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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My Fairy Valentine

Today starts a brand new challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog. The theme of this challenge is LAYERS--at least THREE! For my card I used this adorable new image named Valentina by The Paper Shelter. I knew I was going to color her up the day I saw her. I used my favorite color peach and this design paper had a pretty soft aqua leaf color so I carried that through on my layering.


The background flower paper is so pretty and I found the polka dot paper in my stash. But, I didn't have a third design paper so I took my new heart embossing folder by Nellie Snellen and ran it through my Cuttlebug with white paper.  Then I took a finger dauber and lightly rubbed on top of the raised areas of my embossing folder for a touch of color with some Stampin' Up ink. Then, unfortuantely, photographs don't show it, but I used my Clear Wink of Stella pen and painted the peach tinted hearts. I found the solid white embossed heart background was just too plain! I also used my star and heart stamps on dowels by Stamps by Judith that I purchased years ago and lightly stamped around the hearts. By doing all this, I made my own background paper that matched the printed paper with just enough color to add to the card, but not so much that it was overwhelming to the image. So, my tip for today: if you don't have the patterned paper you need, make it!

The two beautiful ribbon flowers with the beads in the center were a gift from my best friend, Lillian, for Christmas, and the light aqua leaves are from Punch Bunch punch. I attempted to keep this card light and airy by punching the leaves out of soft aqua vellum. The peach wired jewels are from my local lace warehouse and are an item I've been hoarding. Lillian also sent me this adorable punched peach doily and the Deco Dots by Queen & Co. Without Lillian, this card wouldn't look like this. Isn't it nice to receive items as a surprise that are so fabulous that you can't wait to use them?! 

The Love sentiment is a new die for me by Cheery Lynn and I layered it on top of an older Spellbinder die tag. Oh, the image is cut out with a Spellbinder die and then lightly inked with the same peach that I used on the stars and hearts. I used my favorite glue pen, the Quickie by Sakura, and applied Warm Glitter Ritz loose glitter to my angel's wings. I know loose glitter can be messy, and I've tracked it through my house, but I just love the look of this extra fine glitter! My image is colored with Copics.


So, if you've read all this, you know I spent quite a bit of time on this card. It's one of my creations that I'm going to sit and admire before I give it to someone special. You don't have to spend near the time I did to get THREE OR MORE LAYERS to join in the challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog. We all make cards because we love the art and the process of seeing flat paper, metal dies, glitters in bottles, flowers in clear paint cans (ummm, at my house this is how they're stored), come together and make something we can share with someone. So whether you work on your card for one hour or for five hours, it's the pleasure we derive from doing our art is what matters!

The prize from our sponsor, The Paper Shelter, is below. And note that the prize is darn awesome if you use an image from The Paper Shelter!


I love seeing your cards and look at ALL of them that enter the challenge, not just the ones I comment on. This challenge is an easy one for almost all artists (I acknowledge CAS cardmakers work very hard to make CAS cards...it's a technique I haven't mastered), so please pull out your papers and use what you have (or make your own paper), and let's see what you can do for this fabulous challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog of THREE OR MORE LAYERS

                                                                         Hugs,
                                                                         Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Dies R Us, Sister Act Card Challenge, Di's Digi Designs, CCC Digi Creations, That Craft Place, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, 613 Avenue Create (Create your own challenge: Image, Die cut, Embossing, Flowers, Square Card), Countryview Challenges, Digi Stamps 4 Joy (Bingo: heart, free, pearl), Die Cut Divas, Pile It On, My Craft Creations, Not Just Cards, Crazy Challenge, Inky Chicks, Artistic Inspirations, Whoopsi Daisy, Scrapbook Stamp Society, Eureka Stamps, Crafting From The Heart, Top Tip Tuesday, Crafting For All Seasons, Dragonfly Dreams (fav color: peach), Party Time Tuesdays, Craft Your Passion, Love to Scrap, Scrappers Delights (fav color: peach), Crafty Creations, Scrap & Craft, Wags n Whiskers, Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge, Bunny Zoe's Crafts, Sweet 7 Challenge, We Do Doobadoo, Ladybug Crafts

Monday, January 26, 2015

Fairy much love to you!

