January 11, 2020


Notice the title of this post: DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO. Yup. You've heard that before, I'm sure.

We are in the midst of winter here in central Wisconsin. The Holidays are over. But wintry conditions still remain for . . . oh, another four months?? 

These cute rows of houses, die cut from Gray Granite cardstock, were begging to be used in a winter-time card. 

With that in mind, I proceeded to create my wintry card, suitable for any of many occasions. Just because it says "Warm Wishes" . . .  Yup. Those are the kind of wishes we will be sending for the next several months.

I showed the following photo because it depicts the snowflakes present in the Balmy Blue sky so well. I had originally carefully brayered white ink over the embossed raised snowflakes, but, unfortunately, the white didn't show up too much. 

If you would be interested in getting a set of these cute dies, they are on the Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack. The link directly to the dies can be found HERE

Seriously, while you are at the Clearance Rack, spend some time browsing around. There are terrific buys on some wonderful products! 

Also keep in mind that we are in the middle of Sale-A-Bration. If you spend a minimum of $50 (before shipping and tax) on the Clearance Rack or anywhere else on the Stampin' Up! site, you will earn free product!

Anyway, I suppose you are wondering what exactly I meant by the title of this post. Here goes:

While making this card, I was so careful to get the little pieces that extended beyond the buildings to line up exactly at the edge of the cardstock. Not a great idea. This resulted in crooked buildings. Yup. See how the top row leans to the left and the bottom row to the right? Grrrrr! 

Everything was glued firmly in place when I noticed this. Oh my! Not feeling like redoing the card and straightening out my buildings, I decided to simply use my misadventure as a teaching tool for the future. 

If you do have these dies, or anything like them, be sure the ends are longer than the edges of the cardstock. Then, concentrate on gluing your buildings in an upright position, followed by trimming the ends even with the edges of the cardstock. 

See? Do what I SAY, not what I DO! My error can be your learning experience.

You're welcome.

Sending you warm winter wishes!



  1. Linda, I never even noticed that the buildings weren't quite upright when I looked at the card until you pointed it out! In fact I think it gives them kind of an appealing, whimsical look now that I've looked again. So, see, next time this kind of thing happens don't tell unless someone mentions it! Sometimes it is amazing what you can get away with, right??

    1. I love the idea of the appealing, whimsical look! We'll go with that!

  2. Your cards look perfect to me. My aunty Audrey loves making cards so I must try to share this post with her via whatsapp, she will enjoy it too, I think. Happy 2020 and keep creating!

    1. Why, thank you so much! I hope you have a happy and creative 2020 also!

  3. very sweet, thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  4. It's the perfect winter card. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.

  5. The buildings look totally fine! It's a lovely card.

  6. That looks lovely and really stylish.

  7. I love the little houses on this card! Another winner, Linda! Thank you for linking up to Creative Compulsions!

  8. The buildings look totally fine! It's a lovely card.Thank you so much!