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Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Hi and good morning!  

Today is the day I get out in the yard and start planting the zillion pansies I purchased last week.  262, to be exact.  Last year I only planted 96 and was so tired of planting them by the last 5 or 6 that I practically THREW them into their holes.  Imagine what nearly three times that number is going to be like.  Yikes!  Guess I'll do them in shifts and not try to get them done all at once.

I've been away from my craft room for far too many days, and yesterday was no exception.  I had an emergency dentist visit, then I went to vote, then my DD surprised me by hanging out all day, so we crafted at the kitchen table.  I made "bow charms" which I will be showing in future cards.  So planting my pansies in shifts will be good - it'll allow me some time in the afternoon to "play cards."

Today's card fills several challenges, which are listed below.

It was fun, and since I wasn't worried about trying to simplify it (Simplify? What's that?), I managed to knock it out in a couple of hours, though I wasn't trying to beat the clock or anything.  I've mentioned before that it seems to take me forever to make a card because there are so many things I want to do, but this one was very easy.  

I started with Whisper White CS for the base and Night of Navy for the first layer, which I embossed using the SU Snow Burst ef, then rubbed my Versamark inkpad over the raised images and dusted on Perfect Pearls.  I LOVE the snowy effect that gave the navy layer.  The patterned paper is from Echo Park Paper Co.'s Winter Wishes.

The image is from Flourishes Snow Days stamp set and was stamped with Versafine Smoky Grey.  I cut it out using a Dienamics Oval die and backed it with an Oval Doily die cut.  Then I used a Spica glitter pen on the blades and The Rubber Cafe's Puffies on the pompons for dimension, on top of which I sprinkled a little Dazzling Diamonds.  The little bit of coloring was done with Copics.

I added two layers of scalloped borders topped with a layer of silver ric rac, though because of the main image and the greeting, most of those three layers are covered up!  The snowflakes were die cut with the Dienamics snowflake die and centered with a rhinestone, and the three glittery brads at the top are Candi blanks which I colored with a navy SU marker and covered in Art Institute glitter (cornflower).

And that, dear friends, is today's card.  I hope you have a lovely day, and I will see you again tomorrow.  For me today, it'll be a girl and her pansies.

Happy Crafting!

Challenges entered:

Oozak Challenge #8 - Winter Vibes
Alota Rubber Stamps Challenge #94 - Blue and White
TSG #180 - Dress Up Your Coloring
Anything Goes Challenge 79 - Anything goes
Creative Card Crew Challenge 23 - Silver and Blue
SCS WT399 - No Fall Colors
RRR Challenge 59 - Winter Holiday and Ribbon
Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge #132 - Use ric rac
Creative Inspirations - Inspired By: A Sketch (shown below)
Pile It On #45 - Make It Sparkle
FOSTV#45 - Anything Goes

and last but not least,

SSS183 - sketch


Mum of 4 said...

Shea, I LOVE this card! I love blues and silver together and what you have done with this card is perfect!!!!

Have a great day planting your pansies!


Kate said...

Gorgeous! LOVE t6he colors. Thanks for joining us at Speedy Fox & Friends.

Chrissy D said...

What a beautiful card! I love the combination of the blues and silver! I also love the touch of sparkle added! Thank you for joining us in the Sweet Stop Sketch! We hope you will join us again this week!

Ceal said...

Gorgeous card! Love the silver and blue! thanks for joining us this week at The Sweet Stop!

Karen Letchworth said...

Hi Shea! I've missed you at Word Art Wednesday, and really hope you will consider coming back real soon to share your darling cards in our challenges. Hope you are doing well, and please know that I would really LOVE to see you soon. Have a blessed week!
Karen L
Word Art Wednesday

Joan Ervin said...

This is sooo pretty....I love the sweet little ice skates and the sparkle looks awesome!!!! I'm lovin all the blue, too!!!!!

KraftyKoolKat said...

Very pretty and full of loveliness. Thank you for sharing it with us at Creative Card Crew and good luck.


Theresa said...

Beautiful card. Love the touches of glitter...great ric rac. Thanks for joining us this week at Speedy Fox and Friends.

Pat Garvin said...

Great winter card. Love the sparkle. Thanks for joining Speedy Fox and Friends.

Heather North said...

So so very pretty! Your card looks icy and elegant at the same time. I'm loving that stamp you used.

Casandra Bennett said...

Simply gorgeous. Love all the sparkle.

Winnie and Patty said...

Beautiful card. Love the metalic rick rack! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Speedy Fox & Friends blog challenge.

DIANA L. said...

This is so beautiful love the icy blue for the cool feel
Thank you for joining us at Creative inspiration paints.
CI design team member

Angie said...

Your card is gorgeous!!!! Love the beautiful blues!!! Most of the time it takes me forever to make a card too!!! you did an awesome job on this! Thanks for playing along this week at FOSTV.

Janine said...

Gorgeous card - love those snowflakes and the nice image. Thanks for joinig our FOSTV45 challenge.

Ravengirl said...

Beautiful card! I love all the attention to detail you have added! I really like the shimmer on the blades of the skates! Thanks for playing along with the Friends of Speedy TV!

Theresa said...

Thanks for joining us this week at FOSTV as well as Speedy Fox. Glad to see you here too.

Kimberly said...

love the layers and all the sparkle!!! thanks for joining us at pile it on and I hope to see you join again a new challenge will be posted tomorrow - Kimberly DT