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Global Design Project #275: Lovely Envelope Cards

Over on the Global Design Project , love is in the air. While I haven't fully committed to the Valentine's day themes, I did find that the theme was flexible enough to pull out my brand new mini-envelope die . Here is the full challenge in question: What I was most attracted to was the image of the little envelope. I definitely wanted to play with that. Additionally, I purchased the Giving Tuesday surprise pack from Lawn Fawn way back in November. It's a grab bag of sorts with all proceeds donated to charity. In this pack I got an assortment of different stamps, one of which was full of "Open Here" and "Look at This" which turned out to be the perfect thing I needed to execute my card. So here is the card on a first look: And then the little envelope opens up to reveal a little mini card: And the inside of the card shows this: And because I can never make anything once, I made the exact same card with a purple envelope: Overall, I'm super thrilled w
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Color Week Challenge #567: Notable Note Cards

Over on the Just Us Girls  challenge blog, they deemed it color week. I haven't done any crafting since the holiday despite receiving a number of new dies and stamps. Thankfully, this challenge was just what I needed to try out my all new Note Pocket Die . The challenge set forth was to use three shades of any blue: The tricky part of the die was it's only one die template, so you needed to cut two versions of it and trim it down. I then embossed the bottom piece to give it a little texture and used stamps from Lawn Fawn to complete the look. Here's the result: And as you can see from the next picture, you can out the back piece to write a special note to a loved one: They're a little more time consuming than you would think for such a small piece. That said, I am still happy with the end result. I then went on to using a pink theme to make a few more of these. These stamps came from Wonton in a Million . Overall I'm very happy with the note card. How practical it i

Daring Cardmakers: Christmas Tag Cards

Over on Daring Cardmakers , the designers asked us to adorn our work this week with Tags, Toppers and Labels. Christmas tags are some of my favorite things to make during the holidays, but rather than just make a bunch of tags, I decided to turn those tags into cards. So here were the two cards I ended up making: I used a basic three square sketch that is quite popular and staggered the tags with 3D dot adhesives for a little dimension. And here's the second card I made: In the same sketch pad I used to made the tag cards, I also made these next cards. They're unrelated to the challenge, but I figured they were worth the post nevertheless. First up, a little vintage Santa: And then a Merry Home card: Anyway, if you like what you see, be sure to hit the SUBSCRIBE button at the top to see new posts. And be sure to follow me on Instagram  @DannysCards For various Christmas Cards, check out the following posts: Inkspirational Challenge #228: Snow Cards Festive Friday Challenge 0074

Try Stampin' Challenge #486: Smash the Patriarchy Cards

Over on the Try Stampin' On Tuesday blog , they offered a beautiful sketch where I couldn't just help but take a stab at it. After an abundance of Christmas and holiday cards, I really needed a break from all the festiveness to make cards with no real holiday in mind. Today at Michael's, I hit the motherload of clearance Hot Buy pads and stickers, which basically governed what I made today. Here was the sketch Try Stampin' showcased: I knew immediately I was going to use my circle punches and 3D dots to give it some dimension. I always look at these sketches and tend to follow them a little too closely. So I mixed it up by removing the white circle entirely and using the stickers I found at Michael's as my inspiration. These stickers come c/o This is Us Paper House Productions . Here was the first card I made: And here is the card at an angle so you can see all the dimension of the card. My second color followed the same color scheme, just in reverse. And here's

Inkspirational Challenge #228: Snow Cards

Over on the Inkspirational Blog , their was one word on their mind. Anyone here on the East Coast waiting for the first Nor'easter with up to two feet possible this Wednesday and Thursday know what that word is: Recently, I ordered these Mini Holiday Frame Dies from Anna Griffin and got right to work with this challenge in mind. Armed with brand new stickers from the Recollections collection, I knew exactly what I wanted to create. Here was the first card of the bunch: The white snow flakes stayed front and center. I used my cardinal embellishments to give it just another layer. And here's the card from another angle: The center phrase says, "Let Heaven and Nature Sing.... Let Earth Receive Her King." Sticking with the red theme, my second card was a little more secular: As for the next two cards, I went with a more woodland theme: I used a gold shimmer background to give the snowflakes another level of pop, and then spruced up the card with evergreen trees. My final

Festive Friday Challenge 0074: O Christmas Tree

Recently I've been searching for a reason to pull out my Anna Griffin Christmas Tree Pop Up Cards . Anyone who knows anything about pop up cards knows, they take approximately forever to make. While by no means the longest I've spent, these dies are definitely show-stopping wow cards that take a fair amount of time to make (anywhere from 1 to 2 hours). Over on the Festive Friday Challenge blog , they asked makers to use three or more items from a list. The list was as follows: For me, this was easy. red, ornaments, ribbon and evergreen trees were the highlight. So here's the card in question: Now you might say, but Danny, that's not really an evergreen tree. And that's because it's not. The surprise is when you open the card and this pops out: And here's the card in action: And because I can never make one of anything, here's the green version of the same card. While time consuming, this is definitely a card type I will return to again next holiday seaso

Time Out Challenge #176: Angel Jacket Card

I think there's something to be said for a religious card. While I personally am not religious, I always admire those with faith and a close relationship with God. This card comes courtesy of TIME OUT Challenges which asked to make cards inspired by the following quote: For a couple weeks I've waited for the perfect challenge to finally pull out my Anna Griffin Angel Jacket Card Dies . In the past, I loved how jacket card dies look, but I often find them too time consuming to really pull out more than a handful of times. That said, I'm happy to report that these Angel Jacket Cards took a little less than the hour mark, which means they will definitely be pulled out again. I created two variations of the same card using the dies: I used Recollections card stock I had to create the card. I also used Cricut brand glitter card stock for the wings and dress and put washi tape on the side to give it an extra layer. Additionally, I added a white ribbon and a little saying that de