Well, here's my card for Craft-Dee BowZ and I'll be posting my card on the 4th Tuesday of each month for their monthly challenge. I'm so lucky to have been invited to this team!  And yes, because it is the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge, there will always be ribbon/lace and a bow on my challenge card. The challenge this month is ANYTHING GOES WITH A HANDMADE BOW.

I used an adorable image from Emerald Faeries and colored her with Copics.



I really like working with the colors pink and red and I loved this ribbon sent to me by Craft-Dee BowZ to use this month so this card was an easy challenge for me. The paper is from my new pack from Wild Rose Crafts and I used a Fiskars heart punch on the pink paper and then punched it again with pink glitter paper and I put the hearts in the punched out holes. My tip for today: When you use punches like this, save the hearts, stars or the part that punches out, in a small clear jar so you can re-use as embellishments on cards. The heart and flourish die is by Magnolia is cut out of the same pink glitter paper as the hearts. I've had this Magnolia die for a while and rarely use it. Why???  And that beautiful rose and leaves are from Wild Orchid Crafts, and the rose buds are from I Am Roses, all of which are new purchases! If you have never visited I Am Roses, please click on the link above. I was given these rosebuds as part of a Christmas present and love them so much that just this past Sunday I placed my first order. I LOVE pretty flowers on my cards and they are definitely a favorite of mine! I used the wire from the stems of the flowers and curled them around a bamboo skewer to make them twirly and then glued them in the flower bouquet. The three jewels in the bottom right corner are by Prima and although I've had the pack of cut jewels for a couple of years, this is the first time I opened the pack. My goal this year is to stop feeling like my supplies are too pretty to use and open those packages!



I used Warm Glitter Ritz on her wings and on the floating hearts. I love that glitter..it's so fine and has such a great iridescent glow. I also like it because once you put it on (and I use a glue pen), it stays on. The rubber stamp sentiment "love" is by Impression Obsession and it fit so perfect on this image in the space I had available. Thank you Craft-Dee BowZ for sending this to me! I used brown ink when I stamped it so it maintains the soft feeling of this little image. Oh, I used an old Spellbinder die to cut the 'torn paper' around the image. I don't tear paper well so this Nestabilities set is a good one for me. The hardest part of this card? Putting grass on the bottom of the image so she wasn't 'floating'. I had the hardest time with this and groaned as I put grass over my colored image. She colored up so great for me and then I felt like I was defacing her putting green over my coloring. I know...crazy, huh?
 

I know, for a fact, that this bow came out as great as it did due to the Craft-Dee BowZ tool. There's no doubt in my mind because the center of the bow came out really well. Normally mine center knots don't, so if you look at my cards, I almost always put a button, flower or SOMETHING over the knot in my bow. This one I didn't have to do that. This is the first time my bow came out so great the first time. I didn't make the bow more than once! This is a double bow and the instructions how to make one of these types is here. And that brass charm in the center tied on with embossing thread is by Vintaj. And I can't tell you how happy I am to be on the Craft-Dee Bowz team. Not just because they supplied my lace, the charm, the 'love' stamp, ribbon and other embellishments (not used on this card), but because I have found that the gals are all kind, helpful and fabulous to the one member who doesn't have a lot of computer savvy. Yes, that's me!

So this is my card and my perfect bow. I warned everyone a month ago that I was going to make some fabulous bows, and here's one of them!  I hope you'll join the challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ this month...time is running out! Remember, the challenge is:  ANYTHING GOES WITH A HANDMADE BOW!

