Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Baby It's Cold Outside!


(I have changed the title of this posting because right now, it fits our weather to a T. Bbbrrrrr..... It fits my card too...LOL.)

Happy Tuesday! It's the 4th Tuesday of the month, so it's time for our Challenge #2 at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog. I had so much fun creating this card.

This is an inspirational challenge. You're to use this picture that Candy has chosen to inspire you to create something. This is going to be fun, fun, fun. I can’t wait to see what people will create. Everybody is going to have a different take from this picture...tee hee…it’s practically open theme!

I hope you will join us in our 2nd challenge. There's prize! Woo hoo..... This Mistletoe Doohickey is what you can win if your name is randomly drawn. (I want it too--wish I can enter the challenge myself...LOL.)

Now with me, when I first saw this picture, my eyes focused right away on the windows--go figure! My thoughts were: Hey, I can do a window card! And what would I see if I look out those windows? Is that weird or what!

I did have a few other ideas playing around in my head and I kept changing my mind, jumping from one idea to the next and then to the next, back and forth. But in the end I went with my first idea anyway.

I do a lot of my paper cutting the old fashion way--that's with a ruler, a pencil and a craft knife. Those are what I used to create the windows here.

I actually initially created doors instead of windows, you know like French doors, with the window panes going from top to bottom. But that didn't give me any blank space to write personal messages on, so I abandonned that card...ouch.

With this 'window' card, when I open the windows, I have a couple of clear spaces at the bottom to write more sentiments and messages.

For the inside of my card, I went with another type of card which I haven't done before. It's a frame card. I found a frame-card tutorial for it that Tanya has done for Stempeleinmaleins blog.

I've used 3 Magnolia stamp images here.

This is Snowie with Snowflake from the So Snowy Collection 2009. The Winter Fence and the Winter Forest are from the Santa Collection 2008.

Oh, and that adorable angel standing in front of the window is Tilda with Wreath and she is from the So Jolly & Under the Mistletoe 2009 Collection.
All these Magnolia stamps can, of course, be purchased from Diana's on-line store Magnolia-licious. If the stamp that you want (not just the ones that I used here, but ANY Maggie stamp) if it's not a stock item or the stamp is out of stock, then Diana will be more than happy order it in for you.

And if you have snow on your card, of course you must use glitter. Glitter glitter everywhere--on my card, on my craft table, on my craft room floor, on my clothing...and on me!!! LOL. No, seriously though, I've added glitter to the snow on the fence, the snow on the trees, the snow on the ground, on the snowflake that Snowie is holding, on the fur trim of Snowie's hat and his gloves; and also on Tilda's wings and headband.
I'm not sure if you can see the glitter very well here, even if you blow up the picture...oh, well.

I wanted to show the 3-D look of the scene in the frame card, so here's a side view.

Now, I am also going to use this card for the following challenges:

Creative Inspirations - Anything Christmassy/Winter.

ABC Christmas Challenge - X is for Xmas

Our Creative Corner - Create a Holiday 3-D project.

A Spoonfull of Sugar - Anything Goes

Stamps: All these Magnolia stamps that I used can be purchased from Magnolia-licious on-line store: Tilda with Jolly Wreath from the So Jolly & Under the Mistletoe Collection 2009, Snowie with Snowflake from the So Snowy Collection 2009, Winter Fence and Winter Forest from the Santa Collection 2008.Studio G Kolette Hall design Snowflakes, the sentiment is computer-generated.

DP's: hey, look at that, no DP used here!

Tools: McGill punch Holly, Martha Stewart border punch snowflakes (for the tiny snowflakes inside the card), Cuttlebug dies Vintage.
Misc.: Tim Holtz distress ink pad Frayed Burlap. I bought the metal clasp from a Lee Valley, a Canadian hardware store (and no, despite it having my last name, it’s not my store…don’t I wish!)
In case you're interested in the measurements for the window panes that I used for my window card, the template is below.

