it’s time for the October Rudolph Days Challenge hosted by Maureen and I’ve created something different this time for my design team cards.
As a bereaved parent, I searched for years for sentiments that were sensitive to people dealing with grief during the holidays. Sometimes it can be hard to hear that the holiday season is the merriest, most wonderful time of the year because we’re grieving and missing our loved one(s). It can also be hard to keep up with sentimental family traditions because they make us too sad.
I found a few stamps and one die that I felt were suitable; these Christmas cards are a great way to show extra sensitivity towards people who have experienced a loss.
Memory Box Holiday Greenery stamp set:
I painted this image with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper, stamped the sentiment, added a thin Burgundy linen cardstock mat and attached it to a matte gold foil yardstick that covered the white base. I spritzed with gold sheer shimmer spray.
Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Designs – Die Thinking Of You At Christmas
I used the same burgundy linen cardstock to cut the sentiment and inlaid it on the green dotted holiday paper so it’s nice and flat for mailing.
Visible Image Sentimental Christmas: did not arrive in time to use on a card for this post but I love that it has a ‘thinking of you’ sentiment for the front of a card in a lovely typeface and a verse for the inside as well.
Hero Arts HOLIDAY MESSAGES AND ICONS: also did not arrive in time but I like the ‘thinking of you this time of year’ sentiment.
if you know of any others, please let me know.
visit maureen’s blog for the simple rules to play along.
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Hero Arts is 45 years old and is inviting everyone to a SHOW & TELL CELEBRATION – SHARE TO WIN!
my first Hero Arts stamp was this dandelion (G4917) that I purchased in 2009 and it’s still available today.
i used it to create a thank you card for those who showed kindness when my son passed away from brain cancer in 2009.
today i’ve used the image on a clean and simple card. the sentiment (LL165 Happy Everything Greetings) is from a Hero Arts wooden set of sentiments that i bought shortly afterward but i can’t find a link.
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i made this card for my daughter, who i’m so proud of; she’s worked hard to reach a goal that will enable her to continue her studies because she was way above the cut off mark.
i painted this happy Art Impressions stamp, appropriately called this is huge with twinkling H2Os and also painted the background after i stamped the hero arts stamp and heat embossed it. i used one of the sentiments on the front and the other on the inside – you did it!
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i created four tags using an older hero arts image and sentiment from one of the first sets i bought when i started card making and i still love it.
i coloured with derwent inktense pencils, added yellow stickles to the stars, some snow and finished them off with green ribbon. thanks to my new precision press, which i love, i added a sentiment and used it to stamp the to and from on the back.
i’d like to submit this tag to these challenges:
November Rudolph Days at Scrappy Mo’s: this year’s last monthly on the 25th
Crafty Ribbons – Christmas with Ribbon
Crafty Catz – #348 – Anything Goes with twist: Christmas Tags
4 Crafty Chicks W #326 Winter Wonderland
The Pencil Case #33 Anything Goes + DT Call
A Blog Named Hero – Holiday Themed
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i’m playing along with the 101 waterolour challenge; over the next couple of weeks we’ll be playing with masks, so this week’s assignment is to create watercolor backgrounds with the assistance of background stamps and embossing powder. i watched all three videos linked from class and i decided to use the technique from catherine pooler’s tutorial; since my painting is controlled, i liked the more controlled look of her sample.
i bought this hero arts background stamp with my daughter in mind because i knew she’d love the pattern and shamefully, this is the first time i’ve used it. i heat embossed with white ep and i only used a yellow and a blue twinkling H2O and let them naturally turn into green in spots; it’s matted on green card stock because that’s my daughter’s favourite colour. i heat embossed the sentiment on vellum, attached die cut hearts out of the same painted paper and some gems. thanks for popping by.
i painted the background with twinkling H2Os on watercolour paper, then stamped the hero arts holly and painted the leaves with the same twinks and added red stickles to the berries. i used red glitter paper to mat the image and attached it to the paper that i distressed the edges of. i’m submitting this to the christmas at sweet stampin’ challenge theme of festive foliage and the country view crafts challenge theme of painty pleasures. thanks for popping by.
even though the holidays are behind us, i love making christmas cards year round. the first jingle belles prompt for this year is ‘old and new’ so i’ve used one year old papers, a four year old sentiment, an old gem and my brand new memory box mittens die. i’m also submitting this card to the ‘anything goes’ theme at christmas cards all year round. thanks for popping by.
i made this card for my daughter; she has two bunnies and this hero arts bunny stamp reminds me of her bigger bunny, although they’re both adorable and very smart. i coloured with distress inks and twinkling H2Os, added glitter to bits of the egg and flower centre and flower soft to the tail. i’m submitting this card to the spring/easter themes of these challenges: hero arts, crafty calendar, word play saturday and oozak. thanks for popping by.
