Friday, December 11, 2009

Seasonal Celebration ~ GIDDY UP!

Season's Greetings, friends-o-blogland!

I suppose there's no turning back on the old Christmas thing, now! We've got holiday commitments popping out from every direction, the to-do list has not shortened by one item, but I'm still insisting that I jump in for a few challenges, regardless... So let's celebrate with some juicy seasonal color, stamps, die cuts and composition! Yee Haw!



Isn't this Santa adorable!?! He's yet another October Afternoon gem that has definitely made MY season a little brighter! I had to wipe down the keyboard after I saw this FABULOUS swatch of color from Broni, the sweet and ever so crafty designer, from the COLOR THROWDOWN!!! She, {*clearing my throat for emphasis....} SHE......, S-H-E was inspired by Eskimo Kisses from Basic Grey! {Imagine! Being inspired by that delicious collection!} And, oooooh, just looooooooook at these colors!




And then, BAM! A hugely inspirational composition from CARD PATTERNS! What a terrific combo! Two great things that go together "like peas and carrots!" What a groovy sketch for me to combine some ACTUAL Basic Grey, some fun stamping, water color work and a lil' paper piecing {...cause I just love it so!} ....


And here's my lil' seasonal, roof top scene! I created a little chimney with paper and a watercolor brush, with vellum "smoke" for effect and balance! But don't worry, my wee girl has been assured that Santa has magic powers to keep from getting burned by they fireplace! (hee hee) Those "Santa Claus" movies with Tim Allen are a huge help for filling in with some terrific, visual effects to calm worried children... Anything to help them sleep at night, right!?!



So, there it is, friends! A little seasonal craft to help me point my sleigh towards a busy weekend! {*sigh!} Thanks for stopping by and PLEASE, have a wonderful weekend, yourself! Be safe, keep warm and I hope you sneak in some craft-time, too! Don't forget that The Color Throwdown, color challenge & Card Patterns, sketch challenge, are... two great challenges that GO GREAT TOGETHER! Yipeeeeeeee! Have a WONDERFUL time!



Supplies -

C/S - Stampin' Up!
D/P - Basic Grey
Vellum - Stampin' Up!
Stamps - Stampin' Up!; October Afternoon; Hero Arts
Ink - Stampin' Up!
Stickles - Tim Holtz/ Ranger
Ribbon - Recollections (Michaels)
Die Cut Sentiment - Sizzix

19 comments:

Dana Gustafson said...

Oh my! I AM having myself a merry little Christmas for sure with your sweet card! I LOVE it! THat santa is fab and you made him a star up there on the rooftop. Love it! Love YOU!

Linda aka Oz said...

my RV would collapse if Santa landed here. Now I am gonna loose some sleep!
Love the card. That Santa is so dang JOLLY, yelling Ho HO HO from that roof top! Golly, I just love his Jolly! Do you think he is single? Nah, all the good ones are taken. Anyhoo, Have a Jolly ole weekend yourself there darlin' I have plans to try and stay warm but when wearing LAYERS of clothes, laundry day comes around wayyyy to quickly. the Oz

Karen said...

Oh such Christmas scrumptiousness!! Love that you gave that chimmney some smoke! We're having the 'how does Santa get down our chimney if its only a gas vent?' conversation....oh yea, and that Santa brings the carrots outside to the reindeer and then brings the remains back in because the reindeer are full from eating at so many houses and that the reindeer are NOT all allowed to come into the living room.....'cause that would make an awful mess, right?! But, I digress (again, I'm good at that!), that is one happy Christmas card that has liven'd up my Christmas spirit more than a wee bit.........it had been getting bogged down in to-do lists.....thank you ever so much for making it rise again! :>:>

Chris said...

Your usual fun, great style! Glad you could play along over at Card Patterns. Thanks so much!

It's such fun to be the sponsor this week and I hope you can visit my blog too where I have a second chance for a prize plus my take on the sketch. :)
http://allamericanstampers.blogspot.com/2009/12/sponsoring-card-patterns.html

LeAnne said...

Oh so cute....LOVE that Santa. I don't have any Santa stamps that aren't vintage because I haven't found any I like, but I do like this one....course he's kinda retro too. I think I'll go look him up!

~amy~ said...

your card is uber hip elise...I love it to bits...that santa is cute, cute, cute!!!

Rosemary said...

I so love reading your blog and getting a little glimpse into your creative process and you my friend, are uber creative!! This card is no exception. Your Santa is KING OF THE WORLD!! Great use of the CTD colors and CP sketch!!

Vanessa said...

Super cool card, Elise!! I love your clever smoke made of vellum! You rock these challenges!!! Have a fab weekend yourself dear friend!

Hugs,
Vanessa

Dotty Jo said...

Love that happy little Santa scene and how you used non-traditional colours to make a fabulously festive card! That vellum smoke totally rocks, you are such a clever and talented card maker my sweet! Must go, cards to make... gifts to wrap... cat to amuse! Jo x

Our Little Inspirations said...

I love the sweet card you created by combining the CTD and sketch challenges! I love these colors and that Santa sure is a jolly little fella! Beautiful use of the DP, great card!!!

dtarca said...

Okay...I'll order 75...ha/ha.... You should make a business here Elise! Adorable card!

broni (waterchild12) said...

You're definitely right about that being a great sketch and I LOVE your rooftop Santa scene!! Vellum smoke...perfect!!

Beverly Gotthardt said...

Happy Holidays, Elise, thanks for the nice comments you left, your name is in the hat.

sarahmartina said...

Oh my goodness, this is the fabness I've been missing out on! I can't believe I've been away from my bloggy friends this long! LOVE what you've done here Elise! You HANDLED those colors like a PRO! The puff puff vellum is TOO stinkin cute! Love it all!!!

Kelley Eubanks said...

Hey girl.... I love all of your cards/tags that I have missed.... AWESOME stuff!! Thanks for the shout out on one of your posts... you are very sweet and I really appreciate the prayers!! :) I saw your CC tags on the CARDS blog... woo hoo!! :) I thought.... you go girl! Oh... and I love the shot of your card in CARDS... so cool!! What an adorable puppy!! Well... I am determined to catch up tonight so I must go but.. just wanted to let you know that I was here and I love you! :)

diane said...

i LOVE this sweet card! you rocked the colors and the challenges. you go girl

dpkennedy said...

Love the scene you created and that vellum chimney smoke is perfect! Awesome card Elise!

Courtney Baker said...

Super cute. Love that snowman girl! It's way cute and way YOU!

sam said...

beautiful card, love the santa!