Tuesday 17 January 2023

The winter blues

Hello, crafting friends!
Having looked at the weather forecast for the next few days, and seeing the temperatures plummet, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see a bit of a snow flurry. And that thought leads to a selection of blue inks and today's card:
I wanted to give the impression of bitter winds and snow driftying, so I stenciled what I think is supposed to be ocean waves from Funky Fossil's Scenic Borders stencil. It does add quite a bit of movement to the card I think!  The snowflakes are from Endless Wishes, a long-ago retired Stampin' Up set. Sitting next to it on the shelf was another ancient Stampin' Up set called Holiday Home, and I used two tiny stamps from it to add to my pattern.

The sentiment is from the Endless Wishes set, stamped in a dark navy blue, and I added a couple of gems for added sparkle.

I was inspired by the challenge at Allsorts this week which is Anything Goes with optional Winter Blues; I'm also joining in with the Anything Christmas Goes theme at ABC Christmas; and Retro Rubber where the theme is Winter Scenes using stamps over a year old - the sets I used were released in 2013 and 2014.

It's lovely walking in the sunny, frosty countryside with NO MUD - hurrah! It's a bit chilly but there's always plenty of playtime indoors as well :)

This young gentleman has settled in nicely. Dogs never expose their tummies unless they feel very safe and relaxed!

Sending hugs,


  1. We've had flurries of snow today,your icy colours and snowflake stamps are stunning

  2. A lovely “winter blues” card for Allsorts.

    The Lodger looks like he’s there to stay and have fun xxx

  3. A great CAS design and perfect for our 'Winter Blues' theme at Allsorts this week, thank you for entering there.

  4. Love your Wintery snowflakes, so pretty Vicky. We had a smattering today, The mountain and garden still have some and looking beautiful. Love the pooch piccie.

  5. What a beautiful Snowfall card! I love your blue color palette and CAS layout. But, I especially LOVE your pup playing with his stuffed toy. I have a pup that plays like that too and I could watch her all day. Thank you for sharing and playing along with ABC Christmas Challenge ~ Wendy

  6. That set is a keeper for sure and I love how you changed up those snowflakes with the stencilling behind - very cool, it gives your card a real sense of movement Vicky. I love it!

  7. Love this blowing snow, Vicky! Brrr!

  8. A lovely Winter creation, many thanks for using our Winter Blues option at Allsorts challenge this week.

    B x

  9. Your snowflakes look wonderfully delicate and we want a lot of them to fall from the sky this weekend!!
    And I didn't know that dogs only show their belly when they feel safe. Our Kaito shows his belly very often, because we always have to stroke it.
    PS: I mentioned you positively in my post today!!

  10. Very pretty "wintery" themed card. I still have that set and love the lacey style snowflakes. Well done!

  11. SO beautiful, Clare! Love your layout and design so much, those snowflakes are beautiful, and that's a gorgeous sentiment, too! Lovely winter blues! Thanks so much for playing at Retro Rubber!

  12. très chic et toute en sobriété Vicky, merci de jouer avec nous chez ABC Christmas Card, biz

  13. What a lovely classy creation. Thank you so much for joining us at ABC Christmas challenge

  14. Beautiful card, Vicky! Sorry for such a late comment, but gmail decided the email was spam and I've only just found it. Ugh! xoxo


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