It's the fabulous LeAnne's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a great challenge for us. It's also the first challenge of the new year and we welcome three new very talented guest designers for 2021. Welcome Amanda, Debbie and Nancy - I am so happy that you have joined our team and look forward to seeing your wonderful creations in our challenge each week.
For tonight's card I used something new - well... a couple of things :-) I inked up one of the new sets that I got as part of my anniversary gift from Lou. I love The Greetery Fresh Air set and it comes with matching dies. I had such fun with this that I made several cards and those are going off to the seniors!
One of the thing I love about stamps and dies from The Greetery is the level of detail and this set is no exception. Just take a look at that awesome open window on the left side of the opening! I double layered the floating curtain with both a white layer and then an opaque vellum layer. This set so reminds me of the times we have walked around various towns/cities in Italy. I love looking at the window boxes and who/what is sitting in the window. There was no way that I could resist this set!
I stamped the shutters but distressed them a little - I wanted to make sure that the ink didn't lay down perfectly. After all, I can't remember seeing a perfect set of shutters :-)
I love the fact that all of the elements are separate so that you can create your own window and you can decide to have the bricks - or not... flowers or not... flower pots or not.... :-)
The design team have some fabulous inspiration for you and I hope you will play along with us this week.
On a personal note:
Well... I'm not sure about you... but I can honestly say that I wasn't unhappy to see the back of 2020. It really seemed that we were living the old Confuscius saying "may you live in interesting times"! 2020 certainly was interesting! Lou and I spent Christmas at home. It was the first year in many years that we did so. We managed to get two weeks off for vacation and have relaxed, read, done a few chores around the house and just enjoyed being home and not having to work. On New Year's Eve - we had an early dinner and watched some feel good TV. At the end of the night, we remembered to be grateful for all the good things that had happened this year and that we still had each other and our health.
As we spent our time at home - we decorated more than usual. As some of you have requested photos - I am sharing some with you tonight and will share a few more during the week.
Because this was Christmas 2020 - I had to have a little fun with an old Teddy Bear. We bought this guy our first Christmas in the US - 1997. We pull him out every year. However, this year he had to wear the de rigeur fashion accessory:
Teddy was being responsible and ensuring that he had his own mask in place before putting one on Baby Bear :-)
For the main floor, the theme/color scheme came from cushions that we had purchased at Pier 1 last year. (on a side note... so miss Pier 1, especially at the holidays!) The cushions were red and gold. So, we kept with the theme. We changed out the summer curtains as usual for our red ones. However, this year we purchased a carpet for the family room. We generally don't have a carpet down, but as my feet are always cold, we thought it would be a good idea and I managed to get it on a heavily discounted sale at Wayfair. Luckily, it matched the one we have in the entry way!
I love how cosy it feels with the carpet and the curtains closed - it really does make the whole room feel warmer. Mind you, it's not a bad view with the curtains open! You can see that this was taken before our snow on December 24!
It's pretty during the day - but really comes into it's own at night.
On the left hand side on the wayy - is one of the things that I did buy this year .... I found him on Etsy and he will be with us for many years!
It is a gnome kind of year..... the one on the wreath joins the one that sits at our table with us! You can see our outside tree through the window. With the cats there is NO WAY we can have an indoor tree, but this allows us to enjoy it when we eat our meals in the dining room.
And, just for Doris - here's a view of the outside! And, yes... that is a gnome tree topper!
I did some "crafty stuff", too. For fall I had purchased a ribbon garland for the fireplace. I love it, but decided I wanted to make my own for winter. So, I bought some ribbons and got to work. I love how it turned out:
Lou loved it so much that I ended up making three of them in total. The other two are on the stair bannisters. Well, I think that's enough for tonight :-) Hopefully you have enjoyed these photos and I will share more with you during the week.
I'll be back on Monday with another card. In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.
- Card stock: Neenah Solar White 80# and 110#
- Stamps and Dies: Fresh Air - The Greetery