Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Bugaboo Christmas Chaos

This is my second entry into the annual Bugaboo event, named Christmas Chaos. The playful little Rudolph, with his TP topped antlers, fits beautifully into the Day 1 Theme of Reindeer Games. The digi image is from illustrator and children's book author Elizabeth Dulemba who has created hundreds of coloring pages that she offers for free download! (You can access the free coloring pages and/or sign up for the weekly newsletter HERE)
I am putting together a gift packet of assorted cards for a co-worker who was married this summer, and wanted to add a Christmas ornament to commemorate the year of their wedding. This image helps to do that in a humorous way! Although it was a tedious task, I cut small strips of toilet paper and carefully attached them to the digi to add texture and a bit of fun! (I did use a pencil to add the "perforations" to the TP to make it look more realistic.) 
I’m entering this into several challenges including the We Craft Cards Monday Challenge- National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation! Christmas week was a busy one for the iconic Griswolds in the movie. Our challenge, during this busy time of the year, is make a card or other item that depicts something we forgot to do because of our schedule. (I forgot about the card packet until today… so I’ll be gifting it later than I had planned. Hope I can get the ornament to them before Christmas.)
·   Reindeer Image- Elizabeth Dulemba Coloring Page (Available HERE)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers, Sakura Gelly Roll white & silver gel pens
·   Assorted cardstock, sheer ribbon, red brad, and silver cord from my stash plus small strips of toilet paper from our bathroom!  
Entered into: 
We Craft Cards Monday Challenge- National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation!
Bugaboo Stamps- Holiday Chaos- Day 1 Theme Challenge-Reindeer Games
The Paper Shelter- Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #665 Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays 
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge

The new Double D challenge theme is poinsettias, and when I saw that the new Simon Says Monday Challenge is named “Celebrate” I knew just which digi I’d use for my card. What better way to celebrate on New Year’s Eve than to wear beautiful party shoes?! I added some depth by printing off and coloring a separate poinsettia that I attached with a foam square, and by adding Nuvo Crystal Drops (deep burgundy, named Rhubarb Crumble. Yum!) to the shoe.  The inside sentiment is a brad that I’ve had in my stash for over a decade. The background paper that looks like confetti and the silver stars on the vellum help add festive touches to the design.  
·   Digi- Bugaboo Stamps (Heels Poinsettia)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Front Sentiment “Cheers” from Jan’s Digi Stamps set (Happy New Year)
·   Inside Sentiment- “Happy New Year” Sentiment brad from my stash
·   Circle Dies- Little B Dies
Nuvo Crystal Drops -Rubarb Crumble, 
·  Cardstock background paper, silver- star and red vellum from my stash
·  Silver photo corners available from several web sources (WXJ13 13 Sheets 13 Colors Photo Mounting Corners)
Entered into:  
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Celebrate                                     
Double D’s Challenge- Poinsettia                
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- December             
Jan’s Digi Stamps- December 2020 Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #148 Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #470-472 Anything Goes                   

I can’t believe that this is just my second entry into the Simon Says Christmas Critters Challenge. I have tons of critter stamps and digis but had little free time. I spent most of today happily playing in my craft room and this card has not one… but three Christmas critters! The Santa and reindeer stamp is unmounted, and I have no idea who made it. (If anyone recognizes it, please let me know. When I stripped dozens of stamps from the wood mounts years ago, I never realized that I'd want to identify them. Because I couldn't imagine that I'd ever have a blog. Now I cannot imagine NOT having one!)
I created the moonlit scene by cutting a circle on a large post-it and adhering it to the card front. Tree stamps, assorted ink pads, some torn strips of paper and lots of sponging later I had a striking scene. A white gel pen and white pigment ink helped bring out the moon glow and highlights on snowy slopes and trees.  NOTE- I did create a tutorial for this process that I posted to my blog a few years ago. It includes five card samples that feature different scenes in assorted colors. You can find it HERE. I decided to not clutter the front of the card with a sentiment… but did add a bit of whimsey by attaching a tiny red circle (made with a mini paper punch) on the tip of Rudolph’s nose. So fun!
I’m entering this into several challenges including the Incy Wincy Designs (my card includes a person- Santa… and lots of blue!)   
·   Wood Mount Stamp- Santa and Reindeer Stamp (Unknown company)
·   Wood Mount Stamp- Three Trees (Embossing Art- Company is no longer in business)
·   Inside Sentiment- Stamping Up! clear set (retired)
·   Colored with dye ink pads (dark green and assorted colors of blue), pigment ink pad (white) and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Memento Ink Pad- Black to stamp Santa & Critters plus sentiment
·   Circle Dies- Little B Dies
·   Mini paper punch
·   Cardstock from my stash
Entered into: 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Christmas Critters
Incy Wincy Designs- Person (plus sketch and/or blue)   
Pattie's Creations Challenge- #177 Winter Fun  
Let’s Craft and Create- Ch #166-Anything Goes  (Option- Santa Claus is Coming to Town)
            Since I’m a Contributor for Beccy’s Place (sponsor), I’m entering just for fun!


  1. Hi Kathy all your makes are stunning. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. FABULOUS cards Kathy! LOVE that shoe! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Poinsettia’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    Please stop in for a visit!

  3. Fabulous shoe card, so fun and festive! Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

  4. Very pretty! Thanks for joining us at Pattie's Creations Design Challenge.
    Pattie G
    Artist & Owner

  5. A card with a shoe so cool. Good luck

  6. The cute reindeer definitely represents 2020 with the at times extremely valuable TP in his antlers. Thanks for joining our Christmas chaos event at Catch the Bug, good luck in the challenge!

  7. Love all you projects Kathy.
    Thank you for joining our challenge at
    Let's Craft and Create this week and good luck.. Ursula Uphof DT

  8. Such a pretty card! Thanks for joining the challenge over at Double D. Best of luck to you!

  9. Beautiful! Thank you so much for joining with ust at Let's Craft and Create Challenge this time and good luck :)


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