Hi Crafty Friends,
It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Lynn McAuley our challenge hostess for the month, finishes off the month with one last challenge.
Lynn tells us that ... Many of us are experiencing very cold days during late January. Feature on your design something that makes you feel warm and cozy even on the coldest of winter days
It doesn't snow where I live in Australia, so I don't often make winter themed cards. The exception to this is when I am making Christmas cards which I did for 2 to 3 months prior to Christmas, so making a winter card wasn't really something I wanted to do, and I certainly don't want to make a Christmas card until at least July/August of this year.
So when it came to this challenge I had to come up with a creative idea! I figured one way to keep warm even on the coldest winter day, was to do what ducks do ... fly south for the winter LOL! There is also some place to go where it is warmer and you don't have to worry about snow etc ... whether you live in the Northern Hemisphere or Australia. So if you want to be warmer ... go visit a beach where the weather is warmer. It works for me!
To create my card I used Hello Bluebird's Ocean Waves Scene Horizontal die which I have been wanting to use since I got it in September/October, but was too busy making Christmas Cards.
I also used Hello Bluebird's Beach Play stamp set to decorate my card.
For the inside of the card I created a pop-up card using Karen Burniston's Mini Pops Pop-up die set. I used Heffy Doodles Stitched Slimline Trio die set to cut the panels for the inside layers. For the top layer I added sand and clouds to the panel using Honey Bee Stamps Horizon Slimline Borders die set.
I added the bears, sandcastle and a couple of other elements to the card using the Beach Play stamp set.
I added the birthday sentiment to the card using a sentiment from MFT Stamps Drink Up The Sunshine stamp set. This was layered onto a rectangle die cut using Karen Burniston's Long Rectangles - Crosshatch die set. The rectangle was a little longer than I wanted it to be, so I die cut it twice so it could be cut smaller.
Don't forget to check out the CCEE Stampers blog (goes live 12 AM EST) to see the rest of the creations the CCEE Stampers created this week. You can also see more details of their creations on their individual blogs: