Winter’s Song

Hi Friends!

Winter’s song has been the soundtrack of our days here in the Midwest. While my perennial and herb gardens sleep under a blanket of white, I have been savoring the sounds of silence.

Whenever Mother Nature layers on another snowy blanket overnight, the scraping of a shovel and roar of a snowblower add to our early morning symphony.

Inside a peaceful lull warms my heart, as I peek through the white, lace curtains in the dining room window while warming my hands with a big mug of tea.

The comforting, familiar notes of Winter’s song continue as the tea kettle sings, the furnace hums, and our old, hardwood floors softly squeak underfoot.

Sunny Winter days cast silent shadows on the walls, as the temperatures outside plummet.

While Winter’s song serenades my garden beds as they sleep, my thoughts always turn to the ‘gift’ of my other garden ~ my little Paper Garden studio downstairs…

During the coldest months, it gets quite chilly downstairs in my studio. Before long my fingers and toes grow numb. So, on those days, I do all of my cutting downstairs, then gather up a basketful of inks, paper, stamps, and tools, and finish making cards upstairs on our sunny dining room table. ๐Ÿ™‚

Inspiring supplies from The Greetery have warmed my creative heart all Winter long! Designer Betsy Veldman creates stamps and dies from her own paintings. This new, independent stamp company has quickly become my favorite!

It was fun to create tiny Winter vignettes using the BotaniCuts Pine Boughs dies from The Greetery. First, I die cut the pine needles from green cardstock. Then I sponged on Distress Oxide inks to add depth and texture. After die cutting the pine cones from kraft cardstock, I assembled the scales using Tombow Mono liquid glue to form each dimensional pine cone.

Finally, I added darker texture using Prismacolor pencils.

Tiny, woodsy vignettes made their way onto several one-of-a-kind cards.

Some cards brought warm wishes to faraway friends,

while others were hand delivered, with a big hug!

On another sunny, Winter afternoon, I found my inspiration in Betsy’s ‘Budding Beauties Winter’ stamps and dies. Usng a MISTI stamp positioner, I stamped Distress Oxide inks in layers to create sprigs of pine needles, winter berries, and mistletoe.

Next, I die cut the ‘Inside & Out Berry Branch’ from white cardstock to add a snowy feel. I die cut ribbons using the ‘Fit to Be Tied’ dies and sponged them with Distress Oxide ink.

Each one-of-a-kind card featured a different ‘Shape Shifters’ diecut shape from Papertrey Ink. The subtle background hearts were embossed using the ‘Drawn Hearts’ stencil from Simon Says Stamp, with an embossing mat and my Big Shot.

What a delight to create tiny botanical gatherings without stepping outside into our snowy garden! Winter’s song played on to the tune of footsteps running up and down the basement stairs to the Paper Garden to die cut and gather more supplies. (A nice, little workout, too! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Making cards is so heartwarming because I think of the recipient the entire time I am creating a card. โ™ฅ Mailing off my cards, with personal notes enclosed to warm hearts, fills me with such joy! โ™ฅ

 

My February bullet journal pages are also a celebration of my love for cardmaking, letter writing, and warming hearts near and far!ย 

The heartbeat of Winter’s song will play on for a few more weeks here in the Midwest…

but these Magnolia buds near our front porch remind me every day that my very favorite season is on the way! The birds have already been waking us with their early morning chorus. It won’t be long until I am humming a Springtime melody! ๐Ÿ™‚

โ™ฅ โ™ฅ โ™ฅ

Hope that you are carrying a song

in YOUR heart today!ย 

As always, I cherish your visit!

Thank you for being here!

 

Paper hugs!

โ™ก Dawn

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16 thoughts on “Winter’s Song

  1. Hi Dawn,
    Winter hugs, sending your way from far away Minnesota! ๐Ÿ’•
    It has been too long since I have written but I wanted to let you know that we moved at the end of December. We downsized but not be much space and our move took us to Minnetonka. The drive is closer for Steveโ€™s work, longer for me but only 20 mins. I hope to retire soon, next year so it was a good move for all of us!
    Sending you lots of love!
    Julie

    • Sending warmest hugs all the way to Minnetonka, Julie! Congratulations on your new home! ๐Ÿ’• I canโ€™t wait to hear all about it and to see pictures. I’m sure that you are enjoying a new ‘blank canvas’ to decorate, Julie! New beginnings are always exciting. Sending our love!
      Please write soon, my friend.๐Ÿ’—

