Festive Friday: Snowflake Sentiments

Are your holiday cards done yet?

We’re here to help over at Festive Friday where we’re celebrating Christmas (if you don’t know, it’s on December 25th). That means we’re looking for Christmas inspired projects. Of course, you’re free to add in the second element – Snowflakes. Or, if you don’t need or make Christmas cards, just make a design with snowflakes!

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge - Earn Fest Points for free stuff! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • Done with your Christmas cards? Good for you! Snap a pic and link it up.
  • Use the Design Team’s projects as inspiration to speed up your design process – you can eek out a few before it’s too late to send. We know you can! Share your CASE’d project with us we’d love to see your take on our projects.
  • Looking for something different? Make up a holiday garland – that would surely count for this challenge.
  • Or, perhaps you have some treat packaging you’re working on. ‘Tis the season of giving, so share what you’re sharing!

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

For the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0022). Featuring: Snowflake Sentiments, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Under the Mistletoe DSP. #nicolewatt #pmretreat #stampinup #christmas #seasonsgreetings #cleanandsimple

This card is a classic red and green workup, wouldn’t you say? I love how this paper makes it super easy to whip out dozens of these cards in no time! This is my go-to card for the season. I do have a few other designs, but this one is getting the mass-production treatment for sure. 

Even my husband will help! He loves to run the Big Shot, so, guess who’s cutting out all of those ovals?! Even the assembly is simple enough that I will be able to get him to help with that too. 

Today’s project can be completed in just a few short steps. Earn the PDF tutorial by playing at Festive Friday and earning Fest Points that you can redeem for tutorials and other great prizes!

Be sure to check out Ann’s post this week. We’re trying something different over there and we’d like to know what you think!

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Festive Friday: Snowflake Sentiments

Are your holiday cards done yet?
We’re here to help over at Festive Friday where we’re celebrating Christmas (if you don’t know, it’s on December 25th).

Product Spotlight: Brusho Crystal Colour

Is Brusho Crystal Colour a mystery to you?

I have had my little pots of Brusho for almost a year now and I really have been tentative in using them. I’m not sure why. Perhaps it’s because it could get everywhere and make a massive mess. Yah – that’s probably it. I have visions of little crystals all over a workspace and my hands covered in blue or red or gamboge. But, if you’re careful with it, there’s no reason to be scared. It’s tons of fun to use!

For the next few days I’ll be exploring Brushoand I’m bringing you along! Today’s project was inspired by two things – a crafty friend’s birthday, and The Paper Players’ current color challenge.

I had a very specific idea in mind when creating this project. I wanted to explore using a new tool – Masking Fluid in combination with Brusho. Masking Fluid (Amazon Affiliate Link) is not something you’ll find in the Stampin’ Up! catalog, but I’ve sent in a request that they carry it. It’s a liquid rubber/latex that can be painted over an area to mask it off from stamping or coloring – including watercoloring, even with Brusho. Here’s a quick step-by-step:

  1. I stamped the images to the left in Staz-on, made sure the ink was dry. (Note that in this instance, some images were masked so they would overlap)
  2. Then I applied the Masking Fluid over the imagery with a small paintbrush.
  3. After the fluid was dry, I applied the YELLOW Brusho crystals and spritzed with water.
  4. After drying the panel with the Heat Tool, I was able to rub off the dried Masking Fluid and the images were perfectly white.
  5. Then I watercolored the images as usual and added my sentiment.

The whole watercolored panel (which is Shimmery White Cardstock) was adhered to a Thick Whisper White card base.

For The Paper Players (PP418) color challenge - Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Smoky Slate. Featuring, Crafting Forever and Brusho Crystal Colours. For more details including additional samples and videos click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #celebrate #brusho #craft #handstamped #birthdaycard #watercolor

Super-WOW, right?! It was not difficult! I think the Masking Fluid really levels the playing field for those who are tentative in applying watercolors to a background – especially when using Brusho. This is literally a one-layer card! No fussy cutting pieces, etc.

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For today’s Product Spotlight, I thought I’d share a video from Stampin’ Up! about other ways to use Brusho!

Here’s a few more projects where I used Brusho! I hope you’re inspired and give it a try 😀

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Festive Friday: Snowflake Sentiments

Are your holiday cards done yet?
We’re here to help over at Festive Friday where we’re celebrating Christmas (if you don’t know, it’s on December 25th).

Get everything you need to make this design!

The supply list is right here! Just click a product to get started. The links I'm sharing are Affiliate Links, meaning that I will receive a small commission on your sale, at no additional cost to you. This helps keep the lights on and the inspiration flowing here at Pixel Maven's Retreat!

Eastern Beauty: Bright Smile

Are you a color-phobe? Do you avoid bright, bold colors and patterns?

I certainly do! But, I’m working on introducing more of both into my life – in clothes, home design and in my card-making. Enter Eastern Palace!  I dabbled with this Annual Catalog product suite when the catalog came out almost a year ago.

Honestly, the Tranquil Tide and Dapper Denim combo was just too much Regal for me…. but, there’s so much else to love about the DSP (especially Lemon Lime Twist!) that I knew I had to give it another try!

Today’s card was designed for Tic Tac Toe Challenge. Design Team O is up this week with another fun challenge board.

Play along at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge - Inspiring you 8-ways each week! Find us @tttchallenge or tictactoechallenge.com. New challenges every Thursday!

