Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Christmas is coming... (help!! :S) lol

Hello there!! :)

I hope you're all okay and enjoying the warm weather over the last few days!! :) It’s gloomy here today but still warm- we’ll no doubt be back to needing cardis to keep warm enough soon, though!! :S I've gone from one extreme to the other on the cardmaking front, too, and from the hot and sunny beach card of last week straight to my first Christmas card of the year...


I saw several cards made with Donalda’s Sketch for last week’s LOTV Challenge and loved them but typically knew I wouldn’t be able to get anything done in time... but, after rediscovering some LOTVs I stamped and coloured but didn’t get round to using last Christmas, all neatly tidied away in a folder with the leftovers of the digi christmas papers I made last year, I came over all inspired- a rarity it seems atm :S – and decided I’d make my first Christmas card of the year ...what happened to the idea of keeping going after Xmas last year to avoid the last minute panic, I really don’t know!!lol 


Anyway, this is the adorable James and he’s been coloured in PMs in my fav colours of last Xmas- Greys and Slate applied with Blender- with just a smidgen (yeah, right!!) of Crystal Stickles and Clear Glaze :) He wasn’t meant to be cut out like this but I had a moment with my C’bug and the image shifted in the die as I tried to emboss it- I haven’t had that happen for ages and I was not a happy bunny with the image already coloured... but now I think it looks better this way as you see more of the coloured papers rather than just a white square and must remember to do it more often!!lol


These are also (big surprise!!lol) my fav colourway of the papers I made last year to go with my fav PM and DI colours when I couldn’t find any that I liked to buy, and I still love that I don’t have to think about what colours will go... makes it so much easier!! :) I didn’t get to use them as much as I wanted to last year as I ended up not able to make all my cards so I think I’ll be using them a fair bit this year again... do hope you won’t all get bored of seeing them!! :S I finished off the sketch with some ribbon, some ink and stickles around the papers and one of my sentiment tickets also left from last year :) Nothing too complicated... but that’s the best way with Christmas cards really, isn’t it- for all but the really special ones anyway!! :)


The List:
  • 6"x6" white blank
  • Image: James Bear All Wrapped Up - Lotv
  • ProMarkers to colour: Cool Greys and Slate applied with the Blender pen
  • My own design Digi Papers and Digistamp Ticket Sentiment- left from last year
  • Color Box Chalk ink pad - Wisteria
  • Copy paper coloured with Slate PM for matting
  • Crystal Stickles
  • Sakura Clear Glaze pen
  • Lilac Pearls
  • White Dotty Organza Ribbon coloured with Amethyst PM

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges: Lotv - Celebrate :) ; Fab 'n' Funky - Bermuda Triangle :) ; Dream Valley - Ribbon :) ; Totally Papercrafts - Bingo (I've used Gems (my pearls), Glitter and Ribbon) :) ; Allsorts - Free and Easy :) ; Winter Wonderland - Christmas Buffet (I've used Patterned Paper, Ribbon and Gems (pearls) :) ; An Oldie But A Goodie - Anything Goes :) ; ABC Christmas - Monochrome :) ; Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes :)

And, as all my papers- not to mention the image and ticket- are from last year’s leftovers, I’d also like to join in with Jules’ fab Sunday Snippet challenge- I love the inspiration(al reminder!!) from Jules each week to think about what leftover bits and pieces I might have hanging around!!lol

Before I pop off to link up- might take me a while!! :S lol – I want to say a huge ‘Thank You!!’ to all the lovely people who’ve left me comments recently!! :) I am still not feeling up to commenting on nearly as many of your fab creations as I’d like- though thanks to my fancy new phone, I am at least getting to see them more than I would if I had to be feeling up to using the comp- and I truly appreciate every one of you taking who’s taken the time to leave me comments despite that... it makes my day to read them, especially on the days I’m struggling more!! :) I’ll hopefully be back on Thursday with my DT card for the next Forever Friends Monthly Challenge :)

                                           

26 comments:

brenda said...

