Friday, November 16, 2012

Winter Blues

**Please scroll down for my Skipping Stones Design Feature Friday post!**


Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, and since we've no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! I can say that now, when it is just cold outside with a splattering of a few snowflakes, but I'm pretty sure that when it actually does fall and accumulate, I might curse at it for a while! Wisconsin winters really are kind of frightful!






Back today with a new challenge to introduce at CAS-ual Fridays: Use blue in your winter related projects! It is a two week challenge, so there is plenty of time to play over the holiday. More details and a mound of amazing inspiration can be found over on the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge Blog. Our sponsor this week is CAS-ual Fridays Stamps! I used a new November release set called Snowflake Greetings, which just became available in the store.





I'm sure that you can see if you've followed my blog lately that I'm trying out some new techniques, getting out of the normal funk I was in. (Is that a good thing?) I've been using more fiber and experimenting with distress inks. This panel was created by laying down a mix of blues onto watercolor paper, spraying with some pearl mist and then stamping snowflakes with the excess pearlized water. I then dried the panel and came back to stamp with various blue and white inks. I think it turned out really pretty if I do say so myself, and patting myself on the back because I think I kept the card clean and simple with its design-a great combination!

I can't wait to see your Winter Blues creations, please link them up to the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge!

30 comments:

  1. I think this technique suits you and I'm confident whatever ribbon you use will shine :)

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  2. It's always good to try something new... especially when it turns out as FAB as this!

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  3. Stunning! Love the new technique!

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  4. Oh wow! Just dreamy stamping!

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  5. Fantastic! Love the depth of the blues, what a great technique!

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  6. Gorgeous! Your misting technique is fabulous as always! I love the colors on this card!

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  7. You are the misting Queen! Beautiful!

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  8. Love the distress ink background and happy to see you trying new things.

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  9. Karen, this is so lovely. At first glance, the background reminded me of a tie-die image. I love the layers you created by using the pearl mist. Super technique and a very beautiful CAS card.

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  10. So pretty, love that background!

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  11. Gorgeous CAS with lovely artsy feel too. A perfect combo Karen!

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  12. I think this card is, AWESOME!! :) Love what you did! And hopefully, you don't have a too frightful winter!... :)

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  13. gorgeous card. I love the effect of the stamps.

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  14. The inking is absolutely FABULOUS!! I also like to crate my own background :) HAVE FUN, Karen!

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  15. You've done an absolutely brilliant job with the DI technique, Karen! It looks like magically moonlit and starlit snow to me. Love it!!

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  16. Such a gorgeous technique- that you've completely nailed. Love the starkness of the white against such a beautiful blue! Gorgeous x

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  17. Ooooh what a pretty background Karen ~ and I love the silver cording!

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  18. Gorgeous!
    so well done and what a color!!

    Thanks Karen ;-)

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  19. All that watery, snow-flake-dusted blue is just beautiful. What a great effect! Wisconsin you say? We just left there after 10 wonderful years.

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  20. You are making me want to try new techniques too! This is the perfect CAS with cool design card!

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  21. Love this! You rock the distress inks!

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  22. LOVE your beautiful blue panel!!!

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  23. your ink mix is amazing!!
    love the effect!

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  24. elegant design and i adore that beautiful background you created! wonderful technique and it gives such depth! love love this gorgeous card, Karen! hope you have a wonderful weekend! =)

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  25. Such a lovely card! Gorgeous colours :)

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  26. I came from Casual Fridays to see how you made your card. It's so pretty - maybe I'll get to play over the holiday weekend.

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  27. LOVE when you play with new techniques. Such a gorgeous panel you have created.

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  28. This technique makes such a beautiful background and just the right amount of stamping to bring out the hues! I've got to try this! Thanks for the inspiration!

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