Friday, December 7, 2012

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

As many of you know, I grew up in Minnesota.  To be specific, I grew up in Duluth, Minnesota which is a beautiful city that sits along the shores of Lake Superior.  It's always been very dear to my heart; most especially since we moved away in 1989.  But for some reason, I seem to miss Duluth, and Minnesota in general, even more when Christmas approaches.  I miss the idea of having a "white Christmas", and while I was shopping the other day, I heard that very song come on the overhead speakers at the grocery store.  I found myself singing, "I'm Dreaming of  a White Christmas".....just like the ones I used to know.  We won't be returning to Duluth this year for Christmas, and I won't have a "white Christmas"......but, that's what I was thinking about today as I created this sweet little Christmas card.
I was inspired by several different challenges to make this card.  I used a piece of patterned paper that I've had forever, machine stitching, some Prima holly accents, Papertrey Ink star border die-cut and holly and berries die-cut, some Recollections snowflake stickers, red seam binding, bells, jute, a Paper Sweeties stamp for the sentiment, and a Melissa Frances candy cane.  I used a glittering technique shown on Nichole Heady's PTI Blog, and followed several other blog challenge guidelines as follows:
 
http://www.papersweeties.com/uncategorized/paper-sweeties-sketch-inspiration-2-challenge/ - Paper Sweeties Blog - Sketch #2 - I used a sweet stamp set called Pennant Party from Paper Sweeties for the sentiment on this card.
 
http://www.simonsaysstampschallenge.blogspot.com/2012/12/simon-says-snowflakes.html - Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog - Simon Says Snowflakes - I used some Recollections snowflake stickers on my card.
 
http://craftyourpassionchallenges.blogspot.com/2012/12/challenge-139-snow.html - Craft Your Passion Challenges - Challenge #139 - Snow.  I used some snowflakes for this "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" card because I'm dreaming of snow this Christmas.  This challenge also requires the use of stamps (real or digital), and I did use three little sentiment stamps from Paper Sweeties for this card.
 
http://www.craftspotbykimberly.blogspot.com/2012/12/monday-challenge-78-merry-christmas.html - My Craft Spot by Kimberly - Challenge #78 - Merry Christmas
 
http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/capture_the_moment/make-it-monday-94-participants.html%20 - Nichole Heady/Papertrey Ink Challenges - Make it Monday Tutorial #94 - Detailed Glittering Technique - I used Papertrey Ink star border die-cut, wool felt and the Papertrey Ink Holly Jolly holly and and berries die-cut, as well as the Detailed Glittering Technique shared in their fun tutorial.
 
http://www.creativecardcrew.blogspot.com/2012/12/challenge-25-star.html - Creative Card Crew Challenge Blog - Challenge #25 - Stars - I used a fun PTI star border and cut a strip of stars out of cream colored wool felt that runs across the card.

http://ribbongirls.blogspot.com/2012/12/december-challenge.html - The Ribbon Girls Challenge Blog - December Challenge - Christmas Challenge/Ho, Ho, Ho!

http://www.audsentimentschallengeblog.blogspot.com/2012/12/anything-goes-and-dt-call.html - Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog - Anything Goes With a Holiday Sentiment
 
http://craftymesschallengeblog.blogspot.com/2012/12/23rd-challenge-vintage-christmas.html - Crafty Mess Challenge Blog - Challenge #23 - Vintage Christmas

http://fussyandfancychallenge.blogspot.com/2012/11/challenge-77-i-love-christmas.html - Fussy and Fancy Challenge Blog - Challenge #77 - I Love Christmas

http://www.thecuttlebugspot.blogspot.co.at/2012/12/season-greetings.html - The Cuttlebug Spot Challenge Blog - Season's Greetings Challenge- I used my BELOVED Cuttlebug to cut wool felt for my embellishments - using a PTI star border die-cut and a PTI holly and berries die-cut.  Simply couldn't imagine crafting without my Cuttlebug.

http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/2012/12/pile-it-on-49-pile-on-embellishments.html - Pile It On Challenge Blog - Challenge #49 - Pile On the Embellishments - I sure did!!
 
Thank you so much for stopping by today.  By the way, if you're interested in the Paper Sweeties stamps, you can win the Pennant Party stamp set this week by playing along in the challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  We would love to have you join us.  Paper Sweeties also has some fun and chances to win going on at their website and Facebook page.  Check it out, and let Debbie know that I sent you!
 
