First EVER Festive Friday Challenge...

Friday, February 1, 2013

Welcome, my sweet friends!  Something exciting and new to share today!  I met a gal quite some time ago that has become one of my best blogging buddies...Meredith MacRitchie.  I love her style and so admire what she does with stamps and ink, and over time...well, we've just clicked, and I'm so thankful to call her  friend.  She has been creating and posting Christmas cards every Friday for quite some time now, and Fridays on her blog have become known as Festive Fridays.  I've really enjoyed those posts and often thought...just think of all those pretty Christmas cards she'll have all ready to go, come December!!!  Knowing that she was going to take a little break from it 'til about February, I had all but emailed her to say..."Meredith, how about me joining you on your Festive Friday posts, and we can send our visitors to one another's blogs???"...when SHE emailed ME and said, "Geri, I'm starting a Festive Friday Challenge blog...wanna help me out???"  Talk about great minds thinking alike!  So we are...with the first challenge for the Festive Friday Challenge Blog.  This first challenge is a color challenge...

Now I couldn't help but go a little elegant with this challenge, so here's my take on it.  A shiny silver die cut (PTI) and a little heat embossing in silver...

...layered on top of some crisp, white dry embossing (Sizzix)...

I's a little traditional big surprises...but I couldn't help but be happy with the overall look of it.  But, if this neat and tidy card is not your style, you can find lots more inspiration at the FF Blog, where designers Amber Kemp-Gerstel, Melissa Phillips, Sarah Martina Parker, Meredith MacRitchie, and this round's guest designer, Elena Roussakis have some lovely projects waiting to inspire you.  THEN...YOU have 2 weeks to link up YOUR Christmas creation in these pretty challenge colors.  We'll highlight some favorite creations as we go along, and offer additional inspiration at the 1/2 way point of each challenge to help keep everyone inspired and motivated.  I sure hope you'll join us and give it a try!  Come December, I'll think you'll be glad you did!!!
Thanks so much for joining me today!
Stay tuned for my Precious Remembrance post later today!  I've tried a new (to me) technique I'm excited to share!


  1. HUGE congrats on your new DT gig Geri ~ happy dancing for you my friend!!! Superb debut card too. I love the pearsl, they remind me of the sun glistening on a fresh snow. Traditional is a good thing ~ love your elegant take on it!

  2. Oh Geri, such a beautiful card. It does remind one of the Glistening snow. I might just have to get involved with this. Congrats on the adventure.
    I am also excited, your blog always goes to "Hidden" so I get your updates by email now..will work much better I think. Have fun.

  3. This is beautiful! I love the the embossing with pearls and the metallic/glitter!

  4. Oh Geri, how can I thank you?? What a beautiful post, and you already know I think it's a beautiful project. Thank you so much for joining me, and all your enthusiasm... I am so SO grateful to and for you!!!!

  5. This is so beautiful and elegant! I love the silver doily and all the pearls!

  6. Absolutely gorgeous card, Geri! How fun to be involved in that! I'll be back soon to see your next post! :o)

  7. such a gorgeous and elegant card!

  8. Gorgeous , elegant and festive card! Love it and your Festive Friday idea.

  9. Well congrats on your new team Geri girl! This card is just heavenly! The embossing with the pearls is so stylishly beautiful. What a way to start out your new adventure! Hugs!

  10. Yeah Geri! So excited for you and to try this challenge! I was so behind the gun this year on Holiday cards that I am determined to make them during the year this year. A Friday challenge is perfect!!!!
    Your card is so lovely! Love the silver doily and the pearls and emobssing. A gorgeous color story to play with!

  11. Congrats being on the team! I always enojoy being here and this time is no exception:). I am in awe of your take on the challenge. Not traditional but terrific!