Tuesday, December 1, 2015

House of Cards End of Term Blog Hop + Prizes

Hi everyone!  Can you believe we are at the end of another term here at House of Cards?  This will be my last post with the HOC design team.  I am sad to leave, but hope to see you all online in other areas.  On another note, we are having a blog hop and a DT call.  You should have arrived here from Sue T.'s Blog.  Otherwise, you can always start at the

House of Cards Challenge Blog

where the hop starts and where you can find out all the details about how to play along, as well as applying for the design team.  
  • This hop will run FROM December 1ST AT 6:00 AM CST THROUGH December 15TH AT NOON CST,  ANY CARD STYLE is welcome and we've got a gorgeous photo inspiration for your crafting enjoyment! 
Here is the photo inspiration~

So, are you ready to get hopping?!  Yep, it's time, but first we've got some fabulous sponsors to share with you!  Make sure you leave a comment at each person's blog along the way because the prizes are hidden and we'll be doing random drawings from the blogs where they are hiding! :)  After you're done, make a creation to share with us here, too, for another chance to win!

Here are all of our fabulous sponsors.
Our team will be using a variety of products
from these amazing companies!

Deedee's Digis
Prize: Digital Stamps Prize Package

Great Impressions
Prize: Prize Package

Here are the stamps you could win!
(Three total--ornaments and 2 sentiments)

Prize: Gift Card to Store
Inspired by Stamping

Prize: Any three products of your choice!

I made two cards using products from some of our sponsors listed above.  This beautiful cardinal is a digital stamp from Deedee's Digis .  I just love this image, and it is so perfect for a Christmas card.   I used some dies for cutting fancy layers of card stock.
Here is the inside of this card. The sentiment is also from Deedee's Digis.  
My second card is using some fabulous images from MHKDesigns.  I printed papers from Mynn's Beautifully Brocade Patterned Paper Pack, die cut them, and used them as the beautiful layers you see on this card.  The focal point is this gorgeous blossom from her Blossoming Digital Stamp Set.  I printed and colored the image twice with colored pencils.  The first (bottom) image was die cut with the label die.  The second (top) image was fussy cut, shaped with an embossing tool, and layered over the first image to to it dimension.
Here is a view of the two layers, from the side.  Pop dots help lift parts of the flower and leaves from the bottom layer.  Happy Holidays was printed onto scrap card stock from Deedee's Digis Christmas Cardinal set, fussy cut and added to the front.
For the inside of the card, I printed the sentiment again from the Deedee's Digis Christmas Cardinal set and die cut before adhering to the inside.

Supplies Used:

Christmas Blossom Card:

MHKDesigns Beautifully Brocade Patterned Paper Pack (Shabby Brocade Red)(Postcard Brocade Kraft)
MHKDesigns Blossoming Digital Stamp Set
Deedee's Digis Christmas Cardinal (sentiments)
Spellbinders dies:  S4-383 Marvelous Squares; S6-003 5x7 Enchanted Labels 28
Cardstock:  Kraft, ivory, white
Stickles glitter glue - Diamond

Cardinal Card:
Deedee's Digis Christmas Cardinal (cardinal and sentiments)
Spellbinders Dies:  S6-003 5x7 Enchanted Labels 28, S5-127 Labels 28
Cardstock: Kraft, red, ivory, light green
Stickles glitter glue - Stardust

And now, here's your hop order~

House of Cards Challenge Blog

You're here -----> Barbara <-----You're here


Now get to hoppin'!  Your next stop is Cohenna's Blog!  Don't forget to to link up a project with us after completing the hop for an extra chance to win a mystery prize from one of our fabulous sponsors, too! 

Good luck, and enjoy the hop!


Monday, November 30, 2015

Art Journal: Christmas Butterflies with ColourArte

Hi all!  Barbara here with another project for the ColourArte design team.  I thought I would work in my art journal today.  I love quotes, and sometimes, well, most of the time, that is my inspiration for a project.  Today's inspiration is...

"Snowflakes are Winter's butterflies!"

Spread white crackle paste through holly stencil on lower right and lower left of each art journal page.   Let dry.

Spread light molding paste through festive stencil at top right of page.  
Reverse stencil and do the same at top left.  Use post-it notes (or tape) to cover areas of the stencil you do not want to use.  Let dry.
Your pages should look something like this.  I later added another holly berry stem at the lower center of the page for balance.
Spread light molding paste through flurries stencil randomly in the open areas of the pages.  Let dry.
Randomly paint splotches of white gesso over background, let dry.

Dab Radiant Rains Daubers in Mediterranean Blue and Nutmeg over journal pages.  

Spritz with water and move colors around with a paint brush, adding and blending colors until you like the background.  I used a heat tool to dry the colors as I worked.
Paint stenciled fir branches, holly, and berries with Silks Moss Green, Emerald, and Coral Berry, respectively.  Paint pinecones, branches and stems with Silks Chestnut Brown, let dry.  I realigned the stencil over the paste to help keep the paint where I wanted it.

I painted the holly, berries and stems with the same colors as used above.  

