Monday 23 November 2015

Life's Gifts ....

.... Good morning from a very cold and wintery Northville.  We had lots of snow on Saturday (not as much as some, but more than enough for me!).  Yesterday was absolutely beautiful - the whole area looked like a picture postcard with blue skies, sunshine and lots of white, sparkly snow! Photos at the end of the post! Oh, it was very cold too.  So, after I cleared the drive and paths of all that snow, I spent the day in my craft room making cards and here's one I can share today.  This is bold, bright, clean and simple:

Life's Gifts - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Woodware - Tulip Doodle, Bold Bloom
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black, London Fog; Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up! Card - Watermelon Wonder; Copic Markers; Pitt Pen - Silver; Wink of Stella - Clear

I got some new stamps last week, all from Woodware, love the bold designs that can be coloured so easily!  I've combined three of my favourite CAS challenges on this card.  I've used the colours from CAS Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#151.   I think it's really PRETTY and, as that's the cue word at CASology - CAS#173, I'm submitted there too.  The cue word at Addicted to CAS - ATCAS#77 is DIMENSION, and I've given the flowers and leaves some dimension so I'm playing along there too.

I stamped the image on the card base and also on some scrap white card.  I coloured the image with Copic markers, added silver details with a Pitt pen and used a clear Wink of Stella on the flowers for some sparkle.  I cut out the leaves, flowers and butterfly, edged them with a black marker and adhered them to the card.  The smallest leaf was glued flat, and I used dimensional gel on the larger leaves, the flowers and the butterfly (see photo below).  On the inside I cut a mat layer of red card and stamped another flower on the white panel.  I've left lots of space for my message.

Life's Gifts inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsLife's Gifts sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Here's a close-up of the flowers showing the dimension:

Life's Gifts detail - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I had my camera out yesterday to capture some images of the first snowfall of the season.  I don't mind it much at the moment - it's a change from the rich colours of autumn and the heat of summer.

First Snowfall 1 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I took this one on my cell phone and through the upstairs window.  Even though it's was only about 7.00am when I took it, you can see that the roads have already been cleared!

First Snowfall 2 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Another one on my cell phone - this time at the back of the house - showing the sun coming up - I think sunrise was about 7.30am on Sunday (and getting later by the day!!).

First Snowfall 3 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

After I'd cleared the drive and paths, I got out my "real" camera and took this one of our house - so pretty!

First Snowfall 4 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

As the weather has been so nice, I haven't taken in my garden ornaments yet.  This is a photo of one in the back garden - love the way the sun catches it and you can just about see the sparkle of frost on it too!

First Snowfall 5 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

See those footprints - they are from our noctural visitors.  There are deer in the woods that surround the estate and it's only when we have snow that you can see evidence of them!

First Snowfall 6 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Finally, a view of the houses behind our house - this is exactly as it came from the camera - no messing with colours or applying filters - it really was this pretty!

And that's all for today - do drop by again tomorrow!  See you soon.



Jen W. said...

Beautiful coloring on that gorgeous Woodware flower, Deborah, and I love how ou added the dimension! Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

Jane said...

What a gorgeous zentangly type stamp set and doesn't it look fresh and spectacular in the CC&S colours. Thanks for p[laying. Snow! I'm so envious, it looks absolutely stunning on all those trees, fab photos.

Darnell said...

Your photos stole the show today, Deborah, so first let me say that I LOVE your dimensional and CASlicious card!! I do so miss that first snow of the year - don't miss any of the others, lol! Thank you for sharing and getting my memories stirring. As for your home, it looks like a grand and expensive inn! And the footprints ... it sure looks like that tree was the gathering place for coffee and donuts, doesn't it?! Happy Thanksgiving! Hugs, Darnell

inkyfingy said...

What a gorgeous card! That is a very desirable stamp! Thanks for sharing your photographs as well, we are moving into what is proving to be a high fire risk and windy summer, so your images are a breath of fresh (cool) air!

Patricia Hays said...

I hadn't seen those floral images before. They're really cool, and they look terrific in our challenge colors! Thanks so much for joining in our CC&S challenge this week!
You had a pretty snowfall! I'm sure we'll get it eventually... but for now, I'm content to wait for it, LOL!

Louise van Vuren said...

Great job combining the three challenges, iDeborah, sure is a pretty card. Love the sen I meant too. Thanks for playing along at CC&S
Louise xx
Ps love the photos too, wish we had snow. Happy Thanksgiving too xx

Skylark said...

It's looking very Christmassy at your house! I love the patchwork effect of your stamped image and the thoughtful sentiment. Thanks for joining in with our challenge at CC&S this week. Stef x

Barb Ghig said...

Beautiful coloring on your flower and leaves, Deborah! I love how you blended the colors, and your card design is so pretty! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Addicted to CAS!
Thanks for sharing photos of the winter wonderland outside your door...Love the tree in front of your home with all that snow :)

Ksenija @Sweet Kobylkin said...

Oh! Your colouring is just gorgeous! Thank you for celebrating our 3rd Birthday and sharing your card with us at Addicted to CAS. -Ksenija, DT

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