My card today features one of the new Memory Box dies, Heart Ribbon, and one from Memory Box's new Open Studio line of dies - the largest of the Rectangle Tag dies.
S U P P L I E S
Memory Box dies (Hearts Ribbon, Rectangle Tags, Adorable Posies); Glitter Paper: American Craft; Ink and markers (Tsukineko, Ranger); Accents: gems (Mark Richards), pearls (Paper Studio), ribbon (Michaels)
T I P
If you want to do something new and different for a sentiment, draw your own! And if you're afraid to draw a sentiment, print one out in grey scale on your paper - very light - in a sans serif font (like Ariel) and then draw on top of it. You can do it!!!
Today's post is a short one because I had a relapse with my bronchitus, so I'm a little under the weather. (Boo!)
And if the eye candy wasn't enough, there are, of course, some terrific give-aways from the new release!
The blitz extends through Friday with two posts per day. You have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, January 18th, to leave comments on the posts at Outside the Box, (not here) from which winners will be randomly drawn and announced on Monday, January 19th.
I was feeling drawn to a monochromatic palette, and my favorite color in the Memory Box paper collection is Thistle with Robin's Egg right behind it, so I decided to play with those colors, using two of the new dies (Florina Corner and Cascada Butterfly Trio).
(I feel like I was a little heavy-handed with the colored pencil and am going to make this card again without using it. I'll report back on my findings!)
S U P P L I E S
Memory Box dies (Florina Corner, Cascada Butterfly Trio, Danke), cardstock (Thistle, Robin's Egg) and patterned paper (Thistle Distressed Dots & Morroco); Ink (Tsukineko); Colored pencil (PrismaColor); Accents: gems (Mark Richards), trim (Michaels); Other: foam dimensional tape
Don't forget, we're double-posting at Outside the Box during the blitz, so check out Laura's post later today at 3:00 p.m. EST. (Leave a comment on every post and your chances of winning go up significantly!)
I just wanted y'all to know why I've been out of commission for the last few weeks. I had what we were told was pneumonia by the Convenient Care people (even lost my voice!) but which was re-diagnosed on Christmas Eve as a nasty case of bronchitus. I've been recovering, but it's amazing how much compromised lungs can bring you to your knees.
I've spent almost my entire holiday in bed and been strictly forbidden computer and Internet access for quite a bit of the time as this would prevent me from properly resting and recovering. (I love my doctor but I also hate him for knowing me so well.)
Tomorrow brings about the start of the new semester. I'm feeling more than a little stressed for a variety of excellent reasons; I'd share them but I'm too tired to go into all of it at present. Anyway, I'd be ever so grateful for some prayers!
As you know, we take a break in December so people can focus on their families and the holiday season. This year I decided to take advantage of that break to adjust the posting schedule so everyone will have a better chance of getting her card to its destination before the end of each month. Download 2015 POSTING SCHEDULE
(If you're unfamiliar with this card exchange challenge, I've got a brief explanation near the bottom of this post, and you can also check out the Rules and FAQ's.)
February's Featured Stamp Company & Prize
If your recipient receives your card by March 1, your name will be entered in a drawing for the Birthday Collage (stamp set AC021) by Hero Arts!
Make a card using at least one of the following four options. (You can actually use two, three, or all four options, but you are only required to use one of them.)
These colors are your guideline - exact matching is not necessary.
One of the following themes: Sewing or St. Patrick's Day or Friendship
One of the following products: Floss, twine, cording (String's the Thing!)
You have until Friday, February 6, 2015, 11:55 p.m., EST, to sign up (see below) and email me a photo of your card (please include a link to your blog/photo gallery). Please sign up using your first name and your state, province or country. EX: Ann from Texas; Betty from Ontario; Cathy from Wales; Darla from Italy.
Reveal Post & Winner Announcement
All of the cards with links to their creators' blogs or online photo galleries will be revealed here on Sunday, March 1, 2015.
Come play with us and join the ranks of participants from more than 25 countries who've made and mailed more than 1,400 cards! I hope to see your name here!
Don't forget to check back here February 1st for the Reveal of all the cards made and exchanged in the January, 2015 CCC!!!
About this challenge. This is an international card exchange - you send a handmade card to the person above you on the list, and you receive one from the person below you on the list. If that's not enough of a win-win, I also randomly draw a prize winner each month. I do a reveal of all the cards with links to the challenge participants' blogs or online photo galleries - which is a great way to get new traffic. Please read the Rules and FAQ's if you want to play along. :~D
See example. If you want to see a past CCC reveal, go here.
Total cards exchanged as of December 1, 2014: 1,483.
I'm afraid I have some dreadful cough that is making it very tricky for me to breathe without hacking up a lung, so my post today will be somewhat short by necessity. Today's card raises a toast to the holiday cheer we often encounter at this time of the year - lol!
And a close-up....
S U P P L I E S
Memory Box Dies: A Batch of Gingerbread, Tiny Candy Canes, Mini Mugs, Mini-Clouds; Stamp: Merry Christmas; Paper: Antique Gold shimmering cardstock; Thistle, white; Patterned Paper Thistle Distressed Dots (Memory Box); Embossing ink (Ranger); Red and green Markers Other: dimensional foam tape, Scor-Tape, Antique Golden embossing powder (Ranger)
I N S T R U C T I O N S
Make 4.25" x 5.5" card base from copper shimmer paper.
Cut a 4 x 5" panel from patterned paper and adhere to center of card using Scor-Tape.
Stamp Merry Christmas with embossing ink, apply embossing powder, and heat set.
Cut square panel from copper shimmer paper and a square of Thistle Distessed Dots; layer and adhere to center of card.
Die cut gingerbread men from copper shimmer paper, mug from patterned paper, cloud and candy canes from white paper.
Stripe candy canes with markers and adhere to back of mug; adhere cloud to top of mug and attach mug to card with dimensional foam.
Today's card was inspired by a card (see it here) made by the delightful Julie Ebersol. Julie is the Queen of Clean (and Simple), and I think Memory Box dies are at their elegant best when they are used in the CAS style. So here is my homage to Julie and her fabulous card (please pardon the less than stellar lighting):
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