Saturday, December 15, 2012

Winter Travel

December 15th and time for another duel with the Dueling Darlings.   The DD's are a group of paper crafting gals composed of two teams, the Divas (my team) and the the Dazzlers.  Every month a member from each team consult one another, decide the theme for their hosting month and send out a card kit to each of their team members.  This month of December our hosts, Barb for the Diva's and Michelle for the Dazzlers, chose the theme "Winter Travel".  Here's the card I created from the awesome kit I received from Barb:

I used the following items from the kit:
Patterned papers: Little Yellow Bicycle's Winter Plaid/Mocha Java Sweater and Snowy Window/Ski Sweater
Stamped Image: Whipper Snapper's Downhill Snowman (Chase Snowflake sentiment on the inside)
Ink: image stamped with Momento Tuxedo Black, colored with Copic Markers (B00, BG09, BG10, E25, E29, C1, C5, YR19, YR68)
Ribbon: white satin snowflake
Brads: Silver, white colored with Copic Marker BG09
The base of the card is Stampin' Up cardstock in Early Espresso, as is the matting on some of the panels.  The white glitter paper panel was embossed with Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder.  Stamped image was cut out and mounted with dimensionals and the ball on the end of the cap is has Frosted Lace Stickles as do the drops of snow.

Here is the inside:
The sentiment panel was punched with a Martha Stewart snowflake punch.  The small panel at the bottom was scalloped die cut, and the strip of patterned paper has a strip of chocolate brown ribbon from the kit.  Blue paper is from Bazzill.
I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch here:
In addition to the creating a card from the kit we were asked to tell a story related to "Winter Travel".
Today I live in the Arizona desert and the most severe winter travel might be in a rainstorm.  Most of my years I spent in NW Washington state.  Even there we don't always get a lot of snow but there was one memorable "Winter Travel" I made from Bellingham which is near the Canadian border to a town about 25 miles south of Seattle, a trip that was a little over 100 miles in one of the worst snowstorms I ever saw in NW Washington.  Sometimes I marvel that I made it home in one piece!  At times the snow was coming down so hard and wet that snowflakes were clumping together and hitting my windshield the size of baseballs!  One of the hairiest parts of the drive was crossing the Ship Canal bridge along I-5 that takes you from north Seattle into city central.  The snow was so deep on the bridge that the ruts were at least a foot deep and you had to get in one of the rut paths and just stay there.  This all happened the day after Christmas!
Please check out the Diva's creations here:
And the Dazzlers here:
Thanks for stopping by! 


  1. My heavens, Judy, this card is marvelous! Blue & brown is my favorite color combo and you've used them so well on this card. Love the sketch and your special touches take the layout to a whole new level!! The embossed panel, your coloring, the snowflakes, the border punch (haven't seen that one before!) are all perfect! This card is a work of art.
    Thanks for sharing your travel story. The snow over there is heavy and wet, the worst kind for driving. Thank heavens you arrived safely!!

  2. Judy--love your card! I think the sketch you choose was perfect for the image--and the inside is great too! Great Border Punch.

    Your travel story sounds a bit scary--I am glad it turned out well.

    Thanks for using this fun image in such a cute way AND for being a Great Diva!

  3. Great card Judy, I love the layout and the way you embossed the glitter paper for the background. Your coloring is awesome and I'm so impressed with the inside as well..I was trying to use the snowflake ribbon with the snowflake brads but didn't get a look I sure did...great job on this card...Your story brought me back to a similar one I was scary indeed and I am so glad you were able to hit the ruts and make it home in once piece...I'm so grateful we are Diva's together...big hugs...

  4. Love the card Judy! Your layout is great and I love all of the snowflakes!

    I hate driving in snow, and I am glad that your travel story had a happy ending!

    Thank you for being a Diva!

  5. I love the color combo and how you used the snowflakes! Great job :)

  6. Judy ~

    this is a fantastic card, I never would have tried this image with that MOJO sketch (which I did see prior to making my card) but yet you have done a wonderful job thinking outside the box and making this work! Really love the browns - it tones down the blues very well and that snowflake border is so creative!

    Merry Christmas my friend ~ Hugs - LJ

  7. aww realy sweet card with such a cute immie..Love that U cut it out and showcased it on top of your well layered panleings....and I REALLYYYY love that MS punch U used on the inside..Very well done!!♥

  8. Cute cute cute! You rocked that mojo sketch, Judy! Beautiful job with this month's kit. OOOOOOh, thinking about your story has me nervous that it's going to hit hard again here. Hopefully just a little dusting for Christmas day. HUGS

  9. Judy!! Your card is DIVINE!!! What a beauty this is! I love the detail you always put into your cards and you did a wonderful job with the sketch!

    With your AZ weather and my FL weather, I think our cards are about as much snow as we'll see, eh? :)

    Blessings, dear friend!

  10. Judy
    I love all the layering you've done on the snowman card! Guess what? I have snowflake brads just like yours. I love those brads...can't remember where I bought them. I like your sketches too. I just now found your blog through SCS (Forest Ranger's swap).