Sunday, July 24, 2011

Little Christmas Angel

It's Christmas Eve in July!!! Can you believe that Christmas is only 5 months away? Yikes!

At Craft Us Crazy it's everyone's FAVorite Challenge.......ANYTHING GOES!!!! YAY!!! Easy Peasy!!! So come on over & join us in our 13th challenge!

I created this card using one of Crissy Armstrong's adorable digis called Little Christmas Angel. Doesn't she have the sweetest...most angelic face. Crissy's digital images print out so beautifully & are easy to color with my Copics. (tip: I gently heat set the images after printing on my ink jet printer with my heat tool just to make sure the ink doesn't bleed when I start coloring.)

I decided to paper piece her beautiful long gown & the holly berries & leaves in her hair (I offset it a bit to add interest). It reminds me of when I was a young girl playing with my paper dolls. I had a Vera Miles one. LOL Boy does that show my age! LOL I guess I've been paper crafting most of my life. My paper dolls & coloring with Crayola crayons were my FAVorite hobbies.

Anywho.........back to the paper piecing.....(I get a little side tracked, don't I? LOL).......I haven't done that (paper piecing) in a while since I did the little bear quilt with all of those itty bitty teeny weeny pieces. LOL This was MUCH easier. I used Bearly Mine Designs DP & manipulated the paper in my Print Shop to show a snowflake border on the bottom of her dress. Can you see it? I hope it showed up. I then went over the dress with my Copic marker E30 for added dimension.

Another side note about Crissy's digital images. Not all digital images are created equal. Some only come in a jpg which makes it difficult (if not impossible for me) to paper piece. Crissy gives you a transparent image as well as a jpg to make paper piecing super easy.

I wanted to give this card an antique feel so I added some beautiful antique buttons. One or two of the buttons are actually antiques. Can you guess which ones? LOL And the little tag ws something I picked up online & then cut it out with a new Nestie I won recently. She hasn't started her Wish List yet. If it were my list, it would be full of Nesties. LOL

I distressed my edges with my Tim Holtz' distressing tool (love it & couldn't live w/o it) & of course Distress Inks 'Brushed Corduroy' and 'Old Paper' to give it that antique look. I also used a teeny bit of seam binding from Tim's Idea-ology 'Trimmings' to thread one of my buttons. I used the same ribbon I used to make the bow (with my 'Bow Easy') to thread the other one. (I had to push it thru the holes with my tweezers. LOL We crafters just have way too much fun. LOL)

My card recipe:
Crissy Armstrong's digital image "Little Christmas Angel"
Bearly Mine Designs DP "Damask Delight"
Tag was snagged from a Google search
Buttons, ribbon, feathers & lace from my stash
I used a long rectangle scalloped Nestie & cut it apart for scalloped edges

Copics used:
Skin: E000, E00, R20
Hair: E31, E32 (one other but I can't remember)
Birdie & Holly berries: R22, R24
Wings: W00, W0, W1, C0
Leaves: G40, G94

Challenges I'm entering:
Ribbon Carousel Challenge Blog: RCC12 Buttons
DYSU Challenge Blog: #29 Wings
Paper Play Challenges: Week 29 Ribbon, Lace & Buttons
Stamp Something: Something Embellished
Frosted Designs: Fab Friday ~ Buttons
Stamp and Create: Ribbons & Bows
Bearly Mine Challenges: Tag You're It
A Spoon Full of Sugar: #161 Create a tag
Lollipop Crafts: Anything Goes
Sparkles Forum Challenges: #16 Elegance & Lace
Sugar Creek Hollow: Let's Play Tag
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge: #92 No pink or blue
Paper Cutz Challenge: #101 Anything Goes
The Stamp Man: #27 Anything by T!m!
Wags 'n Whiskers Stamps: #59 Buttons & Bows
Winter Wonderland: Use Holly or Ivy
Flutter By Wednesday's: #163 Butterfly, Fairy or Angel
Sketch Saturday: Follow this Sketch
Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you're having a wonderful day wherever you may be. This card will be going to my dear friend Nora.

