Thursday, November 28, 2013

Cardinal Christmas

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!
Today was a busy, fun-filled family day here at our house! I hope you all enjoyed a blessed Thanksgiving Day with your family and/or friends! I also hope you had time to reflect on all the things in your life you can be thankful for.  I know God has blessed me is so many ways...but I am especially thankful for my family, my church, my health....my spiritual health in particular! I can say without a doubt that I am heaven-bound because Jesus bought and paid for me with His death on the cross and has given me such an amazing life here and now, with the hope of heaven awaiting me. That's a whole lot to be thankful for! Leave me a comment and let me know what YOU are thankful for today!


So here is my Christmas card for the weekly challenge at SweetStamps this week!
This is my last week as Guest Designer on their blog. Its been a fun and busy month!
They have such great products in their store...its been amazing to be able to showcase some of them for you!
This week's challenge started on Tuesday. It is #145 "The Holidays".
You still have four days to enter, so why not pop over to the SS blog and get inspired by the DT samples and then get creative...and join the challenge! There is a nice prize you could win too!



For this card I used the SweetStamps stamp set called "Cardinal Pair & Warm Wishes".
I colored the image with alcohol markers, colored pencils and ink. Then I added some Stickles for sparkle in two colors: "Crystal" & "Holly".
The dies I used are the "Standard Circles Lg" by Spellbinders and the "Catalina Wreath" by Memory Box.
The background layer with the grid design is also shimmery with Smooch Spritz in a lime green. The green base card stock is stamped with pale green and white ink using an evergreen tree from Stampin' Up.
The card stock is mostly scraps from my stash, as are the gold twine and the sequins.
I used a sketch from the Technostamper blog:
http://technostamper.blogspot.com - Mon Lunchtime Sketch Chall #290


More challenges:
http://sentimentalsundays.blogspot.com - #182 Winter Wonderland
http://ShoppingOurStash.blogspot.com - #121 Holidays or Winter
http://Cardsundmore-challengeblog.blogspot.com - #95 Advent/Christmas decoration
http://avenue613.blogspot.com/ - #47 Anything Goes, Optional Twist:
Create Your Own Challenge (use chart)


Here are the things I used-
Col. 1: image, sentiment, patterned paper, solid paper
Col. 2: any sketch, die cut
Col.3: Stickles, Glimmer Mist (Smooch Spritz)
Col.4: Sequins
Col.5: twine (gold)

9 comments:

Shelly Schmidt said...

Thanks so much for joining us this month with your gorgeous card making- loving this beauty- the image is colored so beautifully- love the fun design- including the sequins! I have been richly blessed- a big family and lots of nieces and nephews, a roof over my head, a wonderful family! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Chana said...

Hi, Sandie, Thanks so much for playing our twist this week! You have done a awesome job of combining the SweetStamps Sketch and Our Challenge Chart to create a fabulous design! I love your papers and the beautiful way you have integrated your project colors through out the design. You image is fabulous and beautifully colored. Very nice textures and lovely techniques employed. Thanks bunches for slipping this into our mailbox here at 613 Avenue Create!
Hugz,
Chana, Owner

Barbara Thompson said...

Sandie, Just love your Cardinal card, the LO and that die cut!! Nicely done! Thanks for playing this week at 613 Avenue Create!

MJ said...

I am thankful that you chose to play along with my sketch challenge this week. What a beautiful card, love the out of the box technique on this. Beautifully done. Thanks so much for playing along this week!

Debbie said...

This is so beautiful!! I love to see cardinals in snowy trees!!
I like how the image is outside the circle, too!

stempelomi said...

it's lovely! Thanks for joining us at cards and more!
Hugs,Beate

Leslie Hanna said...

I really like all the elements and details you've added to your card. Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

~ Kendra ~ said...

Such a beautiful card! I love this image!! Love the added snow!! Beautiful design! THANK YOU so much for joining us this month!!

Donna K said...

Beautiful, beautiful card, Sandie! Thank you for joining us this month at Sweet Stamps and for sharing your creativity!