Thursday, 8 December 2011

Moving Along With The Times (DT Card) - Challenge 128 - 'Last Minute Christmas''

Morning sweeties! hope you are all well this Thursday morning. There is some wild weather knocking about, especially up North, and so hope you are all keeping warm and safe!! A good excuse to stay indoors and do some crafting methinks! and join in our fab challenge this week at

and this week the lovely Lisa is our hostess and she has chosen the fab theme of ....

'Last Minute Chrismas'

So a great opportunity to make those 'last minute' Christmas Cards or Projects and combine it with this fab challenge! It doesn't have to be a card, it could be tag, altered item, bookmark - as long as you follow the theme and it is something Christmassy!! Look forward to seeing all your wonderful entries!

Stitchy Bear Stamps very generously gave us some gorgeous images to play with. This cutie is called 'Elf Secrets"and as soon as I saw her I thought of Candy Canes and Red, Green and White combo.

I had an urge to be creative and so made the paper by drawing stripes on manilla envelope and colouring with Copics. Then scanned it into digital software and gave it a canvas and wavy effect. Not really happy with the photos. Couldn't get the light right.  I've added stickles around the distressed edges. The 2nd photo is darker but shows up the sparkle a little better. 

The poinsettia is from Wild Orchid Crafts and I've added some red stickles around the edges. Behind the image is some lovely silver mesh which was freebie with magazine. Ribbon is from Joanna Sheen. 'Santa is Coming' Tag is from Stash. I have hundreds of tags and toppers so am determined to use more if I can.

I've coloured her with Copics and added Star Dust Stickles. The background is ink dusted with Memento 'Bamboo Leaves'.

And that's my little card for this challenge - I hope you like it!

We are sponsored this week by the wonderful Stitchy Bear Stamps who are very kindly offering the winner $10 voucher to spend in their store! Lots of lovely images to choose from.

Pop on over to MAWTT Website for more details of the challenge and to take a look at the rest of the team's creations - they are all gorgeous! and don't forget to check whether you were a winner in last week's challenge! 

I have some good news! I received my camera back from repair Wednesday morning 11am and it's back in full working order. I have to say Thank You Panasonic!!! - that is amazing customer service!!! I posted it on Monday and was only without the camera on Tuesday. I have emailed them to say thank you. I do love my shiny red camera! LOL

Also my little Christmas Tree has arrived but not unpacked it yet. When I've made space and put it up, I will take a photo of it. It's only 2 foot and it's gonna be hard finding the space!! Glad I didn't get a bigger one now!! Although I did have kittens when a parcel arrived yesterday from the Christmas tree firm and it was 6 inches square!!! My dad was laughing asking if it was my Christmas Tree!!! haha. But it was the Spare Bulb that I ordered sent out in a different package!! 

Hope you are still with me.....

I would like to enter this card into the following Challenges:-

Cupcake Inspirations - Challenge 139 - 'Photo Inspiration' (ends 10th December 2011) 
Dream Valley  - Challenge 21 - 'Sparkle' (ends 10th December 2011) 
Cupcake Craft - Challenge 171 - 'Create Your Own Backing Paper' (ends 11th December 2011)
Colour Create - Challenge 85 - 'Red, White and Green optional snowflakes' (ends 14th Dec 2011)
Bizzy Bec's Store Challenge - December - 'Christmas' (ends 3rd January 2011) 

Can't wait for Strictly - judging by the rehearsals on It Takes Two - it should be a wonderful show!! Harry looked amazing in training! I think I will have Pizza night on Saturday: Pizza, BFG (Black Forest Gateaux) and Choccies - why not make a night of it eh !!! :-))

Thanks for visiting and for all your lovely comments!
Love n Hugs!
Sue xx


Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

fab card hun, love the colours & your colouring is perfect!

As for Saturday night, Nige has got his works Christmas do, so its just me & the girlies....movies, popcorn, take out & ice-cream I think lol!!
hugs shell xx

Hazel (Didos) said...

Haa haaa a tiny tiny tree!!!! oops!!!! You would have space for a 6 inch one.

Oh I love this and how you did it so differently to me, your colouring is so much better and I like how you made her arms the right colour!! (I thought they were skin but seeing yours its so much better)

Love Hazelxox

Lisa Jane said...

oh lol.. i could just about manage a 6" tree!
Glad you got your camera fixed too.. you must be chuffed.
Fab little elf today - and i love the gorgeous poinsettia

Doreen said...

A gorgeous card Sue,love the image. Glad you got your camera

Pami said...

Look at your making your own background paper! I love it! I love the layout and the colours, the little tag is so sweet, all just perfect! Hope your tree looks ok! I have been debating whether to get one this year, being on my own I don't normally bother but I really do love a tree and all the sparkling lights! I might go out shopping for one the weekend! Hope the weather isnt too bad where you are, Pami x

Vicky said...

Ooh Sue what a lovely image hun..! love the colours and your fabulous papers too (you clever thing...!!)...and have fun putting your tree up...!

It's my works do on I will be recording the shows...but if I still feel this lousy I will not be going anywhere..!

big hugs Vicky xx

louise said...

Brilliant idea for background paper,thanks for joining us at Cupcake this week
Hugs Louise xx

chrissy xx said...

Just Fabulous! What a cute image! LOve those 'Christmas tights'.
Brilliant embelishments Sue. Brilliant colouring!
What good service you have had from Panasonic! Well worth a mention when something like this happens....Bet you are really really happy lol.

Violets Corner said...

What a super fast service Sue!

The card is gorgeous, I like the stripes very much, such a clever idea.

