Parson Brown

In the meadow we can build a snowman,
then pretend that he is Parson Brown.
He'll say 'Are You Married?' We'll say 'No man,
but you can do the job when you're in town!'
                   ~ Richard B. Smith, Lyricist, 1934



Ah, why does it seem like all the good Christmas songs are from the 30's? Maybe I just think that because I was raised on that music. Mom thought most of the music from the 70s and 80s was way too provocative. So, we listened to Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Herb Albert's Tijuana Brass, Doris Day . . and anyone on Lawrence Welk. Oh, and Mom loved the sparkly beauty of fresh snow. She called it Camelot snow. So, in honor of Mom and you folks up North buried in snow, here's Dean Martin's Winter Wonderland . . . enjoy!




I found this amazing stamp at my favorite local stamp store, Stamp Salado. But, honestly, I struggled with it. I looked all over the web to get some inspiration and, if the web is any indicator, I'm the only person in the whole wide world who owns this stamp. So, I put it to my Splitcoast Stamper guru's, and got some fabulous advice. You can find the thread here.

This stamp is so detailed I had a hard time getting a good impression on paper until I remembered a trick I used for big background stamps. So, to save you all the paper I wasted, here's my tip.

Step 1 – Gather your ink, stamp and a brayer. I used Memento ink because I was using a specialty paper, Stampin' Up!'s shimmery white, and I needed something that would dry quickly.


Step 2 – Load the link onto the brayer by rolling your brayer back and forth several times over the ink pad.


Step 3 – Unload the ink from your brayer onto your stamp by rolling the inked-up brayer several times over the stamp. As you roll your brayer across the stamp, you'll begin to see the image come to life.



Step 5 – Press you stamp onto the paper just like you normally would. Presto Chango  . . . perfect image every time.


The Pink Elephant Challenge #90 is Winter Wonderland! Perfect! And, The Southern Girls Challenge #8 are asking us to go Vintage. Somewhere buried under all those layers and embellishments, you'll see I used this sketch from the Card Positioning System challenge, CPS97.


Here's the rest of the recipe:

  • Paper – Prism; BasicGrey Jovial, Stampin' Up! Shimmery White
  • Stamps – Paper Inspirations Crowning the Snowman
  • Inks – Memento Rich Cocoa; Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Vintage Photo)
  • Tools – Brayer
  • Embellishments – Melissa Frances Vintage Attic Silver Tinsel, The Girls Paperie Tinsel and Twigs Flower's Market*
  • Fibers – Jillibean Soup Bakers' Twine
  • Glitter – Stampin' Up! Dazzling Diamonds
  • Misc.: Stampin' Up! Pastels (So Safron and Old Olive) to give a hand-tinted photo look
  • Techniques – Sewing




*You can dismantle and reassemble The Girls Paperie snowflake ensemble to sponge the edges and tie the baker's twine to the button.

Of course, with my limited photography skills, you can see very well how shimmery, sparkly this is. I used a Quickie Glue pen to add small dots of glue and then sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds over the snow sparkles. Ah  . . .  glittery, Camelot snow.







Sweet Comments

  1. This is amazing! Thanks for joining us at SGC. Good luck and Merry Christmas.

  2. I think this is a wonderful card!!! Merry Christmas!
    Sue, Southern Girls Challenge

  3. stunning card. love it how you did it. thanks for joining us at southern girls. merry christmas!

  4. Hi Linda. GREAT card and I GOTTA HAVE THAT STAMP!  Does the store have an e-mail address I can contact them through?  All our "local" shops have closed-would love to support YOUR local shop! Thanks! Blessings, Sharon

    • Sharon, I'm sorry. Sandy, the owner, has told me she doesn't use the internet very much. I don't see an e-mail on her site. The only thing I can find is a phone number.  254-947-8848. Be sure and tell her Linda sent you.

  5. WOW!!!! just perfect for the vintage challenge at Southern Girls!Have a good week,Julie.x

  6. This is gorgeous!  Love that stamp too! Thanks for playing at Southern Girls.  Viv :)

  7. I think your card is just stunning,thanks for joining us at southern girls.And have a wonferfull Christmas HoHoHoooooo :)

  8. Wow . . . what a fabulous paper artist.  You card is absoluteing stunning.  FYI:  I listened to a lot of Herb Alpert, too!
    Hugs, M

  9. This looks amazing. What a fabulous technique – I really must try it sometime! Thanks for playing along with us at Southern Girls!! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Marie x

    This is soooo pretty! Thanks for joining in our Vintage challenge at Southern Girls and good luck!
    Alicia xx

  11. Awesome! Love the snowflake!! Thanks for joining us at Southern Girls!

  12. I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your site. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more enjoyable for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your theme? Fantastic work!

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