Christmas Down Under

Sunday, 9 December 2012


Are you starting to feel festive yet?  I put my Christmas tree and decorations up yesterday so I hope it does the trick with me!  I'm hoping to get my cards finished off this week and get my last couple of presents so I can get them wrapped next weekend and then I can enjoy the holidays!  I wonder how well that plan will pan out!  I really feel like Christmas has snuck up on me this year!

But anyway, it's that time of the week again when there's a new challenge at Eclectic Ellapu and I'm so excited cos it's my turn to host!  So that means it's a Pink week!

The theme I have chosen (which will hopefully inspire some of you for those last minute Christmas makes) is...

Jolly & Bright!

Easy peasy!

I wanted to send a Christmas card all the way to the other side of the world to the lovely people who let us stay with them and made us feel so welcome when we were over earlier this year, so when I saw these images I knew they'd be perfect!
Here's my card:

 It's an Oz Claus (or Santa ClOz!)!  The images are "Aussie Santa" and "Aussie Chrissie Tree" by Make It Crafty (also printed onto Make It Crafty card!) and I coloured him with the following copics: Skin: E21,13,00,0000,R20. Vest/tinsel etc;R29,27,24. Shorts etc;YG17,13,11. Beard;C2,1. Hat/Tree;E49,39,37,35,33. Tinnies;BG49,45,18. Sand;Y19,15,11. Sky;B01,00,0000.

The papers are from the Christmas Carnival Collection by Kaiser Craft and the paper just behind the image was, erm, put on upside-down on purpose, erm, cos they are in Oz! lol! (Hopefully they'll not notice!)
The sentiment is by Circa design stamped with memento ink and gone over with Sakura clear stardust pen.  I thought the image looked like a holiday pic so I tried to make it like a polaroid picture.  I also used a Sakura clear glaze pen on Santa's sunglasses and the holly berries and the stardust pen on the tinsel.
The loopy trim is from the Ribbon Girl.

The inside has another Make It Crafty image on it.  I thought it would be a good idea to cut around some of the kangaroo but I'm not too fussed on it - I hadn't time to change it as it was being made on the last posting day for Oz!  The same papers are used as are on the front of the card and I added some faux stitching around the message panel.

I used the following copics to colour "Red Nose Roo": E39,37,35,33,R29,27,24,YG17,13,11.  Some clear stardust pen was used on their noses for a bit of extra sparkle.

So that's my card, I hope you find it both jolly and bright!  You'll find lot's more fantastic inspiration from the rest of the DT over on the Eclectic Ellapu blog - I'm looking forward to seeing what you create to join us for this week!

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Bearly Mine Challenges; Santa is on his way
CRAFT Challenge; Christmas
Dream Valley Challenges; Christmas
Fab n Funky Challenge; Not a traditional Christmas card
Fussy & Fancy; I love Christmas
Jacksons Digital Expressions; Inks & such
Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog; With love at Christmas
Love To Create Challenge Blog; Holiday cheer
One Stop Craft Challenge; Christmas friends
Paperplay Challenges; Christmas is coming
The Ribbon Girl Challenge; Hohoho
The Squirrel & The Fox; Summer or Winter (I think I've covered both!)
Top Tip Tuesday; Christmas
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenges; Anything goes as long as it's festive

Thanks for looking!


Ellapu said...

Absolutely fab card once again sweetie and I love the way you list absolutely everything you have used and done... brilliant.
Hugz Elaine xx

Marie-Louise said...

Such a fantastic card.

Jane said...

Just fabulous, loving image well done. Thank you for playing along with us on the Joanna Sheen Challenge & good luck. Merry Christmas to you, love Jane x

Lexie said...

I love this card! Certainly brought a smile to my face because it's so different.

Thanks for joining us over at the Joanna Sheen Challenge. Good luck.

Laurian said...

Sheena, I love this card - the image is fantastic and your design is awesome!



Chana said...

Great Project, Sheena! I love that image!

Chana said...

