Saturday, 23 March 2013

Pattern Play day 1 - Neutral Noel

This week I learned a lot about using patterned papers on my cards. The first day of the Pattern Play online card class focused on how to balance different patterned papers. I decided to combine my card for day one with this fortnight's prompt over at Jingle Belles, namely to use only neutral colours for a Neutral Noel. I also challenged myself to use non-Christmas papers for this one, since I bought a Kaisercraft 6x6 pad quite some time ago that has lots of gorgeous patterns in neutral colours (After Five Collection).

Because the middle PP pane has a rather bold and busy pattern in black, taupe and bits of white, I kept the rest of my card very simple and white. The sentiment (Merry Everything by Simon Says Stamp) was heat-embossed in white Artemio embossing powder, while the angel (set of Christmas clear stamps by Inkadinkado) was heat-embossed in white twinkle embossing powder (Crafter's Companion) onto vellum (Crafter's Companion) and then cut out with a small border and adhered onto the card with foam pads. I finished the card off with some twine from the supermarket and a few Kaisercraft pearls and rounded two of the corners.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
CHNC - 117 Use 3 of something (3 PPs)
CHNC Extra - Always Anything Christmas goes
CSAYL - 8 Anything goes
Crafty Catz - 175 Sparkle with a bow
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - 4 No red & no green
One Stop Craft - 221 Recipe: 1 image, 2 or more embellishments, 3 PPs
ABC Challenge - J for Just as you like


  1. And this one is so elegant Marianne.

    I imagine you are a bit warmer that we are here today, it's snowed all day, can't wait till July when we visit your Country.

    B x

  2. I really like this!
    And the papers play nice together too!

  3. Beautiful and so elegant, love the placement of the pearls too, thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week, Jac x

  4. This is beautiful! People who can combine patterned papers amaze me as I have a hard time with it. Maybe I should take that class. Your papers are gorgeous together and the neutrals make a beautiful card.

  5. Hmmm . . . I think I forgot to add "Thanks for playing with CSAYL." Oops.

  6. Wow, deine Karte gefällt mir richtig gut.
    Danke für deine Teilnahme bei CSAYL. Liebe Grüße Jenny

  7. JUst GOrgeous! FABulous colours and a beautiful design. Thank you soooo much for joining us this week at

  8. Beautiful card Marianne thank you for joining us this week at Crafty Catz
    Hugs Dianne xx

  9. This is such a serene and peaceful card - I love it - thanks for sharing it for both of my CHNC challenges x

  10. Oh that's lovely. Love the colours.

    Thanks for sharing at CASS this time.


  11. A gorgeous card. I love the papers you have used and your great design.

    Thanks for joining us this week at the One Stop Crafts challenge and good luck.

    Hugs Sarahxx

  12. well you have *DEFINITELY* mastered the art of combining patterns to perfection... perhaps you should be TEACHING that class?! :) in the meantime, this gorgeous card totally PROVES that neutral can be amazingly lovely and definitely NOT dull in anyway! love it! ♥♥♥

  13. Absolutely fantastic combination of neutral tones ... I really love the white sentiment ... so glad you joined us at jingle belles.

  14. This is very beautiful. A perfect CAS card. Well done.

    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Catz this week. Good luck!

  15. A lovely elegant card. Perfect in the grey and silver combo - just right for our challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin this month. It's great to see you joining in with us. Hugs, Lesley

  16. Beautiful Christmas card! Love the pearls! Thanks for joining us at The One Stop Craft CHallenge!

  17. Awesome, elegant and very beautiful. Thanks for joining us at the Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Challenge! --Gail

  18. This is lovely! I love all the interest you've added with texture and glitz! Thanks so much for playing my prompt at Jingle Belles! :)