Friday, December 15, 2017

A Foiled Holiday

Mistletoe Monday...Originally published 6-20-16

Today's Mistletoe Monday Challenge:
Use a foil or metallic card base.

Today's  challenge  was to use a metallic or foil card base.  Ok, I have some Tim Holtz metal and I hate to share lol!  But I did bust it out for the challenge.  I used a Sizzle embossing folder then mounted the metal on a green check base.  The stamp is from Deep Red.  I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo  Black and embossed with clear embossing  powder.  I colored it with my Spectrum  Noir  alcohol  markers.  I fussy cut it.  Really like how it turned out. ~ Gracie

For my card, I used a piece of silver shimmer paper and the Sizzix snowflake embossing folder from the Textured Impressions set – Plaid and Snowflakes. Using ink blending tools and distress inks (tumbled glass and faded jeans) to randomly add colour to a piece of white cardstock. I cut a 2” x 3” piece and using Stampin’ Up’s Ornate Tag Topper punch to create a tag. The sentiment is from Stamp Of Approval’s Holiday Magic collection – CASual Friday’s Snowy Sayings stamp set. The snowflake is cut from a scrap piece of silver shimmer paper using Stamp of Approval’s Holiday Magic collection – CASual Fridays’ Funky Flakes Fri-Dies. To complete the card, I used some silver twine to “hang” the tag and for the bow. ~ Sue


To make this flip card, I broke out my Snowflake Card Thinlit Die to cut my Brushed Silver card base. Sadly, both the die and the Brushed Silver are retired.  I'm looking for a new resource for the Brushed Silver and Gold card stocks if you happen to know any.  The DSP on the snowflake is Stam[in' Up's Wintergreen digital DSP.  That's topped by Silver Glimmer Paper and Island Indigo pieces, each cut with companion dies to the Snowflake Thinlit.  On the right side of the card I added Winter Frost Specialty DSP layered on a mat of Island Indigo.  I created the greeting using a cut file I purchased in the Silhouette store which I converted to print only and color matched it to the Island Indigo.  Inside, I used a digital stamp from Stampin' Up as the sentiment.  ~Kim from Katydid Cards

It always amazes me when DT members take a challenge in the same way.  All three designers today,
used or created embossed foil for the card base and yet the cards are so very different.

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC DT and Guests

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Gold & Silver Holidays

Mistletoe Monday...Originally Posted 6-27-16

Today's Mistletoe Monday Challenge:
Use gold or silver as the only ink/embossing powder for the design.
Use a dark colored card base (black/navy/etc).

Using my darkest blue that wasn’t “blackish”, I dry-embossed (using my Cuttlebug) a wintery scene. Embossing ink and powder were adhered in silver, then heated up the gun and WHOOSH! I watched the melting effects create a silvery nighttime snow. 
(Please don’t mind if it’s a beat stormy-looking…)  ~Lisa
Cardstock: Reflections (Michaels Stores)
Embossing Ink: Inkssentials
Embossing Powder: ZING! (Silver)
Embossing Folder: Cricut-Cuttlebug (Provocraft)

Starting with a 3.5 x 5 black card base, I stamped the sentiment and floral piece, from the Gina K Designs Stamp TV kit Better With You, with Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with Hero Arts silver embossing powder.  I lined the stamped piece with an embossed silver cardstock from Create & Craft and then attached all to a black card base.  I chose simple embellishments in the right hand corner to balance everything out.  The beauty of silver against black doesn't need much! ~Colleen

I used Gold and Silver Delicata Ink to stamp the ornaments and to create the
sheet underneath. 

I used Silver Delicata Ink with clear embossing powder to create this background.
This is one of my most favorite cards I've made. I just love how it turned out.  ~Theresa

Here's a few more cards for this challenge:

Delicata Silver Ink set with WOW clear embossing powder on Stampin' Up Paper.

Delicata Gold Ink set with WOW clear embossing powder on Stampin' Up Paper.

Delicata Silver Ink set with WOW clear embossing powder on white cardstock.

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC DT & Guests

Monday, December 11, 2017

Anything Goes Holiday Cards

Mistletoe Monday...Originally Posted 8-22-16

It's Mistletoe Monday and the challenge is Anything Goes.

