Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Santa's Helper - DS4J

Hi, everyone.  I'm running out of time!  There are only a few days left to play along in the monthly progressive challenges I enjoy.  Today I'm sharing two Christmas cards in one post so I can join Sarn in her Rudolph Day challenge.

My first card features an adorable image called Santa's Helper from Digi Stamps 4 Joy.  It's the August digi for their Monthly Christmas Card Challenge, and I coloured it with my Prismacolor pencils and then added some faux stitching around the image. Please scroll down to see my quick and easy card #2.

Here are the other items used:
  • Dies:  Spellbinders Nestabilities Floral Ovals, Nellie's Ovals
  • Ribbon:  May Arts (lace), Offray (ribbon)
  • Rubber stamp:  Sentiment (Plaid)
  • Accents:  Charm (stash), gems (Dollarama)
  • Patterned paper:  unmarked loose paper from my stash

I would like to support the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create AG 2/3
A Gem of a Challenge Stitching (real or faux) UE
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Gifts Galore (sack full of gifts) 1/2
Decosse's Dynamite Doodles 12 Days of Christmas Cards Link-up UE
Dies R Us Stitching (I did faux) 1/3
DL.ART August Linky UE 1/day
Digi Stamps 4 Joy Christmas Challenge 1E
Eureka Stamps CAS 1/3
Fan-tastic Tuesday AG 2/4  
Hiding in my Craftroom Any Holiday 1/3
Holly Jolly Christmas 123 (1 image, 2 die cuts, 3 gems) 
Lets Craft and Create AG UE
MFP Speedy TV 2014 Christmas Card Challenge UE
My Craft Creations (Aug 8-30) AG UE
Penny's Children and/or Christmas 1/3
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday AG 1/5
Sparkles Christmas Snowflakes (see patterned paper) 1/3
Stamping for Pleasure Rudolph Day (must post 2 cards) 1E
Tuesday Throwdown AG 2/3
Whoopsi Daisy Girly UE
Winter Wonderland AG for Christmas 1/3
Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 2/5

Here's my second card, which I made by upcycling an image from a card I received last year, added a torn strip of patterned paper, stamped a sentiment and added a few gems.  It was a quick and easy card - I love recycling old cards and giving them a second life - it's one of my favourite things to do! 

I would like to support the following challenge:
ABC Christmas Challenge Q for Quick and Easy UE

Thank you for looking at my cards!  Wishing you a joyful day!


cotnob said...

Two gorgeous cards Kitty, I love your beautiful recycled Christmas bird image.

Kathleen said...

Brilliant cards, great image and lovely papers on the first and the second card is a brilliant re-cycled card, love the bird.

Kath x

Unknown said...

Kitty, These are really lovely. The image in the first one is really adorable. This art is delightful. Thank you for dropping by. Blessings, happy hugs and sweet smiles from Carole at Word Art Wednesday.

Mandy said...

Fabulous cards Kitty, so glad you've joined us once again for our challenge over at Let's Craft and Create.

Bad Kitty said...

gorgeous cards Kitty

Lisa said...

What gorgeous cards!! The image is so sweet on the first one!! Love the charm!! And the second card is beautiful!! What a fabulous way to reuse a pretty image!! Love them both!! Have a great day :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Andrea W said...

Both cards are terrific! I always love a blue colour scheme for a winter themed card and the oval die cut is awesome on your first card. On your second card, the cardinal image definitely deserved a second life, great idea!

jimlynn said...

Both are so beautiful! Love all the blue in that first one and your stunning coloring. The second - great recycling of a gorgeous image.

Jackie Scott said...

Love those gorgeous blues on your first card with the sweet image and that cute little charm! Like the way you added that nice red like the cardinal to your frame, stunning!

Unknown said...

Both fabulous cards Kitty, so very different, love the image and colours on the 1st one, and I love the traditional feel to the 2nd one, hugs my friend xxx

brenda said...

Great upcycling Kitty, but especially like the idea of blue Christmas.

B x

Heather said...

Both fabulous card Kitty, a beautiful background papers for your adorable image and gorgeous embellishments!!

Heather xx

Helen said...

Lovely. Thank you for sharing with us at Sparkles Christmas Challenges for our 'Snowflakes' challenge.