  2. Your one of a kind greeting cards are lovely. You are truly talented and your friends and family are lucky to be the recipient of such wonderful works of art. Such a great hobby and you have the perfect climate to keep you indoors advancing your artistic interests.
    Karen

    • You are so sweet, Karen! It feels so wonderful to enjoy relaxing, creative time in both my perennial garden and my little Paper Garden. Both are fun places to learn and grow! Hope things are going well in all of your creative garden design work, Karen! Sending warm hugs to you in California! Thank you so much for visiting today!๐Ÿ’—

    • Oh yes, Judy! Cardmaking definitely is not a way to save money!! It starts out small, often with just one stamp set. We quickly discover the joy that cardmaking brings… and we are hooked on this wonderful hobby!๐Ÿ˜Š I think of each card as a little work of ‘heart.’

      So happy that you are enjoying your paper crafting classes this Winter, Judy! So much quicker than your beautiful quilting projects, but some of the same skills ~ design, colorways and patterns, accurate measurements, lots of problem solving, patience… and so much joy! I truly LOVE our hobbies where making and giving meet!!

      Enjoy every moment of your time in South Carolina, Judy! Soak up the warm sunshine and fun times with friends. I just love reading about your adventures! Sending warm paper hugs, my friend!๐Ÿ’—

  3. Such beautiful cards and I love seeing your snow. We had none to speak of this year. It is a delicious warm white blanket. I do understand about cold basements as heat rises. I see you are sending many of your lovely cards internationally. It’s fun to think of the recipients reaction. You do know they are going to be pleased. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Spring has arrived here already. A blustery morning with wind and occasional rain. I did get enough break to take a lovely walk. Now I must make time for outside chores. Enjoy that snow. It is so beautiful.

    • Oh, thank you, Marlene! We are so happy to share our snow with you! It feels like a very l-o-n-g Winter this year. We actually had snow last Halloween and throughout November. The new fallen snow is so pretty and peaceful. Itโ€™s so nice to bundle up and see how the neighborhood looks with fresh snow. I just love to take snowy photos!๐Ÿ’•

      We took a walk in the park this afternoon and noticed all of the buds swelling on the Spring flowering trees. It made my heart so happy! We must wait a few more weeks though. We have snow in our forecast on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week. Enjoy your Springtime weather!
      Sending snowy hugs across the miles, Marlene!๐Ÿ’—

  4. Beautiful photos, text, and author. Went to Simon and Garfunkel Story at the Pantages (lovely old theater) in Hollywood and relived past moments to add to your current ones!

    • Lovely to hear from you, dear Anne! Thank you for your very sweet words.๐Ÿ’•Simon and Garfunkel songs are such a special part of the soundtrack of our lives. What a wonderful evening you had, Anne!

      Winter’s song will be playing here for a few more weeks. We had a very rare 55ยฐ day here today and took a lovely walk in the park. Everyone was out and about enjoying the warm sunshine! I took advantage of the mild weather to buy some small, blooming Cyclamen plants for our sunny dining room. Such a glorious breath of early Springtime!

      It sounds like we might have a snowy week ahead. Wishing you happy Winter days in the California sunshine! Thank you, Anne, for being here today! Warmest hugs!๐Ÿ’—

  5. Dawn, your positive energy radiates from every word. Your love for your garden, crafting, friends and family, emerging designers, all of it. You are a breath of fresh air. Thanks to you, I too am a fan of Greetery. xo

    • Kindred spirits in so many ways, dear Alys! Your words fill my heart with sunshine today. Hope your foot is feeling better each day. Soon you will be able to slowly resume your favorite activities.
      I’m hoping for some creative time to play with my new stamps, dies, and stencils from The Greetery. Canโ€™t wait to create with Betsyโ€™s’Love Letters’ collection! I have a long list of special people to send handmade cards to in the coming weeks!
      Warmest hugs, sweet friend! ๐Ÿ’—

    • Heartfelt thanks, Penny! The round stamps are Global forever stamps for overseas postage. Arenโ€™t they pretty? Itโ€™s the little things that make life sweet! Enjoy the sunshine this week, my friend!๐Ÿ’—

      • You are most welcome. The stamps are beautiful. I’m getting ready to send letters out to the homeowners for this year’s garden walk and they would be perfect. Oh well . . . I’ll surely see other floral stamps, but, these are so sweet. Loving the sunshine and just got White Flower Farm’s catalogue in yesterday’s mail.

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