Sue created this elegant card - 
I created this card with three of Catherine Pooler’s Stamp of Approval Holiday Magic box’s stamp sets. To make the background, I used The Ton’s Holiday Flourish with Hero Arts Shadow Ink Field Greens and Pale Tomato.  For the center panel, I used Winnie and Walter’s Holiday Trimmings stamp set with Hero Arts Shadow Ink Pale Tomato for the red strips. The sentiment is from CAS-ual Fridays’ Snowy Sayings stamp set. I added three pearls to balance the off-set sentiment.

And the card by Angie -
I really love Christmas. It is by far my favorite time of the year. I tried to keep this card simple. The image is from the Merry and Bright ATS from Fun Stampers Journey, I stamped it onto a piece of white cardstock using River Rock ink. I then embellished the image using the Journey Sequins-Blue Skies, which were glued on with glue dots. The patterned paper is from the Winter Fresh Prints mini pad. Also, I embossed the front of the card with the Beach Towel Embossing Folder by Fun Stampers Journey. 

Now my cards for the challenge: 

I made several cards based on this video by Jennifer McGuire Ink



I used Ranger Distress Inks for all the backgrounds and Perfect Pearls or 
Pearl EX Powders to create the faux metal effect. 
I used a variety of Darice and Sizzix embossing folders.

Hope you like them.  I highly recommend giving this technique a try. 
It is lots of fun and produces an awesome card.

Happy Crafting

Friday, December 8, 2017

Creating cards with winter scenes...

Mistletoe Monday Challenge...Originally Posted 4-4-16
Create a card with a winter scene...bonus if your scene includes a stocking.

I used my silhouette to cut out this out and put some Tim Holtz rock candy glitter on it. ~Denise

I created the front of this card using a cut file from the Silhouette Store; however, I changed it to a print file after coloring it to match the other elements in the card.  I then matted it on gold and red mats with decorative "Art Deco" corners.  The little stocking in the lower corner is a Recollections button.  The business end of this card is actually inside.  It's a pop-up with a fireplace and roaring fire with the Christmas stockings hung...awaiting Santa's visit.  The l-o-n-g stocking belongs to my dog, Katy.  This was created using a cut file; again from the Silhouette Store.  The digital papers are from the All That's Magical kit by Traci Reed.  ~Kim

Try thinking outside the box, perhaps you don't own stamps that will make a
winter scene but you have a diecut machine, stickers, digi stamps or print a free coloring page.

I used a Bendy Snowman Scene cut file purchased in the Silhouette Store.  I used Bazzill card stock in very pale blue, light blue and medium blue for the background.  For the snowman, I used Stampin' Up's Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Gray and Real Red (which I also used on the fence) and a scrap of Only Orange for the carrot nose.  The trees are cut from scrap paper.  ~Kim

 I used a cut design called Christmas Cards Sleigh from Cricut and cut it on my Explore.  I have made this card in the past as a Shaker card and used solid colors.  This time I decided to change things up a bit and use different patterns.  That is a stretch for me because I don’t tend to mix a lot of things up, but I love quilts and thought of this as an appliqué design. I didn’t like anything I picked out for a busy background and so stayed with a solid, but one with some shading in it.  I also went to ink around the edges and messed it up a little, so I ended up highlighting by swirling on some distress ink on the frame.  The paper is from a 6 ½” pad by Kaiser Craft called Holy Night. The stamp is CTMH – Just to Say and the ink is Tim Holtz Distress – Fired Brick.  ~Denise

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC DT

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The holidays go to the animals...

Mistletoe Monday...Original Posts from September 2016
For Mistletoe Monday include an animal

This card was super quick since the papers and the stickers used were all from a Carta Bella collection called Warm and Cozy.  I liked the rustic look of this kit.  You can get so many cards and layouts from these types of collections since all the papers and embellishments go together. – Denise

Sue included this fun reindeer 

Looking through my stamps, I found this super cute reindeer from The Alley Way’s Fa-La-La stamp set. I added colour with copic markers. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Ornaments stamp set. I found some scraps from Basic Grey’s Wassail paper line which I used to create the background. To make the reindeer panel pop, I matted it with a piece of black cardstock. -Sue

Tantalaya choose a bird for her card -
I used Stampin' Up! Among the Branches stamp set. I then stamped the sentiment to look like it was attached to the tree branch by drawing a line up with a micron archival ink pen and then did the same thing with the ornaments completing the circle around the branches. To finish the card off I added pink taffeta stickles to the center of each snowflake and then added sparkling clear mix sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Now Gracie has this card with some great folds and a cute cat stamp.

