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Christmas in August? house of cards challenge: metallics

Welcome to a new month of creative inspiration! This month our challenge at House of Cards is Metallics. Feel free to translate our cue word to your papercrafting project however you like! I used gold metallic cardstock to create a white Christmas card with some vintage like paper poinsettias. I am late to the Christmas in July movement, so I’m sharing my first Christmas card today instead!

I used a technique from my tutorials (found here) to make my flowers. The technique added texture and a very dramatic look to the poinsettias. I also played with the delicate die cuts in gold to create a nice medallion. I have to admit that I love adding polka dot embossing to my cards, so I am happy with the final look of the card. 
I hope you feel inspired to join our challenge this month! I am glad you stopped by today! Until next time!

Shared also with: Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge No Ordinary Paper / Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes / Simon Says Work It Wednesday Challenge Die cuts / Crafty Hazelnut´s Christmas Challenge Anything Goes Christmas

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House of Cards Inspiration Challenge + Video Tutorial!

My oh my, does time fly by! It’s the start of a brand new shiny term at House of Cards and this month our challenge is Food and/or Color Inspiration.

I love the image for the challenge but I decided to go with the color inspiration this time adding all the different hues to my handmade flowers and also using a fun patterned paper! I’ve been into fun elements like beads and badge buttons instead of stamped sentiments, especially for my HOC cards. This month’s theme and fresh and warm colors sure allows to experiment with textures, elements and designs so I hope you feel inspired to join us!

In addition to my card I also prepared a video for you, a tutorial on how I made and colored these flowers. You won’t believe how simple they are to make and the unconventional medium I used to colored them! Hit play to watch:

I invite you to hop along and see all the cards that the designers created this month! For more details and to join the challenge please click HERE.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and video tutorial. NOTE: Next week’s tutorial is the last in this series, and I will have some GREAT giveaways for you! So mark your calendars and subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss out!

I’m so glad you stopped by today dear friends! I’ll be back soon with more content for you!

I’m sharing this card with: Mod Squad Challenge – Pattern Paper / Card Mania – Anything Goes / 4 Crafty Chicks – No Stamping / Frilly & Funky – Something to Say / Simon Says Mon – Summer / Simon Says Wed – We’re Going Dotty / Word Art Wed – Anything Goes / Stampin’Royalty – Flowers / Sparkles Monthly Challenge – Vintage~Shabby Chic

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House of Cards Blog Hop + Giveaway + DT Call

Welcome to our end of term blog hop and DT call. If you’re interested in working with us a House of Cards for a six month term from July through December of 2015, please put DT at the end of your entry name when you link up! This hop will run from June 1ST AT 6:00 AM CST through June 15th at noon. Any card style is welcome and we’ve got a gorgeous photo inspiration for your crafting enjoyment!

Here’s our photo inspiration:

We’ve got some fabulous sponsors to share with you! Our team will be using a variety of products from these amazing companies!

Prize: Gift Card to the online store.

Prize: $50 gift voucher to the shop.
Prize: Prize Package

Prize: Gift Card to Store
Prize: $10 gift voucher to the shop.

Here’s the card I made using beautiful digital papers from Eclectic Anthology! Hope you like it! I love the colors from the inspiration photo! I have a video tutorial for this card HERE, so make sure you check that out.

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!

And now, here’s your hop order:

Gracie (me)

Now get to hoppin’! Your next stop is Judy! Before you go I invite you to also check out my Birthday Giveaway going on now (click HERE). I am giving away 7 prizes!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ll be back tomorrow with a new card to share!

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Vintage Spring Blossoms – House of Cards

Welcome to my post for this month’s House of Cards challenge: Bokeh. Have you tried the Bokeh technique before? Well, I knew the technique but had not tried it yet. This technique imitates a photography effect that plays with light. I hope you get a chance to visit the House of Cards blog to see all the different samples that will be shared starting today and of course to join the challenge with your take on the Bokeh theme. 

