Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas is here... at Card Mania

I'm continuing with my Guest DT offerings for the Card Mania Challenges Blog today, the theme is "Christmas"... which was really fortunate for me as I have about four cards made despite my best intentions, here's another one for the pile at least!
The camera really didn't like this card, it looks so FLAT! I may have been fiddling around with the White Balance settings... really should leave well enough alone!  It is much better IRL, really :-)  
The oh so sweet image is from Whiff of Joy; one of the sponsors (along with Hobbissimo) this time around.  I coloured with Copics, adding extra shading with Prismacolor pencils.  I added "holly" to the wrapping paper on the bottom gift with Copics, it matches the holly on the background paper (from Kaisercraft's Mint Twist pad) so much better than it looks in the pic, again I don't know why it's "grabbing" some colours and not others.
I used a sketch from Papertake Weekly... it's not a sketch theme this week but I do like to give credit for a nice sketch wherever possible, here's what I was working with
The red paper with stars and the polka dot paper are from my stash; I have an idea that they're both Kaisercraft, but they've been kicking around for years so I have no clue what the names are.
I added lashings of Star Dust Stickles to the squirrels hat trim and the snow, not that it shows!  the stars are cut from gold foil card using MFT Dienamics Stacking Star dies.  I made the sentiment using the computer (the baubles are from a free font Noel Dingbats) and cut it out using the smallest of my Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Oval dies. The red matting is from my stash.  I used a stamped sentiment mounted on some more of the red matting for the inside, forgot to take a pic... but as all my cards are ending up with the same simple finish inside I'll post a pic of the next one... seen one, seen 'em all, lol.  That's it.   I would like to join in with the following challenges with my card: 

Seeing Red
Bingo (Die cuts or punches/Digi image/ Bling
Gifts (image of gifts, or gift item)
Christmas Presents
Bling It On
Paper Play (Stars die cut from gold foil card)
Winter Wonderland
Winter Wonderland
Holly and/or Ivy (Holly on paper)
Family Christmas
Christmas Present  (Modern Look)
Anything  Christmas
Anything Goes Christmas
Anything Goes/Christmas
Anything Goes with Glitter
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes

I hope you get a chance to join in with the challenge, nice easy... and appropriate... theme and great prizes, so there's plenty of incentive. Check outt the rest of the team's work on the blog, should give you an extra push to get those last minute (or if you're like me, your necessary) Christmas cards done.  I only have one more challenge as Guest Designer, that's on Christmas Eve... I'll DEFINITELY be back before then, so until then, Happy Crafting, Donna


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

Fabulous card love the way you have interpreted the sketch Ginny

Margreet said...

What a gorgeous card with that lovely image...thank you for sharing it with us at Divas by Design!
xxx Margreet

lalkygirl said...

What a fab cute card ,love what you did with the sketch
Thanks for joining us at Auds sentiments designs and good luck
Tracey x

Jacee said...

Such a sweet design Donna, love it!
hugs Jacee
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Deonna Bemish said...

Gorgeous card and image! Great coloring too. thank you for sharing your work with Through the Craftroom Door this week.

Virginia Lu said...

Fabulous design, Donna! The layering and coloring are awesome! GREAT take on the sketch! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Bling It On” Challenge!

Suzy Cole said...

I love this image, it is so cute! Not seen it before, very lovely indeed. Everything fits so perfectly together. Thanks for joining in with Sparkles this month.
Suzy DT x

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Oh wow, that image is just adorable. Utterly enchanting Christmas card. Love it! Thanks so much for joining in our 'Christmas' challenge at Fab 'n' Funky. Hugs, Wends x Fab 'n' Funky DT

Paper Panda said...

Gorgeous card! Thanks for sharing with us at Aud Sentiments!
Mandy x (Aud Sentiments DT)

~ginny said...

Delighted you chose to share your project & creativity with us at Aud Sentiments Donna! I like your take on that sketch - and that you used your Copics to repeat the holly theme on your Christmas wrapping in the image. Fun! I really like your coloring of the fox[?] - your shadowing really gives a sense of depth. Nicely done!
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Desire Fourie said...

Just gorgeous with great attention to detail. It is perfect for our 21st ‘ANYTHING GOES’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
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Amanda said...

Hi, beautiful Christmas card and such a sweet image. Thank you for joining us at That Craft Place. Hope to see you again soon.
Hugs amanda

pinky said...

This is just adorable! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

michele said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week hugs x

Ellen said...

Lovely card, well done! Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge.

groetjes, Ellen

bejko said...

Lovely card! Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenges.

Judith said...

oh how cute is this! - i just love this image and your colouring is gorgeous - thank you for joining in with us at the Crafty little fairies for our last challenge hugs Judith x

Tracey Fehr said...

Fantastic card! Your coloring is stunning, and the image is adorable. Thanks for playing along with us at Holly Jolly!
Tracey, DT

Mimi said...

What a gorgeous creation, loving it , great colouring :) :) :) Thank you for joining us for this fortnights OSAAT Anything Goes With Glitter challenge. Hugs Jane xx

Helen said...

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

Bridget Curnow said...

OMGosh this is such a cutie, I love it!

Thank you so much for joining us at Without Words this month we do hope that you will try to join us again for next months Challenge

Hugs and kindest regards
Bridget WWDT :) x