Thursday, December 4, 2014

SCACD Holiday Inspiration Day

Hello, Peeps! Hope you are having a very good week! I was invited to participate in another SCACD digi day; this time for the very fast-approaching holidays. (help!) I am taking every opportunity to make holiday cards right now because, as per my usual modus operandi, I am behind in my card-making. (Funny how I manage that year after year. You'd think I'd learn. In this case, you cannot teach an old dog new tricks. Woof.)

Anyhoo, today is a day to showcase creations made with digital images from SCACD, created by the uber-talented Carmen Medlin. The complete list of participants is at the Store blog. Be sure to check them all out! I chose SCACD Holiday Owl by Carmen Medlin for my holiday card. So stinkin' cute, huh?

I printed the owl on X-Press It BC, colored it with my Copics, and fussy-cut it. Colors I used:

R02, R05, R08, E40, E42, E43, E44, E47, E49, BG11, BG13, BG15, BG18, YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99

I chose my colors loosely based upon my DP from the Prima North Crossing collection. That DP was Zutterized and mounted on Stampin' Up CS. My finishing touches were some Star Dust Stickles, some rhinestones, and a die-cut sentiment using Cheery Lynn Merry Christmas. Another holiday card done--YAY!!!

It is a bit of a miracle that I was able to write this post. I think I almost had a heart attack on Tuesday. 'Almost' being the operative word. I had done my exercises, (yes, believe it or not, I am still working on them, and hey, quit laughing), but hadn't yet taken my shower. Consequently, I really looked charming. My hair was sticking straight up in the air. I was still in my jammies. No makeup naturally. What I am trying to say is that I looked like an old witch. 

Our doorbell rang. Gary was out back brushing down the pool. So I had to answer the door. There stood three young men, all looking very serious and actually a wee bit scary. The nearest one pulls out and flashes his official ID badge, and says, "U.S. Marshall, m'am. Is Gary Mull here?" And I said yes, and must have looked like an old doe caught in the headlights...well, that, and my hair sticking straight up, probably alerted him that he should reassure me. He said, "He's not in any trouble. We just want to speak to him." 

Hey, there was NO way I was inviting them in. So, I said, I'll send him around to you and closed the door. Good grief. Now what? (Gary has a short history of leaving me "holding the bag" with people in official capacities, but that's a story for another time.) So I go out back and tell my sweet, innocent hubby that the U.S. Marshalls want to speak with him, but that he isn't in any trouble...

The marshalls are looking for someone who used Gary's old cell phone number within the last week. He gave up that phone number at the end of March when he retired. He didn't want any contacts from work being able to reach him regarding work issues. And that was the end of that phone number for him. So...we have no idea what is going on, but that whoever has that cell phone number now did something that isn't exactly kosher. What we don't know. But it was a bit scary. I want to assure you I looked the part of a scared old lady. Oh, and btw, these guys were not dressed in suits--they were in casual jeans and windbreaker jackets. I asked Gary what they were driving and he said he really didn't notice, but that maybe it was a black Escalade. Well, hardeharharhar, Gary.

I shall be back tomorrow with another post. In the meantime, be sure to stop by SCACD for the complete listing of all the participants in this holiday showcase. Be well. And don't answer your door with your hair sticking straight up. Put on a baseball cap. I wish I had...


  1. Wow, Penny this looks amazing! Love the owl, particularly the way you've coloured his feathers, and the way he matches the background so perfectly (that DP is gorgeous!). Your colour choice is lovely, love the way the touches of orange really lift this design.
    I am taking your advice and keeping a hat by the front door (just in case)!!!

  2. LOL!! Oh, Penny! I love reading about your shenanigans! ;o)
    Your card is fantastic! Such incredible colouring, and the background is wonderful! So cute with the ornaments hanging from his branch! :o)

  3. Well, sounds like you certainly had a scare yesterday! Don'tcha just hate it when the doorbell rigs and you're still in your jammies (happens a lot around here., I usually pretend I'm sick. LOL) Anyway, I'm glad you were able to finish this fabulous card. Great coloring and fussy cutting and the DP is just perfect. Love it! xxD

  4. Fabulous job coloring this cute little owl. Love the way you colored her feathers - they look almost real. Good story too - I can so relate to someone coming to the door when I'm in my just got of bed look, except I wear this ratty old sweatshirt that has bleach marks and a few holes, but is so comfortable to sip my morning coffee and exercise in.

  5. wow- the coloring of the feathers is amazing and LOVE the background you picked!

  6. Such a gorgeous card Penny. I love the image, stunning colouring and wonderful paper.
    hugs Sue xx

  7. WOW on the story totally scary for many reasons :P The card is amazing and those trees WOW in a good way <3

  8. Penny, WOW!!!!! You have done an outstanding job! That background is fantastic, perfect for the Owl. I love the way you colored him, they are hard to color but you really did a striking job. I'm so glad your are enjoying your pool it is wonderful to have one down in Phoenix and I hope Gary got things taking card of with the "U.S. Marshall, that had to be pretty scary. Have a super week end.
    Hugs, Pat

  9. Gorgeous, love how the owl is colored.

  10. Ooo wonderful feathers, fab bit of colouring, great job! Kx

  11. Oh woooow, Penny, I really, really love your card!
    Your wonderful colouring - It`s amazing!

  12. LOL, Penny! Love your story! Your card is beautiful. Love the design and your coloring is amazing.

    :) Pam

  13. What a sweet little Christmas owlf. Fabulous design and terrific coloring.
    hugs & smiles,

  14. What a fabulous story Penny. You should publish, you have a real flair. Stunning card, but I had to go back and have another look at it, as your story had me completely absorbed. I read it out to my DH, another recent retiree.

  15. What a sweet little the background for him too!

  16. I hadn't heard about this! I would have been scared to death! Oh yes, the card is fabulous, I love the DP. Goes perfectly with the owl. And, of course, your coloring is wonderful.

  17. Your life is never dull Penny! lol I adore and love your owl. I love owls and you made this card perfectly! Gorgeous card and the owl, cute as ever!
    Hugs Kelly

  18. Absolutely love this Christmas design and especially the tree trunks in the background. Ooh that sounds like a scary moment there. Hope everything is still okay.
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  19. Wow! How scary to answer the door and find US Marshalls there. Were they at least hot? It's also a bit creepy to know that Gary's phone is being used for nefarious purposes.

    I wouldn't worry overly about how you looked (unless they were hot and you were feeling cougarish). They were intruding on you, so they get what they deserved.

    Anyway, great card. I'm especially impressed with that amazing fussy cutting! That must've taken forever and two days.

    The coloring is wonderful as the owl's feathers look so feathery. I'm especially taken with that patterned paper, which is perfect for an owl card. I've never seen that pad.

    I also love those tiny snowflake die-cuts. I apparently am in need of snowflake dies. Thankfully holiday season is ju$t around the corner.


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