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November Challenge: Snowflakes!

November Challenge

Hi All!

Today begins the November Snowflake Challenge!

Snow is just so peaceful. It makes the world so quiet. I lived in Chicago for 3 years and will never forget the first time I went outside in the morning after a snow. Beauty and peace.

Okay, so for the challenge, when I say “snowflake”, it doesn’t mean you have to have 6-sides crystals on your card. Dots, piles, and hills of snow all work.

If you are new to the community, I encourage you to check out the Challenges Page for detailed information about how the challenges work.

The last day to submit your entry is Monday, November 30th, 11:59pm CT. One random winner will be selected from all entries and announced on Tuesday, December 1st.

SimonSaysStamp Gift Voucher
The giveaway will be a $25 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp, one of my favorite stores!

Even though a random winner is selected at the end of the month, the challenge is open indefinitely. Please continue to post to the challenges. Continuously seeing everyone’s new work is a win for everyone’s inspiration!

Okay, just to recap the main rules:

  • Your entry must showcase snow or snowflakes!
  • You can submit as many entries as you like! However, please submit only one entry per card.
  • After submitting your entry, leave a comment on the entry just before yours.
  • Leave more comments on entries, if you’re so inclined. 🙂
  • To be eligible for a prize, you must be an active member of LiveLoveCards at the time the winner is announced.

Are you ready to enter? CLICK HERE!

For my snowflake card, I have both six-sided wonders and snow dots:


I went back to basics with some distress ink pad watercoloring. I love blue, green and purple together. It’s not your typical holiday colors, but when you combine them with snow, it seems very festive. Here is a close-up of embossing and masking resist:


Enjoy the video and good luck with the challenge!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Stunning Snowflakes
Stunning Snowflakes
Merry & Bright Dies
Merry & Bright Dies
Dusty Concord Distress Ink
Dusty Concord
Salty Ocean Distress Ink
Salty Ocean Distress Ink
Evergreen Bough Distress Ink
Evergreen Bough Distress Ink
Masking Fluid
Masking Fluid
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Sparkling Snow Embossing Powder
Sparkling Snow Embossing Powder
Ranger Watercolor Paper
Ranger Watercolor Paper
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen


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  1. wrote on November 2nd, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Mary Jane

    Stunning card, Darlene! I love it. Submitted my snowflake card this morning before I read the rules. Mine doesn’t really showcase the snowflakes so maybe I will try something else. Gives me an excuse to make another Christmas card! Thanks for sharing your beautiful card and for the challenge!

  2. wrote on November 2nd, 2015 at 11:13 am


    Oh my gosh!! this Tim Holtz distress ink colors are so vibrant and gorgeous, love how you blended them on your card. As I was watching the video and I was concerned that the beautiful sparkly snow flakes were going to rub off when you were rubbing off the mask dots but apparently they are pretty much stuck there by the heat embossing.
    Fantastic challenge Darlene, I’m going to get to work ASAP.

  3. wrote on November 2nd, 2015 at 1:43 pm


    Another beautiful card! This one looks like it can be mass produced, so I’m going to give it a try. Thanks once again for the inspiration! Question: Do you ever have trouble with the sparkle embossing powder not setting or burning. I don’t recall that I’ve ever tried the one you used here, but it seems that any time I’ve tried a sparkle embossing powder, it either doesn’t set, or I end up burning it. Maybe I’m just a klutz when it comes to that, but I’m wondering if others of your viewers have had that same problem and if you can offer any advice. Thanks!

    • wrote on November 3rd, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Becky. I’ve noticed that it’s really hard to tell when the powder is done setting on some of the glittery ones. They look almost the same before and after heating. The Sparkling Snow has white powder in it, so it’s easier to tell. I would just do it more by time, then check it with your finger.

      • wrote on November 4th, 2015 at 1:10 pm


        Thanks! I’ll give that a try.

  4. wrote on November 2nd, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Lesley S

    I’m usually traditional about Christmas colours, but I loved the look of this card.
    Can you tell us what kind of brush you used for applying the distress ink?

    • wrote on November 3rd, 2015 at 10:18 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Lesley. I got the brush at Michael’s. It’s called Simply Simmons round #12. I hope you can find it. It’s a great brush!

  5. wrote on November 2nd, 2015 at 3:45 pm


    Love this wintry card, Darlene!!! Those colors are perfect for depicting cold. As I’m also in Texas, this is one thing we don’t see often in “real” life, and I frankly don’t mind that at all! LOL I was curious about the embossing powder, though. Is it white with sparkle, or clear with sparkle? I clicked through on the link you provided, but it didn’t say one way or the other. Anyway, thanks for the inspiration and a wonderful challenge! 🙂 ~ Andrea

    • wrote on November 3rd, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Andrea. It’s white with sparkle, so it’s very easy to use.

  6. wrote on November 2nd, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Carol Lucas

    Beautiful! Love the colors you used and the sparkle on the snowflakes!

  7. wrote on November 2nd, 2015 at 4:35 pm


    So Beautiful, Darlene!! You inspire me every video!!

  8. wrote on November 2nd, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Jenny Chilton

    This card is gorgeous. It looks like a lot of fun to do too. Can’t wait to try it out. I love the colours you have chosen Darlene. We don’t get to see snow here in Western Australia. I’d love a white Christmas for a change. Thanks for sharing.

  9. wrote on November 3rd, 2015 at 8:25 am


    Simply an awesome card and beautiful technique! It’s like getting a mini art class watching your videos! It does bring me to a question….I’ve noticed most card videos only focus on the outside of a card leaving the inside blank. My card style includes the inside of the card as well and I would love to see more ideas for that area. Thanks so much for your time and talents!

    • wrote on November 3rd, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Gigi. A video on “card insides” has been on my list for a long time! Maybe once I get through this house move it will jump up in priority. I really want to do it.

  10. wrote on November 3rd, 2015 at 12:41 pm


    so pretty! I look forward to making a card for this challenge this weekend!

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