Saturday, January 30, 2016

Use Lots of Red at Di's Digis

Soooo, it looks like this year is following the same pattern as last year; it's HURTLING by!!  Time (already) for a new challenge at Di's Digis, the theme this time around is to Use Lots of Red.  I decided (sticking, for the time being at least with my New Year's Resolution/promise to self to make a Christmas card, here it is!
The cutest of cute images is called Believe in the Magic (which incidentally I DO... I LOVE Christmas!!) and it's available here.  I coloured with Copics and added some highlights with Prismacolor pencils.  I used E000 and E0000 for the shading around the image, I'm finding I like the warm glow it gives pics like this where blue sky isn't really appropriate and grey just looks dull.
I added Sparkly Fluff to the fur trim and embossed the snow with white Embossing Powder mixed with Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels in Iced Snow flavour (actually I did the fur trim in that first and it just didn't look right, it needed to have less shine than the snow, the Sparkly Fluff really did the trick, though it did like to spread itself around, lol, I was brushing it off for ages!)  
I embossed the trees, cut with Couture Creations dies (Intricutz Merry Little Christmas Collection), with the white EP/Glittery flakes combo too, nice and sparkly IRL.  I had the trees in front of the image panel but they were a bit overpowering, I tucked them behind and then didn't have the effect I wanted of the line the little cuties are on to be suspended between trees... so I cut the trees on their sides  and tucked most of them behind the image panel (which is elevated on foam dots) and had just one branch twisting on to the front to look like it's holding the line... it  looks better in real lie than in the pics... honest!
The papers are from Basic Grey's Jovial Collection; the pad's nearly gone now - I'll have to try and find it again, love it!  The sentiment is called 'Tis the Season and you can get it here from Pink Gem Designs, I just checked out the site to get the link... and now I'm going to have to go and grab some of the latest sentiments, me likey!!
As usual I've finished the inside of the card with elements from the front... I don't overdo the inside of Christmas cards as a rule, but that might be because I'm usually hammering them out the week before Christmas; that excuse isn't going to wash when you're on your third Christmas card and it's still January, lol, so I may just get a bit more elaborate with the inside of the next one.... maybe!
In all there's "Lots of Red" on this card, it's not crazy bright over the top but definitely fits the bill... so you can see how easy it is to make something to join in the challenge - I hope you do.  You can pop over to the Challenge blog and see plenty of red, great inspiration... and of course that special February day is coming up where red can really come into it's own... so what are you waiting for? Here's a link to make it easy for you.  
There's a great prize on offer as always, this time around it's from Your Next Stamp, and as an added bonus they're offering a 20% discount for the duration of this challenge, just use the code "DDDC20" at checkout.  Don't forget too that if you use one of Di's gorgeous images there's extra opportunities to win.
Today's card will be entered in the following challenges:
Tuesday Morning Sketch
Tuesday Morning Sketches Sketch, (optional Winter Theme)
As You Like It One or Multi-Layer (I Love "One" but find them quite hard… and I also Love "Multi-Layer" so I'm going for that - coz they're easier, lol)
Crafty Cardmakers Die Cuts and/or Punches (I've used both; the sentiment is cut using a Fiskars punch)
The Crazy Challenge Ribbon (Ho Ho Ho!)
Cuttlebug Mania Baby it's Cold Outside
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge Frame It (I did, lol)
Jingle Belles Bling on the Holidays
Aud Sentiments Anything with a Sentiment Goes
Tuesday Throwdown Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Anything Goes
Simon Says Challenge Anything Goes
Simply Papercrafts Anything Goes
Art by Miran Anything Goes
That Craft Place Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet Anything Goes
I'll be back on Monday with a card for the Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge... which is monthly and just goes to show just HOW fast this year's zipping by!!  Until then Happy Crafting, Donna


Pat said...

Lovely card with a super cute image, thanks for sharing with us at Fab'n'Funky this week.

Pat xx

Billie A said...

Great layout and those cute little images are darling. So glad you shared your card at Aud Sentiments.

Elaine Stark said...

A lovely cute Christmas card. Keep up the good work. Thanks for joining AYLI challenge. Elaine

Wendy L said...

Fab card, so cute, thanks for joining us at MAWTT. xxxx

Lorraine said...

This is gorgeous, I love the cute image and all the sparkle.
Lorraine x

lauren bergold said...

what a fab & festive holiday card! thanks for celebrating all things sparkly with us at JINGLE BELLES! ♥

Denice said...

An absolutely darling image and wonderful card design...LOVE!!! Thanks for joining us this week at TTCRD, good luck! Hope you'll join us for more of our weekly challenges.
Denice - TTCRD DT

Wendy said...

Absolutely gorgeous Donna, so cute! Love it.
Wendy xx

Chris said...

Fabulous card! The image is totally adorable, the design, papers and l/o are gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Fab n Funky this week.

Pat K said...

Fabulous card Donna, so beautifully coloured as always. The shading is so lovely..never thought of using those colours but you are it a pretty warm glow...brilliant. Also like how you positioned the trees on the front...more brilliance. Really love this card as you can tell. Thank you so much for joining us at Fab'n'Funky this week. hugs, Pat K x

SmilynStef said...

What a sweet little image ... and those Christmas trees are magical ... so glad you helped us BLING on Christmas at Jingle Belles.

andree said...

Your card is just lovely, thank you so much for joining in with us this time. Good Luck and hope to see you again soon. Andree {Lil Patch of Crafty Friends DT}

Debbie said...

This is adorable! So many elements to love! Sweet image and wonderful die cuts and "fluff"!!!
Thanks for playing along this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches!!
Debbie (TMS DT)
Debbie's Dash of This and That

Unknown said...

Awww, this is super cute! Love all the details too. Thanks for joining us at Moving Along with the Times.

stempelmausi said...

very beautiful card.
Thank you for joining us at Hanna & Friends.


jenn shurkus said...

this is the sweetest and I just love all the little details! thank you for playing along with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!!

Maike from Maikreations said...

Awww this is such a cute image and stunning colouring! Love all the deatils, too! Thank you for joining our „Dies & Punches“ challenge over at the Crafty Cardmakers ;o) Happy crafting,

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

This is such a gorgeous card. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Crafty Cardmakers and good luck with the challenge, Angela DT x

Lynn (aka Lynnpenguin) said...

Wow...what a lovely creation. Enjoyed seeing all the details on your card close up. Thanks so much for joining us at Holly Jolly for our FRAME IT challenge. Good luck. Hope to see you again soon.
Lynn, Holly Jolly DT

berucrafts said...

Wow... what for a stunning card...Love the coloring and the details on your card... soooo lovely.. Thanks for playing with art by miran... Hugs Ute

Migdalia said...

Absolutely Beautiful!
Have a blessed day,
Crafting With Creative M

N-Eva said...

Gorgeous card, such a sweet image and great use of dies and embellies,! Thank you for sharing your wonderful project at Holly Jolly Christmas challenge. Good luck . Neva

Kerri said...

Beautiful card love the layout and all of the detail..thks for joing us over at LMMS Challenge..GDT-Kerri

crafty-stamper said...

aawww love the cute image and die-cut trees---Thank you for joining us at Simply Papercrafts
Carol DT x

Anonymous said...

Fabulous card love the image and colours, Thanks for joining in with our challenge at As You Like It,
hugs Samantha :0)