Hi everyone! I'm in Christmas card mode now and saw this great photo on the Card Concept's blog. What a beautiful wreath! I was looking through my Christmas stamps and dies and found a die that I thought would be perfect for this challenge. I really ...

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"Kind Creations" - 5 new articles

  1. The Card Concept #82
  2. Just Us Girls #420 - Color Week
  3. CAS-ual Fridays #187 - Gratitude with Altitude
  4. Just Us Girls #419 - Trend Week
  5. Time Out #96 - CASE Challenge
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The Card Concept #82

Hi everyone!  I'm in Christmas card mode now and saw this great photo on the Card Concept's blog.  What a beautiful wreath!  I was looking through my Christmas stamps and dies and found a die that I thought would be perfect for this challenge.  I really need to participate in other challenges too instead of just creating for my design teams.  I'm getting lazy!
 
I started by sponging some Oxide inks on Bristol paper in pinks and blues.  Then I die cut this gorgeous wreath from it.  It came out just as I imagined!  That doesn't happen often!  I just bought the Concord & 9th release and this ribbon die and sentiment were perfect for the middle of the wreath.  I embossed the sentiment in platinum embossing powder.  As I was laying everything out, I decided to impress the main panel with a linen impression plate.  Then I saw these snowflakes that were die cut from the die and added them as accents instead of throwing them out.  I sprayed the whole thing with shimmer spritz.  I think I would call this Clean and Simple according to the Card Concept's definitions.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Christmas Cheer Turnabout (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Bristol, recollections white
Ink:  Versamark, worn lipstick, picked raspberry, peacock feathers, and broken china Oxide inks
Accessories:  Ornament wreath die (SSS), ribbon die (C&9th), liquid platinum ep, linen impression plate, shimmer spritz, dimensional tape
 
 

Just Us Girls #420 - Color Week

Hi friends!  It's color week at Just Us Girls and Angie chose a fun combo!
 
When I saw the new MFT release, I knew I wanted to get this deer die set and the chained link set.  When I finally got around to ordering it, they were sold out everywhere.  So sad!  But my LSS, Buffalo Stamps and Stuff, came through.  I got the last one of each!  Love that store! 
 
Anyway, I thought it would be perfect to use for this challenge.  I started by die cutting a stitched rectangle from Bristol paper and sponged Peacock Feathers oxide ink on it.  Then I doe cut two stitched snow drifts from the same paper.  I die cut the deer from brown cardstock and the antlers from some shiny gold paper as well as the sentiment.  For the first time, I used the Copic opaque white paint to spatter some to look like snow falling.  I added the gold hearts to the antlers and black enamel accents for the eyes. Love those antlers!
 
You can see more from the design team and our guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Paper:  Bristol white, recollections white, gold shine (MFT)
Ink:  Peacock feathers distress oxide, copic opaque white
Accessories:  Deer Love, Stitched Snow Drifts, Blueprints 13 dies (MFT); Winter Words die (Reverse Confetti); black enamel accents

    

CAS-ual Fridays #187 - Gratitude with Altitude

Hi everyone!  The challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays is Gratitude with Altitude.  What does that mean, you ask?  I was a little stumped too until I saw what the design team came up with.  Basically it's giving some "lift" to your thankful sentiments.
This is what I came up with.  I bought this stamp set way before I was on the design team.  I just loved it and the sentiments.  I die cut the curve on the main piece then curved the green image on my Mini Misti to follow it and stamped it.  Then I stamped the top sentiment in orange.  The middle sentiment was stamped in Versamark on desert storm cardstock and embossed in white.  I made it a smidge longer than the main panel and cut the ends into flags.  This piece was raised from the main panel using dimensional tape.  To give the desert storm piece behind this panel some texture, I ran it through a quilted embossing folder.  Spectrum noir shimmer was added to the green image and sequins completed the card.
 
I used this week's CAS(E) this sketch for my layout.  Very cool one!
 
You can see more from the design team on the CAS-ual Fridays blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Frankly (CF)
Paper:  Recollections white, desert storm
Ink:  Versamark, lime rickey, tutti frutti
Accessories:  Edgers die (Reverse Confetti), quilted embossing folder, white embossing powder, Spectrum Noir shimmer, sequins, dimensional tape
    

Just Us Girls #419 - Trend Week

Hi everyone!  I'm the hostess over at Just Us Girls this week, and it's our Trend Week.  I saw Jennifer McGuire do a video on silhouette stamping a while ago and thought it would be good for this trend week challenge.
 
I was at my LSS last week and came upon this Penny Black stamp set.  I thought it would look good stamped in black, so I bought it.  I wish my photo taking skills were better.  This card looks so washed out, when it really isn't!  I started by sponging some oxide inks onto a piece of Bristol white cardstock.  I left it lighter around the manger.  Then I stamped the images in Versafine onyx black.  I wanted to spatter it with some copic white paint, but I didn't want it to get all over the images, so I just used a white get pen.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment.  Starting to get those Christmas cards done!
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Three Kings (Penny Black)
Paper:  Recollections white, black, Bristol smooth white
Ink:  Versamark, Versafine onyx black, broken china, salty ocean, seedless preserves, black soot Distress Oxide inks
Accessories:  White embossing powder, white gel pen, fun foam 

    

Time Out #96 - CASE Challenge

Hi friends!  The challenge over at the Time Out blog is a CASE challenge.
 
This is the card by Michele we are CASE-ing.  Love the layout and the way the she die cut the word on that angle.

So here's my take on it.  I used the same layout and design, but stamped this new plaid bg stamp in red and then the lines in black.  I die cut the word (which was a freebie from Concord & 9th) from the panel and three more times from white cardstock and stacked them together.  I mounted the panel onto a black panel and inlaid the word die.  I stamped Christmas on black cardstock and embossed it in white.  I added sequins to finish it off.  Maybe I should have left them off...not sure about them.
 
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, my JUGs teammate Bobby, on the Time Out blog
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps: Plaid background (Concord & 9th), Communique Curves (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Versamark, rockin' red
Accessories:  Merry die (Concord & 9th), sequins, white ep 

    

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