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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Frosty Morn

Hello and good NON-frosty morning.

Actually we were pretty darn close to having a light frost the last couple of mornings and we had wonderfully cold, damp, dreary days where the inside lamps stayed on  and I wore a sweater and socks and long warm house pants all day.  Not very glamorous, but I LOVED it.  When the summers get as hot as they do here, we relish the first few days of fall-like weather.  But tomorrow we'll be back in the 80's for a few days, and that's ok too.  Beats temps in the triple digits....

Today's card is wishful thinking for me, and that is, I wish for snow every year.  No, not the light dusting or couple of inches we get most years but snow - REAL snow.  The kind that weighs down the branches of trees and piles up on the side of the road when the snowplows rumble by.  The kind that turns the world into a marshmallow-coated wonderland.  I lived high in the Colorado mountains for a few years back in the mid-90's and experienced winters like I'd never imagined.  The 10-ft. drifts re-landscaped the supermarket parking lot for the entire winter, turning the mundane task of parking into an all-out obstacle course.  Snowplows were as common as the sparrows in my yard, and leaves didn't attempt to peek out until June.  April was "mud month," and the first snows started flying on Halloween.  Those were long winters, but there was nothing like that blue light at night when snow covered everything, and that wonderful hush in the air as the snow absorbed sound.  I loved winter then, and I love it now.  Which brings me to my card...


OK, I don't recall ever seeing a sunrise quite so....yellow as this one, but I wanted to play with the technique.  Plus, one of the challenges for which I made this card was over at Alota Rubber Stamps in which the theme was to "brighten up your life."  (All challenges will be listed below.)  So I figured the sun ray technique qualified.  It would brighten up MY life if I saw it this way.  I ran across this technique here and I must say I will use this one a LOT.  It's so dramatic.  

BTW, the tree stamps are from Alota Rubber Stamps, too.  They come individually in four sizes and are so very useful.


I wanted to use some frosty paper but had none in my stash, so I made my own.  I used the emboss resist method and embossed the snowflakes on Whisper White using clear embossing powder then sponged over them with Tempting Turquoise, Marina Mist and Night of Navy.  The base card is Night of Navy, the first mat is Pacific Point, the next mat is Basic Black, on top of which I added my embossed layer.  The small pale blue layer is Annalee (Prima).  The main image is on Whisper White with Dazzling Diamonds accents here and there, both on the snow drifts and the tree in the foreground.  To get the appearance of depth, I used two sizes of tree stamps and stamped off once or twice for the more distant trees.  Of course, not all trees are straight.  I guess one was blown askew by the wind.  Hmmm...


The two Dienamics doily die cuts are Night of Navy and Whisper White.  I added Dazzling Diamonds to the tips of the navy doily and coated the white one in white (Pearl) Perfect Pearls for a frosty/metallic look.  The snowflakes are Whisper White, die cut with Dienamics snowflake dies, with Dazzling Diamonds and rhinestones added.  The greeting was stamped in Night of Navy then punched with Word Window and applied to a Modern Labels background, and like almost everything else, popped up on dimensionals.  SCS's challenge was to add dimension, after all.  And after all that, the result is wishful thinking on paper!  Bring on the snow!!

Hey. . . do you think there's enough sparkle and shine? 

This card is entered in the following challenges:

SCS - Add Dimension - TLC398
Alota Rubber Stamps - Brighten Up Your Life - ALOTA92
Charisma Cardz Challenges - Challenge #39
The Sweet Stop - SSS179

  

Well, that's it for today.  Thanks for looking and here's to snowy winters!

Happy Crafting!!

12 comments:

Kimie said...

This is a gorgeous card sweetie! I love all that sparkle and shine. Love how you layered your doilies and put some DD on the navy doily. I didn't even see that until I read your comments. I love that one of your trees was blown askew by the wind, just as they are in nature. We don't want boring trees all standing up straight. Also love your layered greeting. Just gorgeous from top to bottom. :) MWAH!

Shea said...

Thank you honeybun!! Mwah!!

Mum of 4 said...

This is just gorgeous, Shea!! All the details are phenomenal! It has been quite chilly up here in NH but no snow yet. In the higher peaks on NH there is snow. We have turned on our pellet stove though. All those beautiful leaves are now blanketing the ground which means snow will be covering it soon too. :) Thanks for sharing your beautiful card.

Shea said...

I'm soooo jealous!! :)

Catherine Jane said...

Yes there is definitely enough sparkle! :D although I'm not sure there is such a thing...

Cathymac said...

Just gorgeous, Shea! Love all those snowflakes...embossed and sparkly dies! I also like how your created the rays behind the trees...very pretty! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sweet Stop this week!

Monika/Buzsy said...

What a lovely card Shea. The tree image with the sun rays look amazing! Also like the pretty embossed and sparkly snowflakes. Great design. Thank you for playing along with us at The Sweet Stop this week.

Shea said...

Thanks Monika. I just discovered my goof (posting to my main blog page and not the specific card), so I've re-entered it, this time CORRECTLY. "New Blogger Syndrome." :)

Heather North said...

Lovely card, Shea. You are a gifted artist!

Biggan said...

Love this!!! Thank you very much for joining us at the Alota Rubberstamps´challenge blog!

Hugs
Biggan

miji1116 said...

Simply GORGEOUS!
Hmmm....I can remember winters like you describe...right here in PA!
Sue

Patty K said...

Shea,

Lovely execution of this technique. Heather is correct. You are a gifted artist.