Well, I’m moving along on my holiday cards and even though I have some that are “mass producible”, I still mostly love when I have time to make a one of a kind card. I took the opportunity of being the sketch hostess at Freshly Made Sketches as the excuse to take some watercoloring time for myself.
Before I get to the card, a little personal info. Over the last 3 months I have been on a leave of absence from United Airlines. Yesterday, it was back to reality. I went out to Denver to our training center to get re-qualified in the simulator. Fortunately, being on the same fleet (Airbus 319/320) for almost a decade allows me to not stress the simulators too much after time off. The reason for the time off?? My husband has been deployed since the end of July. For security reasons, I simply don’t discuss these things here or in social media but since he comes home this week I felt like I could share. The boys and I are really happy to get him home!! In the time he was gone: one boy started middle school and the other high school, the oldest has grown 3 inches (!!), they both completed full travel soccer seasons, I stayed sane. *smile* United Airlines has no reason to have to help me under these circumstances but when I put in my leave request (and the reasons) I got an approval in about 3 days. This is REAL military family support and I am very, very grateful to them for that. As much as I love flying, I love being a mom more and this time with the boys has been really important to our family. So while I am transitioning to getting back to work, this also means that we are almost done with the deployment! YAY!!!
Now on to the card. I guess the above explains a little more of why I was savoring some watercolor time. I fell in love with this Let It Snow stamp set and coordinating dies from Honey Bee Stamps and simply had to use it as soon as possible. In truth, I chose my sketch to accommodate coloring a scene. I stamped this adorable snowman and then watercolored with my Winsor and Newton paints (along with some Daniel Smith colors too). I thought it would be fun to make this guy look like he was creating winter magic. The sentiment die and stamp are from the matching set and I love how the ‘Christmas’ layers. I put it all on an Island Indigo card base to emphasize the little bit of blue on our snowy friend.
I hope you love this sketch and will have a few moments to play along this week. I also want to take a moment to thank my dear friends for all their support during this long 4-1/2 months. I have an incredibly great village (both local friends and stamping friends) who make all of this possible. I am blessed and very grateful! Back on Friday for a fun hop. Until then, have a great day!
Supplies (affiliate links included):
Stamp: Let It Snow (Honey Bee Stamps); Paper: Strathmore Bristol, Basic Black (SU), Island Indigo (SU); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; Accessories: Misti, Big Shot, Let It Snow Dies (Honey Bee Stamps), Winsor and Newton Watercolors, Daniel Smith Dot Palette Debby Hughes Edition
Jen, thanks for sharing your story…now my esteem of you has risen even higher, just as high as those little magical snowflakes your cute little guy is sprinkling! Adorable! I know you’ll be glad to have hubby home! Blessings to you & yours for a wonderful CHristmas!
This card is precious beyond words…so love it!
This snowman is so full of joy……just like I am sure you and your boys are with Dad headed home! This card makes me smile…..loving the snow clouds!
Thank you Jen for sharing your sweet snowman and beautifully watercolored clouds Christmas card. But especially thank you for sharing your family story. Your wonderfully brave husband and both of your’s dedication and love of your family are so refreshing to hear about. I have only known you as a very talented stamper, but you are much more…Thank You. Have one of your best ever Holiday Seasons with your wonderful family. Hugs….
I love this card Jen! That snowman just makes my heart smile! Snowmen are my absolute favourite thing at Christmas! Love the background and those stars! What I love even more is that Marty is hopefully home by now and safe with you and the boys! So thankful for his service!!! You are amazing mama!!! You did it!
Wonderful card with such a moody, yet festive feel (if that even makes sense!) Fabulous sketch this week – so many options! And I’m so glad that Marty is home and you can all be a family again. Be proud of yourself!
That snowman (and his magical snowflakes) seems to be celebrating the return of Marty as much as you and the boys are! I love how it looks like he’s tossing those snowflakes in the air and saying “yipee” at the same time! Bless you and your family for your sacrifice and for your service. 🙂 <3
So glad you have your hubby home for Christmas! Your card totally made me smile with that fabulous and fun snowman. Your background is just amazing – you’ve created an overall wonderful Christmas card Jen!
Your story…and the card(!)…make my heart happy!