Saturday, November 3, 2012

Drummer Boy


Hi everybody.  Before mentioning my latest card, I want to send out thoughts and prayer to all of those that have been affected by the Hurricane Sandy.  We, here in Florida, can sure relate, so my heart goes out to all of you.

 Drummer Boy

Well this card is a first for me in a couple of ways.  It's my first Christmas card design, not only this year, but ever!...lol, and it's with my first purchased stamp.  I've admired Mo Manning's art for a long time, so it was exciting to get to work with one of her stamps.  This one is called "Shall I play for you", and was easy and a joy to color with my Promarkers. 

I punched holes around the stamped and red paper, and hand stitched the zigzag with some embroidery thread from my stash.  I did a search for the music to "The Drummer Boy", and printed part of it out on some pale cream paper, added a darker shade behind it, and distressed the edges with my scissors.  Again, I didn't add a sentiment to this one, but that may change.

All the paper (except the white), and the embellishment came from my local thrift store.  Thanks so much for taking time out of your day, and stopping by.
 






Entered in the following challenges:

Mo's Challenge Blog - Anything Goes w/ Mo Image
CSAYL - Anything Goes
Allsorts - For Men Only
Sugar Creek Hollow - Cream + 2
Catch The Bug - Anything Goes
One Stop Craft - Colour

Footnote: This is the 2nd upload I did of this card.  Being totally frustrated with how my photography is going, I did more research than I care to, and asked some "great" friends for some advice.  In the end, I found a free photography editing program that is pretty much upload and choose auto.  Please let me know what you think of the clarity on this image.  All critiquing and help is MUCH appreciated.


26 comments:

Teresa Arsenault said...

This card is lovely, Judy, and Mo's stamp is gorgeous. You did a fabulous job of coloring it.

Blessing hugs,
Teresa

Karal Schuknecht said...

This is so cute and you have done a beautiful job with the coloring and embellishments.

KraftyKoolKat said...

Judy this is really awesome. So gorgeous, coloured beautifully and your layout is fantastic.

Hugs
Cathy
xxxxx

Crafty and Green said...

Absolutely Stunning Card!! Thanks for the Freebie on Outlawz!!
Just wanted to stop by and thank you!

Many Blessings,
Tina
Crafty and Green

Stampalicious said...

this is gorgeous! Love the little details in the top right corner, such great Christmas feel, hugs, martina

Patti J said...

Judy, you did a wonderful job on this card! I love the plaid, music, and greenery - they just call out 'Christmas'! And that image is so delightfully colored! Thanks for sharing :)

NanaConnie said...

Judy, This is marvelous! Lovely coloring and that sheet music paper is perfect for it. Gorgeous embellishment! Congrats on your first ever Christmas card. :-D

Marianne said...

Hi Judy! I found your blog through The Outlawz and am now your latest follower! I love, love, love your card! You've done a fabulous job with the coloring. I guess I'll be coming to you for 'photography' advice because I think your picture looks fantastic. I have a pretty decent camera but haven't quite got the hang of getting good pictures yet.
Marianne

Donna said...

Fabulous card Judy, love this little drummer boy and your photography is great. Donna x

Penny said...

Great job on that cute image, Judy! Amazing that this is your first Christmas card ever! Love the design, papers, and embellies, too! :^)
Hugs, Penny

ahlers5 said...

Judy, the coloring is gorgeous! I love your idea of the punched zig-zag border. I hope you don't mind if I borrow it. Mo's images are wonderful. I have so many, but don't get to use them very often.

Rosie Gustafson said...

Hi Judy,
Your card turned out beautiful. Good going girl, I love your coloring and the bow with some pine is a perfect touch.

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

Beautiful card and I just wanted to say thanks for really cute image you posted on the Outlawz challenge. Your generosity is appreciated.

Lisa D.

AnjaCardz said...

Gorgeous Christmas Card! Love the big bow with all those winterly embellishments.
Thank you so much for playing with us at Mo's Digital Pencil this week!

Hugs, Anja

Cec said...

What a great Christmas card. I love that little guy and your wonderful wreath embellishment. Thanks for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow.
Hugs!
Cec

Heather said...

Fabulous Christmas Card!! The image is so adorable, lovely coloring!! Thank you for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow!
Hugs
Heather

Marianne said...

Hi Judy.
I've left a little surprise for you on my blog page.
Hugs
Marianne

http://cardsbymarianne.blogspot.ca/2012/11/liebster-award.html

Sarah said...

This is beautiful Judy, love the cute image. Thank you so much for joining us at Allsorts for my For Men Only challenge x

Elaine L. said...

What a sweet Christmas card! I love the music background, and the plaid bow with the greenery is a wonderful touch. Glad you joined us in Mo's Challenge.

Julie E said...

So classic, from the image to your ribbon and paper choices. Thanks so much for playing along with us at CSAYL!
As for the clarity - I struggle too! Even with great software I find my pics are only good with natural light - unfortunately hard to find this time of year when I work all day :>( Your photo looks good though :>)

Jenn Zeeb said...

Thanks so much for playing along with us this week for the Catch The Bug "Anything Goes Challenge” with Bugaboo Stamps! Just loved your card, and hope to see more of your work in future challenges!

Bugaboo Stamps DT
Jenn Zeeb

Paul said...

Thank you so much for joining in with our Anything Goes challenge this month at Catch The Bug. This open challenge really is a great way to see lots of different styles and techniques – always an inspiration.
TFS
Paul
Crafty Blogocks
DT Member for Catch The Bug

Min said...

Fabulous card! Thanks so much for playin' along with us this week for the Catch The Bug Anything Goes Challenge with Bugaboo Stamps! We hope you join us again today for our NEW challenge.
Hugs & Happy Days! ~Min
Kaymin Kreations

Amy said...

Beautiful coloring job!! THanks for joining Bugaboo at Catch the Bug

Payne Holler Cards said...

Your coloring s wonderful! Love the stitching and added embellishments! This is a fav image and you have a gorgeous card (-:
So glad you joined us at Sugar Creek Hollow
Linda SCH DT

Karen said...

Ooooh Judy, this is gorgeous, fab colouring too my friend, loving the emblishment too!

xx

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