Sunday, July 19, 2009

HHC40; Christmas in July!

Now I am all for today's challenge at the High Hopes blog, hosted by our fab Diva Kim, because I LOVE the celebration of Christmas!! Anytime of the day or year! Kim is going to give us a jump start on making our Christmas cards - thanks Kimmie! Waving!! If you check out her creation for this challenge, you will see that it displays the stamps that are up for grabs in the weekly blog candy giveaway! To enter the contest, simply make a Christmas project, and link up a photo of your creation to the comment section on the High Hopes Blog under this week's challenge. Why not join in? You could have a chance to be a winner!

I colored "Santa in Chimney" (one of the new releases) using the following Copic markers:

Santa's red suit: R29, 35, 59, 89, Belt and buckle: C4, 7, Y28 White fluff: B41, C4
Face: E00, 01, B41, R20 White gel pen to give a little highlight on his cheeks!
Beard: E30, 40, 41, 42, 74
Chimney: E15, 43, 55, W1, N5
Sack: G12, 24, 28, YR21

I sponged on "Summer Sky" by Memento while it was still in the scalloped die, and added a bit of B000 and B00 in the background and on the snow as well. And I used the colorless blender to blend out the blue of the sky and fade it to white.
The saying is computer generated. I just thought it was a funny thought, that Santa would need a touch of magic to get down the chimney in the shape he's in!! I need some of that magic myself, to fit into my jeans from last summer! LOL

Here's your close up:

Of course I could not resist doing another one. This time I colored "Nutcracker" using watercolor paints, namely Twinkling H20's. Too bad they were discontinued :-( They are such a great product! If you wish to see how I watercolor a stamped image, check out my You Tube video tutorial in the post below this one.
Thanks for the tree charm Lacey, ...waving!! (as well as a ton of other charms I might add!)
I wanted to really distress the dp so I crinkled it, scraped the edges with my ruler, sponged on Tea Dye ink along the outside edge, and swiped it across the surface, also with Tea Dye Distress Ink. I also used that ink to sponge some background color onto the main image oval while it was still in the Spellbinders die too.

Here is your close-up:

Thanks for visiting today! God bless you, He loves you!


  1. Good morning Crissy, wow wow wow two stunning cards hunny. I love both of them, the images are just fabulous! i hope your having a good weekend, with plenty of crafting time. Big hugs Linda x

  2. These are just fabulous, such vibrant colours, love them both equally!

  3. Gorgeous cards - love that Santa
    Beccy x

  4. Wow more stunning cards they are just beautiful and so cheery looking images just love them :)
    Mel x

  5. Your Christmas creations are so wonderful, Crissy! I just adore them... and they makes me feel like doing a Christmas card as well... let's see :o)
    Lots of love and greetings to you
    from Karina

  6. Oh hon these cards are just so adorable!!! I so love Santa with the copic's but the watercoloring nutcracker is just adorable too. You are just so talented dear. Thanks for showing the colors of your copcis dear. Hugs

  7. Just a sweet first the sting wrap! The second one is so bright! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Fabulous cards, Crissy.
    Your coloring is just amazing, love the string detail, looks great!! The Nutcracker is one of my favorites, love the lo with the flower and the charm.
    Have a great day....

    Karen x

  9. Both of these are adorable, Crissy!!! And I read on SCS that they decided AGAINST discontinuing them because of all the emails they received begging them not to & the orders that came flooding in!!! So they'll be still be available :)

  10. Two fabulous Christmas cards Crissy. I love them both.


  11. What a beautiful cards Crissy,l love the images and colours.
    So gorgeous papers.

    Hugs Riet.x

  12. Two gorgeous cards Crissy, they are both stunning!
    Erin x

  13. Oh my Crissy, they are both fabulous! Love the Santa one!!

    Hugs, Kelly

  14. your Christmis card are wonderful
    gr Marian

  15. Fantastic as always, your creations are wonderful I adore them all xxxxxxxxxxxx

  16. They are both fabulous Crissy and your colouring is awesome as always, I love the sponging around the images and tea dye ink effect, Hugs, Nikki x

  17. Oh these are fabulous Crissy, so vibrant and cheery. Hugs Dawn Marie.xx

  18. These are both incredible cards Crissy! I just love Christmas (any time of the year)! xx

  19. These are simply stunning! I know I keep commenting on your coloring, but it is just so outstanding!! I love the santa-image!
    Hugs, Yvonne.

  20. OOH Chrissy.. you talent is such a blessing. Your cards must bring a lot of joy to those that receive them..



  21. Absolutely totally fabulous cards. I must enter that competition. Have some ideas in my head for christmas cards.

  22. amazing and wonderful cards!


  23. Your cards are so adorable and your coloring is just amazing !!! That Santa image is so cute .. love your work and Thanks for sharing....

  24. You do beautiful work. I would love to give you an award at my site.

  25. Awesome!! I love this image of Santa, and love the tutorial that you gave, it is so helpful for newbies as my self :).

  26. These are both Gorgeous and Super Cute!!..I love that Santa coming out of that chimney and I love how you used string to attach the image!!