Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Stepping Back Into Winter

After a long absence due to a couple of untimely deaths in my family in rather quick succession (if ever there was such thing as a timely one) I'm back on the crafting train but feeling like I jumped on between stations as it slowed down rather than embarked at leisure at a stop.

What better way to try to revive the crafting mojo than to take part in a challenge. My wonderful team leader at Stampin' Up!, Ann Melvin of Positively Papercraft fame set her team (which has expanded a lot in my absence) a challenge to make something which represented winter... not Christmas.

I think she was giving us a last chance to use up some of the Christmas stash (I have tons left over due to not having used hardly any of it because of bereavement) and also to celebrate the recent cold snap which is hopefully all but gone now and will allow the spring to come in with a flourish.

So here's my attempt at something wintery without being Christmasy. A silver embossed eskimo (I had to fussy cut it as I can't find my punch anywhere.. my daughter had it last time I saw it so it could be anywhere now) and my fussy cutting was rather shaky but what the heck. I coloured him in a bit with a Real Red marker then used dimensionals to stick him to a night of navy layer which I'd silver heat embossed using stamps from the retired but gorgeous Serene Snowflakes stamp set. I set this onto a white card and also added a bit of silver eighth of an inch ribbon. I used the Cold Hands... stamp from the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set (where I got the eskimo from too) and again silver heat embossed it and cut some layers of white and night of navy to make it pop a little with the help of some dimensionals.

It's not my best ever creation but it's a start back on the road to finding my creative juice again. I'm grateful to Ann and the other team Happy Crafters for keeping me inspired with their creations over the past few months while I've been in this foggy place and for everyone else in the crafting community who has sent me cards, condolences and warm wishes it has really helped. You're all great people.


  1. Welcome back my lovely :-) Looking forward to seeing your beautiful creations again xx

  2. So glad to see you are back creating again after your really difficult time. You've been missed xx


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