Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Winter Wishes . . .

Brrrr ... It sure is Cold Outside!
Hello my friends ... thanks for stopping by!
Single digits and the teens are NOT my idea of ideal weather! SO, I decided to stay in my cave and PLAY!  No DT commitment card today ... just one for a fun challenge I don't get to play often enough.  Although I truly enjoy my design team involvement, I'd like to take a little more time to create 'just for fun' in 2015.

Today's card was created for the 
how appropriate!  LOL!

I really had fun creating this card and actually was able to use NEW and OLD products that I had never used before.  And I even got creative and used a die for the 'steam' that isn't really meant for that!  LOVE when you find  a new purpose for your dies, etc.

I also couldn't decide what size cup I wanted to use for the front of my card so cut out two of the three smaller cups/handles from the Spellbinder 'Nested Tea Cups' #S4-350 set.  Once I decided on using the larger of the two, I figured why not adorn the inside of my card with the smaller one!  PERFECT!

AND, how about this perfect little red satin bow holding up my mittens?  I just love my Craft-Dee BowZ bow maker.  I actually was lucky enough to WIN it a few years back when they started their blog and it creates a perfect bow every time!  LOVE THAT!  Especially when you're working with these tiny little ribbons ... my fingers aren't as 'nimble' as they once were so this tool makes the job SO MUCH easier!  Another fun challenge for you to check out. 

A few additional challenges to share in today are:
Craft-Dee BowZ January Challenge - Anything Goes using a Bow
Card Mania Challenge #64 - Make It Sparkle
Crafting From the Heart #41 - Always Anything Goes
Crafty Boots Challenge - Out with the Old, In with the New (new Embossing Folder)

I hope you are able to stay in and play today too (love that retirement benefit! lol)!
But if you're not, please be safe out there!  I hear the roads are a mess!
Thanks again for stopping by and for your encouraging comments!
I truly appreciate you taking the time!

As always . . .

Paper - Red cs, White cs, American Crafts 'Hot Cocoa' design paper,
Stamp/Ink - Verve Stamp 'Winter Mittens/Versafine Onyx
Dies - Spellbinder 'Nested Tea Cups', Wild Rose Studio 'Snow Flurry' #WRS032, Marianne 'Mittens' #CR1255, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Add a Flourish' #B456
Embossing Folders - Provo Craft Cuttlebug 'Snowflakes', Crafts-too 'Frame Winter' #CTFD4025
Accessories - Tim Holtz 'Tumbled Glass' Distress Ink, Large sponge dauber, 'Diamond' Stickles, SU Dimensionals


Leslie Miller said...

This is so absolutely uttterly adorable, Darlene! That's so cute how you made the steam -- brilliant! And such a beautiful embossed background. I had such fun scrolling through all your recent posts. I'm so happy that you dropped in on me earlier today. I love visitors, and I really appreciate your comment! said...

Gorgeous card! Love all the embossing going on and those cute little mittens!

Diane said...

What a fantastic card...very creative steam too...and love those red mittens...I just want to sit down and have a "cuppa" with you!! Thank you for joining us my friend at "The Shabby Tea Room" for our "Baby It's Cold Outside" challenge (and it IS cold

Dee's Craft Room said...

Fab card, I love the red, white and black theme and the lovely snowflakes. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


lalkygirl said...

what a fab card ,love how you added the steam
Thanks for joining us at CrafDee-Bowz and good luck in the challenges
Tracey x

Lisette Baker said...

I love the black , red and white combination - it creates a really striking card. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

crafty said...

A really eye-catching card and an original idea. Love it. Thanks for joining in the fun at Eureka Stamps. Mary DT

Mynn xx said...

This is so super duper darling!!! LOVE the dry embossing and the fabulous little details--like that tiny bow! Perfect! HUGS and have a great rest of the week! :) Mynn xx

karalschuknecht said...

Beautiful card and so cute. Thanks for joining us this week at Eureka for our Snowman or Snowflakes Challenge.
Karal DT

Julie Odil said...

This is wonderful and perfect for our snowman or snowflake challenge this week at Eureka Stamps. Thanks for joining us! Julie, DT member.

Tracey said...

Thanks for sharing your pretty card with us in The shabby Tea room. A perfect take on the inspiration it!

jrmom said...

Adorable and beautiful!

honey_bunny said...

Darlene, this is so beautiful! I like your play with the die cuts. And the colour combo is so cozy! Thanks for playing with us at Card Mania and see you soon.

Evie said...

Beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at Card Mania Challenges. Hope to see you again for the next challenge. Good Luck