Sunday, December 16, 2012

Stamptacular Sunday "Christmas Time" 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 Time!”

For this week's challenge you will create a Christmas Card!  Simple as that!  No TWISTS, No special DEMANDS and No other REQUIREMENTS…just has to be Christmas!  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 22nd, 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:
PRIZE:  $15 Gift Certificate!


 PRIZE:  Winner’s Choice of 7 Digi Images!

What a great prize--wish I was playing! Good luck! So, I am writing this on Thursday night, and you are seeing it on Sunday. Why, you ask? Well, I am about to tell you, (whether you really wanted to know or not). Because I am spending at least one night at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort this weekend. Gary's Christmas party is on Friday night at the Resort, and we decided to just stay the night. That way we don't have to worry about driving home after imbibing. We are supposed to be able to dance, but I am a bit worried about Gary's shoulder for dancing. Certainly won't be doing any of our fun East Coast Swing moves. Drat! I do so love those.

We might stay a second night. We had planned to at first, then I told Gary I had too much to do for Christmas cards and needed to get home after our granddaughter's birthday party on Saturday afternoon. So he called the Resort to cancel, but they never confirmed the cancellation. So we will go with the thought in mind that we may stay two nights. Then I have to rush home to get busy. That is the reason I am writing this on Thursday--I will not have time Friday, and may not on Saturday. Aren't you thrilled that I, ever so briefly, explained that to you? Yeah, I thought so.

Guess what? I am NOT going to the Cardinals game on Sunday. Boooo, Fair-weather Fan, booooo, hiss! OK, I'll admit it! If they were playing well, I would find a way to go to the game. But they are not. They are playing like a high school team--on a bad day. So it's just not worth the time away from card-making right now. Put that in your pipe and smoke it. Pffffffffffffffffft!

I have my cards ready for long-distance mailing, at least. And those that I will give out at my granddaughter's birthday party on Saturday. Which is yesterday to you. But I realized today (Thursday) that I am about 5 cards short now, instead of 3. Moan. Groan. Etc. Get over it, Penny. Get your butt in gear, and get the cards done! Who said that? And why are you in my computer?

I am taking a deep breath right now. Because I must finish this post so I can get back to starting my card for Monday's DT, which can't be a Christmas card. Gasp! Oh, whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy? Who would do such a thing to me right now? I need every card to be a Christmas card. Fiddle faddle.

On to today's offering:  I chose another Rick St. Dennis image--love that guy--called Deck the Halls--love that image! I printed it on Make It Colour Blending Card and colored it with my Copics:  W0, W1, W2, W4, W6, G82, G85, E000, E00, E07, E09, E11, E17, E18, E40, E41, E42, E44, E47, E81, E84. I added Copic Spica to his jingle bells and teeth, (talk about teeth whitening!), then added Glossy Accents to the jingle bells and his eyes, (he didn't notice--he was too busy looking out the window). The image was accented with a white gel pen and was fussy-cut.

I attempted to mimic the image with a Poppystamps Grand Gothic Stained Glass die-cut, lace, and Wild Orchid Crafts roses. Perhaps I should have left well enough alone, but, as the saying goes, it is what it is. Oh, btw, it is raining here tonight, which is an oddity. Can't say as I really appreciate the downpour, as I had to run out and pick up Donovan's poop before the rain hit. Normally that is Gary's territory, but he did just have surgery. Heaven only knows how long it's been since he policed the yard, because I was out there for a flippin' hour! And I had to finish the job with a flashlight as it got dark out there. (We have monsters in our backyard. They're known as Black Widows, and they come out in the dark. I actually forgot about the spiders while I was working. If I had remembered, I would have been more careful where I was putting my hand. BTW, I use plastic gloves on my hands, in case you were wondering. I'm not that gross.) My back has been screaming at me ever since--due to bending over for an hour and the rain. Yeah, sometimes getting old isn't all it's cracked up to be. Now where was I, before I so rudely interrupted myself? Oh, yes, I finished with the window-tag-like-whatever that I stuck behind some DP.

