Thursday, September 27, 2012

Bookmarks XXXIII: Cold Outside

Why is it that I can weave jillions of technique, color, and material challenges together without much of a problem, but I always hit a snag with adding a dang sentiment? It can't really be this hard!

Well, I guess it can be legitimately difficult when I am making a Christmas-y/winter-y bookmark and I have no such sentiments.

I stamped -- and paper-pieced, a first for me -- a cute set of mittens for the bookmark, so I wanted a sentiment to go with them and sort of shade the whole creation towards the Christmas-y side of winter-y. Obviously there's nothing specific to Christmas about a pair of mittens, especially for folks in the southern hemisphere!

And that is why I have been singing Christmas carols all evening, ones about the cold. In the end I had a bit of a hard time deciding between "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and "Let It Snow" (from which I was going to use the phrase "all the way home I'll be warm"). On the one hand, four words are a lot easier to squeeze in than six. On the other hand, have you ever really listened to the lyrics for "Baby, It's Cold Outside"? It's actually kinda creepy. Hey there, dude, spiking your lady's drink to get her to stay is not cool.

Regardless, aesthetics won out and that's the sentiment I ended up using, but please understand that on my bookmark it means "so put on some mittens", and not anything else.

Listening to the meaning of lyrics is awful and I recommend you never do it.

Anyway, I spent about an hour writing this silly four-word phrase out -- in pen, in embossing pen and powder, on strips of washi tape, in capitals, in lowercase, in seventy-odd combinations of the above... and finally I realized that not ten feet away was a computer with a color printer and the ability to download fonts. This one's called "Frosty", and is by Ben Balvanz of Font-a-licious. It's licensed for personal use, just like most stamp images are -- although I doubt it has any kind of angel policy.

All of the shiny metal is silver, but there was this light, and it was yellow, see, so a bunch of it looks gold. Which is kinda cool, but not an accurate representation of the project.

Christmas Challenges asks that people do not post their sketches (even to credit them, I guess?), but instead link to the relevant post. So there you are; some challenges absolutely require you post their inspiration pics, and some absolutely require that you not do so. Both approaches make a certain amount of sense.

I'm entering this bookmark in the following challenges:

I'm also linking it up to DL.ART's 1000-post Linky Party.



  1. Love the colour and all the sparkles...Thank you for joining us at Sparkles Christmas.
    Debbie x

  2. Gorgeous, love the added sparkle. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Bloggers Network.

    Geraldine M
    Crafty Bloggers Network DT

  3. A great bookmark and super colours along with the glitter makes it a super entry for our challenge.

    Thanks so much for sharing your lovely work with us at Penny Black and More challenge this month.

    B x

  4. What a nice bookmark/card you've made. Just love the purple and silver! Thanks for joining us at CCWS. Good luck and hope to see you again :o)

  5. A fabulous bookmark!

    Thank you for sharing at Sparkles Christmas Challenges this time
    Good luck in the draw

    Shaz x

  6. What a gorgeous bookmark, really like the colours you've chosen. Thanks for joining us at Robyn's Fetish Challenge.

    Laurence DT

  7. What à Nice card you've made. Thanks for joining us at CCWS

    Hugs Betina

  8. Lovely bookmark, especially the way it sparkles and the colours are great too.
    Thanks for joining us over at fashionista's.
    Gr. Samantha

  9. lovely bookmark, fabby colours too!!

    Thanks for joining us at MMCS this week.


  10. awesome book mark and great title :). Thanks for joining us over at The Stamp Spot September challenge ... hope to see you in next months challenge.

  11. this is a pretty bookmark-and I love the sentiment you chose-thanks for sharing with us at the Great Impressions Stamps "sentiment" challenge

  12. Nice bookmark !! Thanks for joining us at Fashionista Challenge.

  13. A fantastic bookmark, I love the design and colours, your spotty mittens are so sweet.

    Heather xx
    Thanks so much for joining us with Simon Says Stamp challenge.

  14. Great card did you made for CCWS, love the colours you have used, thanks for joining CCWS

  15. Great bookmark.
    Thank you for joining the Early Christmas Makes challenge over at Penny Black and More @ Allsorts and good luck x Susan x

  16. Gorgeous card, so lovely and sparkly and those mittens are so cute.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp
    hugs Mandy xx