Friday, January 9, 2009

Stamp Simply #69 - It's Still Winter!

Today's challenge over on Sharon Johnson's blog (notimetostamp) is to make a WINTER card. Not too difficult to work on when you look out the window here in NE Ohio ... The snow is falling ever so softly ... it's a trick, we're in for a big winter storm with LOTS of snow!!

Here is exactly how Sharon worded her challenge: IT’S STILL WINTER — Yes, it is still the heart of winter, so let’s pull out those snowflake and snowman stamps now that they’ve had a little rest since Christmas. Make any type of card that says WINTER — and if you can do that without using a snowman or snowflake, all the better!!! Anything WINTER is what we’re after!!! Can’t wait to see what you all do — again, keeping it simple, if possible!!! Have fun!!!

I decided to do 2 styles of a WINTER card. The first card is your typical winter card using snowflakes & a snowman. I had several scraps laying on my worktable so I decided to try and incorporate as many of those "scrap" elements as possible on this one card.

The image is from the Crafty Secrets (Seasonal) booklet and the Thanks so much sentiment is from the Crafty Secrets (Glamour Girls) set. The piece of red cs was bordered using the Martha Stewart (doily lace) border punch. The background paper is from the DCWV (winter) pack and the base card is whisper white which I sponged using some Ranger (antique linen) distress ink. I also did a little sponging on the designer paper. The "dots" border were made freehand using a ZIG crimson marker. The felt snowflakes are by Creative Impression and are popped up with pop-dots for a little extra dimension.

The 2nd card was a very simply made card. The background was made by using a cotton ball and running blue chalk over a piece of white cardstock then double stamping the trees using the "Lovely As A Tree" set by Stampin' Up. The image is a Cotton Scrap (Winter) by Crafty Secrets which I faux stitched using the zig-zag stamp in the Crafty Secrets - Sew Special set. The matting is hunter green cardstock and the base card is a pre-made white A-6 card from Michael's (valu-pack ... 50 cards/envelopes for 5.99). The only accessory I used was an "end of the roll" piece of brown gingham ribbon from Michael's.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Hi Darlene!! These are both lovely. I just love Crafty Secrets stamps.. They are wonderful.
    Hope all is well and that your hubby is resting comfortably.
    Have a great weekend.

  2. He's a cutie, Darlene. Love his pudgy tummy and all those happy colors and your name, too. Same as my sister's.

  3. Beautiful cards Darlene! love both of them...excellent work!!!

  4. Both cards are wonderful Darlene! I've been thinking about you. Hope all is well ((HUGS)) - Kris

  5. I'm a huge bird lover so I was instantly drawn to your second card. Beautiful.

  6. Both cards are beautiful, but I really like the birds on the second one! Hope you and your family have a great 2009!

  7. Love both of your creations, Darlene -- a darling snowman card and the refreshing bird card -- so glad you were able to play! Hope all is as well as can be expected!!!

  8. The snowman card is lovely! I just got the "Girlfriend" stamps and booklet for Christmas...still haven't busted them out of the package yet...oh the shame!

  9. Cute winter cards! I love them both! Thanks for directing me that 'New Blog Thread' on SCS, I'm finally getting more visitors and comments. Its just hard, visiting all the other blogs now, being on dial-up.


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