Thursday, October 15, 2009

Working With Some Jolly!

Hi, friends! I hope your world is treating you kindly and that you have plenty to feel jolly about! I do! First of all, I have YOU! Second of all, it's a beautiful time of year, the kids are healthy and loving school and my husband IS WORKING, and in just this bit of rain we've had, I can now spy the micro mini grass seed in my mucky horse fields... yesterday they were seeds, TODAY they have the teeniest {we're talkin' the size of a pin head} sprouts, so soon there will be grass! So, friends, it's allllllll good!

Speaking of good, how 'bout a lil' crafting on quietly foggy and misty autumn day! {Oh, baby!} Working with some JOLLY great paper! Some AWESOME challenge inspiration and thoughts of my bloggy and REAL LIFE friends, makes me beyond jolly - how 'bout giddy! Yep. That sums it up! So how 'bout this this fun holiday card to celebrate a perfectly delicious crafty day!

Woah! Do not adjust your set ~ this here is a BRIGHT card! Indeed, practically neon! I made it with not one but TWO challenges in mind (oooooooooowwwwww!)... Composition by the darling CARD PATTERNS crafty princesses:

OF COURSE, I tweaked and rotated things a bit! {Isn't a tweak or two a card maker's prerogative!?! But ov'course!} And, I was soooooo loving the oval shape! I busted out my huge oval/scallop die from Sizzix/Stampin' Up! and just delighted to that sound of my heavy transparency material passing through the wheels of my die cut machine... wait for it ...{Diane O. this is for YOU} and the satisfying C-R-U-N-C-H! Yipeee! Extremely satisfying, is that tool/sound/use of materials! Whooooooeeeee! And, so, (throat clearing!) I combined THIS challenge, for the perfect combo of paper crafting predicament:

THE JUGS! Yes, friends, you read it right! This is a brand spanking new challenge (whoopsie, but the deadline is tonight, so giddy up, if you want to play!) in their second week! Such fun and talented ladies who've created this challenge, and now they have their own blog! Please, stop by and check out their great work and wonderful cause! Love the acronym - LOVE the logo: HELLOOOOOW! And how I will resist not "singing" you Judd's songs every time I make a card for their challenges, WHO knows??????? A N Y W H O O O O O O O! At their "request" I paper pieced SANTA, like a Christmas MADWOMAN! And threw in the PINK to match the grooviest Christmas paper, evA! Here's a close-up!

I used this "vintage" Santa image, that I dearly love, from a retired S/U! set, because he was just so jazzy and fun looking! Stamped him with Staz-On on a heavy piece of transparent material... PAINTED and paper-pieced from the back side and CAREFULLY glued the paper direct to the transparency... hiding the glue spots behind the black outlines.. Sandwiched the whole thing together with more, MORE, M-O-R-E fabulous paper!!!! {Oh, somebody SLAP me ~ I had way too much fun!}

Okay, I'm breathing deeply and calmly now...

Here's a parting shot! {Do with that, as you will - I'm just ZANY today, friends.. Caffeine induced, no doubt!} I jumped in to the faux stitching movement! Boy, is that a little easier then dealing with my ancient sewing machine with mal-adjusted tension, and "metal dust" marks! Whoooooooeeee! So, there! I guess that wraps up my share for today! ADVENTURES in card making - I love it! I hope you're on an adventure of your own - can't WAIT to check you out!

Bye, now!

Supplies -

C/S - Stampin' Up!
D/P - Cosmo Cricket
Ink - Stampin' Up! & Staz On
Stamps - Stampin' Up!
Opaque Marker - Stampin' Up!
Tag Punches - Stampin' Up!
Ribbon - my STASH, babies!
Heavy Transparency - Hambly


whoistracy said...

This is fabulous Elise!! I love the bright colors and that santa is just adorable. So glad you could play along with us again- we missed you! :o)

LeAnne said...

We are on the same wave length....driving home from my errands today (in the cold rain) I was thinking to myself "What could I make with my new Cosmo Cricket paper pad? Hmmmm?" And lookee here- you beat me to it! I have family coming in from out of town all weekend, so I DOUBT now I will get to play....maybe at about 1 am this morning, if I am still awake!!! This is soo darn cute, I love this Santa, he is perfect for these retro papers!!!

