Shabby Smiles

Merry Christmas Eve!  Are you done with all your holiday prep?  I'm nowhere close, but that's kind of par for the course - I've always been a last minute kind of gal!  :)  I've still got a ton of baking and a bit of stamping to do before the holiday shuffle starts this evening, so I better get moving!  Today's card uses the week 4 December Viva la Verve! sketch created by this week's hostess, Teresa Kline.  Play along in all 4 of the December sketches and you'll have a chance at winning Verve's entire January release!  And I'm just going to warn you, the January stamps are some of my all-time faves!!!  To make it easy on you, I've even created a printable PDF of all of this month's sketches. You have until next Thursday night {Dec. 30} to play along!

The theme for this month's Viva la Verve! is Ornaments & Winter Decor.  My inspiration came from this gorgeous little shabby chic tree from Illusive Swan on Etsy.  One of my stamping goals for 2010 was to become more comfortable with creating the shabby chic style I so admire.  I think I've definitely improved over the year, mainly due to all the inspiration I find over on Etsy!  Not sure if my wallet has improved, though!  LOL

Anyhow, I wanted a break from Christmas projects and have been wanting to use this My Mind's Eye Tickled Pink paper that has been sitting on my desk for a couple months now.  So I pulled out Blue Skies and made a cheery little card, complete with glitzy butterflies and some shabby wrinkled ribbon.  I accented the butterflies with chocolate pearls and the Inside Pinking die border and Labels 10 shape with light pink pearls from Pizzazz Aplenty.  A turquoise paper rose and some Maya Road heart shaped pins finish it off.

Okay, that's all from me this fine Christmas Eve morning!  I wish you all the happiest of holidays, filled with love, laughter and wonderment!

17 comments

  1. Oh, Julee, this is so gorgeous. I just love it. Merry Christmas to you and your hubby.

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  2. This is soooooo pretty! These butterflies are still favorites, they are so cheery. I love the sparkle on them too. I can't wait to get back in my "happy place" (my stamping room)after the holidays. I'm ready for a change of design too. Have a Blessed, Merry Christmas! :-)

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  3. Very pretty. Love the colors and the butterflies. TFS

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  4. GORGEOUS!! And to say you've improved on the Shabby Chic style is truly an understatement! You're tops in my book!

    Merry Christmas to you and Mark!!

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  5. So beautiful! And a Merry Christmas Eve to you as well!

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  6. Merry Christmas to you and Mark, Julee!! I love the inspiration photo and you're giving me the idea to go and snoop in Etsy for some more fun, although, I'd probably wind up buying something!!! Maybe I'll be inspired by my own tree to keep it safe :) Gorgeous ribbon, flower and pins, swoon!!! Have a relaxing and joyous day tomorrow :)

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  7. LOVE those butterflies, especially when they are all sparkly :) Gorgeous card with such wonderful,soft colours. Hugs to you and Mark!

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  8. So pur-dy!! My poor workbench is burried....however I did make the cutest little scrapbook mini wallet album!! I can't wait to give it on Sunday!!

    Have a wonderful holiday weekend!!

    Stampin' hugs

    squirrellyshirley

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  9. So stunning...love it...the stitching, the glitter and pearls...wow!

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  10. Oh that's one beautiful card! Beautiful, beautiful!! Have a Merry Christmas!

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  11. Wow this is so pretty Julee! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  12. Love those butterflies...must get mine out!! Paper is gorgeous and you do shabby chic perfectly!! Merry Christmas belated!!

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  13. Soooo pretty!! Really gorgeous work!

    Buon natale e felice anno nuovo!

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  14. How GORGEOUS, Julee! Hope you got everything done and enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with family and friends!

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  15. Julee, this is beautiful!!! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas surrounded by loved ones!

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  16. Oh wow-this is BEYOND gorgeous! I LOVE the shabby chic look and that's one of my fave sets SO pretty!

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