Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Welcome Back, Whimsical Wednesday!

Happy Hump Day! Only a few more days until the weekend. :) This week marks the start of yet another semester for me as I continue to complete coursework to earn my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. Although the first week of the semester is usually pretty overwhelming, one thing keeping me sane is knowing that today marks the return of Whimsical Wednesday Challenges at Whimsical Designs!

Every Wednesday Whimsical Designs will feature a new, fun, and whimsical crafty challenge. We will have a winner for each challenge who will win a prize donated by our generous sponsor, and the design team will also choose their top three submissions. Any type of project can be created for our challenges - cards, layouts, altered items, you name it! Just make sure your project always meets the requirements of the challenge. :)

Our first challenge is an anything goes challenge!

I created this winter card for my first challenge as a Whimsical DT member:

Hot chocolate is one of my FAVORITE parts about winter... given that I'm a complete wuss when it comes to the cold. Here in the Midwest are winters are usually pretty chilly, with 20-30 degree temps every day, if not colder. What better way to warm up then with a steaming mug of hot chocolate?

None of the Cricut carts I own had a die cut hot chocolate.. but thankfully Cricut Craft Room was offering the Don Juan cartridge for free this week, and that cart just happened to have this cute little mug! How lucky was that?! I used some Frosted Lace Stickles to give it some steam and added the heart on the mug as an accent to match the sentiment. :) 

The 'Cocoa Warms the Heart' sentiment came from the Whimsical Designs "Snow Much Fun" stamp set, which can be purchased here.

Here's a complete list of materials used to create this card:
- Solid blue and white cardstock by Recollections
- All patterned papers by Recollections
- Don Juan cartridge (hot chocolate cut at 2.5")
- Elegant Edges cartridge (circle accent cut at 3")
- Frosted Lace Stickles
- Red pearls from Miriam's Crafting Supplies
- White Opal Liquid Pearls
- Red ink
- "Snow Much Fun" stamp set
- Red and white polka dot ribbon from my stash

Thanks so much for stopping by! Please be sure to stop by Whimsical Designs to see what the rest of the design team has created for this week's anything goes challenge. You can also see the awesome prize being given away for this challenge, and enter your project, too! We can't wait to see what you create. :)


  1. Your card is so beautiful! I always love Red, White, and Blue together. Love that cocoa cup, and the frosted stickler on the steam. Thanks for all the hard work you have been doing with WW:)

  2. Oh Ashley, your card is adorable. I love coffee and cocoa so, this is me. Love it. TFS... Tereese

  3. Oh loving your card.. I'm such a big fan of coffe/hot chocolate cups..LOL Amazing..

  4. Love your card - its Fab!
    Hot Choc is the ONLY thing i like about winter!! :)

  5. Super cute card Ashley! I LOVE hot cocoa too! And I know what you mean about the cold... I grew up on a tropical island and the winter here in the mainland (even if I am in Florida) send me scampering for heat! :D

  6. oh ashley, your card is so very pretty. i love that polka dot background paper too. so happy yo meet you.

  7. Love. I'm gonna have to get over to CCR and get that cartridge added!

  8. I just had the first week of school also, how close are you to graduating? Love the card!! I'm not a hot chocolate fan, but I love mochas & they are definitely a great part of my winter!! [They have their own page in my December Daily, haha]

  9. I love your card. Makes me wanna go have a nice warm of cocoa.

  10. i grew up in the beautiful upper peninsula of michigan ashley, so i know cold all too well :) your card is sweet and warms the heart :)


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