Every year I make 130 Christmas cards for the Belmont Long Term Care Home. It is my way of paying it forward for the fabulous care they provided my mother. I love to colour while watch TV so I will stamp numerous images and hand colour them with Copic Markers, Zig Water Colour Brushes, Derwent Inktenses Pencils, or Distress inks. Once I get a number completed, I then sit down and start to assemble my cards. No two cards are the same, While I may use the same image, I colour them differently, use a different card format, different card stock, etc. I also make Fall/Thanksgiving/Halloween, Easter/Spring, Valentine’s Day, Remembrance Day (for the veterans), plus birthday cards. It keeps me busy, and I really enjoy it. I also make cards for myself and friends. I dropped the cards off for distribution on December 1, 2016.
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Gosh, with Christmas just around the corner, the CRAFT team is challenging you to make a Christmas card. For this week’s challenge I made two cards using Digi stamps by Deedees Digis.
Card 1 - I used DA Penguin and Whale from the Ice Fishing* set. I added a Christmas present (stamp from Mama Elephant) on top of the Orca’s nose to add to the Christmas theme. While this digi is available pre-colored, I opted to print the outline version and hand colour with Copic markers. *Note: This set includes: 4 outline images, 4 layering images, 4 pre-colored images, and 8 sentiments, in JPG and PNG formats. Also included are 3 printable 8.5×11-inch digital papers, in JPG format only. All set elements have a resolution of 300 dpi/ppi, and are easily resizable to fit your crafting needs.
Card 2 – I used Christmas Basket from Seasonal Baskets*. I made two versions of this card, simply switching up the papers in the background and sentiments (by Paper Smooches and Impression Obsession).*Note: This digital set includes: 6 outline images (includes bonus “Empty Basket” image!), 5 pre-colored images, 5 white-filled layering images, and 3 sentiments, in JPG and PNG file formats. All set elements have a resolution of 300 dpi/ppi, and are easily resizable to fit your crafting needs.
I hope to see your cards in our challenge. Please support our wonderful sponsors who graciously provide our prizes.
Over at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie Challenge they post the best photo inspirations! This week is no different. See below…aren’t those cookies adorable!
For this challenge, I pulled out my Stampip’ Up – Build and Owl punch. I modified him to look like a penguin, added a hat from the Santa stamp – Cozy Christmas by Mama Elephant, snowflake embossing folder by Tim Holtz/Sizzix, and a sentiment – Polar Pals by Mama Elephant. I also added a few gems, pompoms and some frosted stickles.
I made this three colour card with leftover scraps from my stash. I loved the way the curved edges went together. I made the card for the CAS – Colours and Sketches Challenge. While the sketch shows three different sections, it did not state I had to keep the ombre theme so I went for bold and simple with yellow, black and white. The stamp/die is from SSS – You are my Sunshine, and I embossed it with Wow yellow embossing powder. The curved lines are from a Mama Elephant border die.
I also entered this card into Moving Along With the Times CAS challenge and made a second entry into Little Tangles #38 Challenge. The card is so bright and reminds me of sand dunes and happy days! Addicted to Stamps also has a CAS challenge this week at http://www.addictedtostamps-challenge.blogspot.com.au/
UPDATE: My card was selected in the Top three with CAS Colours and Sketches at http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.nl/
Today was the final day of classes. The gals did a wonderful job, and I would recommend taking ALL their classes. You can take them at anytime (forums and galleries are closed). Check them out at http://www.onlinecardclasses.com/ . For my last day I decided to try stamping with markers. I have tried the “Huff” technique before, but never colouring the stamp then water misting them, Here is my result.
I used the following Distress markers: fired brick, mowed lawn, pine needles, peeled paint, picked raspberry, festive berries, worn lipstick, and barn door. The stamps were by Mama Elephant – Water Blooms.
UPDATE: This card was given a “shout out” from the Design team at the Online Card Class – Clean and Simple 3. I was very excited that my card caught the attention of these extremely talented group of ladies. Once again I cannot say enough about how great their classes are. Be sure to check them ALL out at http://onlinecardclasses.com/. I have taken them all, but this past class was the first one that I actually UPLOADED my cards into the Gallery.