Guest Surprise Sweetie Challenge 387

Happy Sunday everyone!  I’m back again and I am excited to be a guest Surprise Sweetie for Cupcake Inspirations Challenge 387.  This week it is a theme challenge and the theme is Snow Globe.

CIC 387

I was so happy to find out about this theme because I finally got to ink up images from a stamp set that I purchased many years ago.  Unfortunately, this set is no longer available.  Anyway, here’s my card.

Snow Globe Christmas Card

This was pretty simple to make.  I stamped the snow globe image with Intense Black ink in the centre of a white stitched rectangle panel  and then coloured with Prismacolor pencils.

Snow Globe Christmas Card

I wanted the snow globe to look like it’s glowing, so I sponged on some Bashful Blue ink, ensuring to leave white space around it.  For the starry background, I used a white Signo gel pen.  To make a few of the stars “shine”, I used a white Prismacolor pencil to add radiating lines.

Snow Globe Christmas Card

I die cut the sentiment twice from white cardstock and once from glitter paper to stack them for dimension.  The panel was mounted on a top folding white card base and glossy accents was added to the globe as the finishing touch.

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I am entering in the following challenges:

Uniko Studio – #38 Christmas
Time Out – #71 Christmas with optional Glitter/Shimmer
Naughty or Nice – #34 Christmas Carol vs. Frozen
Addicted to Stamps and More – Make Your Mark  
SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

Snowy Tree Christmas


Hello everyone.  I have a masculine Christmas card to share.  It is for Challenge #224 Masculine Christmas from Merry Monday.  Since it is a masculine card, I kept it very simple with goood old stamping.

Snowy Tree Christmas card

I shadow stamped the tree with Crumb Cake (Kraft), Wild Wasabii and Whisper White inks on a Wonky Stitched Rectangle die cut from Crumb Cake cardstock.

Snowy Tree Christmas card

The deer was stamped with Chocolate Chip ink then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The sentiment was heat embossed with white embossing powder.  The snow bank and falling snow were stamped with Whisper White ink.  I used a tissue to wipe the white snow bank off the embossed deer.

Snowy Tree Christmas card

For dimension I mounted the panel on white fun foam to a top folding white card base.

O Christmoose Tree

Hi there.  I have a really fun moose tree Christmas card to share today. I love this Mini Merry Chris-moose stamp, so when I saw this penguin tree card by @carolinepaton1 on Instagram, I wanted to give it a try.

Instead of die cutting each one out like she did, I used the masking technique and stamped them on a white A2 size stitched rectangle panel with Memento black ink.

I coloured with Copics, then added clear Wink of Stella to the hats and scarves.

For the tree trunk, I stamped the sentiment with black Versafine ink, then heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  To anchor the moose, I drew the line with a black Copic multiliner.  I mounted the panel to a white card base, then added a few white snowflake sequins to finish.

From this point forward, I’ve decided to make two of everything (if I can).  Needless to say, there was a lot of colouring today. *lol*



I am playing in the following challenges:

Just Add Ink – #338 Inspiration (used colours for hats and scarves)
Your Next Stamp – Sketch #53
SSS Wednesday – “O” Christmas Tree
Send a Smile 4 Kids – Anything Goes
Weekly Christmas Card – #50 Anything Goes

First Birthday

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving to our neighbours to the south.  So a little break from Christmas cards today because I needed a birthday card for my goddaughter, Kaliya, who just turned one.  i wanted to make a sweet birthday card, so I brought out a couple of my many unicorn stamps.  I made two similar versions of today’s card.

Kaliya'S 1st Birthday

I stamped the unicorn with Intense Black ink on white cardstock and coloured with Copics.  I don’t have the matching die, so I fussy cut it out then added clear Wink of Stella for some sparkle.  The bottom cloud was die cut with a cloud border die and the top cloud was from a stitched cloud die.

Kaliya'S 1st Birthday

The rainbow was die cut from white glitter paper and coloured with a sponge dauber and Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Sour Apple and Lush Lagoon dye inks.

