It's the fabulous Ann's turn to host our Paper Players challenge today and it's sketch time! This was the perfect excuse for me to ink up a set from PinkFresh Studios called Holiday Spirit. It's part of their December release and is one of the sets that we got as part of the virtual stamp event in November. I love the fact that it can be used for Christmas, but is just as useful for anniversaries or birthdays!
Here's a sneak peek:
I began my card by heat setting gold embossing powder around the glass and then coloring it and die-cutting it with the matching stencils. For the background I used an old stencil from The Stamp Market to create the patterns on the opposite corners to fit with the sketch. I mounted a piece of Fog card stock to the base. To give it a little lift, I used three pieces of card stock cut just a little smaller. I much prefer using card stock when I can as I find it travels through the post much better than fun foam! Once I had adhered the glass, I added the sentiment and my card was done.
Here's my card:
I know.... it's pink! What I love about this set is that you can use the stencils and make it any color you want to match your favorite mocktail/cocktail! I hope you will join us and play along with Ann's sketch. We would love to see what you create. As always, the design team have some fabulous inspiration for you:
On a personal note:
Well, it's obvious winter has arrived! We woke up this morning to a very white world and it is snowing as I look out of the window. Perfectly timed as we took down the fall decorations yesterday and put up the Christmas decorations in their place. I am trying to be very cognizant of the fact that Lou will be taking them down alone, so tried not to go overboard. We have a couple of finishing pieces that we still need, so I should be able to share some photos with you next week.
I'm counting down the days until my last day of work. I have exactly 17.5 working days left. I'm so glad that I have this break coming up otherwise it would have felt very strange waking up in the morning and walking to the dining room table and finding myself not quite sure what to do. If I'd been going to work at the office every day it would have been a much easier transition but, as I've been working from home since 2006, it really would have felt odd. So, my upcoming cruise is a great way to break that cycle. I must admit, it has taken me several months to get used to the idea of not working, but I am now looking forward to it. We've also booked a couple more cruises for next year for the both of us, and one for me to do on my own in October. As Lou is still working, we have to work around the number of days he has available.
Right now I get back at the beginning of May, we have a trip to Greenland and Iceland planned for August. I then have a cruise to Norway to try to catch the Northern Lights scheduled for October and we have a two week Hawaiian Holiday cruise booked Christmas 2024. Then we are toying with a 52 round South America cruise. Lou isn't sure he is going to be able to wangle working from the cruise ship for so long, so we have that one on deposit only. Travel for pleasure is the name of the game for the next 18 months. I am so hoping that I get to see the Northern Lights - that's definitely one of the things still on my bucket list! In the meantime, I am beavering away making cards for my design team commitments whilst I am away.
I'll be back later in the week with a card and some photos with my Paper Players card next week. In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.
- Stamps: Holiday Spirit PinkFresh Studio
- Dies and Stencils: Holiday Spirit
- Inks: PinkFresh Studio and The Stamp Market