Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Snowday Joy

As a former school teacher, I remember well the days of the first snowfall!   Someone would exclaim, "It's SNOWING!!"  and that would be it for the day, pretty much.  Noses would be pressed against the window watching the little flakes of snow come down, tentative at first, then with more and more enthusiasm, until the ground began to turn white. 

They could hardly wait to get out in it, even though it was almost a guarantee that someone would come in soaking wet, someone else crying because they slipped and fell, and at least two or three more in trouble for throwing snowballs.

But it was always fun watching the unfettered joy it would bring to the kids as they slid, danced and created awesome snow sculptures. There are days when I really wish I could recapture that joy, without all the concerns that adulthood brings with it.

I hope my next card recaptures it a little, with two stamp sets, one appropriately named Snow Day, and the other called Banner Christmas.  This is another in the series of designs for our weekend retreat.

  • I'm getting a lot of mileage out of the Winter Frost Specialty DSP for these designs.  This one is Island Indigo with Whisper White Snowflakes.
  • The main Whisper White panel is layered with Coastal Cabana cardstock.  The snowman is stamped with Smoky Slate and stamped of twice before applying to the cardstock, so it would be light enough.
  • I added the toque (Canadian snowman, definitely) and scarf in Coastal Cabana ink, the eyes, mouth and buttons in StazOn Jet Black, the carrot in Tangerine Tango and the arms, though hard to see here, in Early Espresso.
  • I stamped the Joy Banner stamp in Coastal Cabana ink and used an Island Indigo Stampin' Write Marker to add the Island Indigo shadow.  I then hand cut the individual banners.
  • I tied two fork bows, one on either end of a Bermuda Bay 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon and attached the banners to it using glue dots.  I then added it to the card front, putting each bow in one of his hands.

I'm thinking of using this cute fellow to document my progress, selling stamp sets during the 25th Anniversary Stamp Sale from Oct. 22 - 28.  I'm aiming to sell 25 sets and I could add one more element to the snowman for every three sets I sell!

Here are photos of all the sets that are on sale for 25% off:

So, I've already sold 4 sets, so I've added his face.  He needs a name - Sheldon!  What do you think?  Don't forget that for every $25 you order you also get an extra entry in the Mystery Hostess Contest.  Hostess Code is H7CWVP3K!  I need your orders by noon on Monday, Oct. 28!

Each feature added equals 3 stamp sets sold.  Next thing Sheldon gets is a nose!
Stamps:  Snow Day (w131892; c131895); A Banner Christmas (w130252; c130255)
Paper:  Winter Frost Specialty Design Series Paper (132341); Smoky Slate Textured 12 x 12 Cardstock (132131); Coastal Cabana (131297) and Whisper White (100730) cardstock.
Ink:  StazOn Jet Black (101406); Classic Stampin' Pads in Smoky Slate (131179), Coastal Cabana (131175), Tangerine Tango (126946) and Early Espresso (126974); Stampin' Write Marker in Island Indigo (131262 as part of the Regals collection)
Accessories:  1/8" Taffeta Ribbon in Bermuda Bay (131206)
StazOn Jet Black Ink Pad

Winter Frost Specialty DSP

A Banner Christmas Stamp Set

Bermuda Bay 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon

Smoky Slate Textured 12 x 12 card stock

Snow Day Stamp Set

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