Quick post for you tonight. I have to go write Christmas cards. Well, it's about time I sent the ones I've spent all this time making, right? :-)
Unscripted Sketches has a great sketch for us this week.
The minute I saw it, I knew that it was a perfect opportunity to use one of my newly arrived goodies. In fact, I ended up using 3 different new goodies on this card - so 3 sneak peeks for the price of one tonight!
When I was looking for challenges, I noticed a site that collects hand-made cards for sick children. Now, knowing what a great group of blog friends I have, I thought some of you might be interested in this organization. Here's the link to Send a Smile 4 Kids.
This sounds like a great cause and I thought about the fact that I generally make kiddy-kids cards. You know, you kids. However, kids also fall into the older category, so I decided to make some cards suitable for teenagers. As this sketch focuses so much on the sentiment, I thought it was versatile - and perfect for this cause.
I used the new Hexagon Hives plate. I love it... but do have a couple of hints when using it. I'll post those separately in a tips document in a couple of days. I paired it with some new Watercolor Wonder DSP - which, I love by the way. Then, I remembered that there are some new embellishments Essentials Wooden Elements. A heart is one of the elements and pairs perfectly with a little bee from another sneak peek - Springtime Hello. So, scratch what I originally said - this makes it FOUR sneak peeks!
Here's my card:
Isn't that hexagon fabulous? I love that it punches out some and not all. This is another one of those things that I was looking at contraband... and was thrilled that I had waited. The fact that it pairs so beautifully with the little bee was an added bonus. The fact that I could stamp on the wooden element with StazOn and that the bee was the perfect size... another bonus!!! I am totally in love with most of the sheets from the Watercolor Wonders DSP. I paired it with Tangerine Tango as a base and the hive is cut from Crushed Curry. It's bright and cheerful and I think works very well with one of my old go-to sentiments, "Wishing you a day bright with sunshine".
Overall, I was pleased with the card and the little element is super cute. I took my gel pen and went over the wings of the bee to give them a little glimmer and shine.
I hope you will check out the Send a Smile 4 kids blog and see if you have any cards that you think could be passed along. Don't forget to check out the Unscripted Sketches challenge, too.
On a personal note:
It continues to be between -20 and -30. I really don't know how the birds survive these massive drops in temperature over the year. From above 100 to below 30. Absolutely astonishing!
We continue to provide water and food and housing for them during winter. They are loving the fact that we put in the cedars this year. They really do provide some warmth and shelter for them. The Juncos have stayed around this winter, whereas they didn't last year, because there was just nowhere for them to roost.
Now.. I'm off to do Christmas cards. I always play Christmas Carols when I write Christmas cards. It puts me in the Christmas mood! Big shout out to Colleen B tonight for the beautiful Christmas card that she sent to Lou and I. Thank you, Colleen. It was our first Christmas card and it really is gorgeous!
As always, thank you for your visit and your comments. Warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.
I'll be back with another card tomorrow and another sneak peek!