Sunday, December 20, 2015

Anything Christmas at Di's Digis... and I'm gutted!

The new challenge started over at Di's Digis Challenge Blog yesterday... and I didn't get a chance to publish my post; proving that I learned nothing last fortnight when I neglected to press "Publish" on my "not going to get caught out THIS time" scheduled post, ah well, all I can do is apologize to Di and the team for the delay; 'tis the season and all that.  
The reason I'm gutted is I've lost 3 Followers this week!! I don't know what I did to offend you guys, if you're reading this anyway - again all I can do is apologize.... "must  try harder"
Back to today's post... My "Anything Christmas" ended up being a card; I'm so short on Christmas cards some of my friends will be getting "bought" cards - those that love me will forgive me I'm sure :-)
The cuter than cute Santa cooking his steak and snags (sausages) on the barbie is just perfect for our Aussie Christmas... thanks Di for thinking of us Hot Christmas peeps :-))  He's called Barbeque Santa and you can get him here  I coloured the image with Copics and added lashings of gloss to the steak and sausages (that's one juicy steak, lol)
I followed the sketch from Bugaboo's Stella Says Sketch challenge, I've flipped it and the sentiment is not right down the bottom, but I did follow the sketch, honest :-))
I've used papers from Kaisercraft... the Christmas Carnival pad.  The curved panel at the top is cut from one of the sheets in the pad... it's great as it looks like I've spent ages cutting curved strips from different papers whereas I took about 30 seconds to follow one of the lines :-)  
The card base is green card, I added Spruce Stickles to the same card to make the mat for the image a bit more interesting.  You can see in this pic that I coloured Santa's boots with a combo of brown and Warm Greys... I like this better than just using Cool Greys as I think it looks more like leather, well it does to me, lol.
I added some Gold Stickles to the belt buckle and would normally add Ice Stickles to the fur trim... but I got distracted and forgot, lol.  Worked okay though.
I used the same layout for the inside of the card... it's how I roll, lol, adding red stickles to the red card for matting in place of the green as there was already enough green on the inside.  Another piece of the border print page at the top .. great value as I've still got enough for a card or two -from one piece of paper!
The twine is from my stash, well technically... I only bought it last week but it wasn't "bought for purpose" so "stash" and the snowflake is a wooden laser cut that I added some silver stickles to, and a red rhinestone to the centre.
The Ho Ho Ho are stickers... well they were ONE sticker that I cut into three bits :-)
That's it for today's card, I tend to keep my Christmas cards pretty simple, to be honest because I'm generally running out of time to get them all ready not because of some artistic "rule".
I'll be entering this card in the following challenges: 
Crafty Creations Happy Holidays
Gem of a Challenge Anything Christmas
Inky Chicks Merry Christmas
Sweet Stampin' Merry Christmas
Corrosive Challenge Merry Christmas
Jingle Belles Christmas
Hiding in my Craft Room Favourite HIMCR challenge (#228 Christmas Colours)
Pile It On Anything Christmas or Winter
OSAAT Anything Goes with the Colour Red
Sweet Stampin' Christmas Father Christmas
Little Miss Muffet Holiday Cheer
Without Words Feeling Festive
My Time to Craft Last Minute Makes
Creatalicious Challenges Something Old (paper) Something New (image)
Bunny Zoes Crafts Glitter/Sparkle
Sparkles Monthly Challenge Favourite Christmas Colours
As You Like It Favourite Christmas Colours and Why (I like "non traditional colours but I just can't use them... as soon as I see "Christmas" out comes "Red and Green", lol)
Craft Your Passion Anything Goes
Art by Miran Anything Goes
Polkadoodles Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown Anything Goes
Clear It Out Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter Anything Goes
Pop over to Di's Challenge Blog and check out the rest of the team's inspiration... worth the trip :-)   I hope you get a chance to enter the challenge too, great prize on offer as always - from the fabby Crafters Companion this time around - and (as always) if you use one of Di's gorgeous images, whether a Di's Digi or a Candibean rubber stamp you go into an extra draw for a further prize... with so many cute images to choose from why wouldn't you??
I'll try (though I have been trying, still lots going on here, more than just the Christmas thing) to get back in a few days and get the last of LAST year's Christmas cards blogged before the end of THIS year... maybe that's why  I dropped 3 Followers, I don't post often enough ?  Anyway, until then Happy Crafting, Donna 


Megan J said...

