Monday, 10 December 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #294

It's time for a new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

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Here's my card

I took some liberties with this sketch because frankly, I was stumped. I layered the circles on top of the rectangles, instead of them being below the rectangles. I stamped the Christmas tree ornaments from The Alley Way's Fa-la-la stamp set and added color with distress inks and an ink brush. I was away at a crafting retreat that I flew to, so my supplies were limited. I think that the "organic" look works just fine. If I had been at home, I would have added color with Copic markers - I just didn't take them with me. I used a Sizzix circle die to diecut the circles. The rectangles were scraps of patterned paper. The sentiment uses a stamp from Paper Smooches' Christmas Sampler stamp set.

I'm anxious to see how you interpret this week's sketch because it was a tough one for me.

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Friday, 7 December 2018

The Stockings Were Hung ~ Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us for the 
Stockings were Hung Blog Hop!

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The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there!
This is a blog hop featuring projects inspired by Christmas Stockings! Each of our projects will have at least one stocking on it.

You should have arrived from EK but if you just so happened to stumble across our hop and need to start at the very start,
Connie Can Crop is the beginning of this Special holiday hop! 
This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday at 10pm to finish hopping and leaving your love for all of these talented crafters.

We have three awesome sponsors for this hop!!
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Will be giving away this gorgeous Winter mailbox die, glitter tape and fun twine!
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is giving away Kaisercraft Peace and Joy paper pad and collectibles
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Wendy Chapman Bellino
is giving away a Christmas themed digital kit from Club Scrap

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What do you need to do to win? Easy... become  a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments on every blog to be eligible to win. 
Winners will be announced on Wednesday 12/12/18 at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

Here's my card

I stamped a stockings from The Alley Way's Mistletoe Kisses and The Alley Way's Fa-la-la stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added non-traditional Christmas colors with Copic markers R22, BV13, BG05, YG06, G07, R37, V15, BG15. I added some borders - a thin red strip and Stampin' Up's Double Scalloped border punch. The sentiment is from The Alley Way's Fa-la-la stamp set. 

Be sure to hop over toCharlotte who is next on our blog hop.

Here's our line up in case you get lost along the way.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!
Be sure to join us next month for our
This Magic Moment Disney Themed Blog hop!

Thank you for letting us inspire you!

Thursday, 6 December 2018

STAMPlorations CAS December Challenge

It's so difficult to believe that it's already the last month of 2018. Where does the time go? I have so much to do before the big guy in the red suit appears. I know ... make a list, check it twice (oops, wrong list!).

Here's this month's challenge at STAMPlorations CAS

Here's my card

It's a "simple" one this month. I started with a scrap of shiny silver cardstock - actually any non-porous material, like Yupo would work. I added some Adirondack alcohol ink (stream and citrus) with an ink applicator and applicator felt. I placed a few drops randomly onto the applicator felt and stamped multiple times to cover the silver cardstock. I let the alcohol ink dry. I made a 4.25" square card base and using STAMPlorations Christmas Icons - Christmas Tree #2 CUTplorations die, die cut the tree in the centre of the card. I placed the alcohol inked panel behind the cutout and adhered it in place. Here's a close-up (it's difficult to capture the colors).

This is a clean and simple card that would be easy to reproduce several times over. Hmm - maybe it would make a good choice for my annual Christmas card. 

We'd love for you to join us this month.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #293

Happy Monday to you. It's time for a new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

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Here's my card for this week

I was feeling very Christmas-y when sitting down to create a card for this week's sketch. I started by stamping the holly leaves and berries from The Alley Way's Fa-la-la stamp set randomly. I used my MISTI to help me stamp both the leaves and berries using Distress inks (peeled paint and candied apple). With a water brush, I "colored" in the leaves and berries. I trimmed the panel to 4" x 3" and matted it with a matching green cardstock. I used a scrap of pink/red for the 0.5" vertical strip. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches - A Blessed Christmas, which I die cut with a Sizzix circle die. From scraps of pink and red cardstock, I punched out 5/8" and 1" circles to complete the card.

Would love to see how you're inspired by this week's sketch.

Thanks for stopping by

Saturday, 1 December 2018

House of Cards Blog Hop

It's time for the end of season House of Cards Blog Hop. Actually, this year, it's also going to be the end of the House of Cards challenge blog. It's going to be shutting down after this blog hop. I've enjoyed being part of this crafty community. 

Here's the inspiration photo

Here's my card

I started with our sponsor, Beccy's Place's 

Silver Bells digital stamp which I printed out on cardstock with my inkjet printer. I added color with Copic markers, using similar colors as shown on the inspiration photo.

Here's the blog hop order. 

House of Cards Blog

You should have arrived from Rosi and the next stop is Susan 

Thanks for stopping by

Friday, 30 November 2018

Rainbow Card Challenge: Design Team Call

I love a good card challenge - one that makes me think, that pushes me outside my comfort zone; that encourages me to try new things. Well, my crafty friend Mynn Kitchen has a new challenge blog here

For this design team call, we've been asked to create a monochromatic card. I'm thinking that the minimal usage of "neutrals" would be allowed - at least, I hope so.

Here's my card

Mynn provided an inspiration board. 

I was inspired by the blue colors and the mittens. I stamped the mittens with strings using Poppy Stamps' Dreaming of a White Christmas stamp set with Versamark ink. I used clear embossing powder which I heat set. I added color with Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils. I like the look of lighter colored pencils on dark cardstock. The sentiment from Newton's Nook Designs' Stylish Stockings stamp set which was heat set using silver embossing powder. 

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Coffee Lovers Hop - Fall/Winter

So proud to be a member of the STAMPlorations CAS TeamSTAMPlorations is happy to be one of the sponsors of the Coffee Lovers Hop.

Here's a card I've made for the Hop.

I started with the background on a natural A2 card panel, where I used STAMPlorations Shutters stencil with distress inks (tea dye, antique linen, vintage photo) applied randomly, with ink blending tools. I stamped STAMPlorations' Brew-tiful Day coffee cup onto poinsettia/holly patterned paper from Authentique's Believe 6x6 paper pack, as well as onto some scrap kraft paper and the background A2 card panel. I fussy cut the "beverage" from the kraft paper and the cup and saucer. I adhered them onto the background panel and added the sentiment from the same stamp set.

Seems like a nice idea - a nice warm beverage on a cold winter evening. Aahhh!

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