Sunday, September 08, 2013

I've Got Some Christmas Blues... and it's only September!

Well I sort of have the Blues... we have a new challenge starting today at Here Come the Boys - and the theme is "Blue Christmas in September"
The fabulous image is from Dr Digi who is our sponsor this fortnight, this is Surfin' Santa and you can grab yours here.  Divas by Design has a "Water Themed" challenge so I'm entering there and Deep Ocean Challenge has You Are My Sunshine so I'm in there too.
I coloured with Copics, adding a white highlight to the sunglasses, and some gloss to them too... just for good measure!  
Fab'n'funky Challenges wants us to use Opposite colours (of the colour wheel), I have so I'm in, Stampin' for the Weekend  has Colours of Summer and Sweet Stampin' has Got the Blues (only like I have, lol) so I'm entering them too :-)  
The papers are digis from Bearly Mine Designs, the Christmas Wishes set, the blue card is Canson and the white matting has glittery dots all over it, so nice IRL.  
I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches, the horizontal band has the white glittery paper and the blue has been punched with a Christmas punch that my lovely Mum just brought me back from her (latest!) trip to Malaysia.
The snowflake charm is part of a challenge win from the lovely Nikki at Bunny Zoe Crafts, attached with bakers twine; The Crazy Challenge has a Bingo theme, I've used the "Charms/Image/Punches or Die Cuts" row.  I've got loads of layers here... 
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long wants to see 4+ Layers, so I'm in, and Crafts-Too Challenge You want to see Texture + Your Style... I think I've got enough texture and this card is my "style", such as it is (focus on the image and only a few embellies - whatever you'd call that style, lol)The sentiment is from Create With TLC, my 'go to' place for sentiments, Aud Sentiments wants us to use Any Sentiment... too easy!  The pearls are actually Pebbles from Scrappers Must Haves, they're translucent but didn't look quite right, so I gave them a coat of Stickles, now they look just fine :-)
I finished the inside using the same sketch, dispensing with the charm, lol.  
Whimsy Inspirations Challenge has Masculine as their theme, as do Creatalicious Challenges and My Mums Craft Shop so I'm entering there. Bearly Mine ChallengesAddicted to StampsTotally GorjussThrough the Craftroom Door and Paper Crafting Journey have Anything Goes challenges while Papertake Weekly Anything Goes with the option of Christmas, so I'm entering there too.
Well that's it for today's card, I hope you get a chance to pop over to the blog and check out the rest of the team's "Blue Christmas" cards, why not get a start (if you haven't already!) on your Christmas cards... you'll be in with a chance at some of your own Dr Digis too - bonus! 
I thought I'd share the latest photo my son (Matt, not Chris the photographer) took of the twins the other day with his phone, they're nearly five and a half months old now - wow, time's flown! I'm sharing this pic over at Sassy Cheryl's Show Me Thursday blog, such a fun space :-)
Matt's still not back at work yet, the amputation site has healed over, he has started driving again and is going to the gym daily to try and get some flexibility back in to his foot where the scar tissue is hard and inflexible (and to build up his leg muscles which have wasted a little over the last three and a bit months)  He should be back to work by the beginning of next month, he is slowly increasing the time his foot is down, currently it swells once it's not elevated for more than an hour or so.  He has yet to get his orthotics and prosthetics are probably out of the picture as the quote came in at $16000!! a bit much for two toes, when they only last about three years.
One thing about having all this time at home is that he is spending a lot of time with the babies there'll be a lot of adjustment when he goes back to work... for everyone!
Anyway, I'll be back in a few days hopefully, with another card; until then Happy Crafting, Donna


Jackie said...

Fantastic image :) and fabby card. Thank you for playing along with us at BearlyMine challenges this time. Good Luck. Jackie DT. x

Sue said...

Awwwwwww an ADORABLE photo - thanks for sharing and making me smile!
Fabulous card Donna, I love the fun image, brilliant colouring and great detailing too.
Sue xx

Melissa Craig said...

What a fun Christmas card! That's a Florida Santa! Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Billie A said...

Tee hee what a cute card. I love the look, great colors and the charm is a great touch. Darling hefty santa so cute. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments for our any sentiment challenge..
the week babies are darling.

