Blue, White & Gold Muse: Christmas Visions

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This week I’m playing along at at few Christmas challenges, but my inspiration came from a new one – Muse: Christmas Visions. It’s no secret that I love clean and simple cards, and Ardyth Percy-Robb is the queen of Clean and Simple. I love all her creations and am inspired by her work. I encourage you to check out her blog – Maskerade. This past week, she started a new Christmas Challenge which is a spin off the weekly challenge – Muse. It’s called Muse: Christmas Visions.

I’m excited to play along in their first challenge. The way the Muse challenge works is a design team member posts a project and you use that as your Muse for your creations. The first challenge was created by Kimberly Wiener and here is her card:


Kimberly’s card has several possibilities to pull from, but I chose the core – Blue, White and Gold. The colors immediately inspired me to think of the Christmas Star and a frosted scene, so I decided to grab one of my Stampscapes stamps and make a scenic card. Here is my creation:

Stampscapes Stamps

If you would like to see the exact video for this project, it’s in our project library at The Creative Grove VIP Community. Click here to find out more about becoming a member.

Creative Tips –

  • To get the soft winter glow in the sky, you’ll want to try Distress Inks as they blend quite effortless – Click Here for a video on how to blend distress inks
  • For the snow banks, I used a few shades of blue to create depth and interest among the drifts. If you’d like to learn more on how to create snow drifts – Click Here for a video on Snow Drifts

Muse Christmas Visions Challenge

  • The Leafless Limb stamp by Stampscapes was stamped twice, once in versamark, then again in Versamark/Espresso just slightly offset. They were then both embossed in clear embossing powder.
  • Embossing your limbs gives you that frosty shadow and allows you to use the emboss resist technique preserving your image while you create the scene around your image.
  • I wanted to have some stars, but wanted a little more gold in my card, so I created several dots with my Versamarker and drew a north star before embossing them in gold.

scenic card tutorials


  • The greeting is cut from Brushed Gold card stock and the Hand Lettered Holiday dies from WPlus9.
  • The scene is matted onto a brushed gold card stock layer before going onto a Night of Navy layer by Stampin Up.

I’m also submitting this project to three other great challenges that I encourage you to check out:


I love the feel of this peaceful frozen evening, I hope you do to! I encourage you to play along in all the above challenges, I had fun creating this one, and am excited for a few more at Muse: Christmas Visions. Smile

See you soon –

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  1. I am speechless by the inking you did, such a serene and beautiful creation!

  2. Congrats on your ATS win! This card is beautiful! Love your shading on the trees and the snowdrifts and the card design is fab. 🙂

  3. Ingrid, Your card is stunning and the photos are amazing! Speechless for sure! Thanks for joining us for our embossing week over at Just Us Girls and we hope to see more of your fabulous work!
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  4. WOW! Speechless! This is so awesome and your video techniques are amazing! Love your snowdrifts on their own even without the added scenery.
    Great work and thanks for sharing at ATSM. Sarah x
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  5. A work of art–love this!

  6. Beautiful scenes you have created Ingrid. Love seeing blue on Christmas cards. Thanks for sharing them with us this week at Just Us Girls.

  7. This is a beautiful winter scene.

  8. Gorgeous and serene winter scene you created! It is perfect! Thanks for playing with us at ATSM!
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  9. This is so beautiful. I love the winter scene. Great work.
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  10. Such a serene scene! Love the beautiful blended sky and the snow edged branches! So happy that you joined in for this inaugural Muse CV!

  11. Stunning card…I will be back to check out your videos to learn your tips for blending and making snow drifts look real!
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  12. Gorgeous! The Distress Ink blending is impeccable and thanks for the details about the Muse challenge!
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  13. Serene and chillingly BEAUTIFUL! Love this scene! So glad that you were so inspired to join in ! Ardyth is amazing, so glad to be creating with her each week on this team..and another we have together. Thanks for joining in this lovely creation to MUSE Christmas Visions!
    Kimberly Wiener recently posted…Another MUSE Creation!!!!!My Profile

  14. Simply stunning!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Merry Monday.

    Deanne 🙂

  15. Katie Melhus says:

    This is so lovely, those snowy drifts and hills look great! Thanks for joining us this week at Merry Monday!

  16. Absolutely stunning, Ingrid! I love the rich drama of your night sky! So glad you joined us at our first MCV challenge!

  17. This is a beautiful card Ingrid!

  18. This is such a beautiful scene, Ingrid! So peaceful. Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday!
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  19. LOVE your beautiful scene, Ingrid! So perfect!
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  20. This is an amazing scene and great to read how you created it. Thanks for joining ATSM

  21. Brenda B says:

    Wow, this is just gorgeous! Your wintry scene looks so realistic – love the way you did the snowdrifts!

  22. Cindy H. says:

    Wow, this is just so beautiful! Love your snow drifts!

  23. Ingrid this is just glorious! Though I am so happy to have Winter behind us finally! Thanks for sharing all the tips!
    =] Michele
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  24. Jenni M says:

    This is such a serene scene and your snowdrifts are perfection! x

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