Monday, October 29, 2012

Season of Light...


I've made another Christmas card, but I've also made it an advent calendar--a way to do the countdown of the days in December until Christmas Day.

The daily date shows up in that punched-out circle window underneath 'December'.  The dates from 1 to 25 are arranged in a circle on a movable wheel.  You can rotate the wheel by moving that piece that shows up in that punched-out semi-circle at the right side.

I've made this into an easel card so you can put the advent calendar on display.

I'm not entirely too happy with this card.  It's too busy for my liking.  Bad choice is designer papers, I think.  DP's with simpler designs would have been better.  Oh well...

I am featuring one of the adorable Tildas from A Christmas Story Colletion 2012 from Magnolia.  She is called Tilda with Christmas Candle.  I have used my Letraset markers to colour the image--Promarkers and Pantone Trias. I've added some glitter around the candle flames.

The stamp for this and other adorable images are available from Magnolia-licious, Diana's on-line store.  Diana has a vast selection of both full-size and mini-size Magnolia images.  And...the new Nativity Collection 2012 are ready for pre-order.

Also, take a look at the selection of cutting dies from Memory Box, PoppyStamps, Magnolia, Marianne Design and Cheery Lynn Designs. Diana also gives fast excellent services and discounted prices, as well as in-store credit for every order.

Challenges for this card:
I ♥ Promarkers Challenge #140 - Christmas is Coming
Lovely hAnglar or Sweet Magnolia Challenge #55 - Girls Only
Tilda's Town Challenge #24 - Merry Christmas
Stampin' for the Weekend Challenge #20 - Anything Goes
Creative Craft Challenges2 - Three (3 jingle bells)
Bearly Mine Challenge #58 - Easel Card
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #187 - Not Just an Ordinary Card

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit.  Have a wonderful week!

Materials and Tools Used:
Sentiment Stamps: Hampton Art Sentiment Candle and Merry Christmas Circle
DP's: American Crafts pattern papers Jolly; Recollections paper pad Believe; Over the Moon Old Tractor Red Plaid
Dies: Magnolia Mistletoe Lace Border; Memory Box Grapevine Wreath; CC Designs Cutter Mistletoe
Miscellaneous: Tim Holtz distress ink stamp pad Walnut Stain; jingle bells, ribbon, pearls, ribbons and glitter from my statsh
Medium: alcohol-ink based markers--Letraset Promarkers and Letraset Pantone Trias (-T)
- face and skin--blush, coral, soft peach, vanilla, oatmeal, pastel pink
- hair and boots--umber, caramel, sandstone
- top, cap and candles--burgundy, 702-T, 701-T, 692-T 
- pants--olive green, marsh green, 617-T
- candle holder and candle flames--raw sienna, mustard, pastel yellow, buttercup
- white area and shadings--warm grey 5-T, cool greys 1 to 4-T


Maris said...

hi Norma, how are you dear, what a stunning creation, i love the colors an the coloring waht a lovely one is this xx

Only By His Grace said...

Hi Norma!
A lovely idea to make this into an advent calendar. I love the the background paper with the Christmas trees and the bells hanging down from the gold ribbon. Always gorgeous coloring.
hugs Maz

Durvina said...

Wouw love this one, come and take a look at my blog!

hugs, Durvina

Louise said...

Very pretty Norma, I love the scene you created

Anne said...

Such a lovely card, and I just adore the circle wheel-idea! Gorgeous colors, I love the golden details.

Hugs, Anne.

Elizabeth Hart said...

What a fabulous card - love all the rich Christmas colors and the fabulous details that you added!!Thanks for joining us at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge.

Rene said...

As always Norma, I'm totally blown away by your creation! Just stunning! Thank you so much for joining us at Tilda's Town with your gorgeous card! Good luck and I hope to see you back Friday!
Rene :D

NancyD said...

This Tilda easel card is just lovely, Norma. Love the colors and the new image. NancyD

NancyD said...

