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8/23/2015

Christmas Card Club - Santa

Good morning & welcome. Had a booming thunderstorm with some needed rain late last night. This morning is a bit overcast so we may get another one this afternoon. Tomorrow the concrete guys are scheduled to be here to do some repairing of our driveway, so we're hoping the weather will be sunny & the work won't have to be postponed.

Please help me give a warm welcome to another lovely new follower - Barb of Barb's Faraway Cards. Found Barb's lovely blog over at Darnell's  and had a few minutes to pop over to meet her. Thanks are due to Darnell for her idea of welcoming new followers by giving them a highlight and linking to their blog, so that the rest of us can get to meet them as well. It's grand to meet new friends! As always, thanks to the folks who follow along with this blog! You are very much appreciated.

 
Today it's Christmas Card Club, and our theme of Santa is coming to Town, was selected by our Carol of CMDesign. (Fellow teammate blogs will be listed in the right side bar, and I can promise, you'll see some great cards if you take time to browse over.)

 - Image is an old wooden SU Santa set purchased at a stamp garage sale. It was not easy to color either, for some reason. Also it looks as though the image is not straight on the card, but I even used a ruler to measure from the top and bottom edges, and get the same measurements at each corner. So it is what it is! Of course it was colored with copics, WoS on the holly berries, and a gold gel pen for the gold touches. DI Tea Dye used around the edges of theLil Inker Stitched Square for a bit of vintage look.

- Sue Wilson Configuration arch from a gold snippet left from another card, which also provided the tiny S/Binder scallop border.

- stripe background paper came from a 2013 Our Daily Bread Designs 6x6 pack found at the ODBD booth at Stampaway. The green EK Success punched border came from the same pack. (I have plenty of these 6x6 packs, so you ask why did I buy this one? It has some cardinals in it, and of course it wanted to come home with me!)

Thanks for visitin' this morning, and do check out the other challenge cards for our Christmas Card Club...a group of cardmakers who are making cards all year long. It sure helps when it gets to be November and there's some cards ready. Just a reminder that Rudolph Day will be open August 25, another good chance to join some fun and get another card in your stash! Big Hugs

45 comments:

dutchess said...

what a fabulous image Mary and your colouring is perfect!...the backing paper really makes the image pop....a lovely card xxxx

Sue said...

Lovely card Mary.

Hope your drive repairs go to plan. We've had high temps over the weekend, but it's just started to rain here and they are warning of thunderstorms.

Take care. Sue

Lisa said...

This is so beautiful, Mary!! I love the image!! You colored it so beautifully!! The papers and dies you used are fabulous!! What a gorgeous card this is!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

jimlynn said...

Oh, I love that stamp you used and have never seen it before either! VERY pretty - In fact your entire card is just beautiful and so festive looking. A wonderful card for Christmas Mary. Crooked? I don't see crooked!
Lynn

brenda said...

A lovely traditional feeling Christmas card Mary.

Only just back from holiday so playing catch up and will be able to visit again with more time once we are all sorted out from the journey.

B x

Mrs A. said...

This is a gorgeous stamp and love your colouring of Rudolph. Love all your embellishments which compliment the image perfectly. I had the same problem when taking my photos . Just couldn't get the card to look straight and the sentiment looks off which it isn't so afte six goes with th camera gave up and used what I had. Hugs Mrs A.

Sarah said...

What a great stamp Mary and a proper Father Christmas, I don't have many featuring the jolly fella as I find most of them a bit creepy!! Love the traditional colour papers too. I was a bit sad not to have gone to Buckham Fair but I fear it may have been a wash out as we have had torrential rain since 11pm last night and it's only just stopped. Such a shame for them as all the proceeds go to a local Children's Hospice called Julia's House. The forecast is pretty dire for the whole coming week but I am hoping for a respite on Thursday when a pal and I are off to Melplash Show, another local agricultural event. I shall take my camera and share the day if I can xx

Patricia said...

Hello Mary,
Love, love, love, your stunning card.
The image and your design are wonderful
Hugs
Patricia xxx

Pat said...

A pretty vintage looking card Mary and Love the borders and the SW die top and bottom of the image too. The striped paper works beautifully with this as the colours all blend together so well. x

Rita said...

Good Evening Mary. Love your card and that little deer is so beautiful. Great Stamp. Hope you are both well. Hugs Rita xxxx

Jean said...

A super Christmas card Mary , The Santa stamp is great and I love the striped paper.
Jean x

Barb said...

I really love this card Mary. That's a super stamp you found. It looks very vintage. The inking round the edge looks perfect and I love the gold decoration at the bottom.

Thank you for your warm welcome. It is fun being introduced to new blogs and meeting new crafty friends. I will do a shout out for you when I post tomorrow. Barbxx

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
what a lovely card for your Christmas Club entry.
That stamp is a real fab find, and you have coloured it perfectly too.
It does look a bit complicated to colour, but you have made such a great job of it.
Wonderful papers and designing as always.
Your weather sounds like what we were supposed to have this afternoon, but we only had light rain, and then it brightened up again.
Love and biggest hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Christine Harrop said...

This really is a super stamp Mary! You have found a gorgeous Santa and I love is crown of holly. The backing papers and dies you have used have combined to make a really great card. One more for the Christmas box! Hugs Christine xx

Redanne said...

