Sunday, July 03, 2016

It's Christmas Time... well it is at Di's Digis

I'm ba-ack!!  Here I am with my DT card for Di's Digi Designs Challenge. The challenge starting today has a "Christmas in July" theme, so I got to make another card for "The Pile"
The image I've used is called Pass the Parcel Mice, and you can get it here.  I coloured with Copics, adding detail with Prismacolor pencils and Ranger's Glossy Accents to the berries.
I softened the edges of all the panels with some brown ink, the circles are cut with Lifestyle Crafts nesting circle dies. 
I've used the sketch from Stella Says Sketch, I haven't used a sketch for a while, it's nice to get back to it, lol.  The background paper is ancient (it was a 12" sheet) the feature paper is from my scraps box; it's Kaisercraft but I'm not really short which pad but it has nice glittery features on it :-) I used some pearlized brown card for the image mat, the rest of the brown card is textured... I think it's Bazzil but I'm not certain.  I used the last of my favourite lace on this card, snipping it a little to facilitate getting it around the edge of the circle, I used the same brown ink to help the lace stand out against the background paper.  I've popped all the layers up on foam dots. 
I kept the bells from the Lindt bunnies my son bought us (and everyone in the family) for Easter; I was fishing them out of the recycling bin when they all left home, lol.  They are really nice tinkling bells, they came with different ribbon - this one is from my stash and is bright red; I toned it down with a Maroon Copic.  
As always I've used elements from the front to complete the inside, the sentiment is one of my favourite Christmas sentiments... it was from Tickled Pink Stamps, but they're sadly defunct now. It's stamped with Archival Ink in Cocoa Brown (I think)
That's about it... easy peasy. I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges: (sorry the formatting has gone haywire!!)

Inky Chicks Christmas in Summer
Addicted to  Stamps Anything Summer (Christmas IS Summer here)
Winter Wonderland 3+ Embellishments (Bell, Lace, Ribbon)
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Anything Goes (Christmas)
The Crazy Challenge R is for… (Red, Robin Redbreast, Round, Ring, as in bell!)
As You Like It Markers Ink or Pencils (Markers because they blend well, Pencils for crisp detail)
Polkadoodles Use a Diecut
Animal Friends Animals with Punches and or Dies

I hope you get a chance to check out the rest of the team's work... and that it inspires you to get into "Christmas Card" mode; it's funny, Christmas IS in Summer here so this theme may seem odd to all of you in the Northern Hemisphere- but it's not odd to me at all, lol.  In fact my son has a Christmas in July party every year (the weather then being more conducive to Christmas Fare) that this year - due to circumstances beyond management's control - it will be in August!
Hope you get a chance to enter the challenge too... there's a great prize on offer from Magnolia-licious, with extra opportunites if you use one of Di's fab digis (I know I use her cute meeces a LOT, but there ARE a whole load of other characters for you to love in the Digi  Store) or a Candibean Rubber Stamp available at Little Darlings
On a personal note: I nearly didn't get this card up in time.... I spent the evening I WAS going to spend making it worrying about my darling hubby.  His heartbeat was soooo fast and erratic from dinner time on Thursday, he has had an episode of Atrial Fibrillation before, 12 years ago so we had an idea that that that's what it was.  We went to Emergency at 9pm, they took him straight in - they decided that defibrillation (or cardioversion) was the best course of action; as he'd eaten at six we had to wait until 11pm (because of the risks with eating close to having sedation) long story short they let me stay with him, gave him the IV anesthetic (I held his hand while he "went under) then let me stay in Resus while they "paddled" him at exactly midnight. 
I am not generally fazed by medical procedures, though I have to say having the love of your life defibrillated in front of you was a bit more confronting than I thought it would be.  The staff were amazing; the doctor explained everything, told me he would convulse (which I was ready for) but didn't warn me his face would contort as it did - bit distressing.  The nurse checked I was okay straight after the procedure, so that was kind. 
It WAS amazing to see though; his heart rate IMMEDIATELY dropped from an erratic 160bpm to his normal steady 65 with the first charge, they let me help wake him, which was lovely and we left the hospital with him feeling fine (a bit sore, but SO much less-ill than when we went in) only half an hour later!  We didn't get home until after 1am but he still got up and went to work - allowing himself an extra half hour in bed and getting up at 6 instead of 5.40!  our son, who COULD have done his work for the day was taking his family on a 800km trip that morning and it would have been very disruptive for him to pick up the slack (which of course he would have done if necessary)  The fact he went ahead with his job for the day could be testament to hubby's work ethic or his combination pig headedness/denial ("all good here", I'm fighting fit yadayada") who knows, lol
Anyway, until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna


