Saturday, 17 November 2012

ATCAS1 - Snow and CFC79 - Winter Blues


This card is for Addicted to CAS's first challenge: Snow!



And it's also for this week's CAS-ual Friday's challenge, Winter Blues:


Or as I prefer to call it, Blue Christmas. Doesn't sound quite so depressing (but I understand that the Girl Fridays want to be inclusive of everyone, even those who don't celebrate Christmas!)

I woke up with this idea in my head. It'll be perfect, I thought. This Lifestyles Crafts die is so symmetrical that it will be EASY to piece this together, I thought. WRONG. Each one of the "M" shaped pieces between the arms of the snowflakes (yes, they have arms, didn't you know?) is unique, so there was some serious re-cutting involved here,  and even some re-re-cutting, once I figured out how to position the die to get the 'right' piece cut!

But I'm happy with the result - lots of retired Stampin' Up blues here - Brocade, Ballet, Caribbean, plus Bashful, Pacific, Turquoise and Not Quite Navy. The sentiment is from Petite Pairs.

Sunday is Toronto's Santa Claus Parade - I'll be marching in it, playing my tambourine, along with about 20 other ladies, in front of The Salvation Army band.  It's always such a fun day, and a wonderful way for the Army to remind people of the true meaning of Christmas. Looks like the weather is even going to cooperate! Hopefully I'll be able to get a photo to share with you on Monday!

38 comments:

Meghan said...

Oh so beautiful! The hard work was so worth it!

Mynnette said...

GOOD GRAVY, this is amazing! LOVE the bit of sparkle..and where do I get this die?! I think I may "need" it! :) Thanks for telling us about your supplies!!!

Deborah Frings said...

Absolutely stunning!!! Well worth all the effort involved!

Kylie said...

Love this, Ardyth!! That die is just amazing and you have created a stunning card with all your efforts. Thanks so much for playing along in our first challenge at ATCAS! xx

Vicki Dutcher said...

Can you say amazing! Excellent placement!

Allisa said...

Simply stunning!

Brandi said...

Now this is a perfect winter blues card!

Laura @ Happy Little Paper Place said...

Love this!!!

Virginia L. said...

All I can say is WOW!! Love your idea and how you made it happen! Stunning result indeed! Glad to hear that you are in TO!! Happy parading! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Heather T said...

Stunning; I am glad you persevered with the cutting.

Loll Thompson said...

Love your bold, graphic snowflake with all the beautiful shades of blue! Thanks for joining us at Addicted to CAS!

Laura B. said...

So awesome!

Harriet Skelly said...

Wow Ardyth - that snowflake is amazing - what an awesome job of placing the pieces of the snowflake! Thanks for joining us at ATCAS!!

Jenny @ I-dream-in-paper.blogspot.co.uk said...

Another FABulous card. Do people compete to get on your Xmas card list? Great idea, worth all the fiddle. Jenny

Jenny said...

Just amazing and well worth the extra crafting time :0)
Jenny x

shirley-bee said...

Love this, it's so striking!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

amazing design!

Lynn said...

Holy moly! I'm sorry it wasn't easier to put together, but the end result is absolutely amazing Ardyth! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Colorado Crafter said...

Wow! What a wonderful card!! I have a lot of snowflake dies, but not this one... Hmmm... now I'll be searching.

Cat Craig said...

Super card, such perfect piecing. Awesome!

Tracey McNeely said...

Wow and gorgeous!

paperella said...

WOW!!! Ardyth, all the hard work really paid off, this card is a show-stopper! And all those beautiful blues look amazing together. Thanks so much for playing with us this week at CAS-ual Fridays :)

Darnell J Knauss said...

This is another brilliant take on the challenges (I combined these two as well), Ardyth. I'm sorry that it gave you fits, but it turned out perfectly!!

Hope you had fun in the parade and I'm looking forward to seeing a photo!

Mary-Anne V said...

Wow amazing card...love it. Hope you had a great time at the parade.

Geri said...

So well worth the effort! That is a whole lot of beautiful slicing & dicing and splicing! The different shades of blue are perfectly coordinated!

I hope you shook that tambourine as loud as you could to help spread the Christmas message :)

mypapercraftworld said...

Stunning ... definitely worth the re-re-cutting! Hope the parade was fab ... true meaning ... yup, with you there! Anita :)

Karen said...

Hi Ardyth - beautiful card. Thanks for joining our first challenge at ATCAS.

Karen x

Debbie said...

Definitely worth the work -- the results are amazing.

Jen W. said...

This is a stunner and I love the fact that it's off centre. And a big gold star for your patient die cutting! LOL!

Lisa Lara said...

This is tremendous Ardyth.

Jen said...

This is gorgeous! All that hard work paid off into one super-fantastic card!

Carol L said...

Brilliant! Genius! Gorgeous! Amazing! Spectacular! (somebody stop me!) Seriously, this card is all of the above! Beautifully crafted!

Lisa A. said...

This is so amazing, Ardyth, that I HAD to case it:)!! You are one creative artist!! So glad that you are a part of the CAS-ual Fridays challenges and share your creativity with us:)!!

Judith van H said...

I love your card!

Kelly Griglione said...

Paper piecing the negative impressions too ... now that's brilliant!! Love your off-centerness.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Popping back to congratulate you for the CFC honor! More than well-deserved!!

Kristen said...

what a stunner. love everything about this card!!

Marie B. said...

WOW, that's all I can say! :)