Thursday, May 14, 2020

Triple Challenge Christmas - Stampin' Up! Snowman Season

  I'm not quite sure why I've been so drawn to doing Christmas card challenges lately seeing that I really only have 3 Christmas stamp sets and one of them is a sentiment set!  Maybe it's good that I'm planning ahead?  If this keeps up maybe I'll have a unique card to send to each person on my list?

  For my card today I've combined 3 challenges kind of unintentionally.  I had the 52 Christmas Card Challenge in my mind trying to think up what would be a good non-traditional color combo using my 2 stamp sets.  Then I saw the Paper Players color challenge which is a fun, bright combo that could work for Christmas.  I pulled the colors and stamp sets and then kind of gravitated towards the Global Design Project challenge of CASE the designer and used the basic layout for for my bright snowman card.

  The card base is Granny Apple Green with a sprinkling of snowflakes in the same color ink in opposite corners.  Next is a piece of Melon Mambo topped with a polka dot embossed piece of Whisper White.  Following some details from the CASE the Designer challenge I added a little strip of Pool Party ribbon and a stamped flag to the upper corner.

  The snowman is stamped in Smoky Slate then colored with Blends.  We don't have a Melon Mambo Blends so I used Lovely Lipstick which I think is a great match.  After coloring, the snowman is cut and layered with the Layering Circles dies.  The circle panel is popped on the polka dot background with dimensionals.

  And for the part of the card that took the longest to figure out...the sequin embellishments!  I played around with all colors/kinds of sequins for a long time.  I had the whole front covered then took some off, rearranged again and again.  Then just one color, then a mix, then layered with the snowflakes, then not.  Finally I arrived at what I have with the colored sequins adhered to the snowflakes.  I even added a dab of shimmery Crystal Effects in the centers which doesn't show well in the pic.  Sometimes it's the little details that hold up finishing a card!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Snowman Season, Itty Bitty Christmas

Ink: Granny Apple Green, Melon Mambo, Smoky Slate

Blends: Lovely Lipstick light & dark, Pool Party light, Granny Apple Green light & dark

Paper: Granny Apple Green, Melon Mambo, Whisper White

Accessories: Layering Circles dies, Stitched Rectangles dies, dimensionals, Shimmery Crystal Effects, Large Polka Dot e.f. (retired), satin Pool Party ribbon (retired), snowflake sequins (retired), sequin assortment


  1. Amanda, this is adorable! I love the non-traditional Xmas colors. The polka dot embossing folder is perfect. Reminds me of lots of snowballs for this fun little snowman! Thank you for joining my color challenge at The Paper Players this week!

  2. That snowman is so sweet and you're right, those colors are fabulous for Christmas. Such a cute card and you've got one less Christmas card to do later this year! Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players this week!

  3. Aw, such a fun little Christmas card, perfect way to use non-traditional colors! LOVE the little banner, so cute! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Players this week!

  4. Such a fun card....I love non traditional colors for my Christmas cards. Thanks for playing with us at The Paper Players!


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