To the left here, is the card with the French doors that I decided not to use. The measurements for the window panes are below also.

Note: This only works for a 6-inches square cards--the majority of cards are of that size.

You can easily make your own--whatever fits the size of your card.

I drew them with pencil and then cut them out with my craft knife. I used clear acetate sheet for the glass, cut to fit.

Thanks for dropping by. I appreciate your visit. Sorry the posting is so lengthy.


Kylie said...

Gorgeous Norma! I love your little room, perfect!!

♥ Kristy Woods ♥ said...

Wow Norma this is gorgeous!! I havent visited hyour blog for a while, and I sure have missed your fabulous gorgeous creations.
Kristy xo

Unknown said...

Oh my Lord Norma!! What a wonderful masterpiece!! Tha must be the best card I´ve ever seen!! LOVE IT!! You really outdid yourself here girl!! I´m at a loss for words, hugs Frea

Regina said...

OMG!! I´m in a hurry going to my booth but I can´t wait till my return to tell you how much I LOVE your project!!! It´s absolutely STNNING!!!! There´s no word at all!!!
Have a marvellous week!!
Love and hugs


coldwaters2 said...

Wowwwwww Norma this is absolutely breathtaking, what a fantastic creation oh my word I absolutely love it.
Lorraine x

Louise said...

OMG!!! Norma this is absolutely gorgeous, thanks so much for the pattern and explanation I will try this.

~* Jay Jay *~ said...

WOW this is brilliant! I love it! I think I will try to make a card like this, too. Thanks for the template/sizes ;)

Jay Jay

Drea´s World said...

Oh Norma your Card is so sweet beautiful I like it!!!
Very very nice Hugs from Germany your drea

Carissa said...

Norma, you have outdone yourself. This is gorgeous. I may have to try one of these myself. Thanks for providing directions. Hugs, Carissa

Anonymous said...

OMG!!! This is definately 'THE BEST" card I've seen in a long time!!!! I love it so so so much! wow!
I can not describe how amazing this is!! I hope to be as awesome as u one day. xxx

Kathleen said...

Brilliant...I love it. Norma you have done a wonderful job.

It will have to be next year before I make one for my grandson. Thanks for the door sizes.

Kathleen x

Debbi said...

What an amazing card! I love the windows, and your images are just beautiful. Perfect!

dolcreations said...

Norma this is my favourite card you have made! I would love to make a card like this....thank-you so much for giving us the directions! I just love how you made a scene outside the windows! Absolutely stunning Norma!

Anonymous said...

Wow Norma!! Can I tell you again how brilliant I think you are! This is such a fun and amazing design! And you've even given us a template to use to recreate one of our own - THANK YOU! This has to be one of my favorite cards I've seen in a while! Beautiful design and that sweet scene colored so beautifully! Love it! Can I send you my address too? ;) big hugs, Angela

Tracy Valure said...

One word, Gorgeous! I am in love with this card. I love everything about it, and I am totally swiping it lol It's just beautiful...love the winter scene outside too. I miss winters ;-(


Lauren said...

WOW Norma! You never cease to amaze me! This card is stunning!


Pati said...

Hi Norma

Hope you are in good health and all is fine with you.
Congratulations on your newest masterpiece. Ohhh my, your card is too cute. I've never seen something like this before. What an ingenious idea. Looking at this card, my heart starts to melt. Great job!

BIG hugs and have a nice day!

Renkata said...

Norma such a sensational card. Beautiful layout and details.

Sandy said...

Norma this card is wonderful and you have opened my door to a whole new world of stealing -- wow! Your creativity knocks my socks off!

CHRISSY said...

I love long posts.
I love your card.
I love templates.
You could say I love everything on your blog.

Joanne said...

I just love your creativity. Your cards are always so unique and very innovative. Thanks for sharing. Love the card and all that you did.