Huggies & Blessings ~♥♥♥~


Rebekah said...

Aww she is such a sweetie Sharron just love her and that cute list hugs Rebekah xx

Jo said...

Very pretty Sharron, Love the antique look.

Frea said...

Love this sweet card, the paper piecing looks stunning!! Hugs,Frea

ImaYaYa said...

Love, love, love her!!

Linda said...

Wow simply GORGEOUS!!!!!! I love this little angel!!!!! Great job!!!!

Roxann said...

Gorgeous card, Sharron! Saw you at The Outlawz!

Frances said...

Beautiful card, Sharron! Love all the details and colors. hugs, Frances.

Teresa Arsenault said...

What a lovely card, Sharron. I love the embossing and all the embellished details, plus the tag. The image is super sweet and even sweeter the way you colored her with apple cheeks.
I also like paper piecing for the same reason - it reminds me of playing with paper dolls.
And Nesties are on the top of my wish list too.
I found you over at the Outlawz and I am now following you. My blog is Tickell Expressions. Hope to see you there.

Dana said...

Very sweet Sharron!! I love the antique buttons and how include the wish list tag. Both great ideas and I adore your image by Crissy!

Pink Crafter said...

Hi Sharon, Welcome to The Outlawz, I was notified you were added to the "looking for followers" forum, I am your newest follower! You can find me at Can't wait to see more of your work.

downrightcrafty said...

great take on this weeks challenge at the Winter Wonderland and beautiful creation, thank you for joining us
Hugs Kate xx
I have candy if you are interested

quiltindiva said...

What a beautiful card! Love the angel. Found you thru the Outlawz and am now a follower. Please follow me.

Crissy Armstrong said...

Really beautifully done. I love the little wish list. So precious. Gorgeous paper piecing! Thank you for another sweet entry into my DT call!

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Very pretty card, love that sweet image and all the embellies. Thanks for playing along at Winter Wonderland. (I have some candy.) Marianne x

carol said...

aaah adorable, thanks for joining in with our challenge at CRAFTY CATZ this week, Carol

darcy48 said...

Cute adorable card love the image Arlinex

Danni said...

This is just precious! Thank you for playing along with my flutter by challenge!

Tracey Manderson said...

Gorgeous Card!(and such lovely paper! lol) Good luck and thanks for joining us at Bearly Mine Challenges

Diana said...

Very pretty!!Thank you for joining us this week at Frosted Designs.

WencheP said...

This is really cute. Love your coloring. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


Curlybear said...

Wow this is such a beautiful creation, fabulous colouring and the image is adorable,

Thank you so much for joining us at Crafty Catz this week, for our challenge 92 No Pink or Blue,

Good Luck with the challenge,
Hugs Bridget Crafty Catz DT :0) x

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

WOW! What a gorgeous card--love the vintage feel with the glitter touches! I love love love that your little note piece comes off the card! SO FUN! Interactive! And wow--so many challenges! I don't know how you do it--I can barely make one creation for one challenge! LOL! THANKS so much for playing along with us and joining in the fun over at the RCC!!!

Elaine said...

Hi Sharron,

Beautiful card, the little girl is adorable!
I am looking forward to seeing & checking out more of your work:)
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Judy Tesla Stark said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. Beautiful projects on your blog! So glad I found your blog through The Outlawz.

Berenice R. said...

Your card is adorable! :)

Lisa said...

Oh no! How organised, making Christmas cards already!!!! Lovely card. Thanks for joining us at The Stamp Man challenge. Lisa :)

charlene said...

Sis she is just as cute as she can be! You are rocking these cards

Anonymous said...

She is just the sweetest, beautiful card.

Thanks for joining us at SFC.

Huggies Angel

Sharon Keanly said...

Wow, this is such a stunning card Sharron. Thanks so much for joining my blog, so nice seeing a new face and it's given me the opportunity to visit you. Will return the favour so that we can keep in touch. hugs Sharon x

Michele Oliver said...

Thanks for becoming a follower. I have joined your site. Your cards are beautiful. Will love to see what more you do in the future.

Holly said...

Darling card Sharon!

Sonia said...

