Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle “Sparkling Wintry Sensations” blog hop—do you like how I changed my header picture for the occasion?  If you arrived here by way of the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog, then you’re in the right place.  All of the rules and info for the hop and how to become eligible for SIX great prizes are back at the SNS blog, so I will not repeat it here.

On to the sparkly stuff!  Here is my design which uses the Winter Swirl stamp set #414:

Winter Swirl Set 414 Diorama Card

When the blog theme was decided, all I could think of was what it looks like outside our windows (up here in Wisconsin) after a snowfall and I knew I wanted to make a diorama card (see the tips and techniques section at SNS for directions to make diorama cards.)  Diorama cards are great because you get all that dimension but it folds up flat, fits into a regular envie and usually doesn’t take any extra postage.  The Winter Swirl stamp set has all the stamps needed for this card.   If you have the Grand Caliber die cut machine, you can diecut both pieces of cardstock at the same time–yippee.  Sparkling snow glitter is the perfect tool for snow and winter scenes (or just adding sparkle to any card).  This card does take extra time because of cutting out trees, and the extra layer but it is a wonderful gift for that special someone.  If you have never made a diorama card, I hope you’ve gotten the inspiration to try one. The directions for this card can be found here.

Oh and by the way, I might be one of “The FIVE” with a secondary prize, so don’t forget to leave a comment below to become eligible for the Grand Prize and one of the 5 secondary prizes…………then head on over to our Sensational Dawn’s blog and continue on your sparkly, wintry way.

Stay cool and glad you came by!

Winter in July?


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  1. Karin says:

    This is amazing! I love the little scene you created and the 3 dimentional look is so cool! Wonderful card 🙂

  2. Donna Ells says:

    I almost feel like a visitor in your home with the description and card! It’s beautifully written, and a incredibly lovely card. The colors are so pretty!

  3. auntie em says:

    Love your very sparkly and snowy diorama card. It is so pretty and it really does have a lot of dimension. This would certainly be a great technique for me since I love layers and it is getting a little expensive to keep sending bulky cards all the time.
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. I love the dinorama card from your first demonstration on the SNS cruise eariler this year!! The Wisconsin-inspired winter wonderland version of the dinorama is dreamy. Your cards are an inspiration to me Sandy. Thank you for your efforts. Hugs and more hugs.

  5. Gina Patt says:

    What a cute card. I’ll have to use this idea. Thanks!

  6. Judy Rozema says:

    Oh Sandy, your diorama is beautiful! I have never made one of those. Cools me right off~

  7. Mitzi Vogel says:

    As the heat rises here in FL…the snow sure does look inviting! Beautiful job!

  8. Your card is beautiful, Sandy! Makes me wish for a big snowfall!

  9. Linda says:

    Sandy I love your card, it is so detailed. Great idea to change your picture to winter. Cool!

  10. Susan Cavas Smith says:

    Wow. That is stunning. Love the scene you chose. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Julie Z says:

    Really nice diorama Sandy! Pretty colors – lovely scene; perfect for a diorama. And yes, love the header pic change – really puts you in the mood!!

  12. Love that you used the diorama. It is so pretty!!

  13. What a wonderful diorama card, Sandy! Love it! Looks just like a walk in the winter woods.

  14. Theresa Brost says:

    A perfect card for a winter woods display. You’ve done it again!

  15. Karen C says:

    What a beautiful card. I can almost feel the snow!

  16. Brenda says:

    What a gorgeous diorama!!! Just makes you want to reach out and touch it!

  17. Kim says:

    I think your card is really pretty. It gives you that sense that you are looking out the window and you see the beauty of winter.

  18. Nancy says:

    I love your card, I may end up doing something like that this year. Thanks for the information on how to do it.

  19. Shona says:

    As soon as I saw the header – I said “Smarty Pants”! Love it! The card is absolutely gorgeous. It’s a must try. Thanks for sharing your diorama skills, once again.

    • Peg Klitch says:

      Way to go Sandy! That is a very original card and great fun to look at. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Peg K.

  20. Hi Sandy, Your card is beautiful! This is the first blog hop that I have participated in and I can just tell this is going to be a treat! I love your detailed instructions, you are so thorough while explaining how to make this card, the instructions are very much appreciated. 🙂
    Thanks so much for the invitation to view your lovely blog 🙂
    Lisa 🙂

  21. Karen Howard says:

    I really liked the 3D affect with the diorama card in a beautiful winter setting. You did a great job.

  22. May Strauser says:

    I absolutely love this card. Going to have to give it a try.
    Thanks for sharing.

  23. E. Marie says:

    What an amazing card. I have never made a diorama card but am certainly inspired. I love the header change – definitely puts us in the mood for this hop.

  24. Janet LoBianco says:

    Those trees certainly must make it really pop out. Love the diorama idea. Your header looks like a picture out of a book – just lovely and cool

  25. Patti says:

    Such a cool and refreshing card, especially with all this heat. Love it!

  26. Dianne Potter says:

    What a wonderful card and idea! I love that it’s 3 layers. I’ve never done a diorama card before, but after seeing yours, my mind is running wild with applications. Thank you so much.

  27. Janice Mix says:

    Such a beautiful card. I will certainly try a diorama card. Thank you so much.

  28. Helen says:

    Sandy, I like your wintry header and with the heat and humidity it helps. Your card reminds me of the deer we had in our backyard last winter….realistic looking with the sparkling snow.

  29. Alice says:

    I actually felt as if I was looking out a picture window looking at a wintery scene. so life like!!

  30. Margie says:

    Love the way the layers just fall together. You have inspired me!

