Seasons Greetings!

Friday, December 2, 2011

How on earth did December get here so fast?!

I was just getting around to enjoying the Fall weather (after our very early snow fall) and then....WHAM!! It's December! And Christmas is around right around the corner! Eek! We usually have our Christmas tree picked out, chopped down and decorated by now, but it was unseasonably warm the weekend after Thanksgiving that I couldn't bare the thought of decorating for the new season. Now that it's a little colder and it IS December, we're heading out to get our tree this weekend. Even though it still feels too early, I do love this family tradition! :)

Oh! Before I forget; I'm so sorry for not posting anything last week! It was actually release week for There She Goes but unfortunately my stamps never arrived (darn USPS!), so I was unable to participate. I was so disappointed that it put me in a little funk because it was such a FABULOUS release! The girls did an awesome job of showcasing the new stamps that they sold out of every new set! Hopefully mine turn up soon so I can play with them too!

Since I don't have any new stamps to play with, I pulled out one of my favorite past sets this week.

I just love those pudgy snowmen!! So round and plump! They can be found in the Seasons Greetings set. I used last week's Deconstructing Sketch #28 for my layout. I'm a little late on this one but that's ok, it's all about being inspired, right? :)

To make this card I used paper from Basic Grey's Jovial collection and some gorgeous ribbon that I found at Michaels last year, which I've been hoarding ever since! Each panel was machine stitched with black thread. To create that scalloped detail, I used my corner punch with the guard removed to punch out the large scallops, then with my small scalloped decorative scissors, I followed the larger scallops around leaving about a 1/8" border showing.

Coloring the little snowmen was easy. Using my aquapainter brush, I used a combination of Distress Inks, working my way from the lightest color, Antique Linen, then Tea Dye then a little Vintage Photo for the darkest of shadows. Their hats and mittens were colored using SU's Dusty Durango and their scarves in Old Olive. The hearts were done in Regal Rose and then Ruby Red around the edges. Then I outlined them with SU's Soft Sky and sponged the edges with Antique Linen for a softer look. Last, but not least, I added some Crystal Snow glitter with a quickie glue pen. You can see the tiny twinkles in the detail photo below.

You should see how they sparkle in real life!

Thank you so much for popping in this week. I so appreciate it!

Stamps: There She Goes 'Seasons Greetings'
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', Distress Ink 'Antique Linen, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo', SU's Soft Sky, Regal Rose, Ruby Red, Old Olive and Dusty Durango'
Papers: Strathmore Bristol Vellum, PTI's Basic Black and Kraft, PP-Basic Grey's Jovial Collection
Access: Ribbon, PTI Buttons - Cream, Fiskars Corner Punch and Decorative Scissors, Stampendous Crystal Snow Glitter, Quickie Glue Pen, Machine Stitching, Sponges, Dimensionals


Anonymous said...

I love this! The snowmen are adorable and the "snowflakes" are just awesome! Another Sandra stunner :)

kadie said...

This is GORGEOUS! I know, I can't believe it's December already too :)

Adair said...

Oh my gosh, I absolutely LOVE this!!! I am working making more Christmas cards this weekend. This card is definitely inspiring!

Gabriela said...

Sandra - your snowman duo is priceless. Oh how it mesmerizes me. I can't stop gazing at it, even as I write this little comment I have to keep scrolling up to look at your darling card.

Torico said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Sandra! Your coloring is always awesome.
Well, I'd like to know how you got that tiny scallop edged mat. Did you use some edger punch or decorative scissors? It looks so pretty.

Theresa said...

Absolutely amazing. Love the bow and as always your coloring is just outstanding. Another gorgeous creation!!

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