Hi Sharron:
Pretty card! love it!.. adorable image, great colouring.

Sharon J. Jones said...

Sharron, thanks for your sweet response on my blog! Your cards are amazing! I love all the beautiful embellies and the sweet images you color so well! You have been blessed with such a talent, gf, and I definitely am following your blog as well!
Hugs, Sharon

Sharon J. Jones said...

I adore your blog, Sharron! Anyone with our name can't be bad at all, huh? Even though we spell it different, it comes out the same {wink, wink}. Your so very talented and I definitely will follow your blog, honey!
Hugs to you,
Sharon J. Jones
Inspirational Greetings

Jane H said...

Sharron just love your blog and your card it's amazing! Love the vintage feel of it.

Starla B. said...

Oh my goodness, this is just GORGEOUS!! Your coloring is phenomenal, and that image is just too adorable. I love all the glitz...just amazing.

Thank you for visiting my blog and becoming a follower. I will DEFINITELY be following you! I just cannot wait to see what you come up with next!

Sylvia said...

Sharron, this is such a super sweet image and card!
Thanks for becoming a follower of my blog (and welcome to The Outlawz :) )
I'm a new follower of your blog now, too :)
Sylvia xx

Michele said...

This is such a gorgeous card Sharron. I love the colours you've used and the image also. Hugs Michele x

Joanne G said...

Hi, You are going to love it at Outlawz! Thanks for visiting and following my blog....I just joined yours also. Love your little sweet home here! Sending smiles your way!

Anne Fenton said...

Such a cute image Sharron, she is done beautifully. I love your blog, very talented lady!!!Thanks for joining the Outlawz....Hugz

Miranda said...

gorgeous card Sharron, very lovely and the image is indeed adorable
thanks for joining the DYSU challenge this week

Guylou said...

Absolutely gorgeous card!!! Wow!!
Thanks for becoming a follower of my blog. I am following now! :)

Anonymous said...

Awww that stamp is too sweet. I am in love with the paper you used! Thanks for sharing your work with us at Frosted Designs.

Aunty Sue said...

Brilliant card and thanks for joining Crafty Catz this week

HandmadebyTLC said...

Goodness, this is an outstanding project. I say project because you spent so much time on this, the piercing, the holly in her hair, the beautiful buttons and the design too! Thank you so much for joining us a Wags'n Whiskers for my hosted challenge! Good luck and I hope you come back next time!.
Tammy Louise

You're invited to join in our my blogversary candy, 6mo already!

debby4000 said...

So cute Sharron, fabulous card.

Angela said...

Where to start!?!? What a stunning card!!! Love everything!! Thank you for joining in at frosted designs this week xx

Katherine said...

Hi Sharron,
What a great card! Saw you on the Outlawz and just noticed today that you became a follower of my blog and left me some love, so am doing the same! Your cards are FAB and hope to visit often for inspiration!

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Sharron what a beautiful card that image is so lovely I also love how you have added the tag, the colours and design are great thank you for joining our challenge at Bearlymine.
Lorraine x

Patti P. said...

This is such a beautiful every single thing about it. The textures with your embossing is lovely and the image of course you know is so pretty. Such a beautiful combination of creative parts to make a work of art.
Thanks for joining us this week at Sugar Creek Hollow.
Patti SCH/DT

marsha said...

What a beautiful design! I love the image, coloring , embellishments and that fabulous paper piercing! Thanks so much for joining us for this week's Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge!

Erin R said...

I love your use of buttons on your project!! What a great idea!!

Thanks for playing along at Frosted Designs, I hope to see you play again!!

Erin R.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

How cool, thanks for sharing!
Hey, I have a giveaway here, please come join in the fun!

Roxann said...

Just dropping in to say "Hi"! Hope all is well with you!

Maria Matter said...

Wowza, Sharron, this is gorgeous!!! love your little sparkly details!

Jodie from Oz said...

Sharron, Your card is beautiful, the image is angelic and coloured so wonderfully, I love the colours and the wish list tag. Hugs Jodie from Oz xx

Carissa said...

Such a sweet card. I just love all the detail.
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