Sunday, December 04, 2011

It's Snowin' at Sweet Stampin'

I love the Sweet Stampin' challenge blog, so I was rapt to be asked to be their Guest Designer for the whole of December... this is the first of my cards, the theme this week is "Snow".  I've got snow, snow-people and snowflakes...but you don't have to take it THAT seriously, lol.
This super cute image is "Snowmen Caroling" from Karens Doodles, a digi of course (it's what I do, lol) that I grabbed the other day...along with a few others.  So many images, so little time :-)  I've coloured with Copics and added a load of sparkle with Stickles.  Creatalicious Challenges has "Christmas and make sure it sparkles" as its theme, so this definitely qualifies!  By the Cute and Girly and Totally Papercrafts  have Let it Snow for their challenges, so I'm in there too.
I used the sketch from Friday Sketch Challenge, I do love a straightforward sketch that lets your image shine (and your yummy papers too, of course).  The background paper is kind of sparkly/translucent and slightly textured, really very nice, with shiny gold snowflakes; of course none of this shiny goodness shows in the photos (well actually you can see the Stickles on the image in the last photo, so can't complain, lol)  I inked around the edge with Burgundy to soften the overall look.  The panel of vintage style paper is from Kaisercraft, again, what I do! It's from the Dear Santa Collection, that panel and the image are mounted on green card from American Crafts then gold foil board.  
I glued the ribbon (from my stash) strips on to gold board too, just to give it a bit of a lift.  The sentiment panel and ribbon strips are popped up on foam dots, again what I do :-) it also made it easier to attach the snowflake charm with a little black brad.  Bearly Mine Challenges has All my Favourite Things as its challenge this time, it's really no challenge to use all your favourite things, but I'm entering anyway with so many of my favourite things featuring here!
I didn't have a gold snowflake charm, so I used one of my YR Copics to colour a silver one, it certainly looks the part to me! a tiny red pearl, smothered in red glitter went in the centre.  The large snowflake embellishment is from a chipboard sheet, painted with Jo Sonja paints and Stickled up!  A brad in the centre finishes it off, I forgot to colour the silver frame of the brad, oh well you get that sometimes, lol.
Addicted to Stamps, Stamptacular Sunday and Copic Oz have ChristmasPollycraft has Christmas Fun and Craft Your Passion has Tis the Season as their respective themes this time around, so I'll be entering my card there too.
The inside of the card is finished with papers from the front with a different sheet from the Kaisercraft pad, this one has gold foil stripes on, and some of the ribbon.  Once again I inked the edges to soften the look.  The sentiment is a wood mounted stamp I got for $3 in a craft shop, I love it and use it quite a bit.  Its stamped with Kaisercraft ink. The snowflake inside is Martha Stewarts Glacial Snowflake punch (I think - can't remember even though I just bought it!), cut in gold board, smothered in Stickles with a rhinestone in the centre.
Lots of challenge blogs have taken pity on us busy crafters and have Anything Goes as their challenge themes, I'll be entering my card in these ones: The Paper ShelterDivas by Design Simon Says ChallengePaper Crafting Journey and Sundays with Chrissy.
I'll be back in a day or so with a card I've made (well, I'll have it finished by then!) for my Daughter in Law's birthday.  
In the meantime, pop on over to the Sweet Stampin' challenge and check out the rest of the DT's work...gorgeous, and at this time of the year you're bound to have a card with some snow on it to enter in the challenge...I live in AUSTRALIA, and still manage to make my share of snowy cards, lol. 
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna  (and her sparkly Caroling Snowmen!)


Tracey T said...

We are not worthy..! What a fab card, Donna and what a way to start a month of Guest Designing! We are so, so thrilled to have you with us at Sweet Stampin' this month. Hugs, Tracey x

CraftyC said...

Gorgeous card Donna, ,love those snowmen and fab colours. Congrats on your gdt!

Céline said...

so cute card! love your coloring
thanks for playing with us at stamptacular sunday this week
céline Dt member

Mary Lou said...

My oh my this card of sparkling snowpeople is just the CUTEST!! Thanks so much for joining us at Sunday's with Crissy!! Good luck

Unknown said...

Hi Donna, it's a gorgeous card. Love the snowpeople and your colouring is just wonderful. Sarah

Natali said...

Beautiful card. Amazing colouring of lovely image. We are so happy you can share your gorgeous projects at Sweet Stampin` like Guest Design. Looking forward to see more your creations.
(Sorry my English)

Fiona said...

gorgeous card those snowmen!!

Thanks you for being our guest this month.


gina g said...

Fabulous card i love the image. Thanks for joining us at Bearly Mine this time. luv gina xx

Laney said...

Super card !!love those snowmen!!
thanks for joining us at Bearlymine this time hope to see you next time too

Cards By MI said...

Fabby looking card. Stunning! Thanks for playing with us over at the Paper Shelter this week.
Love n hugs

Tracey Manderson said...

Great card, they are wonderful!! Thanks for joining us at The Paper Shelter, and good luck with the Challenge.

Michele Spera said...

Great coloring of your image and love all the bright colors:-)Thank you so much for joining us at Sundays with Crissy:-)
Michele S.

Janneke said...

Your card is amazing.
Love he image you used.

tootsie said...

Very pretty! Love your coloring! Super!!

Thank you for playing along with our Anything Goes challenge over at The Paper Crafting Journey!


Christine said...

Wow, Donna, your coloring skills are amazing!! I love how bright and colorful those snowmen are. The glitter was a great idea too. Lovely, lovely, card!!
Thank you for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog.
xoxo, Christine

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

Fabulous card. That is such a cute, fun image and you've coloured it beautifully. Love the sentiment on the inside - you definitely got a bargain with that stamp!
Thanks for joining our 'snow' challenge at Totally Papercrafts this week.
Caroline xxx

Lisa Jane said...

oh whata cute trio.. love the colours
Thanks for joining us at Diva's by Design this fortnight
Lisa x

Wishcraft said...

Fabulous card Donna, love those fun snowmen and great layout too. Great to have you as our GDT on Sweet Stampin' hun, sorry I didn't come and comment before - it's been one of those weeks! Lisa x

Samantha Ball - aka (Craftychick74) said...

Great Card. Love the image!

Thanks for playing at Friday Sketch Challenge last week (sorry I am late getting around!!)

Happy Crafting

Laney said...

Back again Super card !!
thanks for joining us at Diva's this time hope to see you next time too

Marlies said...

Wauw what a gorgeous card! I love the cute image and your colouring is fantastic! Thanks for joining us at ATSC, hugs, Marlies