Sunday, December 2, 2012

Stamptacular Sunday "Christmas Photo Inspiration" Challenge

This week’s challenge is going to be so much fun!  We can’t wait to see what you create!
This week's challenge is a…
“CHRISTMAS PHOTO Inspiration!”

For this week's challenge you will create a CHRISTMAS card using the above photo as your inspiration.  Your possibilities are endless!  Oh…and don’t forget to STAMP!  After all…we don’t call this the STAMPtacular Sunday Challenge for nothing!      
You will have from now until midnight (EST) December 8th, 2012 to complete this challenge and post a DIRECT LINK to your submission into our InLinkz in order to be entered into the drawing for this week's fabulous prize donated by:

OMGoodness. It is 2:00 a.m. What? I had just gone to bed, after working late on a card, and realized that I forgot to write up this post! Good grief! How am I supposed to be witty at this hour of the morning? Sorry, I just can't do it. I want to go back to bed. Waaaaaah.

I promise to write something with more substance, with more meat to it, for my Monday blog post. Well, at least I promise to try!

But tonight, or this morning, I am simply going to list my card details.

I chose "Sugar Plum" by Rick St. Dennis. I think his images are very eccentric, which I find enormously appealing. Although I am not really into his Creepmas images at the moment. Perhaps they'll grow on me in time. I do love this image, though, as well as many others that I bought when he ran his great holiday sale.

I have to say, I really went berserk on this card. I didn't mean to, and wanted to start over when I was done. But I had too many DT commitments to finish, so I just went with it. I had thought Sugar Plum needed extra flash, due to her appearance, but I know I overdid it. Oh, well...such is life. Hopefully, I will show more restraint with the next R. St. Dennis image I use.

I started with DP from the Echo Park Very Merry Christmas collection. I paired it with CS from Stampin' Up and DCWV. Sugar Plum was printed on Make it Colour Blending Card, as was my sentiment from Create with TLC. I then cut out my sentiment with a Whimsy Ticket die.

I colored S.P. with my Copics: G82, G85, R20, C00, C1, C3, C4, E000, E00, E04, E07, E11, E21, E23, E25, E29. I accented her with a white gel pen, and then added Glossy Accents to her eyes and the ornaments, and Copic Spica to her earrings, necklace, jingle bells, and belt.

I used several dies, (as you can probably tell): Whimsy's Winter Jewel 1; Cheery Lynn Lacey Christmas Ornaments, Cheery Lynn Merry Christmas, Cheery Lynn Snowflakes 2, 3, and 6; Memory Box Snowflake Corner, Memory Box Bianca Snowflake, Memory Box Tivoli Snowflake, and Memory Box Star of Wonder. I added some Stickles to the Cheery Lynn ornaments, although who could tell?

I finished the card with a Stampin' Up stick pin; some ribbon, lace, tulle, and mini pom cording from my stash; Me and My Big Ideas Icons; a Maya Road mini hanger; and a key and jewelry findings from my stash. Like I said: I really overdid this one. So sorry. I can't say it won't happen again, but I can say I will try to show more restraint in the future.

Okey dokey, Peeps, the rest of the DT always has fabulous creations, so be sure to check them out. And we always get wonderful entries into our challenges, so I am really looking forward to what you have for us this week! (After I get some sleep.)


  1. This is fabulous Penny. Such a great image, your colouring is wonderful and I love all the detailing too.


  2. amazing card Penny! love all the dies you've added here and there! fab image

  3. Penny, oh my..i so want all of those dies..your card showcases all of them wonderfully! Pretty, pretty!

  4. This is so gorgeous Penny. So many beautiful embellishments. Love the image and layout. The snowflakes are stunning. Still a wonderful post Penny even without your wonderul wit.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  5. Go beserk any time on a card - this is fabulous!!Love it.

  6. Wow Penny! This is gorgeous! I love the burgundy and white, I love all the embellishments, I love this Card. You did a great job. One question, what do you mail it in or protect it? I'm having that problem with some of my cards. You should be proud of this cause it is an awesome card.

  7. Nothing wrong with going berserk! This is awesome, such a fun card! I'm loving all those dies. My eyes are a bit green:)
    P.S. Thanks for your KKKK congratulations. I'm super excited!

  8. You should stick to OTT - you do it so well! Loving all the snowflakes and your colouring totally rocks on this. Fabulous card :)

  9. Why show restraint? You've got all that stuff, might as well use it, right? I should send you all my stuff since I rarely use it, though I buy it anyway. After all, it's like chocolate. *snicker*chuckle*giggle*

    Seriously, the image is over-the-top, so the card should be. And I think it's right and proper and really well done, especially the coloring and the choice of all the stuff to add. Nothing you added is out of place, so it's all good. Yep. It is.

  10. Penny, I love the Rick's images (I just picked up a few the other day). I just don't know how you fit all of it on your card - you put soooooooo much detail and work into your creations!

  11. This is absolutely stunning!! LOVE the image and your beautiful colouring! All the diecuts make the card look totaly amazing! Love it!

    Hugs Jessica

  12. OHHHH MY Word! This is so wonderful. Love all your detail and she is adorable.

  13. Wow, what a spectacular card, I just love the die cut snowflakes, and that fab image!

  14. WOW, wow, magnificent card, simply fabUlous and awesom. Thanks for your sweet and lovely comments. Hugs

  15. Penny, I was so happy that your number came up and it was one of the girls that always come to my blog. Did you go over to Cards for Men and let Donna know? I did let Donna know who won and I gave her your blog address.
    That sure is a different crazy card. All the layers and your layout. That is a way to funny image, she make me laugh. I love all the embellishments. Love the hat pin,hanger and charms. So much to look at. Just love it.
    Hugs, Patricia

  16. Very festive card, Mom! Love how you layered the red and white colors.


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