Sunday, November 27, 2011

Hooked on Craft Challenge #13 - Winter Wonderland

Hello My Fair Ladies,

First of all, I want to express huge CONGRATULATIONS to Karen (the owner of Hooked on Craft) and her husband on the birth of their twins. They were blessed with one of each! Everyone is doing well. Good work, Karen!

Well, November has almost crept right by! Thanksgiving is over, the Christmas tree is up, the outside Christmas lights are twinkling tonight, and I am so ready for a long winter's nap now that Thanksgiving is over!

How was your Thanksgiving? Ours was wonderful! The turkey was perfectly done and not all dry and nasty. My yam casserole was delish. This year, I added chopped dates to it and wow! Did it add a nice subtle flavor. It's weird, though as the dates must have dissolved as we couldn't find any pieces in the casserole at all. My homemade cranberry sauce was nice and refreshing. I always like to add dried fruit to it (even if they are rock hard). This year, I had some hard-as-rock blueberries which I added to the mix. By the time they were cooked and left to set for a couple of days, they were all plump again. The stuffing was a hit with DH as he loves my stuffing. It was a unanimous A+ dinner!

It's time again for a new challenge at Hooked on Craft Challenges. This time, the challenge is to create a card using a Winter Wonderland theme. Here are the details:

This challenge will run from November 28 to Dec. 10. This challenge may include snowmen, Christmas, penguins, cold things, blue, snowflakes, ice, snow - anything involving those cold Winter topics! You may incorporate it into your project in any way you wish. How fun is that? You're in the cat bird seat on this one, ladies! Go for it!

This challenge was right up my alley as Winter is my favorite season! I chose aqua, red, and white as my color scheme. I think it tuned out so well, too! What sayest thou?

Here is the front of my card:



For this panel, I used the delightful Snowman with Heart Buttons stamp from Hooked on Craft. I also used a Memory Box corner die, Magnolia Sweden Doo-hickey tag die set for the tag that is in the pocket. I colored the white mums a matching blue. Gotta love that you can recolor your flowers when you need to match them up! You can find the following products used on this panel at Hooked on Craft:

doily - http://www.hookedoncraft.com/embellishments/paper-lace-doylies/126mm-white-paper-lace-doylies-in-a-pack-25.html

red pearls - http://www.hookedoncraft.com/embellishments/self-adhesive-pearls/self-adhesive-red-pearls-pack-100.html

bird trinkey pin - http://www.hookedoncraft.com/embellishments/decorative-trinket-pins/garden-mix-trinket-pins/handmade-decorative-trinket-garden-mix-pins.html

snowflake charm - http://www.hookedoncraft.com/embellishments/metal-charms/10-pack-of-christmas-mix-of-metal-charms.html

snowman stamp - http://www.hookedoncraft.com/stamps/christmas/santa-snowmen/snowman-with-heart-buttons.html

large white rose - http://www.hookedoncraft.com/flowers-and-leaves/mulberry-paper-curly-roses/mulberry-paper-32mm-curly-roses/32mm-white-curly-mulberry-paper-roses-5-pack.html

red rosebuds - http://www.hookedoncraft.com/flowers-and-leaves/mulberry-paper-rosebuds/small-red-mulberry-paper-closed-rosebuds-20-pack.html

white holly leaves - http://www.hookedoncraft.com/flowers-and-leaves/mulberry-paper-leaves/white-holly-mulberry-paper-leaves-20-pack.html

white mum flowers - http://www.hookedoncraft.com/flowers-and-leaves/mulberry-paper-chrysanthemum-aster-flowers/15mm-white-mulberry-paper-chrysanthemum-aster-flowers-20-pack.html

This is the inside left of the card. i chose a paper line by Martha Stewart for this card. i liked this paper as the work was already done for me! LOL. The white areas are all nicely glittered during the paper production. I chose to repeat the same Memory Box corner die as I used on the front along with the red pearls and white mums. I also added teeny tiny gems to certain areas of the die cut to enhance the sparkle of my card. The red flower is from my stash.



