Sunday, January 25, 2015

Thank you for the thoughtful gift

In the meadow we can build a snowman...when I was growing up I thought the song said...and pretend that he is "parse and brown". I always wondered what it meant to be "parse" and why would any self respecting snowman want to be brown?  Clearly I have grown a lot since then and that's why this cute little snowman is white and sparkly...maybe a little parse, but definitely white! LOL!

I always like to make a special effort to create some handmade thank you cards to send out after the holidays in gratitude for the gifts that we all receive.  This year I got a head start and had them made before Christmas even came. I was seriously having so much fun being crafty!  The sad part is I am typing this they are sitting in a stack on the desk all addressed and NOT SENT! What? I know, I know...shocking and disappointing. Hopefully they will get to the post office tomorrow. I just really want them to be hand cancelled so all of my hard work doesn't get shredded in the postal sorter.

I wanted the cards to reflect the season but not, definitely not, be Christmas-y. I think I achieved this goal with the mix of papers and colors.  The snowman was stamped with Palette ink and then colored with Copic and Prismacolor markers. I used an assortment of blues and greys to try and create the perfect icy shadow on Mr. Brown. The effect was perfect with the addition of some stickles.

The snowman image is from a PTI set called Tremendous Treats: Christmas or something like that and the sentiment is from the set called Tree Trimming Trio. The snowflake embellishments were punched from vellum for a soft, realistic feel. The sequins added just the right shine.

I kept everything as flat as possible for  them to be easily mailed, yet once I had added the embellishment on the sentiment it made the card a little more bulky than I felt comfortable with, hence the need for hand cancelling. The post office just loves me. I do have to add, however, that my new post office loves me more than the old one I used to go to. Thanks for fluttering by!


SmilynStef said...

What a sweet little snowman ... I love how all of the elements of your design work together.

Debbie said...

I have loved your blog and I follow you but usually don't comment but I have to help you with the snowman song. The words parse and brown that you refer to are really Parson Brown, meaning a local minister that might perform a meadow wedding!! So really it is a romantic thought and not a small and brown looking snowman. You have a great blog and your creations are amazing!!