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November 18, 2012

CFC79; ATCAS #1! ~ Winter Snowy Blues

Hey!  How's it goin?
 
It's a sunny day here in northern California and where we are, we don't get the snowy winter blues.  But Mister and I have lived many years where we have experienced it.  Snow is a drudge, but it's also strikingly beautiful, especially fresh-fallen.  How I miss those first snows, looking out the window at the soft pillowy flakes floating toward the ground.  And the heavy wet snow, so perfect for making big, fat snowballs.  Reaching up on tiny tippy toes to break off big glisteny icicles to lick, pretending they were flavored.  How none of us kids ended up being impaled by one of those razor-sharp Miss Isles is a miracle to be sure.
 
We'll just take a moment as you dial up your own snow memories.
 
That was nice.  Okay, here we go with the snowy challenges.
 
I told you a few days ago about a fun new challenge coming to the sphere and it is here!  It's called Addicted to CAS (ATCAS) and like another favorite challenge of mine (CASology), we are given a code or cue word.  The word for challenge #1 is "SNOW."  The design team are ladies whose work I admire and their inspiration cards are amazing!
 
Next, a long-time popular favorite challenge I enjoy is CAS-ual Fridays (where the owner, Michele recently opened her stamp store and blog ~ check it!).  The week 79 challenge is "WINTER BLUES."


My card:



This card started forming in my head when I remembered I had "snow" vellum.  A search revealed one single sheet.  I have no idea where I got it, but isn't it awesome fun?  I masked the circle moon, sponged the glossy cardstock base with blue inks, added Santy Baby and Rudie, stamped the blue-shaded trees, and added the over-layer of snowy vellum.  Clean and Simple, Easy and Peasy.  I didn't add a sediment because the whole idea of CAS is lots of white space, and anyway, I thought it would be too distracting, like footprints marring the pristine expanse of snow.
 
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I love this cartoon and had to share cousin I don't want you to think I've gone all deep and poetic on you! 
 
 
One of our favorite comics.
 
Why does that seem like one hundred years ago???
 
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I may not have a card tomorrow, but I have to do my follow-up report on the Boyfriend Pillow before we all forget it entirely and get too 'wrapped up' in Christmas, so I'm hoping to do that.  'Til then,
 
Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy your day.
 
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Paper:  Stampland glossy; unknown
  snowy vellum
Stamps:  Unmarked Santa; SU! trees
Inks:  Memento black, soft baby blue;
  DI weathered wood;  SU! brocade blue
Die:  Nesties circle

30 comments:

Lyndal said...

FAB, FAB, FAB stamping & inking Darnell - love the vellum too :)

Sandi McLean said...

Yep, love the card! I haven't been a blue Christmas type until this year, it suddenly struck me that I might like a blue Christmas. Has to be the right blue and you seem to have found it!

Tracey McNeely said...

Oh my goodness Darnell, this is such a beautiful card and maybe my personal fav of yours as of today. ;) LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Kathyk said...

Love your funny and your CAS card is simply stunning Darnell

Kathyk

Linda said...

Fabulous card and your right it would have spoilt the feel of freshly fallen snow with a sentiment.

Loved the cartoon - as I'm a granny I can remember those days of having to walk to the TV to change channels!

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, that has to be one of my favourite cards that you have done, it is absolutely stunning and I just love it. Tis just Gorgeous!

The cartoon is so funny, so true too and sadly I can remember those days well........

Hugs, Annie xx

Eliza said...

Beautiuful card also a really heartfelt tale of your memories with falling snow. We don't have snow here in Melbourne Australia and I have not grown up in snow falling areas so this imagination is difficult but it sounds wonderful, I should come to your beautiful country and experience a white christmas sometime, now that would be glorious. We have a sunburnt country filled with BBq's and long days filled with fun and laughter when it is your snowy time of year. Christmas is usually very hot and the children jump in the swimming pool. Mind you we had rather nasty storms last Christmas. LOL

Hugs Eliza

Bonnie said...

I love that vellum! What a fantastic, snowy card! I loved remembering snow. Thanks for invoking the memory! Maybe my butt's bigger cause I don't have to get up and walk to change the channels anymore! Jack has an old remote with just one battery so he can't do any real damage. He's figured out that my remote is the one that really works so he picks up his and looks at me then starts clicking toward the tv. I get the message and change the channel for him. He's figured out how to make it work hasn't he?

