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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

73 comments:

  1. Beautiful card. I admirable the time and effort you took to make this truly lovely card. Thank you for sharing with Fairytale Stampers - Myrna (GD)

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  2. Always love your awesome projects.. ^-^
    Thanks for joining us at Sisters of Craft, and good luck.

    Hugs,
    Merlina

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  3. Beautiful card, lovely image and fab design. Thanks for sharing with us at Aud Sentiments this challenge and hope to see you again
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  4. Cute card thanks for joining in at Get Creative Challenges, good luck x

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  5. So cute thanks for joining us on seemacrafts x

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  6. brilliant, love it ,,thankyou for joining in over at Seemacrafts

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  7. I'm a wee bit younger than you but I still remember wanting to be outside lots when I was a kid especially if there was snow! So many snowmen built and even a few attempts at making an igloo! We didn't do skating though as I'm not sure it was cold enough for long enough to get good ice to skate on.

    So, your card is a lovely reminder of those days anyway with the snowy feel and beautiful shades of blue. And I have to agree that the bow is absolutely perfect and a stunning finishing touch :-)

    Big hugs, Kat x

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  8. I love this image Gail and your pretty snow. Gorgeous papers too.
    I do remember skating on the dam in winter and we used to have great fun doing it. I was never a good skater though but we certainly did have a blast.

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  9. Wow, Gail! Just gorgeous! Love this colour palette, and your bow is indeed fabulous! I really like your stitched edges. Do you use a sewing machine? I must be honest, I have not tried this yet, but I so admire it on cards. Your distressed edges look great, and I really like those LOTV sentiment tags!

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  10. What a cute and fun scene! Happy Holidays and thank you for joining our December challenge at Mema's Crafts

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  11. CIO challenge blog is happy for your visit ... your project is beautifull. tfs ... stop by and play with us again <((><

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  12. Beautiful !!! Love colours. Thanks for joining us at Craft your Passion !!! I hope you get to join us again for our next challenge. Agnieszka DT

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    1. and Gail

      Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.

      Greetings Karin DT Coördinator



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  14. Oh how lovely, really gorgeous!
    Thank you for participating ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge
    Gr.Kaija DT-member

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  15. This is a brilliant card Gail, lovely image, love how you have done the snow, the stitching's great and I love that gorgeous lush bow, a lovely card!
    Hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design
    Thank you for becoming my latest follower, good to see you.

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  16. Beautiful card, nice colors !
    Greetings,
    Elfje

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  17. oh my... another fab card! love those papers
    hugs
    céline
    and thanks for playing again ;) at fussy and fancy

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  18. Loved your post its a great card love this LOTV image just perfect .I agree about kids these days I used to love taking a picnic and exploring the hills and seaside near my childhood home Love and hugs Carole x

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  19. Stunning card! And what awesome memories to have :) Love the distressing you have done and all the details like the stitching.

    Thanks for joining our fortnight challenge here at Fresh Brewed Challenge. Hope you will join us next time DT Crafting Vicky.

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  20. Oh I'm back with another DT hat on to say how totally stunning this is!

    Thanks for joining at Delicious doodles challenges. Hope you will join us next time DT Crafting Vicky.

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  21. This is AWESOME! LOVE everything about it from the ice to the snow to the vintage distressing! JUST fabulous! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘WINTER WONDERLAND’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS

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  22. Lovely card with a gorgeous, fun image. Thanks for playing along at Loves Rubberstamps.

    Nikki

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  23. Hey, Gail. I LOVE this card. I, too, am horrible at stitching the cards. How do people make such nice straight lines? Anyway, back to the card. I love the slits you made to bring the ribbon through. Your bow is so perfectly made. Thank you for joining us at Come And Get It challenge. Bunny DT

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  24. This is so super cute!!! Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

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  25. Great use of stitching and I love the colour blue on Christmas cards. Well done with the bow too.thank you for joining in at OLL challenges. Wynn DT

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  26. so very cute, lovely project with lots of detail! thank you for joining the christmas challenge at that craft place, rachel, TCP DT

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  27. Awesome! Great colouring, great layout and all that snow is adorable xx
    Good luck and thank you for joining us at http://thatcraftplaceblog.blogspot.co.uk/
    Sandie (That Craft Place Designer, proud DT)
    http://fairytaledaydream.blogspot.com/

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  28. A sweet - and chilling - card at the same time, not to mention the memories it invoked while you were working on this creation, Gail !! Wonderful, wonderful coloring, a super bow (I don't know how you can say it's your BEST ever made, cause they've ALL been fabulously done before), and all the right accents of glitz and snow! The background paper is really striking, and your stitching looks fine - handmade cards aren't supposed to be perfection though, you know!! Awesome card and thanks for the memories !!

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  29. So cute and love the scene and image...Thanks for joining Brown Sugar Challenge!

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  30. Fabulous card :) Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity hugs x

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  31. Another sweet card Gail. Such a cute stamp!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  32. A lovely wintercard . Thanks for joining the chalenge at Addicted to Stamps.
    Greetings Miranda

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  33. I've been so busy I've had so little time to pop around lately, what a wonderful set of cards I found on my visit this time, I think this is my favourite, I love snowy images for Christmas, I think it's because Christmas is so hot in Australia, They look like they are having so much fun, just lovely Gail
    Hugs Julie P

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  34. Adorable card! Love the images and your coloring. Thanks for joining us at Mema's Crafts!

