Thursday, December 1, 2016

House of Cards Holiday Blog Hop

Hello Everybody!  

Get excited because it is time for the House of Cards Holiday Blog and Design Team Call!  You should have arrived here from Katarina's blog.

This is sort of a sad thing-but this will be my last post for House of Cards for the time being.  Life has gotten busy for me and I love Mynn and the ladies so much.  But I don't want to let anyone down (by being flakey lol).  I have been with House of Cards for 2 years (since July 2014).  It doesn't feel like 2 years-that's for sure.  :) 

So if you are looking for a nice place to be on a Design Team where everyone is friendly and creative then you should apply here.  :)

So to participate in the blog challenge be sure to leave everyone a comment.  Also, use this inspirational photo to create a card and upload it to House of Cards.

I made 2 cards for the blog hop.  This first card is inspired by the over all theme of Christmas and I love the red in this picture.

The main image for this Christmas card is Cute as a Button.  This kitty digi is super cute and you will have to get a closeup of his list!  I colored this image with Copic markers and used Stickles to accent the snow and snowflakes.  I used a glitter ornament border and a wooden Christmas tree that I painted.  (It might be from Studio Calico.)

Here is what I used to paint the tree.  I covered it with gesso first and then painted it with this green paint.  I did put a few coats on it because this particular paint is a bit thinner.

For my second card I used a digi from MHK Designs.  I used the poinsettia and sentiment from the Perfect Poinsettia set.

I tried something new with this card.  It came to me (I don't think I saw it anywhere-I don't think-lol).

So I printed off the poinsettia.  Then I cut a piece of acetate to the size of the printed flower.  The acetate I used is from Clear Scraps so it's a bit thicker than normal acetate.  I also removed the top layer of the protective film.

Then I traced the design with Enamel Accents from Ranger.  *I wanted to use gold at first but the gold I had wasn't working too well.  The Accents came out fast and dried smooth.  I let it dry over night.

Then I added water to my red and green paints.  And used a tiny paintbrush to put the paint inside the raised edges.  It was like painting a sun catcher. :)  I used the gold in this picture for the paper on the base of the card.

Here is the back side of the flower.  I was having a hard time figuring out which side to use.

Here is the front.  You can see how the black accents is a bit more puffy than the photo above.

I added gold dots in the middle from Faber Castell.  It seems more like an ornament. ;)

Here is the finished card again.  I used scattered straw and walnut stain distress ink for the sentiment.

I am linking up my poinsettia card to the challenge at MHK Designs-if you use an MHK design anything goes.

Thank you for stopping by!  Your next stop is Leslie.

If you get lost, here is the blog hop list.

Mynn | Cohenna | Donna | Em | Heather | Jane | Judy 
Karen | Katarina | Katy (you are here) | Leslie | Linda | Merethe
Michele | Paula | Rocky | Rosi | Ruza
Shawna | Shirley | Sue N. | Susan | Tina | Toni

Until next time my friends...Merry Christmas!


papierelle said...

Both cards are beautiful, the cat is very nice.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

These are simply GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Katarzyna Ewa said...

Great idea to make poinsettia flower <3 Beautiful cards
Katarina HOC Teamie

my blog
DT House of Cards Challenge blog

María Pilar said...

Great your both cards! Love them

Em Louise Fairley said...

Wow, Katy! They are gorgeous! It's been an honor working with you at HOC and I look forward to more of the same in 2017!

Leslie said...

Amazing and beautiful cards!!!!

Daen'Ys said...

Oh how lovely, - I've chosen the same adorable kitty! Love the way you staged it!
....and your idea with the poinsettia is just AWESOME!!!
Hugs, Rosi

Jerrie said...

I love this on acetate with the print behinde it! This is great!

Michele K. Henderson said...

Katy, i LOVE what you have done with this sweet little kitty! Really adorable holiday card! It's been so much fun being a part of House of Cards with you this term!
Holiday Hugs!

Mary Holshouser said...

The poinsettia is beautiful.
thanks for the details on how
you did it.
The kitty is darling.
Love all of the little added
touches to the card.
thanks for sharing.

Nancy said...

What great cards! The kitty one is so cute. I love the row of little ornaments along the bottom.
The poinsettia card is gorgeous. What a fabulous technique!
Thanks so much for sharing it! :o)

Nicole Diedrichs said...

Wow, I like the idea with the poinsettia! Thank you for sharing this technique. Kind regards from stempelfrida

MHK Designs said...

Katy, these are both super sweet--but that flower is totally AMAZING! WOW!!! I adore this technique--and I love the colors you used on it, too! Stunning creations, friend! Sending HUGS! :) Mynn xx

PS: I hope you link this up with us at MHKDesigns! :)

Glittered Paws said...

I love cats - so of course it is my favorite but...that being said love your tutorial on the poinsettia - it turned out beautiful. We will miss you on the DT this next term. But totally understand how busy life can get. Shirley H. Team Mate

linda said...

wow, katy, two beautiful christmas cards!! i love the tiny ornaments on the first one next to the painted tree and i LOVE the technique you've used to create the beautiful poinsettia - it does look like a sun catcher! i've enjoyed being on the HOC team with and and i appreciate all the lovely comments you've left on my blog. but for health reasons, i'm stepping down too. hope life gets less busy for you so you have more time to keep up with your paper crafting.
hugs, linda
HOC teamie

NanaConnie said...

Gorgeous work on the poinsettia, Katy! WOW Thanks so much for playing along in our inspiration challenge this month at MHK Designs! Good luck and hope to see you again.
NanaConnie DT

heather said...

I really like the "stained glass" poinsettia card; the cat card is cute, too. Heather HOC Teammie

Chantal said...

Gorgeous ccard, love the cat.
Hugs, Chantal S

Judy V said...

2 amazing cards Katy! I love the fun kitty card with that ornament border and what you did with the 2nd card is such a great idea!

Karen P said...

It has been an honour and a pleasure to be on the same Design Team Katy. I wish you nothing but happiness and loads of crafty Christmas presents huni xx

Beate Rauer said...

great cards! Hugs,Beate