Friday, November 14, 2014

The Great Outdoors Take 2 - Let it Snow

It's time for round TWO of The Great Outdoors challenge at Jingle Belles! I was thrilled when Lauren asked me to guest design and choose a challenge! (There is a new challenge issued every two weeks to encourage us to get our Christmas cards done early!) Since getting out and enjoying the white stuff is BIG in our family, I came up with "The Great Outdoors" for the theme. See here for last week's card.

As for this week's card...
a few weeks ago I got my hands on a fun new release stamp/die set from Simon Says, "Winter Gear" with a winter sports theme and was itching to play. This challenge gave me the perfect excuse to pull out this new set and get crafting!

Ever since I visited Banff in 2013, I have had this picture in my head of all the FUN and colourful gear gathered at the ski racks (lots and lots of boards and skis especially around lunchtime) with the snow and mountains in the background. Papercrafters will understand this - the eye candy when you walk into a well stocked scrap store... Well, that is sort of how it is when you walk into a ski shoppe or past the ski racks at lunch time on a busy day at the slopes. So, once I got this die in my hands, the idea that came to me was to try to recreate that sort of feel. My little scene definitely lacks mountains, but perhaps I'll try that next time!

This was the perfect opportunity to try out my new snowboard dies! The snow is falling here in Northwestern, ON and it won't be long until we can get geared up and hit the slopes! 

Here is the inside. How fun is this snowboard? I would LOVE one like this and I love the punny sentiment that came with this set!

Over the last couple of winters, I have spent a significant amount of time in the great outdoors learning to RIDE! There have been bumps and bruises (thank goodness for helmets), sore muscles (remind me to tell you about the time I couldn't lift my leg high enough to put my sock on!), massage therapy, physiotherapy (for an injury sustained from trying to catch myself from falling yet again!), and LOTS and LOTS of soaks in a tub with epsom salts. Can you say mid-life crisis?!?! I can't explain wanting to learn to snowboard at 30 something any other way! In the end though, I can't explain how very gratifying it was to finally get it! By the end of last season, I was able to say to hubby, "I think I am finally at the point where I not longer look like the "Old lady" trying to ride a snowboard, I might possibly look like I actually know how!"

 Here is my snowboard, not too fancy compared to the ones on my card, BUT I bought myself funky PINK bindings at the end of last season and they are fabulous. Yes, I wear purple ski pants. You can get away with A LOT on the ski hill!!! I LOVE wearing all sorts of wild colours out there. My ski jacket is orange AND pink!

The view from part way up Mount Baldy on a late winter evening. There was a fabulous sunset that night!

Thanks so much for visiting! Sure hope you can join us at Jingle Belles in the Great Outdoors!
A big thanks to Steph and Lauren at Jingle Belles for having me along for the ride. Fun stuff!

Shanna :)

What I used:
papers: from my scrap bin, including an art card that I repurposed and turned into funky snowboards
dies and stamps: hat/goggles stamp: Simon Says "Snow Gear"
sentiment: CTMH C1209 Christmas Scripts
stamps used to decorate snowboards: SU Extreme Elements
snowflakes on envelope: CTMH Holiday Trinkets
SU envelope maker
Tim Holtz Alterations Embossing folder (woodgrain)


  1. This is a fabulous & fun card! Love the colourful snowboards.

  2. Oh my gosh! Shanna this is such a fun card!! The colors are outstanding!!

    Have a blast in the snow!


  3. Those snowboards are so awesome ... my brother would love that card (he too continues to have a midlife crisis and forget he's no longer 18) ... thanks so much for joining us at Jingle Belles ... this theme has been awesome.

  4. Too cute Shanna...personally...I'd stick to skiing!

  5. This is a great card, so colourful!!! I too received this stamp and die set as a prize not long ago, last week I wanted to use it for the challenge, but ran out of time!!! It was the first thing that came to mind :)


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