Monday, 23 April 2018

Santa's Helper

What a change in the weather and how lovely to be able to sit out in the garden. The washing machine has been working overtime as anything that can be washed has been washed and hung out on the line to dry - I still can't understand why it gives me so much pleasure to dry the washing outside! The downside to this lovely weather is the weeding we've got to do at my Dad's house as I'm certain prospective buyers don't want to be greeted by foot-high dandelions along the driveway, no matter how bright and cheerful they look!

Anyway enough of my waffling as I'm here to show off some new goodies I treated myself to in the shape of MFT 'Santa's Elves' stamp set and matching dies. I used my usual Promarkers to colour the tree and one of the elves (there are 3 in the set) with Stickles on the fur and a glitter sakura pen for the star and hat bell. The scalloped circle was die-cut from glitter paper that had been stuck to some card and the plain circle was die-cut and then run through with a dotty embossing folder to give it a bit of texture. I used one of the sentiments from the stamp set and after I put it all together I added some pearls and gemstones.

and here's one that shows the glitter a bit better

I'm heading over to the following challenges

MFT Sketch challenge
this sketch

ABC Christmas challenge 'H for hats and/or I for ice'

As You Like It challenge 'favourite colouring medium and why' (my 2nd entry - my trusty Promarkers always work well for me)

Allsorts challenge 'use pearls'

and as I used snippets of card and glitter paper I shall head over to Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge to see Miss Di, Parsnip and the other Playmates

That's all from me today - we're off to do some shopping and as I'm still limping along with my very sick laptop we'll also head into PC World and hopefully get me a new one. Thanks for popping by today and I will be round to catch up with you all just as soon as I can.... even if I have to liberate Hubby's tablet to do the job.


brenda said...

It's a sweet image with his sparkly hat Andrea. Yep, weeds popping up well here as well, but not complaining as we have four lovely days before the cold set back in.

B x

brenda said...

Me again Andrea, forgot to thank you for linking up to Allsorts this week.

B x

Carole said...

I think this is fabulous Andrea...I really do. Love Santa's elf and your colouring! I like pegging the washing out too...drawback is the ironing that follows! Cloudy and cool here now...more rain on the way...guess that's summer over...what happened to Spring? xx

cotnob said...

A super card Andrea, such a cute image and lovely clean design.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Lorraine said...

A brilliant Christmas card Andrea and a fab take on the sketch.
Lorraine x

Kathleen said...

A really lovely card Andrea, cute image and a great design, super sentiment too.
Been really cold here today, I gather that we are now expecting "the pest from the west", something to look forward to I suppose, not.
Thank you for joining our 'Use pearls' challenge this week at Allsorts.

Kath x

Jenny L said...

Hi Andrea,
what a very wonderful card and I really like your super design.
That glittery background is brilliant and your stamped image is so cute.
You have colured it perfectly too.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Darnell said...

Sweet, Andrea! Your card has cuteness, schparkle, bling, and snippets! What more could any brilliant Cc want?! I'm so glad to hear you've had enough sunshine to do all the wash and lift everyone's spirits ... pity it also lifts dandelions and other weeds up to the sky! I hope you were successful at PC World!! Hugs, Darnell

meg said...

Love the bright fresh red and green, great Christmas card

Anne said...

My Husband laughs at me Andrea, it makes me ridiculously happy if I can get my washing out to dry!
This is one of my favourite stamp sets, love what you've done with it here, lovey card

Anne x

PS. The bees will appreciate the dandelions!

Sarah said...

I love this set Andrea, the elves are so cute and the sentiments are a bit different than the norm. You have made such a cute card and I love the texture Nd will certainly try to remember to use a pearl for the bauble when I next get my set out!! Another great entry for us at AYLI too...thank you xx

aussie aNNie said...

Love it, the card is so gorgeous and love the sentiment.x💖 [Aussie aNNie's Blog]

Brenda said...

This is such a cute card using one of my favorite stamp sets. Thanks so much for joining us again at AYLI Challenge!

Di said...

Totally adorable card Andrea! I still hanker after that stamp set and will no doubt cave in sometime soon!

Hope all is well with you - and am so with you about washing out on the line. Nothing as lovely as the smell of dried washing when you bring it indoors.

Really great to see you in the Playground.


Di xx

Craftnut said...

Thanks for entering our challenge at Allsorts x

Mrs A. said...

Such a cute looking elf an I love how you have used a pearl to create the bauble. Great idea. Weather has not been too bad today. Managed to get a bit of weeding done In between the rain showers that is!! Hugs Mrs A.

Mia said...

What a beauty, Andrea!!!! I love your elf and the sentiment!!!!!! Kisses, my friend.

Jules said...

Hi Andrea

A really beautiful card.

Love the image and your great sentiment. It made me smile.

The pearl Christmas tree decoration is the perfect finishing touch.

I hope you are winning the battle with the dandelions.

Love Jules xx

Dr Sonia S V said...

Oooh this is so adorable
Dr Sonia

Mia said...

Just a hello, Andrea.