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October 31, 2013


Hey everyone,

Well this card is three firsts for me. Its my first DT post for the fabulous MilkCoffee, my first card with a ‘proper’ background and my first Christmas card of the year!

I am a very excited new member of the showcase team over at MilkCoffee and this is my first card, it was made using the gorgeous digi 'Lisbeth and Mr.Deer' You can find it HERE. What do you think of them? They are adorable aren’t they :)

I’m in love with just about every digi MilkCoffee have, they are all so beautiful and are so much fun to colour. 

Why don’t you come take a look at our other gorgeous Showcase creations HERE and why not join in our fab fortnightly Challenge HERE.

I loved this image so much that I wanted the whole card to be all about the image. I’ve outlined images before with a little band of colour or a little bit of grass etc, but I’ve never done a full blown background before. So again I decided to challenge myself and have a go at a background!

This background sky is created fully with Promarkers and I struggled (messed up lol) the snow on the ground, so ended up tearing paper, edging with a little distress ink and layering it to create the effect and depth of snow. I was quite pleased with the finished result, but I’m sure with a bit of practise my backgrounds will get better :)

Some of the little snowflakes have had glitter glue added for a little bit of sparkle, along with Lisbeth's head band. However the photos don't really show the sparkle.

The image itself is also coloured with Promarkers. The little sentiment tag was created in Silhouette software and I colour matched it to the paper, which was from my stash. 

The poinsettia flower was a cut file I created in the silhouette software, cut out, then shaped and glued together, with a little bit of sparkle in the centre, added by a little diamante, finished with a couple of flourishes I had sitting in a pot, that were left over from another project :)

Materials Used:

Paper from stash
White cardstock
Lisbeth and Mr.Deer digi image
Tim Holtz dsitress ink

I hope you like it, don't forget to go check out MilkCoffee's stamps for yourself, I'm sure you'll love them just as much as I do :)


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Challenges I would like to enter

ABC Christmas Challenge - Reindeers
Christmas Stampin - Patterned paper
Jingle Belles - Creatures
Crafty Creations - Make it yourself
Crafting with Dragonflies - Make your own flower
I love Promarkers - Anything
Inky Linky 35 - Anything
Inky Impressions - Traditional Christmas
Lady Annes Challenges - Anything
Paper Pretties - Bold
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps Challenges - Anything goes digital
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Die Cuttin Divas - Anything Goes
Lej Designs -Anything
PartyTime Tuesday - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room - Anything goes
Card a Day - Christmas Themes
Silhouette Challenges - Critters
Make it monday - Anything goes
Challenges4Everybody - Anything goes


  1. Hi fellow new team mate! I think this is so beautiful, Samantha. I love your coloring and the torn paper makes great snow. xx

    1. Thanks Jane, so happy to be working alongside you :) x

  2. Another beautifully coloured digi image - wow. You were so right in keeping it your focal point and your layout is truly lovely. What a beautiful flower you made to finish off. Congrats to you too on becoming a DT member - enjoy your new challenges and thank you for joining ours at CWD Ina.

    1. Thank you so much Ina for your lovely comments :)

  3. Beautiful card made with a lovely image and die cuts. Thanks for joining us at Silhouette Challenges.
    Kim xXx

  4. Fantastic card, such beautiful and colorful work.
    Saw you on MIM.
    Hugs, Kika

  5. Wonderful card - lovely work. Your flower is truly sweet. Thanks for sharing this with us at Crafting with Dragonflies for out current challenge to make your own flowers.

  6. Such a beautiful Christmas card, so crisp. Love the colours. Thanks for joining us at Perfectly Rustics.

  7. Beautiful card, well colored and I love the variation of the framing on the card. Thanks for playing along with us at Card A Day Blog

  8. A very cute Christmas card. Thank you so much for joining us at Perfectly Rustics.

  9. This is so adorable and really lovely. Fantastic depth of colour. I spotted you over on Make it Monday and I came for a closer look and I am so glad that I did.


  10. Fabulous card! Thank you for joining us at PTT Anything Goes Challenge this week! Good Luck! - Sandy - DT Member

  11. Such beautiful card!! Great job creating the whole scene and I love the layout for your card. Thanks for playing with CSAYL.

    1. Thanks Heather, it was so much fun to do :) x

  12. This is absolutely stunning! Your coloring is so rich and vivid.. lovely design, too. :) Thanks for playing along over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

  13. What a sweet little holiday card ... so very glad you joined our Creature Feature at Jingle Belles.

  14. This is gorgeous, I love this image and that ponsietta is beautiful, love it. Thank you for joining us at I ♥ Promarkers this week and good luck xx

  15. This is a perfectly sweet card in every way! I love the image, but your artful touches really make this a simply stunning creation. Thank you so much for participating in Word Art Wednesday with your card this week. Such a lovely inspiration for us all. We really appreciate your participation and support. Have a blessed week.
    Diane Noble (WAW-DT)

  16. so so gorgeous, love the colors
    thanks for playing with us at crafty sentiments

  17. What a darling holiday card - love your colors! Thanks so much for joining us this month at the Lady Anne's Stamp Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  18. Beautiful card and image. Visiting from MIM..Loz

  19. Really love how you have done the paper tearing for the snow Sam. Great idea. Fantastic colouring & love how you have kept the focal point on the image. Gorgeous x Hugs, Lisa.

    Dreamtime Designs Blog
    NEW Dreamtime Designs Craft Challenge
    My designs @ Etsy

  20. Waw, Sam!! Beautifully coloured. Love love love your colouring!!
    And the card, stunning! You're rock your first Milkcoffee Challenge as DT :) :) Should be inspire many people :) :)

    Hugs, Mikha

  21. How beautiful! Thanks for joining us in our Make it Yourself challenge this week at Crafty Creations.

  22. oh my gosh, that image is just tooooooooooooooo cute and you've made it into a lovely holiday card! thanks for joining our "creature feature" fun at JINGLE BELLES! ♥

  23. Gorgeous card Samantha :-) the image is adorable and the whole scene is fabulous :-)

    thanks for joining us on the ABC Christmas and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges
    Lols x x x

  24. Oh Samantha, this card is wonderful. I love your coloring on this cute image and great layout. Great to see you playing at Crafty Sentiments and Inky Impressions this week:)

  25. A gorgeous Christmas card!! Thank you for sharing it with us at Inky Impressions this week

    hugs Vicky xx

  26. What an awesome project with so many details! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us in the Inky Impressions "Traditional Christmas" challenge this week!
    Leslie, DT

  27. This is fab Sam. Love your colouring and the scene you've created.
    Thank you so much for joining in with our ‘V’ challenge at the ABC Christmas Challenge.
    Annette - Netty's Cards
    Proud to design for :
    ABC Christmas Challenge,
    As You Like It Challenge,
    Top Tip Tuesday,
    Pink Gem Designs,
    The Stamp Basket, and
    Stamp Fairy.

  28. Lovely card Samantha, and a great Christmas image. Your white poinsettia is gorgeous, a nice change from the red ones that we see so often. Thanks for joining us at Crafting with Dragonflies, Judith xx

  29. hi Samantha, Gorgeous card and so beautifully coloured too! so pretty! Thanks so much for playing along with us at ABC Christmas Challenge this time, hugs Samantha :0)

  30. Wow what fabulous card, love the colouring job and all the details! Thanks for playing with us at Whimsy Stamps!


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