Monday, January 2, 2012

BBTB2 Winter Woodland Ice Skate


Again, Happy New Year to all! I'm very excited about 2012 because my dear DT sister Carole and I will be taking the reins over at BBTB2 since Heather will be on full time "grandma duty". Our first challenge of the year was chosen by our sweet and beautiful Krista who chose the ice skate from Winter Woodland. I have many fond skating memories. My Daddy was a fabulous skater (and ice dancer) and for 7 years we spent our Fall/Winter Saturday afternoons at the rink where I took figure skating. He even built me an outdoor rink in our back yard so I could practice. I almost did a layout for this challenge, but since I'm not a scrapper, I chose a different memory for my inspiration. (Oh oh, I think I just may be back to my chatty self, so grab cuppa. Have you missed me?)


I chose the skates from Celebrate With Flourish because they look just magical to me. Several years ago, DH and I took a trip to Lake Louise for New Year's and it was truly a winter wonderland. I grew up in the Chicago area so I was no stranger to snow but the pure pristine beauty was just breathtaking there. There was a huge outdoor rink with an ice castle in the center and I couldn't wait to get skates on. However, during the day it was filled with kids so we decided to go at night. Bbbbrrr.... and I do mean BBBBRRRR!!!!!! As a figure skater, we never wore heavy socks in our skates (just tights) and I'm pretty sure that's a part of the reason I developed Popsicle Toes. This made me a bit nervous because when the toes go into popsicle mode there is no warming them up and when the circulation returns, it's like a combination of pins and needles and walking on coals. I expressed my concern to the skate rental place and they turned my on to those fabulous chemical toe warmers fit in the skates and keep the toesies cozy for up to 5 hours. It was heaven! Toasty toes, who knew? Anyway, the castle was all lit up like a fairytale, the stars were out, the snow was falling and I felt like I could fly on that ice. I even saw a shooting star. (I like to think it was my Daddy) That magical night was the color inspiration for my card which seems a little dark now that I look at it in the pix, but it WAS dark and oh so beautiful.


The card is a shaped front and I ended up cutting the skates several times and trimming them to add the silver blades and layer them up properly. The gorgeous beaded snowflakes are JoLee's and the DP is from the DCWV Winter Magic stack (how apropo). My DT sisters have done a fabulous job with this challenge so be sure to stop by BBTB2 and take a look. Remember, you may use any skate from any cart to join in, as long as it's a new creation and you have two weeks to complete the challenge. And for those of you who have dreamed of joining our wonderful team, there will be a DT call shortly, so warm up that Cricky and stop back for details in a few. I'm also entering this in the Crimbo Crackers Snowflake Challenge and Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes.

28 comments:

  1. Congrats Donna! I'm so glad to see you and Carole leading the blog. I know it will be in good hands with both of your dedication. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE your card. I will always be a BIG fan. You truly are creative by nature :)))

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  2. Your card is just magical and so is your story. Great memories. I love that Flourish cut and wish I had used it, too. So very excited to have you and Carole taking over the reins at BBTB2. I know you two will be a great inspiration for the design team.

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  3. What a beautiful card just love it!! Chanelle xx

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  4. OMG Donna, your card is gorgeous (as usual). Love how you make the front of the card the shape. Just fabulous! Loved your story too, such sweet memories and now I know why you're popsicle toes! Wonderful post! TFS!--Pat N.

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  5. Oh, Donna - this is just breathtaking. What a stunning piece and a lovely story :-) I always wondered where the Popsicle Toes came from :-D xxxx

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  6. What a lovely story! I got chills when you said you saw the shooting star; no doubt in my mind about it being your father. The card is just as magical - just beautiful Donna! And I'm so excited to hear you grew up in the Chicago area. I was born in Illinois and have family in the windy city :) I knew there was something special about you ;) Happy New Year! <3 Lisa

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  7. Donna..This card is so beautiful..I think the card is perfect and goes well with the night memories...I didn't know u were from the Chicago area..That is car distance from me:) Hugs, Krista

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  8. Such a beautiful card and a wonderful story!!!! Funny what we get our inspiration from. You must of had a wonderful time skating and remembering!!!!

