Timeless Tuesday #247: Winter Scene

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Are you feeling a winter chill where you live yet? Living in Georgia, our winters tend to be fairly mild and short, and I'm very glad of that! I'm cold-natured, so winter is definitely not my favorite season. But, one thing I do enjoy about it is meeting my friends for coffee. Winter is the best time of year for that!
So, when I saw that Deborah's challenge this week was to create a winter scene, I knew it needed a cup of coffee in it somewhere, and Flourishes' new Grab a Cup stamp set arrived just in time! When I made this card, I envisioned sitting with friends, inside a cozy, warm coffee shop, watching kids outside playing in the snow. And, of course, the Snow Scenes stamp set was a given for that. 
I cut the coffee cup image, from Flourishes' Classic White Cardstock, on my Silhouette, using Flourishes' Grab a Cup Silhouette cut file, adjusting the size of the cut to get closer to the stamped lines. (I still had to do a little fussy cutting, but not much.) After stamping it with the coffee cup image in Memento Tuxedo Black, I colored it with Copic markers and used a Snow Marker on the swirled cream in the coffee. In real life, it looks a bit frothy. For the winter scene, I heat embossed the snowman scene with a dark brown embossing powder, then stamped several trees from Flourishes' Forest of Trees stamp set (a fantastically versatile stamp set!) in several different colors of Memento Ink (they are in my supply list below). Then, I used Flourishes' Perfectly Pierced Classic Frames die set to cut it out. After adding Snow Marker to various spots on the image for some dimensional snow, I lightly sponged Mustard Seed Distress Ink in one corner for a hint of warm sun, added a little Tumbled Glass Distress Ink for the sky, and distressed the edges with Vintage Photo. The snowy pine needles under the ribbon were punched from some scrap cs, then I pushed them through white acrylic paint to collect "snow" just on the tips of the needles.

To assemble the card, I started with a card base of Calypso, from Flourishes' Emerald Coast Color Made Easy Paper Collection, added a multi-colored die cut that I created with sponges and Distress Ink, then a rectangle die cut that I colored with ink spray a few months ago. In the lower left corner, I put part of a paper doily, that I first distressed with a couple of Flourishes new So Distressed stamps (that's going to be one of my favorite stamp sets, for sure!). The silhouette snow scene is lifted with layers of crimped cs, and the coffee cup is popped up with foam dots. Finally, I tied some May Arts ribbon in the upper left corner and slid those snowy pine needles underneath it.
I used two sentiments on the inside, from both the Grab a Cup and the Snow Scenes stamp sets, and couldn't resist using the coffee stain and drip stamps again, from the So Distressed stamp set.

It's always so much fun to see the different ways everyone interprets our challenge each week. I hope you'll join us in this one, too! And, remember...you don't have to use Flourishes stamps, but if you do, you get two ballots toward the weekly prize! You can find all the details for the challenge here.

Be sure to take a moment to check out all our designers' blogs, as well as our November Guest Designer, Connie MacFarlane. We all love to hear from you, and you'll leave with tons of inspiration! :)
Thanks for stopping by, and have a fantastic week!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create Challenge #46: Anything Goes/World Peace Day
Challenges 4 Everybody #33: Anything Goes
Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: CAS-ual Christmas
Paper Issues: Grateful for You

PLUS these individual Copics: YG00, YG01, YG03, YG45
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KraftyKoolKat said...

This is beautiful. Love the vintage feel. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Challenges 4 Everybody.

Cathy DT Member

M DelValle said...

Wonderful card!! Thank you for the inspiration!

Unknown said...

Ooooh such a PERFECT pairing of stamps. Making snowmen and hot cocoa go hand in hand. Feel the childhood memories? :)

Connie MacFarlane said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Cheryl! I love all of the elements of the scene you created. I can almost smell that coffee. Great use of multiple stamp sets and I love the cosy rustic feel of this card.

Stacey Schafer said...

fabulous card! thanks so much for sharing it with us at the Curtain Call!

TLady said...

THIS is what I think of when our kids go out & play in the snow----something warm to drink!!!!!!!!!!!!:) You COULD make this HOT COCOA too!!!!!!!;)You've done a WONDERFUL JOB ON THIS!!!!!!!!! JUST BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!:)

Joan Ervin said...

This is beautiful, Cheryl!!! It reminds me of many a winter day when my children were young..they made lots of snowman and I sat in the house with my coffee!!!!! Love how you finished off the inside, too!!!

Chana Malkah said...

Fabulous card! The composition is exquisite and the coloring just fabulous! I love the inside as well, especially the coffee rings! The color integration throughout this project is marvelous, right down to the ribbon mimics the blue in your trees and napkin and the greens tree! Wonderful work! Thanks for dropping this off by our house here at 613 Avenue Create!
Chana, Owner

Chana Malkah said...

Oops, meant to say, Hi ya'll! I'm in Decatur, Georgia. It is a little chilly tonight. I hope we have a cold winter so we can have pretty Dogwoods this spring. Last year the Dogwoods and Azaleas were so sad.

Leslie Miller said...

What a great combination of stamps you used inside and out! The perfect illustration of a cozy winter day. We don't get much snow here. Just rain, rain, rain!

Jessi Fogan said...

I love the snow-tipped branches! So clever :) And that MUG! Fab texture & colours :)

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my is that ever cute, love your doily under the cup, the scene you have stamped is wonderful, love every little detail you have given to this, so sweet!

Jessica Kephart | A Homespun Affair said...

This is a stunning card for the Holiday Season! Thanks so much for playing along with us at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge Blog!

Jessica Kephart

Carol Ric said...

Wonderful vintage card. Thanks for joining us at 613 Ave Create.

Allison Cope said...

Goodness me... this is stunning Cheryl! I love all the different shades and sizes of trees and your winter scene is too gorgeous! I love the addition of the latte too - you'd definitely need one after playing out in that scene! Wonderful card creation this week!

Deborah Anton said...

Goodness!! This is SO FABULOUS!! I love all the different sets you placed into your card along with all the elements... We certainly think along the same lines when it comes to the stamp sets but your talent is beyond mine! :) PS.. I must pick your brain on the product linky... I have had no such luck with it.

Diane said...

Beautiful winter scene....I LOVE how you have added the cup from your newest set Grab A cup...clever idea....very, very pretty card!!

Katie Sims said...

Yeah, gimme one of those! This card reminds me of my childhood playing in the rare snowy days that we would have! Your coloring is beautiful and I love that you incorporated both of those images on your card....your are some kinda card maker missy! Awesome card!!