Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Winter Wonderland - Blue Christmas (and a Catch-Up)


Another fun challenge week from the ladies over at Winter Wonderland. The challenge for Week 4 is Blue Christmas.... anything so long as it's blue (my fave color!). For this challenge, I picked the cool, icy blue of frost, ice on a frozen lake, icicles hanging from the porch... aaah, I feel cooler already :). One of my family's favorite activities is skating, so I dug out one of my vintage trade cards that has ice skaters on it. The chipboard ice skates, icicles, and snowflakes are all from Tattered Angels, distressed and dusted with mica. The skates also have some Ranger Crackle Paint in pewter. I used some SU felt snowflakes around the edges, a K and Co. snowflake brad, Martha pearls, Basic Grey paper, and some ribbons and lace from my stash. Here's a close-up of that fun image:


Since I want to make a banner from all the theme challenges, I decided I'd better try to play catch-up with the two challenges I missed. The Week 1 theme was Oh, Christmas Tree, so here's my take on that one: Nothing too fancy on this one.... I used a print-out of sheet music for the base, and added some patterned paper from Basic Grey. The sticker is from Melissa Francis, and the swirly at the top is Tim Holtz grungeboard (love it!) painted green. Not sure if it needs something around the edges... gathered crepe paper, perhaps? I'll have to mull that over (I've got some time before I need it :). Hopefully next week I'll have time to work up a Christmas Carol pennant (Week 2's challenge). Here are my three pennants so far:
Well, I hope you're staying cool... it's a heat wave in many parts of this country, and I for one am looking forward to a little coolness! Have a great day!

16 comments:

kathy said...

I totally LOVE LOVE your banner ideas -- all beautiful and executed so wonderfully --love all the extra touches -- kathy - ga

joey said...

Jean WOW this is absolutely stunning, love the whole icicle feel you have used in your design, they are all gorgeous together.

Thanks for joining us this week. Joey.x

Pascale said...

OH wow this is going to make a stunning decoration when it is finished.
I adore all three. The one you made for this weeks challenge at Winter Wonderland is simply stunning wow.
Thanks for joining in the fun again hugs Pascale

Robyn said...

Hi from one blue lover to another! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a lovely comment! Your banners are amazing- what a fantastic decoration piece you will have by Christmas!

"Tillymint" said...

Oh my- your work is beautiful! I love your blue banner - the detail is amazing. Actually I love the Christmas tree too!! If you make every challenge part of your banner you will have a truly unique decoration by Christmas - brilliant idea. Thanks for coming over to my place too - Sue

Lynn Stevens said...

Hi Jean, Your banner is awesome!

I wanted to thank you for stopping by and posting about my giveaway! I will enter you twice!
Thanks again. Lynn

LeAnne said...

This is just lovely! I was wondering if you ordered the Tattered Angel items online or did you buy them at a craft store? I have never seen them before but am giddy with delight after seeing them!!!! Next on my wish list!

Teri said...

Hi Jean :o) I have been looking forward to seeing what you did for this week! And ...... it's just awesome!! So beautiful in itself, but the three together are stunning! I can't wait to see it all finished!

Thank you for joining us again this week.

Teri xx

Anne said...

Oh Lord - I wish you could hear the groans I'm making as I salivate all over the keyboard!!! These are just unbelievable!! I am madly in love with your banner!!! So inspiring! Thank You so much for playing along again! :o) xx

herminesplace said...

Fabulous!

Lynda said...

Your idea is so inspirational and the banner is coming along a treat - I just love it! Can't wait for more
Love Lynda xxx

Windy Robinson said...

These are awesome. Just beautiful!

Liz said...

Wow what beautiful cards Im dumbstruck!I am going to follow your blog so I do not loose you

Liz xx

Kinglake said...

oh my this is fantastic!! xx jo xx

Pam S. said...

Jean - these are WONDEFUL! reminds me of my vintage Christmas tags! Totally inspiring! TFS!
Pam Going Postal

Plush Possum Studio said...

What darling tags and bunting!!! Love them.
:)