Sunday, September 4, 2022

Sleighing It

 Happy weekend, everyone. I don't have the focus needed to edit this post down so I'm afraid it's a bit long and rambling. The card I'm sharing today is, for better or worse, one of my "concept" cards (as in, Gee, I wonder how it would look if I did this). AND I used paper scraps from my Christmas stash, because I'm still on that kick.
I printed out this adorable All Dressed Up Stamps Sledging Pup on Springhill Digital card to color with Promarkers. I envisioned him sledding down snow-covered mountains. Then I finally focused on his sweater and remembered I had some sweater-y Christmas paper scraps that looked similar and I got the idea to use them to make the mountains. So, before I knew it, I'd paper-pieced the entire background.
So, that's how my "concept" came about, especially after finding this Splitcoaststampers sketch! It  looks perfect, right? Had to choose it. I did resize it in PSE to A9 and added a Sizzix Treeline Thinlits die cut. I've really been on an A9 kick lately. 😎
The card base is Kraft with white mats front and back. Then, a large scrap of Basic Grey Blitzen, a sun, the treeline and 3 overlapping mountains made from very old leftover scraps from Chloe's Closet Sweater Weather collection, circa 2005! The top die cut sentiment is Stamplorations and the bottom stamped and white-heat-embossed sentiment is Hero Arts. The die cut is 3 layers glued together. All layers except for the sentiments, sun and trees are ink and edge distressed. I used Antique Linen, Dried Marigold and Hickory Smoke Distress Inks.  The sun was inked, as was the bottom sentiment card. The mountains were snow-capped with titanium white acrylic paint. I made dots in the sky using Gold and Ice White Viva Decor Pearl Pen paints and an embossing stylus. I used a Sakura Gold Shadow metallic gel pen to color the sled runners and holly berries, but everything else was colored with Promarkers. 
I started with these scraps, left. And paper-pieced this background, right. I think it looks really cool just like that. 😍
Inside and back of card. Hero Arts and Stamplorations sentiment stamps.
Some detail shots:

And done. I was going for a retro vintage look in non-traditional colors. I'm pleased with it. And I got to include the slaying/sleighing pun as well as warm wishes with sweater mountains, ha! 
But wait, there's more! Since I posted Thursday very early, I'm waiting until today to share some food for Rain's Art & Dinner Date which is every Thursday and lasts a week. I've linked each dish to its recipe.
 First up is a new dish we tried and liked, Hamburger Hot Dish Casserole. We ate it with garlic toast and a small salad of greens. Good comfort food!
and then, for dessert, Buttermilk Chess Pie. This pie's texture and density makes it taste to me like buttermilk cheese cake, if there is such a thing. It's so good, I couldn't even get a pic before we dug into it, lol. 
Thanks for visiting me today! I haven't been able to answer my emails for over a week, but hopefully tomorrow I will be able to sit down long enough to do that. If you sent me something, hang on, I'll be answering soon! Stay well,  XOX

I've used ADU's Sledging Pup
Warm Winter Wishes
I have repeating patterns in my sweater paper-pieced mountains
Snow, Sled, Sweater


nwilliams6 said...

Amazing and fun, fun, fun. Saw this over on SCS and had to come see it up close! Love it. Hugz

Donna Walls said...

Awesome use of those scraps and a great sketch. The food looks yummy too! Thanks for playing in The Paper Funday Challenge!
Donna xx
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Pamela Duncan said...

What a great play on the Sweater from the image! Thank you for sharing on Polkadoodles. Pam, DT

Darlene said...

Oh my goodness ... what a fabulous creation my friend! LOVE the dog with his ugly sweater lol. Great job of using up scraps! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Peace On Earth challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often. We appreciate your support!


creationsnz said...

An amazing concoction of papers for your wonderful card (also thanks for the recipes). So glad you shared you animal with us at Critter Crazy, CarolG

Furrbster said...

Wow you have used lots of pretty papers to create this interesting and cute card.

Thanks for playing along with us at I Love Promarkers,

Hugz Tinz

Becca Sadler said...

Aimeslee: This is marvelous and such a terrific use of scraps plus a clever artistic way to make the mountains!!! We appreciate your support at MTTCC for our non-traditional colors Christmas theme! --Becca/DT

Aunty Sue said...

Stunning love how used the dp and thanks for sharing at Passion for Markers

Christin said...

What a funny card, I like your layout! Thanks for sharing at Digi Choosday! Christin

The Crafty Den said...

What a fun sketch to use for your card. I love the sweet image and your colouring is perfect. I really like all your patterned papers and the colour combo looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing with us at Passion for Markers this week. Hugs, Denise x

Vickie Y said...

Adorable! Love all the pieces! Thank you for sharing with us at POE Christmas Challenge.

lauren bergold said...

What an awesome "concept" for a card and it came out really well! love the cool sketch and of course i'm always happy to see more BG goodness. Another awesome addition to our Vintage Wonderland gallery at Jingle Belles!

SmilynStef said...

what a clever way to incorporate that sketch ... thanks again for joining our Vintage Wonderland at Jingle Belles.

Alyson Mayo said...

Love all the layers and how you used the dog on a sled to accommodate the sketch. Super cute!

SarahR said...

Hello Aimeslee, well all I can say is I love your concept! It's a great card, wonderful layers and love the image (but then I am biased towards All Dressed Up!). Great seeing the dishes as well - I love cooking and seeing what other people cook.

Thanks for joining in with us at Colour Crazy Craft Challenge, always a pleasure visiting your blog Sarah - DT

Francesca said...

Very nice card! Thanks for playing at Through The Craftroom

Kristine said...

Love this and totally rad sketch too!! 💖 hugs, K

Marina said...

Love all the pattern combos here. Thanks for joining in at Inkspirational.

Aunty Sue said...

Back again also thanks for sharing at All Dressed Up

Marlena M. said...

I came to take a peek at your lovely cozy card and now I'm hungry too. ;) Thank you for joining us at INk and for giving me an appetite to start my day. ;)

Lisa Bird said...

Wow awesome card design. Thank you for joining us at Aud Sentiments Challenge  Blog
Best Wishes Lisa xx