Sunday, January 26, 2014

Let It Snow Card 2014

This winter has certainly been one that I have been wishing for a  long time in light of the very mild winters we've had for the last few years.  While the cold and snow isn't what most people enjoy, I love it!  Last Tuesday, we had just shy of 15 inches of snow; and yesterday, we got about another 3 inches.  So, this winter is living up to what it's supposed to be.  A lot of people get the winter blues but I tend to feel that way in the summer.

 With the cold and snow to inspire me, I set about to start making cards for next Christmas in an effort to have enough on hand when I need them.  It was a mad rush trying to get enough made to send out this past Christmas, so I hope to be ahead of it when the time comes.  The stamped snowman image from Inkadinkado used on this card is the same one I used in a previous post just colored differently with Copic markers and highlighted with Stickles.  The Go Kreate dies used for the frame were in the prize package I won from my very sweet blogging friend, Ellen Kristiansen.  The patterned paper is from my very favorite Christmas collection from My Mind's Eye, Festive & Frost.  An assortment of Martha Stewart snowflake stickers was placed around the frame edge.  The framed image was then adhered with foam dots onto paper embossed with a Darice snowflake folder.  I inked the edges with tea dye Distress Ink.

For some finishing touches, I made a banner and stamped "let it snow" onto it and highlighted the edge with gold Stickles.  The snowflakes were made with a Marvy punch from the same patterned paper and accented with rhinestones from Michaels.

Last year, my goal was to make at least one Christmas card a month but fell far short of that goal.  With one finished, hopefully, I'll meet my goal this year!  We'll see.  Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead and thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Nature Garden Tag

Hi everyone!  I hope all is well with you.  It's been fairly cold here which makes me crave warm, cozy things like snuggling under an afghan reading a good book.  Today, we had turkey with all the trimmings for dinner.  I love to cook when the weather is cold.

The tag I'm sharing today is in a spring theme.  Just about everything used here is from Prima except for a bit of Stickles, Liquid Pearls, and pieces of a Wilton doily.  The beautiful papers, chipboard and most of the flowers are from Prima's Nature Garden collection designed by the amazing Jodie Lee Patterson.  I love everything she makes.  The butterfly is from Prima's Lyric collection.

When I saw the little fairy chipboard piece, I thought she would look cute looking into a garden of flowers.  It's difficult to see here, but there is a little bird on the background paper between the fairy and the flowers which I thought was in a perfect spot.

I didn't get much done in the way of crafting this week due to a bit of pain in my finger joints but I hope to get some things made this week.  Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope the week ahead is a good one for you!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

G45 Secret Garden Card and Box

Hi everyone!  A little while ago, I was lucky enough to win a giveaway at the wonderfully talented Ellen Kristiansen's blog.  Included among the beautiful flowers, stamps, and dies was a pad of Graphic 45's Secret Garden paper.  A friend of mine celebrates her birthday on Christmas Day and doesn't like any Christmas theme birthday card or paper for her gifts, so I decided to use the springy Secret Garden papers to make a  card and trinket box for her.

As you can see, there is nothing holiday or wintery here.  I did a bit of fussy cutting on some birds and the ribbon/key and popped it up with foam squares.  The little bird card, also from the papers, was placed atop a Wilton doily.  The flower/lace border strip is from Recollections.  I used some gold Stickles to highlight the key.  The wish stamp is from Papertrey Ink.

The trinket box was covered with the same paper pattern as the card.  The flower, butterfly and white trim around the lid are from Recollections.  A strand of pearls was glued around the base.  I added some vintage buttons to the lid to finish it off.  I apologize for the poor quality of the photo but I couldn't tone down the reflection.  You can click on the images for a closer view.

I think I managed to bring a bit of spring into the grey of winter.  I, myself, love winter projects but I also realize not everyone else does.  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by.  I always enjoy reading your sweet comments.  Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Snowmen and Angels

My wish for snow has certainly been granted!  We received about 8 inches on Friday that ushered in an arctic blast.  Today, we woke up to freezing rain that left a coating of ice on everything.  The temperature has climbed above freezing, so conditions have improved.  We are expecting another arctic blast tomorrow.

The card I'm sharing today was made for Christmas but the sentiment can easily be changed to a winter one.

The snowman stamp is from Inkadinkado.  Don't you think he is adorable?  I colored the image with Copic markers and highlighted it with Stickles.  The pattern papers and chipboard are from K&Co.  I used a Martha Stewart embossed snowflake punch on some white cardstock to add another border.  Rhinestones are from Michaels.  A tiny gold bell and red bow finished it off.

I picked up some unpainted wooden ornaments at Michaels to decorate for Christmas gifts.  This angel was one of them.  I simply painted her white and gave her a coating of Martha Stewart coarse glitter and added a couple of rhinestones.

It's back to work for me tomorrow after a nice long holiday break.  Even though I work part time, I treasure my time off.  After the rush of the holidays, I managed to finish reading two books and just started reading "The Book Thief".  I hope the New Year has been off to a good start for everyone.  Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.  I appreciate hearing from you.  Have a wonderful week!