Thursday, December 1, 2016

HOC Bloghop

Hi everyone!  Can you believe we've are at the end of our fourth term here at House of Cards?!  Unfortunately we are saying a fond farewell to some of our DT members and fortunately we are so happy to those staying on.  To say goodbye and thank you, we're celebrating with a blog hop!  

This hop will run FROM December 1ST AT 6:00 AM CST THROUGH December 15TH AT NOON CST,  ANY CARD STYLE is welcome and we've got a gorgeous photo inspiration for your crafting enjoyment!


BEFORE WE START--we'd like you all to know that this blog hop is also a DT CALL!!! We're looking for crafters comfortable in any card making style and it might just be YOU!  You will be contacted by December 20th  to know if you've made the team. :)   Each DT member will just be in charge of one card/project per month plus commenting.  If you're interested in working with us a HOC for a six month term from January through June of 2017, please email Mynn at onastampageATgmailDOTcom with the following information:   

  • A link to your blog.
  • Attached cards showing your style--3 maximum.
  • A brief description as to why you'd like to join the team at House of Cards.
  • Any major life happenings you KNOW you have coming up in your life from January-June 2017 that might interfere with your DT responsibilities.
Please email Mynn at onastampageATgmailDOTcom if you have any other questions!  And now...
Here is the photo inspiration~

So, are you ready to get hopping?! Yep, it's time, but first we've got some fabulous sponsors to share with you! Make sure you leave a comment at each person's blog along the way because the prizes are hidden and we'll be doing random drawings from the blogs where they are hiding! :) After you're done, make a creation to share with us here, too, for another chance to win!

Here are all of our fabulous sponsors.
Our team will be using a variety of products
from these amazing companies!
Prize: 1 stamp set or 3 single images
Visit My Online Store

Prize: 3 single images

Prize: Prize Package
Prize: Any three products of your choice!

You should have arrived here from Ruza's Blog.

I have decided to use two of our sponsors for this hop, Beccy's Place and Great Impressions. Here are my cards for today, enjoy!

sponsor for the holly plant image:
This card was created using Becky's Place holly plant from the set - Blessings of the Season
The sentiment was in my digi stamp stash and not sure where it came from.  
However, it seemed fitting for this design. 

I used the colors from the inspiration photo. I noticed the stark white against 
the yellow'ish wall. This element was used for my card.
It is so hard to capture with a photo but I used a cotton ball and dry embossing to give the vase a bit of dimension. Run your fingers across the vase and you feel it pop up. 

sponsor for the wreath and sentiment images:
This inspiration photo shows a beautifully decorated hearth.
This horizontal element is what I wanted to accentuate for this design.  
Again the manilla color against the stark white remains the theme for this card too. Bits of holly peek out and framing our sponsored wreath and sentiment images called
 - Stylistic Wreath (wreath) and Magical Day (sentiment).

Below you will find detailed photos of the wreath image. I wanted to maintain the color palette from the photo inspiration throughout the card. So I stamped and colored the wreath using red to create a no line image. I decided to break up the sentiment for balance.
The bow had to have a bit of sparkle and the single enamel dot adds just enough color to bring your attention back to the border of the same color.

And now, here's your hop order~
You're here ---> Shawna<---You're here

Now get to hoppin'!  
Your next stop is Shirley's Blog!  

Don't forget to link up a project with us after completing the hop for an extra chance to win a mystery prize from one of our fabulous sponsors, too! HUGS and happy stamping to you all!

Thanks to all of you who have said such wonderful things about all the projects I have done over this past term. I am happy to announce that I will be remaining on the team for the next term. I am so excited to see the upcoming challenges and the inspiration it will provide. So until time, take care and happy stamping!!

All the best,

Surprise Blog Hop for Julie Odil

Hello my friends! 

Welcome to a Special Surprise blog hop for our dear friend and teammate, Julie Odil. Julie was recently diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma. 

This hop is our way of letting her know that we are here for her. 
Along with this hop, there is a special release oGet Well Flowers digital stamp set and Get Well Flowers paper pack from the MHKDesigns Etsy shop designed specifically for sending 'Get Well' cards to those struggling with different forms of cancer. 

This card is currently on its way to Julie!
Lots of layering, color, and words of encouragement are
ready to greet our friend and teammate.

All new eclectic stamps and sentiments
now available at MHKDesigns Etsy Store

This special edition digi stamp set and paper pack was designed specifically for this hop from MHKDesigns!

Each color in this paper pack is a special cause
and they are: 
lavender (all cancers awareness)
lime-green (lymphoma awareness)
pink (breast cancer awareness)
teal (ovarian cancer awareness)
peach (cervical cancer awareness)

Get Well Flowers digital paper pack

Get Well Flowers digital stamp set

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Jerrie Mead

Isn't this a lovely stamp set! I was so excited to work with these images and papers.
In this example I decided to flip the flower so it would be pointing at the
fantastic sentiment (see below).

You should have come here from Sathya's Blog. If you didn't, please hop over to MHKDesigns for a complete list of participants! 

Thank you so much for stopping by today, friends! I know that Julie need our support now more than ever, so let's band together and show her that we are here for her! Your next stop on the hop is the lovely Rocky Crafter who's insanely unique creations are sure to please. 