You can find the following products at Hooked on Craft:

red pearls - http://www.hookedoncraft.com/embellishments/self-adhesive-pearls/self-adhesive-red-pearls-pack-100.html

white mum flowers - http://www.hookedoncraft.com/flowers-and-leaves/mulberry-paper-chrysanthemum-aster-flowers/15mm-white-mulberry-paper-chrysanthemum-aster-flowers-20-pack.html

Let's take a peek at the right side of my card. I like to leave this side blank so that the sender can write their own special message. For this side, I chose to use a Marianne Design Die for the center element. To the die cut, I added a blue piece that matches the background paper. I debated adding a white snowflake to the center of the bow but DH said he liked it better without. Think I should add a sweet white snowflake to the centerpoint of the bow? I finished it off with another corner die, teeny tiny gems, pearls, and flowers. Don't you just love that red and white snowflake ribbon?



The following items may be purchased at Hooked on Craft:

red pearls - http://www.hookedoncraft.com/embellishments/self-adhesive-pearls/self-adhesive-red-pearls-pack-100.html

white mum flowers - http://www.hookedoncraft.com/flowers-and-leaves/mulberry-paper-chrysanthemum-aster-flowers/15mm-white-mulberry-paper-chrysanthemum-aster-flowers-20-pack.html

Last, but not least, is a shot of the inside pages together.



Thank you so very, very much for stopping by! I hope I've provided a bit of inspiration for you so that you will participate in Challenge #13, Winter Wonderland. I can't wait to see your amazing creations!

XO,
Chris

I would like to enter this card into the following challeges:

20 comments:

Janiel/ janny said...

Hello Chris............THIS IS A VERY VERY STUNNING, FUN...over the top card!!! LOVE IT!!!!!!!

Riet said...

What a beautiful card Chris.
Hugs Riet.xx

Jackie Thomas said...

Hello my lovely. Wow! your card is simply stunning. The inside is as gorgeous as the front. I do hope you received the email I sent you last week thanking you for your generous package. Please let me know if you haven't received it and I will get back to you again.
Love xo Jackie

Madge H. said...

So cute Chris. Glad you are organized for Christmas......wanna come help me.....
Love the card - inside and outside.
~ rubber hugz ~

Barb Hardeman said...

Hi honey! This is absolutely stunning! I agree with everything the others have said. Your workmanship on this card is amazing and the coloring and arranging of design elements is just beautiful!!
Hugs,
Barb

Kelly said...

Yet another stunning creation Chris! Everything you make is wonderful!
Hugs, Kelly xxx

Paula said...

WOW! Fabulous card!!I love all the details...simply gorgeous, inside and out!!!

Christina C. said...

This is totally stunning, Chris, inside and out!!!! Beautiful work, as always. Loving that gorgeous Memory Box Corner Snowflake!!!!

Sandy said...

Wonderful!!!! Absolutely wonderful Chris. We actually had some snow yesterday but the son is out today. I love snow!!!!!
Sandy

cathylynn said...

HI Chris this is TOTALLY AWESOME!!! WOW oh WOW!! You're coloring is spectacular and everything is decorated to perfection. Great work as always!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

cathylynn said...

HI Chris this is TOTALLY AWESOME!!! WOW oh WOW!! You're coloring is spectacular and everything is decorated to perfection. Great work as always!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Jean said...

Oh Chris, this is just tooooo adorable.. I adore your snowman!!! He is too cute and I LOVE the color combination.. The inside is just a gorgeous as the outside... a great card.
Hugs, Jean

Patti Jo said...

Beautiful card Chris! Love the colors and layout inside and out! Don't ya just love those new dies?!!!
Fantastic work!

Liz's creative corner said...

Hi Chris lovw this so fresh cute card, love the memory box corner die too, hugs Liz xx

Linda said...

Oh my Chris!!!!! This is absolutely delightful!!!!! Your coloring is superb and the design is stunning!!!!!! Wow Fabulous!!!!!

Sandy said...

Beautiful card Chris - I love the inside!! Your Thanksgiving dinner sounds wonderful but I know you are a good cook. You ought to be a food writer - you make food sound so good!!!
Sandy

Sandy said...

See I am still checking and I still think this card is beautiful inside out out - HO HO HO

NGCARDS said...

A gorgeous card hun! xxx

julieprice3 said...

This is delightful Chris! Beautifully coloured and created, just lovely!
Hugs Julie P

Linda said...

Wow gorgeous christmas card inside and out!!!!! Wow beautiful job Chris!!!!! Merry Christmas!!!!