Hello, and Happy Friday!!
I am sooooo excited to share a few cards with you today; cards that top off my goal to complete ALL of the 2016 challenges at The Paper Players!! I started late, since I originally focused on a different blog. After that blog challenge retired permanently, I switched and even decided to get work on early-month challenges. I didn't do them in order (not even close!) but I got them done! Of course, it helped that the talented ladies at The Paper Players are taking the last 2 weeks off for a Christmas break. Here goes...
This first card is for a holiday color challenge, and goes in my stack of Christmas cards. The picture isn't great, but photographing a white card late at night when I finished this proved to be quite a challenge in itself! I used thick whisper white card stock for the base and top layer, which was embossed with the diagonal stripe folder. Then, I pulled out my package of glimmer paper, which included several items already cut out: 2 gold ornaments and a silver scalloped piece made with the Tasteful Trim die. The gold embroidery thread and silver beads are non-SU...no package left, so the brand is a mystery. I added a Teeny Tiny Wishes greeting on a tiny word window piece for the final detail. I may make a few more of these this weekend. Still have many Christmas cards to finish!!
Next, I am celebrating my great-nieces 4th birthday, which is about 2 weeks away. This CAS challenge was one I started over the summer; not sure why I didn't get it done. The blog badge sat in my folder, nagging me to get it done! I should have finished it, because there was a chance for blog candy! LOL Making a birthday card was a nice reprieve from all of the Christmas cards I have been focusing on. My card base is lovely lilac. The dp is from DCWV (Nana's Kids); I have had this stack for years! Lots of sparkle, which doesn't photograph well. The image is from a swap...also years ago. I colored it with SU markers. The greeting is from "On Your Birthday," on a scalloped circle. With all of the sparkle, I opted not to add any embellishments.
Finally, another theme challenge. When this first was posted, I thought I had nothing that would fit the theme. In reality, I had a few items; a stamp or two, certainly some designer paper...but I used my initial thought as an excuse to SHOP! I purchased this amazing silhouette set, "Ride 'em Cowboy," from Our Daily Bread Designs. Again, I needed a birthday card, and I have a brother-in-law in Arizona. He's not a cowboy, but I think he will like this. The card base is cajun craze. I used the direct-to-paper technique for the sky with rose red, cajun craze, crushed curry, marina mist, perfect plum and midnight muse inks, then sponged the edges. This technique is trickier than I expected, but the random splotches kinda work, I think. The main image is stamped in Memento Tuxedo black, and the coordinating greeting in midnight muse (though it looks lighter.) I added some twine, striped dp, and enamel dots for the final look.
That's it...ta-dah! It has been lots of fun to work on this blog challenge goal. I have a couple of blogs I am considering for 2017...stay tuned! In the meantime, I have been busy prepping for Virtual Stamp Night, which is TONIGHT and TOMORROW! As a hostess, I started making cards already so I can surf the galleries and comment on everyone's cards. I hope you join me and the other VSN hostesses!