of course it helped that i had inspiration for both the layout and color scheme just by virtue of stopping in to check out the current fusion card challenge, which is called "embossed ombre":
wouldja believe the center panel is trimmed from one of those freebie cards that charities send out at this time of year? i often save the pretty ones to use as tags or whatever. in this case i cut a horizontal slice and matted it on a dark blue page of an old christmas ideals magazine, then layered the whole thing on top of a strategically trimmed piece of glossy patterned paper. i finished the whole thing off with an inky layered doily tree that i made at some point and then changed my mind about using. i have no idea when i made it, or, for that matter, why i rejected it; but it was an awesome find this week!