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Inky Friends Holiday Catalog Showcase -- Beautiful Blizzard


Welcome to the Inky Friends Holiday Catalog Showcase Blog Hop featuring items from the Stampin' Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog.  If you're like me, you've found loads and loads of Holiday wonderfulness in the catalog but may be wondering what you could make with these great stamp sets.  Stampin' Up! includes photos of great projects, but I'm always looking for more ideas.  This blog hop will certainly provide some great crafting inspiration.  To see the line up of the very talented Inky Friends Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who are participating in this blog hop, click here.  However, all of the posts for this blog hop are linked via NEXT and PREVIOUS buttons below, so you can start here and continue right through the hop.

I have two projects to share with you.  My first project features colors you wouldn't normally associate with a snowflake card -- Old Olive and Shaded Spruce.


This project begins with the Silver Foil Edge Cards & Envelopes.  The center white area was removed from the card front (inside the silver border) using the Stampin' Trimmer.  A piece of Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper was die cut with the Big Shot using the Blizzards Thinlit.  The snowflakes were removed from the Designer Series Paper and set aside.  The paper was adhered to a piece of Silver Foil Sheets using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.  The Silver Foil/die cut Designer Series Paper was adhered at the back of the remaining Silver frame of the card front using a thin line of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.  [Tip:  When adhering the Designer Series Paper to the Silver Foil Sheet and the combined piece to the card front frame, use acrylic blocks to hold the pieces in place until the adhesive takes hold--just a couple of minutes.]

The "Snowflakes are Unique in their own beautiful way" sentiment was stamped on the removed white cardstock from the card front using Shaded Spruce ink and die cut with the Big Shot using the 2-3/8" circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  The sentiment was adhered at the center of a die cut circle of Shaded Spruce (2-5/8" from the Layering Circles Framelits).  A piece of Old Olive cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using the 2-3/4" scallop circle from the Layering Circles Framelits.  A piece of Silver Metallic Edge ribbon was folded in half and adhered across the center of the scallop circle with the tails of the ribbon extending to the left and the fold of the ribbon extending slightly on the right.  The white and Shaded Spruce circles were adhered over the scallop circle and ribbon using Stampin' Dimensionals.  Paper Snips were used to trim the ends of the ribbon.  Three of the small snowflakes from the die cut Designer Series Paper were adhered to the sentiment cardstock with Silver Metallic Pearls placed at the center of each snowflake.  The sentiment was adhered near the lower right corner of the card front.


The "And You are extraordinary" sentiment was stamped at the upper center of the inside sentiment area of the card using Shaded Spruce ink.  The bunch of snowflakes image was stamped at the upper left of the sentiment using Old Olive ink.  The image was stamped again at the lower left using Shaded Spruce ink.  One large and two medium die cut snowflakes were adhered over the stamped snowflakes using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.


The bunch of snowflakes image was stamped four times within the white area of the envelope flap of the coordinating Silver Foil Edge Envelope.

Card Measurements --

Old Olive:  3" x 3"; Shaded Spruce:  3" x 3"; Silver Foil Sheets:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8"; Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8"; Silver Metallic Edge ribbon:  9"

Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Beautiful Blizzard; Inks:  Old Olive, Shaded Spruce; Cardstock:  Old Olive, Shaded Spruce, Silver Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  Under the Mistletoe; Embellishments:  Silver Metallic Edge ribbon, Metallic Pearls; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Multipurpose Liquid, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Magnetic Plate, Blizzard Thinlits, Layering Circles Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits; Other:  Silver Foil Edged Cards & Envelopes

My second project uses the Blizzard Thinlits die as an embossing plate.


This project begins with a piece of Shimmery White cardstock cut to the same size as the Blizzards Thinlits die cut plate.  The die cut plate was used to emboss the cardstock with the following Big Shot "sandwich" (from bottom to top):  Big Shot Platform with Thin Die Adapter, Shim (included with the embossing mats), Foam Embossing Mat, cardstock, die cut plate with cutting edge facing the cardstock, White plastic cutting plate.  The embossed cardstock was matted with a slightly larger piece of Powder Pink cardstock and then adhered at the center of the Rich Razzleberry card front.  [If you zoom in on the picture you can see the embossing--no matter how I tried to take the photo, I could not seem to get the embossing to show up better.] 

A 1/2" strip of Whisper White cardstock was stamped with the Season's Greeting sentiment using Rich Razzleberry ink.  The bunch of snowflakes image was randomly stamped over the strip using Powder Pink ink.  Powder Pink Mini Ruffled Ribbon was adhered behind the upper and lower edges of the greeting strip and the greeting strip adhered across the lower part of the embossed cardstock using Stampin' Dimensionals.  Iridescent Sequins were adhered to the embossed cardstock and at the center of one of the snowflakes on the greeting strip using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.


The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The "Thinking of you with Love" sentiment was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Rich Razzleberry ink.  The bunch of snowflakes image was stamped at the upper left of the sentiment and at the lower right corner of the liner using Powder Pink ink.


The "Season's Greetings" sentiment was stamped at the center of the envelope flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  The bunch of snowflakes image was randomly stamped over the envelope flap using Powder Pink ink.  [Tip:  Place a scrap piece of copy paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to keep the random snowflake stamping contained to the envelope flap.]

Card Measurements -- 

Powder Pink:  4" x 5-1/16"; Rich Razzleberry:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Shimmery White:  3-7/8" x 4-7/8"; Whisper White:  1/2" x 3-7/8", 4" x 5-1/4"; Powder Pink Mini Ruffled ribbon:  2 @ 3-7/8"

Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Beautiful Blizzard; Inks:  Powder Pink, Rich Razzleberry; Cardstock:  Powder Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Shimmery White, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Powder Pink Mini Ruffled ribbon, Iridescent Sequin Assortment; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue Pen; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Multipurpose Platform, Embossing Mats, Blizzard Thinlits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

Now it's time to travel to the next stop in the blog hop, Sarah Wills, for her Signs of Santa projects.


Or if you are traveling backwards through the hop, then you'll want to visit Twila Davis' projects featuring Dashing Deer.




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Kay Jantz

All I can say is WOW!

Donna Herring


Twila Davis

Beautiful cards, Mickey. The first is my favorite. I love the 3 layers of circles instead of 2. Great job!

Cindy Elam

Love the non-traditional snowflake colors, Mickey. Not only non-traditional snowflake colors, but non-traditional color combinations! I NEVER would have thought to pair Old Olive and Shaded Spruce, but they look beautiful together! Well done!!!

Tanya Boser

Ah, snowflakes! I adore them. And I have enough snowflake stamps for a lifetime! At least that is what I keep telling myself. Would you stop tempting me with your beautiful creations? Seriously woman! LOL!

Paula Wright

Love both of these! I need to play more with this set. Love the subtle texture in your second card. Great job, Mickey!

Rhonda Griffin

So striking and beautiful, Mickey! Great colors and designs all around!


Such unique and fun colors! Perfect for the sentiment!

Sharleen Luciano

Your cards are beautiful :-) WOW

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