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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Winter Friends

Hello and good afternoon.

Here I am posting late in the afternoon again because I haven't yet figured out when is the best time to post.  And it brings to mind the question of how do bloggers get their cards created by, say, 8:00 a.m. for a brand new challenge that has been posted that very day?  Do they get up at the crack of dawn?  Do they craft in the middle of the night?  I had been making my cards one day then posting them the next morning, which always keeps me a day behind.  That's fine for some challenges but not others.

So my question to my fellow bloggers is this:  HOW do you get a card made so early in the day on the first day of a challenge?  Any and all answers will be appreciated.

On to the card.  I made this using today's sketch from over at SplitCoastStampers.  I knew from the moment I laid eyes on it that I was going to love working with it.

I made the card into a 5.5" square instead of the standard A2 size, and instead of the corner pieces going underneath, I put them on top as snowflakes and the button/sentiment.  And only now am I noticing that I've put Layer 4 in the wrong direction!  HA!  But it looks fine to me, probably because Layer 5 is a circle instead of a rectangle.  *phew!*

The colors are simple and few, which is a refreshing change from my more recent cards.  They are Cherry Cobbler, Baja Breeze, Whisper White and watercolor paper, plus SU's Snow Festival DSP.  The image is Snow Gifts from Mark's Finest Papers, a Heinrich Co., and it has been stamped with Black Staz-On and colored with SU markers and a blender pen.

The snowflakes have been glittered with Dazzling Diamonds, and the two larger flakes have been centered with glittery brads from Michael's while the smallest ones have a touch of Stickles in their centers.

The button and baker's twine are from SU.  This was a fun and relatively (for me) quick card to put together.  

Thank you for visiting me and maybe giving me some insight into how all of you talented crafters out there do their thing so early in the morning!

Happy Crafting!!

Challenges entered:

SCS Weekly Sketch - SC408
CCEE1242 - Snowman
Fussy and Fancy Challenge 74 - Anything Goes
Drunken Stampers Challenge 102 - Napoleon's Buttons (and/or brads)
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes 
Anything Goes - Make your Own Embellishments
Pile It On #43 - Any Holiday


Laine said...

Stunning card Shea. Wonderful design and detail and a cute image. Blogger gives you the option to schedule a post. So hopefully your posts is listed while you are tucked up in bed or doing something else. The option is on the side bar when you make a new post. Where you click to allow comments. The calendar allows you to select a date and time and then you publish a scheduled post. There is lots of advice on how to schedule a post if
you get stuck.
Hope this helps

Shea said...

Hi Laine! Thank you for the lovely compliments! Re the blogging issue, I was scheduling my blog to post at just past midnight, but I was always a day behind challenges when I'd do it that way. I was wondering how bloggers post a card to a challenge from that very same day, i.e. if a new challenge came up today (such as on SCS where they do challenges 6 days a week) and bloggers post a card almost immediately. How do they know? It's almost as if there's an "advance notice" of new challenges. I guess I'll just be a day late on most challenges (or even later), because I really do prefer scheduling my posts to hit the airwaves around midnight. Thank you very much for your insight. And it's nice to see you!! :)

Mum of 4 said...

I LOVE your card, Shea! That snowman is so darling!

Sorry, no advice on posting challenges that same day. I am sure someone will help you out though. :)

Kimberly S said...

Beautiful card, the snowman is so sweet! The snowflakes are gorgeous glittered! Thanks so much for joining us for this week's Creative Inspirations Paint challenge! :) hugs, Kimberly

Donna Ellis said...

aw, what a sweet card! The snowman is darling, and your coloring looks great! Love the little cardinal on his "arm". Your layers, colors and background papers are so pretty together. The BRRR sentiment is perfect!

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Elizabeth Hart said...

What a fabulous card - very creative layout and I loved all the snowflakes. Thanks so much for joining us at the Pile it On Challenge.

Donna said...

Super cute snowman card!
Thanks for playing along with the "Napoleon's Buttons" challenge at Drunken Stampers this week!

Jackie said...

This is just such a darling card! I love the bits of glitter added to this too! Thank you for joining in on the fun this week at Drunken Stampers, I hope to see you play along again soon!

Jackie, Drunken Stampers DT

Katie Skiff said...

Beautiful card - I love the snowflakes. Except that I am looking at real snow. ;( Just teasin!! Thanks for playing with us at Drunken Stampers!!

I hardly ever make a card the same day the challenge comes out. I am lucky to make it in time for the deadline some weeks. I wouldn't worry too much about it. Do what works for you - it is YOUR blog after all. Just keep playing with us!! ;)

Steph said...

What a sweet image and I love the colours and snowflakes and all the bling!! So pretty! Thanks so much for joining us at Anything Goes this week, hope to see you again soon! x

Anonymous said...

So adorable!! Love those snowflakes!!:) Thanks so much for playing along with us at the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge!! - *Vicki* - DT member

Kami-koneko said...

he looks great, your colouring is fab, and the colourchoice is really nice :)

thanks for joining Fussy and Fancy