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  35. fabulous . i love how you have made the snow from the pearl drops thank you for sharing this with us over at seemacrafts

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  36. I love the image and all the sewing, and how you created the 'ice'. Gorgeous card, and I loved reading your memories of childhood winters. I've always loved snow but we hardly ever get any. Thankyou for joining us with your Favourite Christmas Colours this month at Craft for the Craic

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  37. Fabulous card and great coloring. Love all the snow falling and your ribbon treatment is fantastic too. So glad you shared your project with us for the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge!

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  38. Gorgous card love the stitching and the image is Devine. Thanks for joining our challenge over at Whoopsi Daisy and good luck. Jennifer DT member

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  39. Awww - gorgeous image Gail. Love the snow all around the girls. Thanks for joining in the Snowy Days challenge at Incy Wincy Designs this week.

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  40. Another lovely blue wintery card. TFS with us at Mema's Crafts.

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  41. ooh this is sooo pretty, love all the details especially the snow.
    Thanks so much for taking the time to join our challenge at Ooh La La.
    Lynn x
    DT

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  42. Love the snow you added on top. Thanks for joining us at DCD this week

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  43. I LOVE this!!

    Thanks for joining us at Eureka Stamps this week.

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  44. A great winter scene! Love your snow! Thanks for joining us at Stamping sensations this month and good luck!

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  45. Great card thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspiration in this weeks challenge Hugs Tania (DT) xx

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  46. Beautiful !!! Love colours and image. Thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations Challenge!!! I hope you get to join us again for our next challenge. Agnieszka DT

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  47. Gorgeous card, I love everything about it! Thanks for joining us this week at Eureka Stamps for our Let It Snow Challenge.
    Karal DT

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  48. Another beauty!
    Thanks for playing in our "CHRISTMAS CARDS" Challenge #105!
    Sandi ♥
    DT Coordinator for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
    and Pattie's shop
    Home of Pattieboop and Allie!

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  49. Absolutely gorgeous! I just love the die cuts and the bow. Thanks for playing along at Clear It Out!

    Samantha
    -Clear it Out DT
    Designs by Sammy

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  50. Such a cute card! The snow on top of your image is the perfect wintry touch - thanks for joining our December challenge at One Crazy Stamper!

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  51. Beautiful card!Thank you for joining us at The Crazy Challenge this week,good luck!

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  52. What a fabby looking card Gail. It's so sweet and I love the colours and the dps and.... Thanks for joining us over at AUD sentiments. Merry Christmas!
    Love n hugs
    Marie

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  53. Your card is absolutely stunning, I love the stitching and the colours. It is so nice to hear such fond memories of winter. Thank you for sharing your card and your memories with us at CHNC Extra.

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  54. Gorgeous card!! Thanks for playing along with us at the Party Time Tuesdays Anything Goes Challenge!! :)

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  55. Lovely love the image thank you for joining us at Whoopsi Daisy Challenge Sue DT xx

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  56. this is gorgeous love it bless you for playing at TCP This week love hugs cheryl xxx

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  57. This is so beautiful...I love the pearls and the texture of your card..Great job! Thanks for joining our Challenge last week at 613 Avenue Create. Please come back again and link up to our new Challenge. God bless always!

    JO ANN
    http://jatterburycreations.blogspot.com

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  58. Brilliant love it ,Thank you for joining in Seemacrafts challenge ,Paulinemargaret DT xx

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  59. This is so cute. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.
    Pinky

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  60. Fantastic!!!!! Love it!!! Thanks for joining in this months challenge at Seemacrafts. Hugs, Donalda DTM

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  61. This is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for joining in with us at Digi Sketch Challenge and good luck!
    Marylee DT x

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  62. Hiya Thank You for joining us at the Paper Nest Dolls Challenge blog Your work is outstanding and a joy to see
    Hope to see you next challenge Merry Christmas and Best wishes for the holiday season From Sharon (DT member)

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  63. A lovely card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "Aything Goes with Christmas” challenge over at Come and Get it & good luck in the draw…
    Hope to see you again in our next challenge as well…

    Hugs,
    Melanie
    (DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)
    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)
    (DT Come and Get It)
    (DT Allways Something Creative)

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  64. Gorgeous coloring on this fabulous card! Thanks for playing with us at One Crazy Stamper and good luck in the challenge.

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  65. Lovely card thanks for joining us at Whoopsi Daisy, Louise x

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  66. What a beautiful card!! Thanks so much for joining us at Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge, hope you will join us again!
    Hugs
    Belinda
    belinda-lovestamping.blogspot.com

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  67. This is so perfect for our ‘CHRISTMAS’ theme. Just love the colours and design. Thanks for sharing your talent with us and good luck.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Fresh Brewed Designs DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  68. Super cute card, thanks for sharing and entering into the Sisters Of Craft Challenge. Happy Christmas. Gill SOC DT

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  69. What lovely frosty colours - a breath of fresh air, I love it! Wonderful colouring on the adorable image. Thanks so much for playing along at Country View Challenges.
    Alison x

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  70. You have made a really festive project for our month-long challenge at Pile It On, love this sweet stamp. Thank you for joining us and don't forget to check on Wednesday who's the winner. Good luck and best wishes for the new year!
    Hugs,
    Anna xxx

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