Kaliya'S 1st Birthday

I sponged on some Bashful Blue dye ink (retired) on a white Wonky Stitched Rectangle to create the sky background.  The sentiment was heat embossed in black with clear glitter embossing powder.  It’s quite a sparkly card, so I didn’t think it needed any embellishments.  And that completes the card.

Kaliya'S 1st Birthday

And here are the two versions of the card with slight differences including the unicorn, sentiment and personalized name.


I am entering the following challenges:

Send a Smile 4 Kids – Anything Goes
Paru’s Card Making – November Challenge for Children


Puppy Kisses

Hi there.  A really quick and simple Christmas card where the image speaks for itself.  Who doesn’t love Santa and a puppy?   All I had to do was colour it.

I stamped this adorable image with Memento black ink onto a white 5-1/2″x4″ panel, then coloured with red and cool gray Copic markers.

For sparkle and shine, I added clear Wink of Stella to Santa’s suit and mittens.  The diagonal stripe strips down the sides are leftover resist pattern paper that I just sponged with Real Red ink and then wiped off the ink from the resist areas.

The sentiment was stamped wth Versafine ink and heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  Merry Christmas was stamped on the inside.  The panel was adhered to a top folding white card base and a few white sequins were added to finish



I am playing in the following challenges:

Merry Monday – Gray, White, Red
Addicted to Stamps and More –  #220 Photo Inspiration
Simon Says Stamps – Wednesday Challenge Christmas Critters
Send a Smile 4 Kids – Anything Goes 4 Kids

Snow Fun Slider

Hi everyone.  Today I have a fun slider card to share.  I guess I am really taking Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge to heart with today’s card because I used three different colouring media on my card! *lol*  The 30-day coloring challenge is simply to colour something each day even if it’s just for five minutes.  So far I’ve kept up for all 17 days of this challenge so far.  Okay, onto today’s card.

Snowy Hill Slider

On a scrap piece of Bristol paper measuring 4-1/4″x2-1/2″, I blended Tumbled Glass and Blueprints distress inks for the sky.  From a scrap 4-1/4″x4-3/4″” piece of Bristol paper, I die cut the tree border.  After that I die cut the slider channel and then sponged Tumbled Glass distress ink along the channel to create the ski slope.  I heat embossed the sentiment in black.
Snowy Hill Slider

Next, I stamped, coloured and die cut the images with the matching dies. The skiing moose was coloured with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, the snowman was coloured with Copics, and the penguin was coloured with Prismacolor pencils.


To put the slider together, I used spin & slide discs for the slide element and mounted that piece to the bottom of a white card base with double-sided foam tape over the sky piece.  I adhered the images to create the scene then added snow with a white gel pen to finish.  And here’s a short video.




I am entering this in the following challenges:

Naughty or Nice – #33 Punches/Dies
Happy Little Stampers – November Anything Goes with Dies
Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Week 255 Use Snippets (used lots of scrap cardstock)
SSS Wednesday – Christmas Critters
Send a Smile 4 Kids – Happy Holidays 4 Kids

Northern Lights Greetings

Hi there.  I’m back to share another CAS Christmas card.  I’ve always wanted to try the Northern Lights technique, so I decided to finally give it a try.  My fingers got extremely inky, and I had to start over a couple times because I kept smearing ink all over the place!  I combined that technique with the masking technique to create today’s card.

Northern Lights Christmas

I started with a white A2 size panel to make it easier to die cut it later.  First I created a reverse mask by die cutting a circle from masking paper.  I placed it onto the panel, off setting it to the right.  I then masked off the snowy ground with labelling tape that I cut a slope from with scissors.  Using sponges, I added streaks of Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise.  A couple of places, I overlapped colours to get purple and green.  These “additional” colours are harder to see amongst the streaks of Night of Navy ink.

To tried to capture the shimmery look of the real Northern Lights and brushed Pearl Perfect Pearls over top.  With the masks still in place, I stamped the trees with Intense Black ink.  I removed the masks, then stamped the deer from the same stamp set.  I added Perfect Pearls to the deer as well.