                                                                             Hugs,
                                                                              Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Penny's Challenges, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Inspiration Destination, Little Miss Muffet, Aud Sentiments, Sister Act Card Challenge, Natali and Amy's, Mema's Crafts, Di's Digital Designs, Card Mania Challenges, Pile It On, Crafts Galore Encore, Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper, Die Cut Divas, Emerald Faeries, Seemacrafts, The Sisters of Craft, Stamping Sensations, CCC Digi CreationsCountryview ChallengesJust Inspirational, Glitter n Sparkle, Come and Get It, Jellypark Challenges, Fresh Brewed Designs, That Craft Place, Fairytale Stamper, Digi Stamps 4 Joy Bingo:  Die/Punch, Free, Fav Thing (Flowers), Whoopsi Daisy, Not Just Cards, Inky Chicks, Eureka Stamps, My Craft Creations, Party Time Tuesdays, Scrap-Creations (fav embellishment: flowers), Crafting for All Seasons, Top Tip Tuesday (my tip is listed in my post), Love to Scrap, Craft Your Passion, Scrap & Craft Inspiration, Reasonable Ribbon, Wags n Whiskers, Crafty Calendar, Kit and Clowder, Bunny Zoe's Crafts, Sweet 7 Challenge, I Am Roses, Ladybug Crafts

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Peaceful and serene

Being on The Paper Shelter Design Team is fabulous. The members get to use all the new images as they're released. Pedro and Veronica, the owners and artists, of The Paper Shelter gave us the below image this winter named Holy Night. This image reminds me of the song "Silent Night Holy Night" because of how peaceful and serene it looks. I was at first daunted by the detail so I put the image aside. This past week I sized and printed the image and sat down and colored it with my Copics. I'm happy with how it came out and I, truthfully, love the card. It's my standard favorite 6"x6" card which enabled me to use this digital image in a size large enough to shade my coloring. This size card also gives me space to use pretty embellishments! This card is not my usual flowery/ribbon/lace creation, and I hope you like it, too.  Your mission, should you chose to accept it, is to make a card that contains DIECUTS AND/OR PUNCHES. This post will NOT self-destruct in 20 seconds. Oh, I saw Mission Impossible on television this afternoon, can you tell?


I used a Martha Stewart punch around my image and the two little deer in the bottom left corner are sold as a set by Impression Obsession which I just purchased and this is the first time I've used them. I cut out with my Cuttlebug and even their antlers cut out great! Using the two deer were perfect for the Cuttlebug Mania challenge named "It Takes Two". My paper is from Oh Deer! paperpack by Fancy Pants and is new, too. The white snow and fluff on her hat is WOW! Fine White Glitter sprinkled over Viva pearl pen paint. My sentiment is by Hampton Art. Here's a close-up of my image.


I colored my deer to represent a whitetail deer since I'm from Connecticut and that's what we have there. Did you know that a whitetail deer raises it's tail when he feel danger, and it's white underneath, alerting the other deer? We recently saw a trail that deer used and could see where the bark was missing from trees where the deer rub their antlers in order to get the 'felt' off them after they've grown back in. Did you know their antlers fall off each year?

The prize for this challenge is an outstanding gift certificate to The Paper Shelter. Please note: if you use an image from TPS and win, you get a $30 credit to the store. If you use another brand of image/stamp, you get your choice of 3 digital images from the store.

http://thepapershelter.com

The Design Teams are back from our holiday break now and back on our weekly challenge schedule. I know everyone has punches and dies in their craft areas, so please consider joining the challenge. You have nothing to lose, and might just get lucky in the drawing!  Take a look at the Design Team's creations this week and we'd love to see your card, especially with an image from TPS on it!

