November 7, 2012

SNOWFLAKES GALORE

Last week, I held an Open House in my home to celebrate Stampin' Up!'s special one-day sale, their Sell-A-Stamp Spooktacular on Monday, October 29. I had a cute make-and-take for my attendees. Wanting to make it a fun project for all stampers, both novice and experienced, I decided on offering their choice of color to make this card:




The blue on Naturals White option proved to be the most popular. The other background choice was Naturals Ivory. Of course, they were free to choose their favorite color combination for their own card. 

I had cut the stencil for the sponged background ahead of time with one of the Labels Collection Framelits in my Big Shot using a piece of quilting template plastic for durability. Rather than have to clean the template with each color change, I simply made three templates, one for each of the colors. Although all my samples show the sponging inside the template to be fairly strong-colored, I discovered that a lighter touch made for an even more appealing card. 

The snowflakes used on these cards are from the Snowflake Soiree stamp set. Aren't they just the prettiest snowflakes you've ever seen? I fell in love with the set the moment I set my eyes on it. Of course, I had to add it to my arsenal. 

I had cut pieces for many cards, not knowing how many to expect to attend my Open House. Once the day was over, I had the makings of several cards in each color, so instead of adding the cut-up pieces to my stash of scraps, I decided to make up the rest of the cards. They are just so much of a joy to create!

With the leftover pieces, I created cards of every color combination, and now I have them for sale in my Etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperSeedlings The cards I have for sale all feature the background sponged with a lighter hand than those in my samples.

Smiles.



16 comments:

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    1. Thanks, Christina. I love your comments! :>)

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  2. Very pretty, my mom was a prolific card maker and stamper. I'm visiting from the Made In A Day hop, please visit back: http://hearttoheartathome.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks, Cheryl! Your blog is so helpful for parents with young kids! I'd be hitting it up all the time if my kids were little again (they're 29 and 33).

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  3. Beautiful cards!!! Love the snowflakes :)

    Thanks for sharing with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party!
    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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    1. I love those snowflakes too! They are the BEST! Thanks for letting me share at NO RULES! Thanks also for the nice compliment. :>)

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  4. Newest follower here! I found you through the Friday blog hop. Cute blog, I can't wait to read more!
    -Melanie

    P.S. I’m doing a $50 Shabby Apple giveaway on my blog. You should check it out here: http://meandmr.com/post/35113285949/shabby-apple-50-giveaway

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    1. Thanks so much, Melanie -- for the nice compliment and for becoming my newest follower. I am always so excited when I have a new follower! Being a new blogger, you know what I mean . . . :>)

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  5. Those are so sweet! I love that stamp set of snowflakes. Sponging the background in the nuance of color gives a lot of depth to them and they are really gorgeous.
    Thank you so much for sharing them with us for Pearls and Lace Thursday!!
    Blessings,
    Doni

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    1. Thanks so much, Doni! I am in love with that stamp set, Snowflake Soiree, also. I think they are just the prettiest flakes ever. And thanks for letting me hang out at Pearls and Lace Thursday! :>)

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  6. Those are such pretty snowflakes, great job on those adorable cards. Thanks so much for sharing on Super Sweet Saturday, we are so happy to have you join. Hope to see you next week.
    Steph
    swtboutique.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie! And thanks for having me at Super Sweet Saturday! I'll be back! :>)

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  7. These are beautiful! I'm sure your friends loved making cards with you too; how fun is that!?! :) Thanks for sharing this on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes this week! We love having you join us! Have a great week!
    Mackenzie :)

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    1. Aw, thank you Mackenzie! And I'll be back! Thanks for having me. :>)

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  8. This is so pretty, too. I love the snowflakes! Thank you for linking it up to the Saturday SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!
    http://sew-licious.blogspot.com/search/label/craftshowcase

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    1. Thank you, Marti, for your nice words. I'll be back at Saturday SHOW-licious Craft Showcase! :>)

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