Well, my blog name was truthful when it came to this card. I saw the second sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches challenge, a card just appeared in my head, and I could NOT wait to get home from work and put ink to paper. I was very much obsessed. :-) Then it didn't quite live up to expectations, so I made it again. I ended up making the entire card twice, and a few pieces 3 times. That isn't really like me, I'm not usually a perfectionist stamper. But without further ado, this is what I ended up with:
The chocolate chip layer is lifted on double thickness Dimensionals. The first card had only one layer, and it wasn't enough.
The shaped layer is a Top Note run through the Big Shot twice. I first saw this done on Mary Fish's popular blog. I took it up a notch by layering Marina Mist behind. I achieved that by layering a piece of Whisper White onto a piece of Marina Mist, and running them through at the same time. This ensured that when I flipped them and ran them through again, I would end up with 2 of the exact same shape. I also trimmed the bottom edge of them while they were still together, so I would have a straight line to make the ribbon placement easier (didn't do this step on the first card). Then I trimmed the Whisper White layer along the perforated edge. I also sanded because you can end up with a bit of a bumpy edge from the perforations.
The snow scene was achieved with a torn piece of paper, a couple sponges, Sahara Sand, Not Quite Navy, and Marina Mist ink. Dasher is embossed with copper embossing powder (non Stampin' Up!, and purchased on my way home from work because I didn't want to use gold on the perfect card in my head!).
The ribbon is 1/8" taffeta Marina Mist layered onto 5/8" organza Whisper White ribbon. I used a sponge dauber and Marina Mist ink to add some color to the edges of the 5/8" organza (also not done on the first card... it needed something "extra").
And finally, the snowflake. That's Whisper White and Bashful Blue card stock covered with 2 layers of clear embossing. I had to switch to Bashful Blue because the Marina Mist was far too dark after it was embossed. The snowflake is non-Stampin' Up!, but of course you could easily replace it with the Stampin' Up! version. I layered the two pieces, intertwined the arms, and added my very last Chocolate Chip glimmer brad to tie the colors together. And it is adhered with more Dimensionals.
And if you made it to the end, I applaud and thank you! I was so obsessed, I just had to tell the card's whole story. :-)