Monday, February 2, 2015

Calm and Wintry, Poinsettia, and a Winner


 I'm sure most of you are aware it is Groundhog Day. I sure hope Punxsutawney Phil doesn't see his shadow so warmer temps and Spring will be coming sooner. :-)

I'm still trying to catch up on my posts from when I got behind. I so enjoyed making this card and made three. I rarely make multiples but I was having fun with the snowbanks. Besides this one, I needed a couple of birthday cards. With each one the snow looked different. You just need some curved paper and sponge just above it. It took some practice for me but I am pleased.  Hope to get
better each time I try. The trees were hand cut and I used a snow marker for the falling snow. My card was cased from this card: http://craftinginthecountry.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-simple-christmas-at-st-lukes.html  
Isn't her card beautiful?

This card was entered into a Splitcoaststampers challenge:CT1214. That is the Fan Club central theme for the month-Calm, Cool, and Collected.

Recipe:
Stamps-Inkadinkado Flower Garden set (sentiment)
Paper-PTI white cs, SU Night of Navy cs, PTI/Bitty Dot Basics, Graphic 45/By the Sea Collection/ EK Tools/Assorted wood sheets 
Ink-Stampin'Up!-Night of Navy
Accessories-Marvy snow marker, sponge, Taylored Expressions Build a Scene Rolling Hills die, Spellbinders card creator-Matting Basics B

My next card is using a Power Poppy Poinsettia set. 
Did you notice something here? I left off the dots for the letter 'i' in my sentiment. I am quite sure I went back and added them before mailing....sure hope so. This card was made for a Splitcoaststampers challenge: QFTD239

Recipe:
Stamps-Power Poppy Poinsettia (not including sentiment)
Paper- PTI white cardstock, Bazzill peanut cluster, World Win spring green dp, Core'dinations light green small dot
Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories-Stickles/yellow, Copics, Spellbinders long classic scalloped rectangle die, Tim Holtz/Holiday Words die
Now, down to the business of choosing the winner of my Garden Weave die from the January 28  post. My hubby chose (without looking, of course) a name from the commenters. It is .............................................
MiamiKel, one of my faithful followers. Good for you, Kelly. If you will send me an email from the address I have listed under my profile, I will get this in the mail for you. Enjoy!


27 comments:

Marianne said...

Wonderful cards, Brenda. Your wintry scene is so peaceful and your snow banks turned out great.

Donna Hanley said...

Wow, your snow looks just about as real as these in my yard right now. Here you go again costing me money. I'd never heard of a Marvy Snow Maker Sponge, I'll have to look that up and buy it. LOL Seriously two beautiful cards. Beautiful coloring on your poinsettia and I would have never known you missed dotting the "i". Besides there is a dot there. It is from the paper but it is still a dot, so no worries. I'll have another package of snow sent out to you as soon as I can get out to mail it.
Have a fun day.

Carol L said...

I love the technique you used to create the snowy hills on the first card! Great coloring and dies on the poinsettia card too! TFS a great duo of cards, and congrats to MiamiKel too!!

Davi said...

Awesome cards Brenda!! I love love the way you did the snow of the first, really looks so real and the dark background sky really makes it pop!! The poinsettia is Gorgeous you really did a fab job coloring it :)

NanaConnie said...

Both of these are lovely, Benzi! Love your snow banks and how you cut the trees. Great papers. The poinsettia is gorgeous and I love the die you chose for cutting the image. One of my favorites.

Diane said...

Wonderful curved snowbanks, I will have to try this technique. The shading is wonderful and what fun trees. Gorgeous poinsettia color, framing and paper.

Hugs Diane

Cathy said...

Geesh, where have I been? I came to visit your blog today and there are 4 cards I have not seen! They are all lovely! I love that valentine with the little critter.That is a cute image! I am home from work today. I have a terrible cold. Perhaps I can get a card made today!I enjoyed my visit,talk to you later Benzi!

Beebeebabs said...

Wow both cards are absolutely beautiful as always - I did not notice you left off the dot lol - great job as always!!!

Marisa said...

Adore that first one! Fabulous snow banks and the pop of colour with the trees is perfect! Lovely frame around the poinsettias.

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

These are both so beautiful, love the winter scene you created, fabulous.

Marina said...

I love the bright colours of the trees against the snowy background.

jimlynn said...

WOW!!! I love that first card and those beautiful snow banks. Pure perfection in a card and so beautiful! The second one is equally as pretty! Beautiful poinsettia and framed out so lovely. I think the polka dot in the paper makes a great dot for the "i"!
Lynn

Ajascha said...

Hallo Brenda,
wunderschöne Karten hast du wieder gearbeitet. Sie gefallen mir alle sehr gut. Es ist schön, wieder etwas Neues von dir zu sehen.
Liebe Grüße,Anja

Becky said...

OH Brenda, both of these are lovely, but I sure do love that first one, that is just stunning how you have the night sky and rolling hills. Just Awesome.

JD/ Jill said...

Great cards! That first card is so eye catching!

MaryH said...

Wow! You're back with some super looking cards. Now I'm partial to poinsettias, and this one is just so lovely. But the trio of trees on those beautiful snowbanks is a real WOW too. Love your snowflakes, and you've got some awesome shadows going on the snow dunes. Love the dp trees -Love the touch of pink berries with that blaze of red on the poinsettias. Good color combo. TFS & Hugs (and GH saw his shadow round here today - so 6 more wks).

Bonnie said...

Those snowbanks are awesome, Benzi! And I love the snowy sky and pretty trees! And that poinsettia is gorgeous! WOW!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, what lovely cards you've shared today! I love the beautiful snowy night card with the wonderful snow drifts! And your poinsettia is stunning, and I really love the delicate sentiment dies! So glad to see you blogging again. It encourages me to just do it! Ha! Hugs, sweet friend!

Sassy Raggedy said...

Brenda I love your snow drifts. They are fantastic. The trees are wonderful. You are so creative. The last card is just as pretty. Congrats to Kelly....Hugs, joann

Sassy Raggedy said...

I think I forgot to submit my first comment. lol I love your snow drifts. They are fantastic. And what a lovely Christmas card with the image from Power Poppy. Congrats to Kelly....Hugs, joann

Maria said...

Gorgeous cards, Brenda! Love the wintery scene on the first card and perfect snow banks! Second card is so pretty with the poinsettia! Hope you're having a great week!:-)

Donna Ellis said...

you are getting a great start on things, Benzi! Love both cards - I can see why you wanted to keep on making the snow banks - very pretty! Your poinsettia could not be prettier - what wonderful coloring! hugs de

Darnell J Knauss said...

You have such a wonderful range to your card art, Brenda. I love both of these! But that night time snow scene blows me away! I love the panel design with the wonderful flourish sediment and those sensational pp trees!! Enjoy your day! Hugs, Darnell

MiamiKel said...

Oh my goodness, what a surprise! I'm humbled and honored to have been chosen (thank you, hubby!) I'm sorry I just now saw this - my daughter has been gravely ill and I'm barely back into the swing of things - so glad I was able to peek today so I did not miss these two STUNNING cards!
The first one is just breathtaking with the wonderful (and whimisical) scene you've created and the beauty of the second, you have such a flair for card designing!
Thank you again - will search for your email and send a note :) Thank you again!
Blessings! ♥

Colleen Dietrich said...

Those modern trees look really neat against the deep blue sky, Benzi. And you did the snowbanks REALLY well! Need to take lessons from you!

Lynne in NI said...

Both gorgeous cards, LOVE the effect of your snowbanks!

obee said...

Loving your cards... especially the snowbanks! The shadows are so convincingly real!