Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Snowman Circle

So I finally had some time on Sunday night to sit down and browse through the Fan Club Gallery on Splitcoast. Wowzers...those are talented stampers! If you want to see what it's all about, Splitcoast has generously opened up the December Fan Club Gallery to all registered users and if you like it you can subscribe for future galleries. 

Anyway, this card uses some of the fabulous techniques I saw the Dirty Girls using on their cards. Things I just wouldn't think of on my own, but I'm quite happy to CASE.  :)

The sketch is from Amy Rysavy's Friday Sketch. I made one small change though, I didn't add a sentiment in the upper right corner...two reasons...I thought my card had enough on it and I'm really into cards with no sentiment right now. 

The image is Snowman Circle from Stamping Bella (he arrived with my Polar Bear Circle last week). He's stamped with Memento black onto Gina K pure luxury and coloured with copics. I used a combination of Marvy punches (the 2" circle and the 2.5" scallop circle) and a circle nestie to get the layers just right. The snowman is layered on a circle of baja blue, then a scallop of chocolate chip. I added dazzling diamonds to the falling snow and also the ground.

The card base is Gina K 120lb white, followed by a piece of old olive. The patterned paper is from SU's Ski Slope pack. One of the techniques I've borrowed for this card is the sewing on the base layer. Sure, I've sewed with zig-zags and straight stitches, but I've never thought to combine them. Jennifer Buck did it on her card in the Dirty Gallery and I totally LOVE the look!

The other element I borrowed from my friend Joanne B. She does these cute little touches on her bows, like on this card in the Dirty Gallery. So I made a tailored bow with my May Arts chocolate polka dot ribbon, then I added a button from SU, tied with linen thread. Too cute!!!

The last little detail is the snowflake (Martha punch) layered onto a chocolate circle so it'll stand out more and secured with an SU rhinestone brad. 

This could certainly be a winter birthday card too...hmmm...it may not make it til next December. See, I'm kinda moving away from Christmas cards.  {grin}

Thanks for stopping by!


Stamp and Smile said...

Hi Karen... Thanks for the lovely comments on my blog!! Now, you have an AWESOME blog girl!!! :) I just love the DP on this card and the straight stitch with a “zigzag” stitch here and there. Very fun idea! Great ribbon choice too. Merry Christmas! :)

Leslie said...

You and Dana are SO BFF - you posted cards with the same designer paper on the same day! And look at your sewing skills now, my friend! Lovely card.

Joanne B. said...

Beautiful and so so cute! Love all the extra details. Love the mixed stitching! and, even though I love my loopy fluffy bows, I'm finding even those naked lately without a little extra button or SOMETHING. ;-)

Merry Christmas!!!

AmyR said...

Gorgeous card!! Thanks for playing along and Happy New Year!