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!!