Sunday, November 7, 2010

Dear Santa...I can explain!

Hi everyone...I hope you're all having the most wonderful autumn weekend!! It's cool and crisp here in Richmond, VA, and the leaves are starting to fall from the trees. This is my fave time of year...yet, no time for autumn cards right now...have to gear up for the winter holidays!! Besides, the holiday Magnolia stamps are just toooooo delicious!! I have a very simple little card featuring "Tilda with Christmas Stockings"...she's from the Winter 2008 Collection.
I'll be honest, I struggled with the design a little...but it finally came together! I'm pretty pleased! I wanted to use pretty "classic" Christmas and red. Yet...they're not quite as classic as you may think! The "red" cardstock and ink are actually from Stampin' Up...called "Poppy Parade". So here's the deal...I had purchased the yummiest DP from Marianne Design...called "Scandanavian Christmas"...and the Poppy Parade was the only cardstock in my collection of reds that matched!!

Here are a couple of side views...
I made this card as a side-opening card...a bit of a departure for me...since I usually make top-opening cards. But I saw this design featured on Bev Rochester's Blog...and fell in love with the little inside pocket with a secret note enclosed!
Here's the rest of my card "recipe"...
Flowers & green leaves: Wild Orchid Crafts
Snowflake punch: Martha Stewart
Ribbon, "Rubies" & charm: my stash
Lots of Crystal Stickles
Nestabilities dies: Round & Lacy Circles
Cuttlebug embossing folder: Snowflakes
Scrolls: Sizzix dies
Sentiments: Front - JustRite; Inside - Savvy Stamps
Copics: E21, 00, 000, 0000 (skin; R20 & 00 (cheeks); E99, 25, 33, YR21, & YR20 (hair); G28, 24, 21, 20 (jumper & decoration on socks); C1, 0, 00 (blouse, lace, & socks).

I've decided to enter this little darlin' in Just Magnolia's Special Monthly Challenge. The theme is "Anything Goes". So many fab entries already!! Be sure to stop over there and check it out!

So that's it for working on a couple other cards...Sophia & Mia both have birthdays coming up soon...Soph will be 5 and Mimi will be 4!! They're becoming such little ladies...the recent trip to the ER to extract peas from Mimi's nose notwithdtanding!! LOL!! Thanks so much for stopping by for a peek at my little creations...see you soooooooooooooon!!


Anonymous said...

Gorgeous coloring Pat! She is so sweet and love her in these colors! Congrats on the Challenge DT! So happy for you!
Pam Going Postal

Card Crazy said...

What a bright, beautiful card! Your placement of flowers and all the flourishes is exquisite. Love everything about it.
Congrats on the DT spot.
Sue S.
My little one's experience was not peas, it was a kidney bean! Ain't they fun?

Dee said...

I like the inside pocket - perfect for GIFT CARDS and such !! Cute!

Rene said...

Oh Pat, this card is just darling! What a sweet Tilda and everything around her is just as wonderful...the colors, the's all so perfect together!

Madge H. said...

Pat, wonderful creation - that little Tilda is sooooo sweet!!
Congratulations on being selected for the DT. You deserve it!
rubber hugs, inky wishes, Cricut chirps and Cuttlebug squishes,
Madge H.

Harma said...

wonderful card Pat I love the bright color red everything is done so beautiful

sandy said...

Pretty card and I adore the inside!
Your Secret Pal

Barb Hardeman said...

You've woven your magic wand again my dear and the cross stitching paper is ideal. This little Tida is fabulous and all your little extras are just perfectly set to her. Wonderful job...

Julie said...

Gorgeous card Pat! She is one of my favorite Tilda's.


Only By His Grace said...

Oh wow! Pat this so adorable. I love the bright DP's. The ribbon is super and the coloring of Tilda is wonderful.
I love the inside of the card too.
Excellent job.
Hugs Maz

charlene said...

Pat this is such a bright cheery card awesome coloring love all the flowers...great job

Craftin Kay said...


Your card is beautiful!!

Linda I

Anonymous said...

So sweet Pat!! I haven't seen this Tilda before. Your coloring is beautiful as always! I really like how you did the inside with the tag!

Maria said...

This is fabulous Pat! Love the layout and those papers are yummy. Perfect ribbon and charm too. Hugs, Maria

Jean said...

Pat, this card is so gorgeous.. love the colors and the design.. you did a darling job on this card and the inside is as adorable as the outside.. Great card..
Hugs, Jean

Deeanna said...

Your card is beautiful..;}

LindaC said...

That is a really pretty card...inside and out! Linda C

Abbylicious said...

Absolutly darling, love your coloring!
Judy K.

Catherine Atkinson said...

I use this stamp frequently and love the way you've colored her! It's a very pretty card.

Candy said...

What beautiful design papers, Pat!!
Love your card :o)
Hugs, Candy

cabio's craft corner said...

Beautiful card Pat. What a lovely red and the sweet Tilda. The embossed snowflake circle is a great place for layering her on. Fun tag insert inside too :o)

Leslie Avila said...

Wow, beautiful, inside and out! YOu've done a terrific job on your Christmas card with all the extra detailing. Perfect!

Blessings from Georgetown~
Leslie Avila

Erika said...

Love it Pat. Great stamp and love how you've done your flowers.

Myrna said...

Pat your card is beautiful! Love the colors you used on Tilda.

Teresa said...

Hi Pat,

I just love this card. What a cute Tilda and your coloring is beautiful. Hugs, Teresa E.

Cordine said...

Gorgeous card!

Debbie said...

This is stunning as always...

Christina C. said...

Magnificent card!