Monday, August 30, 2010

It's Christmas in August!

I think all of us over in The Sisterhood knew it was coming; we just weren't sure when. But Sister Carol took care of that mystery when she issued her hostess theme to be Christmas in August! I was excited because Christmas is one of my Top Three holidays, and thinking "cold" was a good distraction from the sweltering heat. (Can you guess my other two favs?)

I knew I wouldn't be using the traditional red-n-green combo, and these papers from My Mind's Eye were just what I had in mind. I finally got around to cling-mounting the stamps I won from Copic Creations, and it was a no-brainer to use Winter Susan by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD.

It was a little nerve wracking trying to color her detailed Nordic-style hat and to add the white dots, but I only ruined two, and I think the white dots made all the difference. I was completely stumped for a layout, and finally decided to wrap the polka-dot panel as a present with some sparkly-edged ribbon, then added a punched sentiment tag. And there you have my Christmas in August card!

Wow, the kiddos are already heading back to school, and that means it's time to start thinking about my cookie baking list. I like to bake lots and lots of cookies, to the protests of The Man who thinks it's too much work:
"Why don't you just buy them?" he says.
"What? I can't buy them!" I gasp. "I'm the only one who inherited the baking gene!"

*sheesh* Silly, silly man! He does have my best interests at heart, as I'm often up until 2 AM baking. But it's worth it, because it reminds me of helping Mum when I was little, and it's really satisfying when someone says they're *almost* as good as hers. Hey, I'm happy with *almost* - hers were cookie nirvana!

This year, I'm going to try making pizzelles. If I start practicing now, I should have the technique perfected by mid-December. Maybe.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

Image: Elisabeth Bell Winter Susan
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Stampin Up, Georgia Pacific
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Bohemia "Bliss" collection
Copics: 0,BG10,BG72,BG78,C2,E000,E00,E35,E40,E57,R29,W3,Y26
Accents: white pen (Sakura), tag punch (SU), ribbon (Michael's)


Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Oh, Susan! This is an absolutely perfect card! I love the image. You've done such an incredible job... PERFECT! Love the colors, the papers, the extra touches!!!

karen said...

Aww.. this is so cute!
your detail is amazing!

Lorie said...

This is beautiful, Susan! I love Elizabeth Bell images, and you've totally brought this one to levels of gorgeousness that can't be compared! The colors are stunning, and I sure hope I get one of these beauties in my mailbox!

Love ya,

Imke said...

Awesome coloring, lovely stamp and the DP fits great !

djones said...

Oh so pretty! Your coloring is beautiful. Perfectly tied bow...just like on a Christmas package...too cute!

~Paola~ said...

wowww Susan!
U have a wonderful gift for coloring to perfection my dahling...and this gorgeoussss card can attest to that fact and so much more!
Love all the details involved here and the result it's stunning...just as its beautiful (inside and out)creator!
Luv ya my friend!

MiamiKel said...

::: pushing Lorie out of the way ::: Me, me, pick me! LOL!! Susan, seriously, my mouth dropped when I saw this card! Although EVERY card you make is amazing in detail, coloring and you have such a vision with your layout styles, the coloring just blew me away! her hat is absolutely sweet!! It reminds me so much of the books the girls and I would read then they were little by Jan Brett (like Gingerbread Baby) total and absolute art! Be proud of your stunning holiday beauty - I vote you make more for your family this year to accompany your cookies!