Kylie said...

What a beautiful scene you have created! Love that vellum. Don't the blues and whites make gorgeous christmas colours? Thanks so much for playing along in our first challenge at ATCAS! xx

Carol L said...

Your card is simply stunning! Great job on the challenge!

inspiredbystampin.com said...

Beautiful card! Love the gorgeous background and trees! Thank you for such a lovely comment on my blog today! Hugs to you! Joanna

dj said...

Gorgeous...so soft and elegant!! I can feel the cold frosty air!! Great take on this Winter Blues challenge. Beautifully done!!

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Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful Darnell ! Love the snow scene with Santa that you created and the snow vellum. I have tree stamps, just need a Santa. I hope you are feeling well. Cheers,Shirleyx

Geri said...

Your snow card made me smile. It reminded me of past Christmas' spent at my Baba & Gigi's home on the farm.

Your sponging is terrific and wow - love the snow vellum. I agree - a sentiment would totally have interfered with this serene scene!

Icicles hanging from roof tops seem to be a rarity these days. Obviously, insulation does work :)

The-crafty-corner said...

What a beautiful winter card Darnell-you have excelled yourself here with your stamping and inking,its gorgeous.We have very little snow here in the UK these days-when i was a little girl we used to have more(or was it just that i was shorter and the snowdrifts seemed much bigger back then!)) xx

tilly said...

What a stunning card, I love blue for Christmas, it seems so right .....the snowflake vellum is perfect.... I must hunt through my stash....a Perfect card.this year is different for me, I am visiting family in New Zealand and Darwin Australia, so lots of sun!
Tilly

Ardyth said...

Wonderful, dreamy Christmas card - love the soft colouring resulting from using that vellum. I have that santa stamp too - do you know who made it? Mine came as part of a set with a snowglobe and all sorts of things to put into the snowglobe - did yours? Every time I use it, people ask me where it came from, and I have no idea - help?

Beate said...

Beautiful CAS card! I love the scene you created.
Hugs and smiles

Bobby said...

Your lovely card almost - notice I said ALMOST - makes me like snow. If all we got was the dusting, I'd be happier.

shirley-bee said...

Love the subtle effect of this card, Darnell, and that vellum was just perfect!

Inkyfingers said...

I loooove the hazy, misty look to this card Darnell., and I'm glad to see you're feeling better. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Loll Thompson said...

Great card, Dolly!! Love the soft blue hues in your wintery scene. The vellum over-top is shear genious!! As always, I enjoy my visits to your blog and the walk down memory lane about the icicles brought back fond memories for me too! Thanks for joining in on the ATCAS challenge this week!! So appreciated!

Loll xx

Allisa said...

Love your card! I think walking to change the channels was back in the day before we all had cell phones and had to use an actual land line as well!

butlersabroad said...

This is just beautiful Miss DJ, loved the trip down memory lane too! And I agree about the snow. Living in MI I have such a love/hate relationship with the stuff. It would be great if you could just stay indoors, or go for a nice stroll, but the reality of struggling to work in it every day is closer to the mark unfortunately!

Hope you're feeling better again, almost time to stuff yourself with turkey! That's enough to put anyone in the ER!!

Hugs
Brenda

Karen said...

Fabulous card Dippy. Just love that vellum - makes everything look misty and romantic! So much prefer being nice and warm in California than having wet, dreary & damp weather over here in the UK.... Sorry I've not visited lately but things are manic here with the renovation and other things (hush, hush business to be revealed next month!). Thanks so much for joining our first ever challenge at ATCAS.

Hugs.

Karen xxx

Jean said...

Not only did Grandma have to walk all the way to the TV to change channels, she also had to walk to answer the phone! Love your card and the vellum snow!

kingstonmama said...

Gorgeous snowy scene!

Meadie said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your gorgeous card darnell - its stunning! Hugs x x

Kim S said...

And there were only three channels...and they went off at midnight with the playing of the Star Spangled Banner. And I even remember black and white - the horror!!!

Lovely, soft, misty card - I have a stash of vellum somewhere that hasn't come out in years - but I don't think I have snow - it's perfect!!

Angie Tieman said...

What a gorgeous and creative card!! Love it! That cartoon is a HOOT too! Thanks for playing along with us this week at CAS-ual Fridays!