Well, to my tired old eyes it looks quite straight to me! I love the image, the Santa looks so real and I love the reindeer, it really is a beautiful card. Hugs, Anne xx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

I love this festive image Mary. Santa looks just wonderful and your colouring is lovely too. The gold die cut details serve to frame this image beautifully taking your eye straight to his jolly face, love it.
Lorraine

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous card Mary,love the images and layout.

Kath x

Carol said...

We had horrendous rain and thunder last night too, followed by a beautiful day today (albeit a little windy!). Love your card Mary, fabulous vintage image and wonderful die cuts along with a traditional colour combo. Carol x

Donna Hanley said...

A deer and Santa what more to you want for a Christmas card. I think everything on your card looks straight to me. It may be camera angel, that's all. At least that is what I claim when my cards don't look straight to me. LOL Enjoy your evening.

pam said...

Beautiful Christmas card Mary, love your traditional looking Santa and your colouring is perfect..

Hugs pam x

Creations by Shirl said...

What a pretty Christmas card Mary....Thanks for stopping by and becoming my newest follower... I'm also hooked on to your follower's list so I can continue follow you on your creative projects....Have a super day my new friend...

crafty-stamper said...

Love the vintage tradional Santa image love the gold dies
Carol x

Donna Ellis said...

Another beyond beautiful creation, Mary! Love how you colored the focal image and those pretty papers. Hope the weather is good for the drive way tomorrow!

MiamiKel said...

Just as lovely as can be! The Deer looks so lifelike, what an expression you captured! Love the soft look to this -- beautiful ♥ Good luck with the driveway tomorrow!

Carol L said...

For me, those older stamps still make some of the greatest cards! I like this whimsical image and it looks great with the striped background and beautiful borders! I'm loving that holly framework around the image too :)

aussie aNNie said...

Wonderful colours used on this gorgeous creation...xxx
{The Journey Is The Start aNNie my personal blog}

My Crafty Place - Sharyn Polesel said...

Beautiful Christmas card, Mary. You have inspired me to get myself in gear and do some of mine. lol Thanks so much for the kind comment on my blog. I am now a follower of yours! Brenda has spoken highly of you. I hope I get to meet you sometime.

Maxine D said...

What a stunner Mary - I can see that the image could be difficult to colour. Love the gold trim top and bottom.
Blessings
Maxine

Petra Swart said...

Your image looks fine and straight to me, Mary!!! And that is one great image stamp!!!! Love the beautiful borders on the side, the stripes on the bg paper and the lovely gold die-cut!!! A beautiful card!!!!
Have a wonderful week!!!
Hugz

Lucy Woods said...

Ooh what a fab image!! Love the reindeer!
Beautiful traditional style!
Lucy x

Stampsnob. said...

Now that is what I think Santa should look like sort of vintage Lovely card...........Lis

Marilyn said...

Cute card!

Faith A said...

Beautiful card Mary, so annoying sometimes to put something together and you can see a fault, but it's not there! Fabulous image so traditional and beautifully coloured too, also great die and papers.
Glad you had some rain, I'll keep sending it until you have had enough LOL.

Zoe Tant said...

It may have been tricky Mary but was well worth the effort as your colouring is gorgeous on this super image. I may just have to do some yard sales next time I visit friend in Virginia! Zx

Bonnie said...

What a pretty Santa! Aren't you lucky to have found this stamp at a garage sale! Love his holly hat and border!

Donna said...

Gorgeous card, Mary! I love the vintage Santa and he's perfectly colored. Hope your driveway got fixed without the rain. :) Have a wonderful week!

Shona Erlenborn said...

Love these old fashioned Santa images! Love all the die-cut layers too. Vewry sweet Christmas card.

mamapez5 said...

A great traditional Christmas card. (It won´t be long before we need them!!) I often think my cards look less than straight in the photo even when I am sure they are really, so I wouldn´t worry about that. I wouldn´t mind a thunder storm here today, but just a one off. Our son is arriving on Thursday for some Spanish sunshine! Kate x

Sandy said...

Beautiful Christmas card Mary - how you get everything you do done is beyond comprehension!
Sandy xx

Jacee said...

This is a lovely festive card Mary, love the stripes, the image is lovely too, a really lovely design.
We had a good thunderstorm too on Saturday evening, a right humdinger it was, so glad when it passed over.
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Pia S said...

Sometimes a card might look uneven or wonky in a photo, but not IRL. But this one looks even and straight to me. I imagine it was a challenge to color this image, I often end up heat embossing this type of image for just that reason. But it was so worth your efforts, it's a beautiful traditional design with a vintage flair.

Anita in France said...

What a fabulous traditional image, Mary ... so beautifully detailed and so wonderfully coloured! We've had storms over here too ... they get everywhere!! Hope the work went ahead fine! Hugs, Anita :)

MagsB said...

What a wonderful, classic Christmas card, Mary! Just gorgeous!

love Mags B x

Shelly Schmidt said...

I love this beautiful image- it looks square to me....your coloring is so pretty and I love the elegance the gold frame adds. Love the classic colors in the striped BG DP. Wonderful card. We had rain yesterday, then a cool down here- it was in the 70's here today, and hubby had a jacket on....not me though!

Greta said...

Beautifully colored image & I love the striped background!