Merry Friends

Hi there 🙂  With the snow outside, it feels “natural” to make Christmas cards!!  It’s creeping up, as well, so time to stock up!  For this one, I used a sweet image from Mo’s Digital Pencil.  These sweet girls, Irma and Vieno,  are bundled up, ready for whatever weather blows in 🙂  I got this fabulous paper in a recent swap, so wanted to use it as well….and….hold on to your hats….I actually matched the coloring to the paper!!! Doing it this way works SO much better than winging it and hoping things match up! LOL  Yeah, yeah, what a concept, huh?  Anyway, after I colored the girls with my Prismacolor pencils, I die cut them out with a Nellie Snellen nesting die.  I wanted to use as much of these coordinating papers as I could, so I turned to the current sketch at The Sketchy Challenges for inspiration (did I ever mention that I loooove the sketches from them??? check them out!)

For the middle band, I used a piece of ribbon and some green twine.  I die cut the stamped and embossed sentiment out with another Nellie die, then cut a few snowflakes with some snowflake dies that, like a dummy, I didn’t record the manufacturer, and with soooo many snowflake dies out there, I can’t give credit where it’s due 🙁  I’m so happy with how this card turned out 😀

I’d like to enter it into the following challenges:

The Sketchy Challenges – #130, shown above

Dream Valley Challenge – #167 Add a Sentiment

Digi Choosday – Week 45 ATG

Deep Ocean Challenge – #167 Inspired by a Song/Movie (song You’ve Got a Friend in Me)

A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge – #11 ATG

Steampunk Christmas

I recently signed up for a Secret Santa swap in the Make It Crafty Facebook Group.  I got a bit of a chuckle when my partner’s name came up, and it was one of my besties from right here in Saskatoon!! Lol.  I knew that she likes Steampunk, so off I went shopping at the Make It Crafty store!  I found the Steampunk Santa House and then the gorgeous Elizabeth J, which I merged with the house.  I wanted the background to be a subtle, old look, with miss Elizabeth “popping” in the foreground.  I went to work with my SN and Copic markers, with all this detail, the reading glasses were put on a few times!!  After coloring, I did a chalk background with some shimmering Pebbles chalks (that I completely forgot I had!), and added some sparkle to the snow.  I had a really cool idea for a sweet fancy fold for this card, however, though the image was teeny when it came to coloring, it was too large for the fold I had in mind.  I decided on a simple easel card, matting the image in a browny-green CS and some patterned paper.  I set to die cutting snowflakes, using a few different sets of snowflake dies for variety.  After laying everything out, and adding a stamped and embossed sentiment, it still needed something …. so I printed, colored, and fussy cut the Steampunk Gift digi.  The house and the gift digis came in a set, with a few other images, that saved me money, and gave even more options for future makes.  It was great fun making this card…and delivering it over coffee, rather than posting it, lol.

I’d like to enter this in the following challenges:

Crafting by Designs – November ATG

Fab N’ Funky Challenges – #369 Fashion

Morgan’s Artworld – #22 ATG

Polkadoodles Craft Challenges – Week 44 ATG

Winter Wonderland – Fun Folds