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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Crafting Christmas -- Day Ten

We're into the home stretch, and I have yet to make a single purchase.  Yikes!  However, I have made some glorious projects that will be presents for good little girls and boys in my family.   We're having Christmas morning at my youngest sister's house.  We nibble on cookies and drink champagne as we open our stockings from Santa.  Then we move onto breakfast and presents from each other. 
I have to uphold the Christmas morning tradition by making and bringing a Cheese Wreath (recipe below). Picture a family-sized donut made of biscuit dough, baked like monkey bread so that there are pieces of biscuits to tear off when finished cooking.  This special donut's frosting is a good portion of creamy melted cheese, topped with sprink;les of bacon (a whole pound, to be exact).  Not exactly cholesterol free (or fat free or carb free or free anything!) but yummy good!

closed card
 Back to the card!  I made it for my youngest sister using "Anta Claus" digi image by Hambo Stamps.  When I saw this image, I knew I had to print multiples of it in various sizes, and their Challenge Blog's theme this week of making a card with more than the standard fold  fit right into my plan.
I made a Z-fold card with a slanted top, although for my card I filled in the back of the card.  I printed and mirror image printed my digi in three sizes.  I stayed with a violet and icy light teal  color scheme for the wintry look, using Copics BV00, BG10, YG09, R29, C3 and 100 (black), The bright green, red and black were for the ants' bodies, boots, mittens and hats. 
The ants are Santa's secret weapons, you know.  How else can he get ALL those presents into his sack in time to deliver them?  We all know ants are the busiest, most organized creatures on the planet (except for my boss).  So when you hear the word elves, think ants!
As I created this card, that darn @#!*# song about the ants go marching kept marching through my head, so I incorporated it into the sentiment.  As you open this Z-fold card, the entire sentiment reads:
"The ants go marching two by two, the little one shouts, 'Merry Christmas to you!' and they all go marching..."  HA!  Now you try to get it out of your head!  I tell you, it's a killer!

Open card
 To finish my story, I couldn't find a lone Santa Sack image or stamp to save my life (or finish my card).  So I had to freehand it (gasp).  So please look with kindness in your heart (or don't look) because I am NOT a sketch artist!  But it finished the card, and Santa will once again have a full sack this Christmas Eve.
So worry not, children, the "elves" are on the job.
Now it's your turn to get to work at the Hoedown and make your challenge card for this week!  See you with your dancin' shoes on!


Judy Rozema said...

Oh my goodness, I love this idea! Your card turned out so cute! I love your champagne tradition with stocking time. I might do that this year, since Christmas is on Sunday and we won't be opening until after church. Champagne brunch!

Melissa said...

Love the card! Need to give us a tutorial!

AllisonG said...

This is the cutest card ever! I enter the Hambo Hoedown every week but don't always go visit or comment on other entries, but yours was too clever to ignore!!! You are sure to win Best in Show this week. :-)

Sincerely, Ree said...

Very cute! I love the colors! Your card is awesome!

Linda W. said...

I love your card Pat - and as Mel said: Scrapbook Place would like to see you post the tut for the z card.

Laura said...

great card, love the way you used the digi :)

Kathryn said...

Your sentiment and sizing of the images is so smart. Well executed, indeed!

Monica Hunter said...

Wow! Great job resizing the digi -- the whole look is so fun, and works great with the folds. :)

Karen said...


Such a cute card. Love the depth... it's perfect!