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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Snow Days Blog Hop (Day One) -- A Snowflake Tree filled with Frosty Wishes!! :)

Welcome to DAY ONE of the Snow Days Blog Hop!!

We're so happy you could join us for this super-fun hop showcasing cards, layouts and projects that feature everything FROSTY, FUN, and FESTIVE about Snow Days!! You'll find an array of ideas throughout the hop -- We hope you'll enjoy each and every project along the way!!  This is a TWO-DAY hop, so please be sure to visit again tomorrow for a GLACIALLY GOOD TIME!! :)

I hope you've brought a mug of hot chocolatey goodness to sip throughout the journey...  It's a chilly theme for the hop today, and I don't want your toes to get cold!!  Now, if you're all set...  Let's GET HOPPING!!  If you've arrived here from Erin (wasn't her project just delightful???), then you are in the right place!!  If you've just popped in to visit my blog or are reading this via email and you'd like to have some FROSTY FUN, then please CLICK HERE to start at the beginning with Lisa's blog...

For the hop today, I've created a SNOWFLAKE WISHES TREE and matching card!!
Recently, one of my friends celebrated her birthday...  Wait, wait...  Let me back up a bit -- Those of you who know me (even just a little bit), know that I'm NOT a fan of the flaky, white, cold stuff...  I would much prefer the white sands of Sarasota, Florida or perhaps the beaches of Honolulu...  Even the dry heat of this Texas-girl's home state...  But, alas, here I am...  Stuck in the wintry north...  On a snow belt, no less...  When they say "expect 1-2", they mean FEET, not inches...  Sigh.  Thankfully, we've had a mild winter so far.  I mean REALLY mild...  With the exception of the TWO times we've had plans that took us into the city (because OF COURSE we had some kind of slippery winter weather on BOTH of those occasions), we haven't seen much in the way of snow...  And for me, this is GOOD!!  I am certainly not someone who should be out on the roads when there's more than a slight dusting of snow...  I do not like it, not at all...  (Okay, yes, mom, I like it through the window!!)  First of all, I can't wear my flip-flops out in the snow (trust me, I've tried -- it's not a quick recovery from frozen toes).  Second, I'm a nervous driver (and who wants to be behind a nervous driver???).  Third, gone are the days that I enjoyed building a snow fort with my best friend, Suzie, and trekking up the hill to sled down a ridiculously dangerous hill to land inches from the road (what were we thinking???)...  But I digress...  Back to my friend's birthday...  Errr...  Rather what she WISHED for...
SNOW.  And, of course, winter delivered.  We didn't get the FOOT that my favorite weather site promised, but it still came...  Plenty enough for me not to drive for three days.  Guess who was out playing in the snow on her birthday???  Yep.  Ya just gotta love her.  I was so inspired by her excitement that I made her this SNOWFLAKE WISHES TREE...  Now she can put this tree in her window and wish for all the snow her heart desires...  Of course, it would be nice if she would wish for it in lands far away from me, but I suppose it's more fun if it snows right around here for her to enjoy it fully...  Sigh.
I twisted the base of my "tree" around a bamboo skewer wrapped with white tissue paper and ribbon and secured it in a small white favor bucket with some glass stones (incidentally, how cute would these be for table decorations to match the snowflake goodies that I made HERE to enter for the Decorate To Celebrate "Winter Wedding" Challenge???).  The itty-bitty snowflakes are from the MS Arctic Snowflake punch around the page and the 1" snowflakes were punched with the Creative Memories Snowflake pocket punch.  I'm sad to say that this is the last of my bright blue ribbon -- I sure hope I can find some more soon as I sure do love the blue, silver, and white together!! :)
I made a matching birthday card for her too...  Filled it up with "Frosty Wishes" (stamped sentiment from the can be found on the "Winter Wishes" Stamp Art Set by K Andrew Designs...).  The background was embossed with Tim Holtz's "Snowflakes" embossing folder.
The sentiment is stamped with SU!'s Brilliant Blue.  The snowflakes are all punched from silver shimmer paper, and the larger snowflakes have a 1/4" bling gemstone for some extra sparkle.
And there ya have it!!  I hope you've enjoyed my SNOWFLAKE WISHES TREE!!  Thank you so much for checking it out!!  My snowflake wish for today is that you'll join me again TOMORROW for another FROSTY project (I can't wait for you to see it!!)...  Now hop on over to see what adorable creation Eva has in store for you today!!

Here's a list of the entire hop, in case you get lost along the way or want to revisit anyone:





Amy :)  You are HERE!! :)
Eva  Go here NEXT!!

See you tomorrow!! :)

29 comments:

Georgiana said...

How pretty! This set is stunning. That blue is so vibrant and the background embossing is wonderful.

