Warm Winter Wishes

I have a Christmas card for you today, now don't laugh, I know Christmas is 329 days away. But the girlies at Fab 'n' Funky have had a stroke of genius this year to help us mere mortals get on top of our Christmas card list in a less hurried manor, by making one of the Fab 'n' Funky Challenges a Christmas challenge each month. Clever don't you think? So although I'm not due to start on the team until next week, I thought I'd join in with the Fab team for this weeks challenge and kick off my Christmas card making for this year.

I've used a really pretty Delicious Doodles stamp that I've made up into a card with my lovely Australian friends in mind. We spent a gorgeous Winter Christmas/New Year with them in Scotland a few years ago. It was utterly enchanting as all of Scotland sparkled like a jewel with a hoarfrost the likes of which I'd never seen before and very likely will never see again in my lifetime. So this stunning Delicious Doodles image, reminded me so much of that time and of our lovely pals. This will be their Christmas card this year.


I used a linen textured card base and stamped the background swirls in Memento Summer Sky ink using a Magnolia large swirl stamp. I added the Carte Postale using a lovely Inkido stamp I bought from one of my favourite online stores - Live and Love Crafts. The white poinsettia I layered up from loose poinsettia elements available at Wild Orchid Crafts. I glittered the base petals and the top to give it just enough sparkle. I used my brand new Signature Die from Joanna Sheen for the Ivy Corner, cut from a paper that had a pretty sheen to it (no pun intended!) The snowflake is a Helz Cuppleditch wooden ornament, which I painted with an Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber in Pearl and then sprinkled with Glitter Magic. I wanted to soften the background before putting the 'postcard' on, so I added a little white muslin behind the image. I finished the embellishments with a tiny blue grosgrain bow which I stitched some little Christmas bells to.


I used the same white paper with the pretty sheen that I used for the Ivy to line the inside of the card and stamped the sentiment using a lovely Amy R Stamp from CC Designs called Scripted Greetings. I used Ranger Distress ink in Faded Jeans to stamp the sentiment both inside the card and the Carte Postale on the front.


The wonderful Delicious Doodles image comes in black and white, so I gave it a little tweak to make it blue added liberal amounts of Stickles Star Dust, carefully inked the boat and castle in Flexmarkers to add a little warmth to those and cut the image with deckle edged scissors to give an old fashioned 'postcard' effect. I hope you like what I did with this lovely image and if you've ever had a go at doing something similar yourself let me know so I can come have a looksy. 

For those of you who have never seen a hoarfrost, I've included a few pics from our travels of this stunning phenomenon. Thanks for popping in today. Do pop on over to the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge blog to check out what my talented teamies have been up to and to join in the current 'Christmas' challenge. Hugs, Wends x

Stunning Loch Oich - Hoarfrost Mirror

Georgia and Aaliyah
The Hoarfrost Up Close - Georgie & the Robin

Georgia on a frosty bench
My Daughter Georgie Enjoying The Frost

Stunning Roadside Icicles

Urquhart Castle
Beautiful Urquhart Castle

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz Challenge: #215 ~ Monochrome
Passion For Promarkers: #232 ~ Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #41 ~ Anything Goes
Milk Coffee Challenge: Monochromatic Challenge
The Squirrel & The Fox: #62 ~ Use Embellishments
Dream Valley Challenges: #74 ~ NO Designer Paper
Live & Love Crafts: #19 ~ Perfume = Davidoff Cool Water
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations: #67 ~ Something New (My Joanna Sheen Ivy Corner Die)


Pat K said…
WOW Wendy...this is gorgeous. You've really captured the feel of the hoarfrost (this is the first I've heard of a hoarfrost and it's spectacular in your pics...tfs). I'm so glad you've joined us on the team and look forward to working with you. hugs, Pat K x
Pat said…
Absolutely gorgeous card Wendy, love that beautiful image and your card design, welcome to the team. Your photo's are fabulous wish I could see a hoarfrost like this in real life.

Pat xx
Judith said…
Gorgeous card Wends - the blue and white is perfect to represent the frosty scene youve created. I live in the far North east of England on the coast (not far from the Scottish border) and we sometimes get frosts like that - probably due to the damp coastal weather in winter. I didn't really appreciate the beauty of it - because its just "normal" and cold!. - thank you for making my normal beautiful - though we haven't had any this year as we haven't had any really cold mornings yet. - I'm sure your friends will love this card to remind them og your special times together hugs Judith x
coops said…
Stunning card Wendy.I love your stylish design and the scenic image is fantastic,
Thanks for joining in my theme this week at PFP :D

xx coops xx
Jane Savage said…
What a stunning card, Wendy (and stunning photos too). Love how the glitter has given a real icy feel. Just beautiful.
Thank you for joining us at the MilkCoffee Challenge. Jane xx
Beccy said…
Love what you have done with this image its stunning - the hoarfrost looks lovely takes me back to my childhood. Welcome to the team hugs Beccy x
Wendy said…
Welcome to the team Wendy, love your card it's gorgeous, fabulous image and your photos are fab too.
Wendy xx
Cathy P said…
What a beautiful card and lovely pictures. Thanks for linking up with us this week at the Sister Act Card Challenge.
Cathy xx
Wow! This is gorgeous Wendy! You did a fabulous job on this card. It is awe inspiring. Love your embellishments; which fit with our theme this week.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful creation with us at The Squirrel and The Fox.

I am your newest follower and would love to have you follow my blog also.
Hope to see you again next challenge. Have a wonderful week! Hugs, Gloria DT

Kelly D said…
Wow wendy this is great! I LOVE how you have coloured it in and the embellishments that you have used!
Kelly x
paper fun said…
Your card is breathtaking. I have long admired this image from Delicious Doodles and I never thought about changing the color of the ink.

Shirley said…
OMG! Your card is absolutely beautiful! I love the blue tints and all the sparkle, simply stunning!

PaperDaisies said…
Absolutely stunning. Great card design. TFS those stunning photos too. Thank you for joining us over at Crafty Catz. Hugs Nina
Unknown said…
Hi Wendy,
Well done you for getting started on your X-mas cards this early and congrats on your DT position! Beautiful card; the image looks amazing with the stardust applied. Stunning photos as well...reminds me so much of Sweden. Thanks for linking up to the LLC challenge. Take care.

Hugz, Sandy
Owner & Operator @ Live & Love Crafts
Shelly said…
Gorgeous card Wendy! Thanks so much for joining us at Passion for Promarkers this week! Good Luck x
Julie said…
Beautiful card and beautiful pictures! Thanks for joining us at a Passion for Promarkers, Juliexx
mixamatoasties said…
Beautiful card, I've admired that image for a while. Maybe it's time to get it. Love your photos too.

Thanks for sharing at Dream Valley this time.

Charlene said…
Wow what a beautiful card. Love the image that you used, and the softness of your card. Wonderful! Thank you for taking the time and sharing with us at Whimsy Stamps for the something new challenge.

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