What a super card Rachel.

Thank you for sharing with us at Allsorts this week and good luck.

B x

Vicky said...

Stunning hun...and I so love the colours you have chosen too sweetie..!

hugs Vicky xx

Sandra said...

l think you did a perfect job! This is a beautiful card love the image and so nicely coloured with your PM's love the crystal stickles and clear glaze on his scarf stunning image so beautifully finished :) Sandra H

Feebsy said...

Awww he's so sweet and brilliantly coloured. I really adore the colours you've chosen for the background, you've done a fabulous job designing both those and the sentiment!

Take care

Feebsy
xx

Debs said...

Stunning card - gorgeous colour.
Thanks for playing Free & Easy with us at Allsorts this week.
Good luck.
Debs xx

Linda said...

Wow Rachel this card is stunning, I love your choice of colours. Thank you for joining us this week at Winter Wonderland love Linda xxx

Pink Dandelion said...

What a great start to this year's Christmas card collection. Love the stickles on the scarf. Debs xx

Helen said...

Awww...this is adorable!
Thanks for joining us at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
Helen x

Samantha said...

Beautiful card Rachel, I really love the colours,
Thanks for playing along with us on the ABC Christmas Challenge Samantha :0)

Alexis said...

congrats on your first christmas card of the year. And I am thirlled you picked a "non christmasy" color. TFS with us this week at Fab 'n Funky.

Vicky said...

Oops me again..lol..

Forgot to say....

thanks for joining us at tpc....and good luck..!

hugs Vicky xx

Jules said...

Hi Rachel

Well done on your first Christmas card .. .. I think we all make the same promise to continue to do our Christmas cards all through the year .. .. but it just becomes inpossible sometimes.

This one is gorgeous.

I love the layout very much and the "trimmed up" James. You are right .. he looks super cool without his big white border. I must try this more too!!

Great way to use your ribbon too.

Thank you for keeping me company this week Rachel in my war against the snippets and for all the inspiration your lovely card gave me.

Love Jules xx

Mummylade said...

What a gorgeous creation Rachel! Thank you so much for entering the Allsorts challenge with this and good luck!

coops said...

stunning card rachel.i love your lilac colours and papers and super adorable image ;D

xx coops xx

Wendy said...

Gorgeous card Rachel,sweet image and love the colours.
Wendy xx

Lynne said...

Fabulous card and a great way to use your snippets. I wish I could get into making Christmas cards this early..
Lynne xxx

downrightcrafty said...

gorgeous buffet selection and beautiful creation, thank you for sharing with us at the Winter Wonderland, I have candy if you are interested
Hugs Kate xx

Carole of Brum said...

Hiya Rachel, you made a really gorgeous card and I do like the colour scheme, very contemporary for a xmas card. I think we all start January with the good intention of making xmas cards regularly, then get to July and realise we havent made one! LOL.

Hope you are feeling a bit stronger each day, it does take time to get over a setback, but a good sign that you are feeling up to crafting and blogging. Step by step eh? CoB

Mags said...

This is a terrific card, so subtle and elegant! I love the colour combo, so chic! Thank you for joining us at Dream Valley!

luv, Mags x

Katarina said...

CUTE, cute card! Thank you for playing along with us in the LOTV challenge!

Emma said...

Such a gorgeous card Rachel, I love the colours and fabulous layout. Your papers & sentiment are brilliant.
Hugs Emma x

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

I simply LOVE this wonderful Christmas card! Great layout and colour scheme.

Hope you feel better soon.

Hugs, Sandra

Brenda Dean said...

Beautiful or maybe James would rather I say "handsome"! Hope you are feeling better soon.

Lisa Jane said...

aww this is so cute and what a gorgeous colour combo and layout
Thanks for joining us this fortnight at Oldie but a Goodie, good luck and hope to see you again
Lisa x

Jenny said...

Such a sweet card, love the colours you've used :)
Jenny x

Andria said...

awwww so cute, beautiful colours too, very elegant design. Great use of snippets too :)

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