Saturday, December 20, 2008

Bundle Up

First: Guess what??  My "official" blogaversary is coming up, but the date I really want to celebrate is just after the first of the year, which will mark the anniversary of when I really got my blog off the ground with my first set of stamps from Gina K Designs one year ago! To celebrate I will be having new samples from all my previously released sets from past guest designers and contest winners, and of course lots of free goodies and giveaways, sponsored by some of your favorite companies: Scor-Pal, My Favorite Things, Paper Temptress, and of course, Gina K Designs!  So be sure to subscribe to my blog if you haven't already, the celebration is going to last for DAYS and you won't want to miss a single one!!

Now!  I thought it would fun for a winter "Hand-in-Hand" card to have my hands and arms covered up in long sleeves and gloves  (great for if you have no flesh tones LOL!) I am just lovin' all these "wintery" possibilities! :)
Hands were colored with my Copics from Box A, and outlined with C-3 (from the same box).  I made a few little vertical lines down with my daker shade around the wrist like the stretchy cuff of a mitten  The black sleeve I meant to look like my black turtle neck with a fitted sleeve.   Then I stamped my front arm onto the back of a piece of Magnolia DP, and then cut out leaving room all the way around it  to make my larger, baggier "jacket"sleeve.  When I flipped it over, I ran my black marker along the edge to give it a "drawn" look and adhered it over the front arm.  (I moved the sleeve away so you could see, but I outlined the paper piecing and hands with a c-3 marker after placing it on top) I also outlined the bottom and right side of the DP sleeve with my c-3 to give it a shadowed look to math my hands and give it more dimension.

Then I framed it up on a Real Red mat and embossed a rectangle border for that in my Gina K 120 lb card base using my Nestabilities.  "Happy holidays" stamped below in Real Red is from "Seasonal Sayings".  I am really loving that greeting set!! ( I sent this card to a friend who is a native Texan and moved to Iowa last year: baby, it's cold outside!!   (I don't think she'll ever get used to it!) Anyway, looking at this card makes me feel chilly and toasty at the same time ("warm hands, warm hearts, " ...walkin' in a winter wonderland...")  :)

Stay warm today!  

13 comments:

Ravengirl said...

Sooooooooo clever! This is one of the reasons that I read your blog. The possibilities that you come up with are endless (and you just share them with all of us!)

Thanks!

Karinn said...

Too cute! We're avid skiers and snowshoers here, and this is just perfect for winter in our family. I LOVE it!! You are so cute and creative :0)

Carolina said...

What an elegant card! Love the coloring and the paper piercing is just perfect!

Angie said...

You do the BEST alterations of the stamps! I can't wait to get my set in the mail (should be tomorrow) and play around with it!

Amy Johnson said...

How cute! And what a creative idea! I love the warm colors!

Amy said...

Boy am I glad I got this set andsubscribed to your blog!!! I love all the different ways you can use this set by altering them to fit the occation.

Bee said...

Very cute! :-)
It was 81 here yesterday! I so don't miss the snow! I'm in love with my palmtrees... ;-)
I better start working on my project for you blogaversary...

Anita said...

Beautiful card! What a great idea to cover the hands.

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Melanie!!!!!! I love the gloves!!! What a super fun, fun idea with soooo many more possibilities!!! Such fun colors too!!

Donna said...

how fun! I can hardly believe it's 78 degrees in our house right now! guess the cold will come back tomorrow (yea)

Tina Gilliland said...

LOL Oh my! How right your friend is... I'm in Iowa... brrrrrr!! Our high tomorrow will be -1 (or today... it's 1:00 AM already!???). I must say Texas is much much easier on you in the winter having lived there for 6 years myself but for some odd reason.. moving back to Iowa! Ugh... family DOES make you do weird things! LOL I was looking at this and thought.. hmmmm how about some flocking on those gloves??? Neat! Thanks for sharing this and I can't wait to try all the wonderful ideas shown with this set! Love it!

Toni K said...

Love it! You are so very clever!

jules p said...

That is sooooo cute. I love how you take the stamps and make the same design look so different. That is awesome. Boy...where do you come up with these ideas?!?!
Great job!!!