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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Snowflakes

Hi all! It's been quite snowy here in Colorado and we are expecting more tomorrow (my knee and sinuses agree with that weather forecast) so I felt that I needed to get a bit snowy myself.  My favorite way to get snowy is inside my craft room - it's warm, dry and fun! And getting new goodies is ALWAYS a good thing, so when I got the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Paper Snowflakes Mini set I had visions of what I wanted to do.  If you have read this blog then you know blue, white & silver are some of my favorite colors and they definitely lend themselves to a frosty project.

How I Made my Card:
Square (5 1/4 x 5 1/4) Card Base in White
Various shades of Blue Cardstock
Silver Cardstock
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Paper Snowflakes Mini, #661599
Quietfire Designs "Warm Winter Wishes" Stamp, #6399
Lindy's Gang Lapis Lazuli Blue Gold Embossing Powder
Embossing Fluid
Stickles in Fairy Dust, Arctic Ice and True Blue
Nuvo Crystal Drops in Midnight Blue & White

The first thing I did was cut out a bunch of different snowflakes using the Paper
Snowflakes Mini dies.  I cut out a TON of them, using the medium and small dies the most, and using different shades of blue and also silver cardstock.  I actually had the snowflakes cut for a while before I had even thought of this card.  I knew I was going to use them on something so I began layering them, decorating them with the Nuvo Drops and the Stickles and just generally blinging them up.  I fussed and spruced up those snowflakes within an inch of their lives.  But, finally, I had to decide what to do with them.  I decided on a square card since I wanted to showcase as many of the snowflakes that I could, especially 'cause they are just SO pretty.  So I fixed them around the white card base until I found an arrangement I liked - and of course I forgot to take a picture and I left the card on my desk overnight.  Guess what happened? My adorable little tribe of furbabies decided it was just too pretty to ignore.  So, I fiddled with the snowflake placement again, using the flakes I could find.  

As I was trying different placements, I realized I need a sentiment.  I adore this stamp and I use it a lot, it is definitely one of my all time favorites and at least 6 years old, so I broke out my "Warm Winter Wishes" and thought that I should emboss it on a separate scrap of cardstock since I hadn't decided snowflake placement yet.  I embossed the sentiment with the Lapis Lazuli Blue Gold (and you really can't see the beauty of this powder - go to Lindy's site and marvel in how they mixed that blue & gold so perfectly) and trimmed it down.  I set it aside until I got the pattern I wanted using the snowflakes, then I tucked it under the flakes and glued it down. 
Another Look
Now that I had the sentiment down, it was time to get those flakes attached to the card.  For a bit of drama (those dramatic snowflakes!) I decided to pop dot some of the flakes and leave others flat.  I had to cut the pop dots into fours to get the pieces small enough for the itty bitty snowflake "arms".  But it worked. So, there you have it.  I hope you have enjoyed my little tutorial and perhaps got a bit inspired to glam up your snowflakes! Fondly, Christi

PS: Since I am entering a few challenges that are specifying that something new must be used I wanted to say that my something new is the Paper Snowflakes Mini Sizzix set, just in case.

I am entering my Snowflakes card in the following challenges:
Frilly & Funky - Winter Hues
Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday - Something New
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Chill Out
Make my Monday - #37, A Winters Walk
Die Cuttin' Divas - #300, Blue and Silver 

Retro Rubber - #54, Let it Snow
The Craft Barn - The Song Challenge, Let it Snow
NBUS #8 - Must Use Never Before Used Schtuff :)

46 comments:

  1. Oh, I love your beautiful snowflake design!! I need to get some snowflake dies myself so I can layer them to my hearts content. Blue and silver are always a favorite and this is gorgeous

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  2. Beautiful card!! Love all the different snowflakes!! Thanks for joining us at Die Cuttin Divas this week!

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  3. Love your wintery snowflake card Christi, I need those dies (broke my only snowflake punch so looking out for something else : )

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    1. Oh Jenny - I recommend these! there are SO many shapes and they are still large enough to do a layout if you wish to :)

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  4. Beautiful card Christi. Love all the snowflakes and your colours are perfect for them.

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  5. Should have said thanks for joining us at Make My Monday but hit the publish button too soon.

