinterest and felt compelled to leave you a comment.

    What a remarkable card. Thank you for the inspiration!

    ~Shawnie B.
    Shawnie@CardsByShawnie.com
    www.CardsByShawnie.com

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  34. You are very creative! I saw this card on Pinterest and felt compelled to leave you a comment.

    What a remarkable card. Thank you for the inspiration!

    ~Shawnie B.
    Shawnie@CardsByShawnie.com
    www.CardsByShawnie.com

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  35. You are very creative! I saw this card on Pinterest and felt compelled to leave you a comment.

    What a remarkable card. Thank you for the inspiration!

    ~Shawnie B.
    Shawnie@CardsByShawnie.com
    www.CardsByShawnie.com

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  36. This is a brilliant tutorial and thanks for putting it together.

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  37. Saw this on Pinterest! It's stunning and such a very clever way to use your dies.

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  38. oh wow this is a stunning card and great tutorial, I'm going to give this a try. thanks for sharing your talent.

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  39. Very cool! Thank you for your tutorial.

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  40. Such a stunning card. By chance would there possibly be a video to follow for the not so talented crafters?

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Thanks for making my day!