Shana Gaff
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Oh the weather outside is...

Changing!  I don't know how the weather has been where YOU live, but we have had the hottest, driest summer here in Northeastern Indiana.  It has been near 100 degrees all summer, but is now cooling down FAST.  For the past couple of days it has been in the 70s, getting down to the 50s at night!  Those of you who know me well know that I am ALWAYS cold, so I am not enjoying waking up and having to put on sweats and a sweatshirt when I get out of bed.  I was happy with 100 degrees, really!  We still have a few more weeks left of summer, and I want it to FEEL like summer. :(

The upside to this cooling weather is that it has put me in the mood to make some Christmas cards!  I found a great color combination for snowy weather at Paper Players and decided to pair it with an awesome sketch I found at Create with Connie and Mary

At first glance the colors seem to be kind of dreary, which was okay with me for a Christmas card because that is exactly how I would describe winter weather!  I am not a fan of winter at all and it seems to hang around FOREVER here in Indiana!  I always ask myself why a coldblooded person like me would live in a state where it is always cold.  I haven't figured out why yet because I am always complaining about the weather!  I even take a blanket in to church with me EVERY Sunday because the air conditioning is always blowing right down at me, and even under the pew at my feet.  I just can't win, no matter the season. :)  Whoa, I am WAY off track here!  Here is my card:
I really like the way it turned out and don't think the colors look gloomy at all.  The Brushed Silver Cardstock along the bottom and the rhinestones give it a little extra oomph.  I really would have liked to add another layer of trees with the Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Stampin' Pad that we now offer in the Holiday Catalog, but I don't have it yet!  I think I will have to go back and add that in when I get it, just to see how it works. 
Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, Take Care
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Shimmer White, Brushed Silver
Ink: Going Gray, Black StazOn, Baja Breeze
Tools: Finishing Touches Edgelits, Stripes Embossing Folder, Sponge Dauber
Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Basic Black Scallop Dots Ribbon, Neutrals DSP stack


  1. Oh what a BEAUTIFUL soft and serene card....just wonderful! Thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

  2. Very nice card! I was just thinking about this stamp set yesterday and had an idea with it - so I'm glad to see that you used it an reminded me of that. I'd love to see the second version with the Illuminate pad too. I'm glad you joined our challenge this week at Create with Connie and Mary!

  3. Well, I'm no fan of winter but this is fantastic! The colors are moody but capture a snow night perfectly! Thanks for joining us at Create With Connie and Mary!

  4. Love how soft & gentle the scenery is! This is just beautiful! Thanks for playing along this week at Create with Connie & Mary!

  5. Love, Love, LOVE!! Just a perfect winter scene! Great job!

  6. Wow!! This really does look like a snowy, wintry day!! I love it!! What a super creative way to use these colors!! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

  7. Very, very the cool tones on your wintery card! I agree...nights have gotten considerably cooler lately here in central Ohio, too! Thanks for playing along with the sketch challenge this week on Create with Connie and Mary!

  8. LOVE how this card turned out and I definitely will be CASEing this beauty. Thank you so much for playing along with us at Create With Connie and Mary. I look forward to seeing your work at our next challenge!

  9. Very pretty winter scene. Love all the detailing to get the colors just right for winter. Thanks for playing the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge this week!

  10. Oh this is so soft and serene--just beautiful! These bare winter trees are perfect for our color challenge. Great job with both challenges! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players!

  11. I love this! Ironically I started with that same stamp image - I just couldn't get it to work for me. I still have the image I'll be CASEing this one! Thanks for the inspiration and for playing with The Paper Players.

  12. This is such a great way to use these colors and they are perfect for a wintry card!! The sky is gorgeous!!