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Saturday, 15 September 2012

Sketch Saturday #225 - 'Twas the night before Christmas

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One of my absolute favourite stories of ALL time is "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" by Clement Clarke Moore.  We had a really tall shaped version of the book when we were children and it was read to us year in year out.  My 30 something year old niece still receives a call from my brother (her Dad) every Christmas Eve so that he can read it out to her and as she now has a baby of her own, I suspect the tradition will continue in her household the same as it continues in many homes.
This wonderful Magnolia Santa with Sack, reminds me so much of the Santa pictures from our old book.  I coloured parts of him with my Copics but his red suit and mittens are in fact paper pieced with a red and then shaded with Copics and I have paper pieced some of his parcels in scraps from my drawers.  

The background stamp is a Cover a Card stamp by Obsession Impression.  I love it!  It contains the whole of the poem on one 6x6 stamp but it didn't stamp very well on my DCWV brown mount.  I don't mind actually.  I think it adds a vaguely vintagey feel.   The spotty paper is Recollections from the Naughty or Nice stack and I added a little spotty ribbon.  Obviously I rotated the sketch too!
Please drop by my teamies' blogs and share some love and then come along and play with us this week.

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
"Christmas in September"   with Midweek Magnolias #28, and Cute Card Thursday #234;
"Starting Christmas Early" with Stampin for the Weekend  #17;
"Anything Goes" with Simply Magnolia 
and "Use your Favourite Stamp" with Totally Paper Crafts #134


Deb said...

totally gorgeous Lesley and fantastic colouring of the Santa!
have a great weekend, Debxx

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness Lesley, this is sooo adorable!! Love the "fur" trimming and what a gorgeous take on the sketch!! Hope you have a lovely weekend friend! HUGS

Céline said...

Hi Lesley!
fab fab card, love this cute santa! amazing coloring!

coops said...

so gorgeous lesley.he is a stunning santa and i love your coloring ;D

xx coops xx

Julie said...

This is just lovely! We've already worn out one copy of the Night Before Christmas in out house as our children love it so much!

Thanks for joining us at Stampin' For the Weekend for our Starting Christmas Early challenge!

Julie x

Tracy said...

He's fabulous Lesley! I love the vintage feel and your coloring looks amazing. Another great sketch too! Hugs!

debby4000 said...

Love your Santa card is fabulous.
It was brilliant to meet you today and we should really do it again.

Marianne said...

Lovely christmascard and great colouring.
Hugs, Marianne

Faye said...

What a lovely post to read. I'm going to buy that book for Sweet Cheeks this year. :) Loving the papers you've used and put together and your colouring is outstanding.

You know all those pretty cards I've been making that could be used for that thing I don't talk about until 23 December? All gone... for display purposes!! Current Tally - 0!


Steph said...

What a gorgeous Christmas card. I absolutely adore that image! x

Mrs A. said...

Totally brilliant paper piecing gone on here. His suit looks fantastic. Love those boots too in fact the whole image is great. Hugs Mrs a.

inge said...

Beautiful christmascard, thanks for joining us at Simply Magnolia.

XX Inge

mixamatoasties said...

Gorgeous card Lesley. Colouring is fab. Making me feel guilty with a Christmas card too!!

Susan x

Jules said...

Hi Lesley

I love this very much!!

One of my favourite Santa images .. and you have made him look amazing.. and I love your background stamp too!!

A brilliant finished look.

Thanks for your encouraging comments for my Sister too. She is so excited at the moment I think she is due to burst!! LOL!!!

Hope you are having a good week.

Love Jules xx

Julie said...

Wonderful card, Lesley! Such a great Santa and coloured beautifully , especialy his sack! Love the script back ground and the overlaid sentiment - such a lovely family memory too! Hugs, Juliexx

Penni said...

I love this card. Your colouring is amazing.

Thanks for joining us at Midweek Magnolias for our Christmas in September Challenge.


Heather said...

Hi Lesley, your card is adorable - I love the old Magnolia Santa and such stunning colouing. I love your fabulous papers.

Heather xx

Vicky said...

Hi sweetie I'm running really behind again, yea as usual lol.
This is gorgeous hun love this image. I used to read this story to my eldest every christmas eve when he was little it was tradition, he loved it.

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Shelby said...

The clean layout works beautifully with this fantastic image and shows off your fantastic coloring wonderfully.


Bella´s Bastelecke said...

Gorgeous card, sweetie and I love the image you have used…


Turtle In The Sand said...

Loving Santa's brown sack. Beautifully colored. Good idea to use paper-piecing too. Great dimension.