Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A Wonderful Time of Year...

Hello everyone,

Wouldn't it be, if it actually were spring?  But, alas, it is still winter at this latitude - or 'sprinter' as some have affectionately dubbed it.  However, my title makes reference to Christmas, which is also a wonderful time of year.  After all, at what other time is it perfectly socially acceptable to swing from baubles after having a little too much eggnog?

A new challenge starts today at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' and the theme is Krafty Christmas.  I decided to pull out my pencils and do some colouring on kraft, which I do find challenging.


Paper - black and kraft Bazzill card, Graphic 45 DP
Image - Wild Rose Studio, stamped with Memento black ink and coloured with Prisma pencils
Sentiment - Amy R Snowman Sayings framed with Spellbinders die from the Timeless Rectangle set
Baubles - were made by cutting some MME paper with Stampin' Up Holiday Ornaments dies.  I inked around the edges with barn door and aged mahogany DI to give a little shading.  I then stamped the tops with a lace stamp from the Technique Tuesday Borderline Vintage Lace set using gold pigment ink by Colorbox and embossed with gold detail embossing powder.
Other - black satin ribbon

This angle shows the colours better as they appear IRL:

We have another fab sponsor; My Mom's Craft Shop is providing one lucky winner with a £10 voucher.

The team has created some gorgeous cards to inspire you, so I hope you will pop by Christmas at Sweet Stampin' to check them out and join in the challenge.  It is so wonderful to have a head start on Christmas cards :)

I would also like to enter my card at:

Weekly Christmas Card Challenges - optional vintage
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - anything goes
ABC Challenges - K is for Kraft
Lexi's Creations - Use your punches and or dies
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything goes

Thanks for visiting and for taking the time to leave a comment.  I appreciate each one and love having the chance to visit you too.




Bea und Doreen said...

this is so so so so cute. Love your card. Fabby design
Big hugs
Doreen xx

Craftdee said...

This is GORGEOUS!! Such a cute image, yet such an elegant card - the perfect combo! Your colouring is lovely and I have, now, alas seen another "must have" die - that rectangle behind the sentiment; YUM Donna xx PS I'd love some of your "sprinter" we're having an Indian Summer - the hottest April day in a 100 years (37C or 100F) - and yup, I'm sick of it!

Sue - bearhouse said...

Such a beautiful card Dawn. Your colouring of that cute image on the Kraft looks stunning. I love the baubles and wonderful bow.
Sue xx

Donna Ellis said...

LOL! What an unexpected card, Dawn. It's the Christmas Elephant! LOL DARLING image, and you made it even cuter, by creating this amazing and elegant Christmas card to carry him through the cold winter. The surrounding Christmas ornaments look so pretty. It's like he is nestled in the tree, but no need to have the messy pine needles in the way! Just adorable (and wonderful layers, too) hugs, de

Abi said...

Your colouring is stunning Dawn, can't believe you find it challenging! I'm also laughing at the thought of you swinging around on the Christmas baubles lol! Hugs xx

Michaela said...

WOW, what a stunning card,Dawn. I absolutely adore the papers you used and the image too.
Michaela xx

Ira Huberts said...

That is just superstylish and so elegant Dawn! Lovely colour combination and that cute little elephant is to die for! Also love your classy black and white card you´ve posted before this beauty here, such a gorgeous quote... Take care, Ira xox

Wedgie said...

Hee, hee....I love that..swinging around on is indeed a wonderful time of the year!!

Fab card, the image is soooo sweet. Wedgie xxx

Michele Cunningham said...

what a fun little elephant. your card is too cute. thanks for sharing with us at Christmas Card Challenges.

Faye said...

Wow, Dawn, this looks cute and elegant all at the same time. I love the colours you've used. X

Tracey T said...

I would never have guessed that you find colouring on kraft challenging - your colouring looks just perfect to me. Love this stunning colour combo and the pairing of cute and elegant - it works wonderfully. Hugs, Tracey x

Mamma Mia said...

Hi Dawn - this is such a cute card and you've obviously heard about my antics after too much Christmas "spirit"!!!! Tee hee!!! :o) Seriously, lovely colours and great layout. Thanks for sharing your card at Lexi's Creations this time.
Helen x (DT)

mixamatoasties said...

I love this. Love the rich red against the kraft. Gorgeous.

Susan x

Alanna said...

OMG, this is darling. That image is super cute. Thanks for playing with us at Christmas Card Challenges.

Jenn said...

This is such a pretty card, I love the image you chose, and your coloring looks great on the kraft! Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges.

Natali said...

Beautiful card. Love colour combination and fantastic patterned paper. Fun image.

Gail said...

Such an adorable elephant image. I love this card! The colors are striking. --Gail

Helen said...

Beautiful - colouring on kraft is so effective.

Thanks for joining CHNC.

Helen x
(GDT Member)