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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Papertrey September Blog Hop Challenge


Welcome to September's Papertrey Ink blog hop!

This month's challenge:

"One of the most fun things about this hobby is the people you meet, whether in person or online, and the things you learn from them.  Now is your chance to show off any skills you might have learned from a fellow stamper, and perhaps even give them a little shout out to thank them for the inspiration they have provided.  Create a project using one of your favorite learned skills!"

This one had me stumped for a while.  Then, I decided to look through the file on my computer where I had pictures of some of my first cards saved.  Wow, that was a humbling trip down memory lane! LOL!!  But, I found what I was going to dedicate this post to!

Natasha Trupp has a style of stamping that I've always admired.  I love her Clean & Simple style and her blog has been in my Google Reader/Feeds since the time I really got into stamping!  The post that this card is based off of is clear back from 2006 but it was a post that has stuck with me!  On her card in this post she made her own chipboard buttons!  Well, I am a sucker for anything with buttons, so I decided to recreate the buttons that she made then with a slightly different take today.


I used the snowflake dies that match PTI's new set, "Peace Be Still" and die cut several snowflakes out of chipboard and then die cut them again on cardstock.  Then, I stamped the snowflake image and glued the cardstock to the matching chipboard shapes.  Then, I took glue and put it on top of the snowflake and poured glitter to cover the entire image.  After that was dry, I took crystal lacquer and put a generous amount on top of the glitter and used a paint brush to move the lacquer over the entire snowflake.  By doing all this, the snowflakes are glittery and shiny and the glitter is sealed so it won't easily come off. 

Below is a closeup.


Instead of making them into "buttons" I wanted to "hang" the snowflakes from twine.  I wasn't really satisfied with how that looked so I added the ribbon instead.  Also, did you notice how well the sentiment fit inside the new "framed" set?  I love when I make those kind of fun discoveries!


Be sure to check out Natasha's blog, Palmtrees & Pogosticks!  She also has a challenge blog that I enjoy visiting & playing along with when I can called Clean & Simple

Thank you SO much for stopping by! I'd love to hear what you think!

Be sure to check out the other blog hop participants via the link on Nichole's blog! Blog posts can be added until 10:00 PM Central Time tonight so be sure to check for an updated list!


Supplies (all PTI unless noted)
Stamps: Peace Be Still, Framed, Silent Night, Polka Dot Basics II
Paper: Hawaiian Shores, Pure Poppy, Sweet Blush, Aqua Mist
Ink: Hibiscus Burst, Hawaiian Shores, Snow White, True Black, Champagne VersaMark
Other:  Glitter, Crystal Lacquer, Pearls, Chipboard, Pop Dots, Ribbon, Fiskars Border Punch

72 comments:

  1. Jen.....WOWZERS!!! This is beautiful! Those snowflakes are soo pretty.....love the glitter and what a neat idea to put glossy accents over it! What a fab layout too!

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  2. Beautiful Jen! Those glittery snowflakes are so lovely. I agree that Natasha is an amazing source of inspiration.

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  3. WOW WOW WOW Jenn. I think I start off with that all the time when I see your creations. I had my day planned but now I want to give the chipboard goodies a try ~~ and I LOVE all the BLING!!! And the color combo ..... YUMMY!!!! I was going to use the banner from last month as my inspiration this month but I have other plans for that at Thanksgiving so I hope I can use it then.... instead of a banner I am going to use it to hold flowers tied on each side with ribbon for the chairs at the table ....... thanks for always pushing my creative buttons!!!

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  4. so pretty.. I need that FRAMED SET..!!!!!

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  5. Such a sweet and lovely card!!

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  6. Gorgeous!! Love the hanging snowflake, love the composition too - perfect!

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  7. Great minds think alike! LOL. I was also inspired by Natasha and used glitter too. Your card is lovely.

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  8. this is great! love the bit of shimmer to the snowflakes and the simple, pretty design!!!!! great colors too!

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  9. What a lovely bright and cheerful Christmas card. Love the technique used and nice clear instructions. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Great project. Liking the snowflakes and the extra sparkle really makes it stand out. This is the first time I've been able to participate with the PTI fun being from Wales and having loads of fun.
    TFS
    Paul
    http://craftyblogocks.blogspot.com/

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  11. This is adorable. That's a great tip regarding the chipboard buttons and flakes. I'll have to try that!

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  12. I love it! I think I will try this technique! :)

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  13. So pretty and sparkly too! Love that way you hung your snowflakes. :)

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  14. Very pretty card. I love the colors that you used.

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  15. Such a sweet card! Just love the sparkles and that bold Pure Poppy (would never have thought to use it on this but it totally works!)
    Hugs,
    Aimes
    x

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  16. What a cute idea to hang the snowflakes from the ribbon. I never would have thought of that. I also love the sentiment you placed within the frame opening. Very pretty card Jen.

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  17. Love the colors. The snowflakes are fab.