Hi Donna, Love your card! You're right, Di has thought of those of us who celebrate a Summer Christmas, right now I'm melting from the heat (NSW) but in a couple of days it will be half the temp it is now!!! I love Di's Surfing Santa too, it's winging it's way to the UK. have a wonderful Christmas...Megan

PS. you can also link up with the 12 months of Christmas Challenge (theme Santa Claus is coming to town)

AO Creations said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Clear It Out, good luck!!! Amy DT

Tracey T said...

What a brilliantly jolly Santa card. Love the fact that it's as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside! Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and a fabulous 2016! Love and hugs, Tracey xx PS Blogger has a mind of it's own sometimes, so don't worry about the followers thing - you may well find that they are reinstated at some point xx

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

A stunning Christmas card
Ginny x My Blog As I do Rodos

Jasmina said...

What an adorable card. I seriously love your coloring. Your use of Stickles made a nice contrast to the rest of the background. I checked the rest of your blog and I'm now your follower on Bloglovin :)

Thanks so much for joining us at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge.

Tracy Wray aka Trak said...

What a super sweet project you have for us today, so well thought out and put together a fabulous Creation Beautiful in every way, we are so lucky you have entered our art by miran challenge
so beautiful to look at good luck hugs Tracy x

Desire Fourie said...

This is a wonderful creation and perfect for our 24th ‘ANYTHING GOES’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck. Wishing you a blessed festive season.
{Lil Patch of Crafty Friends DT Member}
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Gail said...

Donna, I'm so glad you entered the challenge at Jingle Belles. I'm visiting over there to get some last minute ideas for cards I need to hand to the neighbors (so I have until Christmas Day to finish them!), and saw this card. I love it and am going to case your layout with one of my own images. Great card and thanks for sharing it on that website. Hugs, Gail

Elaine Stark said...

a lovely jolly card. Thanks for joining AYLI challenge. Elaine

Debbie said...

Lovely card thank you for showing us at Sweet Stampin' this week. Debbie X

Cicci said...

What a great design and love The traditonella christmas colours and a beutiful image and colouring ;)
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.
Hugs Cicci :))
ciccividpennan {My Blog}
Through The Craft Room Door

Sall said...

This made me smile it's utterly cute and very apt. Thank you for taking the time and sharing your creativity with us at OSAAT this fortnight, I hope you have enjoyed playing along as much as we have enjoyed seeing your talent. Love 'n' hugs Sall OSAAT DT.

CraftyGirl said...

Lovely project, I am very glad you entered this week at Tuesday Throwdown. I hope you had fun!!! See you back very soon to play in another fun challenge.


Tuesday Throwdown DT

Unknown said...

I love Christmas sparkle and your image is great. Thanks for entering the Anything Goes challenge at Polkadoodles, Jackie DT x

Danielle Vincent said...

Very beautifully made! I love the HO HO HO especially. Thanks so much for joining us at Catch the Bug and Stella Says Sketch! Merry Christmas!

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Thank you for playing with Sweet Stampin'. Warm holiday wishes!

Love and hugs

Mia Scott said...

Gorgeous card with a stunning layout!
Thank you for joining in with the ‘Something Old / Something New’ challenge at Creatalicious Challenges. Mia – DT Member xx

Anonymous said...

So cute! Thanks for joining in with our challenge at As You Like It,
hugs Samantha :0)

Anonymous said...

Super cute card, Thanks for joining in with our challenge at As You Like It,
hugs Samantha :0)

Evie said...

Beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at Card Mania Challenge. Good luck.

Evie - DT member.

Laurie HIMCR said...

Fabulous card! And what a great job you did coloring! Thanks for joining us this week at HIMCR!

Hiding in My Craft Room

Julie Odil said...

What an adorable santa! You have colored him wonderfully! Thanks for joining our ATG challenge this time at Polkadoodles Challenge Blog. Julie, DT member

Helen said...

So cute. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Sparkles.

Hugs Helen P x