Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Baby It's Cold Outside!

I can tell you with certainty that my blood has thinned since I've moved to a warmer climate,  We made a late-night run (about 9:40) last night to Starbucks, and I thought I was going to shiver to death.  Now mind you, it was only abou 47 degrees outside which isn't really all that bad.  Growing up in Northern Minnesota (not far from Canada), temperatures fell well below zero.  I would spend endless hours playing in the snow, sliding, ice skating, skiing, and just being a kid.  Even when we were first married we lived there for four more years,  I just think that my blood is thinner now because even the sightest chill makes me shiver.  And what's hubby wants to retire back there.  NO!  I will always keep my home here.  This is where I want to grow old.  No more below zero temps for me, thank you.
I was up late last night.  You of those nights that you just can't fall asleep because your mind is wandering and thinking of ALL that still needs to get accomplished before Christmas.  Either today or tomorrow (probably tomorrow), I will venture out into the world to get ALL my shopping finished.  So anyway, I made this card last night.  I used Crate Paper Bundled Up patterned papers, sewn banners, and chipboard stars.  I laid a length of ivory mesh across the card, added an October Afternoon journalling sticker, sentiment, and a bow made from torn fabric, baker's twine and silver metallic string.  I also attached some silver bells.
I will be playing along in these challenges with my card, and I hope you will play along as well.

Sketch Saturday - Challenge #391 - This sketch is super basic, but SO much fun.  I put my cluster at the bottom left instead of top left.

DRS Designs Challenge Blog - Challenge #204 - Silver and/or Gold - I added some sweet silver jingle bells tied with silver metallic string for the finishing touch!

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Simon Says "Just a Pinch" - This project has just a PINCH of silver - the silver jingle bells and silver metallic string.

Classy Cards 'n Such - Challenge #115 - Starry Starry Night - I couldn't resist adding lots of chipboard stars to my card.  They're the perfect accent.

Inspiration Journal - Tis The Season

Color Throwdown Challenge Blog - Challenge #373 - Any Colors/Christmas Theme - I went with non-traditional colors.  This is an awesome challenge blog, and I'd be smitten to Guest Design (one can dream, right?)

I know that there are a lot of great challenge blogs out there, and I can't blame you all for wanting to enter them.  However, if you would be so kind......I would LOVE to have you stop by and play along with us at Word Art Wednesday (the best challenge blog in the world - in my humble opinion) as well.  We offer great prizes every week, and lots of fun.  It would be such a blessing to have you join us.

Until next time, I wish you all a safe and happy week.
God bless you,


  1. This is such a lovely, beautiful card.

  2. This is just BEAUTIFUL!! I absolutely adore all of the fun embellishment. I just saw this over at the Color Throwdown Challenge.
    Have a blessed day my friend,
    Crafting With Creative M

  3. Wow, yours are the first two cards to catch my eye on Sketch Saturday! Awesome work!

  4. What a fun card Karen - love that paper!! Come and live in New Zealand where (at least in the North Is) the temperatures rarely go below zero - that would be a good compromise as to where to retire to ;-)

  5. Ohhhh myyyyy this is beautiful!! I love the cluster of bells - such a nice touch. I've enjoyed all of your entries this week at Sketch Saturday but this one might be my favorite :0) Thanks for joining us and sharing your lovely creations. PS I wouldn't want to retire to the cold either.

  6. So festive, Karen! Love your cluster of bells, gives your card a great focal point, along with baby it's cold outside - funny story about how we change. Thanks for joining us for this week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge using "just a pinch"!

  7. Karen, your card is composed beautifully! Those stars make a great accent along with the jingle bells on your bows. All the different patterned papers and the stitching on the banner and the ivory mesh come together to make this card really lovely!
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  8. I love the festive feel and all the intricate detailing in your gorgeous Christmas card. Those bells were a really cool finishing touch. Merry Christmas, my friend!

  9. Your card is just gorgeous. I love the layout and the wonderful elements of your card. Thank you for joining us for the Classy Cards N Such challenge.

  10. You aren't kidding...Baby it's really cold outside in Minnesota. I hope you're keeping warm. THis is a super cute card.

  11. You always make the prettiest cards Karen! LOVE this one!

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