Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bah! Humbug! Meets Octopode (by accident)

Eiyiyi! I'm NOT keeping up! The days 'til Halloween keep flying by (no Beck, I haven't started yet, LOL some inspiration, eh?) and I'm still trying hard to keep up with my DT stuff as well as my fave challenges around Blogworld. Bah! Humbug! this week is Glitz and Glitter, and Lily at TOFF has a musical theme going. I had totally different ideas for BOTH challenges but realized I wouldn't be able to do them both unless I combined them, so this is the result. Probably not what either of them expected (or you either, considering the challenges) but it is what it is, and I kinda like it. First off I just bought a wad more Octopodes and I was dying to use the sweet new Winter Girl (that I don't see in the shop at the moment, but I'm sure she'll be back soon). Figured she'd be great for a Christmas card. The hitch was I was also dying to do the thing in sepia tones which doesn't really translate to glitter (or Christmas, for that matter) but Winter

Wonderland wanted Christmas with Autumn Colors.

She's colored with Copics and the snow flakes behind her were done in my Printmaster Platinum program by cropping some musical digi paper I just won from the House Across the Bay. The cropping is done with dots and I couldn't exactly see what I was doing but I was going for a sort of rough snowflake shape. The result was pretty funky but I thought it was perfect with my Octopode gal. The images were merged but it didn't really gel until I drew around them with my Memento marker to make them look more like a digi stamp as well.

To glitz it up, I applied Stardust Stickles to the snowflakes and cut a glitter card stock mat with my Nesties Grand labels One. There's also some Rock Candy Distress Stickles on her boots and I printed, colored and cut her hat and scarf a second time and popped them for dimension. To add to the musical theme, I added the note brads and the rub on words to "Let it Snow" from Melissa Frances.

Finally, I popped the frame and added chipboard letters from Prima that I've had forever (and never used). They look just like they were encrusted with ice crystals. Sorry I didn't take a pic of the unopened package ladies, but this qualifies for the ABC Christmas Unused Stash Challenge. So there you have it! A real collaboration while designing. I know it's different, but I had a ball.


  1. i love this darn cute and your colors and details are beautiful


  2. I think this is AMAZING, Donna! Cute image and the musical notes snowflakes are inspired!! Wow, to be in your head for ideas! Perfection down to the last detail! xx

  3. Hi Donna,
    I love the shape and layout and the colours are gorgeous. A really sweet image and great embellishments.
    Fiona x

  4. gorgeous creation and love the colour choice, thank you for sharing your lovely work with us at the Winter Wonderland this week.
    hugs Kate xx
    PS I have some new candy if you are interested :)

  5. Great job on the monotone color, Chickie! Love the popped frame and all of the crystally looking pieces. Trying my hardest to get caught up...sorry it's taking so long :(

  6. This is GORGEOUS! I love everything about this card, the snowflakes (I thought they were wood at first) The little Octopode image is adorable. Thanks for playing along with the ABC Christmas U is for unused challenge!

  7. LOVE this image! I was actually thinking of getting her! What a terrific job you did with her! Love the mono look! Awesome Christmas card!

  8. This is so cute! What a fun card!

  9. Hi Donna,Oh my this is SUPER SUPER CUTE!I LOVE the image,the shape of your card and your coloring,Just AMAZING girl!!You Won 3 of my Christmas or Halloween digi's,Your choice!over at my blog(Cindy's little Creations)
    Please e-mail me at
    so I can send you the images,Have a GREAT day my friend!:)

  10. Donna, I think your card is fantastic. I like unique creations that make you think outside of the "traditional" box! Way to use those chipboard letters, too!
    Thanks for joining us at ABC for the "U" challenge!

  11. I love the way your mind works... you are amazing Donna...

  12. Thanks for your fabulous entry - so sorry to be so late commmenting but Max and I are meeting up this weekend and as you can imagine one of us is busy packing and the other knee deep in cleaning duties to make sure all is spick and span for the visit.
    So excited. Have a great weekend and hope you'll have chance to join in our new challenge which started yesterday - it's all about FOOD.
    The Bah! Humbug! Duo
    Ann and Max xxx

  13. Fabulous!!!! Love it. I've finally found some bloggy time and loving seeing a bit of octopode fun on my first stop! It's lucky you think outside the box to combine those two challenges well. I'd be stumped for sure! x

  14. So cool- the funky snowflakes are perfect with the image. Love that you used a neutral color scheme too.

  15. This is just downright stinkin' cute, that's what it is...

  16. What an unusual choice of colors for a snow theme - but it works!

  17. I thought I had already commented on this... I guess not. I know I was here previously admiring her - it's hell getting old and forgetting to do things. This is sooo cute. Love the image and the coloring, but I especially love the way you have framed out the stmaping. The card is great - love the snow. The music notes are fab and I love the mixed fonts!! Just great.


  18. Love the color palate you used with these images. Freshens up the whole winter thing which I might add I am not too happy about it's arrival!

  19. Great monochromatic card, Donna. Thank for joining ABC Christmas Challenge, hugs, Miria x

  20. You can do a combination of a card for me anytime -- this is gorgeous!

  21. Wow - this is fabulous Donna!
    Thanks for joining us at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
    Helen x


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