i don’t use it very often, but i just love vellum so i heat embossed this hero arts butterfly on vellum, coloured it with distress inks, cut it out by hand and popped it on a foam square. i followed another Hero Arts CAS sketch for their august contest and i’m also submitting this to the open theme of flutterby wednesday, which has just re-opened. thanks for popping by.
i used this month’s hero arts sketch again, but this time to create this card for my husband. i’ve not been well for the past two weeks right after a month long RA flareup – he just steps in and takes care of everything and me so i thought the hero arts sentiment was perfect. i used foam tape to pop the die cut spellbinders heart and the memory box ticket, then sponged the edges of everything with vintage photo distress ink. thanks for popping by.
i followed the hero arts august sketch for this clean and simple card, die cut the flower, added gel dots to the ticket and followed kelly’s embossed button tutorial. i mentioned the other day how some paper crafting tools are not universally accessible to people with disabilities, so instead of the tweezers kelly used (which i own but can’t use), i found a toothpick worked nicely. i’m also submitting this to marianne’s design divas ‘anything goes’ challenge. thanks for popping by.
i chose the colour challenge for this month’s hero arts contest and used distress inks to ink up the stamp and then to colour the flowers; the image is popped on foam tape – a clean and simple card and very quick to make. thanks for popping by.
everything on this card, except for the butterfly paper, is over a year old. orange is a colour i don’t use very often, but it’s growing on me; i just can’t wear it. the butterfly is coloured with distress inks and popped on the paper; i punched the corners and added a punched border with a ribbon and knot – very simple. i’m submitting this to these challenges: tuesday alchemy – beautiful butterflies, oldie but a goodie – things with wings and CAS-usual fridays – punches or dies. thanks for popping by.
i made this card for sandra’s rudolph day challenge to make christmas cards on the 25th of every month; it’s a great way to build up my stash. i stamped the snowflakes in white, pierced some of the dots and two rows, added black mats and sponged the edge of the card with white. thanks for popping by.
this is the second card i made from this one inspiration photo for splitcoaststampers‘ inspiration challenge. i started it yesterday, but it just wasn’t working; when i looked at it again today, everything came together quickly. i’m also submitting this to the allsorts challenge which is ‘free and easy’ for all of july, and the open theme at flutterby wednesday. thanks for popping by.
wow, it’s been a year since i started this blog. my goal was to motivate myself to continue to be creative and participate in challenges while i traveled along on my grief journey after the loss of my son in june 2009; i needed something to focus on so i didn’t lose myself in the sadness.
thank goodness there are no challenge rules to blogging; i post when i can, share when i want and try my best to maintain a positive tone, even if i’m not feeling up to it.
throughout this past year, i’ve met some wonderful and caring friends along the way and i appreciate the comments, support and encouragement. i love visiting blogs and finding cute images that make me smile, posts that make me laugh and cards that are just so inspiring – all i could ever do is wish to be so talented.
my goal for the upcoming year remains unchanged, although i might push myself to try new techniques. for now, i’m enjoying my comfort zone and monthly challenges that allow me to move at my own pace. i’m also having fun teaching watercolouring with distress inks classes at the papercraft cafe and this is one of the cards for my July 16 class. i’m submitting this to the flutterby wednesday’s open challenge this week. thanks so much for popping by.
it feels strange to say in june, but i’m behind in my monthly splitcoaststampers’ christmas card challenge, so i thought sandra’s post about rudolph day was a great way to remind me to get some cards done by the 25th of every month. (this is for february; lol). also, after seeing this gorgeous card made with splitcoaststampers‘ sketch challenge, i had to use it. thanks for popping by.
the less is more challenge this week is a one layer card with the theme of ‘in the frame.’ since i watercolour 99.9% of my cards, because of my hands, this was a real challenge for me. the card base is watercolour paper; i inked the image with three different distress inks, lightly spritzed it and stamped it – done. i feel like i cheated; i didn’t actually paint an image. lol. thanks for popping by.
the hero arts’ june challenge to watercolour was posted the day after i posted my CAS card using this same image, so i made a new card. i watercoloured with distress inks and markers, added a lot of stickles, and popped the image on foam tape. the pink ribbon with gold thread shows up much better in real life. thanks for popping by.
i never seem to have the right colours to play along with splitcoastampers‘ colour challenge, but i used substitute colours that i think are close enough. the base is a very dark boysenberry, which might explain why the photo looks a bit blurry? sometimes red card stock is tricky. anyway, the image is watercoloured, die cut and popped on foam tape; of course i had to add stickles to the flower centres and dots on the frame. thanks for popping by.
when i first noticed flourishes stamps at splitcoaststampers, they were not available in canada; now they are! this is for the april flourishes bring back beautiful challenge – the beauty of spring colours. i watercoloured the iris, pierced the corners of the die cut image and popped it on foam tape. i pierced the sentiment circle, added pearls and sponged the edge; the bow was made with the bow easy. i’m also submitting this to the splitcoaststamper’s monthly fan club theme. thanks for popping by.