Dot said...

Thanks for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge with your sweet card, Donna. Hope to see you again and good luck!
Dorte x

Anonymous said...

Aww, that is just too sweet! What a gorgeous image and that lace, so so pretty! Love the way you've shaped it around the image to create a pretty frame. So clever and so pretty. Thanks so much for joining in the fun with the Fab 'n' Funky Christmas challenge. I'm so glad you did. Come and join us again soon for our fun crafty challenges. Hugs, Wends xoxo Fab 'n' Funky DT

Tracy said...

Oh this is very cute. Thanks for joining us at Polkadoodles. hugs Tracy

Dawn Frost said...

Oh my goodness they are just adorable! You did a fantastic job colouring, I love it! Thanks for joining us for Catch the Bug Stella Says Sketch I hope to see you again, good luck! Dawn Bugaboo DT.

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

Gorgeous card lovely image Ginny x
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Blue Daisy said...

Gorgeous card! Thank you for joining our challenge at Crafting With Friends!

Tracy x

Hazel said...

Thanks for entering your lovely crafting for CHNC challenge 287 – you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for July - I'd love to see it there too x

Sarah said...

Thank you for your beautifully coloured Christmas card entry at AYLI. Sarah :0)

Anet van Zyl said...

Beautiful Christmas card Donna. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Winter Wonderland. We would love to see you again … Anet DTx

Angela Jones said...

Thanks for joining our Challenge at Creative Fingers Challenge Blog.

Carol Lutz said...

What a beautiful card. Thanks for joining our Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge - Use a Die Cut , hugs, Carol DT

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Many thanks for sharing this sweet card with us at AYLI this time, good luck in the draw.
Lorraine DT

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Donna, the image is adorable and your colouring is absolutely fabulous! LOVE this card!! :-)

thanks for joining us on the ABC Christmas Challenge
Lols x x x

downrightcrafty said...

with such a lovely inspiring comment from you, had to pop over and see you, and wow you think my work is good, your colouring is awesome and your attention to detail is sublime, simply stunning work, will be regularly watching joined you
hugs Kate xx

Mandy said...

Gorgeous card Donna! The image is adorable and so beautifully coloured.
I'm so pleased your hubby is ok, my mum had AF a couple times and it is scary for loved ones to see.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Mandy xx

Barbara Bruder said...

Beautiful card and a super image. Great coloring job. Thanks for joining us at the Crafty Creations Challenges for our latest challenge. Good luck and join us again soon. Hugs, Barbara {Crafty Creations Challenges}

Pat K said...

Absolutely stunning make Donna. I could look at your colouring all day! So sorry to read about your hubby but happy to read all is well now. Very frustrating that work ethic thing...we've all got it in our family too....but we wouldn't have em any other frustrating as it is. Take care hun, hugs, Pat K xx

Tammy Miller said...

Love your project! Thanks so much for joining us for our July Anything Goes at Catch the Bug! I hope you join us next week for our Sixth Annual Christmas in July weeklong event you will find lots of inspiration and some wonderful prizes!

mulberry station said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love the trim work. Thanks for joining us at Catch The Bug.

Cindy said...

Love this card. The image is so cute! Thanks for joining us at Winter Wonderland.