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Monday, 16 January 2017

Baby It's Cold Outside...

Hello!

I don't make New Year Resolutions, mainly because I always fail to keep them, but this
year I have resolved to start making Christmas cards early.  I don't want to be caught out again
this year, having to rush at the last minute...

The lovely ladies at Creative Carte Blanche have a new adventure for us this month, 
called 'Baby It's Cold Outside' - a perfect opportunity to make my first Christmas card
of the year, with a view of a cold winter scene through a window.

In addition Frilly & Funkie would like to see what we are inspired to achieve this year, for me it is to create Christmas cards all year long!
 I am not sure of the technical term for this kind of card but I call it a book box card, I am not going to go into any detail about it's construction as there are so many tutorials available on YouTube.
I started by making the 'book' element which measures 6" x 5", stamping the Tim Holtz Scribble Woodland view and die cutting the Sizzix window, which was cut twice, along with a piece of acetate for the 'glass'.
The sky was coloured with Distress Ink, the cabin and trees were coloured with Distress Markers and I used Distress Stickles on the ground part.
The outer part of the book box was created by cutting a piece of patterned cardstock (Maja Design) 6" wide and 11" in length to cover the front, back and spine of the book box in one single piece.  I added the strip of card around the middle to hide the ribbon closure.
To create the inner part of the box I cut a piece of patterned cardstock 6" x 5" with an aperture measuring 4.1/2" x 3.1/2".  The tree and deer die cuts were a gift from my lovely 
friend Sara Emily of Sarascloset  - thanks again Sara!
Another aperture was cut into the front part of the book box, measuring 3.3/4" x 2.1/2" to fit the window frame.  One window was attached to each side of the aperture with a piece of acetate between to form the 'glass' part.
Finally, I added some die cut foliage (Tim Holtz).  The berries are from Tim's Idea-ology range (Pearls) and I coloured them using Ranger Alcohol Ink in Red Pepper.  The sentiment was stamped in Ranger Black Archival Ink.

So that is one card down, just a few dozen more to make.

I am joining in Craft Stamper's January challenge which is Anything Goes!

I would also like to join in Emerald Creek's latest challenge - #4 - Bring on the New - my new items are the gorgeous Tim pearls and the Maja Design papers I purchased specifically for this project.

Thanks for your visit, hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xx

43 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, Anne, this is amazing!! I absolutely love the wintry scene you've created!! The image is gorgeous!! The touches of sparkle are perfect!! The die and trees frame it beautifully!! And I just love this style of card!! Adding the window aperture is such a creative idea!! I want to try a card like this - you've inspired me!! Love, love, love it my sweet friend!! Awesome start to your Christmas card stash!! I hope you are feeling much better!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  2. Wooooow, Anne, you have outdone even yourself with this absolutely stunning dimensional card! What a super gorgeous winter scene you have created, my friend! I love how you arranged those beautiful die cuts, the way you colored the image and how you created your fabulous frame! I LOVE everything about this spectacular card! I hope you are feeling much better! Big hugs to you! Branka xx

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  3. I love the dimension in this piece. It is beautiful. The coloring of the woodland stamp and the background are so pretty. I would love to have this on my mantle (if I had a mantle).

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  4. This is gorgeous,love the design.xxx

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  5. What a fabulous way to start your Christmas card makes - this is stunning.
    Toni xx

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  6. What a gorgeous card Anne, I love these 'box cards' (I call them that too). So perfectly executed as always, beautiful!
    Hugs, neet xx

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  7. Sweet window looking onto a gorgeous wintery scene. Love your book card and a great resolution to create Christmas cards all year long! Thanks for joining us in the Frilly and Funkie New Year challenge!

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  8. Gorgeous make Anne! Love the design so much!
    Hugs
    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

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  9. Wow, Anne! This is gorgeous, and your design is fabulous! I love that image! I think your resolution to create Christmas cards all year is one I need to adopt! Sending healthy wishes and hugs!

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  10. This is absolutely beautiful Anne - so pristine and chilly looking!! I LOVE it all really! Your book box is fabulously made too. Sheer perfection! I hope that you are recovering well. Big hugs, Nicola x

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  11. Me visiting twice in one day Anne, whatever next! lol. I feel inspired so much by your beautiful card that I really want to have a go at creating one myself. I just love everything about it, from the perfectly shaded sky,self coloured berries and awesome papers. A true masterpiece. Hugs xx

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  12. Fabulous book-box-card (!) I love this blue, so perfect for the season.

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  13. Oh wow Anne, this is such an amazingly clever design and so beautifully put together!! I love it to pieces with all those fantastic elements you have added!

    I am also full of admiration, but you are probably right, this is the way not to get stressed come November. My problem is I'm just not in the mood yet, but thanks for the inspiration and this great idea!

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  14. this is absolutely wonderful anne - such a stunning make! I am sure you will feel the benefit of your early christmas card making - I always make them for christmas card club - Rita is part of it too - they just give us a theme one a fortnight - its great and nobody minds if you don't have time! Hugs rachel x

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  15. Making the book frame is fabulous Anne! What an original and gorgeous project, and the scene so wonderful!

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  16. As always, awesome! I recently watched a video on how to create this kind of 'box-card' and it was very complex. You've done the technique, as you always do, magnificently. I love how you've turned this simple winter cottage stamp into an awesome window scape. Looks gorgeous on the outside, then just as much on the interior section. The bright pops of the holly & berries...gorgeous color. Also loved the dimension of the trees & standing buck on the inside framework. I echo Rachel's sentiment with the Christmas Club. It surely helps me build a fair stash before December! Wonderful project, Anne. Hope you're all over your 'under-the-weather' now. TFS & Hugs

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  17. This is stunning, Anne! I have seen a few tutorial videos on this type of card but haven't tackled one myself. You have inspired me to try.

