Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Warmth of Winter

The new two-week challenge at Frilly and Funkie is called The Warmth of Winter and we want to see vintage or shabby chic projects that will warm the heart of someone close to you.

When I started to make this card I thought I was supposed to make a winter project (note to self:  Read slowly rather than glance and assume - lol).  At the time however, it was -25C here with a wind chill of -32C and I could not equate winter with warm no matter how hard I tried.  Then I decided to get away from the traditional winter colours of blue and white and give winter activities a warmer feel and in the end I think this will warm someone's heart - it does mine.  The only thing missing is a steaming mug of hot chocolate with mini marshmallows.

I used some Recollections card stock to make my card blank and then started on my background.  I cut a square of white card stock and sponged it all over with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  Then I used some white Archival ink to randomly stamp a variety of snowflakes on it.  Some of the stamps came from an Artistic Outpost set and some from a stamp set that I bought in the UK and have misplaced the packaging so I don't know the manufacturer.

A strip of Maja paper was added across the background and then I put some lovely brown crochet lace on top.  I found the fabulous vintage image at xx and after I inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink I mounted it on some brown natural paper and then both were mounted on another co-ordinating piece of Maja paper. Note:  I didn't realize that I hadn't given credit for the image and just left a placeholder so my apologies but when I get back I promise to edit this post again to show where I got it - sure hope dementia isn't catchy :)

The sled and skates were cut with my Cameo and then inked with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The lacing for the skates is just ordinary thread but the sled pull is some May Arts burlap string.

I cut a flourish from some copper metallic paper and added it to the bottom of the image and then added some wooden snowflakes that were rubbed with Rose Quartz Treasure Gold paste.  Finally I made some copper centres to the stamped snowflakes with a Viva Pearl Pen.

I am in Medicine Hat, Alberta this week checking up on my 91 year-old Mother-in-Law, who was moved from independent living to assisted living in her seniors' home last week.  She has had dementia for some time but now it is like a snowball rolling down hill and picking up speed so we are happy she will be getting a bit more help and will be safer with more staff around her.

The following products used in the creation of this card came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique - a great place to shop with discounted prices and top-notch customer service.


  1. This is wonderful! I saw it on the frilly and funkie site and had to pop over to your site. So many great ideas, thanks for sharing.

  2. Fabulous! I love Retro. Sure would love to know the identity of 'xx'! Hugs, Yvonne

  3. Cec, you've hit this one out of the ball park!!! It's a gorgeous retro winter card in fabulous colors and with such a warm 'feel'. I love it!!!


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