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Heartwarming Bubbly by Kathy

Hi Foxy Friends! Scrappy Kathy here with a bubbly page showing that coffee and hot chocolate aren't the only ways to warm up on a frosty night!

This month's challenge sent me on a search for wintry photos because I always love using torn paper to evoke snowdrifts. So that's where I started. Turns out the first snowy photo I found was taken in 2001 when we we're living in Brussels and went Christmas shopping on December 17. And the story wasn't the landscape or even the snow, it was the bubbly we unexpectedly found at a kiosk in the mall! So I decided circles/bubbles would be the theme instead. I cut my photos into circles and arranged them on opposite sides of a vertical line and added in lots of circular elements including a few tiny bubbles.

I butted two torn strips from Vicki Boutin's Color Study (because the colors worked so well with my filtered photos) and I blurred the line between the papers with a strip of barbed wire cut from vellum. I think this might be the first die set I ever bought from Bramble Fox and I use it all the time! There's a "chain link" die in the set that works as fish netting in beachy settings or fencing on garden pages, and a perfect leaf sprig that can be used on almost any page!

The photo above shows the snowy photo I took outside the mall and the filter I used picked up so many pretty colors! I decided to pick up the same colors in my embellishments. The coffee cup is from the January Fox Box and the snowflake, starburst and heart Perspextives are from my stash. There are whole sets of snowflakes and hearts in the shop and you can choose from lots of styles and colors. There are black and white hearts, red and pink hearts, and a new Tiny Perspective set with multiple colors. And there are even more.....

Continuing the bubbly theme I have another circular photo of my hubby toasting the season and I've included a wintry penguin fussy cut from the Paper Snips #17 sheet that came in my Fox Box + along with a "bring it on" circle punched from the same Paper Snips sheet and topped with an epoxy dome that also comes in each Fox Box +. This closeup also shows the subtle stenciling I did under the two photo clusters using the January Fox Box + stencil #53 "Feathered Lace". It's perfect for winter because it looks a little like a sweater knit, but it's great for floral or landscape themes as well.

The "Heartwarming" title piece which came in the same set as the coffee cup above in the January Fox Box, set off the vertical line of bubbles just perfectly. The rich "cherry chocolate" color and matte finish are definite favorites! And the hearts are from my stash, probably from several different sets but using the links above you, too, can have any color or shape of heart that you need for your projects!

So let's see how I did with Lisa's challenge:

1. My die cuts were the two barbed wire pieces along the vertical axis.

2. I have Perspextives everywhere, old and new!

3. I have a paper heart sticker in the top cluster and puffy coffee cup stickers in both clusters.

4. I've used two torn strips to form the vertical axis.

5. I've fussy cut the cutest little penguin from the Paper Snips sheet

There's still time for you to visit our Facebook Group and enter the challenge for a chance to win a sweet discount in the shop! It's a really fun challenge and I'd love to see how you interpret it!

If you'd like to see my process I have a video on my channel HERE.


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