Monday, January 9, 2012

Snowflake Dreams & a new vow for the New Year.

It seems that pretty much everyone has been experiencing Spring weather lately.  It was an unbelievably beautiful sunny weekend in the low 70's here, but wait.... it's January, or at least that's what the calendar says.   Granted, we rarely get snow around these parts, but I absolutely love it and I wanna see snow.  (That's easy for someone to say who doesn't have to deal with it for weeks/months on end, right?)  So for all you normally snow-laden friends, I'm glad you're all getting a reprieve from the cold, at least for now.  It sure does make it nice on the electric bill doesn't it, but I still wanna see snow! 
So snow it is.....
This little snowman is a new stamp I got by Inkadinkadoo, the snowflake trim is a Martha Stewart punch (that I have been trying to buy since last year and Michael's finally got them back in.)  The embossing folder is by Cuttlebug and the vellum strip with the text is a strip I cut from an old Christmas card.  The tiny bit of coloring I did is with Copics.
This stamp is from an old Stampin Up set that is new to me (thank you Ebay.)   The snowflake background was heat embossed with a glittery embossing powder and is stamped using some pretty Studio G ($1 bin) snowflake stamps I just got and some smaller snowflake stamps from Lawn Fawn.  I used Spellbinders ovals to cut the acetate and the frame and the same Cuttlebug embossing folder as in the previous card to emboss the acetate.  The "Let It Snow" stamp is another $1 bin find from last year and I used Copics.
Inkadinkadoo snowman again, Sizzix embossing folder, Martha Stewart snowflake punches, Stampendous for the little 'winter greetings' stamp,  'Stardust' Stickles (my favorite!) and Copics
MY new vow for the New Year...
I realized recently that I have been buying way too many craft items/supplies that I can't justify the price I paid for either because I'm only using them maybe once or twice or worse not at all!   So I vowed for the New Year that if/when I buy something I've got to use it and I have to use it accordingly.  I've devised a little formula for myself which tho' as dumb as it may be, it will make me feel a little less guilty hopefully.  My formula is simple, if I pay $10 for a stamp, then I need to use it a bare minimum of 3 times because I figure I would spend (on the very low end) $3 for a store bought card:  3 x $3= $9 so that kind of justifies the price.  Is this the dumbest thing you've heard lately or what?  Anyway, just as in this post, you will probably start seeing a lot of duplicate cards of slightly differing variations in my posts and this is why.   Is there anyone else out there as ridiculous as me that has to devise schemes to justify how much you spend on craft supplies?   Please let me know if you're out there.....(and maybe share a few of your excuses, I mean ideas.)

I'm entering this in the following challenges (I told you I was gonna start trying to enter a few challenges, now didn't I?)
For Fun Challenge- also Something New
Jellypark Friends- Old Year/New Year

Have a wonderful day and remember...
Pay it Forward, even if it has to start with you!


  1. I dont think its a dumb idea at all. It would work for me:) After buying a gypsy and an E2 this last year, I have very little crafting budget left, so I have to make sure that if I buy something, I'm going to use it!! (except paper, I hoard that lol)

  2. Hey Tami!!
    I am so with you on using what I have and not spending money on what I dont need or what I wont use!! Why don't we share our things :)That way we always have the idea?!?! LOL!!!
    I am so loving your cards! Those snowmen are too cute and colored beautifully!! LOVE them!
    Have a Great day and enjoy the weather! It is crazy here also....going into the high 40's by Wednesday...we should have 3 feet of snow by now. Not complaining though!

  3. These are so pretty! I love the pink :)

  4. Love these cards so cute.


  5. I LOVE snowmen and these are just ADORABLE!!!! Normally we have TONS of snow by now and we still have only gotten little bits that last less than a day. Most of our weather has been springlike as well. It sure is making it hard for me to keep track of what time of the year it really is. Anyway, these card could not be CUTER. I just love the color combo and EVERYTHING!!! Hugs- Glora

  6. What fabulous creations! Good luck with your new year promise! Thanks for sharing with us at For Fun Challenges....

  7. Love the pink! Thanks for joining us at Jellypark. :)

  8. Your cards are really great!
    I don't think your idea is dumb at all. I have way to much stuff that I have never used. I should try out your method.

  9. Adorable Cards, I so LOVE snowmen, but this year- no snow. Its supposed to be 50 tomorrow. I live where we get snow and cold from like Nov on. Oh well, guess Ill appreciate the memory when it is cold.LOL Thanks for playing along on FOr FUn, These cards are super cute.

  10. these snowmen are all so cute in their pinks and greys! and I love your formula for crafting. I may just have to borrow that for this year. great idea!
    thank you for joining us at Jellypark Friends for our 'old year/new year' challenge. :)

  11. It makes perfect sense! Reference make multiplies I will usually make up as many cards as I can with the paper if it is a card I can give to multiple people or sell. I figure since the "hard" work is done with the designing out of the way I just piece them together and get multiple cards that way. I hope that makes sense.
    Are you giving your self a year to use it that many times or in one sitting?

    Thanks for making a project that fits the "new event" theme at For Fun Challenges. Hope you will come back tomorrow, 1/11/12 for a new challenge!

  12. Love these beautiful cards and I'm totally with you when it comes to snow! Where has it gone this year??? Thanks for joining us this week at For Fun Challenges. Your snowmen are fantastic, even if they are all the snow I've seen this year. Sigh.


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