And that DP is from the Carta Bella Christmas Day collection, which was distressed, like me right now. I used both my Zutter Distrezz-It-All and SU ink for distressing. I paired it with Stampin' Up CS--you know, SUCS. (I still feel guilty every time I type that, but it's a giggly guilt.) And then I really went berserk. Like totally, man, totally. (Do they say that anymore? And who are "they" anyway? Don't you sometimes wonder? I do. Well, that explains that, doesn't it!) Yup, I went over-and-above-the-top. It was a bumpy ride, too. You should try it sometime. I threw so many things on this poor card, like: more WOC roses & crown stick pins; Stickled die-cuts from the Memory Box Crystalline Border die and the Frostyville die; a couple of Create with TLC sentiments, (one printed on another die-cut from Spellbinders Fancy Tags Two and the other fancy-cut after printing); laces; a bow; cheesecloth; jingle bells; and key charms.

And, if that isn't enough stuff for you, too bad. I refuse to add any more. This card would cost me a flippin' fortune to send, so I will probably give it to someone here in town.

Enough writing. I have much to do yet tonight. And I must take Donovan, the little poop-sie-doopster, to my sister's home for weekend dog-sitting tomorrow morning--remember, this is Thursday for me. And Merrilyn and I are going out to lunch before I race back home (we live 30 miles apart), and get packed for the weekend. Plus, I have to actually put on make-up for Gary's party--don't want to scare anybody there. And my make-up artist is sooo slow--so that'll take over an hour. Oh, just kidding. It takes me 15 minutes at the most. And then there's the matter of what to wear to this year's Christmas party. Oh, rats, I just remembered: the jacket I bought on sale at Chico's has to be ironed. Oh, yeah, I've got time. Surely I do. And don't call me Shirley.

I'm off. I will tell you tomorrow (Monday) about the party tomorrow (Friday). Did I confuse you yet? Good, that's my main mission in life.

Hey, Peeps, have a great week! And have fun creating another Christmas card for our challenge--anything you want. And then mail it to me, unsigned, so I can send it to someone on my card list, OK? Thanks. I really appreciate that.


  1. WOW!! This is is wonderful Penny. Such a fabulous image, gorgeous colours and the all that detailing looks amazing.
    I hope you week goes to plan, it sounds like it will be a busy one!

    Hugs Sue

  2. Gorgeous card, Penny! I do hope that you decided to stay the 2 nights. Just think of how relaxed you will be when you get home. Super charged and ready to tackle the world! Then, you can come and help me tackle mine...hee hee ;)
    I know what you mean about football. The Steelers are playing horribly as well and I just have too much to do to sit and watch them work my last nerve...LOL!!!! At least my college team is giving something to cheer about. Of course, it has been years since I have felt that thrill ;)
    Love and hugs to you my DT Sistah!

  3. Penny, your card is totally amazing. Love so much the design and combo!
    fab flowers bouquet too!

  4. Beautiful card, beautiful design, gorgeous extras. I love it when you pile it on. I love this image and of course I love the WOC roses and all the vintage looking pieces you have added.

  5. OMW!!! Penny this is such a great card. I love the colors and all the details.

  6. It is absolutely GORGEOUS Penny! I love everything about it, and yeah I agree it does _not_ need anything more. :D

    Btw darlin', e-mail me your address ( and I'll pop that little ATC that you won right out to you. :D

  7. Wow - the details on this card are fabulous from the hanging charms to those rich red roses - love the vintage look too!!

  8. You are so hysterical! The card is marvelous!! I love all the extra bling/details. Hugs Kim

  9. Your card is beautiful. Love all the flowers.

  10. Whoa. There's surely lotta stuff on that card. Totally.

    I love it all and think that everything has its place. I do love the stained glass window diecut (which I now want morethanever), the roses, keys, lace, cheesecloth, et. al. Each adds a different texture that adds up to a fabulous card.

    Finally, that image is fabulous and beautifully colored. I should check his stuff out 'cause I need more stamps. Yeah.

  11. Nicely done, Mom! I really like how the touches of red pop off the card. So many cool embellishments on here, too.


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