Sunday, August 5, 2012

Santa Chillaxing...

Ohhh, blistering's so hot outside! How hot is it you ask?
It's so hot...Today I saw two trees fighting over a dog!
It's so could fry an egg on a ice cube!
It's so hot...I saw Optimus Prime transform into an air conditioner!
It's so hot...people are baking cookies on their dashboards!
It's so hot...birds are using potholders to pull worms out of the ground!
But never fear, I've peeked into the forecast and it's supposed to be in the chilly 80's next week!!! 
Until then, I just have to live vicariously through cool thoughts and that very thing helped me create this card for our current linky party at
Santa Baby Chillaxing
 This handsome bathing suit Santa is from our sponsor
Bugaboo called, Tropical Santa (the antlers are another stamp I've added just for fun)
 The background sky and water have been painted with acrylics and highlighted with Derwent watercolor pencils and gesso touched for white caps on the waves.
The beach ball and jet ski are stamps from ArtStamp
A little close-up of the jolly fellow himself who is laying on the sandpaper sand.

Hope you've enjoyed the card and we would love for you to submit your talent and creativity with us for another wonderful week of sharing at
Before you go, I'll leave you with the my
(I swear I'm going to have a nervous breakdown one of these days just trying to pick ONE!)
But here it is...

At this point, my brain has pretty much turned to mush from the overload of gorgeousness.  I'm not sure any words I have would be fitting enough to describe how pretty I think this is!
These are only a few of the display pictures. To see more, click here.

Well that about wraps it up for me.
I hope you all have a great week coming up and can spare some time to link up with us at
Hugs n' Happy Stamping...
Before you leave, please notice the donation jar...all cool weather deposits are welcome!!!
Lisa xx


Sandy said...

Love your Santa with his sparkles, very cute. Really like his surfboards, made me smile. Your pick is awesome, I'm off to take a closer peek. Sandy :)

Rene said...

Oh my, he does look cool but, I'm sorry, you lost me when you mentioned people are making cookies on their dashboards? Are they leaving their cars unlocked??? ;D
Ahhh, 80s...I may have to get my sweater out!
Rene ;D

loz said...

Fantastic card Lisa..Loz

Shirley-Anne said...

OH , Lisa you are a comic! Just love reading your posts .
Fabulous , fantastic and fun card from you .Love all the quirky bits therein .
Amazing POTW , well worth a look .

Starr said...

You've made my day! I love your card, very "cool" on an 80+ temp day! Thanks for choosing my calendar as POTW. I ship it to my friend tomorrow, hope she likes it!

Alyce Kit and Clowder said...

BAHAHAH!! Optimus prime into an airconditioner!! heheheh. I'll have to tell jon that when he gets home he'll have a giggle ;) Love the scene you have created! Awesome work on the sky and that santa rocks :)

Chrissy said...

Fabulous card Lisa, and the sentiment tells it the sandpaper sand, although a bit rough for Santa!!.
Love your POTW just gorgeous..


Unknown said...

Очень красивые работы :)))

Turtle In The Sand said...

This is one great beach card Lisa. Love Love Love the sentiment.

Desire Fourie said...

So beautiful and true to your creative style, Lisa. Everything works together perfectly. Love your picks as well.
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lalkygirl said...

hi lisa...firstly i have to thank you for the fabby comments you leave for me...they are so wonderful and it is so kind of you to do so
I adore this santa card the surfboards and the sentiment is a hoot...
The SU papers that i used on my DT card are 12x12 and are called beau chateau and they are on page 81 of the current catologue...they are so pretty and shabby chic looking ...
thanks again and happy crafting
tracey x

Michelle said...

Ok, it's been 10 minutes now and the uncontrollable laughter has subsided and the side splitting pain in my ribs in down to a dull ache now so I think I can comment on your card!!

(have you considered stand up comedy? Just asking......)

Love your card, you always go the extra mile with the fab little details and that is what gives your cards the WOW factor.

Santa looks like he is just chillin here in Far North Queensland during our winter before the madness of Christmas begins (which can I just say is only 140 days, 16 hours and 20 minutes away as I type this.....just so you know, lol).

You have picked a stunner of a project this week as your POTW. Wow, crazy awesome creation, I'm just in awe of this lovely lady's talent.

Michelle :o)

NancyD said...

This is just an amazing little Christmas creation Lisa! I love all your details and the thought behind it. NancyD

Meihsia Liu said...

This is such a fun and fabulous card! Love the cute Santa, layered beach and dimensional tree. Plus and sentiment is just so funny. My daughter told me if she gave someone this card, the person probably would think she doesn't like her.... LOL...

Scrumplescrunch said...

