House of Cards

House of Cards is having a Holiday Blog Hop Challenge.

Here is the beautiful inspiration photo:
   I was first struck by how elegant the inspiration was. 
Looking more closely, the plate rim really caught my eye.
I really wanted to make an elegant card and pretty quickly came up with a few ideas.  I did a little stamping;  spent a few days thinking about my idea and this morning sat down to put it together.
Let me tell you, it was Hideous, with a capital H.  The hideousness of it made me laugh out loud.  I didn't take a picture of it but even if I had I would have been too embarrassed to show it.
Here is what I changed it to:

My original actually had a crystal and pearls hanging from the center where the lamp is.  Ugh.

I found some old Magenta Style brand stickers in my stash that were perfect.
A quick silver stamped sentiment from SU.

 In the end I went back and added the touches of red and green even though they were not in the inspiration.  It just seemed a little too stark to me.

Thanks for Visiting,


Mynnette said…
LOL, I wish you would've taken the picture of the original!!! I LOVE seeing other people's "fails" because it makes me feel not as bad when I royally mess up, too! ;) No matter, this is gorgeous! LOVE the lamp and I LOVE the silver metallic throughout! Thank you SO MUCH for joining in our blog hop/DT call at HOC--good luck! ;) Mynn xx
Tammy said…
WOW this is gorgeous Ang! I love that silver lamp and your beautiful details! Thanks for joining us at HOC!
Tammy x
Donna Nuce said…
Thanks for sharing your creative process to end up with this beautiful card. And thanks for joining us at the House of Cards.
Rocky said…
Love reading about your 'prototype', it made me smile as it sounds SO familiar! Thank you for sharing this one with us at HOC.
Ruth M said…
Lovely Christmas card Ang, so crisp and wintery! Thanks so much for joining our HOC blog hop & for applying for a DT spot - good luck! Ruth x
Daen'Ys said…
Oh, how beautiful! The small lantern is adorable! This is an absolutely fantastic card!
Thanks for joining at HOC for our blog hop.
Good luck! Rosi x
rudlis said…
Wow! Beautiful card.
Thanks for joining at House of Cards.
Vannessa said…
Love how you used the flowery stamp for the wreath - looks fabulous in silver too. Thanks for joining in our December blog hop challenge at HOC.

Hugs, Vannessa