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Welcome back, stamping friend, to another challenge with the Paper Craft Crew!

This week is a special challenge in 2 ways; first, it’s a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge; you choose one row for your design – it can be horizontal, vertical or diagonal – and use those 3 items in your row to create your card.  Secondly, this is a 2 week challenge, which means that you have 2 weeks to get your card designed and linked up – because we know that it’s holiday time, and everyone’s schedule is not ‘as usual’!

Here is the Tic-Tac-Toe for you to work from:

PCCCS175

I decided to use the middle row, vertically – Silver Thread, Your Favourite Holiday Colour, and Die Cut or Punch.

Here is my card:

PCCCS174 snow friends

I really tried to stay to one colour – but I have more than 1 favourite for Christmas!  I really like blues for winter; they remind me of the crisp, coldness of the winter air and snow.  Then of course, the traditionalist in me has to have RED!!  Such a fun, vibrant colour, and Stampin’ Up!’s Real Red is my favourite.

When I first saw the preview of the Holiday Catalogue back in -good grief, was it August? – and I saw the Snow Place stamp set (and the fact that it had matching framelits!!) I knew it was going on my list!  So that’s what I decided to use, and thought it was a fun card to see during the Christmas holiday.

I started with a panel of Whisper White cardstock, and die cut 3 ornament shapes down the right hand side.  I then stamped the snowflakes all over it, using Pool Party ink.  Using another piece of Whisper White, I stamped 3 of the penguins using Archival Black ink, and die cut them using the Snow Friends Framelits.  I added a Santa hat, a pair of earmuffs and a scarf, stamped in Real Red, Pool Party and Cucumber Crush inks.  Boy, I love those matching framelits – did I say that already?!

After dressing the penguins and colouring their beaks using the Pumpkin Pie marker, I peeked each of them through the die cut-outs, and attached them in the back using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I added a bow at the top of each ornament made using the Silver Cording Trim.

I used a retired stamp set Christmas Messages and inked up the sentiment – doesn’t it just suit those penguins? – in Real Red ink, and used the Tags & Labels Framelit Dies to die cut it and a another one in the next larger size in Real Red cardstock.  This was attached to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and then I added a bow of Silver Cording Trim to the top of it.  This panel was then attached to a card base of Pool Party cardstock.

I hope you’ll head over to the Paper Craft Crew blog and see the amazing cards that the rest of the design team made; they’re awesome!  I am honoured to be working with such an amazing group of fabulous designers; they’re all wonderful people!

If you don’t have time to return to my blog before Christmas – I hope you have a wonderful time with your favourite people, however you celebrate the  holiday!  It’s my pleasure and honour to have you visit my blog; thank you so much for spending your time with me!

Until next time, my friend – happy holidays, and happy stamping!

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to stamp and create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project; whether a 3D item, or a card, or scrapbook page - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you stamp and create with me! :) If you're in Canada, you can Join My Team as a SU! demonstrator. If you're in the Great Vancouver area, you're welcome to join my classes - we always have fun!

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