Challenge me a Christmas Card with Lydia Fiedler

Welcome to "Challenge me a Christmas Card" for 2019! I have asked cardmaking friends to join me in the lead up to Christmas by challenging me to make a card using a specific style, theme, technique or product.



My guest for today is Lydia Fiedler of Understand Blue. Lydia has challenged me to make a card with some kind of paste.

You can check out her take on the challenge HERE

Here's what I came up with:


I took some watercolour cardstock and used a stencil from TCW, and added Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Moonstone. While the stencil was still in place, I sprinkled Nuance watercolour powders over the top, then sprayed with water, and used a baby wipe to mop up the excess water. I then cut around the part of the panel I wanted, and adhered it to a dark pink card base. I added some faux stitching around the edges, and embossed the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp onto some dark purple cardstock to add over the top.


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Blog post at Picket Fence Studios

I have a post up on the Picket Fence Studios blog today - here's a sneak peek:


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Challenge me a Christmas Card with Betty Keefe

Welcome to "Challenge me a Christmas Card" for 2019! I have asked cardmaking friends to join me in the lead up to Christmas by challenging me to make a card using a specific style, theme, technique or product.



My guest for today is Betty Keefe of "Created by BJK". Betty has challenged me to make a card with metallic gold.

You can check out her take on the challenge HERE

Here's what I came up with:


I used gold embossing with a background stamp from Catherine Pooler Designs on some dark red cardstock. I added some shading with Black Distress Ink around the edges, and then added some Wink of Stella over the leaves and flowers in the image. The sentiment from Clearly Besotted is also gold embossed onto black cardstock.


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Challenge me a Christmas Card with Jenny Dix

Welcome to "Challenge me a Christmas Card" for 2019! I have asked cardmaking friends to join me in the lead up to Christmas by challenging me to make a card using a specific style, theme, technique or product.



My guest for today is Jenny Dix. Jenny has challenged me to make a card with the theme "Tropical".

You can check out her take on the challenge HERE

Here's what I came up with:


I used the trees from a Lawn Fawn set, "Critters from the past", but I bent the stamps to make the trees curve away from each other. The baubles are from Winnie and Walter. I hand-drew the string holding the baubles, and coloured them and the trees with Copic markers. I used masking paper and blended Distress Inks to create the edge of the sand and sky, and added some dots of copic markers on the sand. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.


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Challenge me a Christmas Card with Jenny Colacicco

Welcome to "Challenge me a Christmas Card" for 2019! I have asked cardmaking friends to join me in the lead up to Christmas by challenging me to make a card using a specific style, theme, technique or product.



My guest for today is Jenny Colacicco of JC Cards. Jenny has challenged me to make a card with the theme "geometric".

You can check out her take on the challenge HERE

Here's what I came up with:


Usually, when I think geometric, I think triangles and squares, but today, I decided to make a wreath using only circles. I used three holly berries from an old Hero Arts set, along with a circular bauble from a Lawn Fawn set to stamp all of the circles, then coloured them with copic markers, and added some Wink of Stella and some Stickles. I then stamped the sentiment, also from Hero Arts, and added some red gems and some pearls. 


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Muted Tones at A Blog Named Hero

I think muted tones on cards work particularly well for more sombre occasions, so I decided to make a sympathy card for today.


I used the "Jungle Bold Prints" stamp, embossed onto watercolour cardstock. I coloured it with Zig markers and water, then added heaps of Perfect Pearls in water. I added a panel of this card to a notecard made from Simon Says Stamp Fog cardstock, and added a sentiment from "Color Layering Dragonfly". I added some faux stitching with a white gel pen as a finishing touch. 


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Diecember release at Simon Says Stamp

Happy Diecember! I was lucky enough to be sent this "blessings" die from Simon Says Stamp for their Diecember release. I used both the positive and the negative to create two cards


I added the word die to a piece of vellum and popped it up on dimensional adhesive over a panel of Yupo with alcohol inks. I also added some flowers, also from Simon Says Stamp, which I white embossed onto vellum and fussy cut.



 For my 2nd card , I kept it more simple. I still started with a panel of Yupo with alcoho inks, but this time, used the positive from the word die, and added a white embossed sentiment on a scrap of teal cardstock.



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Botan Peony from Picket Fence Studios

Hello - I have a simple card using emboss resist with Zig marker watercolouring to share today.


I used the "Botan Peony" stamp from Picket Fence Studios along with a sentiment from "Let's shake our tail feathers".

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Fusion: Christmas

Welcome to a new challenge at Fusion!


I used a stamp from Lawn Fawn coloured with Copic markers. I cut around the white panel, leaving the tree hanging off the bottom right edge to match the sketch. I added white gel pen to the tree to look like snow.  I then added a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp. I stamped and clear embossed a background stamp from Catherine Pooler onto a pale green notecard from Hero Arts, and added some Wink of Stella for shine. I added some faux stitching around the edge of the panel, and pooped it up on foam adhesive.



 Make sure you check out all the rest of the inspiration at the Fusion challenge blog, and play along with your own creation!
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Color Throwdown 571 Guest Designer

Hello again! I'm here as a guest designer for Color Throwdown for November - here's this week's colour scheme:















Here's what I came up with:


I used the ornament dies from Memory Box, cut from glitter cardstock and silver mirror cardstock. I coloured the background die with Distress Oxide inks, and added a string using a silver gel pen. The sentiment is from Mama Elephant.


