Friday, July 29, 2011

Christmas to Beat the Heat

Happy Bellariffic Friday folks! This week we were challenged to dust off our Christmas Bellas 'cuz it's Christmas in July! Good thing too! Every year I say I'm going to make two Christmas cards a week - alright I hear ya laughing already - ok maybe just one. Still laughing aren't ya? I know - life happens and I barely have the energy to do all the normal errands let alone think about the Holidays in July. Now that I've started, however, I just might be able to keep at it.

So how about some details? This is another adorable image illustrated by Mo Manning and released in rubber last summer titled The Choir. I've had the darn stamp that long and this is the first it's seen ink. I was a little intimidated as most of the Babes have done a phenominal job of coloring it in the past. I googled choir boy images to help me with color - I didn't want the typical red and white robing instead choosing to add a splash of blue. So I settled on blue with white and gold over robes adding the red in the music books.

The background design paper is Cosmo Cricket Be Good Believe which I have also had for a year without getting into... see the pattern here? The blue is new though, it's Basic Grey Oxford which I picked up this week on my adventure to see the family in Maryland. A fun time was had there but let's get back to the card. The music notes paper is from October Afternoon Very Merry Sing the Carols...of which the other side is a fabulous pink with snowflakes and the reason I bought the paper. Got a little lucky there didn't I?

Of course I stamped this onto Bella's Bestest paper using Memento tuxedo black ink and colored it with copics. Prismacolor pencils blended with gamsol were only used this time to add ground shading and the soft blue glow around these angels. A soft seam binding ribbon made into a bow was topped with a felt snowflake and a flat bottomed pearl. The scallops were made with EK Success punches while a corner punch was used on the blue paper. Of course I had to add a little glitter to the star so I pulled out my favorite Quickie Glue pen to apply it.

Next week's challenge is Heavy Metal. No, not music...add some metal embellishments to your card. Now this I can't wait to see. Hope you can play along. There's some Bella Bucks on the line for one participant. Not able to play you say? Well head over to the Bella Blog anyway and post a comment, we've got some bucks for one commentor as well. And I've heard rumblings of a new release soon so what would be better than some Bucks to go shopping with?

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for stopping by!



Tammy Hershberger said...

Cath, this is GORGEOUS! Fabulous coloring on the choir, and the addition of the music paper is perfect!

Dana White said...

Cath this is freakin stunning!!! Your colouring is amazing and the layout stunning

Leslie said...

Phenominal!!!! I'm in awe of your colouring!!

Steph said...

Oh wow, Cath. I love the mixture of papers you've used and the scalloped edge. Your colouring is amazing! x