Friday, May 22, 2015

dashing thru the snow... seriously?

why, yes! what could be more appropriate to kick off the unofficial start of summer than to make holiday cards which feature snow?! ok, yeah, it might not be the typical memorial day weekend activity, but it *is* the sort of thing we love to do at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥!

watercolor paper: strathmore; paints: artist's loft; kosher salt: wegmans; white glossy cardstock: paper accents; patterned paper: basic grey, glitz design; white glitter snowflake stickers: recollections; white glitter alphas: mambi (courtesy of miss leslie, ta v much!); label die: tim holtz; xl snowflake punch: ek success; silk poinsettia: michaels; brad: american crafts; doily "liberated" from my mom's china cupboard; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine

as you know, i've become pretty addicted to watercolor paints lately, so when i had trouble finding just the right shade of blue in my paper collection, i decided to make my own. i painted a few different shades of blue and grey in random patches, then sprinkled a little bit of salt on top and let the paint dry. when i rubbed off the salt, there were cool little crystaline clusters of white, that kind of resemble the frosty patches you see on windows when it's really cold. i added a few white white glittery snowflake stickers, a flower + snowflake cluster and sparkly letters before calling it a (snow) day! the effect is hard to capture in a photo (at least it is if you're me... which... i usually am...) but here's a closeup that's slightly better:

for the placement of my elements, i used the current cardabilities sketch (#123) again... mostly because i thought i could do a much more faithful version of the sketch than i managed the other day (even though i do like that card, too).

need some more snowy inspiration to get you started? well, i happen to know that stephanie has made an awesome card just for that purpose. go check it out at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥!


  1. Your blue gray watercoloring is absolutely fabulous, Lauren... and I love the machine stitching through the JOY letters! SO pretty!!!

  2. I love this card! The colors, the die cut, everything about it. So glad you shared with us at Cardabilities.

  3. WOW what a beautiful creation! Awesome take on our sketch ... so glad you decided to share! Thanks so much for joining our challenge at Cardabilities! We hope you’ll join us again real soon! Good Luck!

  4. Wow, wowee! This is a stunner girl! I LOVE this so much - such a fabulous background you've created. You make it sound so easy! So how bout if I come by for a visit and you walk me through it k? Do I ever want to try this!
    Fabulous layers and I too love the stitched sentiement - perfection!
    Shanna :)

  5. This looks so beautiful.. love the water coloring.. thanks for joining in with Cardabilities ..

  6. I am in love with your background, it's spectacular Lauren! Snow huh?! It's 30 C in the shade but I will give it a try LOL

  7. Love your watercolor background! Great solution to th ECBBTOIN...a Leslie acronym, I believe...every color blue but the one I need. Gorgeous!

  8. Well, M'Lady, thanks to you, I now have drool all over my keyboard! This card is gorgeous in every way! :)


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