Saturday, December 11, 2010


The temperatures in Florida over the past several days -- and again what they will be early next week have not had the feeling of the South! I've made a few cards using this cute little snowman set from Mark's Finest Papers called Snowman Country. Now, Florida is not snowman country, but it's definitely been cold.

My first card was made for Speedy's Friends challenge to use paper piecing, which is a fun technique.

I cut a Labels Eleven shape several times -- once in blue and twice in white, ripping the white so that the layers would form snow drifts. I sponged on some Palette Ballet Blue to emphasize the layers of snow. Then I stamped the tree and snowman over the layers. After stamping them again I pieced them over top of the original images. The tree was actually stamped on some fern DP I had in my stash, but the ferns were the right shape for the tree. I stamped the snowman again on a piece of Basic Grey Wassail DP and cut out the hat brim, scarf and gloves -- then pieced them over the white snowman. I added some Polar White Flower Soft for the snow. Because the white Flower Soft works much better over white, I painted a little Copic Opaque white paint on the tree branches. The background DP on the card is from this year's DCWV Winter matstack.

Using the same papers and stamps, I made a card for this morning's Inspiration Challenge, the site for which was Shabby Apple.

When I was at StampFest last year, I found these wonderful little shaker card pouches -- no more foam tape! I used one of the round ones to make my card today, which was inspired by the color of this dress. I'm still making Christmas cards, so this one fits right in! When I stamped the snowman, I inadvertently used ivory cardstock instead of white, so I used some Copic White Opaque paint to add the snow on the ground and on the tree. I added some Flower Soft to "shake" around the snowglobe.
I thought I would show you these wonderful salt and pepper shakers, which my best friend made about ten years ago, when she was making ceramics. She has since started rubber stamping, and I think the ceramics hobby has gone away.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Joanne (jojot) said...

this is fab, Lois....loving both your snowmen creations....

Joanne Travis said...

Love both of your snowmen cards and those fabulous tree shakers.
Thanks for joing Speedy's Friends this week also!

redwasher1 said...

Both of your cards are fantastic!!!

Becky said...

Both of these are adorable.

RD said...

Actually I made these salt & pepper shakers at least 22 years ago. Time flies when you're having fun!

Anonymous said...

So beautiful! Must be a family trait to make fabulous things. Guess Who?