In love, light, and healing peace I bid you a goodbye for now. But before I go, please let's all close our eyes and visualize white healing light surrounding her as she marches through this journey not alone but together. I'll wait... Thank you. 

All the best,

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Thankful Squirrel

Hello again friends,

Today I am going to playing along with A Day for Daisies and Sunday Stamps. Here is my card for today, enjoy!

The squirrel was colored using Mexpy alcohol markers. I wanted to add some visual texture to our little squirrel by layering on and then taking off color to get a furry texture.

Below: There is a lot of textural elements to this card. Examples are the bronze luster on the card stock, distressed edging, and of course the burlap- and amazingly it is not very bulky.

Detail showing our furry little friend.
I really like the color of the flowers and how
it compliments the sentiment so nicely.
Yet it doesn't take away from the overall design. In fact, I believe it enhances it.
Challenges entered:
A Day for Daisies: Challenge #156- add burlap and/or kraft
Sunday Stamps: SSC140- Sketch Time

Oh squirrels! The bane of my dog's existence. Whenever he sees a squirrel he bolts and takes me or whoever is on the other end of the leash with him. No matter how hard I try to train this sixty pound furball it always end the same way. I brace myself steadfast to the sidewalk while he jumps and barks at the dangerous creature climbing up the tree. When he is satisfied, he calms down and we continue on our way. After some choice words I say - 'Good dog! Ridding the world of all those evil squirrels. What would I do without you?'. Really, I don't know what I would without him. So much a part of our family, our Crown. 😍

Well thank you so much for dropping in to spend time with me. I really enjoyed this project and I hope you did too. So until next time, take care, and happy stamping everyone!!

All the best,

Christmas Candles

Hello Friends,

For today I have an inspiration card using your MHKDesigns digital stamps and papers. Here is my card for today, enjoy.

I don't usually make tall cards but this design seemed to have
dictated the shape. Monochromatic'ish color palette allows it to be too busy.
MHKDesigns vintage images work so well with each other.
I invite you to check out her Etsy store and see for yourself
the versatility of stamp sets and variety of digital papers we have to offer


I really to enjoy the transparent acrylic at the top of the card.
You will see below behind the acrylic is iridescent DP. It adds a surprise bit of sparkle,
without it overwhelming the card.
I made this image extra large so you can see all the details and sparkle. 

I will encourage you to stop by the MHKDesigns blog to see more inventive ideas from our design team, and then play along with our monthly challenge, or just enjoy a bit of eye candy.

There is a lot more to discover at MHKDesigns Etsy Shop! Stop on over and see what we have to offer. It is certain to spark the imagination. So, thank you for stopping by and hope to see you soon. Take care and happy crafting.

All the best,

Supplies Used:
Christmas Candles digi stamp set
Worn & Weathered digi paper pack

Monday, November 28, 2016


Hello All,

For today I am playing along with along with Fusion Card Challenge. Their sketch blended with the photo inspiration was so interesting that I had to give it a try. Here is my card for today, enjoy!
The photo had some fantastic horizontal elements that inspired me to use them
as a design element.

Kept it simple and bold with lots of visual texture.
There is literal texture as well. I decided not to adhere the wreath or its elements
completely to the card allowing it to fray out.

Below: Side-by-side photos showing all the luster and texture this card has to offer.
I thought the simple jewel placed on the bow was a good anchor for the sentiment.

Challenges Entered:
Fusion: Joy

Well thank you so much for dropping in to spend time with me. I really enjoyed this project and I hope you did too. I am starting to feel yet another cold coming so I should go to bed to try to fend it off. So until next time, take care, and happy stamping everyone!!

All the best,

White with Stripes

Hello All,

For today I am playing along with Hand Stamped Sentiments. Their sketch was so interesting that I had to give it a try. Here is my card for today, enjoy!

Using vellum allows some of the color to show through. It seemed a bit too transparent
so I flipped it over and inked on some white and wiped some of it off.
It turned out very well.

The ombre background really surprised me. I shifted the strips from my die cut stencil
and came up with this! Look closely and you see the border is only one line. The second line fills in the center to create a very unique background.
Detail showing the embossed vellum and inlaid ornament. It is hard to see but the ornament sparkles while the inlay is white CS. 
Challenges Entered:
Hand Stamped Sentiments: HSS Challenge #251

Well thank you so much for dropping in to spend time with me. I really enjoyed this project and I hope you did too. So until next time, take care, and happy stamping everyone!!

All the best,

Sunday, November 27, 2016

CAS Ornaments

Hello Friends!

For today I will be playing along with Merry Monday, CAS on Sunday and CAS Colours and Sketches. Here is my card for today, enjoy!

A beautiful die cut from Memory Box was found at my local craft outlet store.
I found it suited for the sketch and color challenges. 

A simple sentiment is what keeps this card CAS. I really like the white-on-white
of the die cut and just a pinch of color makes this card pop!

Below: You will find details of the large ornament sparkling in the light.
The inlay technique looks fantastic.

I promise the dark sentiment, dots, and ornament are dark blue. This is a hard color to capture on my phone. 

Challenges Entered:
Merry Monday: Challenge #223- Colour Challenge
CAS Colours & Sketches: Challenge #201- sketch
CAS on Sunday: Challenge #97- Christmas

I am very tired so I am going to turn in.. Thank  you so much for joining me! We will see you soon. Until then take care and happy stamping.

All the best,
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