Thought of the Week

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Cool Santa

I hope everyone is having a good week and getting all of their Christmas shopping and cards all done.  I have only about 15 more Christmas cards to go.  I really should get an earlier start on these cards, but I usually can't bring myself to do Christmas cards in the spring or summer.  And if I don't get them finished up, well I say Hallmark to the rescue.

If any of you live in the Colorado Springs area, I've been given the go ahead to begin teaching Copic Classes this spring and summer at the LSS.  I'm going to start with basic classes and then add more intermediate and advanced technique classes as the year progresses. It should be a fun adventure and one I'm looking forward to.

In between writing up the course descriptions, course manual and pulling material together, I'm getting some Christmas (and non-Christmas when I'm tired of Christmas) cards completed.

Isn't he just the coolest Steampunk Santa?  He's from Make it Crafty and is one of their new Christmas images.  I had a great time trying to figure out different colors and techniques for a snowy night sky.  I think it turned out pretty well, but there is always room for improvement.  Not a whole lot of room for many embellies due to the size of the image.  I used papers from Echo Park called Winter Park.  The sentiment and die cut is from MFT and the chipboard snowflake from MIC was done in white embossing powder.

Of course he was colored up with copics with a bit of polychromos tossed in for some deeper shading.  His watch and glasses received some glossy accents.


Thanks for stopping by and hope everyone has an enjoyable rest of their week.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Bearly Mine:  Santa is on his way
Loves Rubberstamps:  Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly:  Anything Goes
Oozak:  Anything Goes + Red
Tammy's Scrapin Corner:  Anything Christmas
One Stop Craft:  Christmas for Boys
Winter Wonderland:  Santa is coming to town

62 comments:

Ivonne said...

Beautiful card Shelby. I love that image, amazing coloring!! LPOVE LOVE LOVE it! Hugs, Ivonne

Chrissy said...

A wonderful Santa Shelby..fantasic colouring and thinking of moving to Colorado Springs....well, I'm not really, but wish I was so you teach me copic colouring..brilliant card.

luv CHRISSYxx

Is said...

WOW Shelby! Santa is really cool in this image but your coloring... AMAZING! Your students are going to be so lucky to have you as their teacher!
Great card!
Hugs from Spain

Deonna Bemish said...

Just Gorgeous! Your coloring is wonderful (as usual). Fantastic!!

Pat K said...

Fabulous card Shelby. Beautiful colouring of this great Santa and night sky. Congrats on your teaching post....lucky students. hugs,x

Jovan said...

OMG...AWESOME card! Your coloring is always AMAZING!

Donna Ellis said...

Shelby, what amazing coloring skills! Wow! beautifully shaded and great depth. Your card is beautiful with the pretty layers and lovely inside, too. I loved your thought for the week and have pinned it LOL

Carla S. said...

Wow! Fabulous card, Shelby! Amazing coloring, that's for sure! I will have to study it as I have yet to color up this image! I wish I lived close by so I could take your coloring classes!

Robin said...

This is magnificent! I so love your coloring! BTW the thought of the week is just too funny. Hugs, Robin

Anita said...

Wow, absolutely stunning. I always enjoy looking at your gorgeous cards and amazing coloring ;)

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Now why do you have to live so far away? I would love to take class after class from you and learn. I think your classes will be full in no time! This is so adorable. Love the great dp and of course, the fabulous coloring. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

Linda Palmer said...

This is a fantastic Santa and you colored him spectacular. I wish I lived in Colorado Springs, I would love to take your classes. Good luck with it. Love your Santa.

heidy said...

OOh I wish I was living in Colorado,than I definitely join you Shelby,your coloring is amazing!!!
This card is fabolous!!
Love it!!
XXX Heidy

Tracy said...

Damn I wished I lived closer. I would love to take a colouring class from you.
Nothing like that here.
Your card is so fun...that Santa is rockin' :)

Dangina Martinez said...

