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Monday, November 1, 2010

Snowman with a Star...


Happy November Everyone!  Wow, can you believe it's November already???  I can't!  The time sure does fly by.  Did you all have an awesome Halloween last night?  We had a ton of fun.  Some friends of ours came over and went trick-or-treating with us.  My hubby was in Nashville working so we had friends and family over to keep us company.  My parents handed out candy while my friend and her kids went all over the neighborhood with my son and I.  I still can't believe how many kids there are in this neighborhood.  I don't think it'll be this busy in the area that we're moving to.  I guess we'll find out next year!

This week we have meetings scheduled with two builders to discuss designing and building our house.  Did I mention that we're moving?  We purchased a vacant piece of land in Bloomfield Hills so we can be closer to my son's school and friends.  So, now I get to design a house.  My hubby said that all he wants is his garage space and I can design everything else.  He means it too!  I must say, I'm a little nervous about getting overwhelmed with it all.  But, I guess that's why you hire a builder and architect!  We have three months to design the house as our goal for breaking ground is February 2011.  I hope we make it!

I've been sooooooo lucky this week!  I spent every day in my craft room!!!  Yay me!!!  Last Saturday I received my DT package from Magnolia and I've been working on my next magazine submissions ever since.  I think I'm almost done.  Maybe one more!  I can't stop!  It's a sickness - hehe.

And now for the reason we're here today!  This month's Magnolia-licious DT challenge was up to Barb Hardeman.  She has challenged us to make a shaker card using any Magnolia image.  I've never made a shaker card before now, so I was a little nervous about it.  I kept it in the back of my head all week, trying to figure out what to do with it.  Finally, on Thursday, the weather in Michigan cooled down to a chilly 50 degrees and it was my inspiration!  I thought, if something is going to 'shake' in Michigan in November, it's got to be SNOW!  And 'snow' made me think of a SNOWMAN!!!  I just happened to have a Magnolia snowman image.  I took it out of my 'Christmas' drawer and away I went.  I just love the result!  Thanks so much Barb for the challenge!!!  I never would have made this if it weren't for you :-)

AND, to top it off, you too can join in on the fun!  Hop on over to the Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge Blog and enter your own 'shaker' card.  If you're not sure what to do, HERE's a link to a tutorial that was very helpful to me.

So, without further delay...here's my card.  I hope you like it!

Snowman with a Star
OMGoodness!  Aren't Magnolia snowmen the most gorgeous snowmen stamps ever???  I just love them.  I'm sorry to say that this is the only one that I have.  I'm going to have to order the others!  I just love them!!!  This one is #464 Snowman with Star.  I think he's out of stock at Magnolia-licious right now, but the others are available HERE.  I'm going to head over there momentarily and grab some more for myself - hehe. 

These gorgeous dp's are from My Mind's Eye 'Holly Jolly'.  I LOVE THEM!  I've purchased a lot of Christmas papers lately and these are among my favorites.  You'll be seeing more from the collection as the weeks go by.  The pale blue silk ribbon is from the same collection.  I used my favorite smokey brown cs from Bazzill.  The large snowflake is from the craft store's Christmas decor section.  The small one is by Petaloo.  In the center of it is a small little blue gem from Little Yellow Bicycle.  I used the largest Spellbinder's 'Lacey Squares' die to cut the frame around the snowman.  I filled the space between the image and the transparency with Martha Stewart 'Tinsel Glitter' in crystal.  I also applied Stickles in Stardust and Icicle to the snowman's hat and the snow on the ground.

I colored this little cutie with Copic markers and then used watercolor with Ranger Distress Inks on the background.  The details are as follows:

Copics:  C1, 3, W1, 3, 5, 7, N9, E42, 44, 49, R39, 89, G0000, 21, 24, B00, Y11, 21, YR23

DI's:  black soot, weathered wood, wild honey, tumbled glass

Well, that's it for today!  Thank you so much for joining me and for all of the wonderful comments you have left in the past.  They are truly appreciated and I read each and every one with a smile :-)




Shake said...

