Thursday, July 11, 2013

CAS Snowman Card (PS SPARKS, Jingle Belles, and Merry Monday)

Hi friends! Stopping in on this HOT summer day with a COOL Christmas card for ya! I am multitasking, and managed to hit 3 challenges with this one! This is for the following challenges: Paper Smooches SPARKS, which uses the following sketch:

It's also for Jingle Belles, the challenge is "Cardstock Christmas" using NO designer/patterned papers, just solid cardstock, on your project. Here's a few words about it from those Jingle Belles, Stef and Lauren: 

"Today we're asking you to step away from the designer paper ... yes, put it away ... none allowed ... not even a scrap ... because the next prompt is to create a card using only cardstock.  You can tear it, ink it, stamp it, spray it, emboss it ... but stick to only cardstock for your holiday card design."

It is also for the Merry Monday "Anything Goes" challenge. This one is up through July, so if you make any new Christmas cards, link up! Here's the graphic/info:

I had to think on this one a bit, since patterned paper is such a "go-to" design tool for me, and I was trying to follow the sketch. I decided to make a relatively CAS card, though I did incorporate the following techniques for interest: heat embossing, chalk resist, glitter/Stickles, and paper piecing. 

I began by heat embossing some snow on the base of the card (color: Pool Party/Stampin' Up!). I used a glittery/clear embossing powder and VersaMark ink. Then I stamped my sentiment, and my snowman for his first layer. I cut and tore the vellum and used a vellum adhesive to adhere it  to the card, and over the sentiment (and half my snowman). 

Onto the snowman: I stamped the houndstooth background stamp onto white cardstock, and the snowman stamp over it in black. I used some chalk to bring out the houdstooth pattern in a subltle way on this chilly little guy. then I colored his nose, cut him out and layered him right over the first snowman I had stamped on the card. 

I added some Diamond Stickles to the edge of the vellum, and to his heart. The only bummer with this, is that my vellum did wrinkle. :( 

Now, at this point the card could have been done (I guess, but what fun would that be?? haha!) I just felt it needed something at the top to balance out all the vellum overlay/chalk resist/paper pieced/Stickled/heat embossed goodness going on at the bottom, KWIM? ;) So, I added some pom pom trim in pale blue and a snowflake flair from Bossy Joscie. And then I could breathe again, because I knew my card was *really* done this time. :)

and that is all for this crafty chick today, friends! Peace, Love, and.. stay cool out there, people-it's HOT! 

xoxo, Noelle


Lynn said...

I love how you rocked these challenges! The design is fabulous especially with the pom-poms on the top!

Katie Ann Brooks said...

Oh so cute, perfect for the sketch! I love your fringe with the attached flair!

lauren bergold said...

you had me at ♥stamped houndstooth snowman♥!!! ok, no, i don't think it even took that long... b/c every single thing about this card is perfect from the softly glittered vellum, to the snowflake flair, to the delectable pom pom fringe! perfection, missus! ♥♥♥ thanks for dropping in on our cardstock christmas fun at JINGLE BELLES!

Alexia Misso said...

Love your card Noelle!! Very cute snowman!

MichelleZ said...

Adorable! He's houndstooth!! How cute is that?!

Bonnie said...

What a sweet snowman, Noelle! Love those embossed snowflakes too! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Merry Monday!

SmilynStef said...

Love that hounds-tooth snow dude ... and the pom poms are so fun ... so very glad you joined us at jingle belles.

LeAnne said...

Cute, cute, cute! I love your no-DP card, especially the adorable snowman as well as that cute trim! Thank you for sharing this with us at Merry Monday.

Notes by Nina said...

Very cute card, your snowman is so sweet. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OH MY! I looooooove that you made a Christmas card with the July Designer Drafts challenge! SOOOOO fun! I LOVE that flair at the top with the pom-pom ribbon! LOVE all the glitter and your vellum! FAB x100000000!

THANKS for leaving some love on my blog-- you made my day!!

and THANKS for playing along with the PSS challenge! I love visiting your blog to see what you've created each week:)

Lesley said...

Adorable card, Noelle. Love the way you created the snow. It is darling and so clever. Thank you for joining us at Merry Monday!

Hazel said...

I saw your lovely Christmas card on Always playing with paper Merry Monday - you might also like to enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for July - I'd love to see it there too. x