Sunday, January 31, 2016

January 2016 Card Chain Challenge Reveal!

It's so good to be back playing with the Card Chain Challenge - I missed how much fun it is to make a card and actually send it! Seriously, I have a HUGE pile of cards, but that story is for another time. This month Deborah gave us the following perimeters to work with:
Themes:  Winter / Valentine’s Day / Friendship
Products:  Stencils / Embossing Paste
                        Color Palette:
This month I chose to use the sketch, the theme of winter and the color scheme; daring, I know!  My card is on it's way from Agata, who's fabulous blog can be seen here.  Agata lives in Switzerland, and I am SO happy her card made it in time for me to show you:
Look at that sparkle!!! Thank you Agata!!!
 I sent my card to Jeanne in Minnesota; I don't think she's going to appreciate my snowflakes, but. . .

How I made my Card:
White Card Base
Sentiment from Memory Box, #B2060
Blue Papers from Stash
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Thinlits Die Cut Set, Labels, #660060
Snowflake Punches from Emagination
Silver Paper
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black

After I dug through my stash (which took forever!) to try to find 3 papers I felt matched the color palette, I decided how I was going to incorporate the sketch into my card.  The sentiment stamp is brand new, never been inked, and I was dying to use it, so that was a given.  I punched the snowflakes using a set of snowflake punches I got ages ago when the company was going out of business. I remember I got an awesome deal! So, I punched the snowflakes using silver paper and set them aside.

Next I decided to use two of the circle dies included in the Sizzix Labels Set - there are 17 dies (!) in that set and it has been one of the best purchases I've made in a long, long time.  After I cut the circles out, I adhered the snowflakes to the circles and set them aside.  Now I was looking for a die for the sentiment.  I had already put the Labels Set away when it dawned on me that I would most likely find a die that fit my sentiment in that set - so out the set came again and sure enough I found the die that I used (I call it a blimp die because that's what it looks like to me - the circle dies are called POW dies from when you'd see that edged word bubble in comics when something shocking happened. Now, if I get famous, you have these fabulous obscure facts about me to amaze your friends).  I die cut the sentiment and adhered everything onto the blue background paper. Simple but effective!
Another Look
I hope Jeanne likes my card, it certainly evokes winter in my eyes.  Thank you for reading my little tutorial.  I have lots of fun stuff coming up this month, so stay turned, or better yet, subscribe to me! Why not join in the Card Chain Challenge? It's simple; you sign up, you make a card following the suggested theme(s), you send the card, you get a card AND there is a drawing each month for a fabulous prize :) It's a win win win situation ~ Fondly, Christi

I would like to enter my "Follow Your Bliss" Card in the following challenges:
Craft for the Craic (M) - January, January Blues
Addicted to Stamps - #119, Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge - #183, Anything Goes
Southern Girls Challenge - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - #147, Anything Goes


  1. Soooo sparkly and pretty! I'm sure Jeanne just adored it!

  2. Lovely CAS card..
    Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Southern Girls challenge..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  3. Such a lovely CAS card, really like the snowflakes. Thankyou for joining is over at Brown Sugar for our 'ATG' challenge, hope to see you again soon Lynda DT xx

  4. Beautifully crafted. Great design and striking details. Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Aud Sentiment Challenge . We look forward to seeing you again.
    Berni, DT

  5. Dear Christi, this might be old news, but did you notice that you won over at SCT? Congratulations! I was excited to see your name there!

  6. oh love the colors ... great layout too. You card is very CAS ... one of my favorite styles! Thanks for sharing!
    (Hugs) Cara
    My Creative Chaos {My Personal Blog}

  7. What a lovely card, pretty colour scheme and really greta design. Thanks for joining us at Southern Girls Challenge.

  8. A lovely CAS winter card. Thanks for joining the Addicted To Stamps Challenge :-) Hugs Rita

  9. Beautiful sparkly snowflakes & that was a great purchase, Christi!


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