Not sure I saved first message: Great project! I love your image!

coops said...

oh wow so stunning sheena.fantastic fun image and i love your colours :D

xx coops xx

Paper Profusion said...

Bonza Sheila! (oops sorry Sheena!). Couldn't resist! Your card is FABULOUS. The Aussies will absolutely love it! Brilliantly done and both front and inside are wonderful. A great fun card beautifully coloured. Thank-you so much for your kind words over at my blog. Nicola x

May said...

Fabulous fun Christmas card...fantastic image Your colouring is brilliant... Love those papers & design... Hugs May x x x

Nela said...

Totally fabulous!
Thanks for joining us at this week at Bearly Mine Challenges!
Nela xx

Dawn @ LilyPinkScraps said...

Thanks for choosing such a great challenge scheme! You really rocked it with that very cool Santa - such a dude and fantastic colouring :)

Berni Cuttino said...

What a delightfully sweet card! The colors are so fresh and I love the pop of color on your design. Thanks for visiting and leaving the sweet luv.

mixamatoasties said...

Fab! Love that image :)

Thanks for joining in at Love to Create this week.


Wendy said...

Absolutely fabulous, LOVE that image.
Thanks for joining us at Joanne Sheen Challenge.
Wendy xx

Mei said...

Love the images you used!! They're so awesomely cute!! Thanks for joining us this week at Love to Create!

Remember to check out my blog at for an additional chance to win a $15 voucher to my store! :)


Amanda Phillips said...

This is just cool! Thank you for sharing with us over at love to create challenges.
Amanda LTCDT

Mema's Crafts said...

Fantastic fun your coloring.

I would love for you to visit my blog at Mema's Crafts and share your talent with us, and while you're there enter the gift card giveaway and the challenge "Anything Goes"...your work is beautiful.

Asha said...

Made me laugh, you did! The image is fab and love the way you followed the theme through out. Oh yes! This is definitely Jolly and Bright card, Sheena.


NanaConnie said...

Fabulously fun card, Sheena! I'm going to be smiling all day over this one.

Kathi Silvia said...

Oh this great! I love it! LOL!! And your coloring is gorgeous! Thanks for joining us this week at Jackson's Digital Expressions.

DT Coordinator

Sandra said...

WOW, WOW, WOW, not only is this so awesomely coloured it is an absolutely hilarious image. I've never heard of Oz Claus nor Santa Oz, but I tell ya I am so laughing my butt of right now! I have always wondered what it would be like to spend Christmas somewhere not traditionally cold and snowy. Thanks for the chuckle this morning Sheena!

Sandra said...

WOW, WOW, WOW, not only is this so awesomely coloured it is an absolutely hilarious image. I've never heard of Oz Claus nor Santa Oz, but I tell ya I am so laughing my butt of right now! I have always wondered what it would be like to spend Christmas somewhere not traditionally cold and snowy. Thanks for the chuckle this morning Sheena!

Lisa S. said...

Got a chuckle out of this fab Aussie Christmas card. Zoe has terrific images that are fun to play with and you've done an amazing job on coloring it. Thanks for joining us at The Squirrel and The Fox.

Vicky said...

Hi Sheena, what a great and colourful card. Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky this week

hugs Vicky xxx

Patricia said...

Oh Sheena, I needed a laugh today. This card is so darn cute! I always thought Santa's belly was big because of the cookies. So, he's regular people like the rest of us. LOL!

Anonymous said...

Awesome card! LOVE the colours and shading too! wicked, Thanks for Playing along with us this time at Top Tip Tuesday Challenge, Samantha :0)

Jacki Randolph said...

OMG!! This is absolutely adorable!!! Gorgeous coloring so bright and cheery! Thanks for sharing with us at Whimsy Inspirations Challenge

Bunny said...

This is lovely..Thank you for sharing with us at Dream Valley, and good luck.


Charlene said...

Love your aussie santa, super cute your card made me smile. What a terrific card. Thank you for creating and sharing with us at Whimsy.