***This is my three year blogaversary and I have some blog candy up for grabs. Details at the bottom of the post***
I am so excited that people are starting to learn about our new Serendipity Stamps Blog Challenge
. We had several people play along with us for SSBC#1 and look forward to seeing even more participate in the coming weeks. Our challenge this week was extra fun for me as I really needed a card which perfectly fit this week's theme...Winter Birthday. My husband Warren's birthday is Dec. 29th. He says it has never bothered him to have a birthday so close to Christmas, but it does seem that each year his special day gets lumped in with Christmas when we see so many of our family. I can't tell you how many times his gifts have been wrapped in Christmas paper, but this year, I have made a special card for him that is totally HIM. Here's a picture to set the scene for you:
This was taken in October at our little Montana cabin. Warren loves all the deer that come up to our porch waiting to be fed...this guy actually ate right out of the bucket Warren was holding. I was inspired by all the deer in the background and foreground, as well as the pretty trees and mountains in the distance. Lucky, I have a Serendipity stamp (Winter Doe
) that totally reminds me of this scene, minus Warren and the plaid pj's of course.
Starting with a piece of woodgrain-embossed kraft cardstock, I cut a window frame with my craft knife and matted a green frame behind it. I layered it over Winter Doe
stamped in brown ink. I added a decorative edge to the kraft panel and layered it over some green plaid paper. The cute deer are by Memory Box, Deer Trio. The sentiment is a combination of two Serendipity stamps, Winter, from Spring, Summer, Winter, Autumn set
and part of Happy Birthday, Simple
. They were stamped on a PTI die Strawberry Patch and stitched by hand with embroidery floss. I wrapped a little twine around it all and since it is a Winter card...I had to add at least one snowflake for embellishment. This is the first card I have made for Warren that I am absolutely certain he will like!
How about some more Winter Birthday inspiration? The Serendipity Stamps Design Team has created cards perfect for that person in your life who has a birthday this winter. After you check them all out, I hope you will all join us and make a card for SSBC#2
with the theme Winter Birthday. You can use anything you want on your card as long as there is one item from Serendipity included. Don't have any Serendipity Stamps yet? This week Serendipity is having a great special...40%off the highest item in your cart and it runs from Dec. 19-26th
. Why not spend some time looking through their store
. It is a great way to spend some time with a nice cup of coffee. The challenge runs for two weeks and the person who knocks our socks off with a spectacular card gets to display the SSBC winner badge, and a randomly-drawn participant wins $20 off their next Serendipity Stamps order. Looking forward to seeing what you all make!
My three year blogaversary is just a couple of weeks away and I am having a giveaway of some great Serendipity products. I have had a little sneak peak of the theme for the next six months of Serendipity Blog Challenges and am giving away some stamps and die cuts that will be perfect for someone to play along with every challenge. Just leave me a comment on this blog post and I will draw a random winner on Dec. 22. The winner should have their stamps in time for the next challenge!
This is such a gorgeous card. How perfect to have a stamp with deer and also the deer die cuts. You did a great job with the images, colors and textures--they all combine to make a very manly card--peaceful, too. How much would you say Warren would think this card was worth?
Stunning card Cathy, so beautiful and peaceful. That stamp goes so well with your deer die cut. I love your choice of colors that gingham paper is just the perfect touch for you amazing card!
First of all that pic of the deer is awesome! That is so cool that they just come up like that :) I love the sweet scene you created, the deer die cut in the foreground looks awesome! Congrats on your 3 year blogoversary! That is a great idea to give away serendipity stamps so that the winner can play along with the challenges :)
Cathy your card is gorgeous, I love the browns and those silhouette die cuts are perfect. Thanks for sharing the photo from the cabin, it must be gorgeous there.
That photo with your husband is just Crazy! Its a wonderous site to see so many deer at one time - a special moment you captured there! No one would have believed it without evidence! You captured the feel of the cabin and the tranquility just beautifully down to every last detail!
Love the picture of Warren!! The card captures this perfectly. Congrats on 3 years.
What a perfect card! Reminds me so much of Northern MN where I was raised and still visit at least once a year. That Winter Doe stamp is perfect for your winter birthday card for your DH. Congrats on 3 years of blogging! I haven't attacked that challenge yet and not sure it's in the cards for me now either. Maybe someday.
Congratulations on your blogaversary!
The scene at your Montana cabin looks heavenly. It must be wonderful to spend time there. Your card captures the mood perfectly. Love the browns & greens and how you used the die cut deer with the stamped scene--beautiful!
Congratulations Cathy... I love that winter scene card. Montana looks so peacefull
Congrats on three years! I've enjoyed visiting for a long time now!!
Congrats on your blogaversary Cathy! I love your scenic card. Great layout. That photo of Warren and all those deer is amazing! Visiting Montana has always been on my someday list. It would have to be in the summer though, since I'm a winter wimp:)
Love the picture of Warren and all the deer......wow! Great shot ! Looks like a bit of heaven on earth. Your card is just perfect with the deer and the stamped trees in the background. I would just tell DH that this one is priceless .
Congrats on your three years....
Thanks again for your wonderful friendship.
Stunning card - what a fantastic design! Happy Blogaversary Cathy & Happy Holidays too :) xxx
Cathy, your card it perfect for your husband. I love that scene with the deer out in the woods and the colors you chose are perfect. Congratulations on your three years! I would love to have more Serendipity stamps!
Beautiful card! Love the deer!
Congrats on your three years!
May not be on the computer much in the next several days... having foot surgery tomorrow! But just wanted to say that I enjoy your blog!
Oh wow beautiful!! I have those die cuts on my wish list. After this, I just have to add it to my cart finally!!! Happy Holidays to you and your family Cathy! :)
Cathy - great card for your sweet husband! I love the picture of the deer at your cabin and him feeding them! I have only been to Montana one time but I LOVED it and your picture reminded me just how much!
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