Tuesday, November 17, 2009

MMSC28 White Christmas

Is it me or is time flying by so fast this year - it is Tuesday already and time for the next Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge, I look forward to them each week and am never disappointed - often greatly challenged BUT ever disappointed! Here is is this weeks sketch:

And now for the BIG NEWS. From this week's sketch challenge, each of the Design Team members will be choosing a card from this week's entries to be featured on their blog during the Blog Hop. So along with doing the regular sketch challenge, we are asking you to make a "CHRISTMAS CARD" this week. One of our lovely Design Team members will be contacting you after the close of the challenge to let you know that your card has been chosen to be features on their blog for our Christmas Blog Hop. You will need to participate in the Blog Hop to have your name put in a drawing for a special prize at the end of the Hop. Please let your Design Team Hostess know that you will be able to attend the Blog Hop to be eligible to win the prize.

Our Gold Star Award this week goes to -


Our Remarkable Awards this week go to -


#19 Carolyn,   #26 Terri Sherman,   #37 Craftypagan

Thank you for playing this week everyone and we would be honored if our award winners would pick up their badges on the side bar and please display them proudly.

Our monthly sponsor for November is

Michelle's Scrapbooking

and the weekly sponsor is:

Frantic Stamper Inc.

For my card this week I decided it was time I inked up two of my favourite SU sets of stamps to create this scene.  I started by embossing the top background DP , tearing it sponging the edges.  I used some fabulous DP from my dear friend and Twisted Sister Pat Smethers for the lower half,  it doesn't show it too well in the photo but it has the most fabulous texture and fibres on it - great for snow!!

I stamped lovely as a Tree as the background for my scene and coloured it with chalks in warm tones.  I then used the fence punch by Martha Stewart and attached this across the chalked background image.  The skaters were next and I have to say they were fiddly little things, easy enough to colour with chalks but then....cutting them out - oh my giddy aunt - what a nightmare for me....but here they are...all limbs accounted for - no skaters were hurt in the making of this card!! LOL!

I loved the embellishing part and naturally went for snowflakes, what winter scene would be complete without them, funny really as we are experienceing a bit of a HEAT WAVE over here at the moment.  I sponged and layered 2 sizes, attached them with dimensionsl and added this adorable snowflake charm that I won in Pauline C's Blog Candy (who doesn't love candy!!)  I also attacched narrow double stitched ribbon along the righthand side and the lower edge!

and finished off with a photo corner that has been punched from embossed scraps, inked and attached to a larger black corner.  A sponged snowflake has been popped up on a foam dot and half gems added to that simmer and bling we all love at Christmas!

There you have it - one finished card...personally I love the contrast of the warmth of the trees with the cooler colours of the DP and the skaters - it appeals to the eclectic side of me, it is very rare that I make anything formal - I love the formal look but always tend towards the fuller warmer look!!  My Mum always said I marched to the beat of a different drummer, but as long as I kept on marching it was fine - phew!!  It would be boring if we all did everything the same - wouldn't it!!

This card fits the following challenges
Die Cuts R Us - Emboss something
Cute Card Thursday - Glitter me Silly
The Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Four Seasons (I chose winter)
Thank you for looking and for your lovely comments - you always bring a smile to my face and warm my heart.  Don't forget to go over to the MMSC and find out about the Blog Hop and play along - I will be watching for you!!!  Have a great week and link your sketchs over at MMSC - we love to see them!  God bless you!


  1. Wow Linda, what details! Love your layers...it looks like a painting! And what a cute snowflake charm...nice touch!

  2. Linda this is such a lovely winter scene "White Christmas" card. There is so much to see. Every time I look at it I see something new that I just love! Great take on the sketch challenge.

  3. Sooooo georgeous Linda. Such a lot of detail....Loz

  4. Beautiful card Linda...I love this one with the background and all those fabulous details. I know what you mean about cutting images out...sometimes can take a while but at least no limbs are missing!!!
    Gorgeous creation as always,

  5. WOWZER!! Linda, such a stunning take on this week MMSC!! I just adore every single detail you've put into this hun!! Stunning coloring, combination of images are awesome!! Thanks for the inspiration!! HUGS

  6. You leave me speechless with your incredible I(God given) talent and interpretation of the challenge!!

    Way to go!!


  7. I love the colors and image in your card Linda. The textures are so rich and I especially love the sparkle of your snowflakes! You've really worked this sketch nicely. :) Michelle

  8. Wow, great job on this. Love the little people, hope you didn't cut into your own limbs(fingers) while trimming them out.

  9. WOW,your colours are so rich and beautiful,love the scene you have created!!! Sometimes cutting images out can be painful....lol....
    Hugs xx

  10. Oh my, Linda! This is just stunning!! Where to begin...you have just so many wonderful details on this card, from the scene you created to the charm on your snowflake! WOW!!!

  11. Oh Linda this is just so lovely. So much detail, and lots of effort. It is a gorgeous scene, certainly not what we are used to here in Canberra. We must get together soon. Hugs Michelle

  12. Your card is so nostalgic and beautiful, Linda! Really makes me want to look back and remember Christmases from when I was little. Such gorgeous colors, details and designer papers. Thanks for sharing with us.


  13. Oh my giddy aunt, it is lovely.. All your cutting was so worth it, your card is over the top, the theme of skating and the back ground is fabulous Linda - you have a winner here.

  14. Beautiful, your details and colors are scrumptious, Linda!!

  15. Linda, your card is gorgeous. Love the depth. Glad to hear that no actual skaters were harmed during the making. :~) That was funny. Thank you for sharing this with us at DCRU.

    Gwen DT@DCRU

  16. Oh Linda, looks like you and your friend had so much fun! And how sweet of your DH to get you some new goodies for Christmas! Your card is as lovely as you Lovely Linda!

  17. What a fabulous winter scene you've created!! I love your coloring and beautiful design with those trees in the background! The snowflake charm is the perfect embellishment for this amazing card! TFS!

  18. Time got away with me last week and I did not get a chance to stop by and comment on this lovely card. I love the nostalgic feel of this beauty, with all the lovely inking and terrific image. Just gorgeous!


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