Monday, September 1, 2014

Crafty Cardmakers and More - DT Member!

Hello Everyone:

I hope you enjoyed your long weekend! I'm back today with some super great news. I was just thrilled when I received a lovely invitation from Lin over at the Crafty Cardmakers Challenge blog asking me to be a full time member of their design team, and it was an honour for me to accept. They were the blog to give me my very first Winner's badge, so they hold a special place in my heart. Today is my first post as an official member of the Crafty Cardmakers family!

Crafty Cardmakers runs a new challenge every second Monday and they have such a creative challenge line up, I've been playing along with them since I started my blog. The design team is full to the rim with some super talented artists that range from clean & simple to fancy & elegant - and everything in between! I really do hope you will pop by and say hello to me, and the other wonderful ladies. Now I would like to tell you about this week's challenge. Drum roll please...

CHALLENGE #122 - MAKE AN IMPRESSION (use dry embossing)



This challenge is sponsored by Crafty Sentiments Designs. One lucky winner will receive 3 free images!

  

I decided for my first appearance, that I would like to do something a little different, so instead of just straight up embossing, I threw a little sandpaper technique into the mix.

- first I painted a white piece of card stock with some Gesso to give it texture. The next layer was DecoArt Crafter;s Acrylic Tropical Blue and then White Wash paint, then I took Amish Grey paint and just added a bit here and there.

- I ran my paper through my Cuttlebug using the Large Damask embossing folder from Darice. Then I took my sanding block and starting lightly sanding the paint off of the raised areas until the white paper showed through. It's a wonderful technique that always yields amazing results. I had intended on doing a birthday card, but after finishing this layer, I just knew it needed to be a Christmas Card!



- the poinsettia die is Tattered Poinsettia from Tim Holtz and the leaves are from a Poppystamps set, the wreath and flourish dies are Memory Box (Frostyville Wreath and Elegant Scrollwork) and the sentiment is from the Tina Wenke set Peace on Earth. The green layer, wreath and leaves were coloured with Tim Holtz Mowed lawn and then spritzed with a white wash to get that worn look.

- the bead and dew drops were coloured with a Copic marker and I used some Glossy accents and iridescent micro-beads to add interest around the dew drops, in the center of the poinsettias.




I am entering my Christmas card into the following wonderful challenges:


- As You Like It Challenge - #35 - Favourite Season (and why)
(I just love Christmas! Here in Canada we have a beautiful blanket of white snow that glistens under the twinkling lights. AND, it's the only day of the year when my entire family is in the same place at the same time. Makes me all warm and fuzzy inside!)

(I chose Use the colour Blue - Use a Holiday Theme - Add some Paint or Ink)

- Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Challenge #72 - Bingo
(I chose the Colour BLUE, a bow and Die Cut)



That's it for today. Thank you for stopping in and for all the amazing comments. I read and appreciate every single one! If you have any questions, please let me know.


82 comments:

  1. HI Pamellia, Congratulations on your DT post, I am sure you will be an asset to the Team.
    Fabulous creation, love the layers and gorgeous textured embossing, makes a beautiful Christmas card.
    Avril xx

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    1. Thanks Avril, hope you had a great weekend! hugs :)

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  2. Congratulations and what an asset you will be with your gorgeous creations and this one is just divine.xxx♥aNNieThe Journey is the Start

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  3. Ooops forgot to mention I love your gesso, paint, embossing and sanding technique...result is super.xx♥aNNieThe Journey is the Start

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    1. Thanks Annie! I love this technique, it's quick and easy to do, with wonderful results. hugs :)

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  4. WOW WOW WOW!!! HUGE congrats on DT spot at Crafty Cardmakers! And the card....oh my goodness! When I first saw it it almost looked like the card was on angel wings...floating, so airy and snowy, don't even know how to explain it, it just looks divine!! I love the embossed paper technique, the flowers, wreath, EVERYTHING! Yet another masterpiece! BRAVO!

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    1. Aahhh, thank you Samra! You sure know how to get my day started with a big smile! big crafty bear hugs to you!! :)

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  5. Beautiful card, thanks for sharing and joining us at CC&CC cheers Sue N x

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  6. Congratulations on your DT post.This card is lovely.I love that the colours are not the typical Christmas colours and the card looks fresh and sparkling like fresh snow.Love the poinsettias and the microbeads.