                                                                                 Hugs,
                                                                                 Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Little Miss Muffet, As You Like It, Art Impressions, Cute Card Thursday, Sassy Studios, Memas Crafts, Fairytale Challenge, CCC Digi Creations, A Gem of a Challenge, Di's Digi Designs, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge, Lacy Sunshine, Sentimental Sundays, Ooh-La-La Creations, Eureka Stamps, Artistic Inspirations, Dream Valley, Craftin Desert Divas, Crafting From the Heart, Scrapbook Stamp Society, My Craft Creations, Crafty Boots, Cuttlebug Mania, Love to Scrap (L is for Lambs), That Craft Place, One Stitch at a Time, Monday Morning Challenge, Sparkle n Sprinkle, Natalie and Amy, The Sisters of Craft, Stamping Sensations, Card Mania, Crafts Galore Encore, Christmas Cards All Year Around, Copic Markers Spain, Crafting Musketeers, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, Die Cut Divas, Emerald Faeries, Seemacrafts, Sparkles Forum Christmas Challenge, Country View Challenge, Jellypark Friends, Fresh Brewed Designs, My Besties Norge, Whoopsi Daisy, Stamp and Create, Crafty Calendar, The Crafting Cafe, Deep Ocean, Inky Chicks, Scrap-Creations, PDE Linky Party, Through The Craft Room Door, ABC Christmas Challenge, Chocolate, Coffee & Cards

Nativity Scenes

I love nativity sets and I think that comes from going to a Roman Catholic school as a child. We were brought up in the church and saw nativity scenes all the time. The topic at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' for the next 4 weeks is "NATIVITY".  I used this beautiful digital stamp from Whimsy for my card that I just purchased. This image reminds me of the Christmas song "While Shepherds Watched." And what better way to start the year...with a new baby named Jesus.


The lambs were painted with my new white puffy paint pen and then I used my heat gun and it fluffed. Perfect lamb wool! I colored my image with Copics. My poinsettias are made with my punches by Nellie Snellen and the leaves are a punch by Martha Stewart. The purple beaded flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the purple bling is from Recollections--both of which I received for Christmas this year. I used white embossing powder on my sentiment. My card is a 6" square, and my favorite fold and size to work with. I feel like I can use larger digital images that way but still have space for embellishments and a sentiment.

I hope you'll join us at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' this month and you can enter your card until Feb. 9 with the winner being announced and a new challenge on Feb. 11. Our sponsor this month is Funky Kits who is donating two digital images of the winner's choice!  Please take a look at the cards made by the Design Team for inspiration for our NATIVITY challenge.

                                                                                             Hugs,
                                                                                             Gail
This card is entered in the following challenges:
As You Like It, Dies R Us, Art Impressions, Cute Card Thursday, Sassy Studio Designs, CCC Digi Creations, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge, A Gem of a Challenge, Lacy Sunshine, Sentimental Sundays, Scrapbook Stamp Society, Crafty Boots, My Craft Creations, Ooh-La-La Creations, Crafting From the Heart, Artistic Inspirations, Dream Valley, Scrappers Delights, The Christmas Challenge, One Stitch at a Time, Monday Morning Challenge, Get Creative, Memas Crafts, Natalie and Amy, Sparkle n Sprinkle, Card Mania, Crafts Galore Encore, Christmas Cards All Year Around, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, Creatalicious Challenge, Die Cut Divas, Emerald Faeries, Seemacrafts, Sparkles Forum Christmas Challenge, The Sisters of Craft, Fresh Brewed Designs, Stamping Sensations, Country View Challenge, Jellypark Friends, Whoopsi Daisy, Crafty Calendar, Ladybug Crafts, Inky Chicks, Scrap-Creations, Party Time Tuesdays, Sweet 7 Challenge, Through The Craft Room Door, Chocolate, Coffee & Cards

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Bows, bows, bows

Well, this is my first post as a member of the Craft-Dee Bowz Challenge team. I'm having a hard time typing as I jump up and down with excitement on being invited to this team. If you don't know me, please just cruise down the posts and you'll see I'm a lover of lace, ribbons and bows.  I'm in heaven having my arm twisted and being forced to use lace, ribbons and bows on my cards for this team.

