Friday, December 12, 2014

Transportation & Bling Challenges

Hello dear crafters,

Welcome back to some more card peojects of mine: this time I'm participating in more SSS challenges!! 

For my Aussie friends who enjoy lots of sun at the moment Down Under I've created 2 fun summer surf cards by piecing lots of paper together:

And here is a creation for the European winter season:
Lot's of sparkle makes this card really festive! For the background I used a stencil with clear embossing paste on black cardstock & when that was dry I filled in the rest with liquified gold perfect pearls! The dots on the bottom are from fabric tape (I love the material mix), the mose is paper pieced & the sentiment is heat embossed in gold on white vellum. I love how Santa's 'means of transportation' has turned out here!! Perfect for the 'Transport It Challenge' by Simon Says Stamp.

I think this card actually also meets the requirements of another SSS Wednesday Challenge: 'Bling It On' :-)

Thanks so much for stopping by & I hope to see you here again soon!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Challenge

Hello dear readers,

I'm back with another creation: This time it's a very posh, golden card created from a tag.

Believe it or not, I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire's tag (you can see it on the Ellen Hudson's 12 Tags of Christmas page here). I know my tag/card looks completely different, but I swear, I watched Jennifer's video and went straight away to my crafting table and this came out:

As you can see, tons of golden embossing powder (I guess I need a new jar soon after this project), second generation stamping with this lovely scripty background stamp (to make my black ink look a little more grayish - I don't have gray ink...). I have colored my tag completely black (it was originally of a cream color) and heat embossed the ring around the hole, as well as the sentiment, in gold. To finish the card, I added some natural twine (folded it a few times to get more strings) and looped it through the hole in my tag.

And of course the tag is raised up a little with dimensional adhesive to be the center point of the card!

Btw: I totally cheated with the card stock here! I don't have a die cut machine, so I bought this intricate butterfly cream color cardstock, and just dipped it all in gold embossing powder. To 'pop' it up from the cream colored back of the card, I just lined the whole card base with black card stock. I think it looks great!

I hope you like this posh new creation of mine - see you soon!


Monday, December 1, 2014

'Cards' & 'White' & 'Christmas' Challenge

Hello dear crafters,

Welcome back to 3 more wintery creations of mine for another SSS Monday Challenge:

My first project is for true cat lovers:
this sweet kitten is peeking through a round hole in the card on to a gold heat-embossed mouse sitting on a parcel!
I am in love with this card!!
I've colored the cat just like my own with black patches on the cute face & back and with a black striped tail. For a little extra 'bling' I've added some tiny silver gemstones on the parcel. And the background is heat embossed in white on blue card stock (this card stock has a subtle pattern, that's why it doesn't look 100% uniform here). I thought it needed a bit more contrast, so I embossed the mouse on black card stock for the inside.
Another attempt to create a shaker card:
I found this amazing patterned paper (this feels as if it is heat embossed itself) and covered the whole front of my card with it.
For the shaking part I simply added some black cardstock at the back (for extra contrast) and filled in the shaker with white & see-through sparkly sequins. The 'Happy' is heat embossed in white and the 'Christmas' is stamped in black and clear heat embossed. I think this card is a little more non-traditional for the holidays but I like it nevertheless.
One of my favorites:
I wanted to use this really summary stamp set with the 70's van & create a very plain yet interesting wintery card with it - here we go! =o)
I've paper-pieced the van from all sorts of different card stocks, colored the windows in light blue and added tons of glossy accents to them to make them look like proper windows.
The tree is stamped in green on patterned paper too and I've added some white dots with a gel pen. To give this rather simple card some extra interest, I have actually sewn this tree on :-D
Some shading with water colors finish off this card.
The intention was to keep this card mostly white & I have placed the image & the sentiment purposefully not in the center of the card, just to give it some more interest.
Because it is so white & with 2 white card stock panel stuck on top of each other with foam adhesive, I think it also fits very well to the new Lawnscaping "white on white" challenge (although it has a splash of colors for the van, but I think it still counts).
I hope you like my creations!
Until next time - saludos, Steph

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P.S.: All 3 cards above are picked & combined here specifically to match yet another challenge: The new Curtain Call 'Clearly Christmas' Challenge (which I admittedly just stumbled over when looking at Winnie & Walter's blog) =D

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