Monday, February 11, 2008

Ice, Ice Baby!

About 5:30 this morning we started getting a mixture of rain and sleet. The temperature was in the low twenties so, needless to say, it started freezing and is starting to remind me of last year's ice storm. These pictures were taken just a few minutes ago on our back patio. While I was standing out there taking these, I heard the crack of limbs breaking and saw a couple of them falling. Fortunately, the wind is not too bad. Our street was a solid sheet of ice by 7 am and my car was frozen shut, so I called my supervisor. She said not to worry about trying to come in unless the conditions improved throughout the day. Our local forecasters have been advising everyone to stay at home unless you just ABSOLUTELY have to get out. I only live about three and a half miles from work, but getting the car de-iced and out to the main road would probably be a challenge right now. I think I'll stay put for a while. I just hope it stops raining and that the temperatures come up enough to start thawing some of the trees. The last I heard, it was 28 degrees so we're getting closer.

Since I've been home all morning, I thought I'd participate in Beate's weekend sketch challenge again. I used the 'Embrace Life' stamp set with cardstock in Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, and Very Vanilla. I also used the Ginger Blossom DSP. Ribbon is from the 'Sherbet' Ribbon Originals pack. The small flowers were made by distressing cardstock and then punching the flowers with the 'Three For You' punch. To distress your cardstock, just keep wadding the cardstock up until it breaks down and you can seperate it by peeling the layers apart. I adhered the flowers to the card front using small Zots. The stamped image actually consists of two stamps - the large flower in the middle and then a branch with blossoms on it. I stamped the large flower first and then masked it (Stamp the image on a Post-It Note and cut it out. Lay the Post-It image over the top of the image stamped on cardstock. Stamp the branch so that part of the image is stamped on the Post-It Note and part of it on the cardstock. When you remove the Post-It Note, it will look like the branches are behind the flowers.) The stamped image was watercolored with SU classic inks in Cameo Coral and Ruby Red and an Aqua Painter. I used an Old Olive marker to trace the branches and give them a little extra "pop". After I finished watercoloring the image, I used a glue pen to add Dazzling Diamonds to parts of the main image for some added bling. I LOVE bling and really like the way my card turned out. Thanks again, Beate, for these wondeful challenges!! It really does help spark creativity!


beate said...

Brrr....that looks nasty and cold. We had a gorgeous day with a high of 70 degrees.
Your card is beautiful! Thanks so much for playing with the sketch!
Hugs and smiles

Amy said...

WOW!! Is all I can say Jen, that card is beautiful!!!

stayinalive said...

Just stopping by- your cards look great- we should make time to do this in July together- take care- and tell Bruce his hair is too short for this cold weather. :)

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