I'm with all of you. I wish I was near by. I would definitely love to learn a thing or 2 from you. Your card is stunning!Thank You for playing along at Loves Rubber Stamps Challenge. Good Luck and Tons of Hugs, Dangina

Kimberly S said...

Gorgeous coloring Shelby, Santa is looking his best. Love the sentiment too! hugs, Kimberly

Martinas Welt said...

I am speechless! Your colouring is amazing and especially the snowy nightsky is gorgeous!!!!!!
Martina

Caroline said...

WOW Shelby this is stunning your colouring of the image is perfect and I love the design and layout. I wish I lived near you for the colouring classes I could do with the classes. Caroline xxx

kbrandy4 said...

Absolutely awesome Shelby, love Zoe's Santa and your colouring is fantastic!!
Hugs Hazel xx

downrightcrafty said...

great creation and fabulous use of your Santa, stunning colouring, thank you for sharing it with us this week at the Winter Wonderland
Hugs Kate xx

Sue - bearhouse said...

WOW!!!!! That's a fabulous image Shelby and your colouring is absolutely amazing.

Hugs Sue

Stamps and Paper said...

Wow Shelby your colouring is awesome on this fabulous image, such a fabulous card

Anne

Vicky said...

OMG.....You are freaking kidding me......room for improvement?? Get outta here lassy my goodness this is just the most awesome card hun & def one of my faves. ITS FANTASTIC!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Bea und Doreen said...

gorgeous card Sgelby. The image is amazing
Big hugs
Doreen xx

rachel said...

wow - this is one cool santa - what a brilliant card! Fabulous xx

Dewi Lestari said...

Fabulous card. Love your coloring. Thanks for joining at One Stop Craft Challenge this week
Hugs
Dewi

Ira Huberts said...

Gosh this is unbelievably beautiful Shelby, told you before that your colouring skills are out of this world, bet you Santa will be good to you this year, lol! Awesome card!! Hugs, Ira xox
irascreacorner.blogspot.nl

Teresa Arsenault said...

So cute, Shelby. Love how you colored those bricks.
Blessing hugs,
Teresa

chrissy xx said...

What a 'corker'....LOve your image Shelby...FABulous colouring as always...LOve it.
Chrissyxx

Maria said...

Oh wow!!! What a COOL santa! Love those goggles, watch, and outfit! He's spectacular with perfect coloring! Great job...LOVE IT!

Lau W said...

Come in France, i would like to learn to color like youuuu !
Your card is so wonderful, so perfect sky, wow ! So cool Santa !
xxx

Desire Fourie said...

Beautifully crafted. Great design and attention to detail. Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Tammys Scrapin Corner. Good luck. Hugs Desíre {Tammys Scrapin Corner DT Member} {Doing Life - my personal blog}

Viv's Visuals said...

Amazing Santa image Shelby - he's fab! Great card. x

catherine said...

This is just so fantastic Shelby. Well done on the classes - here comes the colouring queen!! Super for you
x catherine

pinky said...

Oh wow Shelby this is just amazing!!

butterfly said...

Coolest Steampunk Santa - coolest colouring ever... if it's possible, you're getting better, Shelby!! Absolutely love this card - fantastic!
Alison x

Lizy said...

This is awesome Shelby! What amazing colouring and the sky looks just fab!
Lizy x

Athina said...

I wish I lived closer to Colorado. I just admire your work and would love to take a class with you. This card is just beautiful and the coloring is amazing! You rock!

Shanna Shands said...

Your coloring is just so beautiful. Thanks for playing along with LRS!

Jacqueline Smith said...

OMG what an awesome card, love the coloring and the details are so amazing! Thanks for playing with us at Loves Rubberstamps!

Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

Wow Shelby this is a beautiful card! I really loooove how you have colored him and really wish I lived closer to go and take your coloring classes :( Actually considering a move lol :D

Thanks for joining us as Tammy's Scrapin Corner this week. Hope to see you again next week. DT Crafting Vicky

Sandy said...

