Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches: Snowflake Greetings

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!!  This sketch was created by Cindy.


The instant I saw today's sketch, I envisioned the big snowflakes that Stampin' Up had last year called Festive Flurries.  It was one of those rare moments when I saw the card in my mind - big snowflakes, Lost Lagoon paper and Smoky Slate embossing powder.  That truly never happens to me.  I'm a brute-force stamper - lay it down, look at it, hate it, change it, lay it down again, etc. until it is right.  But then, just so I wouldn't get too cocky, Mr. Mojo slapped me down.  I couldn't find the stamp set.  I looked through my Stampin' Up section, my winter section, my Christmas section, and my NBUS section.  No stamps.  I looked again - nothing.  Then I started worrying that those stamps (a very expensive stamp and die set) were one of those things that my charming pair of cats had knocked off my craft desk into the trash without me noticing.  So I made a different card.  It took two long and frustrating hours and I hated it - because I wanted my snowflakes and Lost Lagoon.  Then I went for a long walk to clear my head.

Stamping is supposed to be relaxing, isn't it???

I looked one more time when I got back from my walk and I found it right away!!!  The problem was simply that I remembered it being a clear set and it was rubber.  Not only did I find it right away, but the card went together in 15 minutes!

If you add it all together - the searching, the bad card, etc. - this was about a five hour card!

Snowflake Greetings

I used some Heat 'n Stick powder to apply a fine glitter to the strip of Lost Lagoon and to the top snowflake. That's the kind of fuzzy look you are seeing in the photo - but it's great in real life!!

I do hope you all play along.  I love the sketches at FMS.  I even put an icon on my iPad with a direct link to the past sketches page at FMS.  It has helped me out of a crafting slump countless times.  This sketch is a definite keeper.  Think of all the shapes you could use - pumpkins and ghost, snowflakes and trees, flowers, stars, or my first card actually had a bunny!!  Then you could use colorful strips of paper to make it fun!  I look forward to seeing what you create.

  • Stamps: Stampin' Up Festive Flurry, Endless Wishes (sentiment)
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Lost Lagoon, Smoky Slate, Flowerpot dsp
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Lost Lagoon, Versamark
  • Accessories: Stampin' Up Festive Flurry dies, Smoky Slate Embossing Powder, Heat 'n Stick Powder (to apply the glitter), Martha Stewart Fine Crystal Glitter

25 comments:

Alanna said...

This is just beautiful. I'm so glad you found your set.

Marjolein said...

You must be so relieved when you found your 'lost' stampset!
What did you do with the other card? :-)
Great card and you'r right, this sketch is multipurposeproof! :-)
Like you snowflakes very much and the glitter.
Bye,

Marjolein

ps, Keep calm and make another card, (ha, ha)

snappy scrappy said...

Gorgeous!

Linda Callahan said...

Oh I love to hear these stamping sagas......I can so relate! The final result is gorgeous! Lovin' Lost Lagoon and the flakes are beautiful!

KimCreate said...

Oh, you just described how my stamping sometimes goes! Sheesh! Your card turned out great though.

cm said...

Nothing more frustrating than wondering where 'something' is MIA, but so glad your saga had a happy ending. Your card is gorgeous (and I actually have Lost Lagoon paper and ink!). The snowflake...stunning! I agree with your 'so many possibilities' for this sketch. Ummm, the one with the bunny seems to me missing..*grin*
~c

Karren said...

I'm so glad you found that set because it made for a beautiful Christmas card. Those colors work so well together, too1

Megan said...

I love this card! I love the colors, and I love the sparkle!

Amy O said...

Gorgeous card, Kim! I had to giggle at your stamping process, especially the brute-force stamper comment. Whatever your process, you ended up with a beautiful card. Love the glitter!

Lisa said...

Well shucks Kim, sorry you had such a rough time with this one. But trust me...it was worth it...BEAUTIFUL!!!

Jen said...

Thank goodness you found that stamp set because I wouldn't have wanted to miss this card! The colors are beautiful together. I had forgotten how lovely those snowflakes are!

Sue McIsaac said...

Beautiful!

Stampingcountry said...

What beautiful colors! Your Christmas Card Rocks. Love the shimmer.

Deepti said...

Beautiful!! Love the blues :)

Tracey McNeely said...

Beautiful Kim, that is a set that has not seen ink yet. In fact I haven't even put the stickers onto the stamps and I have had it a year now!

Super Stamp Girl said...

Hi Kim,, I saw your card on the DT for FMS andI just wanted to say that I think it's simply beautiful. It really caught my eye. TFS!

Tammy Hershberger said...

Gorgeous! LOVE the color combo, and those snowflakes are fantastic!

Lyndal said...

It's wonderfully relaxing looking at it Kim ;)

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Beautiful colours, Kim! Classy design. Hugs xxx

Nora N. said...

How fun is this card? I love the effect of the heat and stick powder with the glitter. I have not had a huge success in using that product.

I love your story about the stamp set. I have done that too. Actually, it happened to me a couple weeks ago. However, mine did not have a happy ending. I think I had given it away.

Thanks for sharing!!

Cindy Hall said...

Oh my gosh! We have so much in common. The visions of going through the painful process of trying different ideas and not liking them, the missing stamp set or tool that you HAVE to have to make the card you want to make, the five-hour process, and then having the missing item be right under my nose. I'm so glad you found the stamp set, because the idea in your head, now on paper, is FABULOUS! The colors and prints are perfect with this stamp set.

Narelle Farrugia said...

Absolutely stunning Kim! Loved it as soon as I saw it in the gallery! Love these colours and adore your snowflake!

Jen Brum said...

Wow! I love this card Kim! It's such a fabulous Christmas card! I love the non traditional colours and how they just work so well together! Those snowflakes have inspired me!

Cindy Lovell said...

WOW!! I so love this card,Kim!! The colors,the glitter,the beautiful snowflakes...beautiful job,Kim!!

Jen Timko said...

So gorgeous!!! Love the sparkle and so glad you found the set!!