No doubt you are wondering what happened to me? Well it appears that Christmas preparations and vacation plans took over my life...so much for Twelve Christmas specials I had hoped to share! With the new year upon the horizon, the other specials will have to keep until next year's holiday season! But--next year I will be starting much earlier and may instead, do Twelve WEEKS of Christmas, starting in October, so nothing interferes with getting them out!
The snows started earlier than ever in the Northeast U.S. this season...in November! Our kids are older now (19 and almost 15) so snowstorms don't have the same allure that they used to when they were little...our 19 year-old son now understands why adults aren't crazy about snow and ice-because now he has to get up earlier and go outside to get it all off his car so he can drive to college! And our (almost 15 year old) daughter would rather snuggle inside with her robe and Silky Terrier-watching a movie with a bowl of popcorn instead of loading on all the snow gear and going outside to play in it! I miss those days when we would bundle them up and send them out with their sleds, shovels and buckets so they could create Snow Forts!
While traveling down memory lane, I decided to go thru the many boxes of pictures we have taken over the years that still need to find a home in scrapbooks I mean to finish..and I came across a few photos of one such snow fort the kids built! It's not the greatest photo, but good enough to stir up the memories! This was the masterpiece of snow forts! The kids worked on it for hours and it lasted for days-even lingered with little mounds where towers used to be, for weeks later! I'm so glad I stopped to take a few pictures-so this memory is saved forever! I had made this page for a swap with my Stampin' Up! group-which now became the perfect home for this photo! One day when my kids have their own families, as they look at this page it will undoubtedly stir up it's own story of memories in their minds as they reminisce about this snowy day in their childhoods...
I used the SNOW jumbo wheel for the background (from the holiday mini collection) with one of this year's In Colors (Soft Sky). I love this wheel-and hope it returns in the next fall-winter collection! Since Stampin' Up! only produces the In Colors for ink pads, ink refills, cardstock and ribbon, I had to create this color for the wheel by using the refill ink in an empty jumbo ink cartridge.
Soft Sky cardstock coordinates beautifully with Taken With Teal, so these are the two main colors I used for the page.
The punch I used for the snowflakes is Spring Flower Bouquet-which is on the retired list and will no longer be available for a few more days! To see a complete list of what is on the retired stamps and accessories lists, refer to the sidebar for the most recent update. If you wish to order anything from the current catalog, please contact me by noon on December 31-New Year's Eve at the latest. We have plans for New Year's Eve, as you probably do as well, so after noon, I will not be placing any other orders from the Fall-Winter Collection.
To learn how to make the icicle border at the top of the page, go to my Icicle Tutorial.
Here are other supplies I used in the making of this scrapbook page:
Stamps: Big on Christmas
Cardstock: Whisper White, Taken With Teal, Soft Sky
Ink: Soft Sky, Classic Basic Black,
Accessories: Spring Flower Bouquet Punch, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Crystal Effects, Stampin' Write Markers, Aqua Painter, Stampin' Dimensionals, Soft Sky Double-Stitched ribbon, Silver Brads, Slot Punch, Snow Jumbo Wheel, Jumbo Handle, Uninked Jumbo Cartridge, Soft Sky refill ink
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