Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sneak Peek Day 2: "Winter Wonderland" and "Snow Much Fun"

Welcome back to our second day of our previews! First off we have the new StampTV kit "Winter Wonderland". This card was inspired by the colored papers included in this kit: Pure Luxury Little Boy Blue, Wine with Everything, Cranberry Tart, Ocean Mist, Kraft, White, Ivory, Black, and Chocolate, a fun mix or traditional and nontraditional holiday colors with endless combinations! When I read that list a really beautiful four color combo popped out at me, so I grabbed my Pure Luxury papers and coordinating inks and stamped up my own snowflake background.
I started with a piece of WHITE Pure Luxury and stamped these 4 different snowflake images from the kit in brown, cranberry, aqua and blue. I love collage stamping with snowflakes, they are so handy and make the most dainty and beautiful patterns! Then I rubbed Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distressing Inks around the edges and a few areas in the middle, blending them til the paper had this beautiful, glowing patina. I stamped the sides with "In Stitches" and matted onto Cranberry Tart. Love this mix of warm and cool, light and dark colors together! TIP: Starting with white mat instead of ivory will keep the colors of your stamped images looking true, and even after your sponging turns the majority of the paper yellow with these inks, the white is going to be brighter in places than the ivory would and give more contrast.
Well, I'm in a "more is more" mood today, in case you can't tell! Christmas is coming, bling it up, pile it on! I found a little scrap of Basic Grey with this beautiful aqua and cranberry paisley print on it to liven things up. The sentiment is stamped in brown and cranberry onto more white cardstock Cuttlebugged with Snowflakes and sponged with the same distressing inks.
I stamped the smaller snowflakes in Timber Brown Staz-On onto the Pure Luxury buttons to frame the mats and then added a few little adhesive rhinestones. Whew! Creating this card felt like trimming the tree a few weeks early! :) You will love this kit!

My next card uses Gina's " Snow Much Fun". When I saw all these adorable snowmen and houses and trees and this sentiment "The good thing about snow is that it makes you yard look as good as your neighbors" (hee!) I felt a shaped card coming on! It's a shaped trifold, and fits into an A2 envelope, check it out!
And here it is unfolded! Two snow covered lawns on the hill, two snowbuddies waving at each other, what could be cuter? (Wish I could have gotten better pics it was really difficult to get the whole card in the pic, as well as get both the images and the front AND back in focus!)

First cut a piece of white cs 5 1/2" x 11. Place on the Scor-Buddy and score on both sides at the arrow, like you are making a trifold brochure.

But instead of folding the ends over each other, you make a mountain and valley fold so it looks like a Z.



Cut the tops at curves so it will make its way up the hill as you open it.
Sponge the curves with aqua ink.
Stamp, color and cut out two snowmen, two houses and two trees.
Adhere one snowman and house to the front fold, one tree behind them, then the second house and snowman on the front of the third panel at the top that will be facing you with the second tree top behind. You won't see the bottoms of either of these trees when the card is open. Be sure the top tree is even with or just below the top right corner so it fits in your A2 envelope, this keep sit at 5 1/2" tall. The snowmen can stick out the sides slightly because when folded into thirds, the card base is only about 3 3/4" wide.
Just add snowflakes and that feisty little greeting to the middle panel and you're done! :)
Please see more samples of these two new sets from the rest of our fabulous team!
Gina K






See you back here tomorrow for our third and final day of previews, thanks for visiting!

46 comments:

Carolyn King said...

Awesome winter card and LOVIN that trifold. Too cool! NOW I know what you are talking about (banging hand to head!)
LOVE it!

Luv 2 Create said...

What a great idea for a tri-fold card. Love the creativity you used. Just too cute.
Marcie

lisa808 said...

Love your 'snow much fun' card.

Tina Gilliland said...

WOW WOW WOW!!!! That custom made DP is wonderful... I initially thought it was bought wondering where you got it!! LOVE it!!! Ohhhhhhh and that FABULOUS snowman card!!!!!!!!!!! GREAT design and I must CASE this. Thanks for the tutorial!!! Just fantastic!!!

Janeen said...

lot of work in these. whee! Love the vibrancy of the first two.

Nicole said...

Absolutely adorable! An amazingly cool idea.

SherylH said...

Two great cards! Love how you have made the snow scene.

Mdegraeve said...

i am in love with that snowman card! wonder what other designs would be cute with that style card.

Kay S said...

Fabulous card, Melanie! Thanks for sharing the tutorial on how to make it.

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

I am, I am, I am, I sooooooo totally AM CASEing that snowman design tri-fold card!!!!! WooooHoooo!!!!! And also the sentiment layering Nesties!!!! You ROCK!!!

