AAA Cards Game #82 – Winter Chill

I’m happy to be here today with a post for AAA Cards Game #82 – Winter Chill.

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We’ll pick a top winner and some runners-up.
It could be you!
Our Guest Designer for this challenge is Katrina from Katrina’s Craftworks. Welcome, Katrina!

Here’s my card using the ARTplorations stencil Leaf Bliss: img_7023_edited-1

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I have a fun discount code for you! Shery, of STAMPlorations, has generously given me a code to share with you.

Use COUPON code

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and receive 20% OFF at STAMPlorations!

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

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Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
Melissa

P.S. Here’s the coupon code again. There’s no expiration, as long as I’m a STAMPlorations Girl, this code will be valid.

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How To Play

AAA Cards is a bi-weekly 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.

We’d like you to……………………………………….

Play…. Play around with your interpretation of the theme each challenge
Enjoy… trying new things and experimenting
Be Inspired … by the DT’s examples of CAS cards
Create… something that makes you happy!

Some things to remember………………………… 

1. We are looking for CAS cards. Look here for AAA Cards definition of CAS.

2. We’d like you to mention and link to us within your card post and include the game image. Instagram users please use #aaacardchallenge.

3. It would be great if you visited other players and left them a lovely comment. It’s fun to make friends.

4. We’d love you to join our followers and help us grow.
5. Please remove that word recognition thingy in comments 🙂
6. Although we welcome player links ups from flickr & Splitcoaststampers please be aware that not all our DT belong to these groups and will have difficulties leaving comments. We do our best to cover each other, but apologize in advance if your entry doesn’t receive a DT comment.

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Grateful – Vellum Leaf with Plaid

   Hi! I’m here with a card inspired by several fun Fall Challenges.img_3724_edited-1

I created the plaid background by first masking off the center third.img_3742_edited-1 Then, I repeatedly masked off the top and bottom third (taping over the masked-off center as well) and sponging on ink.img_3747_edited-1 I love using this technique.

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I used ColourQ’s colors, but missed the link up! UGH.

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Grace & Peace,

Melissa

Challenge #25 (Stripes & Plaid)

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A Plaid Leaf

Hi! I’m here with a card inspired by several fun Fall Challenges.

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I created the plaid leaf by first sponging an ombre background (red to yellow from the stem to the leaf tip). Then I repeatedly masked off portions of the leaf and sponged on ink. I love using this technique.

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I used a “Thankful” die from CUTplorations.

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I sponged on a red band and attached the white panel to the orange cardstock.

img_3729_edited-1I attached the leaf and the die cut with foam tape.

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I really like this card. A plaid leaf!? Sponging, ink blending, lots of red (my favorite color to use when making cards), ombre Autumn colors? I don’t normally make the same card twice, but I may have to repeat this one. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,

Melissa

Challenge #25 (Stripes & Plaid)

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UPDATED Thursday, December 1, 2016: I so very happy to share that Virginia chose this card as one of her TOP 10 favorites at Virginia’s View Challenge #25. (Sadly, her last challenge.)

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STAMPlorations – Holiday TAGplorations – Day 1

Hi! I’m excited to be here for  STAMPlorations for the first day of our Holiday TAGplorations event.

Get ready for our 1st Holiday TAGplorations event!

I have a bunch of tags to share with you today. img_3136_edited-1

I used the CUTplorations Luggage Tags Nesting Dies to make all of my tags. I also used lots of different ARTplorations stencils on these tags. Please see the bottom of the post.

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First, I’ll give you a closer look at the 5 Thanksgiving tags that I made.

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Printed with inked up real leaves

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I used Brusho Crystal Colors, heat embossing and ink-blending on the tag above.

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This next tag has a smooshed background as the tag base (variety of coral colored inks with red Stickles mixed in). I also stamped in red with the real leaves (attached) on the base tag, die cut another tag from a disposable coffee cup and added the inked up leaves to the fussy cut mug. img_3165_edited-1

I love the honeycomb stencil that I used on this next tag.

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As you can see, I designed, and then printed, my own digital sentiments on vellum. I included a PDF of the sentiments for you to use. Please click here or on the image below to be taken to the printable version.

slide1And now, for a closer look at my 4 Christmas tags.img_3170_edited-1

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My own watercolored holly print.

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I hope that you enjoyed and were inspired by my tags today. Please do come and play along!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,

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Event details:

*When: November 4, Friday, 8 a.m. Pacific/Los Angeles Time (GMT-7)

*Where?

*Commenting and linking up is from November 4 to November 25, 11:55 p.m. Pacific (3 weeks)

*Winners will be announced on December 9 in the November Challenges & Hops winners post

*Prizes:
10 prizes (with a value of $178+) will be distributed among randomly drawn winners:
– (3) randomly drawn winners from all comments left on the STAMP blog and participating designers blog will each receive a $15 gift certificate to the store
– (3) randomly drawn participants to the TAGplorations linky party will each receive the Luggage Tag Dies
– (3) randomly drawn participants to the TAGplorations linky party will each receive the ATC Tag Builder Dies
– (1) randomly drawn participant to the TAGplorations linky party will receive a $25 gift certificate to the store

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Bokeh Hearty Leafy Hugs

Hi! I’m excited to share this card with you today!

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Here’s a photo to give you an idea of how I used a homemade leaf stencil (made with a Papertrey Ink Grateful Leaf Die) to achieve the hearty bokeh effect.img_3252edited

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Did you know that hugs truly are good for your health? Look it up!

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I removed the stencil/mask and added some yellow hearts around the edges of the leaf.

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I added 1 paper and 1 vellum leaf outline and hugs (CUTplorations) die cut.

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I offset the die cuts so that the stem and an outline of the leaf would show.

img_3286edited    I like how the vellum adds an airy, leaves blowing in the wind, effect.img_3280edited

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Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,

Melissa

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