Hugs Helen P (DT) x

Granmargaret said...

Lovely card. Thank you for joining the challenge at Creative Fingers.

aussie aNNie said...

Two super Fabulous creations, love them, the colours and image used are just beautiful...
♥aNNie The Journey is the Start

Sandra H said...

Oh this is just the cutest card ever what a lovely image too and the layout is perfect for our challenge over at “ Sparkles Christmas Challenge Snowflakes “ good luck and hope to see you again next time Dt Member Sandra H xx

Darlene said...

OMG this is just PERFECT for our challenge! Great coloring and design! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘STITCHING’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)

Unknown said...

What beautiful winter cards!!

Thanks for joining our challenge at Eureka Stamps this week.

Donna said...

Both gorgeous and bright and cheery!

Lynne said...

Super cute card - loving the oval frame and the charm!!! Great job! Thank you for joining us at Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge Blog and good luck!
Design Team Member of Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge Blog

Hazel said...

Thanks for entering our Completely Christmas challenge 26, Suzy Bee's and Fan-tastic Tuesday and all of my Craftyhazelnut's challenges with your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon. x

MaryH said...

Two beautiful cards & you'll know that #2 is bound to be my favorite! Love the idea of the torn paper to highlite the upcycled card. Really made it look more stunning. #1 was equally stunning, and I love the blue with one of my fav S/B shapes. Really sets this cute image off to a Perfect T!. That's some fantastic coloring on the young lady as well. TFS & Hugs

Heather said...

Two beautiful cards! I just love that floral oval die. Sigh . . . Your coloring is beautiful on this sweet image. Thanks for playing with CSAYL and CHNCC2.

aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful Girly card, lovely style and image used...thanks for joining in our challenge this time and hope to see you next challenge...
{Whoopsie Daisy DT Member}

Sarn said...

Hi ya!

I'm playing catch up after returning from holiday - hence the late comment!

Oh you know me . . . I love a bit of upcycling! The digi image is cute too! Well done on getting two more beauties made before the Christmas rush!

Thanks for joining in with Rudolph Day.

Hugs, Sarn! xxx

Crafty Judith said...

2 really beautiful cards Kitty great to see you back and creating hugs Judith x

*Vicki* said...

Both of these are really great creations! I especially love the top card with the snowflake scene!! Too cute! Thanks for playing along with us at Tuesday Throwdown Hugs - *Vicki*-DT member

Michelle said...

What a lovely creation (and the second one too) - lovely colours and layout. Thank you for joining us this week at Penny's Paper-Crafty and good luck - Michelle x

Desire Fourie said...

Oh wow this is so beautiful with the wonderful blue monochromatic colouring. Also adore your second fun Christmas design. Thank you for taking the time to use this month’s free Christmas image. You have automatically qualified to receive next month’s Christmas image for free, which will be emailed to you at the beginning of September.
{Digistamps4Joy Christmas Challenge Co-ordinator}
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Twinks Stamping said...

Two really nice cards, I especially like the recycled one xxx

Karen C said...

Thanks for playing with us this week at Whoopsi Daisy’s girly Challenge! These are beautiful! Hope to see your work in our next challenge!
Karen C

Little K Smith said...

Two lovely Christmas cards, love the little charm too!
Thank you for joining us at Winter Wonderland and hope to see you for this week's new challenge :)

karalschuknecht said...

So pretty & well done. Thanks for joining us this week for our CAS challenge and check out our blog hop this week.
Karal DT for Eureka Stamps

Caz said...

This is lovely, thank you for joining with us at Penny,s Paper-Crafty, and good luck.


Betty said...

Lovely card such a sweet image. Thank you for joining us at Whoopsi daisy this week

Meighan Wheller said...

A super sweet image - fab Christmas card. Thanks for sharing with us at Holly Jolly. Meighan DT

Annette said...

Love your Christmas card. That lace is fab.
Annette - Netty's Cards
Proud to design for :
Crafty Little Fairies,
Top Tip Tuesday,
ABC Christmas,
As You Like It and
The Stamp Basket.

Rocky said...

Nice to see Santa's helper in blue, makes a great card. Thank you for joining us at CHNC Extra.

Dorte said...

Lovely cards both of them.
Thanks for joining our Q challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge, hope to see you again soon,
Dorte x