    Saandi (daveshunny)

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  9. What a pretty, pretty card Donna. You know that I love Celebrate with Flourish, don't you? Wonderful project and I love the story. I too grew up getting frozing toes on the ice - pins & needles, burning frozen toes! I could have sooo used those toasty toe warmers! Not so much here in SC!!

    I have already told you, but I am so grateful to you and Carole for taking on the BBTB2 team... I just know you two will take us on a fun ride!!

    xx Susan

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  10. Oh Donna Donna Donna, ...your story was indeed magical... flooded with such wonderful memories with your Daddy... I have my memory of my father and I at an ice skating rink in Pasadena CA. I was an avid roller skater, did the races and won free tickets to next week, won the dances so I slammed on those ice skates and I was in for a knocked-ankled experience while I watched my father glide on those thin blades. I just hung on to the railing. He grew up in snow country, I was a sun bunny. Your card is Donna-magic with your signature layers and glam...and total design. I am so happy to be back on BBTB2. Happy New Year my friend, and to one and all.
    Carole

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  11. Yes Donna you have been missed! This is an AWESOME card. I love the color and the story behind it. Gorgeous and magical. Glad to know you are helping out @ BBTB2. Thanks for all the inspiration and I wish you and your family the very happiest New Year.

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  12. I loved your little story Donna....thanks for sharing such a wonderful memory. Your card is gosh darn gorgeous....as usual! Thanks for taking over the reins for Heather. While I am very sad to see her leave, I am very excited for you and Carole and I KNOW you'll both do a fantastic job. Happy New Year my friend...I hope 2012 brings you lots of love, happiness and good health!

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  13. hello sweet friend.......
    stopping by to say hello and give you a virtual hug :)
    love the card as always...you are full of awesomeness!
    xoxo

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  14. This is absolutely gorgeous...I love all the detail you put in it!!! Love your blog post too! I bet that shooting star was your Daddy! I grew up near Chicago and I have never ice skated before. lol (heck, I still live about an hour from there now...but I'd probably have a sore bottom if I tried learning it now.) Take care!

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  15. Happy New Year, Donna!!! Hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday!!!

    Your card is so beautiful -- love the beaded skates!!!

    Hugs, my friend!

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  16. WOW this card is absolutely stunning!

    Hugs
    Leanne xx

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  17. WOW this is gorgeous.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.
    luv
    Debby

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  18. Donna, this is just as magical as you have described your memories. Beautiful blues and and silver all dressing up in pure Donna style! BEAUTIFUL! I'm right there with ya on the toe warmers. We buy dozens each winter.
    I think I may be feeling another DT itch? :)

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  19. I love your wintery card with the lovely skates on top. I enjoyed hearing your own personal story. It brought back memories for me of dark evenings when I used to go skating and would stay out so long, my toes and finger tips would be numb. It was always worth it. Thanks for sharing.

    Grace
    http://gracenotes4today.blogspot.com

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  20. GORGEOUS job with your card Donna!I LOVE the pretty skates,all the layers and the great embossing, FANTASTIC job as always my sweet friend!Have a great evening!Thanks for sharing your story:)

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  21. Happy New Year Donnan...I hope you had a wonderful holiday! Gosh, it has been forever since I have visited your blog...I've got some catching up to do! As always, you put so much thought and love into your creations in the true "Donna Style"

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  22. Donna, this is awesome, love it!!!!

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  23. Hi my beauty!
    I meant to call you today but didn't do it...been wanting to tell you about allll my walking! You'd be so proud!

    Had a great time catching up on your AMAZING projects! You are an incredible crafty chick! =) Miss you and see you soon!

    ~Bebo

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  24. I don't know what I like better the card, or the story behind the card!!! Great post Donna. This card is stunning. I am in the process of working on mine right now;) Took a break for some commenting. Hugs!

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  25. This card is oh so wonderful as is your lovely story. How yummy. Really Really like this.

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  26. Your magical card and story is beautiful!!! TFS!!
    Hugs and Love,
    Lynne
    Her Craftiness

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  27. I love this card.. but then i love all your cards... Happy New Year my friend... hugs

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  28. Wonderful card! Thank you for joining in at Crimbo Crackers – hope you can join me again for the next challenge! Crimbo Crackers

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Thanks for making my day!