Happy Little Stampers January CASE the Designer Challenge

Hi! I’m happy to be here with you today for  Happy Little Stampers’  inaugural CASE the Designer Challenge.


The winner will receive one stamp set from Happy Little Stampers.
Our Designer for January is Kylie who used using HLS Thinking of You.

Ooooo! I love the beautiful bright colors, the bold black sentiment and the lovely little butterfly.

Here’s my CASE of Kylie’s card, using Happy Little Stampers’ Whimsical Friends (sentiment) and Butterfly Birthday.

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I loved the splash of fuchsia in Kylie’s card. It reminded me of Cosmo Daisies, so I did a sketch of a Cosmo from my garden.

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Here a quick slide show of some of the process I used:

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I’ve been working on organizing my blog and have added some new pages at the top. I’d like to invite you to visit my Mixed Media and CAS/Nearly CAS galleries. 🙂

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 Please stop over at the challenge blog to see the super CASEs by my teammates on the HLS CAS Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by!
XO, Grace & Peace

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The Mixed Media Card Challenge #18 – Celebration, Final Reminder Post III

Hi! Thank you for spending some of your time to visit me. 🙂 I’m very happy to be here today with two cards for The Mixed Media Card Challenge!

The Mixed Media Card Challenge

Here’s our December Challenge Graphic:

I had a lot of fun making the 2 cards in this post. I’d like to play this first card at  Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge #214/215:Anything Goes.

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How I made Card #1 (#7 in the series):

  1.  Sketched and painted the holly and then printed it onto card stock.Slide12

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    2. Added paint, marker, white Craft pigment ink, white gel pen, and black pen to the leaves. Slide33

    3. Hand embossed the berries and leaves. (Similar to 1-layer Paper Tole, but without any cutting.)

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    It was very difficult to photograph this, but I love the result. My kids keep wanting to run their fingers over the card. I do too. 🙂 Have you ever used the 1-layer paper tole technique? There is a super TUTORIAL BY DIANE at SCS over here: Go here to check it out!

    4. Added Glossy Accents to berries. (You can see how nice and sparkly the berries are in the photo above – 2 up from here.)

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    5. Heat embossed the sentiment onto vellum in black.

    6. Assembled the card.

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Card #8 in the series:    Slide67I’d like to play this card at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog’s Theme: Winter Wonderland. Slide19

Merry Christmas!

Slide18Please stop by the challenge blog and checkout my teammate’s wonderful creation. I hope that you have been inspired to play along!

All 8 holly cards:

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Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace
Melissa

HOW TO PLAY
1. Create a mixed media CARD based on the theme, with or without the optional element.
2. Display the challenge graphic on your blog post and link back to this challenge post.
3. You may enter as many times as you want, as long as each entry is different.
4. You may combine a maximum of 7 challenges (6 other challenges plus ours).
5. Submit your projects by December 25, 11:55 p.m. Pacific (GMT-8).
6. We’ll announce the winner and highlights on December 31.

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The Mixed Media Card Challenge #18 – Celebration – Reminder Post II

I am excited to be here today with a couple of cards for The Mixed Media Card Challenge’s reminder post.

Here’s our December Challenge Graphic:

Here is the first one: This is card #5 in my series of holly cards.

IMG_1825edited Slide72I started this card by doing a sketch/watercolor painting of some holly which I had picked from my yard.Slide12 Then, I scanned the painting into my computer and printed out several copies in order to be able to play with this image. I wanted to be able to render it in multiple different mixed media ways.

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Slide73  I’d like to play this card at Virginia’s View Challenge #21: All About Glitter and Simon’s Monday Challenge: Just a Pinch (Stickles/Glitter). Anything Goes. The holly on my first card reminds me of a 1950’s illustration. After I had finished coloring this one in I went looking for a 1950’s holly card.

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And this is what I found! 🙂

Card #6 in this holly series:

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Please check back at The Mixed Media Card Challenge Blog on the 22nd of December for some more cards that I’ve made with this image.

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace
Melissa

Please click the photo below to see the other cards in this series:

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Places I’m Playing:

Simon Monday Challenge Blog

December Challenge: All about Glitter

HOW TO PLAY
1. Create a mixed media CARD based on the theme, with or without the optional element.
2. Display the challenge graphic on your blog post and link back to this challenge post.
3. You may enter as many times as you want, as long as each entry is different.
4. You may combine a maximum of 7 challenges (6 other challenges plus ours).
5. Submit your projects by December 25, 11:55 p.m. Pacific (GMT-8).
6. We’ll announce the winner and highlights on December 31.

Joyful Branches

Today I have 2 cards to share with you that were inspired by this week’s CASology cue card and ATCAS’s code word:

 

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My family and I got our Christmas Tree this weekend. Here are my eldest and youngest daughters rockin’ around the tree as they were decorating it. 🙂

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Here’s some music for you to enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
Melissa

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