Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year with a UDI Challenge!

Good morning stamping friends!
Call me crazy, but I am so glad to be back to blogging after taking a week off to celebrate the Christmas holiday! I've missed you! Did you miss me? :)

I hope you are planning a fun and safe New Years Eve celebration for tonight. We are having some friends over for family game night - something we've done for the last 4 years - and we'll be snacking through the night with wonderful finger food and yummy treats as we wait for the ball to drop in Times Square. What are your New Years Eve traditions? I'd love to hear about them!
Oh, and my Mom says to be sure to eat your Black-Eyed Peas on New Years Day - I don't know why, but we always's TRADITION! LOL!

So, my first day back to the ol' blog and it's a fresh UDI Inspiration Challenge. Here is the photo our challenge mom, Maria chose for us to use:

And here is my interpretation:

I actually had fun with this card - it is fun and elegant at the same time and when I went searching for a sentiment, I was pleasantly surprised to find this one which suited the 'feel' I was going for perfectly!

The card base is simply a piece of Basic Black cardstock folded to create the card measuring 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". The middle layer is Brushed Gold cardstock cut at 3 1/4" x 4 1/2" and the stamped layer is Shimmer White cardstock cut at 3" x 4 1/4".

I took out the Circle Circus stamp set - which I admit is horribly underused in my stamp room - and embossed the three different circle images using Gold Encore ink and Gold Embossing powder. Those circles just reminded me of the bubbles in the glasses in the photo.
My greeting came from the Best Wishes and More stamp set which to me, is more whimsical than elegant, but that greeting seemed celebratory and best-wishy all at the same time. (is that a word? I guess it is now! ha!)
My one regret is that I was a little heavy handed on the left side of the greeting, so it's a little thick. I may re-do this before I send it to someone! But - I know you guys will forgive me!

Both of those layers were mounted on Stampin' Dimensionals to pop it up a bit. It's a bit hard to see, but I did add some detail with the Paper Piercing tool and the Mat Pack to two of the corners. It looks nice in person, I promise!

And lastly, you can see here that I added some more embossed circles to the Shimmer White cardstock piece on the inside of the card too.

Be sure to head over to the UDI Blog for the links to the other design team members projects - I know you'll be inspired by their takes on the photo.

I'll be back later with a fun year in review post for you. I'm sure you, as I, have much to be thankful for from this past year and much to look forward to in 2010! I like to look back and remember all the ways God has blessed us each year. It reminds me that even in the tough times, He keeps us in the palm of His hand.

Stamped blessings,


  1. I love it, Robin! It's very elegant. It must be all the gold! ;)

    My mom has always made us black-eyed peas on New Year's Day, too! Plus, she makes sure we eat 12 grapes at midnight! She claims it brings you good luck. :)

    Have a Happy New Year!


  2. The card looks great, Robin. Love it!

  3. Beautiful card yet again! I don't know how you do it.....

    If I can stay awake, I usually watch the ball drop and try to call my sister and kids as I know they're all awake. I, too, say a silent thank you for my blessings.

    Happy New Year! Jean

  4. Great card! I love the combo of the wavy, whimsical sentiments with the circles.

  5. Lovely card! i always hoard my brushed gold and shimmer white papers since you don't get as many per pack...this would tempt me to use some, for sure! Happy New Year to you, Mark, Emma, Buster, and Susie!

  6. robin, it's perfect. the circles seem to float on the card stock. if you end up redoing this card to 'fix' your greeting i'll take your cast off. besides, i'm sure you really meant to do it that way.

    happy new year. xoxox

  7. I love the gold embossing. I need to use that more. I love Circle Circus. You can use it for EVERYTHING!

  8. Love the gold circles! Very bubbly!!
    Happy New Year!!

  9. Lovely card! Can't wait to see all those swaps! :-)

  10. This is fabulous Robin...what a wonderful way to use this set! {SMILES}

  11. I like how you used Circle Circus to create such an elegant card! Hope you guys had a GREAT New year celebration...I've never had Black Eyed Peas (except in my Itouch!)

  12. This is so beautiful Robin! I just love the gold with the black! Quite elegant! Happy New Year! :D

  13. Pretty and fun all at the same time. Great interpretation of your inspiration!

  14. The black, white and gold is so elegant! Great card!

  15. Very pretty. The gold really makes this look extra special.
    Happy New Year!

  16. What a great card for BC and for the UDI challenge!! Always great when we can combine those challenges!!!

    Can't wait to see you in two short days!!

  17. I love the embossing on this card!


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