Sunday, October 21, 2012

Unconventional Christmas and OLW110

I struggled with OLW110 Squares, which surprised me because it's really quite a lovely challenge and if you haven't played along yet, please do! Here's my first card for it, assuming Heather will accept a card with a single square on it.

But, my, oh my! That's a lovely square!




The unconventional color scheme--aqua and orange--is one I adore...but I'm just not sure I adore it for Christmas. Basically, I only have the square rhinestones in orange (and a red so dark it looks black, which isn't very pretty for Christmas stars). So getting flaky with the colors was a necessity.

Do you like unconventional colors for Christmas, or are you purist? We've discussed this before, and people seemed to have strong opinions. I'm a moderate who enjoys experimenting but also loves tradition.

I'll send this extremely unconventional card to the first person who requests it!

Supplies
stamps: Hero Arts, Papertrey (sentiment)
ink: VersaMagic
paper: PTI
accessories: square rhinestone

15 comments:

  1. Actually, I quite like this - while the colors are definitely unconventional, the beautiful design coveys the true message of Christmas. This is the kind of card that I'd be delighted to get in my mailbox! Great job! Bev

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  2. I love both traditional and non-traditional colours. I think it depends more on the topic. I personally like religious cards, regardless of religion (e.g.: nativity, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc.) I know that many are non-religious so after that, I like cards that premote peace, love and joy. Usually these are nature based with trees, snowflakes and scenes. I generally don't like Santa Clause images or cards depicted presents.

    But hey, last year I send over 50 cards and got 8 so I'm just thrilled to get a card these days!

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  3. LOVE that scene and any Christmas card with it as it depicts the true meaning of Christmas so wonderfully.

    I go both ways with the colours for Christmas cards. Older generations get the traditional as that what they like and younger set gets some non-traditional combos sometimes.

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  4. Your design is definitely accepted. Your square may be small but it is the star! I'm with you on non-traditional colour schemes; I will definitely give them a go but some of them don't get a second go...

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  5. I normally like traditional colors for Christmas cards, but one year I did go off-road and used aqua cardstock with a rectangle of white vellum stamped with the Snow-Swirled Christmas tree, and I loved it. So I guess my answer is that I've got to see it before I decide. And I decided immediately that I liked your card very much!

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  6. Beautiful, Susan! It may be a contemporary design, but the Nativity scene "takes it away" :)

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  7. I definitely lean toward the "purist" side. But I do like variations on the traditional colors; not just your standard crayon box colors "red" and "green".

    The image usually dictates the colors. Something looking more Victorian or vintage will get a burgundy and deep hunter green. Anything with the nativity usually makes me want to use a shade of blue; or white or silver or some combo of the three. Snowflakes are the same but I have gone so "wild" as to use purple for snowflakes with a iittle fuschia thrown in for an accent color.

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  8. I love your unconventional colors!

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  9. I LOVE using unconventional colors for Christmas~simply because Christmas is a NOW message. I LOVE your colors here and gorgeous square bling Susan.

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  10. I prefer traditional colors for my Christmas cards but I don't consider only red and green "traditional". But I don't care for some of the really strange (to me) non-traditional holiday card colors I've been seeing all over the Internet lately. It just seems to me that the big thing these days is to see just how non-traditional "they" can make their cards. Just this morning on a blog somewhere along my surfing path, I saw an Island Indigo poinsettia accompanied by Summer Starfruit chevron designs. Other than the fact that Summer Starfruit would be ugly on any kind of card (sorry but that color is just so ugly to me :)), the indigo poinsettia was just too strange for my tastes. I guess I'm even more traditional when it comes to my poinsettias than to holiday cards in general. :)

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  11. I definitely prefer traditional colors but it i always fun to see what others are doing. What stamp or stamps did you use for this card? TIA for our answer.

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  12. I tend to be more traditional in my Christmas card colors but this is beautiful. I would love to have this card!! I tend to make 100 of the same card but may have to break out of the box this year.

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  13. This color combo is stunning and because it is not "traditional" colors it makes you study the card longer and not gloss over it.
    I was in Frankenmuth Michigan yesterday and they had a life size nativity and Bethlehem city scene painted in aqua along the river. All the decorations in the largest Christmas store Bronners had every color you could imagine there. So to me there is not traditional color. Your card looks just like the scene we saw along the river~beautiful:)

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  14. i adore unconventional colors for christmas, i think it looks modern and fun...i made a christmas card just last week using aqua and orange

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  15. I love the traditional colors best. I do, however, enjoy certain nontraditional color schemes.

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