Card for Santa’s Friend and Christmas Projects from Whimsy Retreat!🎅

Hello there friends!  I hope that you enjoyed Thanksgiving Day for those of you that celebrate.  It’s difficult not being able to celebrate the holiday in the usual way with sitting at the table with family and I really miss them all so much and look forward to being able to hug them tightly in the future.  I did have a nice dinner with hubby and we stuffed ourselves, also enjoyed spending time with each other.

After Thanksgiving comes the “Black Friday” shopping which I don’t go out and do in the department stores anyway let alone during this time, but I do enjoy taking advantage of deals online!  Did you shop any sales or plan to this weekend?

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Today I have a Christmas card that I’ve made for a very special individual with Down Syndrome.  He has a very weakened immune system and is unable to go out and visit Santa like he usually does (6 times at least each year)!  Santa is his friend and he doesn’t understand why he can’t see him and thinks he’s been “bad” this year.😥  Although he is an adult in age, he doesn’t understand with his mental handicap and his mother has asked if people would help in sending a Christmas card to him.  Of course THIS is the reason I love making cards!  CLICK HERE to read about the article in the newspaper if you’d like to send one to him too.  Here’s the card I made for Danny:

**Edited to add Danny’s mailing address as I’ve been contacted about some not being able to access the link to the newspaper article:

  • Danny Moreland
  • 2701 N. Prospect Road
  • Peoria, IL  61603
  • USA

I was trying to go through all of my stamps that had a Santa and the first one that came to my mind was this older Stampin’ Up! stamp set called “Jolly Old Saint Nick” and it’s one of my favorite images for a Santa!  I love how he’s got that “wink” going!

I colored him up with Copic markers and cut it out with a stitched round rectangle die and then layered it over a piece of red mirror cardstock that was cut with a rounder punch.  For the design of this card, I’ve used a current sketch challenge (see below this post).  I found some festive papers in my stash and cut the strips that I rounded the corners on with the punch as well.  For the middle strip, I used some more of the red mirror cardstock and ran it through a brick embossing folder before attaching it to the other pieces.  I layered them over a white A2 sized side folding card base that I also rounded the corners on as well.

For the sentiment, which also came from the same stamp set, I heat embossed it with Brutus Monroe Christmas Eve EP over a piece of white cardstock and cut it out with a banner die and cut off the edge of the card.

Here’s a closer look at Santa and how I’ve colored him in.  I couldn’t resist giving him white highlights on his cheeks with a gel pen.  You can see the beautiful mirror effect with that embossed middle strip as well as the pretty sparkle in the sentiment from that EP I mentioned above.

And of course I wanted to make the outside envelope that it’s getting mailed in just as fun!  I took a diagonal striped stencil and inked it up with red ink along the bottom on both sides.  I also had a fun “Postal Christmas” stamp set (unknown) and stamped a few of those all over the envelope in red and green inks.  I sure hope that he enjoys this card and helps to bring a smile to let him know that Santa KNOWS he’s been good!😉


I had also told you in a previous post that I was still working on projects from the Whimsy Stamps Virtual Workshop that I participated in during October…well I’ve just been slowly enjoying completing them as I go and I saved the Christmas projects for last for this reason! LOL!  I’m getting closer to finishing up all of those projects!  (Only 3-4 left to do I think!)  For now…here’s some Christmas projects from the retreat:

This was for kit 8. What’s fun about this card is that there is an action wobbler behind the pile of treats she’s holding! I had fun coloring her up and I couldn’t stop playing with the wobbler! LOL! PS: This is a good reminder for the {Cupcake Inspirations} challenge too!😋😉
This was for kit 13. I slightly changed up the card, but not much. I actually made a shaker with the jar and put some acetate behind it and then I also added a tag and silver ribbon at the top of the jar. I paper pieced the fairy’s gift box instead of coloring the strips too. I love the colors in this one!
This slimline card was for kit 17. All of the dies were actually really fun to color and arrange to create a scene with. I didn’t change things up too much with this one other than covering the bottom snow with glitter and then adding a sentiment onto the bottom of the frame. I splattered the sky with white paint instead of using a white gel pen.
And this fun bookmark was for kit 18. The ink blended colors were similar to the above card, but I colored in the letters with a white pencil and then used a gel pen to trace around the letters. I white heat embossed some snowflakes and added doodles with gel pens as well as pearl drops. I also added some tinsel ribbon to go along with the twine given. I might use this as a tag…not sure yet.

That was a rather long post!  I’m a bit behind and trying to catch up with my projects, posting right now.  I hope that you’ve enjoyed my projects today and have been inspired to get some festive projects going!  I’ll be back very soon with another project and challenge reminder soon!

Challenges for Santa card only:

  1.  Try Stampin’ On Tuesday – Sketch
  2. Creative Moments – Anything Goes
  3. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2047 Anything Goes
  4. Always Fun – #190 Inspired On a Movie (“The Santa Clause” starring Tim Allen)
  5. Sweet Stampers – #50 Christmas
  6. The House That Stamps Built – N2520 Anything Goes
  7. Sweet Stampin’ – Spots or Stripes
  8. Christmas 24 – #22 Santa Claus 

33 thoughts on “Card for Santa’s Friend and Christmas Projects from Whimsy Retreat!🎅

  1. Holy cow, you have been BUSY! I love the story of your young man, and will get a Santa card off to him early next week. It must be so difficult for folks like him to understand – I know it’s tough for our 2, 4, and 6 year old ‘grands’. These are all amazing – can’t choose a favorite, I love them all! But that shiny center strip under that sweet Santa has me smiling! Great job, dear friend!

