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Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Baby It’s Cold Outside

Welcome to this month’s “Blogging Friends Blog Hop!”

Happy New Year folks!  It’s the first of the month, and time for another Blogging Friends Blog Hop!  With it being the new year, you will also notice a few new updates. We have new logos as well as some never before used themes coming up!  Fun times ahead for everyone. 🙂

This month’s theme makes me think of a chilly wintery night scene. That’s exactly what I decided to create! I combined a little bit of the new with the old and came up with this:

I used the Hometown Greeting thinlits for the rows of buildings, and the Star of Light stamp set for the swirly stars in the sky. I purposely left off the sentiment because I didn’t want it to take away from the scene. I made sure to leave some of the edges hang off the sides to make it a bit more 3-D. Here are the houses a bit closer, since it’s hard to see the black-on-black in the picture straight forward:

I didn’t want all the openings in the buildings ‘lit up’, just the windows, so I used some Daffodil Delight paper behind those, then used some more Black for the rest. It really makes the windows stand out even more. I added Wink of Stella to make them glisten along with the swirly sky.

The bright blue night sky is made with the new Brushos, which will be available on January 3rd!  I used the Whisper White card stock, and after I heat embossed the swirls in white, I wet the paper and quickly sprinkled some Brusho on it. The Whisper White paper won’t pool up the water like watercolor paper, so I then gave it a spritz of water and used an Aqua Painter to go back and forth to blend it in a bit. This is a completely different look from the watercolor paper, so you will want to play around with it yourself and see the neat combinations possible.

Here is the sky up close, I really love how it turned out:

It’s even more sparklie in real life! I hope you like it and I also hope everyone is staying warm this New Year’s Day!  It’s extremely cold where I am, and it looks like it will be for quite a while! So, get some hot chocolate, a warm blanket, and take a peek at the rest of wonderful hop!
Thanks for stopping by!

In case you’ve never ‘done’ a blog hop before, it’s really easy!
Click on the “Next” image below, and you’ll be taken directly to Tammy’s post, the next blog in the hop. Keep clicking on that image at the bottom of each blog post, and you’ll hop through all of the participating blogs, back to where you started!  If you’d prefer to hop about at your leisure, you can click on the individual links for each blog. Happy Hopping!

Participating Blogging Friends, in order of appearance:
Crystal Komara
Anna Conetta Masciovecchio
Libby Fens
Mary Blocher
Jessica Mink
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clark
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Tammy Gill


Snowflakes for Paper Players 324

Hi folks! Winter has (I think) officially arrived here in Ohio with some school closings! UGH! Not in my area, but not far from here…  so I thought it fitting to create this cute card for one of the Paper Player’s challenges: PP324 Snowflakes!

Here’s the inspiration pic:

How fun! Snowflakes! So, I immediately had a picture in mind…. So off to my snowflake stamps I went.. and then UGH! Many of my snowflake specific stamps are retired!! I wanted to keep it current for you folks, so a little digging I did.. and this is what I came up with:


Each snowflake came from a different set. 🙂 I think it turned out pretty cute, I like all the different flakes! And I love that it is in non-traditional colors.. I like using blues for snowflakes, because it can be used for *anything* during the winter, not necessarily Christmas!  Here I used Perfect Plum, Night of Navy and Marina Mist.  They are all stamped on the Shimmery White Cardstock, which is fantastic in real life… Here’s a closeup of the shimmer to get a better idea:


If you are wondering where all the snowflakes came from… here’s the list:
Perfect Plum – large – Tin of Tags
Night of Navy – medium – Stitched with Cheer
Marina Mist – small – Hang Your Stocking
‘Tis the Season sentiment – Oh, What Fun

How much fun is that? I love mixing and matching sets.. I do it all the time. 🙂
Don’t forget to check out the Year End Closeouts if you want any of these sets, as they won’t be around forever!
Click on the picture below to go right over to my online store:


Last but not least, if you didn’t catch it on the calendar, this Sunday I’m having an informal Open House – Card Buffet Mashup. From 1-5, stop on by to use my non-consumable supplies (Big Shot, Stamps, Punches, etc) to finish your projects, OR pick some cards from my past classes to put together.
Don’t forget to bring your adhesive and RSVP by Saturday night!
I need to make sure I have enough work space setup for you!
Cost is only $5, and individual cards are $2 each if you want to make some additional to take home. I hope to see everyone there!

If there are any questions, let me know!