Memories, winter watercolored memories

 Memories, winter water colored memories, of the way we were....................
old song lyrics from the movie "The Way We Were".
I told you yesterday about my wonderful memories of sledding in the winter, and so I have another card I made yesterday, too.  This time I did a little water coloring on the stamped image.  I don't do this very often, but I love to color and paint.  I'd love to offer this as one of our Christmas Card class selections, but I am uncertain about having other people paint.  It's really a love it or hate it kind of thing, and it can lead to some real disasters if you don't do it nice.  I don't want anybody tossing the cards they make.  What do you think?   Would you like to do a little water coloring on the cards you make, or would you prefer something more straight stamping and simple? 
 Sometimes, it's even a challenge for me to just get a card just right.  This was one of those cards.  I liked the straight up, plain layout from Sketch Frenzy Friday, and that's where it all started.  I loved the card with just the painted image with the Cherry Cobbler stripes behind it.  It looked clean and simple.  But, I decided to take the advice from SUO Challenge #55 to use some texture, and got out one of my favorite embossing folders, and give the Crumb Cake background that TEXTURE.  That looked nice, too.  But, I felt it needed a salutation on the front, so I fooled around with several designs, but decided to keep it pretty simple.  Then, I decided that it needed the bow.  I think it's like Christmas packages, they all need a bow.  I just could not stand it not to step it up a little.  Do you like it?  Maybe I could have left off the bow.  Some days card making is just such a challenge, and we aren't just talking about contests. 
Hope you like my card today.  Come back and see if I got any more stamping done on Sunday.

Mary Alice


  1. Wow! This is stunning! Your coloring is perfect! I love how you turned the sketch and added the satin bow! Thanks for joining us at Sketch Frenzy Friday!

  2. Mary, what a beautifully water colored piece! I love the nostalgic look! It really makes one want to be home for the holidays! Just wonderful!
    thank you for playing along with us @ SFF

  3. Beautiful!!! Wow. Thanks for playing along with us at Sketch Frenzy Friday!!

  4. Gorgeous card Mary Alice! Thanks for playing with us at SFF!!

  5. This is absolutely luscious! Love the color. And, of course, the texture! Thanks for sharing this with the SUO Challenge Design Team!

  6. I love that classic image and the petals background texture! Thanks for joining SUO Challenges.

  7. One of my favorite embossing folders, too! I love the color scheme you choose for the image...very vintage feel, but remaining clean and crisp! Thanks for playing along with the SUO Challenge!


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