What a fabolous creation, Angie :)
Love the snowflakes!!!
The stamp is sweet too ;)

hugs, Albert

Hanne said...

Really beautiful. The coloring is fantastic! Wonderful snowflakes!

Hanna said...

One more masterpiece from you, Angie! Do you know how talented you are!? This is incredible! Love everything about your stunning card, and you've really made your cute snowman come alive with your breathtaking colouring!


Barb Hardeman said...

He is just fabulous Angie. Adorable with those wonderful dp's. I love the snowmen too!

Autumn said...

Fabulous Angie! I love, love, love how you have colored this! You have inspired me to try out coloring with distress inks...can't promise I'll be good at it and I'll have to teach myself(boo, hoo), but probably most sadly, I've purchased a bunch of ink but I've got so much going on over the next month it's probably gonna sit there til December! O'well, at least it'll be there when I'm ready. Anyway, love this! TFS!

Madmummie said...

This card is absolutely stunning

Pen to Paper said...

Angie your card is very pretty. I like the DP and the big snowflake. The snowman is so cute and I really like how you've done his background.

Very cool!



Chris said...

Angie, you've done it again - created an adorable work of art! I love that mottled background! I love the vintage feel the snowman has. It's fantastic! I love the card!

Chris Christensen

Patti Jo said...

Love the affect you got with your watercoloring Angie! The background, the light shining from the lantern! Terrific work!!! Love this card!!!

Craftin Kay said...

Angie, I love your card! The snowman is one of my favorites, I can't wait to get him.

Linda I

Anonymous said...

That snowman is so cute! I really love your coloring and your dps are gorgeous. Have fun designing your new house!

Suzanne J Dean said...

He's just adorable--I love this snowman and such a great way to include a snowy shaker element!


Only By His Grace said...

Hi Angie!
Gorgeous shaker card. Lvoe the clours you have used and the design paper looks terrific.
Your colouring is awesome. Love how you do your background.Alos love the big snowflake.
Hugs Maz

RubyM:) said...

Oh the colrouing is just stunning yo umake t look sooooo whimsical as like a fairytale sighhh how pretty!!!I have always LOVED LOVED your DP!!!!!!! Ummm i need to go shopping were you go for reals!! STUNNING HUN all your work is amazing,RubyM:)

Candy said...

Your creation looks like it belongs in the pages of a book. Completely sensational!!
Hugs, Candy

Rene said...

Incredible! He is so adorable! I too could not resist and ordered two...the preorder Christmas one with Tilda hugging him was too cute to pass up and another one from last year...that was before my addiction began so I had to make up for lost time! ;)
Good luck with the house! So exciting and at the same time nerve wracking! You'll do great!

Monique said...

This is gorgious Angie. I am so in love with your colouring !! One day I hope to be half as good as you :)).

Hugs Monique

Sharon Caudle said...

Angie, this card is amazing! I love the way you colored him and the background is perfect! I LOVE it!!!
hugs, Sharon

Julie said...

Gorgeous card! I wish I lived closer so I could take your class.

Anonymous said...

So Perfect Angie! I love your style, each card turns out beautifully. What a lucky girl you are to be designing for Magnolia.
Have fun!
Hugs and Happy Wishes,
Pam L.

Cordine said...

It's gorgeous!
Love the DP's

Janette said...

this is absolutely gorgeous! I was wondering what ink you use to stamp the image? I use memento for copics but then it would smear if I watercolor and if I use a "safe" ink for watercoloring then it is not good for copics.

Christina C. said...

So wish I could come to your class!!!!
Your card is amazing.

Sharron aka Sharrahug said...

Such a sweet, sweet, sweet card, Angie! That cute little snowman just brings a smile to your heart!

Huggies ~


Julie said...

Just fabulous Angie!


Nanda said...

I just love your colouring, it is so beautiful. The card turned out wonderful.


cabio's craft corner said...

He is such an adorable snowman that glow in the dark :o)

BA said...

angie this is absolutely adorable!!!
xoxo BA

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