I hope everyone has had a wonderful week so far! We were able to go out Monday night and see The Struts at The Crocodile in downtown Seattle. It was so incredibly awesome! A word of advice though, don't wear 5 inch heels unless you're prepared to be in them for 10 hours...holy ouch! But it was worth it...without the heels I might not have been able to see the stage...and I didn't want to miss anything! Such a fun night!
Tonight Matthew has a soccer game down in Redmond, but I was able to get a little crafting in before I need to head out to get him. I was super excited to get back to my work desk because I actually placed an order for some new stamps! That doesn't happen nearly as often as I want and there are always so many new releases coming out that I get farther and farther behind on the stamps I want to get. But I finally ordered a few, they came this week and I was dying to ink them up!
Folk Art Flurries stamp set from WPlus9 for my card today. I adore these sweet little snowflakes! They are so unique and elegant...I just love them! The colors I chose are based off of the photo inspiration at the Sparkle & Shine challenge. I've been wanting to play along with that image for awhile now but kept getting distracted and pulled away from any projects I was working on. But I finally got it done today!
To start, I chose several Stampin Up inks that matched the image and inked up a bunch of different sized circles with those colors. Then chose the snowflakes I wanted and stamped those in VersaMark and heat embossed them with white powder. I love the crispness of the white snowflakes on the dark backgrounds!!
Once everything was inked and embossed, I worked on the card base. I did some die cutting to get the stitches around the edge. I don't have a full stitched rectangle die cut so I used the Stitched Borders die from Lawn Fawn. It looked a little plain with just the white, so I decided to use some silver glitter paper and added just a little stripe along the inside curve and the outside border. It added just the perfect bit of shimmer and finishing touch.
Got all my snowflakes arranged in an order that worked really well and stuck them all down. I die cut out the merry word die from the Hero Arts Merry set and then used the coordinating stamp on the die. It took me a few tries, but I finally managed to get it all lined up together! I coated them in some clear embossing powder and heat set that so the whole thing had a nice glossy finish.
I added the Christmas to an inked up banner and stuck that under the word die. Then finished off the whole card with what might just be my new favorite embellishment. Have you purchased any Pretty Pink Posh sequins yet? Let me tell you...do it! These Sparkling Clear sequins are gorgeous! They add the perfect touch of sparkle to the whole card! Love it!!
I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Catz #300-Winter
Fab n Funky #281-Clean and Simple
Inkspirational #95-Anything Goes with Silver
Sparkle and Shine #17
WPlus9 Sketch #4
Thanks so much for stopping by!! <3