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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

October 2021 Card Chain Reveal

Hey there crafty friends - I'm sharing the card I sent to Suze (craftysuze) in New Zealand for the October 2021 Card Chain Challenge. You make & send a card and receive a handmade card - so fun to get cards from all over the world! This month 27 participated; you can see the full chain HERE.

Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White;
Paper Studio bright and glitter
Stamps - Hero Arts Sept 2021 My Monthly Hero kit;
Divinity Designs Mini Tag Sentiments
Dies - My Favorite Things Blueprints 32 (retired);
Embossing Folder - Stampin' Up 3D Subtle (retired)
Other - Xmas Red Stickles; Parklane Enamel dots:
Distress Inks - Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick & Prize Ribbon

This month, as per usual, I used the colors and the sketch, plus the theme of friendship.

Shortly after I signed up for October, I received my September My Monthly Hero kit from Hero Arts. It contained both the sunflower stamp & some sentiments, a matching sunflower outline die, five stencils to color it, plus a couple sentiment dies. Loaded with value!! I decided my rectangle element from the sketch would be a window to the sunflowers stamped on the inside. I used the challenge colors to stencil the flowers, unfortunately the centers didn't read red to me. So I boosted the color with red stickles - much better. They don't look as red in the photo as in real life - darn it - but they really shine! The stickles lead me to add the red glitter strip and gold (considered a neutral with the white) glitter sentiment. Here's a peek at the inside:

I really liked the look of the blue leaves! The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp's CZ Design Silhouette Sentiments. There was just enough room for a handwritten message at the bottom. I always enjoy sending to Suze because she lives near Rotorua where I visited in 2006 (before I knew her). If I ever get back to NZ, I'll have several crafty friends to visit besides all the Sweet Adelines I know from there!!

**Update 11/3** I received this beautiful card from the fabulous GerJanne in the Netherlands!! It took a little extra time getting here but arrived in great shape! I love the take on the sketch, especially the heart brads! Perfect for a Valentine baby, right? Thanks GerJanne!!

If you'd like to participate in the November Card Chain, you have until November 6th to sign up HERE.

Thanks for stopping and have a crafty day!


Dawn T said...

so pretty Linda. Beautiful flowers.

papierelle said...

I always thought back and forth how to implement color challenge and sketch together and you show how easy and wonderful it is. Very nice card.

Viv said...

What a lovely make Linda. Sunshine in a card! x

Ellibelle said...

What a beautiful sunflower themed card you created! Love the way it opens up with the window in the front. Really great design! I miss receiving the Hero Arts kits, but I felt like I only used them in the beginning then when the new one came along I quit using the other one. But it was always a happy day when the kit arrived!!
Ellibelle's Corner

Betty said...

what a great card, Linda! love the window feature!

Pia S said...

I think it was really clever of you to use this sketch for a window design. And bravo for implementing the color scheme as well! A beautifully designed card.

HilaryJane said...

Those sunflowers look amazing, great use of the sketch and colours and I love that it is a window card. I can imagine the sparkle xx

Cat Craig said...

Beautiful card, Linda. Love the window look.

Rosemary said...

Lovely card, Linda. That large sunflower image is so pretty. (I just got that Hero Atrs kit.)

Lisa Elton said...

What PRETTY sunflowers! Your card is fantastic, Linda! also love seeing the pretty card you received! Thanks so much for your sweet comment today, I had fun making that card ;)

Jean said...

What a fun take on those colors! Very creative.

Julia Aston said...

What a lovely design with the sunflowers peeking through the blue framing and then you open the card - and there they are in their full glory! xx

Jeanne H said...

Love your sunflowers and the blue leaves are wonderfully fun.

Dotty Jo said...

Hi Linda, sorry I'm a little late to the party! I love your card and how bright and vibrant the colours look together. What a fun design too, I love it. Thanks for being such a lovely link in our chain and for being a fab blogging buddy too, Jo x