Tuesday, October 27, 2009


What a story for this card. For the past couple of weeks we have been battling colds in our house. The children passed the cold on to me. I went to work on Monday and it wasn't a good day. I felt awful. Tuesday I went to work, didn't feel any better and left after 4 hours. I came home and slept and relaxed on the couch. After awhile I got up and managed to work on the midnight madness sketch challenge.

I decided to use Clear Dollar Stamps for this card. I bought this stamp set and I haven't had a chance to use it yet. As I was coloring it I decided to use a cotton ball for the fur around the hood, cuffs and bottom of the jackets. I outlined the whale with green stickles and filled in the fish (upper left) with blue stickles.

Meanwhile the electricity went out. We finished making dinner on my camping cook stove outside and I went around lighting many candles throughout the house. I even got out my headlamp so I could finish stamping! The kids really wanted to play "go fish" so I did that instead. By the time the game was over the electricity was back on and I was back to this card.

The background paper is the faux silk technique. I enjoy this technique as I find it an easy way to make a dp when I don't have one in my stash that will work.
I really wanted a lot of texture with this card so I have the fuzzy yarn, the cotton ball, the stickles, the embossed paper and then I struggled with the doo-dad in the lower right hand corner. I didn't have a buckle piece that would work there as the sketch challenge indicates. I tried a button. No. I tried ribbon. No. I tried more fuzzy yarn. No. I finally slapped on more cotton to make a snow ball! I uploaded the picture and went to bed, but I wasn't happy with the snowball and the fish were so hard to see. I actually tossed and turned about this all night and didn't sleep. Crazy I know. I even woke up around 2 am to come here and pull the first picture off of my blog. A little OCD? Naw! just dorkiness! Remember I am Queen Dork of the Travelin' Dork Sisters!!! I am still sick and with the lack of sleep I decided to stay home. I work in a facility with individuals who are medically compromised so I am sure staff and clients alike are grateful that I am home today.
This morning I changed the snowball to snowflakes, but bits of the snowball are behind the snowflakes which I think adds to the texture of the card. To make the fish pop out more I put them on little circles.
I hope you enjoy this card and I do!

Stamps: Eskimos by Clear Dollar Stamps
Paper: Bashful Blue, Rose Red, garden Green and White
Ink: Memento Black, Garden Green
coloring medium: copic markers
accessories: cuttlebug folder, nestabilities circles and scalloped circles, snowflake punch, stickles, cotton ball, brayer, tissue paper.
techniques: faux silk, trial and error!


  1. Oh, Karen! This card is amazing. I love it....your work is just stunning! Girl, you are doing such a super job!!!!! I'm so proud of you! Lovely,lovely!

  2. Sounds like you used alot of fun stuff, I'll have to stop back when you repost.

  3. Awww.....they are so cute! Great job!

  4. Karen, you have a ton of texture in this, what a great card! So many different elements going on too, the cotton, the faux silk, the stickles. Cute image to choose considering the 'colds' in the house. :) Rest up and stamp away the day while you can!

  5. How very adorable! Love the fluffy on their coats, it really brings those eskimos to life! FUn colors too.

  6. Hello Karen, you made me laugh this morning - I rhink we are related - you sound just like me!! LOL! I am glad you perservered with this card, it is fabulous - I love all of the texture - everything stands out so much! That cotton ball worked so well....and Karen, lean in a bit I want to tell you, there is a fine line between addicted and obsessed...,and it is getting smaller every day! LOL! Love this and your story! Thank you for playing along with the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week - I look forward to seeing what you do next week!
    Linda MMSC Guest Designer

  7. Hi Karen Lynn, My bear is just colored with the only brown copic I have. And the stem and ears are just colored with a copic attyou(sp) pen.

  8. Karen, I hope when you read this you are starting to feel better!!! Everything about this card is just total Fun Fun Fun. I love all the different textures on you card here, but especially the cotton on the Eskimos clothing. That is brilliant and really innovative in thinking. You did such a fabulous job on this and there is so many wonderful things going on I could look at it for hours. Thanks for playing along with us at Midnight Madness...we really appreciate it. This card is perfect...now get some sleep tonight!!!!


  9. How adorable! I love the way you used the cotton! Fantastic!

  10. OMG Karen, your card is gorgeously cute. Love those texture fur you added on the image. Good luck to you :o)

  11. Wow, all of those obstacles and you still managed to come out with a teriffic card! I love the fluffy trim on the coats and I think the snowflake in the bottom corner is just perfect!

  12. Great job Karen, and I understand completely about the dorkiiness and lack of sleep over a card!! It turned out great, love the white fur collars and coat trim!

  13. karen, this card is just adorable...you know the first thing i thought of was the Small World ride at disneyland...i love this.

  14. You are amazing in a crisis! Didn't feel good, the electricity went out, and still couldn't hold you down! You are my inspiration. I have not functioned for the past two weeks being sick, so just now getting back to doing things. Your card is one of my favorites for this week. I love it. The fur is wonderful. Very creative! Thank you for playing with us this week. Hope you will continue to join us.


  15. Congratulations Karen! A card well worth the remarkables award! :)

  16. Your card is adorable and what a cute idea for the hoods. Congratulations on the award, this is so much fun!!!

  17. Karen Lynn, after reading the story of its creation I feel so honored and proud to be the recipient of this card. When I pulled the card out of the envelope I just went “WOW”! With the various textures, design and colors you have created a masterpiece! Your card will remain on display in my home throughout the winter and then kept forever. Good Job!