Sunday, September 9, 2012

Cheerful Snowflakes

The days are getting shorter and I'm realizing the my beloved summer is coming to an end.  I'm okay saying goodbye to the super hot days, but I'll miss the outdoor fun, the long days, the evening walks, the warm nights, and the more carefree feeling that goes hand in hand with summer.  Fall and I have a love-hate relationship.  I love the colors and the cooler (80s, 70s and even some 60s--but not cold) weather but I hate that it gets dark earlier and that Winter is just around the corner.

I actually sat down and stamped for a few minutes today.  It's the first time I've had a chance to in almost three weeks--that is way too long!  I was hoping to get more than one card done, but the end of nap time brought and end to my stamping.  Oh well, at least I finished one card.  I needed some inspiration to get me back in the stamping groove, so I turned to the color challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  I love combining yellow, green, and blue on cards, and I thought this combo was especially striking (and one that I may not have come up with on my own).  I decided to think a little outside the box with this combo and I used it with snowflakes!  Normally I would have chosen something floral or more playful, but I wanted to use my new Snowflake Soiree stamp set.  I think my biggest problem with Winter is the darkness, so I decided to help ward off the Winter Depression by using a bright and cheerful color palette with the snowflakes.  I often use a variety of blues with snowflake stamps, and maybe I've occasionally used green (with red), but I think this is the first time that I've stamped a yellow snowflake--oops, hope that's not bad--I didn't even think about it until now :)

My supplies are: ink and card stock in Daffodil Delight, Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise, and Not Quite Navy, stitched grosgrain ribbon in Daffodil Delight, Stampin' Up!'s Snowflake Soiree stamp set, Stampin' Dimensionals (to pop up my greeting a little) and the designer label punch.  I actually cut a 1-1/4" strip of white card stock to stamp my greeting on and then I decided that it needed a little pizazz, so I fed it through the back of the designer label punch and punched just the one edge with it.  I did the same with the celery card stock, although it is cut at 1-3/8" (a tight fit for the punch, but it worked).

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  1. I totally LOVE your use of the colors with a Christmas themed card, they work SO great together! Thanks for playing along this week at HSS!

  2. So Pretty!!! Love the layers!!! Love the pop with the daffodil ribbon!! Thanks for playing along with Hand Stamped Sentiments, Diane

  3. I adore a non traditional colored card....and you had me giggling about the yellow snowflake. Thanks for playing with us at HSS.

  4. Yay! I'm so glad you used the colors for snowflakes, I think it looks fabulous! Very happy looking Christmas/Winter card. Thanks for playing at Hand Stamped Sentiments! Erika

  5. What a clever idea to use the snowflakes with these colors. This is a very cheerful card. So glad you played with us this week at HSS.