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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A Krafty Sparkles Christmas

Hi, everyone! It's the first of the month... which means it's time for a new Sparkles Christmas Challenge.

Our theme for this month, which was chosen by Jane, is A Krafty Christmas. We're looking for cards that incorporate kraft.

For my card, I took some "krafty" paper from a Recollections brown variety pack... because my kraft stack appears to be running pretty low after all those December card-making activities. Guess I need to place a paper order. In the meantime, I hope this is "krafty" enough.

Recollections nostalgia value pack; Stampin' Up! lost lagoon
Simon Says cute snowflake (aka -- by me that is -- flurries of love) stamp set in Distress Ink walnut stain
spatters: Hero Arts unicorn pigment, applied with toothbrush spritzed with Ranger mini mister
dies: SSS A2 curved edge; Paper Smooches scallop and stitched; Winnie & Walter big, bold love cutaway
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way pen; Ranger multi medium matte

The card above was inspired by a card Kim Hamilton posted for a CASual Fridays Challenge last fall. A few details:

  • This was my first time to stamp in color on kraft. Thanks to a trick shared by Jennifer McGuire (to stamp first with white pigment ink) and my MISTI (for those oops I need to restamp moments), I was willing to give this a try. 
  • When I saw a little white peeking through/under those blue snowflakes, I decided to spatter white pigment over the entire card base; snowflakes. 
  • The top layer of the word "love" was cut from card-base kraft paper that had been smeared in DI walnut stain.

Hope you'll join us over at Sparkles Christmas.

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!


  1. Absolutely beautiful card dearie. Love your design too. Hugs xx

  2. Beautiful - and thanks for the tip about stamping in white first, I wouldn't have thought of that

  3. Hi Sybrina,
    Thanks for the warm welcome to the DT! Love your card, such a 'modern' design and the walnut snowflakes with the pop of blue work so well together. Great tips on how to stamp in colour on kraft too,
    Have a great February, love Jacky x

  4. I like your card, well yes I do. Craft and snowflakes a good combination. Good job. I'm always looking for cards that don't have many layers, but are still gorgeous. You did it!