And your Saturday plans sounds great, BFG, yum!!! I might have one too, he he!

Warm hugs

DesignerDiva said...

Sue your colouring is amazing on the this card! I love love love all your shading and the background is super fab!
Can't believe you got your camera back so quickly it's great to hear of some good customer service. But without doubt my favourite bit of your post is the 6 inch Christmas tree! Lol, last week it was 27 foot!
Can't wait for strictly on Saturday I hope Jason makes the final with Harry
Hugs Laurie x

Debs said...

Stunning colouring Sue - love your LO too and fab embellies.
I can't wait for the weekend TV viewing - hope Harry does well and not really bothered who wins X Factor - but hope it's not the girl band!!!
Have a fab evening.
Debs xx

Anonymous said...

Fab card Sue! Love that image and the tag you've used has the perfect sentiment to go with it - very clever! Glad you got your camera sorted.

CraftyC said...

Gorgeous card Sue, love her traditional outfit and fab colours. Thanks for taking part in this weeks Dream Valley Challenge

Wishcraft said...

Aww what a cute image and love your very clever paper too! Lovely card :o) Lisa x

Cheryl said...

Hi Sue, your card is fantastic, getting very artsy there lol, really it's great to try new things.
That's great news about your camera, wow they were quick! I wish things in Aus moved as quick as that. Can't wait to see this xmas tree. Hope you have a lovely weekend.
Big Hugs Cheryl

coops said...

fantastic card sue.really love the image and gorgeous poinsetta and stunning colours and design :D

xx coops xx

Anonymous said...

Glad you got your camera back and so quickly!
Your card is gorgeous and i love this cute image.
Have a great day.
Hugs xx

Pop's Cards said...

Morning sweetie this is really gorgeous what a sweet little image in fab colours hugs pops x

sari said...

Such a fantastic card! Love the image and the colours! Thanks for joining us at The Cupcake Craft Challenge this week! Good Luck! HUgs and sunshine!/Sari

Basslady said...

a gorgeous card! the image is so cute and you coloured it so delicious!

wonderful card!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

jo said...

Ooooo now there's a forest gateau is my favourite!!!Love your card and your colouring is FAB as always. Have a great weekend!
Jo x

Rene said...

What a fun card! So pretty! Thank you so much for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations this week and good luck!
Rene :D

Susan Flynn said...

Gosh you are so clever Sue making your backing paper like that! The image is a real sweetie too. So glad you got your camera back so quickly that is really good service. Mmm black forest all we need now is a wee tipple! Enjoy your weekend - it's also X Factor finals!!!

Jules said...

Hi Sue

A fabulous card .. .. I love your fantastic colouring.

I was pleased to read you have your camera back again. You must be well pleased.

Looking forward to seeing your Christmas tree.

Love Jules xx

Teresa said...

Oooh Sue, you sneaked this post in without me seeing! So sorry I am a bit late! This is a gorgeous card, I LOVE that image, very unique and you've coloured her in absolute perfect colours and brilliantly as that background too, looks fab! A beautiful pleased you got your camera back! You did make me laugh when you said about your spare bulb arriving! Enjoy your pizza and scrummy goodies tonight, sounds like a lovely feast and you deserve it! Hugs, Teresa xx

Sandy's Stamping Scene said...

Hi Sue; those leggings are fab. Not sure if I'd wear them, but very "Christmassy". Good luck with your last minute cards this weekend. I finished one more today, but can u believe it I still have 10 more to make... :-( Oh well, I posted the first ones to the States today and will send off the other ones I've made so far on Monday. Some people might not get theirs in time for X-mas but hey; rather a hand made late card a bit late than none at all, or? I just can't bring myself to buy cards anymore. It's somewhat of a curse. Take care, S.

Delphine said...

Fantastic card, Sue! I love your image and the traditional colours, and your background paper is fab! I love all the sparkle too! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake and good luck! Hugs Delphine xx
PS: Can't wait to see your tree! I have not even bought mine yet... did not get a chance...

Shannon White said...

Oh Sue this is so Darling! Love your Sweet image and the Fab Festive dp's. And what a fantastic touch with the silver mesh! Just Wonderful my friend! 8-)

Hope you have a Very Happy Sunday!


Kreatives von Andrea said...

Huhu liebe, wow was für ein tolles Motiv und deine Karte dazu einfach wundervoll, ich bin begeistert...

Ich wünsche dir einen schönen 3. Advent, sei lieb gegrüßt von Andrea

Rachel Izakowicz said...

What a lovely card! Just love your backing paper! Thanks for playing at Cupcake this week x

xxxtglxxx said...

Hey, I'm so impressed with your stripes on an envelope! :) This looks brilliant Sue and what a sweet image You are so right about the candy-cane feel.

I also had a wee chuckle this morning when I read your comment about an outside loo! :D lol. I remember we had an outhouse at the bottom of the garden that was boarded up when we were kids, and I was real curious as to why they built a toilet outdoors! I know I would have been too scared to go out at night!



Sussie B said...

Hi Sue

What a cute card you have done.

Sussie B.

Vicky said...

Hi sweetie gorgeous card as always hun love the image. I will try my best remember this challenge cus I certainly got last minute cards to do lol.
Glad you got your camera shug & your crimbo tree. Altho when I read about your smaller package I nearly spit my tea out over my lappy.....pmsl even hubster was laughing cus he read it lol glad it wasnt your tree tho in that little box lol.

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Julie said...

Gorgeous card! Thanks for playing along with us at Colour Create this fortnight, Juliexx