Y'all, this southern belle living in Ohio is freezing her tee-hiney off. School is cancelled in our area for tomorrow because the wind chills will be below -20F.
And of course, we're training Cooper to the invisible fence right now, with arctic temperatures and four inches of snow on the ground.
Being back in the South wouldn't do me any good now, though. Snow and frigid temps all up and down the East Coast. Southerns are not equipped to handle snow or frigidity.
Funny true story. When I was a teenager living in Charlotte, NC, we had next-door-neighbors who moved down from Boston. We got a few inches of snow and were out playing because school was cancelled and mom didn't have to go to work. We noticed the neighbors shoveling their driveway. My mom wandered over and asked what they were doing. "We have to shovel the snow," the man said. Mom replied, "You do realize it will all be gone by this afternoon, right?"
They kept shoveling. The snow was gone by 4:00 pm. Those crazy Yankees.
Now, I am one of them. The white stuff doesn't disappear so quickly in Ohio, so we have to shovel or use the snowblower. (Yes, we have a snowblower because our driveway is very, very long.) But the roads are cleared ever so much quicker, and there's no need to stock up on necessities because you can get to the store within a day.
Stay safe out there, everyone.
Any-who. Today's birthday card will go to my elder son late this year. He LOVES winter and says he wants to move to Alaska. So I made his birthday card with appropriate imagery and colors (or non-colors, as it were).
At first, I just had the sentiment and buck on the card, with the silver swooshy snowbank. But it looked too plain, so I pulled out a little snow stamp from PTI's In the Meadow set and created a swoosh of snow, too, using Mama Elephant moonlight pigment ink, which is very, very light.
I love the movement the snow adds to the card, especially with the bling for sparkle!
To make the snowbank, I cut a scrap of cardstock with a craft knife and then edged it with a PrismaColor silver metallic marker. The marker tip is really fat and holds to the edge of the paper well. The whole snow bank is popped up with craft foam for a bit of dimension that doesn't really show in the photos.
Before assembling the card, I noticed the proportions were a bit off, with too much white space at the bottom. Trimming the bottom of the card and snowbank about half an inch fixed it perfectly.
Mercy, grace, peace, love, and central heat,
stamps: Papertrey In the Meadow (snow), Masculine Motifs (buck), Out on a Limb (sentiment)
ink: Hero Arts soft granite, Mama Elephant moonlight
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: rhinestones, craft foam, craft knife, PrismaColor metallic marker