These pages look lighter than the photos of the finished project because I continued to dab the Radiant Rains Daubers in Mediterranean Blue and Nutmeg with lots of water over the background as I worked in the book. The Radiant Rains daubers are waterbased, highly pigmented colors and make beautiful watercolor washes.   The Silks Acrylic Glazes dry permanent, so I can continue to add water based washes over my background without disturbing the botanicals that I painstakingly (not really) colored. 
Stamp script stamp around page with black archival ink so it would dry permanently and allow be to continue adding washes of color.
I added white gesso over the stenciled snowflakes to bring them out more and give a bit of a shabby chic look.
I also wanted to bring more of the coral color used on the berries into the background, so I simply used my finger to dab the Silks Coral Berry onto a clear stamp and randomly stamped around the background.  
In the photo below, you can see the snowflakes coming to life, and the bits of coral color showing up.
Die cut three butterflies from grunge paper, emboss each with matching embossing folder.  
Paint both sides of each butterfly with white gesso, let dry.  Paint both sides of each butterfly with Silks Oyster, let dry.
Add Silks Coral Berry to a makeup sponge and color each butterfly.  Do not blend the color.  Add Radiant Rains Egyptian Gold dabber to makeup sponge and blend over the butterflies, let dry.  
Use Tree Branch archival ink to highlight the embossing on each butterfly, then use a makeup sponge to pick up black archival ink and add shading around the edges.  You can see how this effect turned out in the close up photos below.

Use fingertip to dab Silks Coral Berry over Prima clear stamp and stamp image randomly over background.  This will help solidify the colors on the butterflies.

Glue centers of butterflies to the pages, with a pop dot beneath each wing to give them a proper lift.

Glue a plastic snowflake button to the center of each butterfly and add a bit of the Radiant Rains Dauber color in Mediterranean Blue and Nutmeg, just enough to knock down the bright white.

Print sentiment onto parchment paper.  Cut words apart, distress edges, and adhere to journal pages.

And here are a few closeups of the finished pages.

ColourArte Supplies used:  

Other Supplies used:
The Crafter's Workshop TCW164s mini Flurries
Tim Holtz THS029 Festive Layering Stencil
Tim Holtz THS015 Holly Bough Layering Stencil
Tim Holtz grunge paper
Cuttlebug Cut & Emboss die:  Butterfly 
Paper Artsy (Ink the Dog) Clocks 1 Rubber Stamp set (script)
Prima 960902 clear stamp
Golden Light Molding Paste
DecoArt White Crackle Paste
Liquitex white gesso
Ranger Archival black ink 

Thanks so much for hanging in there with me.  I do hope you enjoyed the project, and that you are inspired by how easy the ColourArte paints are to use.  They blend beautifully, and rather than making "mud", they simply make another color.  How cool is that?

One more thing before I sign off, and that is to let you know that today is SCAVENGER HUNT DAY!  Be sure to check the ColourArte Facebook page for more information and your chance to win some fabulous ColourArte products!

Have a wonderful  and creative week!


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Recycled Christmas Ornament with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hi everyone!  Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you all are enjoying your holiday and time with family and friends.  Today I want to share a pretty quick and easy Christmas ornament using a recycled tuna can and some Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts (formerly known as Gina's Designs Lasercuts) chippies to make it extra special.

Cut away Santa's sleigh and one reindeer from the border.  Save remaining border for another project.
Use Intense blocks and water brush to color Santa, his sleigh, and reindeer.
Add Crystal Stickles to the sleigh and reindeer antlers and nose.  Use silver pearl pen to add a metallic look to the bottom of the sleigh.  Set aside to dry.
 Cut two circles, one larger than the printed circle, to fit inside the tuna can.
 Adhere the two circles together and glue to the inside bottom of the can.
 Add a bit of snowflake paste to the bottom of the can, just beneath the printed scene.
 Coat bottom and part of sides with white gesso to prepare it to accept paint.  Use an awl to punch a hole in the top of the can to insert a dyed to match piece of ribbon for hanging.  (See photo of finished ornament above).
 Mix the Radiant Gels together with some clear glaze medium, paint bottom and sides of can.  Paint smallest circle from the Fanciful Elements set with the same color mixture. as well as two small snowflakes.  Splatter white paint over the back of the can and the circular frame.
 Distress the edges of the circular frame and snowflakes with the brown ink pad.  Stack the two snowflakes and add a small metal embellishment and diamond gem to the center of the snowflake.
 Paint the lace border with white gesso and while wet, sprinkle stardust glitter over it.  
 Cut a coordinating strip of paper from the Pion paper collection and glue around side of can.   Adhere the lace border around the sides, aligning it with the upper lip of the can.
Run of line of glue around top lip of can and adhere the circular frame.  Then adhere Santa's sleigh and reindeer, above the scene inside the can.
 A few closeups.

Supplies used:

GSL Snowflake Shape Set
GSL Santa's Sleigh Border
GSL Lace Border Sticks
GSL Fanciful Elements
Derwent Inktense Blocks
ColourArte Radiant Gels: Twilight, Guatemalan Green
ColourArte Primary Elements Clear Glaze Medium
Liquitex white gesso
Viva Decor Silver Pearl Pen
Pion Design Glistening Season II scrapbook papers
Circle dies
Prima Branch Bark ink pad
Stardust glitter
Stickles Crystal glitter glue
Finnabair Snowflake Paste

I hope you enjoyed this sweet Christmas ornament and that inspiration strikes you to try making one, or two, or three, for your own tree, or gift giving.  You could also attach it to a gift package for an extra gift.  Be sure to visit Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts for more laser cut chipboard to inspire you.

Thanks for stopping by, and once again, have a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving!