Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Iditarod Thank You

Yesterday was the start of the 2017 Iditarod race. For the third time in its history, the start gate was moved to Fairbanks due to lack of snow on the regular route. How could I possibly stay at home holed up in my writing office and miss that?

At race time, the temperature was -23, so I bundled up and carpooled out to a spot along the Chena River to watch the dogs race by. Several of us chaplain spouses met at a church that was offering free parking, a spot to stay warm until the race started, and free coffee and treats. We decided we wanted to send them a thank you note, and I offered to make one for us all to sign.

I used the Tim Holtz distress inks in Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, and Mustard Seed to watercolor over top of white embossed snowflakes from an old Stampin' Up set called Lace Snowflakes. After letting the watercolor dry, I cut it with the wonky panel from My Favorite Things BluePrints #15.  The die cut snowflakes and sentiment are Thin Cuts from CTMH. All were cut from white cardstock, but I used a mixture of Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers to paint the smaller snowflake. When it was dry, I painted another layer of Iridescent Paint mixed with Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers over top. More drying before attaching it to the larger white snowflake then adding a layer of Liquid Glass over the blue snowflake and letting it dry overnight.

I hope y'all are proud of me for all the patience it took to let things dry before proceeding to the next step. Patience is NOT my strongest character trait.

The color scheme was inspired by the Lime and Aqua challenge over at The Card Concept. I know it's March and you folks down in the Lower 48 are watching flowers begin to bloom. Here, we're close to -30 and more snow is in the forecast to boost the 78" that have already fallen this winter. It almost...almost makes me happy to be moving to South Carolina in July. Right now a little heat and humidity sounds good. Except, between now and then, I have three writing deadlines to meet, so I'd better go hole up in the office!

Until next time,


  1. beautiful card and coloring. my company Horizon Lines used to host a team of racers with Ally Zerkel. hv been following it for many years.

  2. Your card is gorgeous! It would be wonderful to see such a race, but I am complaining about it here in WI that it is to be 23 tomorrow. Sorry.

  3. Gorgeous card - love how you've used the colours for a Winter themed card...who would have thought lime and aqua would look so good on a wintry card?!

  4. SMOOSH!! This card is all things beautiful! The colors are vibrant and stunning. I never would have thought to do these colors with a snowflake card, but it looks so cool! Thanks for joining up to The Card Concept.

  5. What a gorgeous creation!!! These colors made a beautiful snow flake!!! Thanks for sharing with us at the Card Concept! And thanks, too, for sharing the story and photo! Wow!!

  6. Wow, I agree with the others- this is gorgeous! Love your background with those beautiful snowflakes- so fun and creative! Thanks for sharing with us at The Card Concept! Hugs and we look forward to seeing your artwork in our gallery again soon!


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