Hampton Arts stamp - fun!  I cut the card base on my Silhouette. I stamped my images on whisper white cs with Memento  Luxe  Tuxedo  Black ink and embossed  with  clear embossing  powder .  I water colored my images then fussy cut them.  I put some brick red cs on the panels if the card then attached my cat and mice.  Ready for the tree to be up so I can pull  the  cats out all through December!  The heat index is just 100 degrees today. ~ Gracie

Sometimes it is fun to look through our stamps and create things we haven't done for a while, so look for an animal from your stash to use. - Denise

Well here's my take on this challenge:

I challenge you to get out your cute and cuddly creature stamps and create something holiday
with them.  Take them to someplace you wouldn't normally think about them.

Here I've used Paper Smooches stamps to create two different cards for Christmas.
By keeping the animals all white and gray they look more "arctic" and thus more holiday.

Add accessory stamps or die cuts to give them a holiday themed outfit.
Here my moose sports a Santa hat but it could be scarf or stocking cap.
You could even use something like a sled, snowman or inks and masking like I've done
to create a winter scene. 

Have fun with the stamps you have and stretch their uses to more than just a 
cutesy kids card.

Happy Crafting


Monday, December 4, 2017

Bold Sentiment Holiday Cards

Mistletoe Monday... Challenge Originally published 10-10-16

The challenge today is to use a big sentiment.  
Tantalaya starts with this very elegant card that proves Christmas cards 
do not have to be colorful to make a real impact-

For this card I used the stampin' up! set called Snowflake Soiree and I used Stampin' Up! inks and Versafine ink to create a layered snowflake look. To finish it off I stamped the Believe and then covered in clear embossing powder giving a pretty shine over the card. - Tantalaya.

Gracie really made the sentiment stand out with this card-

I started with my sentiment .   I die cut the "merry" from red cs and touched it up with clear wink of Stella to make it sparkle.  I used a Darice snowflake embossing  folder on whisper  white  cs and lightly rubbed the snowflakes  with Tim  Holtz  peacock feathers distress ink. I mounted the panel on light blue cs. I added the "merry" and a few clear rhinestones  I  colored light blue with my Spectrum  Noir TB3 marker. The card is a white cs base. ~ Gracie  

What sentiment can you use to make the focal point of your next holiday card? - Denise

Well I took this challenge today and here are the cards that I came up with:

Yes, a large sentiment can support an entire card.  
Have you made your holiday cards yet?

Happy Crafting 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

December and beyond CADC Schedule

If you've been following our little blog for any length of time, 
you know that we like to give our designers a couple of months off each year. 
 Not only does this keep them coming back and creating new masterpieces for you but it allows them time with family and friends and to generate new joy for card making and crafting in general.

So as we have in the past, our designers will be taking off the month of December.
We will still have content for you weekly, but not daily and it may be not be "new" content. 

We will be sharing some of our favorites from past posts 
and maybe even have a surprise or two along the way.

You can expect content on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays throughout the month of 
December and we'll be back with all new daily content from our amazing group of ladies in January.  
Also starting in 2018, we will have a special 5th week challenge.  
Any month in 2018 that has 5 weeks in will feature four designers 
using the same base supplies to create new cards for you.  
I can't wait to show you what we are working on!

So from all of us at Card A Day Challenge Blog to you and yours...

May your holidays be bright and joyful and the new year a great one.

Happy Crafting 
Theresa, Founder of CADC Blog. 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

One Stamp Set Saturday - 48-2017

Today ends my week and the challenge is to use one stamp set.  I only used one set, but ended up making four cards to end with a bang.

The stamp set I am using is the October 2013 KOM from Unity Stamp Company called Oh Christmas Tree.  I took three sentiments from the kit and lined them up one under the other on a stamp block and then stamped them slightly offset in columns on white card stock to make a background.  I stamped an ornament from the set and fussy cut it along with another sentiment.  I punched holes in both of those and tied a ribbon through them and around the background piece which I popped up on foam tape before matting that on red card stock to make a monochromatic card.
This card used the same set.  I just stamped the sentiment and image on cream cardstock , cut out around them, and then colored the trees by brushing a green watercolor marker along the lines and red on the hearts.  Everything was placed a little different angles along with a yellow piece of cardstock on plaid paper.  It looked a little plain, so I put on some sequins and called it done.
This was a different kind of card.  I chose four different stamps and kind of stamped them in various places (some off the paper) using one stamp twice in Versamark and then heat embossed in gold.  I used Distress Oxide inks on top of that and sprinkled with water.  After I blotted the water drops off, I went over it again with the Distress Oxide inks.
This final card was the most labor intensive.  First I stamped the jar with Versafine black ink on velum and made sure not to ink up the very back of the ring at the bottom.  I heat embossed it. and then colored behind the velum with Spectrum Noir markers on the lid, bow and holly.  I stamped the bow and holly on white card stock and heat embossed it too.  I used the Spectrum Noir markers to color and fussy cut around them.  The Holly was very fussy to cut! I carefully attached it on top of the velum but left the edges free and bent them slightly up to add dimension. I stamped the candy and placed it under the velum jar which I taped around the edges only.  Another sentiment and a few sequins and I thought it made a cute card. 
Close up of overlay.
Believe it or not, three were still stamps in the set that I didn't get to use because I ran out of time.  I hope everyone enjoys the season. - Denise

