Peace, Love and Joy

Today's card is for a challenge at Festive Friday using
this beautiful photo as inspiration that I combined with
the Merry Monday color challenge.

This is the inspiration photo and...

the challenge at Merry Monday was to use slate, kraft, white 
or cream on a Christmas card.

I decided to use the mirror and the greenery as my 
inspiration. Even though this is a Christmas card, I think
this would be great as a wedding card as well.

I used the Holiday Frame embossing folder on whisper
white card stock and then sponged lightly with some
crumb cake ink for a 'vintagy' feel.
The En Francais stamp is one that I always gravitate to
when doing a vintage card and thought it would work well
with this frame.

I used smoky slate and crumb cake (I don't have kraft) with 
whisper white. I added a touch of green using always artichoke
and old olive.

I forgot to stamp the greeting before I added the frame. It
wouldn't normally be a problem except for the fact that I used
dimensionals which is why there's a little smudge :( 
I decided to leave it instead of re-doing it --- gives it the
'handmade' look don't you think?

card stock: whisper white, smoky slate, crumb cake,
     always artichoke, old olive
stamp set: en francais, winter wreath (avery elle)
ink: crumb cake, early espresso
big shot: holiday frame EF
punch: bird builder 
embellishments: basic pearls

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!


Ardyth said…
A beautiful combination of the two challenges. I love how you've emphasized the texture in your embossing! So glad you joined us at Festive Friday!
Notes by Nina said…
Very pretty, I love how you combined these two challenges. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.
Linda said…
So pretty. Love how you sponged on the embossing.
Katie Melhus said…
Very lovely take on both challenges, I love those birds and you're right it could be for either occaison, score! So glad you playing along this week at Merry Monday!
Kay Miller said…
This is sooooo pretty! I love the colors you've used and the embossed background is stunning! Thanks so much for joining us at Festive Friday! :)
Bonnie said…
This is so pretty, Susangail! The embossing looks like an antique frame and I love these sweet birds! Thanks for sharing this with us at Merry Monday!
LeAnne said…
Wow, these two challenges combine so well! A lovely vintage-style card...that embossing is fabulous! Thanks for playing with the Merry Monday challenge this week, Susangail.
Unknown said…
Very nice Susan you did a great job love the card ♥
Stunning! I love those little birds and I think your stamped sentiment looks great!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Merry Monday.

Deanne :)
Linda said…
This is so pretty, those little birds are just adorable. xx
Susan Powell said…
Wow!! Thank you Ladies for all your lovely comments :)
What a beautiful card, Susan, and I agree that this would also be perfect for a wedding. Thanks so much for playing along with Festive Friday this week!