Thursday, October 1, 2009

I'm Dreaming of a...

...warm Christmas, with every Christmas Card I make. Where the beach is sunny and bright and all my Christmases aren't white.
Have I mentioned how much I hate the cold? I'm sorry that I repeat myself but it keeps me amused, after all, I am easily amused.
When I was a kid my friend Susie told me that she hoped we had a white Christmas and I was appalled at the thought. Even back in the 7th grade I hated the snow. For a few years I tried to go down the if you can't beat it join it path and played in it. I actually loved skiing except for the fact that it was usually cold and I hated being cold so when I met my DH who didn't ski and wasn't interested in learning I gave it up and I never regretted it.
These days I dream of spending my winters in Florida. For now I will have to accept spending only Christmas week there but someday, someday my dream will come true. To reinforce my dream I have purchased the SU stamps "Shellebrate" so that I can pretend that I am one of the people who live in a warm climate and send sunny warm cards to torment the people who live in the snow belt. This card oughta be a start.
I used the Midnight Madness sketch challenge MMSC21. Oops, I forgot to try to come up with a "Howling" title. This is the first time I didn't stop to think about that before I started writing my post. I hope the design team forgive me, because this title was already screaming in my head before I even tried to think of one. I guess we can subtitle it "Howl Many Days Till Christmas". Whew, that makes me feel better, I really need to howl when I do the madness thing. If you like to get wild when you stamp go check out Priscilla's blog. If you just like to do a sketch challenge go check it out. If you'd like a chance to win an outrageous stamping station go check it out. There's lots of ways you can enter to win so go read all about it, I'll still be here when you finish. If you're not interested in contests you must be interested in paper crafts, why else would you be here, so go and check out the cards posted on her blog. There's always some great cards there and now there's a tutorial once a week. This week it was on making shaker cards, you know like a snow globe in your card. In globes or in cards are the only places I want to see snow.
The Color Dare #36 challenge is to use Creamy Caramel, Bermuda Bay and Barely Banana which work for a beach theme. The sand castle and pail were punched with the EK Success "Beach" border punch. Isn't it just the cutest? I used Memento Tuxedo Black to stamp the image on white cs and colored it in with copics and highlighted parts with stickles and a gelly roll pen. Ranger Tea Dye was brushed and edged on the papers.
I think that covers it so thanks for visiting, I am so happy that people come visit my blog and leave me comments. Before you go, click the pink ribbon. Thanks, you're the best


  1. Your card is lovely. I hate the cold winters too. We live in Pennsylvania and ALWAYS have a very cold winter. I do have to say though that snow for Christmas is something that I always hope for. It just gives me the true Christmas feeling that would not be the same without it. Thank you for sharing your story with us and for playing with us this week at the MMSC. We enjoy having you and hope that you will keep playing.


  2. Isn't this the sweetest thing!!! Chris I love your sense of humor...and I live in a climate where it would be perfect for me to send this as a Christmas card to everyone on my list just to rub-it-in!!! lol The up side is it is kind of awesome to be unwrapping presents in your shorts! The downside is you have to jack up the air conditioning to cook that big turkey in the oven and for boiling all those veggies on the stove! lol
    I love your punched sand castle trim...awesome! Such a terrific image and how your background papers look like the Florida skies. It is always fun to come to your blog to see what you have created for us. You always put a smile on my face before I leave!!! Hey that's what it's all about. Thanks for playing with us at sure to stay tuned for our Blog hop in a few weeks!

    MMSC-Guest Designer

  3. Love your card Chris! That beach punch is so cute! Love how you used the colors for this week's Color Dare. Great job. Thanks for playing this week. Hope to see you again next time!

  4. Very nice card! I really like the setup on the card you did.

  5. Wow! This is awesome!! I love it!!! What perfect colors for that image! Thanks so much for playing in the Color Dare this week!

  6. You are too funny!! I hope your dreams of a white Christmas come true. Oh, did I say that, I mean white sand not snow. LOL! I live in downstate NY so I know what you mean about cold and snow. Where are you located in NJ? I am not far from the NJ border.

    Love your take on the sketch and your use of the Shellebrate set!! Perfect colors, design, and your use of the beach punch! Great take on the MMSC sketch. Thanks for playing along!

    I have blog candy on my blog if you are interested.

    MMSC DT member

  7. Hello Chris - you made me laugh - here in Australia we often have a heatwave at Christmas and LONG for a white Christmas!! Love this image and your interpretation on the MMSC! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge we look forward to seeing you play again! Don't forget to check back for all the fun at Priscilla's blog this month!
    Linda MMSC Guest Designer

  8. Hey Chris,
    I think I like your writing almost as much as your artwork :-) But I would have to disagree with the Christmas me, it's just not Christmas without snow!
    Marie with a :-)

  9. "Howl Many Days Till Christmas"??? I like it LOL As always your work is amazing.... What a great take on the sketch. Thank you so much for playing the Midnight Madness Sketch challenge this week. We value your participation and please mark your calendar for the Oct 16th MM Blog Hop :)
    MMSC Hostess

  10. I opened your page and just causght my breathe!!! I love beachy cards! That little MS border punch is perfect with this stamp too! I have this set and STILL haven't gotten around to trying it out a year later! LOL! Hopefully soon! Thanks so much for playing along with us again. :)
    Michelle MMDT

  11. What a lovely warm weather Christmas card. Your image is beautifully colored. Love the soft colors that you selected too! Thanks so much for joining us this week at MMSC!
    Please stop by my blog, and sign up for my birthday blog candy. I will be giving it away at the end of the month!
    Midnight Madness Design Team

  12. I love this beachy Chrismas Card - you will definitely make all of your Northeast friends jealous!!! Very pretty - great job!


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