Sunday, August 7, 2011

I'm Snow Easily Distracted

I've been struggling with what to do for the fifth Christmas card that dear friend Mary Lee has requested. My muse has been either asleep or on holiday as she hasn't been much help lately. I like the idea of incorporating fabric into the cards for her since Mary Lee is an avid quilter. At this point I have five cards completed but think I will take two from the pile and replace them with two other (yet to be created) cards that include fabric scraps. I'll have to ponder this one for awhile... (attention Muse - that is your cue to snap to attention!)

I decided to use the star and a similar layout to a previous card but the rest of the elements...well that happened by way of design cabal...move a stack of DVDs...see the box of corsage pins that were transferred from my mother's house...suddenly a pin seemed appropriate for the star...the pin led me to believe that a dangley of some kind was absolutely necessary - thus the snowflake (previously dangling from an earring). The decision to add a pin to the star prompted the need to open the craft tool drawer to get a needle nose pliers to snip the pointy end of the corsage pin off...and poof...a reminder that I have colored staples!

So now I have shared how UNPLANNED my cards usually are. AND you can see how easily I become distracted by just about anything!

~Base card Paper Trey Ink Kraft cardstock - edges smudged using Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip
~Layer of My Mind's Eye Signature Christmas - edges smudged using Color Box Blue Lagoon - notice the shimmer on the design paper - YUM!
~Lower layer of design paper is more My Mind's Eye Signature Christmas - edge torn and smudged using Color Box Blue Lagoon, attached with three turquoise staples
~Three layers of fabric for the star, single layer of machine stitching
~Corsage pin
Challenges and InspirationsChristmas Card - (the earring snowflake is a repurpose/recycle)
Dream Valley - distressing
Inspire Me Fridays - anything goes
Just Add Ink - tearing/distressing
Raise the Bar - anything goes
Stamp Man - stitching
Craft Us Crazy - anything goes
For Your Inspiration - photo inspiration

Thank you for clicking by,
Nancy in Iowa


  1. Really like this and especially with the little charm. Very vintage looking and just lovely.

  2. Lovely card! Great take on the inspiration photo. So glag you joined us at FYI!

  3. what a lovely card thank you for playing along at Raise the Bar this week
    Love Jan

  4. Gorgeous card. That star is fab! Thanks for joining us at Dream Valley :-) Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

  5. Beautiful card! Love that you pulled the colors from the photo to create this lovely card! Thanks for joining us at FYI!

  6. This is beautifully crafted - thank you for joining in the FYI challenge (Hazel, Guest Designer)x

  7. Love your abstract star - very creative. Chantell

  8. Great take on the challenge - thanks so much for playing along at FYI!

  9. Love your use of fabric and colours, a great Chrissy card and perfect for the Just Add Ink challenge, thanks for playing!

  10. Pretty card - love the fabric! Thanks for playing at FYI!

  11. I had fun reading how this fabulous creation came to life! A bit like one of those thought processes that goes off at a tangent and all of a sudden you have no idea why you are discussing the subject you are on, cos it's nothing like the one you started with.

    Great card. Love the fabric under the star and the use of a broken earring.

    Thanks for joining in with the fun at Dream Valley.

    Lin xx

  12. This is lovely, it has a really vintage feel. I adore the little charm! Here's mine!

  13. The fabric add such texture to the design. Thanks for joining us at FYI.

  14. Love all the distressing, and great paper! Thanks for joining us at Dream Valley!


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