Billie A

Donna Mosley said...

Great card Donna, love the fun image and fab design. Hope things improve for Matt very soon hun and omg! how adorable are your lil' grandbabies.

Donna x

Shuly said...

excellent card!!! i love this image!! excellent!! and the layout is super
and this baby super adorable!!

Heather said...

Yeay for twins! I have a set and they are almost 4!! Tough in the beginning but can be so much fun. Anyway, this card is fabulous! Love the soft blues and that argyle background. And Santa's comb-over is just too funny! Thanks for playing with CSAYL.

Debbie said...

Fun card!! Santa would FREEZE dressed like that here, but should be ok with you in Australia! :)
Thanks for joining us this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches!!

downrightcrafty said...

ace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! love the image and the cool colours fabulous
Hugs Kate xx

Lozzy said...

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

Teresa said...

Fabulous card Donna, you really do these digis justice it's great!
What a gorgeous photo of your grandchildren, they are little beauties, I can't believe how much they've grown already, bet you are loving those cuddles :)
Thank you for visiting my blog yesterday, I hope you have a great week.
Hugs Teresa

Laine said...

Such a fabulous and fun creation. Thank you for sharing with us at PCJ Challenge.
Laine - DT

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

Love this image and gorgeous layout wonderful photos Ginny x

Pat said...

Lovely card, great image, super photo's, thanks for sharing with us at Fab'n'Funky.

Pat xx

catherine said...

This looks great Donna and thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week. was looking at the photo and thinking back to my twin girls at that age- they are now 14!!!Great picture there
x catherine

Chris said...

Love your cool Santa card! Just gorgeous!- and so are your twin grandchildren!
Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

Berry said...

so much fun Thanks for playing at Divas by design hugs Rebekah xx

NGCARDS said...

A wonderful card! Such a fun image! Thanks for playing at PTW! xxx

Shuly said...

told you i loved the image! i've just bought it !! hope i can make a card as beautiful as yours!!

Eulalia said...

This card is super funny, I like it soooooo much.
Thank you to share it on Deep Ocean Challenge and come back soon.
xoxoxo Eulalia

Fabiola said...

thanks to join the fun with us at CSAYL Donna with your cute and so fun card, hope to see you next week, biz

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Fab card, love the fun image and sentiment, adorable photo too, thank you for joining in with Divas By Design
Lindsay xx

Beccy said...

Lovely card and image. Thanks for joining us at Fab n Funky.

Beccy x

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Great card, love the image & sentiment!
What a super cute photo, love it!
Hugs Shell xx

Sol said...

Fantastic image!!! LOVE IT!!! Santa is on Holiday!! No gifts for you! :o).. :o).. Great Coloring of his skin!.. Cool Design! :o)
Thank you for joining us at ATSC! :o) Hugs Sol :o)

Pat (mspfd) said...

LOL, Christmas fun! What a great image and fabulous design. Thanks so much for joining us for this week's CSAYL challenge!

Jenny said...

Das ist ja ein witziges Kärtchen. Toll gemacht.Danke für deine Teilnahme bei CSAYL. Liebe Grüße Jenny

Suzie McFloozy said...

Thanks for playing along @ stampin' for the weekend & good luck x
((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

Wishcraft said...

Fabulous card Donna, such a fun image and great design... Love that sweet photo of your grandchildren too! Thanks for joining in at Sweet Stampin' hun :o) Hugs, Lisa x

Cindy Groh said...

I love this card. It is such a perfect male card. May I post a link to your card on my Manly Monday blog post? It's a post where I showcase masculine cards for my readers. LMK by responding to this comment so I can easily find this post.

Sassy Cheryl said...

LOVE the card. . .but my favorite is the photo of those sweet little babies. How quickly they grow!
Thanks for joining us in the Sassy Cheryl's Show Me Thursday fun!!

Shirley said...

Your card is wonderful, but I have to say that those pics of the babies made the post for me. They are adorable. I'm glad to hear your son is doing well, and the price of prosthetics is unreal. Everyone is going to be missing each other when he goes back to work.

Jennie Atkinson said...

A wonderful fun card - it really made me smile! Thanks for shring it with us at C2CU this month.