Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Sparkly Snowman Guest DT


I was recently approached on my blog by Donna at The Paper Funday Challenge and asked to be a Guest Designer for 3 months. I was so flattered to be asked and today is my first card for the challenge.  

We are sponsored for this challenge by AMB Illustrations.

Now I have to be honest,  I was not previously aware of this designer but OMG she has the most amazing store on Etsy with digital stamps, clip art, papers and cutting files. We were able to choose one file from the store and I instantly fell in love with these Christmas Faces Stamps.

I absolutely adore snowmen and I love the face on Mr Snowman so that is what I chose to use. 

I did a rough mock up of the size of body I wanted to use and sized the head to be printed accordingly. The image has been coloured with Promarkers with a white gel pen for the berries accent and a Sakura metallic pen for the hat detail and dots on scarf. This has been fussy cut and mounted onto 3D Foam squares.

The base of the card is a sheet of A4 cardstock. I added some paper from a very, very ancient Papermania pad, the colour was perfect for this as I wanted it to look like a dull grey snowy sky.

The body has been cut from a thick handmade card that is covered in iridescent glitter. I have added some buttons and the arms are actually tree trunks from a Sizzix die. I simply trimmed the lower branch off to make it look like a stick arm.

I wanted the snowman to be looking up in wonder at the snowflakes as they fell so needed a really big sparkly one to capture his attention. The ensemble is a combination of 2 snowflakes. Both of these have been recycled (or I like to call it rescued) from shop bought cards that have been received. Quite often there are little elements that can be re-used on other projects. These are far too nice to just throw away in the recycle bin. I mean, just look at all that twinkle that would have been thrown away..... my mission is to rescue the twinkle and give it another life. The sentiment is a foiled one that has also been rescued. I have used a die to cut the decorative shape and raised on 3d foam.

I really love how this card turned out. It is so sparkly and bright & cheerful. Definitely one of the best snowman cards I have ever made.

I hope you will join us at The Paper Funday Challenges and see what the fabulous team have made using these great images.

Card Details -


Size - A5

Image - Christmas Faces Stamps from AMB Illustrations

Dies - Home Sweet Home 2 from Sizzix & Petite Labels 1 from Spellbinders

Colouring Medium - Promarkers, Sakura Metallic gel pen, Pentel white gel pen

Embellishments - Buttons

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)


  1. Mandy I just love everything you've done on this card. It was inspirational to 'make' a snowman to sit the digi stamp on. And I too 'rescue' bits from cards and use dies for things other than the original idea like the branches for arms! LOVE IT!!!
    CD Sunday Plus.

  2. I think he is a very splendid snowman. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Jocelyn x
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  3. Thanks for being our Guest Designer at The Paper Funday Challenges Mandy! Your Christmas Card is just adorable.

  4. What a great card Mandy. So clever to have created the image too. Thank you for joining us at CD Sunday Plus Wynn DT

  5. What a fab way to use the snowman head love his glittery body. Thanks for playing at Polkadoodles, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!

  6. A very cute creation and perfect for our 'Circles' theme at Allsorts challenge, thanks so much for joining in.

    B x

  7. A really cute snowman and wonderful card, thanks for sharing at Allsorts!

  8. What a cute card and very fun snowman. Thanks so much for playing along at Time Out.

  9. This is gorgeous,love the

  10. What a clever way to use your chosen head.
    Thank you for joining in our challenge.
    Carol xx
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  11. I love the way you have designed this card, and the way you used the buttons great card
    Thank you for joining us
    CD Sunday plus DT

  12. What a sweet card! Thanks for joining us at the Colour Crazy Challenge Blog. DT Kathy []

  13. I also love how your card has turned out. It was great to read how you created it, so cleverly done.

    Thank you fòr entering our challenge with your lovely, sparkly card.

    CD Sunday Plus DT

  14. Hi this is a stunning card. I love your snowman. Thank you for joining us at Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog for challenge #79 which has the theme Anything Goes. The sponsor is Beccy’s Place. Hugs Jackie DT xxx

  15. What a fun card Mandy. He's a very jolly snowman and you've coloured him perfectly. Thanks for sharing with us at PFP this week and good luck in the prize draw. Hugs, Denise x

  16. Beautiful card! Great collage! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Try it on Tuesday with this lovely creation. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Designer for Try it on Tuesday {My Blog}

  17. Wonderful card with great spotted paper. Thanks for joining us at CHNC Patterned Paper Challenge this month.

  18. How cool is this.
    This is so beautiful. Nice work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Annette DT

  19. COOL card!
    Love your FUN snowman and creative design using the Christmas Face ... I can see you making bundles of different designs with these cuties!
    Thank you for joining us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges and good luck with your entry :)

  20. What a great snowman! Fits so good in our theme-challenge! Thank you for joining us at TIME OUT!

  21. oh love the sparkle will stand out in the christmas pile so pleased you share it with us at PFP

  22. OH! my goodness, how clever is this card, I love your snowman, such a wonderful mix of elements to make him wonderful. Thank you so much for joining us in our challenge at QKR Stampede this week. Good Luck and looking forward to seeing you again in our next challenge.
    Faith A DT

  23. Your card is wonderful.
    Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers and i hope to see you again.

  24. Very cute Mandy - thank you for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge xx Lynda DT

  25. You have made a wonderful winter scene, thank you for joining us at Allsorts and at MAWTT too, xxx

  26. Very cute!! I love his sparkly body!! Great idea to recycle those beautiful snowflakes! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built and LTSCB.

  27. Very lovely Christmas card you made for the challenge CCAYR, Mandy.The snowman is very cute.
    Thanks and hope see you again the next time! Martina - DT

  28. Lovely creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin/Coordinator xx

  29. So very cute and creative too. So glad you joined us for our "Anny Holiday" challenge at Die Cut Divas

  30. This has come together beautifully!
    Love this entry, thank you for sharing with Creatalicious.
    Good luck, we all hope to see you and your wonderful creations again!
    Jackie DT member.

  31. Cute card and snowman. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge. Love to see you join in each month.
    ~ Danka DT

  32. This is a great card and perfect for our challenge.
    Thanks for sharing at Try it on Tuesday
    Avril x

  33. What a brilliant idea to build your own snowman to sit the image on! Love it.
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge at I Love Promarkers looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs Sheryl xx

  34. Such a cute idea. I love how you made the body! Thanks for joining us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog.

  35. Great job! Super impressed how you created a snowperson starting with a digital image of the head. So clever to use the branch die for the arms! Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas.

    sue n.

  36. Simply adorable card!
    Thanks for sharing your creative art with us at Your Scrapbook Place Challenge
    ¸..• ´¨¨)) -:¦:-¸.•´ .•´¨¨))*((¸¸.•´ ..•´
    Shell B ~ Your Scrapbook Place DT 💕

  37. I love your snowman Mandy. Thank you for joining us at SheepSki Designs Blog challenge and good luck. Gail DT


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