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  18. Your card is so cute! LOVE the snowflakes.

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  19. This is marvellous! And a great idea for a snowflakes garland too, or Christmas tree ornaments!

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  20. Mmm -- love it, Jen! Thanks for sharing the technique... I'm certainly inspired to give it a try!

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  21. Stunning! I bet those snowflakes are super sturdy! I could see making a ton of them and hanging them around the house for decoration...bet they would last forever! I really love your card and the beautiful colors. Great Job!
    Amy

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  22. Jen, love how you have used the ribbon and the glitter on the snowflakes is a perfect touch! Nx

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  23. Such a fun color combo and I love the glittered snowflakes. What a fun technique!

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  24. Beautiful card! I didn't buy the snowflake die, but maybe I need to...

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  25. love how you have the snowflakes hanging on the ribbon. great card and colors.

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  26. Holey moley- I love this! The color combo is awesome, and I just love your glittery snowflakes!

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  27. Jen this is so pretty! I love this color combo and those sparkley snowflakes are gorgeous!! Just beautiful! (Good seeing you today! Wish we could have visited longer! Hope it was a good morning at SF Days!)

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  28. What a very pretty card, love the snowflakes

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  29. What a beautiful card! Makes me long for Christmas!

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  30. fabulous colour combo!! Wow, she really is inspiring if you remembered that card from so long ago!! sweet snowflakes :)

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  31. That is a stunning card! I love the depth of textures and the colours. TFS!

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  32. Beautiful snowflakes card! I love making chipboard buttons. It is a process that takes awhile--thanks to the drying process, but so worth it.

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  33. Beautiful snowflakes card! I love making chipboard buttons. It is a process that takes awhile--thanks to the drying process, but so worth it.

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  34. Beautiful. I love your take on this card.

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  35. I love clean and simple style too! Your card is beautiful! Hugs from Copenhagen!

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  36. Such beautiful snowflakes, and I love the the little pearls in the center!!

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  37. What a cool technique! I like the colors you chose, they are fresh and fun. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  38. What a fun card!!!! Love the snowflakes and the colors are fantastic!!!!

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  39. This card is amazing! Love this fun colour combo for the holidays! And thanks for the shout-out! You definitely brought a smile to my dull morning at work!!!

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  40. Oh totally AWESOME! I love the colors and the sparkle! The way you have them looped through the ribbon is extra-specially fabulous! Great card, Jen!!

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  41. What a beautiful card! I just love anything that is do-it-yourself! Your chipboard snowflakes are gorgeous!

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  42. Love the way you looped the ribbon, great idea!

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  43. Gosh, I gotta start saving little poieces of firm cardboard! Thanks for that vision! Babies- Beth

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  44. This is a gorgeous card! Lovin' all the glitter and the color combo is so fun!

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  45. So cute! I love the hanging snowflakes, the colors and the sparkle!

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  46. The glittered snowflakes look yummy enough to eat, so pretty!

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  47. Gorgeous colors and love love those snow flakes. You have captured Natasha's style beautifully, Jen!

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  48. Very stunning, great colour combo too. Good idea with the lacquer- escapee glitter is a real pain!

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  49. How beautiful are those snowflakes?! Love the glitter, Jen. I will have to give the chipboard buttons a try, too!

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  50. I love the colors and the ribbon and well....everything! Thanks for sharing.

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  51. Beautiful Jen!
    Thanks for your sweet comment ;-)

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  52. these little snowflakes look like little sugar cookies!! can't wait to check out natasha's blog!

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  53. Oh Jen! This is absolutely beautiful! I wish I could hang these little beauties on ribbons all over my house! Wow - the shimmery goodness is wonderful! I have just 'discovered' Natasha this week - looks like that is good news for me :0)!

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  54. LOVE these hanging snowflakes! Can't wait to play with mine now!!!

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  55. love those glittery snowflakes!!! so pretty! And the sentiment does look perfect 'framed'! :D

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  56. So sweet. Love the sparkly snowflakes. :)

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  57. Mmm...I am gonna have to try this technique esp. in this super fun color mix!

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  58. fun and bright card! love how you strung the flakes like garland.

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  59. Beautiful card! I love how you lacquered over the glitter!

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  60. Unusual colors for the holiday but I love the combination! Wonderful work, Jen, as always!

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  61. Incredibly beautiful card! May have to try that design myself...

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  62. What a cute card! Thanks for stopping by my blog! ;)

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  63. Great technique! I cant wait to try it. Your card turned out beautifully and the ribbon was the perfect choice!

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  64. Adorable card!! Love the glittery snowflakes hanging from the ribbon!

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  65. Jen.I love your card!Our projects would make the perfect little gift set.

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  66. I love the colors you chose for this card and those sparkly snowflakes are fabulous!

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  67. So beautiful! What a great idea to seal that glitter in - I love sparkly glitter but I don't love the mess that comes with it.

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