Monday, December 4

Oh, Baby, it's Icy Outside!

Hello Monday, my friends! Winter is on its way here where I live, and this week's challenge is inspired by this icy inspiration mood board. We are also showcasing Paper Artsy products this week!

I put this together for the design team, and just love the tiny snowman my sons photographed on top of a mountain while hiking. Then there is this really cool microscopic view of snowflakes, and the ones across the bottom are taken around my house during different winter storms. I hope you will also be inspired by these, and create something with us!

We have a special guest for the month of December - Valerie Jael at Bastelmania!  One of the things I love about her website is not only the wonderful art she shares, but the gorgeous photos she takes on her adventures. Welcome, welcome Valerie!

I decided to cover a kraft Moleskine journal I had and turn it into a place to keep track of all my Christmas lists.

Time to get inky and painty!

I started out by painting my die cuts, and began with the trees.

I mixed a tiny bit of Midnight with the Matte Glaze and painted the snowy hills.

This is often the way I begin my first paint layer - squirt out a few blobs of color and then start to work it with the brush or my fingers. 

...and as you can see it ended up nice and streaky.

Then, I had the brilliant idea to lay down the Frozen Fractal masks, sprinkle on some Infusions and spritz with water. I envisioned lifting them and seeing a lovely snowflake design below.

Nope! Epic FAIL! I think there might be two tiny spots where bits of the snowflake show up. Instead this just added another blue and textural layer. 

So, I ended up laying the masks down and using a sponge and dabbing paint over them to get the design. 

I layered up my scene on the notebook and used tape and collage medium to hold it all. After I added a final layer of collage medium, I sprinkled it all with glitter.
I just love the joyful feeling these snowmen exude!

I added a few falling snowflakes, because what would make a snowman more joyous than that?

Front cover...

back cover...

Opened so you can see both...

Ok, now it's your turn to be inspired by our Icy Photo. I can't wait to see how you interpret it!
Our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp are offering a $50 voucher for one lucky person to shop at their awesome store!


A GREAT place to shop!!

Simon is on Instagram - use #sssmchallenge

Let's head on over and see how the awesome design team has interpreted the Icy Photo.


  1. super cute notebook Maura! The background and snowmen are adorable!! I love the whole design of this ❄️💙

    thanks so much for creating such an awesome icy inspiration board! I didn't realise your son took the photo of the little snowman, he is the cutest snowman ever!! :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. I love notebooks and have always admired Andrea's too! This one is absolutely adorable, Maura! I love those sweet snowmen and your background turned out amazing!

    Cathie ♥

  3. Gorgeous project, love the colours. I used the fresco paints, too, they are great. And thanks for the shout out! Hugs, Valerie

  4. Oh my, what a surprise of how you start to paint your bakground. I have never done that this way :-) I am not so brave, need to go out from my comfort zone, I guess. I love the deep blue background and the snow layers. The snowman is cool. Hugs! Marzena

  5. Awwww! Thanks for the nod to my notebook nerdiness! YOU are indeed a notebook master yourself because this is a stunner! It made me happy to look at it and I love how you made the effort to decorate both sides. I thought the way you used two snowmen in different ways was genius. You did SO GOOD on this and I will consider you my notebook inspiration any time!

  6. Oh my goodness, Maura! What a fabulous painted piece! I love the snowman's arms in the air... looking very happy and celebratory : ) The color combo is fab and touch of sparkle is the perfect finishing touch!

    SImon Says Stamp!

  7. stunnng project Maura, so much texture and detail and those happy snowmen are adorable...enjoy your weekend hugs kath xxx

  8. Love your fabulous holiday creation, Maura. The colors and the texture you made on this cover are stunning. Love your great design. :)

  9. What a wonderful icy card you have created - beautiful! It's definitely cold outside here today too 😁. Have a great day! J 😊

  10. Fabulous cover, Maura! Love the dark rich greenish blue color and the snowmen are lovely! Hugs, Sandra


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