Spirited Snowmen – Parts & Pieces

Saturday’s Keep Stamping Challenge – November 14th, 2020

Sometimes a girl just has to have some fun!

I am excited to share my cards with you today!  In a weekly newsletter from Stampin’ Up!, the company challenged one of the in-house concept artists to see what she could create with a given set of materials.  She created three different layouts.  I wanted to share them with you and hence my Saturday Keep Stamping Challenge. Try your hand at making these cards with the supplies you have on hand.

As I was floating around in the cyber world, I came across an image from Just Add Ink.  It so caught my eye and inspired me to create my version of the SU Parts & Pieces Challenge.  Isn’t this such a fun photo!

Disclaimer:  The girl-fun part.  The image and colors reminded me of some lovely retired Designer Series Paper (DSP) I still have in my stash.  The retired stamp set, Spirited Snowmen, was a favorite.  Those little guys just make me smile.  Happy Snowmen and Happy Colors! 

Basic Supply List:

Patterned Paper = 5½” x 2″
Card Base = 8½” x 5½” in a coordinating color
Accent Strip = 4″ x ¾” in another coordinating color
Neutral Panel = 3¾” x 5″ (tiny dots)
Stamp Set of choice with images and sentiments
Coordinating Ink colors

My Choices:

Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP = 5½” x 2″
Card Base = 8½” x 5½” in a coordinating color (Melon Mambo and Pacific Point)
Accent Strip = 4″ x ¾” (Old Olive and Daffodil Delight)
Ice Cream Parlor DSP = 3¾” x 5″ (tiny dots)
Stamp Set of choice with images and sentiments (Spirited Snowmen // Festival of Trees)
Coordinating Ink colors (Melon Mambo / Pacific Point / White)
Adhesive = Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue and Dimensionals

Other:  White Baker’s Twine and Basic Jewel Rhinestones


Following the first layout, the 3¾” x 5″ is cut in three (1⅝” x 3¾”) pieces. Inspired by Just Add Ink #531, I added three Stitched Triangles “Mod Trees” cut from the retired Sweet Taffy DSP.  The sentiment, Winter Cheer, is heat set embossed in White.

I really like the graphic elements in this designed card.


Do you ever have a stamp set that did not get enough ink?  That happened with Spirited Snowmen.  Before you know it, the Holidays are over and you ran out of time to make all the great ideas you had in running around in your head.  If a stamp set retires and you love it – use it!

For this card, I stamped directly on the 3¾” x 5” panel.  I felt the tiny dots on the white space worked well as a neutral.  The sentiment is clear color embossed in Melon Mambo.  I added a little Daffodil Delight sponging to make it pop.  The Snowmen are colored with a variety of Stampin’ Blends.  

To get the skinnier Old Olive strip, the 4” x ¾” accent strip is cut in half, lengthwise to 4” x ⅜”.  I chose to add a little texture with the Subtle 3D embossing folder.


For the layout of this card, the 3¾” x 5” panel is cut square to 3¾” x 3¾”.  The remaining 1¼” x 3¾” is cut on the slant with the length at top and bottom equal to 3¼”.

When I was arranging the elements according to the layout, the label, (1¼” x 3¼”) dotted pattern felt too busy.  I opted for plain Whisper White.  Altogether, I found I did not care for the Melon Mambo card base and swapped it out for Pacific Point.  I brightened it up by changing the accent strip to Daffodil Delight.  I color died the White Bakers’ Twine Pacific Point. I stamped the sentiment in Pacific Point and chose to add the tree from Festival of Trees in Melon Mambo.  A nice contrast to the colored stripes, don’t you think?

These were fun cards to put together.  Three simple layouts with lots of potential.  I hope you give it a try. 

Thanks for spending some of your time with me.  Cheers,  Jolanda

Need a card? Ask me and I can create one for you.

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Published by Jolanda Johnstone

Owner of THE INQUE SPOT STUDIO - Creative Space for Stamping & Paper Crafting and Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in South Carolina.

3 thoughts on “Spirited Snowmen – Parts & Pieces

  1. These are fab Jolanda. I love the 3 different layouts. And I have to confess I have a stash of that DSP too! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week. x


  2. I absolutely love your fun and festive take on our inspiration Yolanda, perfect dsp choice! Thanks for playing at Just Add Ink.


  3. Your colourful trees make such a fun, happy & bright Christmas card. Glad our inspiration challenge inspired you to create. Thanks for playing at Just Add Ink.


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