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    1. That's ok - can never have too many comments, right? :)

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  6. You card is a lovely vision of a Colorado winter. I do believe you made each snowflake different, which makes all the detailing you did superb.
    pjs-projects.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much PJ! This snow was so pretty since I could see the shapes of the flakes - so cool!

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  7. As in nature, every snowflake is unique and lovely! The color combination is certainly a hit with the snow theme... I like that combination also!! Sorry about the fur baby playtime... hope you did not lose many of your snowflake creations. Thanks so much for sharing your snow card with Retro Rubber this challenge. Hope to see you in our gallery often!! (And thanks for giving us the age of your sentiment stamp... we love our older stamps!!)

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    1. Thank you Katy! I did manage to salvage most of the snowflakes, but I did find one yesterday - LOL

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  8. I purchased that snowflake mini set about a month ago! I love love love them! Your card is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing Christi.
    Thanks for sharing!
    (Hugs) Cara
    My Creative Chaos {My Personal Blog}

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    1. SO good to see you Cara - I was just looking at that beautiful card you sent me - I've missed you! <3<3<3

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  9. LOve all the snowflakes. Thanks for sharing with Make My Monday.

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  10. Super frosty card! Thank you for entering the Craft Barn Song Title Challenge xx

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    1. Thank you Mickie - it's a fab challenge theme!

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  11. LOVE snowflakes are such fun and this card looks so great with all the different ones. Thanks for joining us at DCD

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  12. It's not only snowing in Colorado, Christy, you've made it snow all over Blogland with this incredible snowflake card! Oh, if only real snow (which already looks spectacular!) could be bedazzled like you've done here!! Thank you so much for playing in my NBUS Challenge #8! Hugs, Darnell

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  13. Sorry, senior moment! I misspelled your name, Christi, and I apologize!

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    1. LOL Darnell, sweetie, you could call me just about anything and I'd answer!! Thanks for popping by and I hope HUNDREDS enter you awesome celebration :)

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  14. Beautiful card Christi, love all the bling touches and the wonderfully coordinated sentiment. Thanks for playing along with us at Retro Rubber, hope to see you again soon. Claire DT

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    1. Awwww thank you Claire! I love using all my "oldies but goodies" rubber stamps :)

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  15. Wonderful card, love all the snowflakes. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

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  16. This card is beautiful!! Love all the snowflakes!! Thanks for joining us at DCD this week!
    Gerda
    http://cardscreations.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Gerda - your recent creations are stunning!!

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  17. Your card is so pretty. Love the snowflakes. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for the Winter Hues challenge.

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  18. Loving ALL your snowflakes. Thank you for joining our “Blue and Silver Photo Inspiration” Challenge this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas.

    Stay Creative,
    Georgiana
    • Carson's Creations •
    Die Cuttin’ Diva DT

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  19. What a lovely card! I love a beautiful blue and silver card and this fits the bill with all of those shimmery snowflakes! Which are falling outside as I type this! Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber!!

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    1. Thanks Jane - stay warm & safe - I'm sure we are do for some more snow by the end of the week :)

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  20. Love your color combination! Your new "goodies" look like so much fun to create with! You would think that January would be a snowy month for us here in Michigan but I am able to see lots of grass (definitely not a pretty sight) here right now. I do agree that my snowy cards are as close to being in the snow as I like to be! LOL Thanks for playing along with us at Retro Rubber and hope you will join us again soon!

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    1. Thank you Debbie!! As for Michigan, I have family in Pontiac and she just told me today that they've only had 2 big snowfalls! Unheard of! And I have a lot of that "not pretty" grass and loads of "not pretty" leaves under the snow too! <3

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  21. Love your snowflakes! The colors you used are just perfect for them. Thanks you for playing along with Retro Rubber!

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    1. Thanks Donna! I appreciate your comment ~ xo Christi

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  22. Oh my gosh!! I can picture those fur babies having a good old time playing with your snowflakes, what a mess you must've found the next day!!!
    But I'm so happy you salvage most of them to create this totally beautiful card, love all the silver and blue, one of my favorite combinations for Winter cards.
    Thank you for sharing with us at RETRO RUBBER, hope to see you back in the gallery again soon.
    Hugs,
    Maria Rodriguez.

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  23. What a beautiful blizzard Christi! I too love the ones indoors :) Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx

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  24. What a fabulous winter card. Love all the different colours and sizes you used to make your snowy card. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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