~amy~ said...

Oh Sista....absolutely FUN card you have going there...sooooo cute & happy!!! JUGS...that cracks me up.

AKiteFlier said...

Elise this is mojolicious! I DO need my sunglasses and I'm sure Santa does too :-)
LOVE IT. Thanks so much for playing along with Just Us Girls! Hope you'll come back again on Saturday for a brand new color challenge :-)

Roxy said...

I am stunned by this card! I love the colours, and the Santa, and just everything! Now, how are you going to decide who to give it to?

Rosemary said...

Well Jolly Ol' Saint Nick sure does look purdy with all that pink!! Love this card, sweetie!! You did both those challenges proud!! Yeehaw!!! said...

Wooooooo - look at you go girl!! I LOVE Santa's outfit - it is too blinkin cute! Great job - it's a beauty :)


Lisa Kind said...

I got such a kick out of reading your post, Elise! You should be a professional writer (maybe your already are!)! I love the card! The retro feel of it and the nontraditional colors are fabulous! I'm so glad you made it to our challenge, be it under the gun or not! ;-) I hope we see you playing there often!

Kelley Eubanks said...

Dana.... I love this card! What a great Christmas card! I love the colors, the layout and that Santa rocks!! Glad to hear things are good!! :)

Kelley Eubanks said...

Girl... I need some sleep! I mean... Elise! Dana!?!?! Whose blog am I on? Sorry girl!

Kristin Eberline said...

How CUTE! Look at your sassy Santa! He looks like he's dancing (the music sheet behind him and his sparkly suit help). You also did a fantastic job with the sketch you used! LOVE the faux stitching :O)

Thanks for playing with Just Us Girls this week! Hope to see you again on Saturday for a fab color challenge!!

Dana Gustafson said...

Ha ha Kelley! It must have been those sizzling bright holiday colors that confused you!!

LOVE it Elise! I was just thinking today about some christams paper I bought last year that has some fun retro bright colors in it. I gotta get my christmas music on and work up some holly jolly like you did! Santa painted on clearly heavy?! Be still my heart!!

Oh! and goes without glad that you are a JUGs girl this week!

Linda aka Oz said...

Well, look who came by my place and left a dig about Christmassing up the place when the entire time she ...who will remain un-named.. was Christmassing up ScrapLand!! And might I add, doing a damn fine job of it too! Love that Santa! OMGosh he is right out of my childhood memories! So sneaky of you to hide the glue, does he now look like an epoxy sticker...kinda??
Speaking of beloved sounds... I love the flicka flicka my cats eye ink pads make on paper when I am distressing the sides. ummmm, love that sound.
One more sound thingy... I am glad you are singing the Judd's songs, 'cause everytime I thing of ... Do your jugs hang low? Do they wobble to and fro..can you tie them in a ...

well you get the picture... Oz

Mona Pendleton said...

Oh My Goodness Elise! Your paper pieced Santa card is so flippin' cute! This card is so very cheery & gives me that warm & fuzzy feelin'! Thanks for playing along with the girls at the Just Us Girls challenge site! I hope I see more of your creations in future challenges! :) TFS

Dotty Jo said...

Hey crafty lady! Love what you did with that sketch - flippin' it around was a great move. Ooooh those colours, ooooh that glorious paper pieced santa and my goodness me Heavenly FAUX Stitching - its another beauty Elise! Jo x

Vanessa said...

Baby, you are amazing!!! Love this card from top to bottom, from bottom to top! This is another winner for me, no doubt about that!!! How did you do that straight faux stitching?? My hands would shake too much! And that paper pieced darling Santa!! FAB! This card makes me feel good!


SmilynStef said...

I've beehn struggling to come some of the paper designs from that collection ... but you obviously rocked it ... fantastic holiday card ... jolly by golly for sure.

sam said...

it's too cute!! beautiful!

Martha said...

Oh, what a beautiful card, love this!! Love the Santa :)
Have a nice weekend!

liszha said...

This is such a fun and yet very beautiful card.
I love the happy Santa.