I never fail of tiring of participating in the Phindy's Place Challenges on the Challenge blog. I especially like the fact that if you use a Phindy Image in your creation, you get two entries in the challenge, and that you can enter more than one creation. I always have at least two ideas for card creations for most challenges and sometimes, I find myself having a hard time limiting myself to 3 choices. Phindy's images are just so REAL to me. Just go out and check the Phindy's Place Store and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about.
When I was picking papers for my first challenge card, I came across this digital paper from a kit called Ho-Ho-Ho designed for Pickleberry Pop by CRK. When I saw the musical note paper, I KNEW exactly which image I was going to use. She's called "Sweet Carol", and she brings back such sweet memories of my childhood as well as my children's. Can't you remember the Children's Christmas program from church where you were dressed in a white choir robe with the gold trim, the wings and the gold halo that refused to sit straight on your head(just making the performance that much more adorable). There's little coloring to her, but what there is is done with Copics. I added gold glitter for her robe and halo and then clear glitter for her wings.
The sentiment was created in Make the Cut and exported as a JPG file. I LOVE this program, that was primarily designed to be used with die cutting machines, but Andy has made it so much more versatile than that. The best thing is that it allows me to open tons of fonts without putting them into my Windows Fonts folder and slowing down my machine. Sometimes it's just so much faster for me than Photoshop.