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    1. Aahhh, thank you Pallavi! So sweet, big hugs :)

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  7. Hi Pamellia, and welcome aboard! Wow, what a stunning card. I love the sanded embossing and those poinsettias are just fabulous, I love the detail of the beaded centres. Truly gorgeous! Suze (Crafty Cardmakers) xx

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    1. Thanks so much Suze, for the kind words and the warm welcome! hugs :)

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  8. A lovely, really beautiful card, thanks for joining us at Allsorts, xxx

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  9. This is wonderful Pamellia, I love the texture you have created and the non traditional Christmas colours look so pretty. Great job and well done on your new post!! xx

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  10. This is absolutely gorgeous - so much lovely detail!

    Welcome to the CCM team!

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    1. Thanks Josephine, for the lovely comment and the welcome! :)

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  11. Congrats Pamellia! So happy for you, your work is so inspiring not surprised about your DT role at all! Am sure there are more to come. Keep it going girl. Good luck.

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    1. Thank you so much Rupa, for always visiting and leaving such wonderful comments! big hugs :)

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  12. Stunning design Pamellia.

    Hugs Diane

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  13. Hi Pamellia, congrats for your DT post, very well earned!
    One fabulous card again, love the blue and white colours and the green hint, beautiful.
    Lovely details always happy to see.
    Thanks for sharing at Allsorts, good luck;-))m

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    1. Thank you so much, for the wonderful words and the congrats! :)

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  14. Congrats Pamellia, your all cards are so beautiful, love them . Can you write to me on my email ? ania6296@wp.pl

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    1. Thanks so much Anna, quite a compliment coming from such a talented lady! I will email you shortly, hugs :)

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  15. Well deserved and BIG congrats I used to be on CCM and had a blast (many moons ago)
    Another stunning piece from you such delicate detailing Beautiful
    Jacki x

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    1. Thank you so much Jacki, for the congrats and the wonderful compliment! I didn't know you were a DT there, it's good to hear it was a good experience...I know I sure am excited about it. crafty hugs :)

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  16. Huge congratulations on your DT spot, so well deserved.
    Your card is beautiful, I love your intricate wreath die cut and fabulous frosty colours.
    Pauline
    x

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    1. Thanks so much Pauline! Sorry I was MIA for a bit, promise to visit you more often from now on. Big crafty hugs :)

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  17. Wow I love this card, such delicate colours and a wonderful design.
    Carol x

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    1. Thank you so much Carol! big bear hugs to you :)

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  18. Gorgeous colour scheme. Thank you for taking the time to join in our 'Getting Organised for Christmas' challenge over at Polkadoodles. http://polkadoodle.blogspot.ca/2014/08/wk-34-get-organised-for-christmas.html

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  19. Huge congratulations on joining the DT! I would imagine they are thrilled to have you on board. Your card is stunning and really does make a wonderful impression! Anne x

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    1. HAHA, a wonderful impression! Good one Anne! Thanks for the wonderful compliment and for the giggles! I'm fighting a pretty nasty case of the flu and that totally cheered me up! hugs :)

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  20. Many congratulations on your new post! What a great addition you will make. Yet another beautiful card Pamellia - love your adapted embossing technique - it looks wonderful. Nicola x

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    1. Aahhh, thank you Nicola, for the super kind words and for the congrats! big hugs go out to you :)

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  21. Congrats on your new DT place!
    Your card is stunning. Your embossing looks amazing, I love the icy colours and such gorgeous detailing. The white poinsettias look so beautiful.
    Sue xx

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    1. Thank you so much Sue, you always say such wonderful things! big bear hugs :)

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  22. Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog, made all the more flattering when I can see what a talented cardmaker you are. I love this Christmas card, it's just stunning and what an effective colour palette. I'm now following :) xx

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    1. You are so sweet, thank you Melanie! I welcome you with a big hug and a warm smile! :)

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  23. Hi Pamellia
    Firstly, congratulations on your new DT appointment. I'm sure that there will be a queue of offers for you.
    Anyhoo, back to the card, which is delicate and delightful as always (and not a rice krispie in sight lol,)
    Best wishes.
    Ang x

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    1. HAHA!! Oh thank you Ang! I was hoping you would drop in today and bring your amazing sense of humour! Silly flu has me down and a wonderful compliment and a big laugh is just what the doctor ordered! You brought me both, big hugs :)

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  24. Congratulations on your new design team position!! How exciting - especially as it's with a blog that holds a special spot in your heart!