Friday, December 1, 2017

Friday Freestyle - 48-2017

Today is Freestyle Friday

I have been stamping a lot lately and wanted to start using my Explore again.  This adorable card is found on the cartridge called Anna's Christmas Kitsch.  The front is cut out so that the sentiment actually shows with the card closed even though it is on the inside of the card.  I used an embossing folder to give the white some texture, along with using a shimmer paper for the red accents.  The sentiment is from the Unity September 2015 KOM called Our Hearts to Yours and fit perfectly in the space. - Denise

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Colorful Thursday - 48-2017

Today is a color challenge using this picture as inspiration.

I used the colors along with the graphic feeling of the presents.

I cut a star on my Explore using the cartridge Teresa Collins December 25th and cut a rectangle around it at the same time to use as the mat for the plaid paper.  I used the Explore to write the sentiment (Cricut Calligraphy Collection) at the same time it cut the star. I mounted it on plaid paper from The Paper Studio's Plaid Tidings. A few smaller stars were done with a punch.  The result turned out a lot more country feeling than the original picture. - Denise

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

WOW Wednesday - 48-2017

WOW Wednesday is the day to kick it up a bit with sparkle.

I love to use stamps that don't take a lot of added work to look great and this stamp from Unity called Winter Frosty is one of those.  After stamping him out, I quickly colored the scarf, hat, leaves and berries along with the buttons and nose.  I added some Wink of Stella to his body and used Stickles on the snow around him.  After it dried, I tore around the image and put it on some plaid paper form a pack by The Paper Studio that is just full of Christmas plaid paper. It was mounted on a Kraft card base and because the sentiment is a part of the image, it was done. - Denise

A close up of the sparkle.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thank You Tuesday - 48-2017

I tried a new stamp and die set for this Thank You card.

I don't have a lot of dies to match my stamps, because I usually just use my Cricut Explore, but this set with the stamps and dies was a special price, so I decided to get it.  It is from Altenew and is called Winter Cardinal.  Because it is a layered stamp I needed to have four colors of red.  The only way I had that many was to use a combination of Distress and Oxide inks.  I started with a light red Oxide ink, which I think worked out better than starting with a Distress ink since those don't always work well with clear stamps. I mounted him on a piece of white wood-grained embossed paper, also from Altenew, that I just love because it is embossed with such a fine grain. I double matted in red and black on a white card base.  I decided it needed something so I added the gold glitter washi tape and used the same tape to attach the sentiment plus covered the cardinal with Wink of Stella. - Denise

Monday, November 27, 2017

Masculine Monday - 48-2017

I love to make masculine cards and I played around with two different coloring techniques to make similar cards.

This card was done by stamping with Versafine on watercolor paper and then painting with a wet brush and Distress Ink in various colors.  I then brushed around the edges with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. I took a skewer and used the tip to add some white drops of acrylic paint for "snow". The image and sentiment are from a Unity KOM called Conspiracy of Love. I matted it on a scarp of plaid paper I had and matted it on a kraft card base.

I used the same image for this card, but stamped it with a dye ink and colored it with pencils.  I used Gamsol to blend the pencil and it really makes a difference.  I wanted to do a more night-time background.  I stamped the truck on a scrap piece of paper and held it over the truck while I used a blending tool to blend Distress Oxide ink around it.  I started with Fossilized Amber in front and out the window and put Faded Jeans everywhere else.  I then sprinkled water on it and patted it dry with a paper towel.  I then used Distress Spray in Picket White to spray over the image to look like snow.  I distressed the sentiment in the same way using mostly the yellow color.  I like the night effect and will practice more with it. - Dense