I want to apologize for the pictures because it is raining and I had to take them in my craft room. The card looks prettier in “real life” but you can sure see well the Bokeh background. I used earthy tones for the background, because I wanted to make a vintage card.

Something basic to have for this technique is a circle stencil, at least that makes the process way easier. I used a homemade stencil with different sizes of circles created for me by my friend Sue (here) and applied four colors of ink with a sponge dauber. I used Distress Inks and white pigment ink in the end. I tried to apply the same tones of inks in different intensities and also sprayed water to soften and blend the colors.

I completed my card with flowers, die cuts, a few embellishments and a beautiful sentiment. I hope you enjoyed seeing today’s post. Thanks so much for your kind visit! If you have any questions feel free to send them in and please don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter because I will be sharing giveaways and tutorials soon!

See you next time!

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Retro Vintage Cutie – House of Cards

It’s the beginning of a new month and to be honest I feel like time is going by extremely fast! The good news is a new challenge is up at House of Cards! The theme of our challenge this time is Enamel Dots. I don’t own any enamel dots so I used a couple of matte black pearls that look a bit like them.

My design was inspired by both the black pearls and this BEAUTIFUL printable from Nicecrane Designs. This sweet Sunbonnet Baby is from a new printable set called Restored Sunbonnet Postcards. I printed the file on white linen cardstock, fussy cut it and covered it with glittery glue to add interest to the image and also to protect it and make it a bit sturdier.

I went for a retro vintage design, using different colors, patterns and elements to create a freestyle collage card. To make this and other similar layerings on my cards I pick a color palette based on the papers I have available, die cut various different shapes and adhere all the pieces. Sometimes I overthink the position of the different layers and sometimes it’s a spontaneous process, but I do like every single layer to show without overwhelming the focal point of the card, in this case the lovely Sunbonnet Baby.

All the links to the supplies used are listed below so you can check them out! I hope you have enjoyed today’s post! Make sure you visit House of Cards to see what my talented teammates have created for this month’s challenge. I can’t wait to see what you make for this month’s Enamel Dots theme challenge!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great week!

I’d like to share my card with:
From the Heart Stamps – Twist: Glitter
Imagination Crafts – Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesday – Anything Goes

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Glittery Color Challenge – House of Cards

This month at House of Cards our challenge is based on a very nice color palette with an added twist, glitter. I love aquamarine blues, so this combo is one of my cardmaking weaknesses!

For today’s card I was also inspired on a sketch from Cardabilities. I did leave a good amount of white space on the front of my card, though I think the final look reminds me of old fashioned bling (Gatsby style).

Dies – Spellbinders: NEW! Heirloom Oval, Elegant Ovals, Snowflake Pendant, A2 Matting Basics A. Our Daily Bread Designs: Fancy Foliage, Asters and Leaves, Flourished Star Pattern
Stamps – Stampendous Spanish Messages
Inks – Perfect Pearls Mists in Biscotti, Ann Butler Crafter’s Inks as embossing ink
Adhesives – Scortape: 8 1/2″ x 11″ Double sided adhesive sheet, 1/2″ two sided tape. Beacon’s Tacky Glue. Uhu silicone gel glue.

Other – Envirotex Spray Crystal Clear sealer (used on glittered die cuts/made glitter opaque and vintage looking), silver embossing powder
Miscelaneous – Leather textured cardstocks in white and aquamarine, vellum, silver glitter, pearls and rhinestones, satin ribbon.

I hope you like my card for our monthly challenge. I invite you to join our Inlinkz at House of Cards (here). Remember that any style and any kind of project is welcome!

To use glitter and/or be inspired by this photo

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I’d like to submit my card to:
Dies R Us – Anything Goes / Twist: Something New (Heirloom Oval die)
Sparkle n Sprinkle – January Challenge
Cardabilities – Sketch #114



Card Mania – Make it Sparkle