Friday, December 19, 2014

Questionable Color Combinations & My Personal Island

So...I made the first card...then stood back and wondered...WHAT WAS I THINKING? I colored this little gal a long time ago and she sat languishing in the "colored images" I know WHY she languished. I must have been low on sugar or perhaps had one too many adult beverages? Talk about non-traditional Christmas colors! YIKES! In her defense she is seriously cute!

I took a bunch of stamped/printed images with me on my "sisters holiday" to Shellman Bluff. This was one that I did at that time. So she is special to me even if she has no fashion sense! I've decided coloring images with no idea what you want for back ground design papers...never a good idea (for me anyway).

Miss Flake
~Base card white card stock PaperTrey Ink
~Strip of shiny lavender card stock
~Layer of gold card stock embossed with Hero Arts Dots
~Digital sentiment by Bird's Cards printed on white card stock colored with Copics, spotted with Stickles Diamonds
~Digital snow-gal a freebie - sorry only have "Kim" for a name
~Spellbinder Labels II and Cuttlebug (image card stock and layer of Ki Berry Blast olive green card stock)
~Petaloo Christmas 2012 green flower with faux gem
~Stitched felt ribbon
Challenges | Inspirations
Mojo Monday - sketch
Digitally Sweet - anything 
Fussy and Fancy - snowflakes and ribbon
Sassy Studio - let it snow

I'm not the only one with a stack of lonely ready-to-use-already-colored images am I? Who knows why they get relegated to "the basket"... As I was taking this photo I noticed many of the images are holiday leaning...what's up with that? It's my own version of the Island of Misfit Toys

Poor little images...hoping to one day make it to a card! (By the way I have a container for printed/stamped images that have no coloring...yet.) Hey! There is a color
version of the image below!

With all the hodge-podge of color of Miss Flake above I decided to give minimal a try. No coloring at all. Embossing powders plus OPI nail polish....DONE! 

Merry & Bright
~Base card white card stock
~Hampton Art image stamped using Versamark embossed with Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold; nose dotted with Red OPI nail polish
~Image strip of card stock top and bottom edges distressed with Tim Holtz 370 Paper Distresser
~Sentiment by Power Poppy Poinsettia (thank you for the pre-Christmas present sissy Gail!) stamped with Versamark embossed with Ranger Rich Red embossing powder
Challenges | Inspirations
Just Add Ink - photo inspiration
Crafty Mess - anything plus Christmas colors
Brown Sugar - Christmas
Card Concept - photo inspiration
Christmas Card Challenge - clean and simple
Tracy's Monday Mood Board - photo inspiration

Here's to admitting I have a basket to corral my nearly discarded images, running the gamut from colors gone wild to minimalism, unabashedly showing my dependence on my label maker, and great memories of sissy vacations!  

Thank you for clicking by,

Nancy in Iowa


  1. Love the red nose! Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges. Marsha - DT

  2. Nancy, I love the simplicity of your second card; the details are beautiful. Thanks for playing along with us at Just Add Ink this week!

  3. Lovin' Rudolph's red nose! The embossed image looks fab! Visiting from the Card Concept challenge :) Happy Holidays!

  4. gorgeous cards
    thanks for playing with us at fussy and fancy

  5. Beautiful Reindeer CAS Christmas card Nancy. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards. We would love to see you again ... Anet DTX

  6. Wonderful cards!! Thanks for playing at CCC!!

  7. lovely card and colours thanks for joining us at acraftymess Jane DT

  8. Very pretty, Nancy! Love the red nose on the second card. Thanks for joining us at The Card Concept!

  9. Wonderful all this pieces Nancy!
    Wishing you a Verry Merry Christmas!

  10. Such darling cards! Thanks for playing along with Mojo Monday!

  11. Adorable cards!! Nancy you are not alone....I have a basket of misfit images too--LOL!
    Thanks for joining in the fun Snowflakes and ribbon challenge at Fussy and Fancy!! Best of luck:)
    Hugs and Happiness

  12. What gorgeous cards Nancy! I love all the sparkle and shimmer. So glad you could join my Monday Mood Board challenge!

  13. Sweet cards! Thank you for joining us at Sassy Studio Designs and the DTBST challenge this week! HUGS

    SSD DT

  14. Beautiful !!! Love colours and image. Thanks for joining us at Chocolate, Coffe & Cards Challenges!!! I hope you get to join us again for our next challenge. Agnieszka DT
    Merry Christmas :)

  15. lovely card thank you for joining us at A Crafty Mess Challenge Sue DT xx

  16. Great colors!
    Thanks for joining us at Digitally Sweet!


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