Sunday, January 15, 2017

Blistery Blues

Hello Friends,

For today I will be playing along with Allsorts Challenge, Fusion, CAS Colours & Sketches, and Seize the Birthday. Here is my card for today, enjoy!

A gentle snowy backdrop displays a bright red cardinal admiring the view.
However, you will notice there is not a single snowflake or any sign of actual snow.
A color palette of blues, grays, and whites hint at a snowy scene.
Red cardinals do seriously stick out like a sore thumb
on a winter's day.
First, I used masking tape to mask off part of the card and then started to watercolor.
I removed the strip of tape and masked off a smaller portion of the same strip.
I then stamped the branches and added a thin black line to define the space.

Challenges Entered:
Fusion: 3rd Anniversary Happy Birthday Fusion!!!

I remember growing up blizzards so bad that our little dirt road wouldn't get plowed for several days. After a few days of being snowed in you would start to notice the house getting incredibly small, your family getting easily annoyed, and we all start to look like hot dogs. Okay, the last part wasn't true. The point is I had to keep myself occupied. So, before the storm, I would run over to Ames Department Store and get some jigsaw puzzles. While the blizzard was raging outside, I was inside enjoying myself with my jigsaw puzzle trying to fit just one more piece in before dinner. After we were all plowed out, I would finally have the opportunity to head outside and was astounded by nature's quietness. You get a sense of peace and stillness that no other season can offer. As I look back it was delightful to witness such beauty.

Well, that should do it for me. I am off to bed and will probably dream of my ole' stomping grounds in Pennsylvania. Thank you for joining me today. We will see you soon. Take care and happy stamping everyone!!

All the best,


aussie aNNie said...

Your creation is beautiful and thank you for entering our challenge theme of "Wings on Things", at Allsorts Challenges, do hope to see you again. ♥
[aNNie DT for Allsorts Challenges]

Petra Swart said...

You achieved a fantastic snowy feel with how you did the watercolouring and the stamping, Shawna - it looks great!!!!! I really like how you have done the sentiment strip with masking twice and adding the black lines - such a great idea that adds such a lot to the overall success of the card!!! The red cardinal is simply stunning!!! Oh, my, you make the most beautiful cards, my friend!!!
Have a great week!!!!!

Barbara said...

I adore cardinals on cards. Yours is special, love the coloring. That banner with the sentiment is perfect and I love the white space that you left. Gives a feeling of the bird being high up in a tree. Thanks for joining us at Seize the Birthday.
Barbara DT member

karen h said...

Gorgeous card! Great use of the sketch - love the beautiful sky and the pop of red from the cardinal! Thanks for playing along with us at CC&S!

Mac Mable said...

Your beautiful card is fabulous for all the challenges and fit so well. Great atmosphere you've created with the background and stunning focal image of the red cardinal x Enjoyed reading about the blizzards of yesteryear x

Beverley said...

STUNNING! A beautifully created card and piece of artwork. The recipient will be sure to treasure this. Thanks so much for sharing and joining in on the CC&S challenge. Hugs Bev x

Kathleen said...

Wonderful card, gorgeous background, certainly does give the image of snow. Lovely image too.
Thank you for joining out 'Wings on Things' challenge this week at Allsorts.


Patricia Hays said...

The bright red cardinal is gorgeous against the wintry blues and greys! I'm so glad you shared your awesome card with us at CC&S, and I hope you'll join us again soon for another challenge! :)

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

WOW - I LOVE this! The cardinal pops in front of your fabulous wintry sky!

Lindsey said...

Wonderful card. Love the soft atmospheric background with the gloriously bold bird x

Michelle said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love your story of being snowed in as a child, what a lovely memory. :-) Thanks for joining us in celebrating Fusion's 3rd anniversary!

Emily E said...

Great use of the sketch and the colours you have used work so nicely together! Thanks for joining us this week at CC&S!

Lyndal said...

Just stunning! So glad you joined in the fun @ FUSION 3rd Anniversary!

Bobby said...

What a wonderful backdrop for that beautiful cardinal, Shawna. I love seeing their bright plumage in my leafless burning bush during the winter months.

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