Sunday, July 17, 2011

Santa is in town @ The Crafty Pad!

It's a Santa Sunday today!

Yeppers! This week the jolly old man himself is in town!
The Crafty Pad
want to help you make a start on those Christmas Cards
by challenging you to show us ....
Christmas In July!

The Crafty Pad Designs also has just released some gorgeous new Christmas digi stamps as well to help you all get into the festive spirit! Why not take a moment and pop over for a look!  There is plenty of cute new elves up to mischief and 10 new Christmas ticket sentiments!  You will not be disappointed! (Colored and non-colored images available)

Today I have used 2 of the new images released - Trio of Elves on Gift and Christmas Ticket - From our house to yours.  I colored my image with a new technique today; the colors are a mix of coffee and tea that I diluted into numerous pots and applied with my water color brush.  I was trying to achieve a real vintage feel and wanted the image to match my tea stained flower and coffee stained leaves and lace.  I inked up around the edges to flow with the DP as well.  Personally, I think it is a really cool technique for coloring that I will be using again!   

Anyway, enough with the nattering and on with the show!
Here's my card!
 The front.
 Image close up.
 Ticket, lace threaded with ribbon & pearls close up.
Tea stained flower. coffee stained leaves and wired pearls close up.
Inside card - All ready and set to post! 

Now, I do not know about you but I like to fully complete the inside of my cards as well even when I am making them this early.  It is amazing how much more time you save by doing this additional step now as well, and also as I tend to make my cards with a particular person in mind, this way I know I won't forget who I made this for. 

This vintage little beauty is now sitting in its already addressed envelope waiting to have its yearly Christmas letter added to it and a Christmas postage stamp slapped on!   
Way to easy! And WAY to organised! lol
But at least I won't be running around like a
chook with its head cut off come the silly season! 
And that means ....
More time to go shopping!

This week we are being sponsored by the lovely Joanna Sheen
with a £10 gift voucher to spend in her shop up for grabs!
Come on!  
Embrace the SiLlY SeAsOn with us!
And play along!

Challenges this creation is entering with the help of the Feline Playful Girls:
Digital Tuesday - Use one or more Dies - background layer (Tues /-)
Going Grey With Scrap Creations - At least 2 DP's and 2 Embellishments (Tue 1/2)
Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps - Christmas In July (Tue /-)
Freshly Brewed - 3 of anything - 3 elves in image (M 1/5)
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes (Wed /-)
Craft Us Crazy - Christmas in July and or distresses/vintage (Thurs 1/3)
Stampin With Dragon - Christmas in July (Fri /-)
Stamp Something - Christmas in July (Fri /-)
Simply Create - Christmas (Fri /-)
Jellypark Challenges - Christmas in July (Fri 1/2)
Fairy Knoll - Christmas in July (Fri 1/2)
Crafty Emma - Christmas (Sat 1/3)
2 Sisters - Christmas in July (Sat /-)

20 Treasured comments:

Dawn said...

Love your little vintage feel Christmas card! I love those little guys & it shows how versatile they are!
Good Luck in your challenges!
Well done on being so organised & addressing it too!
Dawn xx

Jennifer Scull said...

this is wonderful! love the extra touches you have given to it. and that flower is simply gorgeous!
thank you for playing along in our Christmas challenge at Jellypark Friends! :)

Donna said...

Stunning design and fabulously festive...thanks for joining in our Christmas challenge at CES this week :) Donna x

ahlers5 said...

Cute! Love the vintage look. Thanks for joining us at JFFC.

Sandra H said...

This is beautiful! love the vintage look love these little guys:) Sandra H

downrightcrafty said...

gorgeous Christmas creation thank you for sharing it with us at Stampin with the Dragon
hugs Kate xxx
I have candy if you are interested

Sue said...

Hi ya
a fabulous card, lovely papers & embelies,thank you for joining us at CES this week, hope to see you next time, sue,x

karen said...

Great card and gorgeous details, thanks for joining us at CES this week, Karenx

Tracey said...

Gorgeous card, I love the vintage feel & the inside :)
Thanks for joining us for the Jellypark Friends first challenge & we hope to see you again.

CraftyC said...

Gorgeous card and love the monochromatic.Thanks for taking part in this weeks CES Challenge!

debby4000 said...

Love your gorgeous card.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.

Lori said...

Such a pretty Christmas in July card - so glad you linked up at Craft Us Crazy!

Tip Top said...

Great idea and technique! Thank you for joining in at Jellypark Friends Friday Challenge – hope you can join us again for the next challenge! Jellypark Challenges

Suzie McFloozy said...

Fantastic card love the flower and pearls x
Thanks for joining in with us for our very first challenge over at Jellypark friends friday challenge - good luck x
((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

Lionelsa said...

Love the color and technique you've used.
Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge this week!

Unknown said...

This is lovely, Leesa! Love how you've coloured up the image. Thanks so much for joining us at Jellypark Friends Friday Challenge!

Lisa x

Milliesmarvels said...

Fab card! Thanks for joining us for the CES Challenge!

Pat (mspfd) said...

What a gorgeous design. Love the monochromatic color scheme and all the wonderful details you added to your creation.

Gale said...

Very pretty card. Love the vintage look.
Thanks for playing with FBD
:) Gale

Heather D. ~ Fresh Brewed Designs said...

LOVE the inside and the beautiful colors you chose. I also love how you printed and distressed the image. Nice touch!

Thanks for joining us at our July month long prize challenge at Freshly Brewed Challenges.

Heather D.

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