Christmas Blog Hop.

Hi bloggers,

I am excited to be a part of this really fun Christmas blog hop for Quick Creations.
There will be 3 prizes and 3 winners, so make sure you hop along the route and leave your comment for your chance to win.

Today I created a "clean" looking card, for the Guido in your life!  hehe.


This sentiment "Dear Santa, Ho Ho Ho" by Elle's Studio, sounds just like something a Jersey Shore cast member would say.  hehe.

I colored this Greeting Farm image "Together Anywhere" with copic markers and fussy cut him... added Stampendous Fran-tage embossing powder with versamark ink, and sequins & liquid pearls to embellish just a little bit more.

I love that the stamp and light bulbs are the main focus, and I love how quickly it came together.


You can find this stamp set in the Quick Creations online shop.
http://quick-creations.myshopify.com/

Find them on FACEBOOK too!





Don't forget to hop along to see more Christmas inspiration and leave comments for your chance to win one of the three prizes!

The list is below...


CHRISTMAS HOP LINE
Quick Creations Blog- www.quickcreations.blogspot.com
Damaris - http://atstudiod.blogspot.com  <-- that's me!


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Christmas Fun!

Well, this is a first for me.

Scrapbooking a 12x12 layout of a photo that JUST HAPPENED last week!




I was inspired by Elle's Studio layout sketch and their Good Cheer collection.
(I've mentioned how in love I am with it, right?)

http://www.shopellesstudio.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/sketch1.jpg

Anywho... I hope you are having a fun season leading up to Christmas and getting lots of projects and/or baking done.
I wish I baked more.
I think Gio would enjoy it a LOT!

Today Gio and I decorated and filled these super cute Kraft boxes from last year's Target collection.
I bought them with the intention of using them last year and never got around to it.
Found them in storage and pulled them out.



They are personalized and he'll be giving them to his favorite 3 girls.
(He's such a ladies man!)




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Peace. Love. Joy. [tutorial]

One of the reasons I love working with mixed media is because it doesn't have to be perfect or straight or "normal".

Believe it or not, this card came about by me just spending time playing with paint and paper scraps.

I took photos along the way.
[just incase something really COOL came about - AND IT DID!]
So for the last day of this 25 Days of Christmas series, I am going to share a very detailed card tutorial.


I took this color theme from my favorite Christmas collection this year, "Good Cheer" by Elle's Studio.  You have seen me mention this several times on social media and my blog.  I can't get enough of it.  I might have to repurchase because I have been using it up!

But for this card, I used NO pattern paper.  Only the color theme.
Pink.  Teal.  Red.

I first taped paper down to my scratch paper (which happens to be my mom's Spanish grocery store flyer, lol.)
I started at the bottom and worked my way up adding acrylic paint from Walmart over a Tim Holtz "burlap" stencil, smearing it with my finger.  Having a baby wipe on hand to clean off the paint from my hands and start over again with a new color.
One color at a time, being careful not to mix the colors.
Why not mix?
Because I had tried this once before and the color blend was not pretty.
lol.






I like that some of the paint seeped through the stencil and created a bit of a solid blog of burlap texture there, individually.
Cool beans!

The next step was to create even MORE texture.
I brought in some Snow Tex.
In all honesty, I thought I was using Martha Stewart texture paste, but it dried the same.
So in case you guys are interested in purchasing, you can get the cheaper store brand.



I dried the paint with a heat tool and layed a "Speckles" Tim Holtz stencil over.
Using an old ID card I scooped some of that texture and smeared it all over the stencil.
The paint part was fun, but this part was FUN!

I then started to work on the words.
Peace & Joy are by American Crafts, and Love is by Freckled Fawn.
I layed them down on the versamark ink pad, making sure that I left a little bit of the veneer off to have access in picking it up without accidentally taking off any of that ink.



I then layed them on multiple layers of scratch paper, so as not to warp my Making Memories 24" mat, poured the glitter, cleaned my surface and used a heat tool to set the gold glitter.
I repeated this step for each letter.

I used glossy accents to adhere my wood veneers on that lumpy surface and it took a minute or more to get them to really stick.  I tried several placement ways for those words, but off to the right, hanging outside of my mixed media background, was where they looked their best!  I didn't want to cover up all my fun hard work! lol.

It was now time to embellish.

If you have followed my series this year, you'll know that I was a big fan of using sequins and liquid pearls.  It was just a matter of using the right ones for this card.  I thought about using white, but I didn't want the sequins to stand out against the colored background.  So I dug into my stash and found the Freckled Fawn "Oh Deer" sequins were the best match.  However, I didn't have a match for pink.  Nowhere in my stash.  So I decided to paint a white FF sequin with that pink paint.



Afterwards it looked dry and brittle, so added glossy accents to all of them, because doing it only to the pink looked off.

I added liquid pearls and the card was done!


I have a new favorite Christmas card in this series.
It's this one.
Right here.
It's so bright, fun and pretty.
I think I'll keep it and add it to my DD.
I just can't part with it!


