Monday, October 3, 2011

Poker Christmas

I wanted to write a quick post to join in the Moxie Fab World Card Play Challenge.

When I was about 8, my grandparents taught me how to play poker. They never went to casinos or were gamblers, but they had grown up in the pre-Depression-era playing card games and wanted to share all of the fun poker games.  Every time I visited, we played for several hours a day (for money, no less), and I learned a lot! Playing was all fun, and I'm sure my grandfather folded good hands on a few occasions to let me win. Although I never play anymore, I have very fond memories of playing cards with them. Sorry to ramble on!

I inked up my Unity Suzi Blu stamp again to make a card based on playing cards:


Her dress is (obviously) made from a playing card, and the heart in her hand is fussy cut from the five of hearts. In the stamp, she's holding flowers in her right hand, so I masked the flowers to only show her hand.  Otherwise, I just paper pieced the rest of her outfit and colored her with Copics and colored pencils. Here's a close-up of Suzi:


Very stylish! I wish I could wear her outfit!

I went back and forth on the sentiment, but I really liked this one from Waltzingmouse Stamps. It's a little quirky for a Christmas card, but I'm the type of person who likes a little quirkiness now and then (okay, maybe all of the time).

Once I finished the front, I liked it so much, I decided I would frame it for Christmas decor. Of course, I realized after I had cut the front panel that it's a non-traditional size and will require a mat. I wish I would think of these things in advance--ha ha!

Thanks for looking! Have a great day!

23 comments:

  1. She is fabulous Jocelyn! Love how you've used a playing card to create her dress, that's sooo Moxie Fab! I remember playing 500 with my grandparents... very serious stuff for a 10 year old!

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  2. perfect take on the challenge Jocelyn! love it!

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  3. Eeeek! love her! what a fabulously creative idea! totally moxie fab.

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  4. Wow this is just so cute and very creative...great take..

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  5. Jocelyn, this is so awesome! Love the shading, and the whole idea - the sentiment tied in, the funky-ness, the fact that it's the coolest Christmas card...and the fact that you forgot to think ahead and make it a frame-able size. I never remember that either :)

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  6. Hey Jocelyn! Thanks for linking this up to the Card Play Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

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  7. I happen to really really like reading stories on people blogs, so if it were me that were only reading your blog, please, ramble on more! I also happen to love this unconventional holiday car. It is perfect. The sentiment is perfect. Her dress is clever. I just like it all really.

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  8. I'm with Karen in the story department - the more rambling the better! Loved your story and it reminded me of playing gin with my grandma. :) Great memories!

    And great card! Love the dress and your colouring is awesome - I can never get skin tones right but you rocked her!

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  9. Thanks for the memories! My grandmother taught me a lot of card games, too -- of course, she was known as a card shark, and I don't think ever let me win. :P
    This card totally grabs the eye right away -- I love it! Brilliant to paper-piece her dress with a playing card. So fabulous, Jocelyn.

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  10. I love this card Jocelyn!!! hugs...xoxo

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  11. The way you incorporated the playing card into the dress is FABULOUS and so CREATIVE! Oh the life lessons we learn from our grandparents. LOL!

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  12. Love this card, Jocelyn!! The girl is so sweet and love her playing card dress & the heart she's holding. Great card!!

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  13. What a sweet story and a cool way to spend time with your grandparents!!

    This card is fantastic. I love that her dress is pieced froma plyaing card. :) So cool!

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  14. I love the different ways you use this stamp! You're so talented!!!

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  15. Thanks for sharing such a cute story! Fabulous use of a playing card and I love the story to go with! She is one cute mod chic! Love her! On my wish list! You are making me want her more and more! THANKS A LOT!!! Hugs!

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  16. Way to rock the Suzi Blu! And, no, I totally didn't realize her dress was a playing card but once you mentioned it that is so cool! I like that sentiment, too, although you're right, it is kind of an odd thing to put on a card. :)

    (ps-I would think most corgi owners would be used to overzealous fans. Especially if it was A BABY CORGI!! I'm getting puppy fever just thinking about it...)

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  17. Hey blondie, I LOVE your playing card dress. Just love it!! What a cute sentiment to go along with this fabulous Suzi Blu.

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  18. She is utterly utterly DARLING!!!!!!

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  19. I have a Jack of diamonds card sittig on my desk. I was going to put it on a layout about my handy man husband as some sort of "jack of all trades" thing. But it didn't end up matching. This is such a pretty card.

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  20. You pieced her dress. With a playing card!! Genius. I love the "hearts" theme elsewhere too -- it's just my kind of quirky :)

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