I wonder who he is going to go see. And it looks to me as if he had one too many beers at the local bar. Ho, Ho, Ho, Santa better go! Your coloring is always fantastic - you are a real pro Shelby. Now, about your sense of humor!!!!!
Happy Holiday!!
Sandy

Patricia St Martin said...

Shelby,
This is one of my favorite cards you have done. You have colored everything with a special touch. Just stunning.
Hugs, Patricia

Dora said...

This is fabulous Shelby, fantastic colouring as always. .. and well done on the classes.. they definitely know what they are doing :) Enjoy xxx

mags said...

This is a truly cool Santa and just love the whole card.
Mags
x

Laura Love said...

This is so beautiful! I love the rich colors you used! We do hope to move to CO someday and I wish I lived there to take your classes! Your coloring is gorgeous so it would be so fun! Thank you so much for playing along with us this week at Loves Rubberstamps!

Pia S said...

It's such a great Santa image and I think it's great you left him such a huge space on your card! The sky looks fantastic, fabulous coloring, Shelby!

Lisa M said...

I'm sitting here stumped for words to describe how marvelous this is. I can't believe you mastered snow drifts and "whispies" in the sky. It's magical the environment you've colored up for the COOLEST Steampunk Santa ever. ;)
Congrats to you on your new endeavor and I wish I lived there. Lucky crew who gets to learn from you. :)
hugs,
Dory Bird

Cheryl said...

Oh this is just the coolest Santa ever! You colored him beautifully. Totally fab card!

Grenouille Greetings said...

This is colour work to die for, Shelby! Stunning Santa, stunning scene and your sky is perfect! Love the paper choice too. It's a magnificent card! Hugs, Lesley

Debbie said...

Stunning card Shelby. Fabulous colouring. Thank you for joining us at Winter Wonderland.
Debbie x

kbrandy4 said...

Hi Shelby!! I'm back with my GDT hat on!! Stunning card, image and colours!! Thanks for joining us at Loves Rubber Stamps!!
Hugs Hazel xx

Eileen said...

Smiling here reading this post after the newest one. I think Colorado Springs is going to have a population explosion and you had better hold your classes in a stadium.
Another fabulously coloured great image. The sky looks so real. Amazing
Eileen x

Jill said...

gorgeous creation thanks for joining us at PTW hugs Jill xx

Ruza Rebel said...

OMG!!! This is so awesome!!! What a cool image you colored beautifully!!!
Congrats on teaching the Copic Classes! Wish I lived closer! ;)

julieprice3 said...

This is awesome, Beautifully coloured and created
Hugs Julie P

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

What a fantastic card you have made that fits in well with the Bearly Mine Challenge. Amazing. That Santa is brilliantly coloured. Thank you for entering and best wishes in the draw. Kym (Bearly Mine Challenge Blog Design Team)

Ellen said...

I would love to take one of your classes. Can you come to Canada!!
Your Santa is very cool! It's amazing how you captured the atmospheric cold temperature!!! Outstanding coloring!

Jackie said...

Totally stunning colouring. (so jealous)... gorgeous. fabby image and card. Thank you for joining us at BearlyMine Challenges this week. Jackie GD x

Tina46 Kreativblog said...

wonderful coole christmas card !!! Thanks for joining in our EAC challenge.
big hugs
Tina46

Kathi said...

Congrats on your decision to teach Copic classes. I'm sure they'll be a big hit and that you'll develop a following.

Your card is fabulous with your usual wonderful coloring and design!

Crafty Cath said...

Hey Shelby - LOVE this card - your coloring is fantastic! Santa was a perfect choice for the add red Oozak December challenge - glad you could play along.

PS - I spent a week in Colorado Springs this summer and couldn't resist a trip to Archivers and Simple Pleasures. Good Luck with your copic classes!

 
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