Category Archives: Winter

Holiday Wishes – Hero Arts “Scramble”

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  • Stamps: All Hero Arts
    • CL469 – Swirl Christmas
    • CL 887 Color Layering Christmas Tree
  • Gemstones – Hero Arts – Baby Blue and Clear
  • Die – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Fancy Tags”
  • Distress Inks: Broken China and Tumbled Glass
  • Ombre Ink – Hero Arts – Pool to Navy
  • Neenah Solar White cardstock

I created this card for a 90-minute challenge I participated in with my Flickr Hero Arts group last weekend. The challenge, called a scramble, was to put together a holiday/Winter card using tiny stamps and it has to be completed and posted within 90 minutes. I’m pretty slow to complete my cards, so doing these are always very challenging for me! But I did it! I created the background by applying the two Distress Ink colors with an foam ink applicator and then spattered it with water. Once dry, I stamped the snowflakes and swirls (from two different clear stamp sets) with the ombre ink pad. I die-cut the label and stamped the sentiment from the CL887 set and popped it up with dimensional adhesive. I added a gemstone to the center of each snowflake for a little sparkle.

I was able to also play along in the Paper Players Challenge #273 with this card. This challenge is a TIC-TAC-TOE puzzle and I picked the three items from the top left to the bottom right diagonally shown on the puzzle board: Snowflake-Sparkle-Die-cut!  Perfect! Thanks for visiting.


White on White with a Touch of Blue

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  • Dies all by Simon Says Stamp:
    • Stitched Rectangles
    • Merry Christmas
    • Melody Snowflake
    • Abby Snowflake
  • Ranger Distress Ink – Tumbled Glass
  • Sequins – Doodlebug Designs
  • Cardstock – Neenah Solar White

I created this card for the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Group Challenge #25: White on White with a Touch of Color. I immediately thought of Winter cards for this color scheme. I applied some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink with a foam applicator for a little contrast in the background for the snowflakes. I then added sequins and Wink of Stella sparkly ink around the snowflakes for a bit more frost. Finally, I layered the white “stitched” piece onto a white card. I really enjoyed making this card! Maybe it is because our normally mild Pacific Northwest weather was in the 90s once again today! Thanks for stopping by.

 


OWH Winter Birthday Challenge

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  • Die cuts made from:
    • Impression Obsession “Snowflakes”
    • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Romantic Rectangles”
  • Stamp – Inkadinkado “Happy Birthday” (98164-MM)
  • Embossing folder – Cuttlebug “Snow Dots”
  • Patterned cardstock – BoBunny
  • Cardstock – Paper Accents

I created this card with the Operation Write Home Mid-month Throwdown in mind. The challenge is to make a Winter birthday card and I immediately thought snowflakes. I used an embossed background featuring snowflakes and added a couple of die cut snowflakes as well. Even the edge of the sentiment die cut fits in with the lacey snowflake look. Thanks for stopping by today.


Inlaid Snowflake Tag Card

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  • Dies
    • Snowflake – Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflakes”
    • Joy – Penny Black “Love & Joy”
    • Tag – Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations “Tag Collection”
  • Patterned papers – Lawn Fawn “Wool Socks” (both sides)
  • Cardstock – BoBunny “Strawberry Double Dot”
  • Bling – Mark Richards “Silver Metal”
  • Ribbon – May Arts “Solid Wrinkled” in white

I love this sketch from Retro Sketches (#13). This week’s Retro Sketches Challenge is a Wild Card, which means I can use any sketch from Retro Sketches for my card. I decided to try my hand at inlaid die cuts for this tag card. I cut the snowflakes from white cardstock and then inlaid them into die cuts in the tag so that the whole thing is flush. I did not do any stamping on this card–wow! That is pretty unusual, but die cuts were the stars for this one. It was also fun to use all of these different companies’ products combined into one card. Love to do that! Thanks for stopping by.