Have a blessed day!
Karen

31 comments:

  1. Oh my, your sweet story about a white Christmas brought tears! But thank God we have an outlet...
    making cards! And in your case, a beauty! Love what you did with the glitter technique. Great job! And Merry Christmas, even if it won't be a white one!

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  2. I love a white Christmas as long as I don't have to drive in it. lol Love your card. It's beautiful. You always have the prettiest designs!

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  3. oh my, this card is soooo gorgeous! I have never been to Minnesota, but I would think I would miss it too. It looks like a gorgeous place and even though I am extremely cold natured, I luv the snow. We just do not get enough in Virginia. Thank you so much for your continued support to my blog and your kind words.

    hugs *~*

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  4. Absolutely beautiful ... so Christmas-y and pretty!! Great embellishments -- such a beauty! Thanks for sharing your work with us, Karen :)

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  5. This is just beautifully crafted with great attention to detail. Wishing you a relaxing weekend. Hugs Desíre {Doing Life - my personal blog}

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  6. Gorgeous Christmas card Karen such beautiful attention to detail. Big hugs Caroline xxx

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  7. You've decorated this card so beautifully, Karen! Love the Christmas feel of this card, and the rough edges and stitching is such a nice touch!

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  8. Great Card, looks awesome. Thanks for playing along with us at Creative Card Crew.

    Hugs
    Elle

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  9. oh wouah! j'adore, elle est superbe, ces perles comme des baies c'est trop chou, biz

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  10. Beautiful card, Karen. Hope you are well

    Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew for our star challenge

    Margaret xx

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  11. Gorgeous card, lovely traditional colours - thanks for joining in with the Ribbon Girl challenge, Mary G x

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  12. Such a beautiful card. Love your colour scheme. We often have a white Christmas here in Northern Ireland, but I'm happy for the snow to stay away. It can make life very difficult on the farm! Hope you are having a great weekend. Maddy x

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  13. This is beautiful, Karen!! The colors and holly just say "Christmas"!!
    There is something special about a white Christmas! Maybe next year, you'll be able to find snow for Christmas!

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  14. Such a lovely card! I have those holly leaves in my stash and have been saving them for something special. Well, your card has inspired me to get those out and use them. My hubby's grandmother lived in Duluth. She was a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse where she "swept her own floor and made her own fires". We are hoping for a bit of snow here in Indiana, for the holiday.

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  15. Your card is so beautiful!! I love all the detail you put into it and I love that little pipe cleaner Candy cane so cute!! Thanks for joining us at The Cuttlebug Spot this week!!!
    Brianna

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  16. Fabby design x thanks for joining in at crafty mess x

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  17. This is such a lovely card...I enjoyed seeing all the embellishments and am impressed by the way you made everything harmonize so well. It is amazing that you made one card to comply with all those challenges!!! Great going!

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  18. What a very Xmassy card, I love it!!
    Also love your comment : Simply couldn't imagine crafting without my Cuttlebug...me either!!!!!

    Thank you so much for joining us at The Cuttlebug Spot!!

    Cuttlebugs & Hugs
    Jannie

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  19. Truly beautiful.You've added some great details and lovely sparkly touches.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week :D
    Lisa x

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  20. Karen, I love this!! So festive and Christmassy!

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  21. This card is so pretty. There are so many lovely details and wonderful dimension. Thanks for joining our snow challenge at Craft Your Passion. I hope we see you again soon. If I could, I'd send you some snow for Christmas :)

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  22. Gorgeous card! LOVE all the layers! So glad you joined us this week at My Craft Spot!!!

    housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com
    www.housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com

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  23. what a lovely card .... I love the shade of red you have used to ..

    Thank you for joining us at the Crafty-mess challenge

    Tina xxx

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  24. This is wonderful - so many lovely things to see. I love your pairing of the red and green with the cream paper.

    Thanks for playing along at The Cuttlebug Spot.

    Rachel x

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  25. This is gorgeous! Such a breathtaking card!

    Thanks so much for playing along with us at My Craft Spot!

    Kate
    Small Bits of Paper

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  26. Wow this is so pretty! Thanks for playing at My Craft Spot.

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  27. Great card. Thank you for joining in the fun with us at Aud Sentiments.

    Hugs Helen xx

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  28. Beautiful Christmas card. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments
    Hugs,
    Julie

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  29. Beautiful card! Love pretty bow! Thanks for joining the fun at My Craft Spot!

    Kimberly

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  30. This is such a pretty and festive card! Thank you for joining us at Fussy and Fancy for our, "I love Christmas" challenge!
    Warmest Hugs, Sheryl

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  31. Wow so many comments so you just have to know this is gorgeous!

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