Monday, September 28, 2015

Animals Acting Like Humans at Di's Digis

Whew, that's another fortnight that flew by..... Time for a new challenge at Di's Digi's Challenge Blog, the theme this time around is "Animals Acting as Humans".  I am having so many problems with Blogger.... it's a minor miracle if you're even able to see this, at last count it was my seventh attempt to publish!
I thought I'd take the opportunity to add to my Christmas card pile, and I just LOVE this cute image "Hark the Herald Micey Sing", available here.  I coloured with Copics and Prismacolor pencils, heat embossing some Ranger Bridal Tinsel EP onto the fur trim on the meece's hats.  Since I took this photo I also added some Glossy Accents to the holly berries as well, I didn't think it was worth taking another pic as you can rarely pick up the shine in pics anyway, lol.
The papers are from Kaisercraft's Christmas Carol pad... we stopped in Melbourne for a few days on our way to New Zealand holiday a few weeks ago and I found the Kaisercraft outlet store; all I can say is it's lucky for my wallet that there's a weight restriction on your baggage or we would have been cold in NZ after I made way for all the things I WOULD have bought if there wasn't a limit, lol... I did manage a paper pad - or three, lol.
The sketch I've based my card on is this little beauty from Tuesday Morning Sketches.
I've had the sparkly red ribbon in my stash for so long I can't even remember where it came from - it was really hard to get into a decent looking bow, even with my new Bow Easy... think I'll stick with finer ribbon in future.  The little jingle bell is actually from the Lindt chocolate bunny my youngest son bought for me for Easter this year... I have a whole pile of them in my stash still; he buys me a Lindt bunny every year, and I collect the ribbon and bells from everyone else that gets one too, such magpies us crafters, lol.
The fabulous sentiment is from Create With TLC; I can't remember if this was a freebie (quite possible as Paulette is very generous!) or if it came in one of the Christmas packs I've bought over the years... either way you can find it here.  I added the shadow to it in Microsoft Word, very easily done and it really does add some dimension.  
I finished the inside of the card very simply, which I tend to do with Christmas cards as a) they are less likely to be kept by the recipient and b)I'm usually under time pressure :-) The sentiment is a wood mounted stamp that was a gift from my sister years ago... before I even made my first card - as in she was having a clean out and I never say no to anything I think I'll get a use for one day; the reason I've spent more money on storage than anything else over the years - to keep my goodies organized and more importantly concealed, lol.
I hope you get a chance to enter the challenge this time around, there's so many images around of Animals Acting Like Humans - Di has a gazillion on offer herself, check them out here, so it's an easy challenge.  Great prize on offer as always, and don't forget if you DO use one of Di's cuties there's extra prize opportunities!
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges: 
Great Impressions Trick or Tree-t or Image (my meeces are on a tree branch.. hope that's enough!) 
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long Lots of Layers or Textures (The background paper is foiled, the floral paper has glossy accents, the ribbon is very textured AND there's a lot of layers... think I've got this one covered, lol) 
Winter Wonderland Traditional Colours 
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra Challenge Anything Christmas
Papertake Weekly Anything Festive
Aud Sentiments Christmas
Fab'n'funky Challenges Cute Critters and/or Christmas
Crafty Cardmakers Add Some Sparkle (The bow/ribbon and the fur trim all sparkle IRL) 
4 Crafty Chicks Sparkle and Shine 
Outlawz Friday Colouring Challenge Anything Goes, Optional Christmas
Cute As A Button Anything Goes
rt by Miran Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Anything Goes
  Well that's it for today, I'm still sorting out all my pics from our fabulous New Zealand adventure; which didn't start too well when we missed our flight to Queenstown on Day one and ended not too well either when we landed back in Aussie to a Custom and Immigration go slow campaign resulting in it taking over one and a half (stressful!)hours to get out of the airport, then 45minutes waiting for a taxi into Melbourne- at which point we wished we'd bitten the bullet and flown straight through to Perth even though they're really awful schedule times
The two weeks in New Zealand though were AWESOME; we saw plenty of snow, blue sky and truly majestic scenery This first pic is in Queenstown at dusk, (we've been twice before but in April, very little snow then, amazing how different it looks) The second pic is one (actually a few not-particularly-well stitched together) sent to our sons while away - it's okay considering the limited resources available at the time, lol) of the Northern end of Lake Wanaka about halfway through our journey - LOVE Wanaka! Town and Lake