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  18. Anne, I just LOVE this card! You have obviously used a great deal of thought to putting it all together - love the white trees and the dear and that cabin....well, it is wonderful! What a great idea to carte Christmas cards all year! You will certainly have enough hopefully for next Christmas. I am always scrambling at the last minute! Thanks so much for joining us at Creative Carte Blanche!

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  19. Honestly, Annie, you do make me gasp and I have a heart condition, you know! As I said on FB, this is not a "card!" This is a home decoration that will be cherished and used year after year by the lucky recipient - or by you if you keep it for yourself!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  20. Loving the wintery scene you've created - wouldn't it be great to sit inside in the warm looking at that view!! Well done you on getting ahead with your Christmas cards. I do think it's a good idea but seriously I never manage it!! ELaine xx

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  21. Its what we should all do Anne xx Making our Christmas cards all year round would be the most sensible thing to do and save a lot of stress in December xx
    Your box card is beautiful and I love the window followed by the details inside

    Sending maybes wishes to you and David

    Hugs Annie xx

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  22. Hi Anne, your book card is lovely , I love he sense of dimension and perspective it gives to your scene. The scene alone is gorgeous too and I love the pop of red from the berries. Tracy x

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  23. Anne....this is absolutely STUNNING!! I always love your work and have enjoyed watching your evolution over the years. This book card is just beautiful! I love every little detail about it. I envy your challenging yourself to make Christmas cards throughout the year so

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  24. (Oops! Sent comment before I finished)...You will have quite a collection of gorgeous cards to gift your lucky friends with this holiday season.

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  25. So delightful! I loved it when we lived in the mountains and could watch the falling snow through the window. I know I miss the snow but I love it here too.
    Boy this card looks hard to make - do I dare try? It would take me the rest of the month to make!!
    Love your cards Anne - they are always wonderful and so professional looking.
    Sandy xx

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  26. Oh my goodness Anne! what a gorgeous box design, the coloring on Tim's scene is wonderful - and the window looking out onto the scene is just lovely! the red berries and foliage are the perfect accent for the corner - what an effort of love in this beautiful Christmas card! Julia xx

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  27. Wow Anne, what an awesome start to your Christmas cards! The scene through the window is so gorgeous , the papers scrummy and the die cuts fab! Loving those berries on the foliage too. Love the style of the card. Another masterpiece! xxx

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  28. Can I get on your Christmas card list? This is gorgeous! I love the color palette and the clever design. Gorgeous stamping and so much dimension! Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Frilly and Funkie New Year Inspiration Challenge!

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  29. Oh how I adore this project Anne! The inside scene with the wintery cottage is a dream scene for me! Snow and ice and a forest full of deer, can't go wrong with that! Your added die cut trees and deer give the scene a real 3d feel to it, I could climb right inside! Your cover is just as brilliant. The window cut out completes the 3D feel, and that ribbon is just delightful! A stunning wintery make my friend.

    Love your goal for 2017, it's never too early to get started on the Christmas card stash. Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. hugs :)

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  30. Absolutely CHARMING and LOVELY Anne. WONDERFULLY done in every way. Xj.

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  31. Lovely card Anne. I always plan to start early but no promises Lol! Happy crafty week, Angela xXx

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  32. Fabulous 3D project. Love the wintery scene as you look through the window. This is going to be a very special Christmas card for someone. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  33. WOW! What a beautiful project this is Anne! I love love how you always use this window die and adore your beautiful wintry scene with this amazing stamp. What inspiration! Hugs, Autumn

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  34. Anne, your work is always excellent and no exception here. Brilliant details! Opening this card will be a gift for your recipients. Good luck on your non-resolution. I resolved to send Valentines instead of Christmas cards and that's not looking too good. ;-)

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  35. Love the wintry scene you've created and dimension.

    Hugs Diane

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  36. Well, you know I love peeking through windows, so this is right up my street - what a wonderful construction and a gorgeous wintry scene. Good luck with the year-round Christmas cards - you'll be well ahead of the game if you manage it.
    Alison x

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  37. Stunning! Anne and thats with a capital 'S' . Just love the concept, the design and of course the superb execution .
    Exquisite my talented friend .
    big hugs x

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  38. Hi Anne,
    Having the chance to open my bloglovin' prompt for once, I saw this exquisite wintry card from you... Just wanted to tell you tonight that I love it to bits Anne. This is really a beautiful scene, a bit hidden so even more charming.. and the construction of the card is awesome. A great inspiration and fab work. And thanks for all the steps which help to understand and love even more! :)
    Happy Sunday, Hugs Corinne xx

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  39. I already loved this on facebook Anne, but I wanted to come and officially LOVE LOVE LOVE it and take a closer look. I'm going to follow your wonderful lead and get started on mine too. Such inspiration! Thanks for sharing and thanks for joining us at Frilly & Funkie for the New Years Inspiration challenge.

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  40. Yippee, Anne! I saw this was a Top Three at Frilly and Funkie! So well deserved; this is a beauty of a project! And good for you to get your Christmas cards started early! I will be sending you a proper e-mail, but wanted to let you know your package arrived, apparently this weekend while I was out of town! Yippee for you and Yippee for me! Sending hugs!

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  41. This is so lovely and amazeballs dearie. I so enjoy the way you make everything seem so effortless and gorgeous but I know it's not. Haha. The distress coloring in the cabin is scrumptious and the box is beautiful. I could live in that cabin (as long as there was lots of wood and a good wood stove). Fantabulous and Wowzers design! Hugz to you muffin!

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  42. This is stunning Anne ..... so much detail. Thanks for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx

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