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Monday, January 2, 2023

December 2022 Card Chain Reveal

Happy January 2nd everyone! Hope you had a wonderful New Year celebration!

Today we're revealing cards mailed around the world for the December 2022 Card Chain Challenge. Twenty-six people participated & my card went to another Linda (Linda Grady on Flickr). You can see the full reveal HERE.

Supplies: Paper - Purple A2 card by unk; Hero Arts Glitter Paper Basics;
Neenah white; Poptone Black Licorice; Paper Studio Glitter cardstock;
Momenta Watercolor Print
Stamps - Hampton Arts Ellen Krans Penguin Holidays (retired);
Hero Arts All Occasion Messages (retired)
Embossing Folder - Sizzix Tim Holtz Snowfall
Stencil - Hero Arts Sprinkled Dots
Dies - A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Dot Rectangle Backdrop Set
Sizzix Tim Holtz Cozy Winter (branch);
Other - Spun Sugar & Villanous Potion Distress Inks;
Copic Markers; foam tape

For December we had a fabulous, over-the-top 5x5 tic-tac-toe grid to inspire us. I used the center vertical row since I love, love, love purple! Didn't want to use the horizontal row with purple since that row also had a rocker card. If anyone was ambitious (crazy??) enough to do a coverall, they would be in the running for a prize. Well, I was already avoiding the rocker card, so I guess a coverall wasn't meant to be this year - LOL.

For the background I ink blended Distress Inks on a panel of Neenah white, then stenciled the dots. After die cutting with a stitched rectangle, I embossed the panel with the snowfall ef and spritzed it with shimmer mist. Layered with a black mat and onto an A2 card. Stamped and fussy cut the bear & bird from a 2008 Hampton Arts Ellen Krans design set, colored with Copics. 

I used three different scraps - the bear's scarf was stamped on a scrap of watercolor print paper, the glittery ground beneath the bear was die cut from a scrap left from cutting tops to stocking tags, & the branch from a scrap of purple glitter card. Here's the pile of scrap from whence came the scraps for my card:

I have a small bin next to the Vagabond for scraps - well, it piled up to four times the height of the bin and was spilling onto the floor - time for a clean up, I'd say! I had a nice chunk of glitter paper left from cutting stocking tops (just below the lamp in the photo) - used it to cut the bottom of a rectangle, then I die cut the top edge with a torn paper die. Couldn't find my Lawn Fawn stitched hills for the life of me! Used that for my scene's snow.

You can see the purple glitter scrap towards the bottom middle of the photo (used for the branch) and the watercolor print scrap has a big oval cut out of it. I fussy cut the stamped scarf and glued onto the bear. Just love that bear & remembered using the same bear image for the Feb 2021 Card Chain, as well as the same sentiment stamp! You can see that card HERE if desired.

I still awaiting a fabulous card from dear Carol G. (Crafty Stamper) in the UK. The holiday mail service can be slow but I look forward to receiving it soon! ** Update - the card arrived 1/7/2023 - yay!! We had some serious snow the first week of January and mail was definitely delayed. Thanks Carol - love your beautiful slimline!!

Start the new year right with handmade cards & join the Card Chain! You still have until January 6th to sign up for the January chain - go HERE for full details.

Thanks for stopping!


papierelle said...

Your card is adorable and sooo cute!!! And I had to laugh at the photo with the scraps of paper... Lovely!!!

Jean said...

A delightful card - perfect for January!

HilaryJane said...

What a wonderful card, love the colours and that background. I avoided the rocker line too. scrap pile regularly get out of hand, but yours is very impressive xx

Ellibelle said...

This is so cute! Love the color scheme!

Pia S said...

This is so very sweet, I love purple and all things sparkly, so this is very much to my taste. Love how the falling snow turned out too.
Wishing you Happy New Year!

crafty-stamper said...

Love your cute card and image -sorry to hear my card has not arrived yet!!! It was posted so early too but our post had quite a lot of strike days and we even had cards from out town delivered after Christmas-hope it arrives soon.
Carol x

Julia Aston said...

What a sweet card Linda! love the texture of the snowy sky and the Cardinal greeting the little bear happily sitting in the snow with her scarf wrapped around her neck! I too create piles of scraps that tip over! Happy New Year!

Angelnorth said...

Thank you for the picture of your scrap pile, it makes me feel slightly better about my own desk (all these picture-perfect craft rooms make me wonder whether people actually create anything in them!). Love your sweet card, the purples work beautifully and although the amount of scrap here probably didn’t make much of a dent in your pile, it does look great. Happy new year!

Trina P. said...

Your card is adorable.
Happy new year! 🎉🥂🍾

Rosemary said...

the card is absolutely adorable, linda!

Arlene said...

Your card is adorable! I love the bear looking up at the bird and your background is fantastic! You nailed the line.

Lisa Elton said...

Darling card, love her polka dot scarf!

Bastelmichaela said...

It´s a beautiful card, very lovley!

Viv said...

A brilliant card Linda! The birdie is so cute with his friend Big Polar Bear - lovely design and a great job! x

Greta said...

Absolutely darling card & wonderful use of your scraps!