Thursday, 1 November 2018

Happy Crafters Design Team Spirited Snowmen Week One

Welcome to my blog if this is your first visit, it's good to have you back if you've been here before.


How lovely it is to have the Happy Crafters Design Team back in action! The Happy Crafters is the name of the team of Stampin' Up! demonstrators which I belong to headed by our team leader and upline the lovely Ann Melvin from the very popular Positively Papercraft blog and You Tube channel.

It's fabulous to have been chosen to be in the Design Team for November and what a fantastic Stampin' Up! stamp set we were gifted by Ann to get creative with! I loved projects I'd seen made with this set, Spirited Snowmen  but hadn't got around to buying it  yet. I was extra thrilled when it came through my door with a mission to make one project each week throughout November showcasing those gorgeous stamps. Once I've created each of my 4 projects I'll be blogging them and sharing a tutorial on You Tube hoping to inspire someone to start crafting or to try something different throughout November.


It's going to be a tough one as this set is so popular and I've already seen so many fabulous cards made with it and so to come up with something original is going to be a really tough call but I'll do my best for the challenge. I'll also try to present 4 totally different ideas for using the set to demonstrate its versatility.

This first project is one I absolutely loved making. It's a 5 x 5 inch card base of Whisper White with a Night of Navy layer just a quarter inch smaller on each side. I then sponged retired Soft Sky and Night of Navy onto Whisper White to give a cold wintry blue sky effect. Then I took Versamark and stamped on the snowflake image randomly before sprinkling with silver embossing powder and finishing off with the heat gun to create a lovely metallic shimmery snowflakes for the two snowy lovers to gaze at.

I added some retired Stampin' Up! metallic ribbon tied in a bow and then stamped the image and sentiment onto Whisper White. I used a Real Red marker to colour in the heart and berries and an Old Olive marker to colour in the holly leaves on the hat and the two embellishments at the bottom. For the larger leaves I stamped the holly and berry image using Versamark and heat embossed using silver embossing powder then coloured within the raised edges.



I decided to keep the snow lovers simple and used an aqua blender to just pull in the colour from the outline to add some shade to the bodies and to watercolour hats and scarves, just as accents.  I fussy cut the whole image out and fastened it to the card using dimensionals.


The finishing touch was to add the two holly leaf embellishments to the corners of the sentiment using mini-dimensionals.

It's a lovely simple card but has some unique and special touches with the blending and the lovely heat embossing adding texture and interest.

Please do check out Ann's post which will also point you to other design team work and if you want to see a tutorial of this card then CLICK HERE to go to my You Tube channel.

Thank you so much for popping in, may November be as stress free as possible and remember to come back next week to see what my second project in this mini series is..

Andrea x








8 comments:

  1. Lovely card Andrea, I love wintery Christmas cards, it’s just a shame we have summer Christmas!!

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    1. Thanks Tracy, I would love to have a summery Christmas. I guess we always want what we don't have :D

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  2. I had a couple of sunny Christmas's Andrea - I wasn't fussed - it didn't feel right! Love your card though - those snowmen are such fun!

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    1. I've had a couple of hot NYE and they felt weird to be honest. I do love a crisp cold dull Christmas Day, I get quite disappointed if the sun comes out but then I'm not a fan of winter sun anyways, too low and shows up the dust.

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  3. Lovely card Andrea 😍I also watched your YouTube x

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    1. Thank you for your support Sue, it's really appreciated <3

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  4. These snowmen are just lovely and the background you created really makes the card. x

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    1. Thank you Jane, I'm determined to become a little more adventurous in 2019 so I thought I may as well start now.

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