Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Sweet Danni and Bella

Danni upclose
This is Sweet Danni and Bella from Wags 'N Whiskers, one of the nine new rubber stamp images I drew for their debut release. As soon as I saw this lovely card on Christine Dark's blog, I knew just what to do with the Danni image! She used the cracked glass technique. I love the look of it, and so I wanted to use it on this Christmas card. I am such a huge fan of Chris's and she inspires me so much. She is an illustrator too, so if you haven't been to her blog and store, you are truly missing out. You must pay her a visit!
Anyway, the cracked glass technique really isn't hard to do, and it just adds so much to an image, I think.
My daughter Valerie made the little candy canes out of Sculpey clay, for which I am really grateful. I just love using them too!

Danni front

Now if you scroll down my blog posts to two days ago, you will see some beautiful fall foliage that I took on a walk not far from my house. When I got up this morning, the whole scene had changed, because about two inches of snow had fallen while we were sleeping! A lot of it had melted by the time I got out with my camera, but I took a few pictures to show you anyway. It isn't very often that the leaves are still on the tree when the snow falls! The contrast between the bright leaf colors and the white snow was striking. Take a look:

God bless and stay warm!


  1. Such a pretty design Crissy and the crackle effect looks fabulous, love the sweet candy canes, looks like winter is on it's way, Big Hugs, Nikki x

  2. Gorgeous card, Crissy! Love the cracked glass effect and those cute candy canes.

    Brrr - looks like it's a bit cold over there! Love the contrast between the autumn colours and the snow!

  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! really gorgious!

    luv, karin

  4. beautiful cracked glass effect!!!

    wow, can't believe the snow!
    Blessings, Maria

  5. Hi Crissy hope you are well. A stunning Christmas card, super sweet image and I love the candy canes, my what a talented daughter you have. Your photos are gorgeous too, I cannot believe you have snow already. Its really starting to get cold here now too. My favourite is the snow on the pine tree, so beautiful. Hugs Dawn Marie.xx

  6. What a great card! I love this technique, although I have never tried it. But it really adds an antiqued feel to the card.
    Wow! I can't believe you are getting snow already! Forget Fall...welcome winter!

  7. oh my gosh, I love your photos! Beautiful trees anyway, but with the snowfall just sooo beautiful!

    Your card is darling Crissy. I really like the sponging you did around the edges of the image panel and the little tiny candy canes are the perfect embellishments!

  8. Oh Crissy, you are the sweetest friend :), thank your for your lovely words, they're so much appreciated! Your card is superb, as is your sweet image with the cracked glass, it's perfect for her! Love the double frame border, that's such a perfect frame and those tiny candy canes are a gorgeous accent, and beautifully made by your daughter. I'm sure these wonderful new stamps will be flying off the shelves, they're so beautiful! Love the new photographs, but I'm amazed that you have snow so soon into autumn, it does look beautiful and your pics are superb. Enjoy the rest of your day. I coloured up a certain little pumpkin puppy pair today and I enjoyed every minute :). Hugs, Chris x

  9. What a gorgeous card Crissy! Love that cracked glass technique. xx

  10. Very nice! Like the vibrant RED on the dress and ribbons, so Christmas!

  11. I love the cracked glass effect but the image is way sweet! The kitten is adorable and as for the colour of her dress? Well, its lovely.

  12. Great card, Crissy!
    Such a cute image and I love the candy canes.

    Beautiful photos, but I can't believe you are getting snow already, wow!


  13. Thanks so much for your hints and tips Crissy, it all looks very complicated!! Gorgeous card as always and I love your fab photos, snow in October!! Hugs Jo x

  14. WOW! These cards are SO well done!!
    The coloring is outstanding, and the cracked glass effect is amazing on these images. Love the vintage feel to them.
    You are awesome!

  15. Love the crackle effect on your card. I sound like a broken record but your colouring is truly amazing. I will definitely have to try this crackle effect! Thanks for sharing how to post crisper and larger photos on Blogger. I will try this out this weekend. Hugs, Maria

  16. Hi Crissy!! Usually I am fairly prompt about visiting people that have taken the time to come by my blog and leave me love. Now it has been a month or so and I still haven't mustered the courage to leave you a comment!! Your work is gorgeous and when I've come by your blog, I drift away into your brilliant photography and wonderful illustrations!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE critters and am enjoying seeing Wags 'N Whiskers all over blogland, wonderfully cute stamps!! I just love what you've done with this card too, the crackle glaze is a great touch and the image is precious!! And the foliage, then the foliage covered in snow, what a wild season so far!! Thanks for stopping by my blog some time ago and have a wonderful day!!