Sep 1, 2016

On a Calm Winter's Night

Hello Everyone!
WOW!  Here we are in September!
Where is the time going ... just moves along so quickly these days!
I've heard "the older you get the faster it goes' . . .
Well they weren't kidding!  LOL

Anyways, Darlene with you today and I have a card to share that was created
with the upcoming holiday season in mind.  I love to share
my cards with friends & family so I really need to get busy if 
I'm going to have enough when the time comes!

 The dies I have used on this creation are:

The Sue Wilson Poinsettia Mini Background comes as a 
three die set.  I used 2 of the 3 dies ... the outer frame and cut
the center out using gold metallic card stock.

Using the 'center cut die', I cut a white panel which I then sponged with Tim Holtz distress inks to create the sky.  Next came my cottage scene which I die cut from white card stock and decorated at the end.  Here's a glimpse of the card before all the final touches were added:

I chose to use Crystal Stickles to add the sparkle of fresh fallen snow to the roof & ground then wanted a pop of color so added Red Stickles to the 'berry' portion of the frame.  Could have easily also added green for the leaves but was afraid of 'overwhelming' this serene scene.

It would also be fun to add this frame to 'sticky paper' and burnish the various areas with red, green & white fine glitter ... how pretty would that be (I'll have to give that a go next time!). Please remember, each an every day of the month there's a new inspiration sample shared here on the blog by this fabulous design team.  Please be sure to pop in regularly.

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  1. Your card is beautiful Darlene, such a gorgeous, peaceful scene. I love how you have made the elegant frame in gold.
    Some great ideas and tips, thank you! I

  2. Oh, Darlene! Beautiful, serene, and such a lovely keepsake! It's so pretty that I would want it on the mantle or table top as a Christmas decoration every year!

  3. That gold frame really sets the stage for your beautiful winter scene! Love your snowy landscape you have added too! And yes add different glitters too, oh my word....that would be AWESOME! Happy September! YAY!!!

  4. I love the frame......saw it in the store but didn't know it was this pretty until I saw it on your card. Now I need it. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  5. This is so pretty Darlene! I too, am loving the gold frame around this beautiful scene! Stunning work!!

  6. Oh wow that is gorgeous, I love how you have the deer coming out of the scene onto that terrific framing... I really need to get started on my Christmas cards too!


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