Thursday, December 1, 2011

Baby it's Cold Outside!

Hi ya!

Well...the time is definitely flying by.
It's crazy to think that it has been TWO WEEKS since our
last challenge and it's already time for a NEW challenge over at

These beautiful, soft muted colors are so dreamy...
the photos of my project just do not do them justice.

I have to share just a quick story with you.
If you visit my blog often, you know that I am married
to Paul, who hails from Manchester, England.
Back when Paul and I first met, I remember being really
cold after returning from a soccer match in the 
dead of January.  I had never been much of an NFL fan, so the
idea of sitting outside to watch ANYTHING at that time
of the year was a stretch for me.
(But I digress....)
He proceeded to give me a big ol' hug to warm me up and as he did,
I uttered the sound 'Brrr.....'

His reaction for me, was priceless as
he had never heard that 'word' before...he just started
laughing while trying to repeat the sound.
I say 'trying'.
Have you ever heard an Englishman pronounce an 'R'?
He was laughing at me for saying something so 'odd'
and I was laughing at him for trying to repeat it.

What a great memory...and maybe you had to be there
but I just thought I'd share my thoughts all the while
making my card for this challenge.

 Even though I use a light tent, I still struggle with just the right
lighting, especially with the change in season and especially
with so much 'white' space.
Talk about going back in time.
I found this 12x12 in my stash from KI Memories, circa 2006!
Perfect for this theme and color palette.

I used an older Spellbinders Snowflake die to create my
layered tag-topper using gingham cardstock from A Muse Studio.
I attached it all with baker's twine in 'Blossom' & 'Lilac'
...from The Twinery, of course!

The sentiments & snowflakes were stamped using the holiday set 
'Tree Traditions' from this week's sponsor

I love serving on the Sweet Stamp Shop team and am so glad
to have them providing this week's prize.

The girls of The Cafe have provided beautiful inspiration
for this week's challenge, so please stop by and
check out their designs and then of course,

Project Recipe: 
Designer Paper: Pink Gingham by A Muse Studio
Snowflakes by KI Memories (2006)
Stamps: Tree Traditions by Sweet Stamp Shop
Ink: Slate by A Muse Studio
Tools:  Snowflake Dies by Spellbinders, Big Shot
Parenthesis Border Punch by Fiskars
Embellishments: Bakers Twine in Blossom & Lilac from The Twinery
Fabric brad from Making Memories


Kate said...

Hi Julie :)
Love this card it really stood out when I saw it over at the pdc.
Haven't been here for a little while and love your new look blog.
Kate xx

Marlena M. said...

Oh, wow, I LOVE the colors...AND the story. I never thought of the English pronouncing an R. The Japanese culture doesn't have an "R" but a rolling tongue thing...ya have to hear to appreciate. ;)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

CUTE story!! I wish I could have met him when I was up there last year! Now I want to hear him say BRRR!!!!!!!!

LOVE those twines--gorgeous colors! And I LOVE your snowflake cluster! BEAUTIFULLY done:)

Jeannie from said...

I am sooo in love with this card! Wow it is fabulous!

Jinny Newlin said...

Such a beautiful card, Julie, and I LOVE the way the touch of black really makes everything pop! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Stacy said...

Totally fabby card...I love that tag on the card and the snowflakes rock :)

Design Lily said...

Too cute! I love it! Blog looks great!