We had a very rainy Milford Sound experience, which while "mystical"will probably be back on the list of "one fine day" as the photos of it on a clear day look astonishing, and we missed out on the helicopter/glacier landing flight as the weather was too poor for the two consecutive days we were "in range", so that's still on the Bucket List.  Ironically they were the three days of rain we had the whole trip.  Ah well, gave us a chance to catch our breath... we drove 2700 kilometres in 11 days; and managed to do a lot of the hour-plus walks to scenic spots that I couldn't do last time because of my hip... my new hip made the world of difference I have to say.

We did get to Kaikoura on the East Coast of the South Island this time (we went inland up to the Abel Tasman park last time so missed it) We saw plenty of these baby seals on our walk up the hill from the town beach - too cute!  They are wild creatures so we left them alone... but this little fella was quite nosy and I have a picture of him sniffing hubby's Cousin's foot!
I also have to give a shout out to anyone in Christchurch; we spent the last four days of our NZ time there with my hubby's family, they took us in to see the damage in the city and some of the hardest hit suburbs.  We were there six years ago, such a pretty city - and it broke my heart to see the level of devastation;  it was hard to get your bearings as all the landmarks are simply gone. 
It wasn't until I stumbled on the tram tracks when taking a photo of the devastated Cathedral that I realised I was on the angled road that was once the thriving heart of the city... as far as I could see in most directions was NOTHING, it looked like a giant parking lot.  Any of you that have stayed deserve our admiration, I hope for your sake's the "tearing down" has ended and the true rebuilding can begin in earnest.
I will add some "happier" pics of our trip next time, I'll be back in a few days, until then Happy Crafting Donna


AO Creations said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at HIMCR, good luck!!! Amy DT

Michelle said...

This is a very cute card. I love those little mice you colored. Thank You for joining our challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.

Michelle (DT)

Lisa J said...

Oh this is so cute. I love the image and the layout. Thanks for sharing with us this fortnight. Lisa DT Aud Sentiments Challenge

Fabiola said...

Ta carte est trop trop mignonne Donna, une scène adorable et une charmante création, merci de jouer avec nous chez CSAYL, biz

Karen C said...

How cute! Love these papers!! So glad you came Through The Craft Room Door to play! Can't wait to see more of your talent!
Karen C

jenndub71 said...

I adore this stamp!! Soooo cute! Perfect little christmas card! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Cardmakers and more!

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

Stunning card Ginny x

Jacee said...

This is lovely Donna, great design, love the music background and that really is the sweetest, cutest image!
hugs Jacee
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Unknown said...

This is Great!! Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
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Trish said...

A very cute card and great pictures

Fikreta said...

Your card is gorgeous !
Thank you for joining us at cute as a button
Good Luck and hope to see you again.
Fiki DT member

Donna Mosley said...

Gorgeous card Donna, love the very cute image. Great photos too hun.

Donna x

Josephine said...

This is so sweet - and bound to get a smile from whoever receives it!

Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers and More!

Unknown said...

Very cute! I love their rosy cheeks! Thanks for joining us for the trick or tree-t challenge at Great Impressions!

Mynn xx said...

SO darling, Donna! LOVE the sweet image, the soft coloring, and the fun papers you paired together! Thank you so much for joining us at Great Impressions! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Desire Fourie said...

Donna your card is pure festive delight. Just adore those little critters.
Your NZ trip looks awesome, thanks for sharing some photos.
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Tracy Wray aka Trak said...

What a super sweet project you have for us today we are so lucky you have entered our art by miran challenge
so beautiful to look at good luck hugs Tracy x

Laurie HIMCR said...

I love Christmas mice! So adorable! Great card! Thanks for joining us this week at HIMCR!

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