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Challenge me a Christmas Card with Jessica Frost Ballas

Welcome to "Challenge me a Christmas Card" for 2019! I have asked cardmaking friends to join me in the lead up to Christmas by challenging me to make a card using a specific style, theme, technique or product.



My guest for today is Jessica Frost Ballas of All the Sparkle. Jessica has challenged me to make a card with this colour scheme:

https://www.design-seeds.com/seasons/winter/winter-tones-9/?fbclid=IwAR286dUibMNe94MDm20fU-RxGvdcL7VSwqmF0QqgCZbV6V74csufhj0UIgg

You can check out her take on the challenge HERE

Here's what I came up with:


I used the Winter Floral Mix background stamp from Simon Says Stamp, white embossed onto Neenah Solar WHite cardstock. I coloured the image with Copic markers, and then sprayed the panel with Frost White Fantastix ink mixed with rubbing alcohol to try to mimic the frost on the colour scheme image. I stamped and white embossed the sentiment onto a burgundy card base, and I then cut the stamped and coloured panel on an angle and adhered it to the card base.


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Challenge me a Christmas Card with Gayatri Murali

Welcome to "Challenge me a Christmas Card" for 2019! I have asked cardmaking friends to join me in the lead up to Christmas by challenging me to make a card using a specific style, theme, technique or product.



My guest for today is Gayatri Murali of Handmade by G3. has challenged me to make a card with the theme "Aussie summer Christmas.

You can check out her take on the challenge HERE

Here's what I came up with:


I stamped the Santa and tree image from Neat and Tangled and coloured it with Copic markers and fussy cut it. I drew a surfboard and coloured it, and arranged the images on a card front on which I had drawn some sand and surf with Copic markers, and blended some Distress Oxide ink for the sky. I added a sentiment from the same stamp set.


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Challenge me a Christmas Card with Laura Bassen

Welcome to "Challenge me a Christmas Card" for 2019! I have asked cardmaking friends to join me in the lead up to Christmas by challenging me to make a card using a specific style, theme, technique or product.



My guest for today is Laura Bassen of laurafadora. Laura has challenged me to make a rainbow Christmas card with emboss resist.

You can check out her take on the challenge HERE

Here's what I came up with:


I started my stamping and white embossing the holly leaves and berries from Annabelle Stamps into a wreath (sadly, this company is no longer).  I painted over the images with a rainbow of Distress Oxide inks, making the colour more intense inside the leaves and the berries. I added a layered die cut sentiment from Paper Rose Studio (3 layers with glitter paper from Simon Says Stamp as the top layer) and a glitter border using a die from Altenew. I finished by adding some more shimmer with a Wink of Stella brush over the leaves and berries. 


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Italian Twist from Picket Fence Studios

The November release from Picket Fence Studios has a great mix of cute, elegant and fun stamps, stencils and dies - I used one of each on this card!


I started with a white card base and used the Basket Weave Stencil and Life Changing Blender Brushes with Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Ink.  I mounted the sentiment on a curve onto an acrylic block and stamped it in black hybrid ink.
I used the "Italian Twist" stamp along with its matching die, coloured the image with copic markers and added a peacock feather from "Let's Shake Our Tail Feathers" to her hair.  I finished with some bling on her hair decoration.


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Challenge me a Christmas Card with Susan Opel

Welcome to "Challenge me a Christmas Card" for 2019! I have asked cardmaking friends to join me in the lead up to Christmas by challenging me to make a card using a specific style, theme, technique or product.



My guest for today is Susan Opel. Susan has challenged me to make a card with embossing.

You can check out her take on the challenge HERE

Here's what I came up with:


I white embossed the Winter Floral Mix background stamp from Simon Says Stamp onto watercolour cardstock. I watercoloured it using Distress Inks, then added some Wink of Stella to the flowers and the berries. I adhered the panel to a lavender coloured card base, added some faux stitching with a white gel pen, then added a white embossed sentiment from Inside Christmas Greetings, also from Simon Says Stamp.


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Color Throwdown 570 Guest Designer

Hello again! I'm here as a guest designer for Color Throwdown for November - here's this week's colour scheme:





















Here's what I came up with: 


I used the Floral Mix Background stamp from Simon Says Stamp, white embossed onto watercolour cardstock and coloured with Zig markers and water. I cut a panel and adhered it to a card front and added a birthday sentiment embossed onto turquoise cardstock.


Thanks for visiting :) 

Challenge me a Christmas Card with Mateja Mocnik

Welcome to "Challenge me a Christmas Card" for 2019! I have asked cardmaking friends to join me in the lead up to Christmas by challenging me to make a card using a specific style, theme, technique or product.



My guest for today is Mateja Mocnik of A Pocketful of Stamps. Mateja has challenged me to make a card with animals.

You can check out her take on the challenge HERE

Here's what I came up with:


I used stamps from My Favorite Things, and I used Copic markers to colour the penguin, then masked him and blended Distress Ink for the sky, and added tiny drops of Stickles for snow.


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Muted tones at A Blog Named Hero

The new challenge at A Blog Named Hero is "muted tones" - these aren't colours I normally gravitate to, so instead of muted, I went pastel (muted = pale, right??) 


I used the Hello stamp & cut set, along with the Flower Garden Fancy Die from Hero Arts.


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