Sunday, December 13, 2009

Frosted Windowpanes . . . Stampin' Sisters in Christ #17


Happy Sunday stampers! It is time for another challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ. This week's hostess is the talented Kristine, one of the challenge blog's founders. That makes her sound old or something . . ."founder." :) She's not!

Her verse this week is from Matthew 6:19-20 "Do not store up for yourself treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal." And the challenge this week is to use 'treasures' on your card, gems, pearls, glitter, bling! Bling it up!

Our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp. Any stamper who enters a card using bling is eligible to win the cutest little stamp set! I think I might create an anonymous account and enter to win it myself. :)

This card is blingy but you can tell I had winter on my mind because we have a good covering of snow and if you live where you get lots of snow you know all about the glitter it reflects when the sun is shining on it. Also, the other day my window in the kitchen was completed frosted over and I wondered if you could recreate that look in a card.

Not only does this card use a lot of bling or treasure, I also thought of what we as women so often treasure in our hearts . . . our homes. That's where our family is, that is where we hope to have love, togetherness, peace, rest and warmth. We will have all those things and more in our heavenly homes but I wish you all of that and more during this Christmas season.

So, for the card . . . I used Tim Holtz' distress crackle in Rock Candy for the first time a little over a week ago and I'm addicted. I think I need to get a gallon jug instead of the cute little bottle they sell . . . there has to be a gallon jug for refills somewhere.

I painted the crackle on a piece of acetate and pasted it in the opening of my card for my 'window.' In the close up you can tell that you really can see the scene on the inside of my shadowbox card, except when the light is reflecting directly off the crackle.

I stamped SU's backgrounder Fine Lace in white craft on white and embossed with white detail powder. Then stamped the wreath in silver and added silver tinsel embossing powder. Loaded it up with gems and stickles for my wreath's baubles.

I stamped the house from Stampin' Up's To You & Yours inking it in Brilliant Blue and then overinking with Not Quite Navy to tone it down. Then I toned it 'up' by using the dazzling diamond dust technique over the image. For that you press a versamark pad on your image, sprinkle with Irridescent Ice embossing powder and emboss. The whole thing sparkles amazingly, hard to capture in a photo. Stamped and added the sentiment, added a ribbon to complement the bling and voila! My winter scene. You are inside with your white wallpaper looking through the frosty window, framed by the wreath at your neighbor's house nearby, at twilight, which is why their house is blue. :) Thanks for looking, hope you're able to play along this week.

32 comments:

Kristine said...

Oh Peggsue, this is sooo GORGEOUS- and oh-so-blingy! =) LOVE IT! Love the "home" feeling, and the winter frostiness of this. It totally resembles the glistening of the snow, and more! Fabulous job with this challenge. Have a blessed advent Sunday!! =)

Leah said...

This turned out SO gorgeously! I love the icy feel and now I'll have to go find that rock candy:)

Traci M said...

Your frosty window overlooking a pristine sparkly scene is just gorgeous! And who doesn't want their home to be reflective of the love of the heavenly Father? I wish that for you also, Peggysue.
This is a wondrous card, well done!!

Michelle /Eliotstamps said...

PS, this is gorgeous! You do such a great job with these window cards, and this one is just stunning. I love the idea of crackling the "window pane"!

Anesha said...

Beautiful card, lovely design and great fold. Anesha

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

wow, this is a stunning card!

enjoy *~*

Mara... said...

This is amazingly stunning!! Such a beautiful card, I love all the techniques you used!

Toni said...

peggy sue..this card is stunning. i am in love!! Now i HAVW to get the Rock Candy...i saw it and now it is a have to have.

Scrappin' Kat Woman said...

Peggysue,

This is gorgeous! A fabulous card.

IamDerby said...

So elegant and pretty!

Christi said...

Wow! Your card is absolutely gorgeous, Peggysue! I love the sparkly wreath, the frosted windowpane, and the snowy home. What a beautiful winter scene you created!

Chef Mama Lori said...

Beautiful! I love all you did on this card!

JazzyH said...

Stunning!

Belinda said...

WOW!!! So bling-fully gorgeous!

Randi said...

WOW!!1 My jaw is on the floor as this is just stunning. I love every part of it. My heart is also warmed by your wonderful words that are so appropriate to your card and to a my heart.

Have a great week.

sandy said...

Stunning!!!

BethieJ said...

PEGGYSUE.. I just gotta YELL for this WHOLE POST! THIS BEAUTIFUL!!!! LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT!!!
(and I LOVE rock candy so much I bought 2! HA!)
Happy Holidays!!!

BethieJ said...

oh sorry for the yelling in my post! ;)

Dell said...

You did a phenomenal job on this card! The window scene is so pretty.

Stephanie said...

Peggysue, this is so stunning! Makes me think of looking out a frosted window at a neighbor's snow covered house. This is definitely a beautiful season, and you surely captured that with your card!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Gorgeous card Peggy Sue! All that shimmer & bling look so fabulous! :) TFS

Helen said...

GORGEOUS! So blingy! I love this card!!! I love the blue & the white & silver. You really rocked this challenge!
Blessings!
~H

Val said...

Peggysue, This is just beautiful. So pretty.

Gina said...

WOW, wow, wow, I love the bling and these are my favorite colors this year. Very nice and wintery!

Davi said...

Wow peggysue, this card is just stunningly beautiful. The silver, blue and white certainly achieves that shimmery winter feeling. It is really just amazing!!

Joanne (jojot) said...

this is so gorgeous.....a simple elegance with just a bit of bling....fabulous work

just in case things get too busy to comment next week....wishing you and yours a fabulous holiday season and a glorious Christmas

I was so blessed in 2009 to meet you, Lois, Trace, and Cindy....it is one of the highlights of my year....hugs

Karen Lynn said...

Oh my gosh, PS, this is wonderful! What a beautiful card. You will have to show me how to do this the next time we are together.

Pamela said...

This is gorgeous!!!

Melissa said...

So gorgeous! I love it, great job!

maryr917 said...

love this card and the colors-the mittens are super cute. we had about 5" of snow here in Pittsburgh

The Mama Monkey said...

There is not a thing wrong with blingy! Oh my...you did such a great job cutting that detail on the wreath!!

ashjoy said...

I love this stamp. Beautiful Card! I just got my TH crackle as well but haven't tried it yet.