Saturday, November 12, 2011


Thank you to all my friends/followers who have emailed me to wish my hubby all the best during his illness.
This is the second time he has had cancer. The operation went well, but still a long road to recovery with chemo to come sometime soon.
Emails from my blogging buddies and phone calls from friends has kept my spirits up.
I am just starting to get creative again. So what better way to start than a fabulous colour challenge from Sarah over at Inkurable Stampers.
The theme is to use orange green and purple. You may also used a neutral. I used black.

I am a bit out of practice with the photography.
I made a gift card (7.5x10.5). First I dabbed some dusty concord,shabby shutters and spiced marmalade distress inks onto my non stick craft mat. Spritzed a little water, then dabbed some white cardstock repeatedly over the mat until I was happy with the colour.
I then stamped the Tim Holtz postcard/santa atc size image in black stazon over the coloured cardstock. After cutting it out I sponged dusty concord distress ink around the edges. I applied lime green stickles to the branches and a 'dot' next to the sentiment.
I matted it to a orange and then a black mat. The orange mat was white,which I just coloured the edges with spiced marmalade ink.
'Good Cheer' a word strip from Darkroom Door,which I coloured with dusty concord ink.All attached to olive green card base.
Thanks for visiting!


  1. Lovely to see you on board again Shirley! I missed your art. Love your gift card for the challenge. I have done mine but I think I'll run out of time to photograph it. Oh well (sigh)!

  2. Gorgeous Shirl... love the Santa stamp and the green stickles on the branches... it looks so dimensional... glad to see you getting a little inky again :))

    take care
    Jenny x

  3. Hey Shirley loving that mottled background - so glad to see you getting creative with paper again!!

  4. Great b'ground Shirley, & those colours work perfectly with the Santa image :)

  5. This is gorgeous Shirl, glad you're finding time to craft again. Loving this colour combo, might have to find time to join the challenge again.
    Hugs, Alison xx

  6. Beautiful project, Shirley! I like the non-traditional colours for the Christmas card.

  7. Great card and great to have you back again. I am sorry to read of your husband's illness and hope that the treatment is useful