Spirited Snowmen Love Never Melts

Spirited Snowmen Love Never Melts

I had fun going outside the box with my second Spirited Snowmen Love Never Melts non-traditional color design.  I hope you are enjoying this set as much as I am.

This is simple, straight forward design.  WHAT?  Yup, this card is just that.  I wanted to keep it simple with a bold pop of color, I chose red.

The base is Whisper White, with layers of Basic Black, Real Red and another Whisper White.  The outline image was stamped with Stazon Jet Black and colored with a Basic Black Marker and a Real Red ink pad and Blender Pen.

I liberally spritzed the Whisper White square with a mixture of Shimmer Paint–Frost White and rubbing alcohol before stamping and coloring.  I had a hard time photographing it but it is shimmery in person.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll get your fingers inky and have a great day!


  • STAMP:  Spirited Snowmen
  • PAPER:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red
  • INK:  Stazon Jet Black, Real Red
  • MARKERS:  Basic Black
  • ACCESSORIES:  Shimmer Paint–Frost White


Sparkly Hugs, Carol


Spirited Snowmen Winter Cheer Skater

Spirited Snowmen Winter Cheer Skater

One of the fun perks of being a demonstrator is getting to preview new catalogs.  When I came across the Spirited Snowmen Stamp Set in the 2018 Holiday Catalog I thought it was just too cute!

I recently participated in a 2018 Holiday Catalog card swap with other local team members.  I went outside my comfort zone and chose the Spirited Snowmen Stamp Set.  With that, this stamp set was the first item on my preorder, another fun perk.  I had a couple ideas pop into my head before it even arrived.  This is the first of three designs I created using the Spirited Snowmen stamp set.

BASE:  I found this non-traditional color combination fun and bright.  With Lemon Lime Twist as the base, next I layered a Lemon Lime Twist rectangle embossed with the Corrugated Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder.

SNOWMAN:  This skating snowman is fun and has movement.  As you may know, I’m not a fan of coloring.  Lol!  With minimal coloring I had fun and even enjoyed it.  Next I layered the Whisper White square onto a Gorgeous Grape square then popped with Dimensionals.  The Lemon Lime Twist and Gorgeous Grape combination is bright and great for those non-traditional people in your life.  [smile]

SENTIMENT:  A simple sentiment fits this clean and simple design perfectly.  Which could be used as a Christmas Card or w winter “thinking of you”.  Finally I layered the Whisper White onto Gorgeous Grape then popped with Dimensionals like the snowman.

Thank you for stopping by today!  Make sure to have fun and get your fingers inky.


  • STAMP:  Spirited Snowmen
  • PAPER:  Lemon Lime Twist, Gorgeous Grape, Whisper White
  • INK:  Stazon Jet Black, Gorgeous Grape, Lemon Lime Twist, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate, Pumpkin Pie
  • ACCESSORIES:  Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder–Corrugated


Sparkly Hugs, Carol


Santa’s Sleigh Bundle ~ Winter Scene


Happy post Thanksgiving Day [slash] Black Friday!  Christmas here we come!  When I first saw the amazing Santa’s Sleigh Bundle in the SU 2016 Holiday Catalog I immediately imagined this Double-Z Fold card.  At the time I was working on designs for a swap I was participating in.  We needed to create three designs using our designated stamp set.  So I turned this into a trio of cards [you can check them out here #1, #2 and #3].

When it finally came to designing for my annual Christmas Card Class this month this was the first card I created.  [Love it!]  I wanted to have the feel of snow and I love the Soft Sky, Silver Foil and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer/Whisper White color combination.  AND the interior fold area I used the “card in a box” addition of a band for the “tree” to add dimension.

BASE:  Soft Sky base folded into a “Z’ fold.  The “snow” band is folded in the same manner then turned 180 degrees and flipped.  I was on the fence about the “snow” embossing with the Seaside TIEF but now I like the nice bit of texture it adds.

SENTIMENT:  “A very Merry Christmas to you” is from the Reason for the Season stamp set and embossed in Silver.  [TIP:  You’ll want to emboss before adding your items to the band.]

WINTER SCENE:  First, I started with the “trees” from the Santa’s Sleigh Bundle Framelits.  The right one is flat, placed at the top of the card.  The second is attached to the interior band (similar to the Card in a Box bands), flush with the bottom of the card.


