Monday, November 21, 2011

Jolly old St. Nicholas...

Hello!  Gosh, it looks like another dreary, dark, rainy day in Missouri.  Not complaining, as it could be snow!  Hope your week is off to a great start!

Before I post 'card stuff', I want to take a moment to shout WAHOO!  Our future SIL, his father, and his BIL all finished the Ironman, Arizona!  I am so relieved that it is over, and that they are doing okay.  For those of you who don't know, and Ironman starts with a swim (2.4 miles, I think), then you start the bike ride, which is a 112 mile ride.  After the bike ride, you do the full marathon, which is 26.2 miles.  Whew....I'm tired just talking about it!  I'm so grateful that they are well, especially, given the sadness of the Philly Marathon this weekend.  Thanks to all who cheered them on!


Today's card was another pretty quick card.  The image and sentiment (Stampendous) were stamped, using Memento Rich Cocoa ink, on some patterned paper from the 'Lost and Found Christmas' collection from My Mind's Eye.  Then, the image was cut out, and distressed using a few shades of Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  A few dabs of color with some Copics finished it off.  The image is mounted on a piece of Authentique's "Curiosity" paper.  

A pretty bow later (thanks Amanda!), and ta-da - another Christmas card filed away for mailing to someone special!  The bow really does match the CS - I tried and tried to get the photo to come out with a brick colored bow, but it was determined to look purple.  Oh, well, perhaps my readers have wonderful imaginations, and can imagine a non-purple bow!
 
Hooray!   We have a winner for my Itty Bitty Blog Candy!  The magazine winner is:
 
Sandy Trefger, who said..."Ewww Skunk smell! I feel your pain. I have not had that experience but I fear for it with a house of cats that like to roam in the woods and yes a skunk that does come by for cat food dinners now and then. Your wreath is beautiful and the flowers very lovely! I like them!! And I would LOVE a copy of the magazine if I should be so lucky. Have not seen that publication. Thanks! And I hope you have a wonderful weekend too. ~Sandy T. "
 
Congratulations Sandy!!!  Please email me (mamagilliam at gmail dot com) with your snail mail info, and I'll get this out to you today!
 
Have a good week!  I'll look forward to seeing all of your lovely creations :)
Blessings,
Patti J.

28 comments:

The Other Patti Sue said...

I would LOVE to have gray and rainy! We are supposed to get the mother of all snow storms today )0= Your card is simply amazing GF! Love the vintage Santa!

Lorie said...

Oh, that is just a gorgeous card Patti! We are currently getting snow and that put a kabosh on our plans for the day, darn it! I didn't hear about the marathon news...how sad!

Becky said...

This is gorgeous Patti, love the vintage look.

Dawnll - Dawn's Craft Place said...

I love the Santa, these are my obsession, or I should say I collect them.
That yummy bow is perfect.
Fun color combo that works perfectly.

Chelsea said...

Love your vintage look.

Netty said...

Beautiful vintage project, x

Audrey Frelx said...

Wow, I didn't realize iron man meant they had to do THAT much!!! I'm very impressed they made it, although I think being in your shoes, I can understand your being glad it's over -- lol!!!

Your card is absolutely gorgeous! You have the vintage look down to a "T". I love vintage works/looks and I try at it but sometimes with not much success and/or good results.

Hugs!

Glittered Paws said...

Love the vintage look - and very CAS. Glad everyone came thru the marathon in good shape - I read about the Philly marathon - 2 died I think - how sad.

Rush'd Lady said...

Lovely card! I got tired just reading your description of the bike ride. *smile*

Grace said...

Patti this is so cool! I love the vintage feel and love the pretty bow! Doesn't it feel good to get these Christmas cards made so when Dec. comes we're actually ready!

Have a happy Thanksgiving!!!!
hugs,
Grace

Iris said...

Lovely card Patti! Just in time too! I wish we had snow here! Thanks for sharing!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

WOW! Congrats to your family members who did the Ironman!! I am tired just reading about it! WOWOWZA! What an accomplishment!

And your card--STUNNING! Beautiful papers and your coloring on the kraft is FAB! LOVE that ribbon/bow too! BEAUTIFULLY DONE:) <3

Diana Queen said...

Patti, this is such a beautiful Santa you've created. I think the purple bow looks stunning! ;D (I love purple!)

Rufus said...

So glad to hear that all three completed and survived the Ironman! (shudder, shudder, shudder) Great looking Santa card. congrats to the lucky Sandy T.
R/

Laura - Layers of Color said...

Oh, LOVE your vintage style card!

Sue said...

Patti, beautiful Christmas card, loving the image and the bow.....lucky recipient!

Hugs
Sue

Brenda said...

Patti this is so beautiful!!! I love vintage type cards, but can never pull them off. TFS

Joan Ervin said...

Oooh, what a beautiful vintage Santa, Patti....love how you used a wash of color and the purple bow is gorgeous!!!!

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

and we wonder why we can't lose weight - lol. BIG CONGRATS to the family for even doing ironman! wooooooo hooooo!

absolutely gorgeous card! gor-g-us!!!!

rain here today. must be what you had yesterday. thanks - lol.

hugs :)

Olga said...

Glad everyone (even you) survived the Ironman hehe. Your card is priceless!!!! My computer is down at home so I'm cheating and commenting at work, lets not tell anyone hehe. Hopefully I'll get it fixed this afternoon, if not I'll be missing for several days.....Happy Thanksgiving!!!

richardbreaks said...

Terrific card, Patti! Have a lovely Turkey Day!! All best!!

stampqueen said...

Beautiful card!!!

Sandy Trefger said...

Oh wow! I won!!!! I'm pretty excited! Hadn't see this post yet as I'm busy with Thanksgiving stuff. Patti, I've emailed you my mailing info.
Thanks again and have an awesome holiday!!
~Sandy

Pam Sparks said...

You beat me using these stamps! I got them when they first came out and there they sit! boo! lol I love the vintage newspaper-y, shabby chic look to it! I hate that when the camera won't capture colors right! So annoying!
Have a great T-day week!

Lynn Mercurio said...

I just adore this wonderful vintage card you have created. The colors are BEAUTIFUL...and such a wonderful compliment to this Stampendous image! Awesome job, Patti.

May your Thanksgiving bring you much happiness and contentment!

Shirley said...

A very vintage beautiful card, Patti! I really like your warm colors for him. Happy Thanksgiving!

Amanda Mertz said...

SO pretty! I love the image stamped right on the DSP, it gives it the perfect worn look. And I was looking at the bow and thought you had dyed the very vanilla purple and I thought, "what a great idea!" Ha! Silly cameras & computers! It looks wonderful regardless of the color! TFS!

Lynne in NI said...

Wow, they must be SUPER fit! Bet they were glad of a cold beer after that!
Beautiful card ... LOVE your gorgeous 'purple' bow too!