Michelle (sf9erfan) said...

WOW! Your Z fold card is amazing. Such vibrancy in the coloring!

Giovana said...

Your snowmen card is just fantastic Melanie!!
Love your work.

Giovana

Barbara Colbert said...

LOVE the snow much fun card!!!! That trifold is wonderful!!! What a great idea!!! Thanks!

Brenda said...

Wonderful cards Melanie. I really like the snowman one it is awesome!!!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

What a fun panorama card.

Kary said...

Oh WOW!! I love the trifold card - it's AMAZING!!! So fun & super gorgeous!! Makes me wish there's snow where I am;)
Mustn't forget to say I love the first card too - amazing background & colours.

Ravengirl said...

Love these cards! I just have to say how fun your snowman card is!!!

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

OMG- the tri-fold card is jaw dropping cute! Love it!

jmahugger said...

WOW~~Gorgeous Cards!! Love the Snowman & all the details!

Sandra said...

great cards! Love the snowman one.
Sandra

Becky said...

Awesome cards, I just love that tri-fold. Thank you for the tutorial. :)

Lindy said...

Melanie, your tri fold card is amazing!! I just might have to do something similar for my Christmas cards. :)
Lindy

Anita said...

Stunning cards! I love the Christmas card. All the details are amazing. The snowman card is so cute and thanks for sharing how you did it.

Jan Castle said...

Wonderful cards....especially like the winter snow scene....thanks for the tutorial!

Miesje said...

WOW - never made a tri-fold, now I will have to try it! These are both such fantastic winter scenes - makes me (almost) wish that I lived in winter-like climate!

stampqueen said...

Wow - both cards are wonderful.
I love your collage card - right up my alley, so much detail and depth and the snowman card is just adorable!!!!

Allison Cope said...

OMG Mel! Love the colours you used on the first card. I always love seeing un-traditional colours used on a holiday project. And I'm SO in love with your little snow scape card... awesome idea of the "hillside"! Wonderful inspiration!

Shirley said...

OMgosh!! Beautiful!!

Dee in N.H. said...

A-maaz-ing! I love what you have made and a special thanks for the tutorial! WOW!

Terri E. said...

That snowman card is stinking fabulous!!!

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Fantastic cards, Melanie! I love the colors and ink distressing on the first one! Your trifold card is awesome! Fabulous coloring and super creative design!

catdidit said...

Oh I am so loving all the distress inks on that first one, the embossing around the sentiment, just perfect! And that tri-fold, WOW Mel, you rock!

Theresa Momber said...

Gorgeous cards, Mel. I'm crazy for that trifold card!

Lynne said...

This was a fabulous tutorial with a wonderful set of stamps. Particularly like the fact that there are 2 snowmen that can face each other. A really great set with a really great card.

Melissa Cash said...

Beautiful cards Melanie! I love your eye for detail on both cards. Superb!

Linda said...

Oh wow. I love the snow card. Thanks for showing how you did it. Your cards are wonderful. I love the new images.
Linda
http://cardsbylinda.blogspot.com

Cathy said...

Amazing cards! The snowflake card is gorgeous! The trifold snowman card is just SO CUTE! FABULOUS. :)

Carrol said...

What a great card. I can't wait to get my hands on this set.

Cheri said...

I love the tri-fold card, Mel and that distressed background on the first card is awesome! Fabulous card!!!! WOW!

Crabtree Creations said...

Your card is so cute, very original and one I think everyone will love, kids and adults alike! It makes me feel like wanting to go out in the snow and make a snowman!

Jennie said...

Well...that tri-fold card is just about the COOLEST!! WAY to go Melanie!! Love the vintage look to your first one too, love the sponging and those snowflakes....(at least it looks vintage to me, lol!)

harrahx2 said...

I love the trifold card! Well, I love both of them but the trifold is so darn cute~ I'm not so good at stmaping random as you did with the background but love the hint about the white card stock~ Thanks so much Melanie and hope you and your family are all feeling well now.

Pat Jandacek said...

I'm laughing because my comment was going to be (actually, is): I love, love, love your z-fold card! And just above where the comment is to be typed, there is your remark "I love, love, LOVE hearing what's on your mind! :)" So we're definitely in sync!

Pam S. said...

LOVE your snow scene card! I've done that with Stampendous snowmen but now I'm gonna have to add the houses too!
Pam Going Postal

emilymomto3boys said...

girl, that snowman scene is just TOO cute!

Linsey said...

Mel, this card is SO MUCH FUN! I love the concept of it...almost like cute little mini book with all those adorable images! I must try this one out and send it to my nephew, I think he will love it! Thanks for sharing it with us! :)