Tuesday, 8 January 2013

CASology 26 - Winter


This week's CASology Cue Card is Winter!



This card looks so calm and peaceful, doesn't it? But don't let it fool you! After nearly two weeks of very little crafting time, I had absolutely no mojo and no idea what to make for a winter card. Once Christmas is done, I think winter should be too! I went through all my stamps over and over, looking for inspiration. Trawled through Pinterest, hundreds of blogs. Made 3 or 4 different card front panels, feeling clumsy with my cutter and my Copics (lack of practice!).  Finally as the light was fading, I came back to this stamp. It's an old Stampin' Up Hostess set called Gently Falling. I threw caution to the wind and stamped it in the middle of the panel without even using a stamp positioner. The sky is inked with my blue Kaleidecolor ink pad and the sentiment is black. And in the end, I think it really does convey the silent, peaceful feeling of heavy snow falling on a dark winter night. Fortunately, it doesn't convey the hurricane that went through my craft room getting to this!

Now it's your turn to play along and show us what winter means to you. Don't forget to link your card by Sunday at 4:00 CST. Before you go, here are links to the blogs of the other members of the design team - go take a look and see where the cue card took them:






27 comments:

Emily Keaton said...

Beautiful!

Kathyk said...

It's just lovely and seems worth the whirlwind effect that has subsequently befallen your crafting area!

Kathyk

shirley-bee said...

You not using a stamp positioner!! (I threw mine into the wind years ago). Anyway, your stamp landed perfectly, and the sentiment is perfect for the image.

Tasnim said...

It does look very peaceful. I love the colors and simplicity of this card!

wienerhoneymooners said...


Love the subtle color change that is very effective and so nice.
Wow, amazing card! and positioning it just so! Great!

Michelle said...

Oh my.... this is a beautiful card! It almost looks like a little framed piece of art. So lovely!

Dotty Jo said...

What a wonderful card! Jo x

Geri said...

Welcome back! I was beginning to suffer from Ardyth withdrawal. Sure know what you mean about the missing mojo - starting to pick up speed now though! This is beautiful. Great job 'eye balling' the placement - it is perfect! Of course, I love the Kaleidecolor ink :)

Lindsey said...

I'm with you, my winter cards are almost exclusively made for Christmas, and then I'm ready to not see them again! But this gem of a card is making me reconsider...

Tracey McNeely said...

Simply perfect Ardyth!

Michelle said...

Ha! I love your story of searcing for (and finding) your mojo again! I do love this card!

Rosemary said...

as always your card is the perfect example of CAS!!

Meghan said...

I aspire to create a card just like this!

Jen said...

Looking at this beautiful image is like taking a trip down memory lane! I haven't seen that stamp in ages, but recognized it right away! What a beautiful way to capture the spirit of winter!

donna mikasa said...

So beautiful and serene and the fact that it was stamped without a stamp positioner makes it more awe inspiring!

Gabby said...

Lovely "winter" card! Likethe blue/purple shades. Sometimes the unexpected, are the most wonderful things. :)

Marlou McAlees said...

absolute perfection!! love your take on winter :) xx

Maureen Merritt said...

haha, I love that you got wild and crazy and stamped without a positioner!! I feel the same way about Christmas & Winter, I'm ready for Spring. I would have never known you had such a hard time creating this card, it is perfect!

Kelly Griglione said...

Oh that is the PERFECT sentiment to go with this stamp and CAS card design! You are totally rocking the Kaleidecolor ink pads these days. Oh, and what did you think about the big news from David Bowie?! Sounds like he was working in secret for two years. You must be so excited!

Karen M said...

This is really special, Ardyth. I love the simplicity of this card, beautiful! Kx

Jean said...

This is just beautiful - I have always loved that stamp. Great color blue.

Jean said...

This is just beautiful - I have always loved that stamp. Great color blue.

Jean said...

This is just beautiful - I have always loved that stamp. Great color blue.

Judy1223 said...

Wow, Ardyth! Who would have ever guessed the story behind such a peaceful, serene card! I love your honesty...and we have ALL been there (some of us many a time!)! No mater how it came about, your card is so cool and peaceful...and, of course, pefectly CAS. I am always inspired when I visit your blog!

Vicky Hayes said...

Isn't it funny how some days you can make card after card you're pleased with and others you get more and more frustrated and get more and more stuff out before ending up with something you're happy with. This turned out so beautifully (but I feel your pain!) I know it's a bit late but happy new year! Vicky x

mypapercraftworld said...

What a wonderful gift you have ... to create something so beautiful, calm and peaceful amid a hurricane! Love the colour shading and your post! Anita :)

Jen W. said...

Glad you persevered because this one is a stunner! Love the changing colour of the sky. :)