After getting this card on my blog and working on the post, I noticed the photo of my card is slightly crooked and because I layered the inside with the same papers, the front doesn't sit flat against the back of the card. By doing that, it makes my jewels across the card, under the image, look crooked, too. But the card is square and the jewel strips are straight. You can see from the shadow on the bottom of the card that the left side of the card isn't flat. Sigh. Why is it that I see these mistakes AFTER it's too late to re-photograph and still be on time with my post?! I therefore, apologize to anyone who gets a headache from looking at a crooked photograph.  ;)


I used a new image I got this month from Lili of the Valley (one of my favorite companies) and the diecut around my image and directly behind my image are by Spellbinders and I've used them numerous times. My sentiment is by Cardz TV and I used a Stampin' Up punch to cut it out. And a close-up of my image. I used adhesive jewel trim (isn't it awesome...sparkly and shiny!) and then sprinkled Warm Glitter Ritz over it because the adhesive is shiny and I could see it between the jewels--if you look close you can see the glitter shine between the jewels. I used flat back dark green pearls in the corners and four sugared gold tone jewels on the Spellbinders diecut; the pearls and jewels are from Queen & Co. (my favorite embellishment company).


 
What do you think of my bow?  Here's a close up of it that I made with my handy dandy Craft-Dee Bowz tool. You think I'm kidding, right? I'm not! This little bow maker is awesome and for someone like me who has made bows by hand and even resorted to having hubby Tim make me a 'bow maker' with a 2x4 and 2 of the 6" nails (with the heads sanded off) pounded into the wood, then you know I'm serious about bows. I like pretty bows that are looped nice and I think I've found how to do that with my new tool
 


This ribbon was a little more stiff than the satins and silks I'm used to, but then again, because it was a little more stiff, it made a great bow. It holds it's shape so nice and it cut wonderfully. My stickpins went right through the center of the bow with no problem and I glued the pretty white rose in the center. Are you wondering what the clear tips are that I put on the end of my stick pins?  I purchased them at Michael's or JoAnn's, in the bead section. They're actually considered "earring backs" but if you don't push the pin all the way through, they're wonderful to protect whoever handles the card from the sharp tip!  In this photo, you can actually see the Warm Glitter Ritz between the jewels where the bottom of the bow is.

Well, I hope you'll join us at Craft-Dee Bowz for our challenge of ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW!

                                                                                   Hugs,
                                                                                   Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Jelly Park, Pink Gem, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge, 613 Avenue Create, Scrapbook Stamp Society, Pile It On, Addicted to Stamps, Weekly Christmas Card Challenge, Glitter n Sparkle, Robyn's Fetish, That Craft Place, Whoopsi Daisy, Ooh La La Creations, Melon Headz Friends, Blessings, Creative Card Crew, Penny's Challenges, Hanna and Friends, Sister Act Card Challenge, Fairytale Stamper, The Christmas Challenge, Cardmania, Divas by Design, Digi Stamps 4 Joy, Stempel Magic, Sparkles Forum, Aurora Wings, Dream Valley, Fresh Brewed Designs, Inspiration Destination, Loves Rubber Stamps

Monday, December 22, 2014

When one door closes ...

A quote from Alexander Graham Bell: "When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us."

It is with this quote I begin this post because I am stepping down from the Crafty Sentiments Design Team. I have had another door open for me and on January 1, 2015, I will be one of five designers on the Craft-Dee BowZ Design Team. I am truly honored for the invitation.

This will be my last card made as a member of the Crafty Sentiments Design Team and I'd like to thank them all for their support and encouragement. I have loved working with the images created by Suzette of Crafty Sentiments Designs.

The challenge this week at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog is ANYTHING GOES. I suspect we will have thousands of entries (I mildly exaggerate) and encourage you to use an image from Crafty Sentiments Designs since there is always another drawing award given to those who do!

