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Dasher in the Snow

Hi Everyone.  Happy Monday and welcome to Jaydee's SU stamping space.  And before we get going on the card, I'd like to give a shout out - and thank you - to Terri U. :-) 

Well, we are back in to the swing of things!  I did manage to spend some time in my stamping space yesterday and a little tonight ....and to do some challenges.  This challenge is for the stamping411 challenge number 122.  Now, you know that I'm a real fan of the Operators at Stamping411 - and encourage you to mosey on across there to see the amazing inspiration and submission cards. You are guaranteed to be inspired.  Also... I really encourage you to participate in their challenges.

As for me.... well.... I'm not sure my mojo is really where it should be.  I had this great idea for Dasher on acetate in a shaker card.  let's just say that the idea was great in concept... but .... errr..... well... disastrous in execution.  I putzed and faffed for 2 hours - and it was really bad.  Here's a thumbnail.

Dasherbad

I had thought this through on the plane and it really seemed good in my befuddled brain.  Well, all I can tell you is that the flight back must have been way too long... (well it did take nearly 30 hours to get back :-)) because when I put it together..... aaaarrrrggggh!   Oh well.... there you go - it has potential.... but as my dear, late English teacher, Mrs Tucker, would say "An E for effort, dear!" .  So.. it was back to the drawing board.

I still wanted to use Dasher.   (My hubby has decided an intervention is required because I'm addicted to Dasher.  However, I really like showing you the variety of things you can do with a single stamp.)  So, after my disaster, it was back to the drawing board.  I still wanted to do Dasher in the snow - but took a different tack.

I was much happier the second time around, but still want to work on the shaker card idea!  I put the disaster version out for you as I think someone may be able to take the idea and really make something of it!  Here's the second version.

S411122v2

I created a more ethereal winter scene by tearing a piece of vellum and then glueing glitter on the vellum.  I also glittered the snowflake.  Here's a close-up for you.

S411122closeup

I wanted to defocus the sentiment, so stamped that on vellum, too.  I used the embossing folder for the background, especially as it mimics Dasher's horns.  

A really quick card that is easy to put together and the whole card from start to finish took me 15 minutes, which was great considering how long I had spent on the first version! :-)

If any of you are inspired by my first disastrous version of Dasher - I would LOVE to see what you do with it to make it work.  I think the shaker card has potential, but it's going to need me to spend a little more time thinking about it.  However, if you do something....please post a link in the comments to share with everyone.

As always, thank you for spending time in my area of the stamping blogosphere.  Your visits are always much appreciated - as are your comments.  It's your comments - and knowing that you pop by regularly that keep me doing this.  So, if you feel inclined, please share a comment and please..... share a link to something that you have created.  If you have been inspired to create something out of a card that you have seen on my blog.... we would love to see it.

I hope you all have a fabulous Tuesday and that you get to spend time doing the things you love - with those you love the most.

Peace

Jaydee

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Jean Fitch

Hi and welcome home my friend. Thanks for sharing your journey with us - the pics have been great. I bet you get another MDS album out of it! Loved the wild kitty pictures. Too bad you didn't get the pic of the white male after the hunt (or maybe you did but didn't want to scare the pants off of your loyal readers!). Great purse wrangling too on the part of your DH - my late husband would have had fits if I took such a picture - LoL! Poor guys who have to be so patient with us. Sounds like you have a wonderful man - don't know many who would offer to take care of the house so the wife could get reaquainted with her stamp room! Tell him no go on the intervention. I can never get enough of your Dasher cards. I finally got my hands on a Dasher stamp thanks to my generous upline so will probably be posting some of my own in the coming weeks if I can ever get off my stencil kick. Hm...maybe Dasher inside the tree stencil??

Give the kitties a hug for me and keep one for yourself too :D

Hugs - Jean

Robin Merriman

You may have been frustrated by it, but I really like your 1st card! Your second one is great as well, love the glittery vellum, but your first one is super creative. Not sure what you could do to improve it...
Glad you are back safely and playing along with us again!

Patti Chesky

I am also addicted to Dasher. The variegated color on his antlers is an awesome touch. Beautiful color choices. Thanks for playing along this week.

Connie Babbert

I love both of your cards...and that Dasher is fabulous! Great job this week with the Stamping 411 challenge!

tiffany

I just love both your cards you did with our sketch!! Love Dasher!! Thanks for playing along this week with us!!

Lee

I love both of them. Great idea with the vellum. I'm glad you shared both. We were blessed twice. thanks for playing along.

stamperbeth

So glad you're back! Love the glitterfied vellum snow and the way you made the antlers a different color. I agree, the shaker card needs some tweaking but I love the idea of it.

Carole'Anne AKA Stampin Stressaway

oh Hi Jaydee
I missed you my Music friend
Hope you had an amazing trip!
I love your card, and you did a great job, don't worry about what your brain thought, cause we don't have a clue! LOL :)
Dasher is adorable in the snow
Love your inspiration!
thanks for sharing
PS still don't have my music on my blog :(

Kay Kalthoff

Both cards are FANTASTIC!! Love the idea of gluing the glitter to the vellum!
Kay

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