Monday, November 16, 2009

Triple Play: 3 challenges, BLOG CANDY, and a surprise!

Wow, my 300th post and its my birthday. What are the chances? So that deserves a little celebration :) How 'bout a little blog candy and a surprise... but first let me tell you about todays kreation. I had good intentions to have my PPA challenge completed with the SCS color challenge AND SCS sketch challenge - triple play :) BUT, you never can predict when sickness strikes. Thankfully my daughter is back to her energetic self and no one else has been stricken by any bugs. Thank you to those that held us up in your prayers and sent me encouraging words during the week. I have to say a special thank you to one of my readers, Louise from Perth Australia who sent me such an endearing note and it really warmed my heart after a tough week. So thank you Louise!!

SO, Christmas Cheer with PPA, a VERY, BRAVO, KRAFT for CC244 and the sketch that follows... here is my interpretation of all three.
As usual, my camera doesn't capture the shimmer that was introduced to the embossed 'poinsettia' images using Champagne Shimmer paint, so you'll have to use your imagination a tad! :)
* Standard card base of Bravo Burgandy
* Layered with a piece of Kraft cardstock that was run through my Big Shot and embossed with the beautiful Petals a Plenty Embossing Folder. I repeated this with my Bravo Burgundy squares too.
* Using a Sponge Dauber and Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, I lightly applied the shimmer to the raised petal images on both the Kraft and Burgundy paper - SO pretty!!
* Layered my Burgundy squares onto Very Vanilla which using a sponge dauber again and some Soft Suede ink, distressed the edges. Then distressed the edges of the Kraft cardstock as well. Followed my sketch (SCS254) and adhered my square panels to my card.
* For some PPA Christmas Cheer, what better set than Good Cheer, to ink up in Bravo Burgundy craft ink and emboss with my heat tool and Clear Embossing Powder.
* Colored in my image using my SU Markers, Creamy Caramel, Blush BlossomBravo Burgundy, Mellow Moss and Old Olive. TIP: My reindeer is only colored with Creamy Caramel. Color over the same area for a darker hue.
* I lightly went over the entire image with my Soft Suede dauber. And then distressed the edges with a combination of Creamy Caramel (was too creamy against the Kraft), Soft Suede and Bravo Burgundy. Additional gave the edges some shimmer was some more Champagne Shimmer Paint to the edges.
* A few Antique Brass eyelets where giving the perfect placement with the help of my Mat Pack (piercing pad and template).

Hope you enjoyed my triple play :)

Now lets celebrate. Here are some goodies for you. A retired set and wheel, an 'art by...' stamp, a skinny tin and some handmade goodies inside. Just leave me a comment by Sat Nov 21st and let me know what brings you Christmas Cheer? A winner will be announced Monday Nov 23rd.

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Thanks for celebrating with me :)

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Gwen said...

Happy Birthday to you! Glad everyone is feeling better.

Mary Fish said...

Love that Santa and all your gorgeous texture. Sounds like a great offer. You go, girl! Hugs, M

Anonymous said...

Glad your family is all & well! I also have a birthday this month (Nov. 21ST) so that makes us both scorpios! Happy Birthday to you! What brings me Christmas cheer is knowing that it is when our Lord Saviors birthday is celebrated! Also, we like to go sight-seeing at all the beautiful decorations!

Anonymous said...

Oops! My google will not let me sign in so I better give my name just in case I happen to win the goodies! Thanks for being so generous!

kellygrl27 said...

Happy Birthday and congratulation on your 300th post! thanks for the chance to win. Love seeing your kreations everyday!

Carla Bazhenow said...

Happy Birthday Kim!!! Congrats on your 300th post and so glad to hear your daughter is well. I love the texture and color of your card so much... its awesome. I will have to play with those colors. Hugs,

Anonymous said...

Going for a sleigh ride brings me Christmas Cheer I love the sound of the sleigh bells. Thanks for the chance to win.

Carol C.

Melissa said...

First - glad everyone is feeling better especially since it's your birthday! Second - I love that you layered the embossing... great idea! Third - Christmas Cheer comes my way through the music. It just lives my heart!

Pals Paper Arts said...

Thank you for playing @ PPA!

Come play in our next challenge on Thursday, November 19.

Hope to see you there!

Ann Schach said...

Happy Birthday, Kim! Great card and great candy!

megsmome said...

The card is beautiful. Just like an old fashioned Christmas. I love celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ at Christmas number 1, but I LOVE being together with my family and spending the entire day together. I also love all the decorations and Christmas cheer everywhere you go. What a wonderful time of year. And Happy Birthday to you Kim!!!

Tiffany said...

Happy birthday Kim! I hope you had a great day!!! Gorgeous Christmas card. I love how you colored in the stamped image. So professional looking. God bless and take care!

Nicole Tugrul said...

Congrats on getting to your 300th post, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Picking out a Christmas tree with my family and taking it home to decorate brings me Christmas cheer..I am already thinking about this year's tree cutting!

Carrie said...

Gorgeous card! I love the shimmer paint on the textured paper.
Happy birthday, and congrats on 300 posts!

jmniffer said...

Beautiful card. My triple play to you, congrats on the 300th post; birthday greetings; and happy germ free house! Thanks for a chance to win some wonderful blog candy.

Yvonne said...

I don't think I have one thing only that gives me Christmas Cheer. It is a combination of Christmas music family gift giving goodies decorations the lights just luv the lights and of course the Celebration of the Birth of Christ.
Happy B-Day!!!! Wow 300 post you have been busy!

thanks for the chance to win some goodies!

Angie K. said...

Love the textures of your card! Very Pretty! Family members getting together brings me Christmas joy!

Caryl P said...

Glad everyone is feeling healthy again, and happy birthday to you!!! Beautiful card, I can imagine irl it just shimmers wonderfully!
Christmas joy comes to me whenever I hear a Christmas tune because they make me think of family, fun traditions and all the happiness of the holidays!

milkshake007 said...

Happy Birthday!!!
Being with my family, baking cookies and having the house decorated for the holidays brings me Christmas joy.

Kimberly Johnson said...

Happy birthday, Kim. I will be celebrating my 40th on Black Friday. :o) Nov 27th.
What brings me Christmas Cheer? Having things caught up enough to actually spend time with my family to ENJOY the season.
Kimberly in AZ

Kristi said...

Congratulations! And thanks for all your awesome ideas too! What brings me the MOST Christmas cheer is the music. Whether I am listening to hymns in church or the Christmas station on the radio, I just love the sounds of Christmas.

....Linda.... said...

Beautiful card - rich and vintage! What cheers me at Christmas? The smell of the tree and SNOW!