The image I have used for this challenge is named Christmas Seasons and, of course, it's an image from our sponsor Crafty Sentiments Designs


I loved using this dark red and dark green on this card. It's traditional but not the bright shades of the colors. The image was more old-fashioned to me with the way this little gal is dressed so I chose the more muted reds and greens with only the poinsettia and bow being bright red.


The prize for this challenge is a voucher from Crafty Sentiments Designs.


I hope to see you enter the challenge and would love to visit your blog if you will please leave a comment below. To those who have visited me through the Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog, I'd like to say thank you and I hope you'll continue to stop by.

                                                                                   Hugs,
                                                                                   Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
A Song In Your Art, Inspiration Destination, Crafty Creations, Red Rubber Designs, Chocolate, Coffee & Cards, Treasured Times, Monday Morning Challenge, Card Mania, Deep Ocean, Loves Rubber Stamps, Paradise of Stamps, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, Craftyhazelnuts Pattterned Paper, The Sisters of Craft, Fresh Brewed Designs, Emerald Faeries, Little Miss Muffet, Stamp and Create, One Crazy Stamper, Crafts Galore Encore, Seemacrafts, The Artistic Stamper, A Crafty Mess, We Do Doobadoo, A Gem of a Challenge, Pile It On, Scrapbook Society, Penny's Challenges, Scrappers Delights, Ooh La La Creations, Sister Act, Double Click Connections, Faery Ink Designs, Bunny Zoe's Crafts, Divas by Design, Dream Valley, Whimsy Inspires, Ladybug Crafts, Sweet 7 Challenge, The East Wind, Sparkles Forum, Di's Digi Designs, Addicted to Stamps, Glitter n Sparkle, Christmas Card Challenges, Melonheadz Friends

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Winners of the Paper Shelter's Birthday Celebration Blog Hop!

Please head on over to The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog to see the winners from the Blog Hop Birthday Celebration!

My winner was chosen by picking a number out of our old hamster ball I found in the garage. And the winner on my blog is number 2 and that is:

Carole Pollard

Carole, congratulations and please go over to the link above to claim your prize.
 
Thank you all who joined in for the blog hop and for those who left a comment on my TPS blog hop card, thanks so very much! 
 
                                                                                           Hugs,
                                                                                           Gail
 
 


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Holidays!

The next challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog is for 3 weeks long and is ANYTHING GOES.  The image I used for this challenge is from our sponsor, The Paper Shelter and it's named Santa Cute Helper


My image is colored with Copics and I've used my Viva Pearl White pen to make snowflakes and then I sprinkled White Glitter Ritz and did the same for the white fur on her outfit. The snow on the ground was made using Viva Clear pen and sprinkling White Glitter Ritz on it.  The tree die cut is by Magnolia (and I used my Cuttlebug) and I added white paint and then sprinkled Stampin' Up iridescent glitter on the painted areas. The buttons, red pearls and holly button in the middle of my bow are from my stash. I used a Stampin' Up punch to cut out my sentiment.

 
 
This is the last challenge for the year at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog.  To give both Teams the chance to enjoy some extra time with family and friends, there will be no comments left on the entries. The winner, along with a new challenge, will be posted at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog on January 7, 2015.

http://thepapershelter.com/
 
The prize for this challenge is a gift certificate from our sponsor, The Paper Shelter. I hope you'll join us and we all wish you Happy Holidays!
 
                                                                                   Hugs,
                                                                                   Gail
 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Winter fun!

There's a new challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' and the topic is WINTER SPORTS. I used this Lili of the Valley image which stole my heart as soon as I saw it. This stamp depicts what I did as a kid in the winter in Connecticut, USA. Did you ever skate out in the snow? As kids, the only thing that kept us inside in the winter was when we ran out of dry gloves or mittens and had to come in, put them on the radiator to dry, eat something and then head back outside. I know my mom and dad must have thought us kids insane to want to be outside with temperatures so cold! The color blue is my favorite to use for winter cards because it's a 'cool' color.


