Thursday, December 13, 2012

.....In a Winter Wonderland

Two of my favorite Christmas decorations are gingerbread men and SNOWMEN.  This post is dedicated to all the darling snowmen out there.  And while I don't get to see actual snowmen while living in the middle of the desert, I still enjoy seeing them, decorating with them, and thinking about making one.  I can also craft some snowmen and enjoy them that way.  This particular snowman came from the creative mind of the very sweet and talented crafter, Shanna Vineyard, who I met (on-line back in the early 90's).  She has inspired me so many times; I can't even begin to tell you.  If you've never visited her blog, I would strongly encourage you to stop by, and......save some time to go back through ALL her blog posts.  She's got some amazing projects posted there.  What a talented lady!  I did ask her if it was OK with her to use her idea, and she was flattered.  This made me super happy because I just knew that her creativity would be a blessing to everyone.  I'm going to have my hubby cut out a dozen or so of them so I can decorate some for my friends.  When you stop by Shanna's Blog - Art Made With Heart, please tell her that I sent you.  You will really enjoy her sweet creations!

The snowman is made from a chunk of wood.  I got my husband to cut out a dozen or so of these darling shapes so that I could decorate some of them for friends who have long-admired mine that Shanna made.  It also has a fleece scarf, painted cheeks, painted eyes, a Making Memories silver metal snowflake on his hat, and LOTS of glitter - one of my all-time favorite craft touches.  Who doesn't love glitter, right?  The little trinket box is a mini paper mache box I got on EBay.  I painted it cream, distressed it a bit, covered the top with vintage sheet music and glitter, and then added a flower, some vintage lace around the mini box lid, a sentiment strip (Winter Wishes from Melissa Frances), a PTI star border strip cut from black wool felt, a snippet of natural jute, and some buttons covered in glitter.  That's about it.  Thank you, Shanna!  You are SO inspiring.
I am going to enter this snowman, as well as the little box I made, in the following challenges. I hope you enjoy taking a peek:
 
http://www.simonsaysstampschallenge.blogspot.com/2012/12/simon-says-whats-your-favourite.html - Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog - Simon Says What's Your Favorite.....I'm Going With Favorite Embellishment.  While I have SO many, I'm focussing on glitter today.  You've just GOT to love glitter!
 
http://www.citycrafter.blogspot.com/2012/12/city-crafter-challenge-blog-week139.html - City Crafter Challenge Blog - Week #139 - Snowman Fun
 
http://www.theshabbytearoom.blogspot.com/2012/12/week-144-shabby-chic-holiday.html - The Shabby Tea Room Challenge Blog - Week #144 - Shabby Chic Holiday - Use Pink, Aqua and Silver.....Plus Glitter - The pink and aqua are in the snowman's scarf, and the silver is in the silver snowflake on his hat.

http://www.twistoffaithcards.blogspot.com/2012/12/15-inspired-by-carols.html - Twist of Faith Cards - Challenge #15 - Inspired By a Carol - I chose (as my blog post title indicates) "Walking In a Winter Wonderland", and that's because of the part that says, "in the meadow - we can build a snowman" and I really miss making snowmen.
 
http://www.pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/2012/12/pile-it-on-49-pile-on-embellishments.html - Pile It On Challenge Blog - Challenge #49 - Pile On The Embellishments - That's always fun!
 
http://www.creativecardcrew.blogspot.com/2012/12/challenge-25-star.html - Creative Card Crew Challenge Blog - Challenge #25 - Star - I used a PTI star border die-cut to add a strip of black wool felt stars to my trinket box
 
http://www.theresmagicintheair.blogspot.com/2012/12/magical-monday-snowman-or-anything.html - There's Magic In The Air Challenge Blog - Magical Monday Challenge - Snowman or Anything Christmas

http://www.redcarpetstudiochallenge.blogspot.com/2012/12/rcs-14-frosty-snowman.html - Red Carpet Studio Challenge - Challenge #14 - Frosty The Snowman
 
Again, a special word of thanks to my on-line friend, Shanna Vineyard for sharing her talents with me.  She has inspired me SO many times, and I am so grateful for crafters like Shanna who go the extra mile to help people out when they have questions about blogging, crafting, and such.  I just know that God smiles on people with hearts like hers!
 
I also want to mention the challenge at Word Art Wednesday where, once again, we have TWO awesome prizes this week.  Please stop by and link up your art in our challenge for a chance to win some great prizes.  We need and appreciate YOUR participation, and would really enjoy your sweet fellowship.  It would be such a blessing if you would join us.  Hope to see you there!
 
Have a blessed week, and don't forget to stop and remember the true meaning of Christmas - it's ALL ABOUT JESUS.
 
My Cup Runneth Over,
Karen

21 comments:

  1. Very cute, great to have a hubby who will help you in your craft endeavours. Love the snowman and the sweet little box too. Wishing you a blessed Christmas
    Hugs, Sandy

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  2. I love the snowman Karen he is adorable and the little box is gorgeous. Hugs Caroline xxx

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    1. Thanks, Caroline! I hope you will take a moment to stop by Shanna's blog and tell her how awesome SHE is. What a talented girl!

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  3. Oh Boy, your little Snowman and the decorated box are the cutest little works of art. I can tell you put alot of love and time into your projects. They are so unique in their design.
    Thank you for all of your kind comments on my Blog site. You are truly a woman of God. Kind and thoughtful in every way.

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  4. Super cute! You need to stop by my blog for some good news with your name on it! hint: blog candy!!!!

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  5. I just adore your snowman Karen! Love the fluffy scarf and such a delightful little gift!

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  6. What wonderful projects! That little snowman is darling.. he looks so cozy in that scarf! :) Thanks for joining us in the "What's Your Favorite?" challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog this week! xx

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  7. Adorable, thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

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  8. Oh Karen this is so adorable!! What a clever husband too! And your little box is so pretty! Thanks ever so much for playing along at CCCB!

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  9. This is so sweet,both creations are awesome. Thank you for sharing them with us at Creative Card Crew and good luck.

    Hugs
    Cathy
    xxxxx

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  10. Sooooo adorable! Love that snownman!!!!

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  11. Hi Karen - love your snowman and box - I used to do wood crafts years ago - I have my own ban-saw (SP) too! My sis and I entered many of our items in craft shows - that was many years ago - back in the 60's. Enjoy your week - thanks for sharing! Gail PS - Jesus is the reason for the Season! What a blessing to people on Earth!

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  12. Snow adorable...ha, ha. You did a really great job on these, they are totally cute. Darren did a great job on cutting the snowman too.

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  13. What a sweet set!! I love the wooly scarf on the snowman and the beautiful box~ Delightful!! Thanks for joining us at TSTR! Hugs

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  14. oh la la mais que c'est joli!!! j'adore, biz

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  15. I am here as a DT member at Twist of Faith to tell you how beautiful your snowman is - I love snowmen - I have a weakness for them - I do not like COLD weather however - thanks for joining us Karen - you keep me inspired! Merry Christmas! Gail

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  16. Wonderful project! Thanks for sharing it with us at Creative Card Crew!

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  17. aww hes so cute!

    vic x

    http://handmadecardsbyvicki.blogspot.co.uk/

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  18. Hi Karen and merry Christmas!!! This is adorable!! I love the pinks and the pretty scarf!!!Thank You for sharing your adorable card this week at CCCB :-)And bless you!

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  19. Such a cute, cute set. I just adore them. Thanks so much for playing along with us at CCCB!

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