Tuesday, 15 October 2013

'Twas the Night Before Christmas...

I've had fun making my first ever 'easel' card recently. Yup, never made one before, had no idea what I was doing, or how to make it 'stand up', so I muddled along and figured it out as I went. I chose this, as I had some A4 cardstock I wanted to use to make the card, but knew I wasn't going to get the right size card out of it, so I needed to somehow fix two sheets together. So the idea to make an easel card came out of this. I have to say, my 'fix' for sticking the two bits together, is pretty rough and not at all ideal, but it worked!

The sweet image on my card, is by the talented author/illustrator Elizabeth O Dulemba and is called 'Waiting for Santa'. Her designs are so sweet and there are loads I want to colour up for this Christmas including a super fun one of Santa on a Vespa! You can find her lovely designs via her 'kids colouring page'. She very generously allows these images to be used for card making too (please read the 'terms of use) and has a gallery to show these.

I had great fun colouring this sweet image and trying to work out how I should colour the window frame, plain white painted wood didn't seem to fit for me. Many of the houses here in New Zealand have lovely native timber frames which are stained rather than painted to allow the lovely wood grain to show through, so I used a fine Promarker nib and created some 'grain' on the frame. Love how it turned out! I also carefully edged a shadow around Santa and his sleigh, to set him 'out' from the moon a bit. It's not that obvious in the photo, but it's there.

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I used a lovely sentiment stamp from CC Designs, Sweet November range by Amy Young. It was a perfect fit for this lovely image.

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The sweet pink roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts. I just love shopping there for my ribbon, lace and mulberry paper flowers. Check out their range, it's fabulous. I added some stickles star dust glitter to the rose below for a bit of added interest.

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The paper I used is a lovely Panduro Hobby Christmas paper pad in brown and blue tones. It is called 'Winter'. The corner dies and the circle mat are Spellbinders Nestabilities. The black gems are from Meiflower and I edged all the papers in black memento ink. There you have it, I think I've run out of things to say! Unheard of!!

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Nope, I knew there had to be something more to say, LOL. I forgot the 'easel bit'! So here's a close-up of the lovely Spellbinders shape I used to create the 'stop' for the easel and finally a couple of 'easel' shots...

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I trimmed a couple of layers of the organza ribbon into rounds to go under the pink circle and central sentiment, which is from a Lili of the Valley circle sentiments set called 'Calendars'. I used a brad to link the circles so that I didn't have to glue each layer and then added the small circular sentiment on top, adding some Stickles glitter glue around the edge for a little sparkle. I mounted it on raised foam pads, so that it would work as an effect easel edge.

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Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you've had fun looking at this latest make. If you like what you see, feel free to browse the back catalogue! I love it when you leave me a message it really does mean a lot and if you do, I can visit your little corner of the crafty world. If any of you has a tutorial on how to create easel cards properly, do feel free to share this with me! Hugs, Wends x

Challenge & Gallery Entries:
Papertake Weekly: Two by Two
7 Kids College Fund: #84 ~ Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody: #31 ~ Anything Goes
Passion for Promarkers: #219 ~ Snow is Falling
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge: #146 ~ Make It Square
CHNC Challenge Extra for October: Anything 'Christmas' Goes
Crafting Musketeers Challenge Blog: #6 ~ Christmas In October
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round: October Challenge ~ Single Card
Elizabeth O. Dulemba Gallery: An open listing of crafts using Elizabeth's images.
Loves Rubber Stamps Challenge: #73 ~ Polka Dots (Girl mouse in Polka Dot nightdress)
ABC Christmas Challenge: T for Transparent (I used a lovely transparent organza ribbon)
Weekly Christmas Card Challenges: #46 Colour Combo - Pink, Brown & White (with a bit of blue too)


23 comments:

Shanna Shands said...

Adorable easel Christmas card. I love the label dies that you used. Thanks so much for playing at Loves Rubberstamps.

femke said...

hi wendy,

thank you for your sweet comment on my card!!!

your christmascard is cute!!!

greetings femke

Loopylou. said...

awwww wendy this is just too cute! those little guys are super adorable and I love the easel fold.
huge hugs Lou xxx

Eileen said...

It doesn't look as if you need help making easel cards as this one is perfect. Love the image you have used and gorgeous dp. Beautifully embellished. Thanks for joining in with the PFP challenge this week, and good luck
Eileen x

Marie said...

What sweet looking card. Love the adorble image and fabby designer papers. Thanks for joining us in our Snow is falling challenge over at PFP.
Love n hugs
Marie

jonim52 said...

Fabulous easel card. Cute cute image. Thanks for joining us at Loves Rubberstamps. Check out this week's challenge.

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

OMGosh I love this sweet image and the great design. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

Angela said...

Your card looks really fantastic,i like your very cute image.Thank’s a lot for joining us at our T for Transparent Challenge by ABC Christmas Challenge
Hope to see you again
Hugs and greetings
Angela DT

chrissy xx said...

Yes! It is a cute image...LOving your colours and design.
Chrissyxx

Hazel said...

Beautifully crafted and such a cute image - delightful. Thanks for sharing for both CHNC challenges and also for Crafting Musketeers 'Christmas in October' challenge - hope to see you again soon. x

Samantha said...

Cute card and a clever play of the challenge, Thanks for Playing along with us this time at ABC Christmas Challenge, hugs Samantha :0)

Fran said...

Great card, thank you for joining us over at the Crafting Musketeers Challenge Blog, Fran (DT) xxx

JoanieMc said...

Absolutely adorable!! I love the image and your coloring is awesome! The design is just too cute. And the sentiment made me fall in love with it! Just Awesome!!

Thanks for joining Challenges 4 Everybody and hope to see more of your creations here.

Hugs
Joanie

I am a new follower!!

coops said...

so stunning wendy.gorgeous details and colours and i love the adorable image ;D

xx coops xx

Hazel said...

Thanks for adding this for CCAYR 'getting ready for Christmas', Hazel, DT x

kingsharon1967 said...

WHat a cute ,sweet card - I love it - Thank you for joining in the challenge and good luck x

Karen (karey2005) said...

Fabulous card! Love the design! Thank you for joining Christmas Card Challenges! Karen N, CCC-DT

Elizabeth O. Dulemba said...

Love it! I'm going to feature your creation in my October 22,2013 Coloring Page Tuesday newsletter. If you (or your commenters) aren't subscribed to see it, you can do so at http://dulemba.com/index_ColoringPages.html (and find more coloring pages). Cheers and happy creating! :) e

Elizabeth O. Dulemba said...

Update: I'm bumping it to November in anticipation of Christmas! :) e

Faith A said...

This is fabulous love it.

Rosie said...

Amazing card! Love the image!! Thank you for playing in our challenge at www.7kidscollegefund.com. Hugs, Rosie :)

Michelle B. said...

This card made me go Awwww! So adorable and brings back so many wonderful memories! Beautiful! So glad you joined us for our Getting Ready for Christmas Challenge at CCAY!

Borqna said...

Awesome card!

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