The sentiment was stamped with black Versafine ink and then heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder for even more sparkle.  The panel was then die cut with a Stitched Rectangle die.  For dimension, I adhered the panel to white fun foam and mounted it to a top folding white card base.  To finish I added a few Sparkling clear sequins.




I am participating in the following challenges:

Hero Arts – Holiday Cardmaking (Color Layering Snowy Trees, Peace & Joy)
CAS Mix Up – November Stamping + Masking + Your Choice (sponging/heat embossing+die cutting)
A Blog Named Hero – Holiday Themed
Penny Black – Anything Christmas
Joy Clair – November Inspiration Board

Subtle Poinsettias

Hi there.  Still plugging away at Christmas cards and today’s card is a little deviation from what I’ve been doing. It’s still non-traditional colours because I just love non-traditional colour Christmas cards, but it’s more on the elegant side.  And it’s the easiest one I’ve done so far.


I white heat embossed the poinsettias on vellum twice so I can layer them for dimension.


I fussy cut them out, but I only cut the top layer petals for one of them.


I turned over the bottom poinsettia and coloured the backside with a light purple Copic marker.  I added clear Wink of Stella to the top poinsettia and superimposed them together with a mini glue dot in the centre.


For texture, I dry embossed a piece of shimmer white cardstock with Stylish Stripes embossing folder (retired).  I die cut the sentiment from silver glitter paper.  I assembled the pieces onto a white card base then added a few sparkly clear sequins to finish.



I am entering in the following challenges:

Simin Says Stamps Flickr – #58 Take Some Time to Color
STAMPlorations – November Anything CAS Goes with optional color Purple
Virginia’s View – #25 Stripes and Plaids

Snowman Family Christmas

Hi everyone.  Well, that extra hour sure flew by.  My Christmas card today is another quick CAS card.  I wasn’t planning to create this card today, but the color challenge (aqua, green and orange) over at Color Throwdown made me think how perfectly they would work for the Snowman Family stamp set.


This card is very similar to the one from my last post in that the image takes centre stage.  On a white Stitched Rectangle panel, I stamped the image with Memento black ink and coloured with Copics.


For the background, I sponged on some Pool Party ink, then added some clear Wink of Stella to the coloured green areas for some sparkle.


I stamped the sentiment with Versafine black ink and embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  To finish, I mounted the panel to a white card base and added a few of those white snowflake sequins I had just found.  Easy peasy, so I decided to make multiples for the Caring Hearts Card Drive




I am participating in in the following:

Color Throwdown – CTD417
Just Add Ink – #335 Sketch
Paru’s Card Making – November Challenge for Children
Send a Smile 4 Kids – Happy Holidays



Take 2 Halloween Colour Christmas

Hi everyone.  I have a really easy CAS card to share.  It’s another non-traditional purple and green Christmas card.  I really like this colour combo for Christmas cards and thought those colours would look great on this cute NBUS Sending Joy stamp image.

NonTraditional Wreath Card

On a white A2 size ZIg Zag Stitched Rectangle panel, I stamped the image with black Memento ink and coloured it with Copics.

NonTraditional Wreath Card

I kept the mice white, but added some shading and outlined the entire image in light grey to give dimension.  For a little shimmer (because Christmas cards should be shiny and bright 😊), I added some clear Wink of Stella to the purple coloured areas.

NonTraditional Wreath Card

The sentiment was stamped with black Versafine ink and heat embossed with clear embosding powder.  To finish, I added the stitched panel to a white card base and added some white snowflake sequins that I had forgotten I had from last year.  And that is all for this card.



I am participating in the following challenges:

Cupcake Inspiration – CIC382
Less is More – Challenge 300 Celebrations and Festivals
Merry Monday – #220 How Will You Decorate Your Door
Addicted to Stamps and More – #218 Holiday
Sparkles Christmas – #70 Holly and Ivy