Second, is the Sleigh, start with Silver Foil for the base then cut a second in Whisper White trimming so only the body remains.  Next is the “swirly overlay” in Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer.  Adhere just the bottom half of the sleigh body at a slight upward angle.

Third, is the important Reindeer that are going to pull Santa’s Sleigh with all the toys.  [smile]  These guys are cut from Silver Foil with their legs glued to the band, also at slight upward angles.  I just had to add a wee bit more sparkle……the bows on the Reindeer are Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer too.  [giggle]  The rein (Whisper White Baker’s Twine) is added with glue dots and topped with the adorable bows.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed today’s shiny and glimmery filled design.  [wink, wink]  Have a great Friday and wonderful weekend!


  • STAMP:  Reason for the Season
  • PAPER:  Soft Sky, Whisper White, Silver Foil, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer
  • INK:  VersaMark
  • ACCESSORIES:  Framelits–Santa’s Sleigh | Textured Impression Embossing Folder–Seaside | Emboss Powder–Silver | Baker’s Twine–Whisper White


Sparkly Hugs, Carol


Winter Tin of Tags & Vintage Leaves


Good Monday morning!  I am looking forward to spending time with family and friends this Thursday, Thanksgiving.  It’s only three sleeps away.  Woohoo!  I designed this layout originally in Fall colors.  [You can check it out here.]  I loved the layout so much I had an “a-ha” moment and decided to try it in a winter color combination……Silver, Blue and White.  Oooooh pretty!  I was over the moon with the finished design.  The Tin of Tags sentiment and variety of Vintage Leaves looks great.

BASE:  The base starts with Soft Sky layered with Silver Foil, Bermuda Bay and Whisper White embossed with the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  [TIP:  You can emboss and die cut the Long Leaf and Sentiment from the Silver Foil and Small leaf from the Bermuda Bay layers before applying to the base.  Sweet!!!]

EMBOSSED LEAVES:  Then I knew the leaves from the Vintage Leaves stamp set would look amazing embossed in Silver as well.  Then all I just die cut them with the Leaflets Framelits.  Woohoo……no fussy cutting!  [TIP:  I put one dimensional at the end of each leaf and mono-adhesive at the stem end to give just a bit of dimension.  I wanted them to look “slightly” curled.]

SENTIMENT:  I felt the “joy to the world” from the Tin of Tags stamp set was a nice compliment to the embossed leaves.  This guy was popped with dimensionals.  “More height” please.  Lol!

I hope you enjoy today’s layout “part 2”.  Thank you for stopping by today and I hope thank you have a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving!


  • STAMPS:  Vintage Leaves, Tin of Tags
  • PAPER:  Soft Sky, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Silver Foil
  • INK:  VersaMark
  • ACCESSORIES:  Punch–1-3/4″ Circle | Framelit–Leaflets | DTIEF–Cable Knit | Emboss Powder–Silver


Sparkly Hugs, Carol


Thoughtful Branches ~ Four Seasons


This limited time only bundle Thoughtful Branches was truly an inspiration all on its own.  I started with the Side-Step Apple Trees design, then having the ring of leaves left on my work table I just couldn’t bring myself to recycle it.  So, after several days I had my “A-ha” moment and saw it as a wreath.  Sweet!  After creating the “Summer” and “Christmas” design I said “well heck I might as well make something for Spring and Fall.  After several days of trial and error I rounded out this  fun Four Season set of designs.  I offered a tutorial which included all four designs to my customers when they purchased the bundle.

I enjoy having a great way to be creative and share what I love.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I had designing them.

I have a sparkly Monday!  Thank you for stopping by today.


STAMPS:  Thoughtful Branches, Thoughtful Banners

  • PAPER:  Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Vellum, Early Espresso, Gold Foil,
  • INK:  VersaMark, Memento Black, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive
  • MARKER:  Real Red
  • ACCESSORIES:  Framelits–Layering Circles & Cupcake Cutouts | Thinlits–Thoughtful Branches | 1/4″ Naturals Ribbon–Gold | Emboss Powder–White & Clear


Sparkly Hugs, Carol