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Freshly Made Sketches #463 Entry: Truck and Penguin Cards

My absence on my blog means that the holidays are feeling busier than usual. The work, life balance is a bit tough. And as I finally make my way through some video games, I've had a little bit less free time to make cards. Additionally, the few cards that I have made, I haven't had a chance to upload pictures just yet. That said, I sat down this evening to make a few cards that I'm pretty happy with. This card comes courtesy of Freshly Made Sketches which gave the following layout. This was actually the perfect little challenge for this evening because it allowed me to pull out my scrap box with some leftover holiday strips. I quickly got to work using my brand new recollection stamps.. The first card I made feels like the "manliest" Christmas card I could muster. Does anything say manly like plaid, a truck and the phrase "Trucking Through the Snow"?  For my second iterations of these cards, I used my brand new Recollections penguin set. And as a slight

Through the Purple Haze Challenge #173 Entry: Christmas Door Cards

Over on the Through the Purple Haze blog, the designers gave way to a Tic Tac Toe board. Unlike other blogs, I could muster dozens of different ideas. As it's November, I'm in the full swing of the holiday spirit. Take a look at their tic tac toe challenge: I went for sentiment, emboss and gold down the right hand column. That said, I also put my final product on patterned paper, and this whole idea was inspired by my brand new die set from Anna Griffin: Anna Griffin Classic Christmas Decorative Door Dies .  Here's the final product: I wanted the doorway to stand out, so I utilized black, which helped accentuate the gold. The brick background gave it that perfect holiday feel. What I love about the set is that none of it felt too time consuming. As everyone knows here, I love my Anna Griffin dies, but often they're time consuming and it feels like everything takes just a bit too long to do. The only part that took extra time were the lanterns, ribbon and hanging holly,

Christmas Kickstart Challenge Entry #42: Otterly Cozy Christmas

For the past week and a half I've been working on an assortment of cards. Unfortunately, the lighting in my house isn't the best and often gives off a blue hue. Thankfully, today the lighting was perfect, so I could finally get pictures of some of my various Christmas Cards. Today's challenge comes courtesy of the Christmas Kickstart Challenge Blog . If you're anything like me, you often collect embossing folder after embossing folder. I must own, literally, two hundred or more folders--of which 30 of them are Christmas theme. I was excited to see the Christmas Kickstart Challenge blog offer an embossing folder and stamp set challenge .  I immediately knew what stamp I wanted to use. Last year I purchased this Otterly Cozy Christmas set from Lawn Fawn . Unfortunately, I never got around to using it. With some quick use of my Copic Markers. I created four different cards all with minor variations. I always love the texture look of Copic Markers. I utilized an assortment

ARTastic Challenge Entry: Christmas Vintage Paper Dolls

Over on the ARTastic Challenge Blog , designers set out on a vintage inspired challenge. Utilizing famous painter Hilda Rix Nicholas, they showcased an image that exuded vintage Victorian. Take a look at the inspiration below: I set out this morning, know exactly what would be the focal point. I recently invested in the Holiday Paper Doll Card Toppers from Anna Griffin. Besides the hilarious sayings, the actual dolls require assembly, so you can place bonnets and dresses as you see fit. With a little trimming and use of my concentric frame dies, I finished up two cards that I thought fit the challenge perfectly. I really wanted to emphasize the Christmas theme, so I ended up using various reds. For my second card, I followed the same path. Using 3D Dot adhesives gave the cards a little bit of a pop.  And here's the card standing where you can really see the dimension of the card. I'm definitely in full holiday and Christmas swing, so expect more holiday cards for the duration