Winter Wonderland Swinging

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth,
for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:  it is the time for home. 
                  ~Edith Sitwell



bloghopDec10As much as I love not having to own a winter coat in Texas, I still miss the Indiana white winters. This month the Paper Garden Project design team is taking us on a winter wonderland tour – you know, just to make me more homesick for a Hoosier Christmas. Whether you're cursing the white stuff while shoveling your walk, or, like me, wishing for a good snowball fight, I hope you enjoy our winterland walk. While you visit along the walk, be sure to take note of each designer's name and their special holiday treat in their blog post. For example, my name is Linda and my special treat is Pumpkin Pie – yum. Once you finish your tour, you can send an e-mail to with the list of designers and their holiday treat for a chance to win any four digital stamp sets of your choice, including the gorgeous new Christmas Foliage set.

Here is the garden tour guide list.

And, of course, here is my winter wonderland project using the precious stamp, Winter Swing, by Penny Black.


I've been a follower of Anna Wight for years. Anna is a fellow Texan, and an illustrator, rancher, seamstress, photographer, and incredible paper craft artist. I love her style. With two different sized paper punches, clear-drying adhesive like Crystal Lacquer, and glass glitter, you can follow her tutorial to make these luscious crystal snowflakes, here.


Anna says she likes to use a makeup wedge sponge (one of my favorite and cheapest tools) to dab matte finish gel medium onto the body of her project and then add some crystal glitter for sparkle. I didn't have a gel medium, so, I experimented with Tim Holtz crackle paint. I painted the entire surface of the paper with Tim's Rock Candy crackle paint and then added sprinkled fine glitter around the edges of the oval. I love how it antiqued the whole project.


As usual, I did a lot of paper piecing. I like to use a W1 Copic Marker to shade my paper pieced elements. You can get some other ideas for shading paper pieced pieces at the current challenge over at Copic Creations, Challenge #39. And, because this is a Penny Black image, you might want to also check out the challenge at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge, our favorite things (mine being, of course, glitter).

I found the birch bark wooden star in a gift shop as a close-out item. It was perfect for embellishing. Here's the rest of the recipe and the Copic markers I used. I provided links for the items you can find at Paper Garden Projects – everything at the store is 23% off during the 1-2-3 sale.




Enjoy the rest of the Winter Wonderland Garden Walk by heading over to Andrea. Stay warm and good luck.


Sweet Comments

  1. Stunning work!! I love it :) All the little details make this into a little piece of art x
    I cant wait for the snow, we had plenty here in Scotland last year :) Dont enjoy the shovelling!! but it does look pretty x
    Thanks for joining us at Penny Black Saturday x
    Jenny x

  2. Simply LOVE it!!! It's PERFECT!!

  3. This is so fun!  Love all that glitter too, oh and Anna Wight!  Fab job on this star alteration – you could enter this in the Crafty Little Place challenge too!

  4. Janet Castle says:

    What a fun project!!!! You did GOOD!
    Jan Castle

  5. How fun, love all that glitter!

  6. Wowwww, Awesome Project! Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays!

  7. What a surprise to find the wonderful star on your site. I have just seen it on To Peas in a Bucket and was thrilled with it all. Fancy following this blog hop and finding it here to drool over again. Thanks for sharing it.

  8. Bonnie Cantu says:

    Hi Linda~
    YAY! Hardly ever see many Texans on here, not sure if you were here last yr, but girl it was COOL! Loved it.. ANYWHO..
    I simply love your project, very crafty and festive.
    TFS and a chance to win
    Bonnie C

  9. Love your project. Would make a wonderful gift.

  10. Living in FL now I sure do not miss the NY winters!  tfs your fun project.

  11. Linda I have one word for you, WOWZERS!  Loving your project!  Anna Wight is one of my favorites too! 

  12. Just beautiful Linda!  I LOVE the crackle paint (and the glitter of course.  This is a keeper for sure!

  13. this is incredibly GORGEOUS…WOW! SOOOOO GLAD you joined us at Copic Creations!

  14. WOW – what a beautiful hanging!!! Gorgeous image, fabulous paper piecing and shading and such stinning details – love it!!
    So glad you could join us at Copic Creations,
    hugs Heather xx