Hope you will come stop by!
Georgiana
Carson's Creations

Auntie Em said...

What a great friend you are to create such a pretty gift and card for your snow loving friend, especially since you are not a big fan of winter. I like the embossing and the CAS style of your card.
Thanks for sharing! :)

Cathy said...

Beautiful, I am not a big fan of winter, But I would love receiving this,
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Eva said...

Beautiful Job Amy, both are just stunning. What wonderful talent you have!!! Already a follower here. Great Hopping with you!

Eva :0)
http://evasscrapsncards.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

Wow, this is so GORGEOUS, Amy and you my friend, are so stinkin, creative!! How do you always come up with such amazing ideas?? I absolutely love the ribbon, and the snowflake embossing on the card is fabulous!! I am with you though...give me sandy beaches, warm breezes and I'm happy!! (Can I request a sun wishes tree with maybe palm trees?? ;) Just kiddin!!) I love this and your friend will, too!!

Hugs, Lisa :)
indymermaid.blogspot.com

Sherry said...

You did a great job. I love the little tree. You can put pink and red bows on it for valentines day. My craft space is so crowded that I dont have room for decoration but wish I did. I'd do a tree like that.
Sherry

BLJ Graves Studio said...

Beautiful card. Love the embossed snowflakes.

JaniceA said...

Loved the story and the card and the wish tree but please don't let her wish for too much of the white stuff because I hate it, pretty to look at but I don't like the slushy after effects. janiceaeschliman.blogspot.com

Rhonda Emery said...

love love that blue this is beautiful amy outstanding and amazing as always. hugs

scrap-n-away said...

Love the tree and card. What an adorable idea!!!

Cathie w said...

so cute..love the snow
thanks for sharing

cathie
scraphappycat@gmail.com

Vicki said...

Oh your tree is so clever. I love the blue and white. And the embossed snowflakes on the card add so much. Thanks for sharing.

Vicki
vwilson577 at yahoo.com

Lisa R. said...

What a neat idea! Great gift idea. TFS joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

Pat N. said...

Wow, what a wonderful gift. I love your tree, and your card is just stunning. So beautiful, Amy. TFS!--Pat N.

Melissa said...

This is beautiful and the colors are amazing, such a vibrant blue!!

Audrey Frelx said...

OMG, this turned out just beautiful!!! I love the matching set and the color is just so striking!!!

Pam said...

Your girlfriend will love this wishing tree and the card! Your brain amazes me with the projects you have hidden in there:)) It's beautiful!

Hugs, Pam
http://craftycards4u2.blogspot.com/

Scrappingmamma's Crafty Creations said...

Amy your just amazingly talented and I love visiting your blog to see your creations .. This project is just stunning I love the colors. Beautiful my sweet friend.
Scrappingmamma

Carla said...

I love your snow tree. We've been lucky to not have any snow (except flurries that don't amount to anything) here in Illinois, but your beautiful snowflake wish tree makes me want some, but not much lol. Thanks for sharing your awesome tree and the beautiful card that goes with it.


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Judy said...

OMG, Amy!! You never cease to amaze me!!You have the most creative mind!! This "tree" and card are wonderful, I just love the colors :-)
jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com
scrappinana.blogspot.com

Lynne said...

Fantastick project Amy!!!! You most certainly have a crafty creative mind!!! The colors are beautiful and like you now, that I'm older, would rather just look at the white stuff and not go out or drive in it!!! Thank goodness for PA mild winter or shouldn't I have said that -- oops jinxed us!
Hugs and love,
Lynne
Her Craftiness
http://slasewcraftiness.blogspot.com/

Barbara B said...

What an awesome gift! The snow wishes tree is so very beautiful as well as the card. Again, so very beautiful!

Barbara B
barbarab3.blogspot.com

craftaholic said...

So very Pretty!! Love seeing all the super neat things you create!! You are Truly an Inspiration!!! TFS!!

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ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com
Rexann♥

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

So pretty!
Carri~abusybee
www.doubleclickconnections.blogspot.com

Suzanne cricutcraftingrammyblogspot.com said...

What a great friend you are to make such an amazingly personal and special gift. I love it! Have to remember how you made the tree. Very clever.

Babe O'Mara said...

Your projects are fabulous. Love the embossing on the card. Nice job. Must get that Tim Holtz folder. I live in California and I wish for a snowy day once in awhile. Of course we can always go to the mountains, but I like it when snow comes to you. Want to trade houses for the winter?

Babe
youiesmom@att.net

Doris P. said...

absolute awesome!! love it.. you rock!! parkernana5@cox.net

marg0006 said...

I think it is so cool the way you made a card to match your project. I like the embossing on the card.
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Just A Pac Rat said...

Beautiful, stunning projects. TFS

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