Friday, December 16, 2016

Last Minute Gifts Blog Hop

Welcome to the

We hope you've enjoyed the hop so far.
If you've missed any of the stops or you are starting here,
you can find the entire list of participants at the bottom of the post.

Be sure to comment on each stop in the hop for a chance to win a 
$20 Stampin' Up Gift Certificate.

Now on with the projects...

I created a set of 5 cards.  I'm calling them A Year in Cards Color Me Set.

I've included with this set of 5 cards:
 a set of sentiment stickers, a set of markers and envelopes.

I thought I had a picture of the total gift, but alas it was to out of focus to use and
the gift is already wrapped and on it's way to it's destination.

All the cards are one layer cards on Paper Studio Heavy-weight white cardstock.
I used a variety of Impression Obession background stamps and 
Brutus Monroe and Ranger embossing powders.

I created a holiday card (could also be used for a December birthday), 

a fall card (for a Thank You or fall birthday),

a summery floral card,

(Sorry, I did this one in white embossing powder and it's hard to see the flowers.)

a masculine or kid friendly design,

and last a feminine flowery one (this one could also be used for a wedding or anniversary).

I really love how simple these cards are as is and the receipent might choose to use
them without coloring but add a little color and they are stunning.

This set only took about half and hour to put together and with the envelopes, markers and
stickers only cost around $15.  A great gift idea to put together for you gift closest and
have wrapped and ready to give any time of the year. 
This would make a lovely hostess, birthday, mother's day or teacher gift as well.

I thought I'd show you a couple of the cards with color added.

This is a sample of the feminine card design that I created and used Brusho Color Crystals and
Shimmer mist to color in. Add a simple sentiment and the card is ready for the mail.

Here's the circle card with white embossing powder and Ranger Distress Inks for color.

Or add just a simple embossed sentiment and no need to color at all for a
stunning and simple holiday card. 

I hope you've enjoyed our hops this year.

We love bringing you new ideas each month.
With the insanity that is my life however, I've decided to scale down my
commitments for 2017 and so this series will not returning next year.
Join me the third Saturday of each month in 2017 for
a new card technique adventure and blog hop.

Today's Hop Lineup:

Card A Day Challenge blog ~
Theresa ~  YOU ARE HERE!

to give them all a little love in the comments section.


to my friend and crafty co-hort Alicia for taking over
the hops when my life got to insane.

to my friend and crafter extraordiare Denise for taking over
the CardADayChallenge blog which would have come to an abrupt end if it weren't for you.

BTW, if you aren't checking them out daily, you should be! 
Denise and the DT members do an awesome job making new cards daily for your inspiration.

to my fellow crafters and blog hop buddies, who hung in there and rolled with the punches
but didn't abondon the dream of a monthly blog hops series (x2).
You ladies make me smile, laugh and jealous of your talents every month.

to you my readers, thanks for sticking in there even though the posts
are erratic and sometimes the only ones for the month are the blog hops.
I appreciate you being here more than you know.
Thanks too for all the comments of encouragement and those of you that
follow me on Instagram and Pinterest.

Happy Holidays and 
Happy Crafting!

Friday, December 9, 2016

A Year of Card Techniques December Blog Hop

Welcome to 

Can you believe it's month twelve of a Year of Card Techniques?

Here are the links in case you missed a month:
January       February  March     April     May  
June    July     August    September   October  November

Be sure you've hopped and commented on each month for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Stampin Up or (Winner's Choice)

This last month of the year we are focusing all our attention on metallics, 
whether it's foil, embossing powder, inks or cardstock, anything metallic 
and since it's December we just had to make it holiday too. 

Now on with the projects. 

These are the four I made specifically for this hop.
I LOVE Brutus Monroe Metallic Embossing powders!!!!

Brutus Monroe Sterling EP, background stamp by Impression Obession and
sentiment from Catherine Pooler Designs
Brutus Monroe Penny EP and Impression Obssession background stamp
colored with Brusho Color Crystals
Ranger Brushed Gold EP and Impression Obssession background stamp
colored with Brusho Color Crystals
Brutus Monroe Gold EP, background stamp by Impression Obession and
sentiment from Catherine Pooler Designs

Then I got to looking through my card album from the last year
and thought I'd share a few more from months past.







Apparently I like metallic embossing powders and metallic alcohol inks a lot!

We hope you've enjoyed this year in card techniques.

We'll be continuing the series in 2017, so join us
every third Saturday at 8 a.m. for more card fun, frustrations and experimentation. 

Happy Holidays

Today's Lineup:
Theresa  You are here
  Lisa  Go here next!