Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Hello fabulous friends,

Would you believe the snow that fell over a week ago is still on our lawn? It's been that cold that it hasn't melted! I don't remember snow ever lasting this long! I'm getting an extra treat - seeing snow without having to clean it up! I'm sorry for those of you who are getting blasted with unassembled snowmen! I wouldn't want snow all the time.

Oh, and do you remember all the rain we had - with all the flooding? Well, all that water elevated the water level in Lake Mead two feet! Lake Mead is huge! It has a surface area of 247 miles and is 110 miles in length. For it to go up two feet is amazing. That's a lot of water (most of which came from our Virgin River).

It looked like snow here today. I got up at 4:30 A.M. and worked on a project. Then, I made avocado cornmeal muffins which were yummy! After lunch, I pulled out the slow cooker and got a huge pot of ham and bean soup going. My house smells soooo good!

I have two cards to share with you today. The first card is for DH's birthday later this month. I'm submitting it to Just Magnolia Week 89 challenge - My Favourite Things.I made the card a couple of days before the challenge was posted. I hope it counts. I used three Tilda stamps, a Magnolia background stamp, Distress Inks, two different texture pastes for the snow and snowballs, Icicle Stickles on the falling snowflakes and snow, and cotton for the hat pom poms and boot tops. The inside is also done with matching paper, ribbon, and stamp. It showcases one of my favorite things - snow! Living in the desert southwest, we don't get much snow like other areas. It's such a treat when we do! Click on thumbnail to see larger image. Here it is:

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I am so loving using Distress Inks! They are just a pleasure to use!

The next card is a thinking of you card for a friend. For this card, I used Copic markers, black PP with silver foil swirls, silver metallic cardstock, Cuttlebug embossing folder, silver glittered cardstock for the punched snowflakes, texture paste for the snow on the ground, Stickles, Nesties, rhinestones, ribbon, and white cardstock. Here it is:

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So, two cards using two different techniques. I hope those who get them love them. I sure hate parting with them! Do you find that the more you work on the cards with these adorable stamps, the harder it is to give them away? It sure is for me!

Thank you so much for stopping by. I know you have a busy, busy life. Your visits mean the world to me.

Have a good one!

XO,
Chris

27 comments:

Karen's Fun Blog said...

Your cards are gorgeous!! : )

Barb Hardeman said...

Hi Chris, brrrrrrr! It's cold every where! Well, you've been a busy gal with all of this fabulous creating! These are wonderful. The winter scene is so cute, and the silver and grey card is so elegant! You've done a great job on both of your cards...hugs...Barb

Suzanne J Dean said...

These are FABULOUS Chris--love the fun winter scene you've created and your distress inks look wonderful. The other card is so elegant and pretty too--beautifully done!

hugz,
Suzanne

Rosie said...

Wow Chris, your cards are awesome! Love the different texture elements and your coloring with distress inks is fabulous. I just bought some inks, but haven't tried them out yet. Great job!

Only By His Grace said...

Super job on both these cards. Now I am also a fan of distress inks. You have colored beautifully with them. Love the scene.
You are so talented to master both of these mediums. excellent job.
Hugs Maz

Candy said...

Chris,
I love your work!
The little scene is lovely with a great sentiment.
Great painting and textures!
Love the second card - it is really elegant. Love the silver snowflakes.
We are getting snow today and tonight - it is really piling up - windy as well. Wonder what it will look like by morning?
Hugs, Candy

Iulia said...

Both cards are fabulous. I just love the winter scene in the first one. The coloring is just great. You must have put some work into it, but the result is outstanding!
Hugs, iulia

Patti Jo said...

Both cards beautifully done! Love the snowball scene with Tilda just standing there innocently not expecting to get pelted with snowballs! Really cute!!! Terrific job Chris!!!

Madge H. said...

Love your sweet snow scenes Chris. Two beauties. I agree, parting with the cards is sometimes hard....after all they are "children".
~ rubber hugs, inky wishes ~
Madge

angel4031 said...

WOW both of your cards are great! xx

jamiegee said...

Chris, all of your work is just gorgeous! Your choice of paper and your coloring are awesome.

Hugs,Jamie

Beth said...

Chris, both cards are gorgeous! You did a wonderful job with both techniques! TFS, and keep warm! :)

Sharon Keanly said...

Beautiful cards Chris... stunning and I just love your blog background too. Sending you rays of sunshing from sunny South Africa, hope it helps a bit...smile...hugs Sharon

Kim said...

Nicely done!! I have yet to try my distress inks, call me chicken. You did a great job with yours. The coloring on both is beautiful.
Hugs,
Kim

wljp65 said...

I love the winter scene, I am sure the scan doesn't do it justice!! Love the grays on the second card too!

Wendy - daffygal

Juliep said...

Both your cards are totally adorable. I love the snowball fight and the all white is always a favorite winter color of mine. Both are very fitting for the weather we are having. Like you, its like a a winter wonderland outside. Definitely not used to this kind of weather being from FL. I can't think of a better way to spend a snow day though. Stay warm!

Myrna said...

Beautiful job on both of your cards Chris! Love all your little extras you did to make them special! We just had 6.5" of snow over the last couple of days. Ours will last too as we are in the sub-zero range now. ICK!!

Leslie Avila said...

Chris,
Loving both of your very wintery cards! I need to try that puffy snow. lol Nicely done!

Blessings from Georgetown,
Leslie

P.S. How are your knees? I know that the cold weather is probably not helping!

Rene said...

Brrrr...I need some hot chocolate now after looking at these beauties! I looooove the snowballs! Beautiful cards!
Rene :D
P.S. Keep warm!

Christina C. said...

Absolutely stunning, Christine! I'm going to attempt to learn to use those darn inks...love,love the look!!!!

cathylynn said...

Hi Chris, Wonderful cards you've created. Wow girls you're on a roll with the distress inks! Great coloring!! Both card are fabulous and I know it's sometimes hard to part but I look at it this way, I'll make another card but not always the same. Hey keep up creating and I look forward to more of your posts! Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

THE HOOSIER STAMPER said...

Oh, I love this card. It is darling! Thanks for visiting my blog. HUGS! Leah Ann

Sandy said...

Hey Chris!!!!!!!!! You are going to town with those distress inks! Still waking up in the morning with new plans swirling in you head? LOL!
This card is too cute for words - don't cha just love it when you hit the mark and this card has my friend. I love it!!
Sandy Dehon

Sandy said...

Her I go again -- card number two.
Beautiful - I am just gonna have to break down and do some white on white stuff with just a hint of color. This card is so beautiful Chris - congratulations on a card well done!
Sandy Dehon

Pam S. said...

Adorable Tilda cards Chris! love the Winter scene. A good snowball fight now and then is fun to watch! lol TFS!
Pam Going Postal

Lisette Morris said...

So Cute!!! Great winter scene!

becca said...

Lovely cards Chris! The winter scene looks better than any bought card and the white one is sooo elagant! I love the grey colouring of Tilda! Hugs, Becca