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Thursday, November 23, 2017

CASEing MICHELLE LUPTON

The challenge at A Blog Named Hero this month is to copy/CASE one of our designers.  I chose a card from the very talented, Michelle Lupton.

 

I took her design and made a Christmas card.  Embossed the various HA snowflakes in white and watercoloured with some distress inks.  The sentiment is from a very old HA set and embossed in silver.  Although it is not visible in the photo, I made the card very shiny with some Perfect Pearls.


You'll find all the ABNH design team here - click on the team member's name and you'll be linked to her blog where you'll find inspiration galore.  Choose a card, start creating and then enter your card here and be eligible for a great prize!

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Monday, November 20, 2017

BEFORE AND AFTER

After Christmas last January, I bought some tags on clearance (had been $8 for 8 and I paid 70 cents!).  I thought I could use them as actual tags or just for the vellum and the background cardstock.

ORIGINAL TAG
 And here's my transformed tag:


I removed the sentiment tag and cut it down to use as a base for my tree.  Die cut the MB Elyse Tree and decorated it with some gold Nuvo drops and a little glitter star I cut from the sentiment piece.  I made my tag usable for a gift card by adding a little pocket on the back.



There were pink tags in the set so also made a pink one.  These will be for my two granddaughters in England.


Think these will be good for a few challenges - Muse Christmas Visions #89 (snow - my tree is white so covered with snow) and Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags #15

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

JOY

I have been wanting to try my hand with coloring with colored pencils and finally gave it a whirl.  Inspiration is from Yana Smakula's card using a black background.


Used my Prismacolors on the EH mondo poinsettias which were first embossed with gold.  The sketch is from the new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches - turned the sketch on its side tho.  Added some Nuvo gold drops, a glitter sentiment and mounted it on a white card base.  

I am entering this in the Freshly Made Sketches #313 challenge and also CAS Mix-Up (glitter, stamping, embossing, die cut, pencil coloring).


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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

POINSETTIAS AND CHALLENGES

I combined both the CAS Mix-Up challenge (glitter) and the CAS Watercolour challenge (holiday) in my card today.



I stamped the poinsettias with Versamark and embossed in gold.  Watercoloured them with my Zigs (light carmine and tea rose) and a little water.  Next cut the panel down and die cut the sentiment out of the front of the card and also some gold glitter paper.  Mounted the panel on more glitter paper and inlaid the glitter letters.  Added some gold Nuvo drops in the flower centers and a few gold glitter enamel dots and done.


My Mix-UP includes stamping, glitter, watercolouring, embossing.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

CHRISTMAS ROSE



In September, Michelle Lupton asked me to join in her Christmas challenge - there would be a word around which the card would be created.  So, of course, I agreed to play and a few days later here comes the word "edible".  Yikes, me with all my flower stamps and not a stamp or anything with cookies or gingerbread men or regular stuff that one would normally eat!!!!  But some flowers are edible - and I found a great site that explained how flowers are used in haute cuisine.  Here's what it says about roses:
Roses (Rosa rugosa or R. gallica officinalis) – Flavors depend on type, color, and soil conditions. Flavor reminiscent of strawberries and green apples.  Sweet, with subtle undertones ranging from fruit to mint to spice.  All roses are edible, with the flavor being more pronounced in the darker varieties.  In miniature varieties can garnish ice cream and desserts, or larger petals can be sprinkled on desserts or salads.  Freeze them in ice cubes and float them in punches also.  Petals used in syrups, jellies, perfumed butters and sweet spreads.

I ended up making two cards - couldn't decide which one to post, so here are both of them.  For the first card, I watercolored some Altenew bamboo roses, added them to a HA wreath with "joy" in the middle and some Nuvo clear glitter drops.  For my second card, I used a rose stencil and watercolored very lightly with some pinks and yellows.  Die cut two wreaths which I layered and added the little sentiment.  Very non-traditional colors, but I'm happy with the result.


Thanks Michelle for asking me to join you in this challenge - am anxious to see your card and all the ones from others you have challenged.  You can see Michelle's card here.

So pleased you all stopped by today and love to read your kind comments.