winter owl banner

Happy Holidays!  I hope Santa was good to you and there were lots of crafty treasures under your tree.

I’m just recovering from an extra gift that Santa brought me…a cold.  I woke up on Boxing Day feeling very sinus-y and tired and it was a full blown (pun intended) cold by bedtime.  I spent the last 2 days in bed trying to recover so I can enjoy some of the holiday.  Thankfully, I’m off work this week as I woke up feeling pretty rough today and I’m just trying to reserve enough energy so I can share my germs attend a little holiday gathering tonight.

My LSS posts a challenge most Mondays called the Mojo Monday Challenge (I’ve mentioned it before) and I’m going to try to do the challenge every Monday between now and Memorial Day – which is around the time I wind my blog down to enjoy the short Newfoundland summer season.

This week’s challenge is to use your Christmas stash to make a non-Christmas card.  I’ve already started gathering up my Christmas supplies to tuck them away until I start working on Christmas stuff next year but I have to do a little tidy up/purge in my closet before I put the boxes away so they are still accessible.

I was initially just going to use a non-traditional Christmas patterned paper plus a regular ‘birthday’ stamp but that didn’t really seem true to the challenge so I made a “Winter” card.  I finally got to use a sentiment I never thought would see ink:

winter owl

I also decided to make this into a shaker card so I could incorporate some of the sequins on my inspiration station (a two-tiered tray that holds seasonal embellishments so I can “shop” my stash).

The sentiment banner uses the other side of the patterned paper (which is the side I was originally going to use for a birthday card) and I also paper-pieced the scarf from the same paper.

The sky background is distress ink that was blended with a mini-blending tool (the little round Tim Holtz ones…if you don’t have one, I highly recommend it) and then I stamped some snowflakes in a darker distress ink and stamped them off once before applying them to the background in a random pattern.

I have no idea what I’m going to do with this card but I did have fun and got to use some of my Christmas stuff one last time before it goes into hibernation.

Oh, and before I sign off, I’m quickly revisiting one of the boxes I made the other day to show how it looked once I added the tag and string:

santa box

I got a light box and some lights for Christmas so once I set them up and figure out how to use them, the quality of my pictures *should* be better (I’m still currently just taking pictures in a dingy corner of my room while all the Christmas stuff has taken over the work top)