Wednesday, July 26, 2017

ABC Christmas Challenge

The current challenge for ABC Christmas Challenge is to use something either (N)ew or (O)ld on your Christmas card.

I used some old items on this card:  the vintage Santa transparency and backing glitter paper have been in my stash awhile, as well as the patterned papers.  I've been hoarding the vintage Santa transparencies, so it was nice to actually use one!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tic Tac Toe Challenge #7

Here is the challenge board for the new challenge @ Tic Tac Toe.

I chose to use the far right vertical row: diecut, floral, yellow.

I used the July Hero Arts kit for this one, stamping and diecutting the images after coloring them with Copic markers.  This card is for my niece, who was sweet enough to make me a paper floral arrangement while I was laid up with knee surgery.  

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Jingle Belles Here Comes Santa Claus challenge

The new challenge @ Jingle Belles is to use a Santa image on your card.  I had some vintage Santa transparencies and glitter backing transparencies that I've had in my stash for a couple of years and decided to use one of those on my card.

I dry embossed the red cardstock background and added a few paint splatters of white paint.  I also added a piece of acetate of the Santa image, and inked and embossed the edges of the acetate with white to get a snowy look.  It's hard to photograph this without getting glare from the acetate and glitter; it looks much more sparkly in real life.

Fusion card challenge

Here is the inspiration for this week's Fusion card challenge.
I used the sketch for my card, for also took inspiration from the pastel colors in the photo, although I used silver instead of gold on my card.  Definitely a little bit different from my normal Christmas card colors, but I really like the softness of the colors, with the silver embossed sentiment.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Muse: Christmas Visions July challenge

Here is the inspiration card for the July challenge at Muse: Christmas Visions.  This card is by
Jessica Frost-Ballas.

I love the gorgeous poinsettia and the touches of gold on this card, so used those as the inspiration for my card.

I used my Cricut and some pearl and shimmer paper for this card.  It's hard to see in the photo, but the subtle shimmer is really pretty!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

more one layer cards

I thought I would try my hand at a couple more one-layer cards for the AAA Cards and Less Is More combined challenge.

For this one, I stamped the spider web background partially on the grey card, then stamped the spider and sentiment.  I sponged a little purple distress oxide ink around the edges.  

On this card, I used a Paper Smooches curved stitched die for the "hill", then sponged green Distress Oxide ink in that area for grass.  The tree, leaves and sentiment were stamped, and then I sponged a little blue Distress Oxide ink in the sky area.  I wasn't sure how the Distress Oxide inks would work on kraft cardstock, but they showed up pretty well.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Combined challenge at AAA Cards and Less Is More

AAA Cards and Less Is More are holding a combined challenge:   one layer cards with a colored cardstock base.  While most of my cards are pretty much clean and simple, I rarely make a one-layer cards, so this was a real challenge, especially when trying to use a colored cardstock base.  The first couple of attempts weren't too great, but the third one turned out okay.

The floral background stamp is from Brutus Monroe.  I stamped it on the top portion of the card with white pigment ink, then embossed with white embossing powder, and added some touches of color with colored pencils.  I added a score line at the bottom, accented with a white gel pen and a stamped and embossed sentiment at the bottom.

It's always good to challenge yourself to try something new that might not necessarily be in your comfort zone.  This was fun!