Friday, December 19, 2014

Florida Santa

     Another Friday and by this time next week, Christmas will be behind us and we'll be munching on leftovers and dreading taking down the tree and all the decorations and telling ourselves it's perfectly OK to leave everything up until the New Year.  That's one of the advantages growing older brings -- one can go visit all the kids for the holidays and the decorating and un-decorating is left to them.  :-D

     We have a new challenge starting today at QKR Stampede with a theme of "Lots of Layers."  I chose this silly gator image (Digi 9002 Santa Gator) which I thought would make a perfect Christmas card for a friend in Florida.  Do you remember your childhood Christmases being filled with images of Santa bearing a huge sack of presents?  OK, so you probably weren't thinking of a Gator Santa but all those toys and packages bring back a bit of nostalgia, don't they?

     I used a combination of Copics and ProMarkers to color the image, then fussy cut it for an out-of-the-box look, using dies from a set by QuicKutz to cut the rest of the image and the mat.  The striped dp is from DCWV and is both embossed and sparkly.  The final layer is the green CS which is adhered to the card front.  I added three brads to the corner and one to the center of the bow.  For all of the layers, it's still pretty CAS in design given the minimal embellishments.

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     Don't forget that while it's not necesary to use a QKR Stampede image to enter our challenge, we do put the QKR image cards into a separate drawing and that really increases your chances of winning.  We also draw from all the other entries and have a winner from those.  I hope we're going to see you playing along this week, despite the fact that you are running out of time to get everything done before the holiday, and that crafting has to take a back seat, and that you barely have time to keep taking breaths.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

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Linda Simpson said...

Such a fun Christmas card and love the 'gator santa! Love the beautiful papers too.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and all the very best for the New Year!
Linda xxxx

creative lady said...

Cute image and love your coloring. Thanks for sharing with Mema's Crafts.

Sarah said...

This is cute, NC! I really like the gator!

*Vicki* said...

SUCH an adorable image and you've colored this in beautifully NC!! :) Wishing you a Merry Christmas & best wishes for the up-coming New Year! Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*
My Blog: Stamp Smiles

Peanut said...

Ok ... that is just too funny, NC. A runaway croc.... you crack me up my friend! LOL
hugs, Asha

Mema's Crafts said...

What a fun card with great Christmas colors. Thanks for sharing with us at Mema's Crafts.

Teresa Arsenault said...

So cute! :)

Sassy Raggedy said...

Oh this made me giggle. Too cute. Merry Christmas....Hugs, joann

PennyRae's Mandala Creation's said...

Very cute. Thanks for joining us at Mema's Crafts. PennyRae DT

kReN said...

Oh this is really cute! You have more than one friend in Florida!

kReN said...

I'm thinking I have to have this image!

Donna Ellis said...

hahaha! this is so cute, Connie! Love the shape of that layered, die. It certainly is perfect for a gator! Your Christmas gator is perfect for our neck of the woods, and the coloring is fantastic! Pretty sparklies in the background, too! Merry Christmas, Connie! hugs, de

frezja said...

so funny card :) thank you so much for playing along at Oddball Art Stamps :)

Anne Chilvers said...

A real fun card with a great image, I love the colours and the sparkly striped backing paper too, very festive and cheery ! Thanks for joining in with the Sisters of Craft Challenge and good luck ! Best Wishes, Anne DT. (PS.. Your cat Cleo looks a lot like one of ours who sadly passed away suddenly almost a month ago. His name was Chile, and he was grey and white, he was only 4 yrs old :o( You can see him on my blog if you care to take a look).

Denise Goeldner said...

Such a fun image love the layout too. Thanks so much for joining us over at Emerald Faeries Challenge Blog, good luck and hope to see you again.
~ Denise DT ~

Helen said...

Great card and I love that digi!

Thanks for joining us at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.

Helen x

Hazel said...

Thank you for entering my CHNC challenge extra for December and my Patterned Paper December challenge with your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon x

butterfly said...

Ah, so that's how it's done in Florida! What a fun card. Thanks so much for playing along at Country View Challenges.
Alison x

kReN said...

Would love to know what color markers you used for the gator, NC. I never seem to have the correct green....