Norma, I am happily back looking at your wonderful easel card for Creative Craft Challenges. Really beautiful work! NancyD

Natalie said...

Three jingle bells AND three candles!
Thanks for joining in at Creative Craft Challenges

gina g said...

Fantastic card i love all the detail. Thanks for joining us at Bearly Mine this week. luv gina xx

Andria said...

Fantastic idea for incorporating the calendar, lovely idea, gift and card all in one.

Christina C. said...

Gasping..........this is absolutely breathtaking, Norma! Such a phenomenal creation....magnificent design work and superb coloring! So festive!!!!

Sinikka said...

This is lovely, really like the countdown on the card. Happy paper and beautiful colored.
Hugs Sinikka

Cordine said...

Great idea Norma! And it's another stunning card!

Céline said...

fab easel card Norma love your coloring
thanks for playing with us at tilda's town this week

Céline said...

oh thanks for playing with us at stamptacular sunday this week

Kathya said...

This is wonderful, Norma. How creative, an advent calendar in a Christmas card. You rock!

Anonymous said...

What a clever idea Norma, Beautifully done as always my friend
Hugs Julie P

Christy Designs said...

Wow... it's wonderful Norma !
Love all the detail and your coloring

Pysselfröken said...

Wow this is a Stunning Card! Love the details.
Hugs from Pysselfröken in Sweden

Unknown said...

Wow this is just fabulous. Stunning work x

Diana Crick said...

What a cool way to show the countdown to Christmas. Wonderful rich colors, lots of depth! Love it!

Karen said...

Beautiful card, Norma! Your coloring is fabulous. Your design is amazing. What an awesome idea.


Scrappellen said...

Stunning card, Norma!! So many gorgeous details and so beautiful colored!!:)
crafty hugs, ellen

Karen said...

This is gorgeous! : )

Karen said...

Gorgeous Norma, thanks for joining us at I ♥ ProMarkers.

Mojca said...

What an adorable card Norma! I just love your coloring, so so gorgeous and the embellishment is so pretty. hugs! Mojca

Cathy Lee said...

Oh my goodness, Norma, this is fabulous. You are so creative. I love this idea. Your card is gorgeous and Tilda is just beautiful. I am so inspired by you and will likely make one of my own.
Cathy Lee

Liz's creative corner said...

Wow gorgeous creation, love the design and colours, thanks for sharing with us at LAOSM, hugs Liz xx

cathylynn said...

Hey Norma, You are one very creative genius! WOW I wish I could spend a day in your craftroom. Fantastic coloring and of course your details are awesome!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Peggie said...

Great card. Love the jingle bells over the mistletoe.

Candy said...

Hi Norma,
What a great card with the Advent Callendar!
You have the best ideas!
Tilda is as beautifully coloured as always.
Love the way you have fancy cut around her candle and flames :o)
Also love your beautiful sentiment.
Love, Candy

Danielle C said...

I absolutely love this card calendar! It's such a cool idea and you've done a fabulous job! Thanks or sharing at Stsmptacular Sunday!
Danielle :)

Kelly said...

Norma, sigh! You come up with the coolest ideas, I want one, how cute to make a gorgeous card so useful and fun to play with. My little guy is going to love one of these so I am going to give it a try. Thanks for the idea of the wheel for advent!
So I do want to say your layout and DP are gorgeous and This Tilda is so perfect for the whole easel card you have created, I love the sprigs and bells of holly. Beautifully done Norma.

debbies said...


Tina Makuc said...

A M A Z I N G Norma!! Your style is unique!! Love it!!
Thanks for sharing your beautiful Christmas card with us at Tilda's Town..
Hugs, Tina

Anonymous said...

So fabulous Norma! Love your coloring and creating! What an awesome card... Love it!
So glad you joined us @ Tilda's Town Challenges! Thanks for playing!

Jayne A said...

Gorgeous card. Thanks for joining us at SFTW.

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