OWH Sketch #196 – Winter Friendship

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  • Patterned paper – Authentique Paper, LLC, Collection: Peaceful. Papers: Cozy and Chill.
  • Diecut/sticker – Authentique Paper “Peaceful Details”
  • Die cut – made from Impression Obsession’s “Snowflakes” die set
  • Kraft cardstock
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

This is a winter friendship card that I put in my latest OWH box this week. I used the current sketch at Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps: Sketch #196. There was no stamping on this card, I just used the cardstock weight stickers that are part of this Authentique collection. Thanks for visiting today!


Clean and Simple Sketch #264 – Snowman

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  • Stamps – Art Impressions “Snowman” and “WC Blue Bird Left”
  • Patterned papers – Echo Park “Bundle of Joy” 6 X 6″ pad
  • Die – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Deckled Rectangles Large”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

This was the last card I tucked into my Operation Write Home box this morning before shipping it off. Winter cards (not Christmas) are in demand, so I crafted this snowman card. The stamps are from an Art Impressions set, and I colored the images with Copic markers. I used the current sketch at Clean and Simple Stamping: Sketch #264 for design inspiration. Thanks for stopping by.


OWH – Snow Much Fun

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  • Stamps – Close To My Heart “Seasons and Nature: Snowflakes”
  • Stencil – Tattered Angels “Winder Crystals” Glimmer Screens Stencils
  • Ranger Distress inks – Mulled Lavendar, Iced Spruce, Seedless Preserves, Weathered Wood
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Sheer ribbon

I had fun making the background for this card with subtle layers of ink. I used the snowflake stencil with Distress inks, applying the ink with a foam applicator and blending. Then I stamped snowflakes and added the ribbon and sentiment to add dimension and pull it all together. I then layered the whole thing on a lavendar card. I created this for the Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps Snow Much Fun Challenge for the Midweek Throwdown a couple of weeks ago (a little delayed!). Thanks for stopping by.


OWH – Another Winter Animal for Midweek Throwdown

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  • Stamps – Inkadinkado “Snow Penguin” set
  • Patterned paper – Echo Park “Very Merry Christmas”
  • Die cuts – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Lacey Ovals” and “Resplendent Rectangles”
  • Embossing folder – Cuttlebug
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and BoBunny

I had to make another card for the Nature of Christmas Midweek Throwdown challenge at Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps! The penguin stamps were calling me! So I colored this guy with Copic markers and popped him up a little bit with dimensional adhesive, along with the sentiment. I like the light blue and red with the black and white for a nicely contrasting color scheme. This could be used by our heroes as a Winter card, since there isn’t anything directly Christmas-y about it. Thanks for visiting today!

 


OWH Midweek Throwdown: The Nature of Christmas – Polar Bear

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  • Stamp – The Cat’s Pajamas “Knut” and “Cool Yule”
  • Patterned paper – My Mind’s Eye “Merry” 6 X 6″ pad
  • Die cuts – Impression Obsession – Snowflakes Die Set; Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Fifteen”
  • Gemstone – Hero Arts “Citron”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I can think of few things better than having animals on one’s Christmas cards. Just my opinion. So this week’s Midweek Throwdown at Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps is to create a Christmas card  featuring something from nature. You can see where I immediately jumped. The Cat’s Pajamas always makes outstanding animal stamps–of course, they are often penguins which make them even more outstanding! I colored the image with Copic markers and added some Glossy Accents to the little fishing hole to make it look like water. The snowflake die cut is to convince you that it is cold there! Thanks for checking this out today!


Unscripted Sketches #225 – Snowman

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  • Stamp – Darcie’s clear set “Merry and Bright”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities – Standard Circles Large and Lacey Circles
  • Eyelets – Eyelet Outlet – Snowflake Quicklets
  • Washi Tape – Craft tape – JoAnn Stores
  • Pearls – KaiserCraft
  • Copic markers
  • Cardstock – source unknown

Here is a Wintery card, perfect for Operation Write Home, using the Sketch #225 at Unscripted Sketches. The strips are made from Washi tape and I added some snowflake eyelets to compliment the scene. I hadn’t set an eyelet in a really long time!  The snowman is colored with Copic markers. Thanks for stopping by today.