Tuesday, 1 December 2015

It's blog hop time at House of Cards Challenge ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. 
It is the end of term at House of Cards Challenge and we are saying goodbye to some of my lovely Design Team members and some of us are staying on.  To say goodbye to the DT and to thank our DT we are celebrating with a blog hop which runs from today, 1 December, until 15 December and if you want to win some prizes make sure you do the hop as soon as possible.  Along with the blog hop we’ve a Design Team call.  If you are interested in joining the HOC Design Team then you need to visit the House of Cards Challenge for the details. 
Getting back to the blog hop you should have arrived here from Judy’s blog and next you need to go to Katy’s blog.  If you get lost or forget you just need to go back to House of Cards Challenge.  Make sure you leave me a comment too so that your name goes into the draw!
We also have an awesome photographic inspiration this month and that photo is below.  Beneath the inspiration photo is the card I created for the hop …

Such a beautiful photograph!

A 5" x 7" card for a change 
A final look

I am very lucky because I can also enter these Challenges
Christmas Card Challenge #52 Anything Goes
I was inspired by the #100 photo with gold and the ribbon as well as our photograph
Sweet Stampin’ Challenge Sparkle & Shine Happy 6th Birthday Ladies!!
Sweet Stamps Challenge November Anything Goes

You can see the very pretty and little snowflake stamp I used. My original idea did not work for several reasons so I printed out our inspiration photograph and got my Inspired by Stamping stamp sets to think of another idea.  I must say up front this idea is much better than my original plan lol!  I wish you could see the shimmer from those pretty pink baubles.  I used my AquaTints to colour the die cut circles and I splattered a little purple on to give it some more depth, the baubles were inspired by the bauble in the photograph.  After I coloured the die cut circles I splattered several of them with red ink to match the colour on the candles and it didn’t look right with the pink so I grabbed some other die cut circles and splattered a little purple to give it much more depth.  I stamped and heat embossed each snowflake with Victorian Velvet and clear detail EP.  The texture from the snowflakes, the embossing folder, the string, sequins, bows and from the final touch of Distress glitter is just wonderful, it’s a real touchy feely card and perfect for any girly girls in the family. 
I am so happy this turned out so well and you will be seeing more cards like this lol.  Once the circles are coloured the rest of the card is pretty easy to create.  In fact you could use coloured card or PP/DP and you don’t have to stamp and heat emboss to whip up a few very quick cards. 
One thing I do recommend is that you add a little gold top to your bauble – it makes it look so much more like a bauble and not a circle attached to some paper string.  Finally creating this card is awesome snippet busting!
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon.  ttfn Karen x

Tools & Supplies
Inspired By Stamping: 3” x 4” Diamonds stamp set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Embossing folder
Crafter’s Companion Happy Christmas die; Spellbinders Nestability Large Circles die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; pot of water; heat gun
Card Paper:
A4 300gsm Card cut to create a 5” x 7” card and to dry emboss
Crafters Companion Centura Pearl Snow White Accents snippets for die cutting and an A5 large snippet to create a pink layer
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Beautifully Grunge; Tim Holtz DIP: Victorian Velvet #
WOW Clear Detail EP; Graph It: Gold Pen
Distress Stickles: Worn Lipstick #; White sequins from my stash #; The Works: paper string
Pink Bows: from my dear friend Claire
Crafters Companion: Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; Tesco fun foam

# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 6 years old 


Jerrie said...

I love your background and how you have added the pearls or gems. The pink bulbs are stunning!

stempelfrida said...

What a fun card and such a great use of the embossing folder! Thank you for this inspiration. Creative regards from stempelfrida

Allison CB said...

Very creative baubles! Love them!

Di said...

Oh how pretty Karen! You know how I love pink for starters - and I do adore these lovely baubles :)


Di xx

Paradise Lost said...

Another beautiful card! I love that you used pink ~ not a traditional colour but stunning! Thank you so much for joining us at the Emerald Creek Dares "Let the Festivities Begin' challenge.
~~julia~~Emerald Creek DT Member

Nicole Wright said...

Great ornament card. So sweet using pink too! Thanks for sharing with us at Emerald Creek Dares Challenge! Cheers, Nicole

rachel said...

great embossing and wonderful baubles Karen - lovely make! Hugs rachel x

Izolda said...

very stunning card , I really love it !!!

