Thursday, December 28, 2017

Here Comes Santa Claws

WOW!  Hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas!  We did, but crafting has definitely been put on the back burner this month.  I can't believe I haven't posted since December 10th, the longest I've EVER neglected my blog.  Well, I decided to have a little play with my Prismacolor pencils and drew Santa Claws on kraft.  I've never really colored on kraft before but it didn't turn out half bad. Since I didn't have a stamp or digital image to follow, I figured it would be easier to do the white beard on the colored stock and it definitely was.  I followed the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch and the Festive Fridays Santa Claus theme.  So I've broken the silence here.  YAY!  Feels good.

I'm also entering this in SUYP #25 Furrything Goes/Meowy Christmas, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #72 AG, 2 Crafty Critter Crazies #9, Simon Says Wednesday AG, DL.Art December Linky Challenge, CHNC #365 AG Christmas, and CHNC Christmas Extra December.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Time Out for a Coffee Break

I should be decorating.  Of course I say that from the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve, sooo...  Anyway, today things are not going well and the lure of the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop calls.  What can I say?  The fab retro cartoon image #1984 Santa Magoo, from Sandra Caldwell, really takes me back so I just had to heed his advice.  He's colored with Copics.  The sentiment is from Designwork on Creative Market.

Friday, December 8, 2017

New Gift With Purchase from Aurora Wings

Yes, I should be decorating, but what can I say?  This adorable Yorkie in a Stocking is a new Gift With Purchase from Aurora Wings.  Yes, I'm a cat lover, but who could resist this sweet face?  Obviously not me, but don't tell Goliath or Jezzie.  I really had fun coloring him up with my Copics (after looking at some Yorkie pix on the net) and decided to go with a red white and black color scheme that really made him pop.  BTW, he WAS popped after fussy cutting on one of my my stitched tag dies that I'd run through my Cuttlebug.  The Outlawz Monday Greetings calls for a bookmark or tag and I've added a black Alpha Bead sentiment and the Outlawz Twisted Thursday calls for a Polka Dot Christmas so I popped that on a larger stitched tag for more dotty goodness.  WooHoo!
Now YOU can get this cutie for FREE with a minimum $5.00 purchase from either or AW Etsy now through 11:59 pm EST Sunday December 10th.
And here's a coupon, if you'd like to get an even better deal.  The free digi will be emailed to you after making a qualified purchase.  
Offer extended!  WooHoo!

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I'm also adding this to the DL.Art December Linky Challenge,  Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #71 AGSimon Says Wednesday Gift It, 2 Crafty Critter Crazies #9 Dec. AG w/a critterClassic Design Team Open December #20 AG613 Avenue Create Dec Christmas/WinterCHNC Extra December AGCrafty Animals Dec. #9 AGAud Sentiments #194 Christmas + Sentiment (3/5) Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #218 AGColoring in Scrapland ChristmasBrown Sugar Dec #273 Anything But a Card and Scrapping4Fun #105 AG.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

One for FIVE!

As you might have guessed, I play on the Outlawz Forum frequently.  It's a fun and supportive bunch of gals and I've been a member for years.  There's a weekly challenge for every day of the week plus a monthly Progressive freebie.  As I need to get going on my holiday decorating, I tried to cover as many challenges as possible with this card.  The lovely ornament is the Progressive freebie for December from Outlawz designer Sandra van Blaricum.  Thanks so much, Sandra! (OMG, not last minute, for once)  

The colors and inspiration comes from Tuesday Color.

Sketch from Wednesday Sketch

 Also added to Twisted Thursday Anything Goes and Saturday Paper ala Mode (square card).  Yay, me!

I've colored the ornament with Copics and added Stickles and fussy cut.  I popped it on a gold mat because I thought I sized it a bit too small for the card.  Papers are from Graphic 45 and gems from Michaels.  I used a sticker sentiment I colored green with a Sharpie and the gorgeous holly came in a roll I got at the local Decor Store.

I'm also entering this in the DL.Art December Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #71 AGCHNC #362 AGCHNC Extra December AG, Paper Minutes #515 Christmas Tree Balls and Aud Sentiments #194 Christmas + Sentiment (2/5).

Monday, December 4, 2017

Anything but a Card for Aurora Wings

It's our last challenge of 2017 at Aurora Wings and our new theme is

To be honest, I was a little stumped this time since my last two challenge inspiration projects have been just that, so I had to dig deep.  In fact, I started 3 different projects before finally deciding what to do.  So here's the winner!  I've made a sweet little shadowbox using the adorable Christmas Kittens available HERE on and HERE on Etsy.  I've been dying to color them up since they arrived a few weeks ago.  Aren't they the cutest EVER?

Here's a closeup of the two with the tree prior to gluing on the face plate of the shadowbox from LaLa Land I've had for several years. They're colored with Copics and fussy cut and popped within the shadowbox.  The design papers are from the 6x6" Christmas pad from Graphic 45.  The "rug" is stitched felt ribbon I also trimmed the outside of the box with.  I scored some card stock to fashion a baseboard and added and cute little box of ornaments from Michael's.  The sticker pressies are JoLee's, the glitter sentiment up top by Recollections and the wreath and garland are fashioned from Tim Holtz greenery.

Here's a side view.  The project could hang or sit on a shelf with the detachable stand.

And here's another kitty (from the same digi HERE), a little like Fanta, eh Mitzi?  Love love, LOVE these KITTIES and there's lots more HERE.  OH, don't fret doggie lovers.  There's an adorable new(ish) set of Christmas Chihuahuas available, HERE too.  Now it's time for me to start my own decorating.  Hope my kitties behave.

You've got lots of time to join us for this last challenge of 2017, because we're taking a bit of a holiday break.  Hope you can have some fun with us because you have until January 13th, 2018 to get your projects in.  Be sure to visit the Challenge Blog for fabulous inspiration from my Stella teamies and we all wish you a warm and wonderful holiday season.  In the meantime...

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