Sunday, July 1, 2012

Monochromatic @ Christmas Card Challenges

I have some exciting news to share with you all today! 

Last month I was very fortunate to play along as a Guest
 with the gorgeous girls at

Well ... they have kindly asked me if I would like to join the Design Team! 

We all know how much I {love} Christmas, that I just could not refuse !
Now I know it is Christmas CARD challenges but Sparkle has kindly agreed to let me also make Christmas decor bits and pieces too!  *this girls delight* Squeal*

My first official challenge with the team is this week and the challenge is .... 
#31 Monochromati

The challenge theme is optional, the only real rule is you must create a new Christmas Holiday, winter or Hanukkah card / creation.

I am in need of a new tree for my table decorations and I just could not put down my Graphic 45 papers.  They were screaming at me to make them into something more beautiful than what they already were, so I went monochromatic with greens and turquoise blues and wella .... a table tree decoration was born!
 The Front

 Back view (sorry it's a little out of focus)

 Close up of the front with birds nest fibers under the sentiment and a large spray of swirly whirly beads.

 Love the star bead on the top! and those Kaisecraft Turquoise blooms. 

 I adore the bunting wrapped around the tree with the soft green pearls, and the swiryl whirly beads remind me of baubles. 

And most of all, I love that everything came from my scraps and hording stash!  

The tree frame is a horded Graphic 45 paper, the bunting is made from Graphic 45 scraps, the ribbon and lace are from nana's ribbon box along with the strand of pearls that were originally white but I dumped them in a jar with some diluted green alcohol ink, along with the bird nest fibers.  The bead swirls are homemade from my abundance supply of beads and the star bead on the top is from an old Christmas decoration that I pulled apart. The sentiment is Stampin Up' mixed with a Sizzix stamp and cut diecut.  
I am really chuffed with how well this finished and I am sure it is going to look magical on the table with Christmas lunch.  I think I might even make some mini ones to match :))

We would love to see your monochromatic Christmas creations this week so be sure to link up and play along with us at

Looking  forward to seeing you there! 
Thanks for dropping in to see me today :) 

Challenges this creation is entering with the help of the Feline Playful Girls:
Craft Catz Weekly Challenge - Metal (Wire used to make beads strings) Fri E1/1
Fat Pages & Cards with Attitude - Anything Goes Fri E1/9
Jingle Bells - Very Vintage Fri 
Stamp Man - Bling It On Fri E1/1
Stampin' For the Weekend - Show Us your style (shabby/vintage) Fri E1/1
Winter Wonderland - Monochromatic Fri
Crimbo Crackers - Anything Goes Thurs
Delightful Challenges - Celebration (Christmas) Thurs E1/1
Little Miss Muffet Challenges - Sparkle (beads) Thurs E1/1
Paper Play - Flags / Pennants / Banners ( paper pennant wrapped around tree) Thurs E1/2
Creative Belli - Anything But A Card Wed
Scrapbook Sisters - Anything Goes Wed
Whimspy Stamps - Anything But Square Tues  E1/3
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Anything Goes Sat
Vintage Artisans - Vintage / Shabby Chic Sun E1/
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38 Treasured comments:

Diane said...

Chuffed you should be Leesa !! It's gorgeous and what a fab bit of recycling with all your lovely bits and bobs !! Love it !!

hugs Diane xx

RosieB said...

This is absolutely beautiful! I might be trying something like this myself :)

downrightcrafty said...

oh I love the colour choice of your monochromatic creation such a wow factor, just perfect for our challenge at the Winter Wonderland
Hugs Kate xx
ps I have 1000 follower candy if you are interested :)

rachel said...

This is amazing Leesa - you are one uber talented lady - no wonder you got asked to be on the DT! You go girl! Hugs Rachel xx

Sue said...

WOW""!" This just amazing. I love the design, the colours and all the detailing. No wonder they asked you to join their design team!!

Sandra H said...

Oh wow this is just so beautiful your talent really shine through this creation totally stunning:)x

fatmonica said...

This is stunning!

StephC said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! I love everything about it. We're so blessed to have you on the team!

lauren bergold said...

what an incredibly lovely and stunning christmas tree! totally beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Wow Leesa this is absolutely gorgeous hun, love the color and the bunting just gorgeous, thank you for joining us at Fat Pages With Attitude this fortnigh also for joining our new venture Vintage Artisans. Abbie (Co Owner) xx

Sue B said...

