Time to Chill for FMS245

Summer is in full-force in Atlanta, so I was in the mood to escape by creating a fun and festive Christmas card.  What better way to escape the heat than with show-bound penguins?  Looks like it’s “time to chill” with my Snow Friends and this gorgeous Night of Navy and Whisper White Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper.  The card is a mixture of beautiful and cute.  Here’s my card:

Snow Place, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS245

And here’s Jen Mitchell’s sketch for the challenge that inspired my card:


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Snow Place.  This set is one of my favorite carryovers from last year’s Holiday Catalog.  I always had a good time when the penguin or snow-people came out to play last year, and I had lots of fun with them this year, too.    With the exception of the snowflakes, every image in this set pairs perfectly with a Framelit in the Snow Friends Framelits Dies.  There are so many great ways to play dress up with this cast of fun characters.
    Snow Place, Stampin' Up!

    Snow Place, Stampin’ Up!

    Snow Friends Framelits Dies, Stampin' Up!

    Snow Friends Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Up!

  • Slippery Slope.  One of my all-time favorite cards is a card I made with this penguin last year – you can see that card here.  When I created that card, I hand-snipped the curved snowbank.  For this card, though, I had a handy new Thinlits Die to help me create this slope without that free-hand cutting.  I used the smoothy, curved edge of the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits (the right side of the Thinlit featured on the right below) to crop the curve on this snow bank.  What a fun way to get a little extra bang for my buck!Create a curved landscape with the edge of the Swirly Scribbles Thinlit, Snow Place, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS245 4

    Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Up!

    Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies, Stampin’ Up!

  • Color Combination.  I love the Night of Navy backdrop on this card.  While I love the Night of Navy and Real Red combination (my original idea was to use only those colors), the combination gave the card a patriotic feel.  As such, I added a lot of Old Navy to balance out the red, white and blue combination.  I forget how much I love Old Olive until I see it.  If you like this combination, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Night of Navy, Old Olive, Real Red

Stamp Sets:  Snow Friends  Papers:  Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper, Old Olive, Thick Whisper White, Whisper White, Real Red  Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Real Red, Brights Stampin’ Write Marker (Pumpkin Pie)  Accessories:  Snow Friends Framelits Dies, Swirly Bird Thinlits Dies, Stampin’ DimensionalsSnow Place, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS245

I hope you’ll pop over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

There are 1000+ ways to use these Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies in fun and creative ways.  What are some ways you are using them?

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  1. Carla Schechner

    So cute!!! That night of navy works with so many other colors!!!!

  2. Floral Boutique paper doubles for snow. Brilliant! Your penguin is so dapper!

  3. Such a refreshing card to see during this miserable hazy, hot and humid week. I know a lot of people love this weather and I’m glad for them but I’m definitely a winter kind of person so the heat definitely isn’t for me. I think that the penguin is just the cutest and all the little accessories for him and the cute snowman are just smiles waiting to happen. You have yourself a wonderful day Brian.

  4. What an adorable penguin, Brian…I love the way this paper makes it snow! Great job.

  5. Love, love your snow and the fact that you put the penguin on a set of background papers! Great!

  6. This is a really cute card, Brian. I love the night of navy making it look like night snow and the cute penguin. You’re inspiring me to work on Christmas cards. It’s never to early to start those.

  7. Polka dots are the perfect snowflakes! Who knew? Adorable card with just the right pop of red!

  8. Absolutely adorable!

  9. Awwwww, Brian cute cute , just like you my friend , love the colors !!!
    Hugs Frenchie

  10. Your card to so fun today. Love the color combinations. Clean & sharp!

  11. What a great card Brian! I love that little penguin! He is so sweet! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  12. Fabulous ‘snowfall’ choice, Brian! Not a snowy gal here … except when our TX temps touch the 100’s, I’m all in for snowy! LOL

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