Sunday, November 5, 2017

E for Exhausted!

     I remember the days when I used to go out and fight the crowds to get my Christmas shopping done.  I hated every minute of it and always felt totally drained afterward.  As each year rolled by, it felt more and more like a chore and less and less like a fun shopping trip.  With the advent of internet browsing, I finally quit in store Christmas shopping altogether!  Now I do it all online and often have everything done by the end of August or mid-September at the latest.  :-D

     When I saw this cat image from Beccy's Place, I knew I could turn it into the most fun card for her 30 Day of Holidays, using it to express the "E" of her alphabet theme.  Yes, E for "E"xhaustion!

I based my card design on the sketch at Sketch Saturday,
flattening and stretching it to accommodate
 the direction of my image.

     I colored the cat with my ProMarkers, then added some strokes of white gel ink.  I used an Unbranded, stitched, frame die to cut the image.  The red CS is "E"mbossed with a poinsettia folder from Darice.  Four of the "E"mbellishment packages are handmade from scrap bits and pieces, then mounted with Pop Dots.  The two smallest packages are simply stickers which have been in my Christmas stash for who-knows-how-long?   The patterned dp was a leftover scrap from a Recollections stack and the glittery poinsettia also came from my stash.

Aud Sentiments (middle column)
Beccy's Place
Crafting with an Attitude
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra
Cute Card Thurs.
Imagine That
Jo's Scrap Shack
Southern Girls

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie


Beccy said...

I love your take on the letter "E" NC... it's totally appropriate for this time of year! I must admit that I get tired of the whole shopping scene too, especially when you can't find what you're looking for and the stores are full of busy, flustered shoppers. We are buying more and more of our gifts online too.
You did a wonderful job adding "fur" to the kitty, he's coloured beautifully. I love all the little gift embellishments you added around the bottom of your card and the colourful holly sprig at the top too. Well done!

Doris Klein said...

What a fantastic creation! Funny image and perfect done of the sketch. And it's perfect for my challenge, too! I would be glad, if you visit it...

Thanks for playing along with our ITD’s Creative Playground Challenge and good luck!

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jimlynn said...

Exhausting is so right! How did we ever survive without the internet anyway!
Love your cute card and take on the "E". Precious!

Donna Ellis said...

Such a darling tired little kitty - bless her heart for doing all the shopping. I love your little embellies, and all the glittery happiness, with the poinsettia-embossed background, too! Darling card. hugs, de

Linda Simpson said...

I am with you there Connie, Christmas shopping is exhausting and do mine online too. I love this card and the kitty is wonderful.
Linda xxx

Donna said...

Too funny NanaConnie but oh so true. I hate Christmas shopping. I'd love to give everyone gift cards. LOL! Great card. I love your take on E!

Teresa Arsenault said...

What a fun card. I love the gift bag and other 3D gifts. I agree. Doing the shopping online is the best. hugs, Teresa

Jo Williams Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator said...

Hi Nana :)
Oh my this made me chuckle!! This is super cute! I love how you made your kitty's fur look so realistic with the hightlight! Such a cute and festive card, poor little kitty must have put in a ton of shopping hours to be so tired! hehehe
Thank you for playing with Jo's Scrap Shack this week in our Funday Friday Challenge! Have an amazing day!
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ike said...

Hahaha - Excellent :-D That image just about sums it all up. Well done you for being so organised now. I love shopping online too... soooo much more satisfying and less stress :-)
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Claire Grantham said...

Great take on the sketch and I LOVE that stamp, looks like my furbaby who is always exhausted LOL. Thanks for joining us at Sketch Saturday this time. Claire DT

Unknown said...

Great fun card. Thank you for joining us at the Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge Helen DT

Beverly S. said...

Your card is so cute! Your cat image looks like me "just thinking about all the Christmas shopping, wrapping, cooking, etc."....Thanks for joining us at Sketch Saturday this week! Good luck! :)

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Linda Anderson said...

Super cute!!!!! I am with you about shopping on line! And it's so fun hearing the doorbell ring and having a package there waiting for you!! Thanks for joining our monthly challenge at Creative Playground.


Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

I'm chuckling writing this, what a Wonderful card, love all the little presents too Connie.

sweetpea said...

He definitely looks exhausted. So funny. Thanks for joining in at Crafting with an Attitude Janet DT

Loose Stitches said...

Adorable card, love the kitty and gifts! Thank you for sharing with us over at Imagine That Digistamp Link Up! We hope to see you again!
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