Hello Q
What a fabulous Santa, very cute and funny, but I am also very very impressed with the watercolour background, you have made a card into a story,and using the torn layers for the sand adds wonderful dimension, the stand-up surf boards are a colourful touch, it is wonderfully unique as usual..... I have not started my Christmas cards yet!

Words and Pictures said...

Wow - your sky and sea are amazing! Great card... and super pick too.
Alison x

Holly Young said...

oh what a hilariously fun card! The sentiment made me laugh out loud! Love it!

Sandy said...

I don't know how many people get to you before I do - but you know what they say about us Southerners. "we be slow!" Now am I seeing things or is this Santa's face on the green side? I love your painted back ground - very nice young lady!!!!

Marjorie said...

Hi hunnie...well what can I say!!! You are have made a stunning card with this lovely image of Santa:)...and I am going to have a smile on my face all day with your little sayings... I love the tree and dogs..and the potholder for those do you think of these fabulous things!!!
and your Pick for this week is well..just stunning!
Have a great week hun...I'm off to work again now lol!!
Big hugs,

Mitralee said...

Sandy!!! Santa is wearing shades so he doesn't get his eye balls burnt!!!

OH how funny. Love him. Looks like he spends a wee bit of time on the beach because he is not as pale as I thought he might be....must be Mrs. Claus isn't after him with the spf...

Unknown said...

See what I mean? Told ya! hehehe Well my jaw is getting better every day but now I'm gonna have to go to the eye doctor. The strain on my eyes from peering into the ocean has given me the worst headache and I think I need glasses. LOL All jokes aside your creative muse is on a roll. Or is she like Stella and just found her groove. Either way, I always find the artistic expression here refreshing and the humor hysterical. Now about stand up comedy...
I saw your POTW at TTT and this gal blew me away. What an awesome project and great call by you. :)
As Ahhhnold would say COOL OFF and I hope you do. ;)
Big Hugs,

Tammy said...

Your post is an absolute hoot! Never knew there were so many "it's so hot" sayings! Your card is fantastic and so many elements to enjoy! Gotta love Santa regardless where he's lounging!

Lori said...

Oh, my gosh - 80s! I'm beyond jealous!! That Santa is adorable and the sky is fabulous - so glad you described how you did it! Darling and funny!

Tracy said...

LMBO I am going to have to jot those down for future reference. Thanks for the huge chuckle this morning Lisa. Great way to start a busy day.
Your ray catchin' Santa is awesome. Each and every element you've combined to make his scene is so fun and creative. I think they need to set up a tour of your brain at the next CHA. :-) Have a great one Twang!

Lynn B. said...

Hi Sweetheart! You're the best! I get your blog sent to my email inbox each time you post, so I don't come here to comment anywhere near as often as I should. I'm sorry. Truly I am! I love all of your creations, always, despite my rude silence. Thanks for commenting on my cards over at STV. You're too kind. I value your feedback more than anyone elses. I know I'll never even approach making cards as beautifully as you do, but I keep reaching for that goal. Huge hugs!

Mary J said...

Fantastic Lisa! Your cards always bring a smile to my face and this one is no exception! Gorgeous sky and love the sand!!!

Anonymous said...

omg! i NEAR SPAT MY COFFEE OUT! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Brilliant card Lisa and love that sentiment theehhehee You really made a happy day AWESOME! thanks hunny what fun! hugs me xx

Shelby said...

That's some serious heat. Y'all are going to have to pull out your mittens and hats for the chilly 80s next week!
Awesome card Dory! Love your painting of the background and the shimmery stuff is fantastic. His beard is amazing as well.
Stay cool


Margaret said...

Beaches!! hehehe! Who knew Santa was a surfer?! Makes sense that he'd be a nature thrill seeker with the whole zooming around the world in a sled pulled by reindeer! But seriously, this is one fantastic card! The sky is gorgeous and I love the sandy beach! Still LOL at the sentiment!!
Fantastic PotW too! Gorgeous!!
Baking cookies on dashboards... hmmm... wonder if that would work... Would make for a great after school snack!

Merry said...

Lisa, I just had to come and say thank you for such lovely comments on my blog. I hope you do get the chance to try out the origami flowers and vase. Now I get an even better look at your santa card and there is so much detail. Amazing.

Dr Sonia S V said...

Lisa your Santa scene is simply super cute and love the pick of your week!

Sandy said...

Oh, for a dip in the deep blue sea!!!
A stunning background for chillin" santa, Love the sandpaper "sand" and the fab surfboards and great sentiment. So funny.
What a fab POTW too, lovely vintage piece and co-ordinated box. Congrats to Starr.
Sandy :)

Jeanne J. said...

I can't believe I am so behind - your chilly 80's have probably come and gone... do you ever sleep? Had to see what you've been up to - love your sweet Santa and the funny sentiment - bet you are the "cool mom"! Love the glittery glasses too - Santa on vacation - what a hoot!