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Monday, December 22, 2014

When one door closes ...

A quote from Alexander Graham Bell: "When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us."

It is with this quote I begin this post because I am stepping down from the Crafty Sentiments Design Team. I have had another door open for me and on January 1, 2015, I will be one of five designers on the Craft-Dee BowZ Design Team. I am truly honored for the invitation.

This will be my last card made as a member of the Crafty Sentiments Design Team and I'd like to thank them all for their support and encouragement. I have loved working with the images created by Suzette of Crafty Sentiments Designs.

The challenge this week at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog is ANYTHING GOES. I suspect we will have thousands of entries (I mildly exaggerate) and encourage you to use an image from Crafty Sentiments Designs since there is always another drawing award given to those who do!

The image I have used for this challenge is named Christmas Seasons and, of course, it's an image from our sponsor Crafty Sentiments Designs


I loved using this dark red and dark green on this card. It's traditional but not the bright shades of the colors. The image was more old-fashioned to me with the way this little gal is dressed so I chose the more muted reds and greens with only the poinsettia and bow being bright red.


The prize for this challenge is a voucher from Crafty Sentiments Designs.


I hope to see you enter the challenge and would love to visit your blog if you will please leave a comment below. To those who have visited me through the Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog, I'd like to say thank you and I hope you'll continue to stop by.

                                                                                   Hugs,
                                                                                   Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
A Song In Your Art, Inspiration Destination, Crafty Creations, Red Rubber Designs, Chocolate, Coffee & Cards, Treasured Times, Monday Morning Challenge, Card Mania, Deep Ocean, Loves Rubber Stamps, Paradise of Stamps, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, Craftyhazelnuts Pattterned Paper, The Sisters of Craft, Fresh Brewed Designs, Emerald Faeries, Little Miss Muffet, Stamp and Create, One Crazy Stamper, Crafts Galore Encore, Seemacrafts, The Artistic Stamper, A Crafty Mess, We Do Doobadoo, A Gem of a Challenge, Pile It On, Scrapbook Society, Penny's Challenges, Scrappers Delights, Ooh La La Creations, Sister Act, Double Click Connections, Faery Ink Designs, Bunny Zoe's Crafts, Divas by Design, Dream Valley, Whimsy Inspires, Ladybug Crafts, Sweet 7 Challenge, The East Wind, Sparkles Forum, Di's Digi Designs, Addicted to Stamps, Glitter n Sparkle, Christmas Card Challenges, Melonheadz Friends

48 comments:

  1. Hi Gail another stunner sorry to see you go but congratulations on the new dt. Have a great Christmas see you round blogland

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  2. Love those traditional colours and the way that you've repeated the poinsettia and holly through your design. Many congratulations on your new DT post which is surely very well deserved. Have a lovely Christmas! xx

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  3. Congratulations on your new DT they are very lucky to have you xx

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  4. This is gorgeous, Gail! I love your stitched detail around the image and dp, and those gorgeous burlap flowers! The die cuts and bow look amazing - this whole card has a rustic feel! Sorry you're stepping down from Crafty Sentiments - I have enjoyed seeing your work with their stamps. But I'm looking forward to seeing all of your bow creations for your new DT. Wishing you and Tim, and Lucy and Linus, a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I imagine your daughter will be there too - enjoy!

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  5. another gorgeous card Gail
    so sad you leave us, but i wish you all the best for 2015
    hugs
    céline

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  6. Beautiful card! Thanks for joining DoubleClick Skittles Challenge!
    DT-Shirl

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  7. Such a beautiful card Gail, love the colours and the berries you added to the holly. Hope you have a wonderful christmas xx

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  8. this is gorgeous Gail

    gr karin and


    Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.

    Greetings Karin DT Coördinator


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  9. gorgeous card Gail! Thanks for sharing at The East Wind Christmas challenge, Mo xxx

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  10. And another quip of "variety is the spice of life", so congratulations on your newest endeavor, Gail !! I'm certain you'll be a great addition to their team, knowing how much of a ribbon lover you are . . . and your bow looks great on this card, and you're absolutely right in drawing on the "vintage" aspect of this image and having the card creation itself complement it, by extending that vintage look. Wonderful stitching, distressing and the canvas flower just adds the final touch. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Gail !!

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  11. GF! You've made me want to pull out my sewing machine! This is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing and joining us at Inspiration Destination. Hope to see you again and good luck!
    Ema
    IDCB Owner

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  12. Wow I love this card from the sweet image, and you sewing around the card, choice of paper fabulous card... Thank you so very much for joining in on our challenge at "A Crafty Mess." Good luck, and we hope to see you again soon...

    Rhonda DT
    http://a-crafty-mess.blogspot.co.uk
    http://craftyartisans.blogspot.co.uk
    http://101watercolor.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. Beautiful card, Gail! I like how you did the holly. Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges. Marsha DT

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  15. Love this card, great job with the sewing and the image is beautiful. Nice touch with the poinsettia and bow and the holly. Awesome. Thanks for playing our challenge at One Crazy Stamper!