Wow Leesa!! this is gorgeous!! what a beautiful decoration! I love the gorgeous shades of green and blues and the scrummy papers... and all those pretty beads!! It's absolutely stunning!!!
Hope you have a lovely weekend!
Big Hugs
Sue xx

Unknown said...

OH Leesa, I love your tree, it's so stunning , Thanks for sharing with us at Fatpages and cards with attitude xx

Mrs O crafty blog said...

Wow!!!! That is fabulous Leesa... Thank you for joining in with the fun at VA.. Good luck, Pauline x

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Oh wow! this is fantastic, gorgeous papers and the beads and flowers are beautiful. Thank you so much for joining in with the vintage artisans first challenge
Lindsay xx


Hi Leesa
A gorgeous and beautiful creation thankyou for sharing this with us this week at CraftyCatz
Hugs Dianne xx

DT Member

Barbara said...

Wow, what a wonderful way to send out Christmas greetings! Fabulous!

aqualeiga said...

Wowzers Leesa, its amazing! so many beautiful details, and all from bits n bobs and THAT'S what I call creativity! Congrats on the new post, I can only imagine how excited you must be, knowing how much you love Christmas!!!
Hugs, Ali x

Lisa Jane said...

oh wow this is fabulous - i love the design, the papers , the colours ... in fact i just love the whole thing!!
Thanks for joining us at Winter Wonderland this week
Lisa x

Jacqueline said...

Wow what can I say - it's stunning. Thanks for joining in at 52CCT this week - Jacqueline xx

Dawn said...

Leesa this is amazing! WTG you!
Dawn xx

debbi taylor said...

Leesa you rock... this is amazing!
there is so much work here - may have to give this a go though! x
thank you for joining in the challenge at fat pages and cards with attitude this week.
Debbi x

Marie Bingaman said...

This tree is drop dead gorgeous! WOW! :)

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Wow, Leesa this is so beautiful, I love it. So lvely to see smething other than a card too. Just hopped over to visit and spotted you have enterd our challenge at WW too so thanks for playing and good luck.

Unknown said...

Wow that is so pretty, and it sure sparkles!! LOve all the Christmas stuff I see going on at the moment. Thanks for sharing at Little Miss Muffet Challenges. Hope to see you again soon. Hugs, Frea, FT Member LMM Challenges

SmilynStef said...

Love the pennant garland and all of those pretty beads ... so very glad you joined us at jingle belles.

Janette said...

Hi Leesa, Oh wow, what a fab creation, really gorgeous, think maybe I should try one of these...
Thanks for sharing it with us at CraftyCatz this week.xx

Jayne A said...

Fabulous creation. Absolutely stunning.
Thanks for joining us at SFTW this time.

Louise van Vuren said...

What an stunning thing, it would grace any table...your creativity is amazing. Thanks for joining in with 52 CCT this week
Louise x

Mynn xx said...

This is absolutely amazing! GORGEOUS colors! Thanks for joining us at 52CCT! :)

Sheri said...

GASP! Oh! I love this so much!!
Thank you so much for joining us at PaperPlay Challenges!

Unknown said...

I love love this. Wow amazing detail and workmanship. This is so amazing just makes me smile.
We would like to thank you for Entering Whimsy Stamps inspirations Challenge.
Hugs from Tammy Ortiz - DT Digi Team for Whimsy Stamps

Patty Gorka said...

This is gorgeous! I love your monochromatic greens and turquoise. The details are incredible, it's just perfect! Thanks for playing along at 52CCT this week!

Zippy said...

Wow fantastic tree! Xxx

Shelly Schmidt said...

WOW- this is a gorgeous project! I love the banner wrapped around it- fabulous- I have to put this on my CASE list!!!

Shirley-Anne said...

LIKE IT LOTS ..beautiful table centrepiece,
I think .

Jaqi said...

Stunning Tree, and what gorgeous colours , it will grace any table its beautiful

Karen said...

wow, oh wow, that is really gorgeous! would love to have this adorn our home at Christmas hugs Karen x

Aunty Sue said...

Lovely tree and thanks for sharing at CRAFTY CATZ. xxx

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