Addicted to Stamps and More – Holiday

Addicted to Stamps and More, Cards, Christmas Card

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Hi all, I’m back today for the first of three posts! Yes three! That’s what happens when all the design teams you’re on have their posts scheduled for the same day by coincidence! So I hope my cards will be different enough to overcome the over-blogging I have to do today!

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My first card is for our “Holiday” theme over at the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge blog and I decided to make my first Christmas card of the year. Yes, a little late but I’m not known to be early… 😉 I used a stamp from Pink and Main’s Christmas Mugs set, which really have such cute mugs stamps for Xmas, and coloured it with my Faber Castell PITT artist pens. I then masked it and stamped Pinkfresh Studio’s little mistletoe stamp from their December Days stamp set to llok like the mug was nesting on a bed of mistletoes.

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To create a real feeling of whipped cream on the hot chocolate, (which I am not allowed being lactose intolerant) I used my Nuvo Crystal drop and when it was dry, coloured brown dots to resemble chocolate chips! The sentiment is one of the really great “Christmas Verses” set from Pink and Main too & I decorated it with little stamps from Pinkfresh Studio’s “December Days”. To finish, I cut the edges of the panel with my craft scissors, as I couldn’t used a die on it because of me “whipped cream”, and adhered it to my red card base.

Well I hope you’ll be inspired to join us at our “Holiday” challenge with your festive cards and I look forward to seeing them in the link up! Thanks for popping by and have a great  day!

Hugs,

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I’m also sharing this with:

HLS Christmas.pngHappy Little Stampers – Christmas challenge & optional twist CAS

paper shelterThe Paper Shelter – Christmas is coming

card concept.pngThe Card Concept – I went with the CAS style

Winter wonderland.gifWinter Wonderland – What you love to do at Christmas…its drinking and eating for me of course!!

 

AECP – Beautiful Details

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I made it through the 1st level of the Altenew Educator Certification program and got this wonderful badge on the right to show for it too! Now just 2 more levels to go consisting of 15 classes, about 75 videos to watch and tons of new techniques to learn! I’m as excited to continue as when I first started as the classes have such wonderful tips, techniques and ideas an I feel that my card making has gone to a whole new level because of them.

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Today’s card, especially, makes me feel like I have finally reached the level I’ve been aiming for since I started 2 years ago. (By the way, card making is the only hobby I’ve taken up that still passionates me today as the first day I started!) It embodies everything I have seen & loved in other card makers cards. Clean and Simple with beautiful details, and it was made after watching the Beautiful Details class by the amazing Marika Rathu. This class is truly inspiring and I could just sit and watch her colour all day… in fact I will definitely go back to this class often as she is an amazing colourist!

I incorporated a little of each technique from the 5 videos in the class. I started by stamping my images on velum using Altenew’s Wild Hibiscus set and light Momento ink colurs, then colouring the underside with fine strokes using my new Faber Castell PITT Artist pens for the first time. My daughter used them as hand lettering pens but kindly gave them to me. 🙂  I also coloured in the butterfly and leaf with my Spectrum Illustrator alcohol markers.

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I used a circle stitched die from My Favorite Things and popped up the innner circle on foam adhesive, added 2 white card stock on the front of my blue card base, leaving a little strip to be seen, just like on one of her cards she made for the class. My vellums images were fussy cut and glued onto the card with Scrap Perfect Best Glue Ever. The little water drops are from my Goosebumps clear texture spray.

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I really love all the sentiments from Altenew’s Beautiful Quotes set but I chose this one as we need to be reminded to never give up when we hit bumps on the road on our way to accomplishing our goals. Or do really bad colouring or paintings for the umpteenth time in the beginning when we are learning… Like Marika said, practise makes perfect and even if we don’t think we’re improving, we are! As proof, I took this course 1 year ago and I was so nervous about letting go and doodling on my stamps. Today, I’m still hesitant about letting go, but I have more confidence and with the courses from Altenew, I’m making the type of cards I really like!

Well thanks for stopping by and I love all the comments you take the time to leave me. Have a great day!

Hugs,

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I’m sharing this card with:

altenew.jpgAltenew Inspiration challenge – Inspiration photo

Daily marker coloring challengeThe Daily Marker Coloring Contest – Advanced section

wordartWord Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

Calling All Sistahs.jpgCalling all SistahsEncouragement challenge – photo inspiration