candy cane skis...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I have a bit of a confession to make.. I have never skied...

I know, what's the big deal, tons of people have never skied...

But I grew up in Utah... In the shadow of ski resorts... And somehow I never went skiing..

I'm not sure why...

Oh well, I guess not knowing the sport leaves much to the imagination..
 which means, in my mind, for today's La-La Land Crafts inspiration,  it totally makes sense for this elf to strap candy canes to his feet and call them skis... 

LOL! 😂

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Georgia Pacific white cardstock; Paper Studio Glitter Glam; DCWV Cork Solids
Stamps: LLLC Shine Bright, Jolly Elves
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Distress Ink Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire; Gellyroll Clear Star; Uniball Signo
Coloring: Copics
Skin- E30. E31, E33, R00, RV42
Reds- R35, R39, R59, W10
Greens- YG21, YG13, G94, G99
Whites- W3, W1, W00, W4
Snow- BG0000, BG000
Other: Ranger Perfect Pearls Perfect Gold; nail heads

This ADORABLE elf is drawn like he is sitting on something... so I decided that he should be sitting on the Star Wreath... that reminded me of a ski lift, so I die cut a couple candy canes from the Gingerbread House Add-on set  and glued those to his feet.... I love that this kit has 2 candy cane dies... each facing a different direction... It makes creating things like this easy and seamless.

With this outdoor scene, I wanted to play around with my textures... I used a glitter paper to cut out the star ski lift, and I decided to try cutting cork for the frame and the trees... DCWV makes some thin sheets of cork, but I wasn't entirely sure how well they would die cut.. especially with the fine detail of the trees... 

It worked beautifully!! These dies cut the cork without any problems! I didn't have to fuss with it, or mess around with my sandwich.... I just ran it though like I would with cardstock, and it cut perfectly! 

I love the extra bit of texture it lends to the card... I may need to start using cork more often!

To create the starry sky, I used an ink blending tool to cover the whole background with blue and purple Distress Ink, making sure to get a nice dark blend.  I then spritzed the Shine Bright background stamp with some water mixed with Perfect Pearls and stamped onto the Distress background. The water reacts with the ink creating ghost images. The Perfect Pearls leave a nice shimmer in the ghosted stars.

The hills were created by die cutting the large Oval from the Stitched Elements die set, then cutting it in half and layering the halves across the bottom of the card. I colored in some shadows with my Copic markers, then added a bit of shimmer to the edges and shadows using the Clear Star Gellyroll pen. 

My banner was colored using the same blend of Distress Inks as my sky so it all ties together. 

All this talk about skiing makes me want a cup of hot cocoa... then I remember it's summer... 

Lemonade it is! LOL!

See you soon!


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