Friday, 6 November 2009

Winter Wonderland

I hope your week is going well so far. Doesn't it come round to Friday quickly.

There's a definite change in the weather now, today is decidedly chilly here, but at least it's dry for a change.

Everyone's thoughts seem to have turned towards Christmas in blogland and this month's By the Cute And Girly challenge is Winter Wonderland.

I was recently admiring a pop up card on Anne's blog and she kindly sent me the instructions. I was also inspired by an article in last months Craft Stamper using one of Sir Tim's stamps so I combined the two and this is what I came up with. I decorated the pop up bit in the inside and thought I'd finished and then realised I needed to decorate the outside as well. I don't think one card has ever taken me so long. It was done over two days and is not a patch on Anne's but I shall save it and send it to someone special as so much work went into it.

The reindeer and all the swirls were taken from the Tim Holtz stamp, the snowflakes were the free stamp on Craft Stamper and the sledge was drawn using an old template I unearthed recently. I think it was also a free magazine gift. I cut it out, inked it with brilliance crimson and then drew swirls on with a gel pen.

While on the theme of Winter and blue I thought I'd also show you our Christmas cake from last year. It matches this card quite well, being sparkly blue with snowflakes

Apologies for the poor photos. The candles were so tall that it was hard to know how to photograph it and our kitchen tiles are not exactly the best back drop.

I put it in the spare room after it was finished and went to fetch it on Christmas Eve only to find all the snowflakes had wilted!!!!!! I'd forgotten that the air was likely to be damp during the winter from the shower being used and this makes the sugar paste go soft. Luckily with a bit of time and patience I managed to straighten them and stick them back onto the cake so disaster avoided. Note to self, keep the cake in a dry place this year!!

Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a lovely weekend whatever you are up to.


Linda said...

Wow both the cake and the card are stunning. Blue and white is such a lovely combination for Christmas.

I think we must have all the rain down here in Plymouth today - it's so miserable.

Jill said...

What a beautiful card Lisa, it certainly looks as if you spent ages making it! Really love the snowflakes on the cake.

Lynda said...

Fabulous pop up card Lisa - those reindeer and sleigh are just perfect. Your cake looks delish too!

Love Lynda xxx

Rhonda said...

Hi LIsa - This card is magnificent! Definitely for someone special. Your cake is lovely, what a fun Christmas cake, the snowflakes are gorgeous. Hope you are having a nice fall, it has been a mixed bag here, lots of beautiful leaves being blown off of the trees. Cheers Lisa!

Lynne K said...

Beautiful card, Lisa. You can see what a lot of work went into it. Your cake is fab too. Can't wait to see how you decorate this year's! (Don't forget to show us.)

Cold, wet and windy here in Nottingham, very gloomy.

Clare (Littlebear) said...

Oh wow, stunning projects Lisa.
What a fabulous Christmas Cake.
Have a great weekend.
Clare x

Hope Jacare said...

Such a beautiful cake - an amazing centre piece for any Christmas table! x

Sally H said...

Wow! Your card is absolutely gorgeous! The cake is stunning too!

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

Your card is beatiful, outside and in. Your cake looks fabulous good enough to eat lol. Thanks for joining us at cute and girly. janex

Beryl said...

Well I haven't seen Anne's card but I think your one is fabulous. I agree it should only go to someone really special and I hope when they get it they treasure it. It's a real work of art. Your cake looks scrumptious too. It's years since I've made one - since the family grew up I suppose. They never got eaten over the holiday and I ended up taking it to work every day and it stayed with me for months in all the wrong places. Thanks very much for joining us at By the Cute and Girly with your card and your cake.

Beryl xx

Juls said...

wow the cake is amazing! Love how even the icing has touches of sparkle! thanks for joining us at BTC&G

Sarah xx said...

Wow! What a fantastic cake - stunning! Love those stamps - you've made me feel all christmassy now! xxx

Scrappymax said...

Beautiful card, very winter wonderland and that cake is to die for. Thanks for joining us this month over at BTC&G.
Max x

Jules said...

Hi Lisa

A really beautiful card - and as you so rightly said - it needs to go to someone special!

I can tell you have spent such a long time on this lovely creation and I think your colour choices are just perfect!

Thank you for playing along with By the Cute and Girly this month.

Love Jules xx

p.s. Last year's Christmas cake was awesome. What are your plans for this year?

Kim Piggott said...

Oh my goodness Lisa your card and cake are spectacular!
Wowzers beautiful creations!
kim x

Paula said...

Gorgeous tonal card, Lisa. Love the inside very stylish.

Fab cake too!!!

pinky said...

Brilliant card and yummy cake, it looks far too good to eat, but i would love some lol. Thanks for joining us at BTCG this month.

Anne said...

Oh wow, must have missed this when you posted it, this is brilliant Lisa and it looks stunning. I think the pop-ups get quicker once the technique sticks in the brain LOL!

Gorgeous cake too

Kate T said...

wow, those snowflakes are fantastic, catching up on some blog hopping, just love all the autumnal pictures you have of leaves and trees. with some fabulous craft creations intermingled !

Lora said...

Sorry I'm really late to comment. I've been ill and just getting round to commenting on everyones cards now.
What a wonderfull pop up card and that cake looks fab too!
Thanks for joining us at BTC&G
Lora x