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  2. Your Santa card for Danny is fabulous, he will be happy, like all your other cards too, you have been busy! I did the same as you, online shopping, it is so easy having things mailed or doing curbside pickup! Take care!

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  3. The card you made or Danny is fabulous- love that Santa. How sad that he thinks he can’t see ‘Santa’ this year is because he’s been ‘bad’. I’m adding him to my Christmas card list, maybe, if he gets lots of cards from around the world it will make up a little for his disappointment at not seeing his magical friend this year.!
    Your other cards are gorgeous too.
    Thank you for playing along at Sweet Stampin.
    Chris
    x

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  4. What a beautiful cause Vicki, so lovely and what a wonderful selection of cards, I love the little scene with the horses and a stunning shaker, the little girl with the tray of goodies, so pretty, and I love Santa for Danny..gorgoeus.

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  5. You are an amazing person Vicki I hope Danny receives cards from all your followers and has a wonderful Christmas,Love the card you made for him the Santa image is fabulous. A beautiful selection from your workshop too

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  6. Such a cute Santa, I’m sure that’s the one that use to visit me! Lol, yes! I still believe!

    I love those Whimsy images too and cannot pick a favourite but love the colour shading with the Slimline Christmas card. TFS.

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  7. What a cute and fun card you’ve made for Danny! I too love that winking Santa and the envelope is awesome too! He’s going to love it! All of your other cards are so pretty and I just love that tag! You’ve been busy and I’m glad you shared everything with us. No shopping for me this weekend – I don’t need anything more in this craft room or else I might have to move! LOL Have a great weekend!

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  8. All your cards are beautiful but I love the Santa card which was beautifully colored. Thanks for playing along with us at PIP Challenges.

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  9. I love all your cards. I’ll be working on a card to send to Danny. The story just made me cry. I can’t imagine how hard it must be not only not being able to see you “best friend”, but to think it’s because you think you’ve been bad. :(. I hope he gets a lot of cards to brighten up his holiday.

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  10. I love your Santa card – he really is a jolly chap!! I’m sure Danny will be thrilled to get this card. Thanks so much for joining in with Christmas 24 Challenge. Deborah, DT.
    PS – All your cards are fab!

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  11. Busy busy and inky stamper you are – love all of the cards you posted – especially the Santa one for Danny, I’m going to get one in the mail this week. No wonder you didn’t have time to go shopping!!! Just kidding – hubby went one place to get a toy for grandson and that was it. He said it was crazy out there. The rest of the shopping will be done “small business local” and online.

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  12. Oh what a fun Santa card Vicki, Danny is going to love it!! The other creations are gorgeous, I especially love the fun shaker card with the non-traditional Christmas colors, so cute!
    Hugs, Tammy

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  13. Danny will LOVE your card, Vickie! You did a fantastic job of coloring him! Thank you for sharing Danny’ story and your beautiful card with us at Try Stampin’ on Tuesday!!! -Donna

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  14. Love this, Vicki – a perfect Santa fro a perfect occasion, and I LOVE your background stripe! How clever to include the brick embossing! Thanks so much for playing at TSOT!

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  15. Such a lovely and cute christmas card.
    Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers and i hope to see you again.
    Hugs
    Kuni

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  16. Aww, bless his heart. Love your Santa card and he will too. You have been a busy girl with the other wonderful cards you showed. I also shopped on line, but it is a pain, but don’t want to be in the stores any more than necessary. Great work, Vicki

    Hugs
    Sue

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  17. What an awesome parade of Christmas delight!! Your fabulous creations certainly fills my heart with the Christmas spirit, Vicki. My card for Danny will be in today’s mail! It won’t be as cute as yours, that’s for sure!

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  18. Wow, what an amazing array of cards! Loving the Santa one, such a shame the young man can’t see Santa this year but I’m sure he’ll love the card – perfect 😀. Your joy to the world slimline card caught my eye, the colours are gorgeous and I love the wintery scene that you created! Take care! Hugs, Jo x

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  19. You are such a caring, awesome soul, Vicki. Thank you for helping to make Danny’s Christmas brighter and merrier, as well as for encouraging others to do the same.

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

    PS: Thoroughly marvellous holiday cards one and all!

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  20. What a gorgeous collection of cards!! Your Santa card is so cute and your coloring is fabulous!! And what a sweet story to go along with it. I hope your young friend feels cheered up by the card he receives. Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

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  21. Oh Vicki! Bless your beautiful heart! I’ll bet that absolutely makes his Christmas! I won’t be able to get anything in time to him for Christmas, but I’ll bet there’s a whole lot of local crafter’s who will! What a gorgeous idea and your creation is absolutely perfect! LOVE all your Whimsy creations too hun, what a stunning line up! So wish I’d been able to do it, next year finger’s crossed. Hugs, Wends xoxo

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  22. You matched all the patterned papers brilliantly. I have an anti-talent in this matter. Your card looks brilliant, just like the other cards. WOW, so many lovely cards
    xx

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