This month's verse from the poem "The Months" by Sara Coleridge is -
Chill December brings the sleet,
Blazing fires and Christmas treat.
Combining sleet, fires and treats onto one page had me stumped so I've done a bit of lateral thinking. The family are inside the little cottage sitting by a warming fire with lots of treats on a side table - nuts, dates, figs, sugared orange and lemon slices.........oops I've drifted back in time to the Christmas's of my childhood!
I started my page by stamping the background snowflake image with Pearlescent Sky Blue Brilliance ink. This stamp was a freebie with Craft Stamper magazine several years ago and I have used it such a lot - it stamps beautifully. I then stamped the cottage image onto a circle of white card and sponged Broken China Distress Ink around the top edge. The house, trees and snowy bank were glittered before the circle was glued onto the background. The leaves were stamped onto white card and watercoloured using Distress Inks. They were then cut out, given several coats of PaperArtsy Gloss Glaze and glued around the edge of the circle. I finished the page by adding the computer generated verse and sponging around the edge of the page.
Anna Marie Designs High White 300gsm
White card 280mic
Xerox ColorTech+ 250gsm
Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue
Versafine Onyx Black
Memento Tuxedo Black
Distress Ink - Peeled Paint, Pine Needles, Broken China
PaperArtsy Gloss Glaze
Cottage - Create-It
Leavers - PaperArtsy JOFY
Snowflake - Craft Stamper magazine freebie
Verse - computer generated with "Papyrus" font
My thanks go to the Craft Barn for hosting this challenge and to Claire for her inspirational pieces each month. Thank you also to everyone one who has visited my blog during this challenge and to those who have left comments - it is very much appreciated. Finally, I wish you all a very "Happy Christmas!".