Anonymous said...

wowwww!!!Norma è bellissimo complimeti!
Ciao Silvia

Cami said...

Stunningly creative card, Norma! I love how you "paper engineered" this card with the open windows and the "recessed window" card inside. You should publish a book with all your creative paper engineering ideas! Where did you get that "lock" for your window? That's a very nice "authentic" finishing touch to the window! I will attempt at making a card like this! Thank you for also sharing the template you created! Hugs, cami

Christina C. said...

This is absolutely brilliant and creative, as well as gorgeous!!!!

Martina said...

Norma, your card is absolutly stunning! What a great idea! This lloks sooo awsome...brilliant!! And it is so cute as well...oh I can't describe it in English....I am speechless ;)
Thanks for sharing your template!

dmbennett said...

Your card is gorgeous. I'd love to get this one in the mail. I really like your door/window, so I may have to try this out.....
Thanks for sharing your wonderful card with us all...

Debbie Pamment said...

OH MY WORD NORMA!!!!! You have done it AGAIN!!!! Another masterpiece!!! I just LOVE this - and may have to "borrow" some ideas from you once I stop staring at this beauty and can take in some of the details!!!

Janine - Ellabella said...

Wow...your card rocks!!!!!

Myrna said...

Norma thank you so much for giving us the measurements for doors. I want to make one of these. I LOVE IT! AWESOME card!

Baukje said...

Brilliant Norma, I LOVE your card and the window/doors. thank you for sharing your directions.

MarieL said...

Wow Norma, this is stunning. I just absolutely love your creation. Thank you as always for providing the tutorial. You are an amazing artist.

Craftbugmum said...

OMG, WOW, I don't know what to say this is so delightful, your so creative. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful designs with us. I can't say it enough how lovely your designs are Norma
Thanks, Hugs fi xx

Kelly Schelske said...

Oh my word Norma! Just amazing really! I love every single detail!!

cabio's craft corner said...

Totally gorgeous Norma. Lovely open doors and beautiful scene of the outdoor snowman. Very neat and beautiful creation :o)

Grenouille Greetings said...

An absolutely beautiful design, lovely colourwork and your little latch on the door is a masterpiece! Warmest wishes, Lesley

Candy said...

Your card is a winner in my book.
Glorious idea and perfectly executed.
Your colouring is out of this world and I CAN see all the glitter on your precious images.
You have combined two great designs in one card - lots of thought and work indeed.
Hugs, Candy

Paper Bagley said...

This is aborable...and the work involved...incredible. I am a taker for lots of work and seeing a finished item that pops! Thanks for sharing, Tootsie

Janiel/ janny said...

Norma Norma Norma!!!!!!! Tis is so STUNNING DEAR!!! You are very creative!!! LOVE this dear!! just don't really know what to say as my jaw in on the desk right now.. LOL..
hugs, Janiel

Judy K. said...

How creative and adorable Norma. Your detail and coloring is absolutly beautiful! I LOVE it!!!!
Judy K.

Monique said...

This is so cute Norma !!! I love it !

Hugs Monique

Iulia said...

You have a work of art there , Norma! Gorgeous! Everything is just the way it should be about this card!

PepPop said...

Incredible work!! Love it!! Jaqui x

Danielle Champagne said...

Stunning! Absolutely beautiful Norma. Thank you so much for sharing the patter, and ideas. I will certainly try this.

megline said...

Just georgous card. This is a very beautiful card. Great job
Hugs, Line

Mo said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh, ohhhhhhhhhhhhh Norma - I have no words for your gorgeous creation - I just love it indeed !!!
Big hugs,

Barb Hardeman said...

Norma, Norma, Norma!!! You are the most creative person I know! You must have been a math wizz at school, because your renderings are always so precise. This card is absolutely gorgeous. And I love that you did a frame card for the inside! This whole card is super-calafragolistic-expe-alidocious!

Unknown said...

