Sunday, October 20, 2013

Christmas in Brown and Cream

Whew, the weeks are just rushing by!  It's time (already!) for a new challenge at Here Come The Boys, and this time the theme is "Christmas in Brown and Cream".  
I've done something a little different (for me) this time, I've coloured a dark background.  I used Copic Ink and a brush, adding some gold Perfect Pearls powder to the mix... it looks SO effective in real life, but is too subtle to see in the picture, sigh.  The too-cute image is Star of Bethlehem by Crissy Armstrong, and you can get it (and many more!) from Whimsy Stamps...the Whimsy Inspirations Challenge is Shabby Chic/vintage - this is about as shabby chic as I go, I hope it's enough :-)
The fab sketch is from Sketch and Stash, you know I like a nice sketch :-)
I coloured the image with Copics as well, adding some extra shadows and highlights with Prismacolor pencils, great for the really fine nooks and crannies, lol.  I know I've taken a bit of poetic licence with the green hills, they should be sand dunes but they just looked unfinished. 
I embossed "the" star by  with a Versamark pen and Gold Sparkle EP, the wooden embellies got the Gold Embossing treatment too; Craft Your Passion has an Embossing theme so I'm entering there.  Crafts-Too Challenge You has a Christmas theme with the Twist being what Christmas means to you; I remember the Nativity plays my kids were in when they were little... and sitting with all the damp-eyed Mums watching their offspring perform, each knowing theirs was the "Star" of the show, even if they were just one of the shepherds :-)  Now I (finally) have grandchildren, I can hardly wait to be on those uncomfortable chairs again :-)  Stamping Sensations has All Creatures Great and Small, Moving Along With The Times has Christmas Cuties (tick tick here methinks!), Deep Ocean Challenge has Christmas is round the corner, Addicted to Stamps has Christmas is Coming, Crafty Little Fairies has Christmas in October and Simon Says Challenge has Christmas or Holiday so I'm entering all those.  Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge has Inspired by a Carol, I have O Little Town of Bethlehem (one of my favourite carols, especially when sung by littlies!) 
I used papers from Kaisercraft, the cream paper has gold dots, the gold and brown card for matting is from my stash, as is the gold cord.   Delightful Challenges want us to Add a Frame or Mat, I've added double - I'm definitely in, lol.  I used the same basic layout for the inside of the card, and another of the wood embellies.  The sentiment is computer generated.
Well that's it for today's card, pop over to the blog and check out the rest of the team's Brown and Cream Christmas makes = I hope you get a chance to enter the challenge too; it's not as scary as it sounds, there's a lot of brown and cream Christmas-suitable papers out there, and plenty of images that look great in these colours too.  I even enjoyed colouring this up once I started :-) Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna

23 comments:

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

An adorable image and great BP Ginny x

Wendy L said...

This is so gorgeous, love the chosen colours for Christmas, makes a nice change. xxxx

Sue said...

Gorgeous card Donna. I love the cute image and you have coloured it so beautifully. The papers are fabulous and the touches of gold sparkle look wonderful too.
hugs Sue

Pat K said...

WOW...gorgeous card Donna. Love this image and I can image how wonderful the background is...might have to give it a try but knowing me...it will probably turn out like mud! hugs, Pat K xx

Julie said...

This is fabulous - your colouring of this wonderful image is perfect! Thanks for joining us at Sketch N Stash this week, Juliexx

Donna Mosley said...

A very beautiful card Donna, love the very sweet image.

Donna x

Izzwizz said...

Gorgeous card, it's so frustrating when you can't get the Perfect Pearls effects to show in the photo, but your card looks wonderful anyway. Love the unusual colour scheme. Maddy x

Izzwizz said...

Oops, just popping back to say thank you for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations this month. Maddy x

ScrappyKsue said...

I just LOVE your card girl. It is beautiful. The image is just so cute. ~Karen Sue

downrightcrafty said...

wow gorgeous colouring love the image such a fabulous scene and super card with great colours
Hugs Kate xx

Chris Hanselman said...

Love the image. Great card. Thanks for joining our Frame It Challenge at Delightful Challenges.

~~Chris
DC-DT

Sandra van Blaricum said...

Lovely card, I love that background!!! It's beautiful!
Thanks for joining the TTCRD challenges!
Hugs,Sandra

Lozzy T said...

What a gorgeous card, love the colours and your have coloured the beautiful image beautifully..Thank you for joining us at Bearly-Mine challenge and hoping you would like to join us again soon. Good luck in draw...Hugs Lozzy x

Kelly Lloyd said...

Oh wow this is gorgeous. Stunning image and layout. Love the cream and brown colour combo
Thanks for sharing with us at crafty little fairies
Hugs Kelly

Marianne's Craftroom said...

I love this image and your colouring and layout and papers are fab. Thanks for sharing at CLF

The Little Stamper said...

What a gorgeous card. Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Bearly Mine Anything Goes challenge.

Sharon x

cheiron said...

Wonderful image and wonderful coloring. Thanks for playing along with us in the Holiday/Christmas Challenge this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

mixamatoasties said...

Gorgeous. Just love the image.

Thanks for sharing at MAWTT.

Susan x

Denise @ kc242 said...

What a fabulous card. Love your design. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Delightful Challenges!
Denise
Delightful Challenges DT

Marlies said...

A beautiful Christmas card! Lovely colours and design and the image is adorable!! Thanks for joining us at ATSC, Marlies

Jennie Atkinson said...

A gorgeous card and how lovely that it brings back memories of your children's Nativity plays Thanks for sharing it with us for Twist 2 at C2CU this month.

Lynne K said...

Absolutely gorgeous card, Donna! Superb colouring and such a lovely design. Thank you for sharing it with us at Stamping Sensations this month.

Lynne

Dawn said...

Such a gorgeous card! Your colouring looks stunning!! Hugs, Dawn