Mitten Alert!

The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball.
    ~ Doug Larson


Code Mitten: Be on the alert of anyone wearing mittens with a good arsenal of snow balls . . .


Someone could get hurt.  😉

Yeah, I kind of went over-the-top with this one. It's so three-dimensional, I couldn't get it in an envelope, and it's even difficult to close it. But, hey, no boundaries on creativity, right?

I mean, who doesn't love a good snow ball fight? Ah, man, I miss them. We just don't get enough snow here in Central Texas. So, you know, just to make me a little more homesick for Indiana snow, my cousin (hey, 'Lanie!) sent me this . . .

I made myself a snowball,
as perfect as could be,
I thought I'd keep it as a pet,
And let it sleep with me.

I made it some pajamas,
And a pillow for its head.
Then last night it ran away,
But first – – it wet the bed.

Hee, Hee! I love it.

I've been holding a secret under my hat for over a month now and I can finally share it with you. Holly at Eat Cake Graphics invited me to be on her design team. Oh my goodness, gracious, gravy – I'm so excited.


It's an easy fit for me because I absolutely love everything Holly does. Oh, and I'm in such lovely company, in fact, international company. Holly has designers from all over the world, and it's so fun to see how they've played with Holly's images. Just click on the design team button above or at my side bar to see what the other design team members are up to.


Crazy 4 Challenges has a great sketch this week, C4C66. It's in that card up there somewhere buried in all those layers of embellishments.

C4C66 Dec4 Sketch

If you have some of this luscious BasicGrey paper (Figgy Pudding), or, really, any BasicGrey paper, you might want to check out this week's Recipe Challenge, #34, at the BasicGrey Challenges site. I didn't think I'd be able to fit all the ingredients of their challenge into my card, but, well, I did, and more.

Voting begins on December 8 for the PaperCraft Star Recipe Challenge #24. To be honest, I'm not exactly sure how voting works, but, the challenge calls for using recycled or repurposed items – a great idea – so I'm on board. The leaf, berry, etc., on the mitten were from a flower pick I dissected for its parts.

Here are a few other tips for making a card like this (brave souls):

  1. To make the mitten you can use the new Nestabilities Nested Mittens die cut. So much fun! Hobby Lobby has some lovely embossed felt in their craft isle, and I found the fake fur in their fabric section. You can sew two mittens together so you can slip a dollar or something fun inside it, and then attach the fake fur with fabric glue (Fabri-Tac). The leaf, berry, pine cone, etc., were from a stash of flower picks I dissected for their parts. I have a stash of all the fancy Scrapbooking, archival safe Prima flowers, but I often turn to the fake flower section of Hobby Lobby for unique and cheap flower embellishments. Just pull off what you need from the arrangements and throw the rest away. Beate Johns and Linda Duke both have great tutorials on how to make these mittens.
  2. For the inside, the chipboard frames are from Maya Road. Just paint them with Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint (Peeled Paint) and sponge them with distress inks. The sentiments were printed from my computer and layered under the frames. You can tie the bow to the frame before adhering the sentiment underneath it – a fun way to embellish chipboard frames.
  3. To color this adorable image from Eat Cake Graphics, just stamp him onto some Neenah paper and a couple more times on your coordinating pattern paper and paper piece away. I added a little Rock Candy Distress Stickles to the snow as a last thought and love how it came out.

Here's the rest of the recipe and the Copic markers . . .

  • Fabric –Embossed Felt, Fake Fur attached with Fabri-Tac
  • Fibers – Seam Binding, DMC Embroidery Floss
  • Glitter  –Distress Stickles (Rock Candy)
  • Ink – Memento Rich Cocoa; Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa and Creamy Caramel Classic inks; Copic markers
  • Paper – Neenah, BasicGrey Figgy Pudding; Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip and Naturals White
  • Stamp  –Eat Cake Graphics 1118-G Hit with snowball (ouch)
  • Tools  – Nestabilities,
  • Embellishments – Button from Mom's button jar; Hobby Lobby flower pick; Maya Road Ornate Chipboard Tags
  • Misc.  – Ranger Distress Crackle Paint (Peeled Paint), Stampin' Up! Stampin' Pastels (Pretty in Pink) for cheeks




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Stay safe and warm out there – and use good aim when you throw a snow ball for me.



Sweet Comments

  1. Adorable cards, love love that mitten!! Thank you for joining us this week at Papercraft Star!
    p.s. love your chickens!!

  2. Love love love your blog! So glad you posted about it on the Copic thread. Adorable card and poem.

  3. What a fun card Linda! Great re-use of the floral pick. THis card makes me smile. I am so glad you took part in the Papercraft Star Challenge. Great job!

  4. This is absolutely adorable. Your blog is wonderful. Thanks for playing with us over at Papercraft Star.

  5. This is completely charming, and it matters not one iota if it doesn't fit in an envelope.  At least, a regular sized one !  Wonderful to have you play with us at Papercraft Star – cannot wait to see what you have for us in the future !!

  6. This card is so fun!  I love the look on his face.  LOL  Thanks so much for joining us this week at Papercraft Star!

  7. This card is absolutely Gorgeous and "snow" much fun!! I love it!! Thank you for playing along with us this week at Papercraft Star!

  8. That card is absolutely stunning. I am in awe.