Oh Norma!!! I just love what you've done with this inspiration challenge, darlin'...you're so ambitious to measure and cut out all those windeows. I love the scene you created...the snowman and snow on the trees...just perfect!! Love Tilda standing outside...and the latch on the door is priceless!! Pat Frank

cathylynn said...

What a masterpiece indeed!! Soo much talent and so kind to share your pattern. This card is absolutely eye candy and delicious!! But.. all your other projects are AWESOME too!!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Lorraine A said...

Oh wow Norma !! what a stunningly beautiful card !!! WOW !!!! fantastic !!! :-)

thanks for joining us on the ABC Christmas Challenge :-)
Lols x x x

Charlotte Kemsley said...

Oh my word, this is truly magical!! What a beautiful, beautiful card - do you think you will actually give it away to someone?? Maybe next year when you've enjoyed it LOL! Thanks for the template as well, very kind of you - though it'll be a hard act to follow;-) Thanks for all the inspiration:-) Best wishes, Charlotte

charlene said...

This is just over the top ! Adorable I love it ... thanks for the window measurements as you know I will case this wonderful idea.

Vintage Milly said...

Wowzers Norma, just stunning, thanks so much for joining in with our challenge at Creative Inspirations,

cheryl said...

oh wow hun this is simply fantastic gosh the detail and time this must have taken wow just adore it to pieces
bless you for playing at creative inspirations this week,too hugs cheryl xxxx

Only By His Grace said...

Dear Norma! this has to be one of the nicest creations I have seen. You have put so much work into it.
The windows look awesome. Love the catches on them and the little holly corners. Tilda is adorable and colored so lovely. Inside the windows is the most gorgeous scene. the DP is perfect with the snowflakes on it. Super snowman and I just have to gt some of those trees.
This card must be for some special person. Happy thanksgiving Norma.
Hugs Maz

Carolinne Kratz M. Rosa said...

Gorgeous card! Your projects are beautiful, love it!
I'm gonna try to do one of this, hope do it right. =)


Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Holy moly, what an amazing job you did on this. Hard to believe that you cut all that with a craft knife. I would be intimidated to even consider such a project! This will be a cherished Christmas decoration for many years! So happy you could join in the fun with us this week at Our Creative Corner.

jaine drake said...

wow that's gorgeous. Thanks for entering the challenge at creative inspirations.

Becca said...

This has got to be the most adorable card I have ever seen! It's gorgeous! I love it! You are one talented lady, Norma! Thanks for sharing the template with us. Hugs from snowy Switzerland, Becca

Dorte said...

Great card love absolute all about it. The images are cute and goes perfect together. Your window card is fab.Thanks so much for playing along with us at ABC Christmas Challenge this time.
hugs Dorte

Scrappy Mel said...

This is very beautiful. I would love to try this out some day..LOL.

July said...

Wow ! That's the only word who came to me ! This card is so Wow !

Thank for share this with us,

Lacey Stephens said...

Fantastic card!! Great take on the X Challenge! Thanks for playing along with the ABC Christmas Challenge! We have another fun one for you that started today. We hope you can play along again!
ABC Christmas Challenge DT

Gaby said...

What a stunning card. And thank you for even sharing the measurements.

Have a nice weekend.

Deb Mitchell said...

Ohhhhhh, this card is to die for Norma, Ohhhh thankyou for the Template & I am going to try & make 1 of these cards! You are so clever & I am going to post your blog on My Ning website so that many other Ladies can be Inspired by you too!



Cathy said...

This is the most beautiful card I have ever seen....I LOVE it...Thanks for sharing this masterpiece with us....Happy Holidays...

Basslady said...

wow...this is a real eye-candy for crafters...
marvellous, what you did!
stunning card!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

flowersfyou.blogspot.com said...

Dear Norma!

Thank you for your nice tutorial and the great idea!
Please have a look what came up from me inspired by your card.

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