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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!!! (And a challenge as well.)

Hello, good morning, and above all,

 Merry Christmas!!!
There is much sadness of late (Newtown, CT being at the forefront), and my heart goes out to the victims, who are in my thoughts and prayers daily; however, there is still something about which to be joyful, and that is we are celebrating the birth of Christ, which is the whole reason for this season.   Joy to the World, the Lord is come!

This week over at Tuesday Alchemy we have Challenge #46 - Anything Goes.  That's right, ANYTHING.  There are some fabulous prizes and much inspiration, so get thee over there and play along!  The prizes are:

$10 store voucher

StitchyBear Digital Stamps


3 digital images

logo background 75% smaller version

Today's card was made with  Christmas Candles 3 from Stitchy Bear.  It's a great line stamp, perfect for coloring.


I used Copics with which to color the image, then die cut it into a circle and layered it onto a slightly larger circle.  The papers I used are mostly from SU with the addition of musical paper from The Paper Studio Old World Winter stack.  I LOVE that paper.  All papers were inked on the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink, and the music paper was distressed around the edges.

I added gold glitter glue to the candle flames and red glitter glue to the holly berries.  I have very few Copics at this time and have to make do with them, hence the slightly startling visual surprise of purple ribbon on a Christmas card, but I have a feeling Santa is going to rectify that little problem.  Future images will be colored with more depth and better color selection.  By hook or by crook.

I painted the poinsettias with Creative Inspirations paints, first with Rustic Red for the veins and then with Ivory over that.  These are die cut using the SB Layered Poinsettias die.  Yellow Flower Soft completes the flower.

The greeting is computer generated and printed on vellum as I didn't want a bright white strip to detract from the centerpiece.  Red stickles decorate either side to hide the glue dots underneath.  That's the thing with vellum - adhering it without adhesive "show through" can be a little tricky, but I'm always looking for an excuse to add more sparkle,  I've also added a bit of sparkly burlap ribbon under the flower and centerpiece.  I discovered it hidden in a closet the other day and I think it adds the perfect touch of a little rough, yet glittery, see-through texture.  A couple of vintage buttons finish the look.

So that is my card for this week's challenge.  I hope you enjoyed it, and I look forward to seeing YOUR creation(s) at Tuesday Alchemy this week!

Happy crafting!!


Stamp:   Christmas Candles 3 from Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps
Ink: printer, TH Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Paper: SU Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Regals dsp stack, The Paper Studio Old World Winter, vellum
Accessories: SB Layered Poinsettia die, Dienamics Circles Stax 1 and 2, glitter glue, CI paints, Flower Soft, burlap ribbon, buttons, Copics

Challenges Entered:

There She Goes #187 - Last Minute Christmas 
Tammy's Scrappin' Corner #42 - Come Play Bingo (blue, image, flowers)
Anything Goes #82 - Traditional Colors
Simon Says...Merry Christmas (anything Christmassy)
Delightful Challenges - Anything Goes
Divas By Design #66 - Anything Goes 
Really Reasonable Ribbon #62 - Anything Goes plus ribbon (mine is the burlap ribbon)
3 Girl Jam Challenge #8 - Christmas Inspiration
Frosted Designs - 3rd Day of Christmas (3 mists/ink/paints - Copics, CI paints, distress ink around edges )
CI Paints - Inspired by Merry Christmas
Pile It On #49 - Pile On the Embellishments
Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes
Digi Darla's #43 - Peace On Earth w/ribbon
The Pink Elephant #180 - Anything Goes


Mum of 4 said...

Beautiful card, Shea!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Soooo, was Santa good to you and get you some more Copics??!! :)

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Very pretty! Happy Holidays! Thanks for joining us over at 3 Girl Jam Challenges! DT Member Carri~Abusybee

Lisa Carroll said...

Such a beautiful card! Lovely coloring, and wonderful embellishments. :) Thank you for playing along with our "Merry Christmas" challenge this week over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog! xo

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Really beautiful creation!

Thank you for sharing with us at Delightful Challenges, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

Dana Tatar {datatar} said...

Beautiful card! I love all the layers. Thanks for joining the challenge at Creative Inspirations Paint!

Desire Fourie said...

Beautiful and I love the flower. Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Tammys Scrapin Corner. Good luck. Hugs Desíre {Tammys Scrapin Corner DT Member} {Doing Life - my personal blog}

Heather said...

Lovely card!! Love your coloring!! Thank you for joining us at Really Reasonable Ribbon!

3 Girl JAM said...

This is so pretty! Love your coloring and painting. You did a fabulous job! Thanks for linking up with 3 Girl JAM!


Channa said...

Beautiful card! Thank you for joining us at Frosted designs. Channa

Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

Beautiful card. I really love the way you have colored the image!

Thanks for joining us as Digi Darla’s Challenge this week. Hope to see you again next week. DT Crafting Vicky

Patty K said...

Shea, This is a beautiful card. I love the purple bow. Oh My, now you have me wanting copics.

Merry Christmas sweetness. and thanks for the beautiful Christmas card. I will treasure that work of art forever.

Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

oh I'm back with a different DT hat on! Just adore the layout of your card. And the DP is great. Loving the distressed feel.

Thanks for joining us as Tammy's Scrapin Corner this week. Hope to see you again next week. DT Crafting Vicky

May said...

Gorgeous card, Love that image & Beautiful flower... Thank you for joining us at Eclectic Ellapu... May x x x

Bonnie said...

Great card! Thanks so much for participating in our Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge.

Jovan said...

Wonderful card...thanks for joining 3 Girl JAM!

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

Hey Shea.

Great card for the challenge.

Thanks for coming over and saying hi. I actually was over here on the 16th but you may have not realized it was me. I am looking forward to spending some time checking out your blog after all the 'Chirstmas crazies' are over. I'll also be taking inspiration from you on how you set up your posts for the DT challenges. I need to upload my very first image later this afternoon to the group, so wish me luck.

Take care.

Lisa D.

Jessica S said...

Another beauty...really gorgeous. Thanks so much for linking up to our Christmas Challenge at 3 Girl JAM. Wishing you a Happy New Year!
Jessica B.
3GJ DT Member

Cheri said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!Thanks for linking up to the Christmas Inspirations Challenge on 3 Girl JAM.

Cheri - 3GJ DT Member

jessica said...

This is gorgeous!!! LOVE all the texture and color!
Thanks for sharing with us over at the 3 Girl Jam Challenge Blog and Creative Inspirations Paint!Hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

Michele said...

This is beautiful and your layering is fantastic!! Thanks for joining us at Digi Darla's this week!

Jacqueline Smith said...

What a fabulous card, love the coloring and all the details. Thanks for playing with us at Digi Darla's!

Lady Bug Stampers said...

Your card is beautiful.