Friday, December 12, 2014

Joy and Happiness



 I'm not keeping up very well with visits these days. Are you as stressed and blah as I am? I certainly hope not. I need a lot of pep and cheer as Christmas is my favorite time. Where is my Christmas spirit???? I'm looking for it and maybe it will arrive soon. Goodness, I haven't even made one snowman card this season and they are my favorite.

My card was made for two challenges: The monthly Fan Club Christmas Spirit challenge on Splitcoaststampers and the Sketch Challenge/SC518. The Christmas Spirit challenge is an inspiration picture of a pine cone wreath. You were to be inspired by the pine cones, brown and white, or the wreath.

I stamped the pinecones on Kraft paper using a stamp from Mark's Finest Papers and Stamps/New Pines. The sentiment is from the same company/Greetings of the Season (retired, I believe). My image on the small top panel is from Prickley Pear/Pinecone. A couple of the pinecones were popped up. I added dots for interest from Stamps by Judith. The panel was sponged with Tim Holtz Stormy Sky Distress Ink and Stampin'Up! Apricot Appeal.

I added a red grosgrain ribbon from Offray and that finished it.

22 comments:

Beebeebabs said...

Wow such a beautiful card - beautiful paper and love the sentiment thanks for sharing and have a fabulous weekend!!!

Donna Hanley said...

This is a lovely card, very nicely done, but I am still waiting to see snowman cards from you. I haven't done any either, we are both slacking. Shame on us, but there is still time to do winter cards with snowmen, so let's get going, the two of us. LOL Enjoy your weekend.

Charlene said...

Well when you fin that Christmas cheer will you send some this way? I feel like a scrooge this year and I've no idea why lol!

Gorgeous card as always!!

Ajascha said...

Liebe Brenda,
eine wunderschöne Karte. Die Tannenzapfen gefallen mir sehr gut, sie harmonieren wunderbar mit den Hintergrundpapieren.
Ich wünsche dir einen schönen 3 Advent.
Liebe Grüße, Anja

MiamiKel said...

Absolutely Stunning card! So fresh and rustic looking :) yes I am big time stressed and can't get motivated to do my over the top holiday stuff - prob due to 3 Dec bdays and a trip thrown in :0. Hugs!

Carol L said...

Although I'm ahead of the game, I don't have any real Christmas spirit this year either. But your card is beautiful in spite of your lack of that holiday zest. I love those pretty pinecones! Have a great weekend!

jimlynn said...

Brenda, I think we're all feeling just like you with the Christmas spirit lacking! You have all next year to make snowman cards though so I wouldn't worry about that.
LOVE this one! Those pine cones are so pretty and love the way you have the sentiment as the focal point.
Lynn

Cathy said...

SNAP OUT OF IT! :)
Great card Benzi! I absolutely LOVE it! You will find your Christmas spirit I have faith in you!

McCrafty's Cards said...

This is so beautiful Benzi, I love it!!
Kevin xx

Lisa Lara said...

Gasp! This is a stunner Benzi. Absolutely amazing.

Bonnie said...

I love this beautiful, rustic scene, Benzi! So pretty stamped on the kraft! Hope you find that Christmas spirit hiding around the next corner. Sometimes mine hides too.

Maria said...

Feeling a little stressed because there's so much to do for Christmas preparations! And, my assistant hasn't shown up yet...lol! But, hope to get some more of it done today. I guess just chipping away here and there will help!:-) Your Christmas card is very lovely with the pine cones and boughs! You take good care, hugs!:-)

Desire Fourie said...

Oh wow this is just so beautiful. Loving the pine cone theme.
Hugs
Desíre
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Ellie said...

An absolutely beautiful card. Love these colors!

Davi said...

That is a gorgeous card Brenda!! I love the pinecones on the kraft really pretty and the panel is equally beautiful with the pop of red! I love Christmas too but it does seem to be a kinda blah year, we will have to find that Spirit soon ;)

JD/ Jill said...

So beautiful! Stunning card! I know just how you feel...I'm the same way right now. I'm so far behind with everything with Christmas and trying to find the Christmas spirit. I do have a lot to be thankful for this Christmas so I know it will come...

Sassy Raggedy said...

This is just beautiful. I love everything about it Brenda...Now wake up and get with it...lol Hugs, joann

Loll Thompson said...

Beautiful card Benzi. LOVE the background pinecones stamped on the kraft card stock. And your main panel is gorgous. Love the rows of pinecones with your sponged background and beautiful sentiment. Loll xx

NanaConnie said...

Absolutely stunning, my friend! Love the gorgeous pine cones and that wonderful splash of red.

Lynne in NI said...

Oooh this is fab Benzi, LOVE those popped up pinecones and gorgeous colours too.
Hope your Christmas spirit arrives soon ... your snowman collection will still be there for next year, so just think of all the fab stamps you can 'rediscover'! :)

Colleen Dietrich said...

Ah, so beautiful, Benzi. :)

Hope you are doing well, my friend.

nwilliams6 said...

Wow - not sure how I missed this one. Lovely shading and images on this - has a wonderful feeling to it. Hugz - extra ones!!!