This adorable paper is by Doodlebug. I sewed each layer of my paper which is something I love to do but am not very good at. I slid my ribbon through two incisions I made on the image layer and ran it around the card between the initial white cardstock and first layer of aqua. And then there is the perfect bow. Yep, this is one of the best bows I've made in my lifetime! The snowflake corner diecut is by Memory Box and cut out of white pearl cardstock with my Cuttlebug. The sentiment tags are by LOTV.  


I used my lightest blue marker for the water and then applied Glossy Accents. While the Glossy Accents were still wet, I sprinkled Cool Diamond Microfine glitter by Elizabeth Craft Designs on it. I think it gives that icy look from what I remember as a child. The snow is Pearl Pen and then a dot of Star Dust Stickles on each flake. And yes, we did skate as it flurried and skated until the snow on the ice stopped our skates!

Did you ever ice skate on a pond as a kid? Our dad would burn down the cattails right before it got real cold and then after the pond froze, he'd scrape off the snow and try to smooth the ice for us and pile it around the area we would be skating. And I even remember him putting heavy plastic down on top of our grass supported with 2x4 wood, filing the plastic with water from the hose, letting it freeze, and then out we'd go to skate.  We loved outdoor activities, no matter what the weather was, and never stayed inside if we didn't have to! Does anyone have an image, by any company, of a child in a round saucer (ours were silver metal) headed down a snowy hill?  That's another thing we did and I'd love to find an image of it.

I tried to do that with my pearl pen and glitter...give the feeling the girls are skating on a pond with the snow piled around the ice. Do you remember the skates like this where your shoe was separate from the skate and held on with a buckle around the ankle and leather that you tied as tight as you needed it to be around the front of your foot? I had roller skates that were like this, too. I used my Wink of Stella pen on the skate blades (although they look just plain gray in the photo--in person they're more metallic looking).

Most of the people who read this are probably in my age group. And after seeing this card, and if you read any of the post, don't you think the kids nowadays miss out on so much due to technology? We learned science by being outside and exploring whether it was in the woods are in the washes of the deserts...and now science is learned in a classroom out of a book. The memories and what I learned are priceless.

The gals at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' have created a few items to get your creative juices flowing and think about what you would like to do for our WINTER SPORTS theme this month. Our challenges are a month long (the second Wednesday of each month) so there's lots of time to make your card or project. We're sponsored by Iva Nova Chest this month, click on the link and take a look at this fabulous store! I'm hoping to see your art work in the challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'!

                                                                          Hugs,
                                                                          Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
C.R.A.F.T., Brown Sugar, Delicious Doodles, Fussy and Fancy, Sister Act, Crafts 4 Eternity, Robyn's Fetish, Treasured Times, Addicted to Stamps, Ribbon Girls, 613 Avenue Create (Image, Sentiment, Embossing, Button, Ribbon), Get Creative, Card Mania, Dream Valley, Incy Wincy, Dies R Us, Artistic Inspirations, Eureka Stamps, Clear It Out, Scrappers Delights, Creative Moments, Paradise of Stamps, Craft Your Passion, Aud Sentiments (Stitching, Rubber Stamp, Pattern Paper), Art by Miran, Pattie's Creations, Aloha Friday, Milk Coffee, Fairytale Stamper, Digi Sketch, The Paper Nest Dolls, A Creative Romance, Crazy Challenge, That Craft Place, Monday Morning Challenge, Mema's Crafts, One Crazy Stamper, Seemacrafts, The Sisters of Craft, Stamp and Create, Fresh Brewed Designs, Sparkle n Sprinkle, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, The Artistic Stamper, Craft for the Craic, Jelly Park, Pink Gems, Come and Get It, Pile it On, Stamping Sensations, Countryview Challenges, Ooh La La Creations, Scrapbook Stamp Society, Whoopsi Daisy, Whimsy Inspires, Cuttlebugmania, Die Cuttin' Divas, Loves Rubber Stamps, Party Time Tuesdays, Melon Headz Friends