Saturday, December 07, 2019

Hope Springs Eternal

These little guys really "hope" they get a bit of that fabulous pudding!  Not the traditional use of "hope" at Christmas... but relevant all the same, lol. 
As soon as I saw this gorgeous image from Lili of the Valley, I KNEW I had to have it!  So.... I bought it, and about thirty to keep it company, lol.  So far I've coloured up this one, sigh
Anyways, I digress... I coloured the image with Copic markers, added some Prismacolor pencil shadows and highlights and coloured the cutlery with a metallic pencil... gives a a good finish.  I added glitter to the dots on the green scarf... which you can't see in the pic, Glossy Accents to the "cherries" in the pudding... which you can't see in the pic, and Stickles  to the "snow"... which you can't see in the pic unless you reeeeallly try, lol.  But they're all there, honest
I used a kraft card base because I liked it with the vintage-y feel of the image (though I've fiddled around making a 'bright' version and it doesn't look vintage at all, lol) and I used papers with the same style... I think they're both Kaisercraft, but the tartan strip may be Basic Grey
I used red glitter card that I bought in a pad (because I couldn't get any of the one I usually use) and it is BRILLIANT!  It doesn't shed at all and even the tiny little scallops (from a set I bought from Ali Express... which I LOVE) cut cleanly
The image was popped up on two layers of foam dots, the tartan strip on one... it does look 'flat' in the pics but good IRL.  The "Hope" sentiment is a stamp from a set I have had since my very first days of cardmaking... I bought the set for the flourishes that came with it and have only 'seen' the sentiments (there are only three one-word sentiments) since I reorganized my stamps - I put sentiments together and in theme - and have them more readily accessible.  
I used Coffee Archival Ink for stamping, to continue in the vintage/homegrown vein.  I stamped my all-time favourite (I use it on at least half my Christmas cards!) stamp for the sentiment inside the card.  This is a very old stamp, I got it from my sister... it was wood mounted, but not any more :-) and she got it from her friend years before that; that's what you call upcycling, lol
That's it for today's card.  I'd like to enter in the following challenges:
As You Like It CASE a DT's card… and say Why; I CASEd Brenda's… Adding sparkle is my "go to" for Christmas cards :-)
Aud Sentiments Christmas or Winter Sentiment
My Time to Craft Winter Scenes… this is a "scene", hope it is "scenic" enough
Cardz 4 Galz Cute Christmas… this cute card is for my friend Mirella; she is my biggest fan now my lovely Mum has gone :-)
Simon Says Challenge Traditional Christmas (I've used traditional Christmas colours
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Anything Christmas Goes, option: Use something beginning with "R"; I have Running mice, Racing to the pudding because they're Really hungry :-)
Send a Smile for Kids Happy Holidays-  or Anything Goes - for kids
Winter Wonderland Anything Christmas Goes
Cuttlebug Mania has Christmas
It's been six WEEKS since I posted anything on my blog... there's been a lot going on.  
Don't know what it is with my family, but the drama continues.  The latest is my nephew Craig's house burnt to the ground on Wednesday (well it's been condemned, the roof has collapsed etc)  $300,000 worth of damage to the house, and most of his possessions ruined by smoke or water if not fire.  He was NOT insured.  
Of course my sister is devastated for him; he bought the house from the proceeds of a Workers Compensation payout for an accident in which he lost his right arm... he will not be in a position to buy another house, ever.  He has no money, we have all chipped in what we can to get him the basics... we don't really know what the next step is towards getting the house sold (the house needs to be demolished to increase the value of the block of land it sits on, ironically) all we know is it will cost big bucks 
It has put a damper on Christmas... usually my favourite time of the year.  If you are so inclined say a prayer for him, or appeal to the stars.  
I hope to be back soon, I have SO many cards to 'blog'
Until then, Happy Crafting (and pay your house insurance!), Donna x 


Helen said...

Great card - thanks for sharing it with us at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge.

Helen x

Joy Wilson said...

Too stinkin' cute! I love everything about this card! Thanks for joining us and good luck with with your entry!
Hugs, Joy
Joyfully Stamps
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator

Doreen said...

This is just gorgeous, thanks for sharing with us at Aud sentiments.

Chelle (PhotoArt/MaybeCreative) said...

Great coloring. Thanks for joining the sisterhood of snarky stampers.

Sam Squires - A Crafting Niche said...

What an adorable card. I love the background colours, the stamped image and the colouring is wonderful. Thank you for taking part in the "My Time To Craft Challenge" #411 (Christmas Scene). DT Sam x

Pat K said...

Oh such an adorable card Donna, beautifully coloured as always. So sorry to hear about the fire. Your nephew is fortunate to have such wonderful family support but I hope things will brighten for him soon. hugs, Pat K xx

Sladjana said...

This is such a cute and lovely card! Thanks so much for playing along in the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge. Good luck with your entry and hope to see you again. Sladjana (DT for Lil Patch of Crafty Friends)

Elizabeth Hart said...

I am in love with this delightful image - great card. Thanks so very much for joining us this time at the Creative Fingers Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

Lindsey said...

Your colouring is beautiful! Love the design of the card as well. Thanks for joining the fun at the SIsterhood of Snarky Stampers!

Chris Dring said...

What an adorable image and you've colored it so beautifully. So sorry to hear of your nephew's house fire, but glad that he is ok and that he has a loving family to help out. Thanks for joining us at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

Jackie C said...

This has come together beautifully! Love this entry, thank you for sharing with Creatalicious. Good luck and we all hope to see you and your wonderful creations again! Jackie DT member.

Lina said...

Thank you for sharing such a cute card with us at the Polkadoodles Digichoosday Challenge!!

Lina, DT

Brenda said...

Oh my goodness, this image is darling especially with your beautiful coloring. I love the sparkle! Christmas and sparkle just go so well together! Thanks so much for joining us at As You Like It Challenge! (and for CASEing me)

Squirrel x said...

This is really great and a lovely way to CASE a DT card, thanks so much for sharing your make with us for this AYLI challenge. Hope to see you at the next one too! Squirrel Xx

Deanne Saunders said...

Adorable card!! Thanks so much for participating in our MY TIME TO CRAFT challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!! *Sorry so late commenting! I’ve had a busy couple of months!
Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

Melanie said...

A lovely card!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes + optional winter” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

(DT Crafty Friends)

(DT The Sketchy Challenges)

(DT Simply Create Too)

(DT Kreativtanten)

Unknown said...

Hello Donna long time no see , Andy Price good to see your craft great work