Tuesday, 22 March 2016

A Christmas Card - Already? - SPDSS #44

Hello there, Crafty Chums, how is your week going? Currently we are on week 4 of illnesses and I have now succumbed to the dreadful cold whilst everyone else is recovering. Typical. Hopefully we will all be well by Easter in a few days.

Speaking of Easter, I have made my first Christmas Card of the year. Yes, you read that right. I will not be caught out like last year and in a flurry of stress and panic, overdoing it and running myself down.

I had stamped the little elf image for colouring in during the last colouring challenge, but for some reason he got lost, and I rediscovered him in time for this month's Sugar Pea Designs Sugar Sketch Challenge. I've chosen to go with sketch number 44.

I wasn't quite sure on the background papers, but inspiration (and a beer and a curry one night!) struck me to go with the brightest papers I could find. The sentiment on the inside is "May your Christmas be Merry and Bright".

I coloured in the elf with Copic markers (apologies, I forgot to write down the colours), and then die cut him out with a SSS stitched circle. I cut the paper pieces from Lawn Fawn Let's Bokeh and Let's Polka to size and adhered them to a white A2 card base. I found a couple of flags I'd cut from Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid paper for a previous project and never used, and attached them to the card, placing the elf on top with foam pads.

It's bright and cheerful and I feel has put me on the right path to getting more organised and not leaving Chrismtas Cards to the last minute.

Below is a list of what I used to make this card and where I purchased them. Please note I DO NOT USE affiliate links :)

In other news, I won $50 in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge the other week with my pirate card. Couldn't quite believe it as I was actually planning a purchase once my Lenten ban is over. I shall be primed and ready with my wish list on Sunday after church and Easter lunch! I'm pretty pleased I've made it this far without buying any new stamp sets or much else in the way of stash. It has not been easy with the constant releases that seem to happen and it has certainly made me realise that quite a lot of what I buy is based on want and not need and so I shall be stepping down my purchases as much as I can.

Would you like to see a video of what I get? I love 'haul' videos, so I'd love to share one with you too :)

Thank you so much for reading as always, and for leaving all your lovely positive comments.


Lisa Tilson said...

Love this fun Christmas card Ruth, and great to get ahead of yourself. From memory I started my Christmas cards during Summer last year, so will also aim to do the same. I would love to see a haul video please! xx

Cara said...

Such a bright and cheerful Christmas card. Good on you for starting early. My Christmas card total for this year stands at um, one. Congratulations on your win! Fabulous. Hope you feel better soon, Cara x

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Cute Ruth and such a fun image! I love how you put all those lovely, bright pp's together! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Missy Pink said...

Well done for your win at the SSS challenge, so glad you won as that was one stunning and imaginative design. Wow you're super organised with xmas cards, that what I called organised. I love your work so much, keep up the great work.
Missy Pink xx

LauraJane:) said...

Super to see a Christmas card already! Thanks for joining us at SugarPea Designs Sketch Challenge!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Love the bright card with the perfect sentiment. WOO HOO on your $50 win! That is awesome!!

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, this is so fun, Ruth!

Karen Ashbrook said...

Thank you for taking the time to leave your lovely comment on my blog, I've now linked my card to the House of Cards challenge, it's not one I've come across before. Love your fun elf card, I'm sure it will brighten someone's Christmas. Congratulations on your SSS win, look forward to seeing what you get. Happy Easter. Karen x

Liz McGuire, said...

So much to catch up on here! First up - hope you are feeling better and have enjoyed your Easter.

This is card is brill', love all the bright papers. And well done for getting ahead - wish I could!

Just watched your 'wobbler' card video - it's excellent. Please make more - I love haul vids too. And craft room ones. I'm just soooo nosey!!

Take care, Liz x

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

That little elf is funny! Makes me smile! Cool that you started to make Christmas cards - perhaps you want to play with us at Muse Christmas Vision :) - there is 16 hours left, or you just wait for the next challenge tomorrow....

Lesley said...

What a fun use of colours and papers!!! Thank you for joining us at SugarPea Designs!

Marika said...

Wonderfully delightful and cheery Christmas Card!

maria f. said...

Pretty easy to spend $50 at SSS, eh? Bet that was fun! This little guy is so darn cute. I love those amazingly cheerful papers you've used.

Kallen said...

Awww, that's a very lovely card!
Love the colors and sentiment. Cheers
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