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It’s my turn to host today’s Inspirations Challenge (IC631) on Splitcoast!  I was inspired by THIS & THIS so I combined the two. 

I have a winter card using this fun, fun, fun Winter Wonder Words bg. When my unmounted stamp arrived, it still had a line across the top (from the edge of the plate) & I left it. I don’t always ink it, but I did this time. I thought it made the perfect division between the upper & lower part. I inked it w/ the stormy sky ink & stamped it multiple times, but only used the line across the top.  The Warm Wishes was stamped in the upper area w/ the majestic blue ink to make it a little more prominent than the lower bg. 

I came across a piece of royal blue c/s that I had embossed all over w/ a sparkly powder. I don’t know why I did this or when, but I thought it might look good for a big frosty snowman. After I die cut him, I left the die in place & went over some parts w/ a white marker & the others w/ a cobalt blue Copic. Then I added a die cut piece of thin foam behind him to elevate him a bit. The larger blue mittens were punched & added. A narrow strip of blue glitter paper was added down the left & some punched snowflakes here & there.

 
Here’s a look a the inside. I went over the greeting & mittens w/ a blue Wink of Stella.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies:

Stamps: DRS Designs – Winter Wonder WordsWarm Wishes, (inside – Interlocking Snow BgBaby It’s Cold)
Paper: white, royal blue, glitter
Ink: Versafine majestic blue, Memento  Distress ink stormy sky, Versamark
Accessories:  Spellbinders A2 matting basics A, cobalt Copic marker, Emaginations lg mitten punch, white Permapaque marker, Wink of Stella (blue), stardust embossing powder, snowflakes punches (Tonic)

 

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These colors may be a little different for a Christmas card, but I was using the Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge (CC606) colors of bermuda, coral & island indigo. I also did a fun Turkish map fold for the inside, per the Technique Challenge (TLC609). If you want the directions for this fold, just click the link for the TLC (above). 
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As a rule, I don’t usually do fancy folds…apparently I am unable to follow directions..well, I CAN follow directions, I just don’t, lol. It always ends up being a reinvention of the wheel when I can’t stop myself from changing things. So, I did follow directions (mostly) for this one. Mine is a little bit (.25 inch) larger than the directions. And the fancy fold didn’t kill me, so that’s a definite plus. I had to resize the dies to fit a square card (instead of a rectangle), but that’s not too hard. Actually, the hardest part was refilling my ATG tape gun. Sheesh! I bought a case of refills & turns out at least half of them are wound wrong so they are useless. That part was not fun. 

Here’s a look at the inside & how it looks folded flat. To me, it looks a little plain but I guess I’m not used to having to fill up that much real estate. Will have to work on that. Since the inside is copy paper, it does fold flat to fit into a regular envelope & it really isn’t bulky or heavy.
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These are the Copics I used.
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Supplies:

Stamps: DRS Designs – Lg Snowman Portrait, Snow Better Greeting, Snow Bg, (inside – Custom Christmas Name Sign, 1 line Merry Christmas, Christmas Village 4in1, Pine Tree Snowdrift, Tiny Snowman, Snow/Sand Lines
Paper: Staples 110# white, X-Press It white, 20# copy paper, coral
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Distress Inks tumbled glass, broken china, marigold, worn lipstick, Colorbox frost white pigment
Accessories:  Copic markers, Misti, MFT diagonal stitched rectangles, fishtail flags, arched window dies

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Welcome to the January Challenge for  Serendipity Stamps!
This month the challenge is Stripes! You can get all the details over on the Serendipity Challenge Blog.  We have something new…a “Stamp of the Month”. Each month a different image will be 50% off.  Each month a different image will be 50% off. This month- it’s the Party Background. Be sure to check out the great deals on the Clearance Stamps! And as always, we have a gift certificate up for grabs to a random player.

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Since the challenge is stripes, I thought a stripe embossing folder on the white & the Beaded Strings Bg on top of the brayered layer would be perfect. After I stamped the cute Umbrella Snowman w/ Memento & colored with Copics, I overstamped w/ Versafine (it was still in my Misti), then die cut w/ a little out of the box to keep from cutting the umbrella. I then die cut it again using the next smallest die, brayered the cut off frame then put it back. The stripes on the front were embossed on an angle & just on the one corner for a little interest. The partial I Love Snow greeting was stamped onto a pennant which was colored around the edges w/ Copics & the die cut Snow was added below. The extra snowflakes were die cut from the Snow die.

Here’s the inside & below it are the Copics I used.
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Please be sure to visit all of the DT Blogs to increase your chance of winning!

Jeanne Jachna 

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Julie Warner (you are here!)

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Marybeth Lopez

Miriam Napier

Vickie Zimmer

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Supplies:

Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Snowman w/ Umbrella, I Love Snow, Beaded Strings Bg, (Snowflake, Let it Snow!, Snow Angel – inside)
Paper: X-Press It white, heavy white (Recollections)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx (to over stamp after coloring), Kaliedacolor Riviera 
Accessories:  Serendipity Snow die, Copic markers, Misti, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B dies, brayer, Cuttlebug embossing folder (Retro Kitchen set) 
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