Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Happy Hanukkah!

This is my Judith picking her way on TOP of the overhead fencing on my chicken yard to be with me while I take care of my chickens.  Doesn't she look like a wild cat with her puffy wintertime  coat?  She's actually quite small and very sweet.

Hi, Friends.....

Well, I don't know about you, but December activities and recuperating from November activities drained my mojo and so I have done very little crafting this month. Good thing I sent hardly any Christmas cards last year or I wouldn't have had any leftover ones to send this year!! Ha. I really need to do better next year. Now that it is close to Christmas, I am finally in the mood to make (next year's) holiday cards!! lol...

I have a Hanukkah card to share with you today. My next-door neighbor is a dear Jewish gentleman and it is fun to have a chance to help celebrate his holidays. I used a free digi image from Michael Strong at The Born Doodler. He has a new menorah image for free download on his blog right now, but I used one from last year. (Thanks, Michael!!)

My gold Star of David is from a kit my daughter found at our local thrift store and put in my stocking last year. I had lost track of it and found it the other day!  It had been a deep fuchsia color, but I wanted it gold so I colored over it with my gold Elmer's - Painters Marker. I colored my menorah with a gold Pilot extra-fine tip marker and my ultra-fine tip Sharpie markers. (My regular Spectrum Noirs were not fine enough for the tiny little spaces on this design.) I covered the card base with very shiny blue foil cardstock and attached the menorah with dimensional foam squares over the star. I finished it off with some shimmery gold twine.

INSIDE:  The sentiment is from A Creative Journey with Melissa - Fall and Winter Holiday Sentiments stamp set.

Hope you enjoyed this shiny and shimmery card!! It was fun to have a good excuse to use my foiled cardstock.....which I hoard and only peek lovingly at every few months! :)

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. All Sorts Challenge Week 394/395 Blue Bingo
(I used Blue and Yellow, Dimension, and No Designer Papers)
2. Little Red Wagon Challenge #373 - Follow the Star!
3. The Male Room Challenge #50 - Winter/December Celebrations (must be masculine)
4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make it Sparkle
5. Cards in Envy - Celebrate the Season (cards only)
6. DL.Art Thankful Thursday Challenge #194 - Winter Holiday
7. DL.Art December Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
8. Little Scrap Pieces Show-it-Off Saturday Linky Party - Anything Goes


aussie aNNie said...

Your creation is beautiful and thank you for entering our challenge theme of"Blue Bingo", at Allsorts Challenges, do hope to see you again. ♥
[aNNie DT for Allsorts Challenges]

Alison59 said...

Ha ha cats escaping- canny creatures!

Lovely card :-)

Jane said...

Wonderful strong vibrant colours and great to see a Hanukkah card in the gallery. Thanks for playing at TMR.

ike said...

Very cool :-) We are lucky to have Hanukkah near to Xmas again this year :-) Greetings to you too xx

Teresa Doyle said...

This is lovely Janis and so thoughtful of you. I am sure your neighbour will appreciate that.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Davi said...

Love your Kitty pic Janis! Your Hanukkah card is Very pretty and perfect your your neighbor. Im sure he will be blessed by your sweet thoughtfulness :) Wishing you and your family a Merry Merry Christmas!!

Donna Ellis said...

It's a beautiful Hanukkah card, with the lovely, meaningful symbols on the front, reminding us of a miracle and the beautiful of faith. Just a brief not to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas, and to thank you for your on-line friendship. I hope that 2017 is especially good to you, and that the promise of new beginnings creates wonderful journeys! hugs, de

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Great photo of Judith. I remember when I had indoor/outdoor cats and they would get these outrageously puffy coats. They are now pampered indoor only cats and get thicker coats but not like before.

Anyway, love the rich colors in your card. It's very lovely.

Kathleen said...

Lovely card and great images and how nice to make it especially for your neighbour.
Thank you for joining our 'Blue Bing' challenge at Allsorts.


Kim Heggins said...

Beautiful card!

Carole said...

Gorgeous Hanukkah card, Janis - your neighbour is sure to love it. Love the photo of your kitty. Have a wonderful Christmas. x

KT Fit Kitty said...

Beautiful card, Janis, and your Judith is a gorgeous girl! Wishing you much joy and many blessings over the holidays!

Fiki said...

wonderful card!
Merry Christmas!

Kate - Small Bits of Paper said...

This is such a pretty card! The Star of David from your daughter is just perfect with the menorah image. I'm sure your neighbour will be delighted with this!

Barb said...

Just popping by to wish you and your family a Ver Happy Christmas Janis.

Your card is a beauty. Barbxx

D.Ann C said...

LOVE Judith's markings and yes, she DOES look like a wild cat!! Gorgeous!!

Sandy Mork said...

This is beautiful, your neighbor will love it! Thank you for sharing with us at LRW?

katieo said...

I love all of the element ion this special card you made or your neighbor. I bet he loved it. Thank you or joining the DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything goes Linky Challenge

Teresa Kline said...

hello! such a pretty card, luv the bold colors! I am so glad you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

blog-paperie blooms

sparkle & shine, kindness *~*

brenda said...

It's a super creation for our bingo grid theme and a lovely Menorah image, many thanks for joining us at Allsorts challenge.

B x

Karenladd said...

How did I miss so many of your blog posts and cards, yikes! I guess I've been in a holiday crafting fog for weeks. Anyway, things are back to normal (such as they are) and I can now browse the gallery. What a great way to customize that pre-made star of David with the paint pens. I have a few paint pens in gold and silver but have never even thought to use them this way. How fortunate to have access to all the craft tips and hints from fellow crafters to spark my imagination! This is just beautiful, and so elegant

wendipooh13 said...

stunning card, and love the gold!!! great holiday card!!! thanks for playing with Cards in Envy!!!