Saturday, September 22, 2012

Snowy Mittens ... and Bird Balloon

Two cards to share with you today.  I'm playing catch-up on several challenges and my first card qualifies for four, count 'em ... FOUR challenges!! :)

I started with the colors in SCS Color Challenge this week (CC393 - Lucky Limeade, Primrose Petals, Pink Pirouette) ... and the dessert was to make it a Christmas card.  I thought these colors would make cute mittens, so started there.  It actually took me longer to figure out how to mount them ... I'm really pleased with the frame and snowflake embossed background - which qualifies this card for Simon Says Challenge - Emboss it! ... and Jingle Belles Challenge - Dashing through the snow.  And finally, this is for today's Less is More Challenge (LIM#86 - Take 3 - use three previous challenges).  The previous LIM challenges are:  #45 - Let it Snow; #55 - Punches or Dies; #77 - Sewing).  Whew!!  Here's the card ...

"Snowy Mittens"


Stamps:  Season of Friendship (snowflake on mittens) (SU!); Snowman Sayings (Amy R)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Primrose Petals cardstock (SU!)
Ink:  Kiwi Kiss - retired, Whisper White (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Mittens die-cut (Sizzix), Snowflakes embossing folder (Cuttlebug), Rectangle nestie (Spellbinders), Honeydew and Blossom twines (The Twinery), white gel pen, glue, sticky strips, and dimensionals



I die-cut four of each mitten (one in Primrose Petals cardstock and three in white).  I layered two white and the Primrose Petal layers on top using glue.  With the remaining white mitten, I cut off just the cuff.  I added glue to the front and back of the cuff and wound twine around until it was completely covered.  I glued the cuff on top of the mitten.  This makes thick, mitten die-cuts that stand out nicely against the embossed background.
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The second card is for this week's Hambo Hoedown Challenge 83 (Zig one Way, Zag the Other - Chevrons!).  I just love this bird ... he's the cutest image and makes me smile! :)

I got this digi free from Hambo for entering their challenge last week ... that's right, if you enter the challenge, you receive a free digi to use for the next challenge - so fun!!  Click on the link above to check out this great challenge site!

I also added a googley eye ... so this card qualifies for SCS's Free for All Challenge (F4A135 - The eyes have it!)

"Looking Up"


Stamps:  Bird Balloon (Hambo digi stamp)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Citron DP (My Mind's Eye)
Ink:  Copics:  YR07, R17
Accessories & Tools:  Crystal Effects, googley eye, glue



I added Crystal Effects to the balloon to make it shiny and then paper pieced it onto my card front.  Quick and easy CAS card!

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Finally, I've had some happy news over the past week.  My Piles of Fun card received an Honorable Mention on the Addicted to Stamps challenge blog.

And my Delicate Branches won as Headliner on the Paper Players challenge blog ... and also was in the SHOWcase at the Less is More challenge blog.  Woo Hoo!!  Great challenges ... click on the links to see these fabulous challenge blogs and join in!!

And, last, but not least, my name was picked and I won $25 shopping at Clear Dollar Stamps for participating in their September Blog Hop ... just loved all the wonderful creations from the Design Team - it was fun!!  Thank you to CDS ... I'll be shopping soon! :)





28 comments:

  1. Your cards are magnificent. So glad to hear all your exciting news! Congrats!

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  2. oh my gosh, what an incredibly lovely holiday card! those mittens are soooooo beautiful, i especially love the real yarn/twine detail on the cuffs, what a brilliant addition! thanks for "dashing through the snow" with us so very stylishly at JINGLE BELLES this week!n ♥

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  3. Congrats Loll!!! Wonderful news and fantastic cards!!! Those mittens are darling!

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  4. I love the mitten card!! The "looking up" card is fantastic --- I could use that one many times! Gonna have to look for similar stamps. Thanks for the inspiration! Love all of your cards.

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  5. I love both these cards they are so cute! Big Congrats on your awards - so very well deserved as your cards are always fabulous:)Hugs x x

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  6. That chevron balloon is adorable! I love how you kept the bird white on the white panel. Looks great!

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  7. I adore those sweet little mittens ... such a wonderful holiday design (that bird is stinkin' cute too) ... so glad you dashed through the snow with us at Jingle Belles.

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  8. Both are totally cute--I adore your mittens with the dry embossed panel behind!!! And the googly eye and glossy accents on the second are fabulous! :)

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  9. What fabulous cards Loll. I love them both.
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    Less is More

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  10. Fabulous cards especially the sweet wintry mittens. Debs xx

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  11. Great Christmas card, and I love that bird. Congratulations on your winning streak, well deserved.

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  12. Hi Loll, love the mitten card - it's gorgeous and as for that bird - he just made me laugh so much. So glad you were pleased with your Honorable Mention over at ATS - it was very well deserved.

    Karen x

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  13. Great cards, love the mittens and the bird and balloon is just brilliant.

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  15. Congratulations Loll, well deserved acknowledgement for a sensational card.
    The mittens so sweet and the bird balloon darling.
    http://carolescreativecritters.blogspot.com/

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  16. Two fabulous cards! I really LOVE that second card...the bird is just too cute!

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  17. Love those mittens, great card.
    Julia

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  18. Superb cards Loll
    crafted to perfection
    Thank you
    Mandi
    LIM

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  19. Congratulations on your wins, Loll! Well deserved, I must say! These mittens are fantastic! I foresee another winner here! And your googlie eyed bird with his shiny balloon is another hit!

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  20. Hi Loll, well done on your wins. The mittens are fab in the frame. Gorgeous card. x

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  21. Fabulous projects! Love that mittens card and how you used the twine, and of course, the embossed background. :) Thanks so much for playing along in the 'Emboss It!' challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog! xo

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  22. Gorgeous cards Loli.
    I have blog candy to share xx Jan
    http://janlovetocraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  23. Love the mitten card and the encouragement card is so fun too! Awesome creating Loll!

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  24. oh...so cool that you chevron-fied that balloon only! Thanks for playing in both the Hambo Hoedown AND the F4A googlie eye challenge!! You're awesome!

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  25. Hi Loli, both cards are very pretty, I really like the mittens on the first! Sue x

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  26. Wow I love the mittens card, but the other card is also very pretty.
    Love, Wilma

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  27. Oh my...your mitten card is awesome! I hope you don't mind if I CASE it sometime! :)

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