Carol said...

A beautiful card Karen, love the colours. Carol x

Joanna M - Inspired by Stamping said...

This is such a beautiful ornament card. I adore the pink! What a great idea! Thank you so very much for sharing this with our IBSIC. With love, Joanna

Merethe Arstein said...

Fun card.
(✿*‿*) Ma
Teamie HOC

Marji Franklin said...

Such a fun card! So many details

Donna said...

Gorgeous card, what a fun technique, like the nontraditional pink! Donna HOC teamie

Katelyn said...

Love how you created your baubles! Thanks for taking the time and sharing with us at Emerald Creek Dares Challenge.
-Katelyn DT member

Cathy Potosky said...

Love the ornaments and the non traditional pink for Christmas! Thank you for sharing with us over at Emerald Creek Dares Challenge!
Cathy - DT Member at Emerald Creek

StirYourCreativity said...

The embossed background and the baubles are great!!!

Shirley-Anne Barber said...

Those colourful baubles really pop on that beautiful embossed panel . Thanks for sharing with us at Christmas Card Challenges

Mynn Kitchen said...

This is lovely, Karen! Your baubles are beautiful--the texture and sparkle are fabulous! Thank you SO MUCH for all you've done at HOC the past term! Sending lots of HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Barb said...

Your card looks great fun. Lovely embossing folder and the baubles look great. Barbxx

Toni said...

super cute! Your baubles are so pretty!

HOC DT Teamie

KT Fit Kitty said...

Very pretty! I love the embossed background! Pink is my favourite colour!

Debbie said...

Super card and perfect for the challenge this week at Sweet Stampin'. Thank you Debbie x

heather said...

Pretty card, I like the fancy embossed background with scattered sequins. Heather HOC DT

Team Clark said...

How very festive! Gorgeous card, Karen!

papierelle said...

Wow, it's so beautiful and very interesting!!
Greetings Gundi


Such a beautiful and Christmas card. I love how you've created the baubles. Thank you for sharing your 'Sparkle & shine' card with us and joining in with the fun at Sweet Stampin’ this week and good luck. Thank you for the our birthday message :)
Hugs Janine xx

Em Louise Fairley said...

Beautiful! I love your faux ornaments! It's been an honor to be on the DT at HOC this term and I hope it continues!
Love, hugs and blessings,
Em, HOC teamie

Deepti said...

That technique looks fab and so is your card. I also like the embossed BG :)

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Utterly gorgeous! Love the sparkly baubles and the sentiment too. The embossing adds such lovely texture. Lovely Christmas card. So pretty and so perfect for our big birthday 'Sparkle & Shine' challenge at Sweet Stampin' this week. Thanks so much for joining in the fun with us and we look forward to you playing along again soon. Hugs, Wends x Sweet Stampin' DT

Karon said...

Wonderful card and love the embossing. Thanks for joining us for our Festive Emerald Creek Dares Challenge

Karon DT

sue t. said...

Fabulous technique on your Christmas balls. Will have to try it!! Thank you for all your inspiration at the HOC over the last 6 months!!

Kimbo said...

Beautifully pretty, I love the cute bows

Thanks for playing along at Cuttlebug Mania this time x

Elizabeth Hart said...

What a pretty effect on those ornaments and they show up so lovely against the embossed card - so pretty!

Shawna Standish said...

Hello Karen,
What a wonderful card you created for the hop. I like your colors and the embossing in the background is so pretty. Your little bows that hold up the ornaments is just darling. You also scaled the design beautifully for a 5x7 card..
Cyber Hugs
Shawna HOC Teamie!

Lilian YF said...

That's a cool technique! Very interesting effect!
Lilian HOC DT teamie
The Leaf Studio

Jinny Newlin said...

Such a pretty, pink palette! Great textures and technique! TFS! And thank you for the sweet comment you left on my blog, love! Hugs!

Katy said...

Hello Karen! This card is beautiful! I love how did the ornaments. They are so pretty! And I love the glittery sentiment! :) Hugs!-Katy HOC DT

Merlina Hadi said...

Beautiful card, Karen.


Barbara Rankin said...

Beautiful card, Karen. I love the dimension you gave your ornaments. So very pretty! Hugs, Barbara HOC teamie