AAA Cards Game #120 – Somewhere over the rainbow

 

Hi! I’m back with a fun Clean and Simple Card today for AAA Cards Game #120.

Special tips for competing (and being eligible to win) in this game:

  1. As always, we’re looking for Clean and Simple (CAS) cards, BUT for this game please feature rainbow colors or a rainbow as the main and focal point.
  2. As always and for all of our games our definition of  Clean and Simple means that white space should not be patterned, embossed or textured.

Our super sponsor:

Our guest designer for this challenge is Noga Shefer.

Here’s my card using the CUTplorations Tag O’Coffee and “Beautiful” Word Die.

I hope that you enjoyed visiting today. I am always happy to have visitors and to read your comments. I hope that you’ve been inspired to play along.

Be sure to stop by the AAA Cards challenge blog to enjoy my teammate’s lovely Clean and Simple Cards.

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
Melissa

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STAMPlorations March Challenge – All About Spring and Faith

Hi! I’m here with a special post for STAMPlorations March Challenge.

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You’ve probably heard by now that STAMPlorations owner and designer, Shery Russ, welcomed a daughter named “Winter” to the family in December. In order to give Shery some time to catch her breath we are going to take a little “Winter” break!

There will be just one STAMPlorations challenge for you to join for the months of February, March and April. You’ll find it announced on STAMPlorations blog the 5th of each of those months. The challenge will have a theme and as long as you follow the theme, any type of project is welcome! We’ll return to our regular schedule in May.

Here’s my card using STAMPlorations: Faith – Typografia In FaithBig Bloom Factory and CUTplorations: Flutter Zen 1 Layering Dies.

Lots of masking, stamping, a rainbow of color, a great sentiment stamp and a surprise of hidden butterflies.

So, our theme for the February challenge is All About Spring and Faith! What does that make you think of?

I had a lot of fun making this card. I hope that you enjoyed seeing it and have been inspired to create something for this month’s challenge. Take a look at what some of the DT STAMPgirls created.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Challenge rules:
*Create any type of project — cards (any style), mixed media, tags, layout, etc — as long as it follows our theme.
*STAMPlorations product is not required though we’d love to see it.
*Enter as many times as you want – as long as each project has its own blog post.
*Display the challenge graphic + link back to the challenge page to qualify for the prizes.
*Comment on the entry before yours in the gallery – let’s spread the love. (If you’re the first player, just comment on the entry after yours. If you have back-to-back entries, comment on the entries before and after yours.)
*For an extra chance, comment on this challenge post, the designers’ blog posts, and on the special posts we’ll publish throughout the month.
Prizes:
*TWO (2) winners of a $25 gift certificate – randomly drawn from all entries
*ONE (1) winner of a $25 gift certificate – randomly drawn from all comments left on the designers’ blogs throughout the month
Shery is offering a generous 10% off (no coupon code needed) all stamps, stencils, and dies in the store through April. Retiring products are excluded. We hope you’ll find time to play with us and we look forward to seeing your project in the gallery.

STAMPlorations March 2018 Challenge: All About Spring and Faith

Heads up! If you used a STAMPlorations stamp (clear stamp or digi), CUTplorations thin metal die, and/or ARTplorations stencil in your project(s), make sure to link it up to our Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge too for a chance to win more STAMPlorations products! (We draw a winner for every 50 entries in the linky :o)

 

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AAA Cards Game #109 – Die Cuts Only

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Hi! I’m back with a fun Clean and Simple Card today for AAA Cards Game #109.

Special tips for competing (and being eligible to win) in this game:

  1. As always, we’re looking for Clean and Simple (CAS) cards, BUT for this game please feature die cuts as the main and focal point.
  2. For this specific challenge, we will make one exception for the addition of a stamped sentiment only, but not stamped images that have been die cut.
  3. As always and for all of our games our definition of  Clean and Simple means that white space should not be patterned, embossed or textured.

Our super sponsor:

Our guest designer for this challenge is Noga Shefer.

Here’s my card using the CUTplorations Lowercase Alphabet Plate Die and “Beautiful” Word Die.

To make this card I used 3 basic techniques:

  1. Paper piecing – putting pieces of paper together to create a larger image or a new background paper.
  2.  Die cutting – using thin metal dies to cut out shapes, words or even holes (negative die cutting).
  3. Dry embossing – using an embossing folding, or in this case the die cut word “beautiful”, and an embossing machine to leave an imprint on the card stock.

To make the rainbow part of the sentiment, I adhered narrow strips of card stock together to sticky label and then die cut the word “beautiful.” Please see the card below for a better idea of how I did this and also how I used the negative part of the die cut.

I die cut another “beautiful” and used that die cut to dry emboss the white panel two times. I die cut 2 more “beautifuls” and adhered them in a stack under the rainbow one. I also die cut the letters for the words “you” and “are” twice each and stacked and glued those together.

I left space in between the two embossed “beautifuls” for the die cut words to fit.

So, my sentiment actually says “beautiful you beautiful are beautiful.” 🙂

 I mounted the white panel on a dark gray, top-fold card.

I hope that you enjoyed visiting today. I am always happy to have visitors and to read your comments. I hope that you’ve been inspired to play along.

Be sure to stop by the AAA Cards challenge blog to enjoy Noga’s and my teammate’s lovely Clean and Simple Cards.

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
Melissa

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AAA Cards Game #106 – Quote

I’m very happy to be back again with AAA Cards Game #106 – Quote.

AAA Cards is a challenge blog for Clean and Simple (CAS) Cards. Unless otherwise stated in the blog post for a particular challenge only players who submit cards will be eligible to be a winner.

Our super sponsor for this game is:

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Here’s my card.

After ink-blending a bit of heavy weight white card stock, I used a “never been used” word die before. I like it a lot!

I also used some much loved snowflake dies too.

I used some Smooch Spritz to add a little depth and sparkle to the “peace, love, joy.”

This sentiment die expresses my heart’s desire for myself and for my family and friends as we mark the beginning of a new year.

I hope that you are inspired to play along.

Make sure you stop by AAA Cards to visit all of the design team members’ blogs.

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
Melissa

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AAA Cards Game #105 – Sparkle

I’m very happy to be back with you for Game #105.

AAA Cards is a challenge blog for Clean and Simple (CAS) Cards. Unless otherwise stated in the blog post for a particular challenge only players who submit cards will be eligible to be a winner.

I’d like to welcome our guest designer, Guest Designer, Bharati.

Our sponsor for this game:

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with a $20 gift certificate.

Here is my card using some retired HLS sentiments.

I used some patterned paper, did some die cutting, stamping with embossing ink, heat embossing with glitter embossing powder.

I hope that you are inspired to play along. Make sure you stop by AAA Cards to visit all of the design team members’ blogs.

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
Melissa

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