 

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

For the Tic Tac Toe Challenge (#TTTC038). Featuring: Eastern Palace product suite (Eastern Beauty Bundle, Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers, Mini Tassels Assortment, Eastern Palace DSP), Very Vanilla Notecards & Envelopes. Earn Pixel Points towards free tutorials and other products! For more details click through. #pmretreat #nicolewatt #stampinup #hello #friend #smile #handstamped

I opted for the diagonal this week: Green, Sparkle, Happy.

Is Lemon Lime Twist green or yellow? I guess it’s either! But I always see it as more green than yellow. Especially when paired with blues.

Does the tassel qualify as “sparkle” – Definitely! That gold tassel is just too much fun, and oh, so easy to use. The 1/8″ hole punch is the perfect size to slip the metal ring through. Just don’t go too far from the edge of your element. There’s some sparkle in that 1/4″ Natural Trim too. See it peeking out there?

And lastly, Happy. That sentiment is definitely one of “happiness”. It’s perfect for a friend, or any loved one. People who hold a place in your heart should always bring a smile to your face! But that pattern – oh, that DSP makes me soooo happy! I L-O-V-E the medallion pattern. It’s a very popular shape right now. I’m sure you have seen all the tile backsplashes and wallpaper using similar patterns.

If you love this design, and you want to learn how to make it with me, the tutorial (PDF + Video), and supply pack (US addresses only) will be available on Monday – Along with a host of other Eastern Palace Suite projects!

Want to get the supplies and earn 2 Pixel Points for every dollar spent? Check out the supply list and links below!

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Festive Friday: Snowflake Sentiments

Are your holiday cards done yet?
We’re here to help over at Festive Friday where we’re celebrating Christmas (if you don’t know, it’s on December 25th).

Get everything you need to make this design!

The supply list is right here! Just click a product to get started. The links I'm sharing are Affiliate Links, meaning that I will receive a small commission on your sale, at no additional cost to you. This helps keep the lights on and the inspiration flowing here at Pixel Maven's Retreat!

The Latest...

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Festive Friday: Super Duper You

Did you know that March 2nd is Employee Appreciation Day?

At Festive Friday Challenge, we’re down with all  the holidays so don’t be surprised when you see some lesser-known events.

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge - Earn Fest Points for free stuff! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other week!

Don’t underestimate the gratitude your employees will feel when you give them a handmade card (maybe with a Starbucks gift card inside?) So, take some time in the next week to make up a few for the people in your office that really help make things happen! Link up your design over at the challenge and you could be a Festive Friday Fave!

What’s even better is that every entry receives 1 Fest Point. (Festive Friday Faves earn 5 points!) Save up your points and redeem them for project tutorials, Design Team cards and other great prizes! Read more about the Fest Points program here.

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Super Duper

For the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0002). Featuring: Super Duper stamp set, Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP. For more details, click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #encouragement #handstamped

I was so glad to get a fantastic photo of this project. It really does look this stunning in person! The Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP with the metallic orange and kraft just pops off the white background. Paired with some bold colors in the sentiment and dramatic black sequins, this card is a winner!

Better yet, it’s perfect for anyone in your office, or just anyone for that matter! Of course, you could personalize multiples by swapping out different foil patterns. Really, the options are endless!

This project is available over at Festive Friday as a part of the Fest Points program. The tutorial is 5 points. You can even “purchase” the card itself for 10 points!

Of course, you can’t get Fest Points if you don’t register an account, and play along! You don’t need to have a blog. Just post a project on Pinterest, Flikr, or Instagram and link up the pin or image from those sites. If you need help doing that, just drop us a line on the Festive Friday Facebook page – we’d be happy to help you play along!

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Festive Friday: Snowflake Sentiments

Are your holiday cards done yet?
We’re here to help over at Festive Friday where we’re celebrating Christmas (if you don’t know, it’s on December 25th).

Get everything you need to make this design!

The supply list is right here! Just click a product to get started. Remember, every dollar you spend (before tax and shipping) is rewarded with Pixel Points that you can redeem for products and tutorials! The more you order, the more points you earn!
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Tutti Frutti Hello

I’ve got a new tutorial and kit for you today! It’s called Tutti Frutti Hello…

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Tutti Frutti Hello

Today’s card was designed for Tic Tac Toe Challenge. Design Team O is up this week with another fun challenge board.

Play along at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge - Inspiring you 8-ways each week! Find us @tttchallenge or tictactoechallenge.com. New challenges every Thursday!

I opted for the bottom row again this week – Popped-up, Twine, One-word Sentiment. A full product listing is available at the end of the post.

For the Tic Tac Toe Challenge (#TTTC036). Featuring: Tutti Fruitti product suite (Fruit Basket bundle)Tutti-fruitti DSP, Adhesive Backed Sequins, Washi Tape. Earn Pixel Points towards free tutorials and other products! For more details click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #hello #fruit #handstamped

I’m having a lot of fun with the Tutti Frutti product suite. Like you saw in Challenge #34, this design is perfect for anyone! The coordinating mini punch pack keeps fussy-cutting out of the equation, so projects like this one can come together in no time!

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Festive Friday: Snowflake Sentiments

Are your holiday cards done yet?
We’re here to help over at Festive Friday where we’re celebrating Christmas (if you don’t know, it’s on December 25th).

Get everything you need to make this design!

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