Well folks.
I want to thank everyone who has visited me here in the past month.
I appreciate all of your comments, likes and repins.
I will probably share a few December Daily pages before the end of the year, but I really doubt that I'll finish it before January.  My plan is to be done by January 2, but things might be super busy at the end of the month....and then I also plan to take a month-long craft break.

That 21 Day Fast will return and I plan to join my church and husband!

But not to worry, because I'll be back February 1 with some cool news!

I wish you all a very special holiday and I pray that you understand the TRUE meaning of Christmas.





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Merry Gold.

I gotta be completely honest.

Today's card gave me the hardest time.
Above all other cards in this series.

No matter how many times I turned it left or right, or added this or that, it just did NOT look right.

It wasn't until I found that "Merry Christmas" American Crafts wood veneer, that I was able to finally get something looking normal.
lol.



I embossed it with gold glitter by Recollections and added Fancy Pants sequins.  I also used the Fancy Pants "Oh Deer" 6x6 pad to build my card.  The stamp is by Stampendous which I was able to purchase from JoAnn.com.  I added gold wink of stella to her crown, red wink of stella to the jewel in her crown and her lips, and clear wink of stella to her wings.

I hope whoever gets it keeps it forever!
And ever.
lol.



Come back tomorrow for my last card share in this series.
I'll give you a hint... it involves all of the items in the photo below!



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Holiday Cheer.

As much as I love [LOVE] coloring, making cards, taking photos, editing and blogging these projects, it does get exhausting doing it for 25 straight days!

No weekend breaks.
No late posts.
No oopsies.

It's very hard work.
But I do it because I love creating.
I love Christmas.
And I love sharing and inspiring.

The day I made today's card, I was just NOT feeling it.
lol.
I made it because I felt I had a deadline.
I made it because I had started another card
(tomorrow's card - to be exact),
and had to put it to the side because it was 3am and the card configuration was all odd and off.

I made it because my desk was full of scrap paper.
I made it because it was fast and easy.
lol.


I used Pink Paislee glitter stickers.  A wood veneer, glitter and an enamel dot.

Simple.


Do you ever get in a rut?
That was me, 5 days ago.
*sigh*

I guess I was just feeling anxious because I want to start on my December Daily already.
I feel so behind!


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Diamond Joy.

I can't express enough how much I love this diamond pattern paper by Elle's Studio from their "Good Cheer" collection.

Inspired by my altered project life box and my December Daily cover, I created this very CAS card.


First I cut the diamonds out of the pattern paper and placed them on the edge of the card base, adhering them with Tombow Mono Multi glue (the green & white bottle).  I prefer this glue because I can easily position my paper before it sets.


I punched at 1.5" circle punched to mat the "JOY" diecut from their collection, placed that on pop dots and added sequins and random white liquid pearls around the card for subtle "bling".  This We R Memory Keepes Quickstik helps to grab the sequins straight of the storage jar and onto the project.  No hassle and no mess.


It can be easily replicated using a stamp or other diecuts.

Thanks for checking in and join me tomorrow for Day 23 of my 25 Days of Christmas series.

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It's Handled.

I first saw this image on instagram, colored by @Mshtown_Diva11 and immediately thought, "It's Handled!"  If you're a "SCANDAL" viewer, you'll know what that means.

I had been hearing about this show on ABC for a couple of years, but never found the time to watch.  It wasn't until October that I decided I'd give it a try.  My cousin Wendy shares IG photos about the show religiously, which spiked my curiosity.

So in exactly 7 days I watched all 3 seasons, and was up to date with Season 4.  Which is currently on hiatus.

(are you having withdrawals yet?)

In any case, I knew I JUST HAD to have that stamp set, so I purchased it online and got to coloring as soon as I got it.  The stamp set is called "Together Anywhere" by The Greeting Farm, and comes with 2 images and 3 sentiments.




Using the Fancy Pants "Oh Deer", 6x6 paper pad, I followed a sketch challenge and built the card.  The front sentiment is from an exclusive October Afternoon stamp set, and I individually stamped the alphas inside the card (using Archival black ink) with a Studio Calico exclusive stamp set.  If you look closely, you will see that I added cool gray copic shading to those bold letters.  It pops!




I love this card so much!  She looks just like Olivia Pope.
I know my cousin Wendy will appreciate and keep this card for years to come.

And for those that don't know, Olivia wears a coat in at least one scene each episode.



Are you #teamFitz or #teamJake?


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CHALLENGES
1 - The Greeting Farm - Anything Goes
2 - The Sweetest Thing - Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #247
3 - Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes
4 - Paper Creators Crafts - All About Christmas
5 - Stamp & Create - Anything Christmas
6 - Ladybug Crafts - Christmas and/or Winter
7 - Fussy & Fancy - Happy Holidays
8 - Scribble & Scrap - Anything Goes
9 - Through The Purple Haze - All About Christmas