  31. Dawn Thomas says:

    Great Card Cheesy! I love the diorama layout.

  32. Laurence says:

    Beautiful card! Wintery scene is what we need to cool off! I might have to steal that idea… thanks for sharing!

  33. Pat Hayrynen says:

    What a great diorama card! You took the difficulty out of imagining a great card.

  34. Jan Hobbs says:

    Your card surely helps me here in Texas to feel a degree or two cooler! I have never made a diorama card, but I’m inspired to try my hand. You ladies are encouraging me to start on Christmas cards, too, so I’ll think “cool”. Thanks for sharing with us.

  35. Kristyn C. says:

    I love the diaramma card, but I’ve not been brave enought to try one myself. Great job!!

  36. I would so love to receive this card! I really like the technique of the tree card below too. Very neat! Merry Christmas!

  37. Lois Lewis says:

    This is my first look at a diorama card and you have inspired me to try something like it. Your card does cool one off during these hot summer days. Again, thanks for showing such a beautiful card!

  38. Charlene LeBel says:

    What a beautiful diorama card. I’ve never made one and I’m going to try for the Holidays. I love the reindeer in the backyard. I just love the whole snow scene. Fantastic card. You are a wonderful artist.

  39. June P. says:

    What a great card for the holidays. I’m going to the instructions in a few minutes – this makes for a beautiful scenic card. The cut-outs were awesome. A beautiful card for the Holidays.

  40. Joan Petty says:

    What a fabulous diorama card. I have not made one of these in years, and this beauty certainly is inspiring me. Thanks for sharing.

  41. Dee in N.H. says:

    that’s really pretty! I hadn’t seen this type of card before but you have sure inspired me to check it out. Great card!

  42. Kathy Vogel says:

    The diorama is gorgeous. I’ll have to give it a try sometime. The two toned trees are lovely.

  43. Verna Angerhofer says:

    What a beauty of a card….pretty perfect for the holiday season.

  44. April says:

    Fantastic card! I love this diorama! great job!

  45. Karenajo says:

    What a great idea – I have never made a diorama card, but yours is great inspiration to try it. It certainly looks cool and frosty !

  46. Vidette Benn says:

    This card is adorable. I enjoy the softness of the colors you used and the shape of your card.

  47. Erika Taylor says:

    Such a beautiful card. I’m loving the way you’ve put things together.

  48. Demra Collingwood says:

    I love your card, I have never tried diorama before, but this card has inspired me to do so, I will have to get this stamp set and try one of my own, Great Job

  49. Anita Braddock says:

    WOW Your Diorama is so very Beautiful. I love the sparkles and the colors it looks like you are right in the snow with the deer. thanks for the idea and for sharing your special project. great work
    Anita Braddock

  50. Sharon Hannifin says:

    Your header intrigued me to continue and I am so glad I did. Looking at the diorama winter sparkly scene made the summer heat in Florida just melt away. You have a great imagination that connects with everyone.

  51. Lynne Platt says:

    I love this card and I think you did a beautiful job. It looks so real! I can’t wait to get this set.

  52. Kelly Olesen says:

    The diorama card is wonderful! Very accurate capturing of looking out a snow-covered window

  53. Joni says:

    You made a beautiful card.

  54. Sally sTo says:

    Love the diorama card and the instructions too! Can’t wait to try making on myself…
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  55. Darlene says:

    Sandy, you inspire us and turn our thoughts to preparing for the Christmas season card giving. Love your talent and the use of glitter and that great stamp set. Thank you. Darlen

  56. NWFlamingo says:

    We hardly ever get snow in our neck of the woods. Your card is so beautiful it really makes me jealous.

  57. Simply Sandy says:

    Your card is beautiful…love how you did the snowy ski and love your name 🙂 from one Sandy to another

  58. Jeanette says:

    Winter here in Canberra Australia so this cvard made me feel right at home. Its gorgeous and I am going to try this.

  59. nancy says:

    Wow, love your card. Think I will try a diorama card!

  60. Susan b. says:

    What a gorgeous card! I have never tried one of these before, but I am going to now! Thanks so much for sharing.

  61. NanaConnie says:

    Fabulous diorama card, Sandy! I love the Winter Swirl set and the deer is oneo f my favorites in the set. Great inspiration! Thanks.

  62. Bridget says:

    Greetings from Minnesota. I can see the same scene out by patio door, just glad its not that way today. What a beautiful card that is perfect for us Midwesterners.

  63. Carol 6158 says:

    What a beautiful diorama. Love this card.

  64. Candy Meyers says:

    Beautiful card. I need to try to do something like that for those people who get a special card and not the quickie one. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  65. Sandy Lane says:

    I do love the mystery of dioramas tks

  66. Shirley Pysher says:

    This is just what I need for my son’s Christmas card….THANK YOU! The deer and winter
    scene are “his thing” – you have given my early Christmas card making an early start!

    S. Pysher

  67. Your card is absolutely gorgeous!

    Stop by my blog to check out my blog candy!

  68. Helen M says:

    I kove your card. It is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  69. Beth White says:

    It’s so fun to have you be the first for the Blog Hop! And this card (like all your others) just blows me away! It’s so very elegant and quite special with the unique diorama . . . I’ll be telling Gloria all about it!

  70. cheryl says:

    I love this card, thank you for sharing the directions on how to make it. Ive never made one…but am going to go for it now that I have the directions.

  71. Often just the presentation through special wrapping or a tag or a cardmakes a simple gift an extra-special one! Some stampers even do swaps for male cards just to get a selection of ideas. I forget how it came to mind but somehow I came up with the idea of making a card with a Yellowstone National Park theme after our memorable trip there this summer.

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