Friday, November 28, 2014

The Outlawz Friday Coloring Anything Goes/Christmas Twist Challenge

Howdy doody! Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. A good day to stay home, in my humble opinion. I really do not like fighting crowds for a bargain. I'd rather go without. Or, shop online, like I usually do. So much easier. My fingers don't get tired. And I am in a peaceful state of mind. Well, at least until the computer freezes up, or a website does. Or my email stops working. Or I forget my credit card number. Hmmm...I guess there are advantages to both types of shopping, but online is at least physically safer. (Isn't it?)

I have been spending a good part of every day in my backyard, sitting in my glider, gazing at my pool, or reading a book. I am lovin' it! So is Donovan. He sits on my lap after he inspects all his trees and shrubs. And we got our four strap lounge chairs on Tuesday. They look really nice out there, all done up in turquoise and gray. We think we will order some matching strap dining chairs to go along the back side of the house. These chairs are commercial grade and very sturdy. Love them! How lucky am I? Believe me, I know, I know...

Switching gears, last Sunday was really awful for Cardinals' fans. What an ugly game! I am so glad I didn't watch it. We certainly hope for better this week in Atlanta. If we cannot win there, against a 4-7 team, we have no business in the playoffs. 'Nuf said...

I am terribly behind in my blog comments, and I apologize to everybody. I will catch up soon. I promise! I would make excuses, but sitting outside or making cards really doesn't cut it, right? I have to do better. And I will...

Our sponsor this month, The East Wind, is home to so many wonderful digis! Do check them out! Our randomly-selected participant will win a prize of three digital images.


This week's card is another Christmas card. Yay! Hope to make a few more before the season is over. I used a Make It Crafty image, Steampunk Christmas Tree, printed it on X-Press It BC, and colored it with my Copics: YG61, YG63, YG67, R12, R14, R17, T0, T1, T2, T4. Then I added a bit of Wink of Stella Brush Silver, some Diamond Glaze, a Wild Orchid Crafts charm, a couple of rhinestones, some Stampin' Up Sweater Trim Ribbon, and die cuts made with Cheery Lynn Holly Corner and Memory Box Frosted Christmas Tree dies. My DP, from Doodlebug Design Inc. Home for the Holidays collection was Zutterized and paired with Stampin' Up CS. That's it.

I hope you will check out the fab inspiration by my talented teammates: Carla, Dawn, Kathi, and Laine! (Such a great group to work with!) Then color up an image for your creation, using any coloring medium, and play along with us, won't you?

Have a wonderful weekend! (And don't go crazy shopping!)


  1. Fabulous card Penny, I love the Steampunk Christmas Tree. Wonderful colouring and detailing too.
    I hope you have a good weekend.
    hugs Sue xx

  2. Fabulous and fun Penny. Love your fabulous traditional colours on the steampunk theme. I am so jealous. Its freezing here and dark most of the day. Roll on the sweet spring!!!!

  3. original and gorgeous, love it

  4. Great card Penny!! That image is very cool!!!
    Did I miss the photo's of the pool?? LOL

  5. Sitting by the pool, soaking in the scenery sounds like a perfect excuse to me. We had our first snow storm of the season yesterday. It was not the first snowfall, but the first storm of the white stuff. We have all kinds of categories of snow in the Atlantic provinces of Canada. We even have snow storms with lightning. It a different kind of peaceful, all cozy and warm inside, not having to go anywhere because almost everything is closed. Once, when the power was out, we played board games by candlelight and drank slightly warm hot chocolate. Terry warmed up some water with candles.

    Your card is lovely. Such an unusual tree and you have coloured it beautifully. I like your yarn bow too.

    Hugs and smiles,

  6. What a great card, Penny! I really like the addition of the tree charm too! Oh, I also like the corner holly, the bow, and the pretty tree paper!
    I'm happy to hear that you're still able to sit and enjoy your back yard! No more of that for me for quite a while. I would turn into a popsicle!
    Happy weekend to you! :o)

  7. So beautifully done! Great design!

  8. Love that image Penny! A steampunk Christmas tree! How cool is that!! Fab papers, lovely design and your beautiful colouring add up to a fabulous festive card! Love the little charm too!
    I can just picture you, sitting in the sunshine beside your lovely new pool and I'm not envious, not in the least, we have wonderful damp cold foggy weather here....:(

  9. Wonderful card- loving the Steampunk Christmas tree image. Oh I am with you, I would pick to be poolside and not on the computer either.....hehehe Oh, I want to move in.....or come visit and not leave.

  10. Hi Penny,
    wow, what a cool image! I love this Christmas tree!!

  11. Penny, love your Christmas card! Great silhouettes of the trees, and cool mix of patterned papers.

  12. Such a great card! Love the 3D effect.


  13. Love all your die cuts! You have so many unique ones. Have a great week.

  14. Hope the weather has been nice for you to be in the pool. Love the dies you used on the card and the tree charm. That is one interesting tree image nice job with it. I have never been to the East Winds.
    Hugs, Pat

  15. Another stunning festive creation. Just adore the trees. I would love to see your poolside with all the furnishings. It thing our little family of penguins would also love to lounge around with you at the pool.
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  16. I so love this card and I so love that Steampunk Tree!

    You did a fantastic job coloring it and made great choices in your patterned paper and die-cuts.


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