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Tuesday 4 February 2020

High days and snow days

Hello crafting pals!

I've cheered up today. This is quite possibly because I've spent ages staring at the word 'JOY' whilst fussy cutting the letters out of card stock! Subliminal brain training! Come and see what I've been making:

CARD ONE


Here's a Christmas card to add to my stash *gives self a pat on the back*. The snowflake is from Stampin' Up's Festive Flurry (retired) and I've given it an ombre look by inking it up with three shades of blue ink. The word Joy comes from another retired Stampin' Up set, Welcome Christmas, and I've always thought it would make a great alphabet set - although preferably with dies!


It was easy cutting the 'j' and the 'y' but the centre of the 'O' was the tricky bit and I had to cut through from the outside. But hey, what are bows for?!! This bit of twine has covered the join rather neatly I think! The letters are popped up on bits of dimensionals, which was quite fiddly, but I like the effect.

CARD TWO


Yes, you get two for the price of one today! While the stamp was out, I made another ombre snowflake. This time, I embellished it simply, with silver liquid pearls and one large gem in the centre.


It's nice and shiny! To offset the shimmer of the snowflake I added a blocky sentiment from Uniko's Simply Said Blocks Christmas, again popped up on dimensionals.


CHALLENGES
I took inspiration from some of my favourite challenges today:

The CAS Christmas Challenge is asking for cards featuring the word JOY and Just Us Girls have challenged us to add a bow to our cards, so I'm playing along there with Card One.
I'm linking both cards up with Addicted to CAS, where the code word is Ombre and got me quite excited! I'm also entering both at Addicted to Stamps and More, which is looking for clean and simple cards. Edited to add: Actually, I'm not linking up with ATSAM as the list is closed! Aargh!



AND IN OTHER NEWS
I grew up on the middle of a moor in south west England and we were snowed in every winter. One year, we were snowed in for so long, we had to have food parcels dropped by helicopter! Usually, a landrover would collect all the children from the farms on the moor and take us to a village three miles away from our farm, where a coach would be waiting to take us to school 13 miles further on. If there had been a heavy snowfall, the landrover wouldn't be able to get through, so my father would put chains on the tractor tyres and make every effort to get us to the village. My brother, sister and I would all be perched in the semi-open tractor cab, wearing our school uniforms, being thrown around by the motion of the tractor as it negotiated huge snowdrifts. My goodness, can you imagine what 'Health and Safety' would have to say about it now!!!

Did you have an unusual journey to school? I'd love to hear about it!

Hugs,

24 comments:

  1. A really super snowflake stamp and love the way the colours go from darl to light. Especially love the red sentiment.

    Kath x

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  2. Vicky, I love the simplicity of your cards. Well done cutting out the letters, they look stunning over the blue ombre snowflake. thanks for joining us at CAS Christmas :)

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    1. Love a bit of fussy cutting! Thanks Christine :)

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  3. That big ombre snowflake is gorgeous! Your clean design is beautiful and I love the red JOY with the twine bow on the O. Two beautiful creations for your Christmas stash. Thanks for playing along with us at JUGS!

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  4. Two very pretty cards Vicky. Love the ombre effect. Glad you're feeling more joyful too!

    Lobe, Sarn xxx

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  5. Beautiful cards, love the ombre of the snowflake. Then the alternative centre additions are just perfect.
    Nope, no unusual trip to walk just 1/2 mile walk through all weathers. BUT I do remember a particularly heavy snowfall which cut off our village and I had to walk to work 2 miles away. I struggled through to the town where there wasn't much snow and being told off for being 20 minutes "late" my manager, he told me I should have started out earlier! No snow days in those days LOL.
    Faith x

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    1. WHAT?!!! What is WRONG with these people?! x

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  6. Two beautiful Christmas cards, Vicky! I love the JOY and I agree that would make a beautiful stamp/die combination! Thanks so much for sharing the Joy with us at CAS Christmas!

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    1. Well as it stands, the only other words I can make are 'yo' and 'oy' which aren't really that useful for card making! Although, thinking about my sons...!!!

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  7. You deserve a "pat on the back" for the fussy cutting! Wow! And clever idea to cut through the "O" and covering it with a bow. Very pretty cards! Thanks for playing with Just Us Girls!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! No pat on the back required as I'm one of those people that loves fussy cutting!

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  8. Two great snowflake cards, Vicky!! LOL - I just did a card with a similar design using a poinsettia. Loved your snowed in story too. I remember having to miss a first grade class due to a snowstorm and was so angry - loved school....

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    1. A poinsettia sounds a lovely substitution for the snowflake Linda! Will pop over and have a look :) Bad luck to have to miss going to school when you loved it but I hope lots of your classmates were happy!

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  9. Ooo Vicky that ombre snowflake is a stunner! It makes the red of the 'joy' really pop too. Hurrah for Christmas cards! I can remember many treks to school on foot during lots of snow when I lived in a mountainous area of Wales as a child - honestly, I think I would have loved a tractor to ride on!!! And then to find the outside toilets were frozen ... happy memories!!

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    1. DID you? Live in Wales I mean! How amazing. Hmm, outside toilets... living close to nature sounds so much fun until it isn't!!!

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  10. Hi Vicky! Oh your ombre snowflake is FANTASTIC! great combination of inks to achieve the effect. LOVE the red JOY over top, and your second is also wonderful. It's so great to see your work again!!! Thanks so much for playing with us at Addicted To CAS.

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    1. Aw Stephanie, you are lovely! Thank you for the inspiration at ATCAS - it's so much fun playing along there!

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  11. Vicky, both fabulous cards and awesome fussy cutting! I LOVE the ombre snowflake. Love the story of getting to school too. I remember those snow days! My best story.... going to night school, running very late I parked right up against the edge of a double yellow line... turned round to make sure I was OK, fell over a wonky manhole cover, which pushed me right and was heading straight into 4 lanes of on-coming traffic when some kind stranger pulled me back by my coat tails! I fell back and broke several bones in my ankle and had to drive home! However, better a broken ankle than what would have happened :-) Someone was watching over me that day!
    So glad you joined us at ATCAS this week
    Jaydee

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    1. Oh my goodness Jaydee, what a story! I am not surprised you have never, ever forgotten that day. Thank heavens for the kindness of strangers!

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Do leave me a comment - it always makes my day! Vicky x


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