    Leanne DT@OCS

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  16. Super cute card, thanks for sharing and entering into the Sisters Of Craft Challenge. Happy Christmas. Gill SOC DT

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  17. Beautiful !!! Love colours and image. Thanks for joining us at Chocolate, Coffe & Cards Challenges!!! I hope you get to join us again for our next challenge. Agnieszka DT
    Merry Christmas :)

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  18. So beautiful and festive! Fabulous stitching and stamping! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and happy New Year! Thanks for joining us @ Red Rubber Inspirationals!
    Drea DT Host Inspirational #151

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  19. This is just beautiful! Love the card and your presentation of it! Thanks for sharing this with us at Card Mania Challendges.

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  20. Your card is beautiful!!!! I love all of the detail! Thank you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge #12, Anything Goes, Dawn DT Member x

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  21. Hi Gail,
    I am so happy for your new opened door, that is just so exciting. :D You will definitely be missed at Crafty Sentiments but I know I will see you around the Crafty Blog Land. :D Plus I'm a follower so I will be able to see view your beautiful cards. As always the card you created for the current challenge is just stunning.
    Crafty Sentiments Teamie
    Deborah

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  22. This is so perfect for our ‘CHRISTMAS’ theme. Just love the colours and design. Thanks for sharing your talent with us and good luck.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Fresh Brewed Designs DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  23. Gorgeous card!! Thanks for playing along with us at CCC!!

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  24. Very pretty. Love the holly and the poinsettia. The image is adorable. Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges.

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  25. It's a beautiful christmas card with a lovely girl and a great sentiment.
    Thanks for playing with us at Addicted to Stamps.
    Greetings, Danoesja

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  26. Great card thank you for joining us at Ooh la la Creations Sue DT xx

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  27. Gorgeous card! Love all the details. Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges.

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  28. So super cute! congrat's on your new DT position. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

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  29. Gal, this card is simply gorgeous. Love the colors you chose. The image is wonderful and your coloring is super. I am looking forward to having you on the Craft-Dee BowZ team, welcome aboard. Happy New Year!

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  30. Such a pretty card. Great detailing. Thank you for sharing your talents with us over at Loves Rubberstamps. Hugs Nina

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  31. Brilliant card Gail its just delightful I love those hessian flowers. Thanks you so much I was delighted to win your blog hop and now am the owner of a gorgeous new digi stamp Thanks foe alerting me as I was incredible busy in the run up to the holiday s love and hugs Carole x

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  32. Huge congratulations Gail on your new DT appointment, sad to see you go from Crafty Sentiments but look forward to seeing your Craft dee bows creations and thanks for joining us at Divas By Design this week. Jac x

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  33. Gorgeous card, love that image and the papers are lush! Congrats on your new DT spot and thanks so much for joining our 'Festive Spirit' challenge at http://wedodoobadoo.blogspot.co.uk/
    Claire xx

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  34. Another sweet card Gail. Love the sketch and the die is just gorgeous!
    Thanks so much for playing along again in my Monday Morning Challenge!

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  35. Adorable . Thankyou for joining in over at seemacrafts

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  36. Stunning creation. beautifully embellished. Thanks so much for joining us over at Emerald Faeries Challenge Blog, good luck and hope to see you again.
    ~ Denise DT ~

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  37. Gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Sparkles Monthly Challenges for our 4th Anniversary Anything Goes Challenge. Wishing you a Happy New Year.

    Hugs Helen P (DT) x

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  38. Beautiful card Gail. Love all the details. I wish you all the best for 2015
    I have now google translate on my blog. Specialy for you hi hi.
    Hugs Maria

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  39. How cute this card is!!!! Thank you for joining this month challenge on Seemacrafts, Hugs, Donalda DTM

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  40. Pretty card!! Thanks so much for participating in our MELONHEADZ challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
    ~DEANNE~
    A Little Bit O' Paper

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  41. Beautiful card!!! Thanks so much for participating in our A SONG IN YOUR HEART challenge!! Hope to see you again for our very last challenge!!
    ~DEANNE~
    A Little Bit O' Paper

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  42. Super cute!

    Thank you for playing along with us at Di's Digi challenge and I hope you'll pop in to see our new challenge:-)

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  43. Adorable, congrats on your new DT position. Thanks for playing along at Melonheadz Friends, see you Jan 5th for a new challenge :)

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    1. Popping by from Penny's challenges too :) Happy New year! New challenges begin Jan 7th. Crafty hugs-Laura

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  44. This is a gorgeous creation - lovely colours and layout - thank you for joining us this time at Penny's Paper-Crafty and good luck - Michelle x

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  45. I love all the details but the flowers are just amazing ! Thanks for playing in the Scrappers Delight
    challenge Penny (Scrappers Delight NRDT)

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  46. What a gorgeous vintage style card thank you for joining at Ooh La La Creations Christmas Challenge
    Alli x

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  47. Love the sewing you have done on this card, it is lovely. Thanks for entering into the Sparkles challenge.
    Suzy DT xx

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