    Your card is gorgeous! I love the look of your delicate wreath - and GOOD for you getting such a head start on Christmas!!

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    1. Thanks Kate, for all of your wonderful comments! Oddly, I'm actually really behind on Christmas cards this year. I need to make about a hundred or so...one down! Yipes! :)

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  25. A gorgeous card and congratulations on your D.T. appointment.
    Yvonne

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  26. Another gorgeous creation Pamellia. You are flying ahead in leaps and bounds as I knew you would when I saw your first card. congrats on your DT position. well deserved and the first of many I am sure. xx

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    1. Aahhh, Sherryn, you sure know how to cheer a girl up! Thank you so much for your wonderful comments...today and every day before this! big bear hugs :)

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  27. Beautiful Pamellia, such lovely colours, welcome to the team and thank you for the lovely comments you left for me.
    Julie (new Teamie) x

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    1. Thank you Julie, for your warm welcome and the wonderful comment! crafty hugs to you :)

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  28. Well first off let me say CONGRATS to you my friend... lots of luck and happiness on this team... I am sure you will be a HUGE asset to them... enjoy it all.. now this card... wow wonderful is in full order of the day with this special card... love the details that you are so able to do... and the flowers etc... all just YOU Pamellia ... love it all .. you make one very special card after the other... Love,Light and Peace...Bonnie

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    1. Thank you so much Bonnie, my sweet sweet crafty friend! big bear hugs to you! :)

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  29. Huge Congratulations Pamellia , i only found you and your blog just a few weeks ago ,and i am so happy i have ,your work is superb,all made from the heart i feel ?
    Todays card is just perfect delicate and subtle i love the colors chosen and the beautiful flowers .

    Enjoy your journey with your new post .
    Lots of love
    Take Care
    Elaine H X

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    1. Thank you so much Elaine! I'm honoured and thankful to have you here, big hugs! :)

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  30. Congratulations on your DT post ,they know a good thing when they see it,very well deserved your Chistmas card is beautiful no stunning love the techniques you used and explained step by step love all the texture and little details -must admit have never used paint and gesso ona card must try that lol
    Carol x

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    1. Thank you so much Carol! I love working with paints, they sit on top of the paper instead of being absorbed, so the techniques work differently than with inks. Fun! big hugs :)

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  31. A truly beautiful Christmas card. You will be a great asset to your new DT!
    Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week.
    Chris
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  32. Congrats on your DT spot! Your card is amazing ... so many beautiful details that all come together perfectly. Wonderful inspiration for your card challenge! Loll xx

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  33. Welcome to the team Pamellia - and what a fab card to start your time off!! I just love the colours you have used for this - and I rather like those Poinsettias!! Another die to add to my ever growing wish list!! Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog!! Looking forward to working with you (not that this is work!)!! Cxxx

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    1. Thank you so much Carole, for the lovely comment and the warm welcome! Crafty hugs team mate! :)

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  34. WOW Pamellia, what a gorgeous Christmas card!! I love the textured background and your absolutely beautiful poinsettias! A big congrats on your new DT too, can't wait to see your creations!
    Hugs, Tammy

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    1. Thank you so much Tammy, for the congrats and the kind comment!! hugs :)

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  35. So elegant! Beautiful!!!

    Thanks for participating in the Sweet Stampin' Challenge this week!

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  36. WOW Hun, what can I say, this is just stunning. Welcome to the team, I can see that you are going to challenge us all with your creativity.
    hugs Kimx

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    1. Thank you so much Kim, for the welcome and the kind comment! Hugs :)

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  37. Fabulous card Thanks for playing Tic Tac Toe with us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week. Hugs x

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  38. Congrats on your new DT position. They are lucky to have you in their team, because all your creations are spectacular. Yes, this one as well. ;)
    Hugs! xx

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    1. Thank you so much Cebelica! Big bear hugs to you! :)

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  39. Congratulations on your new DT position, you absolutely deserve it and how special that they gave you your first badge too! Your first card is wonderful! The die-cuts look so beautiful and I am always inspired by your unique little touches. I'll look forward to seeing more of your DT creations - they are so lucky to have you!
    Rebecca.

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    1. Thank you so much Rebecca, for your wonderful compliments and for the heartfelt congratulations! Have a fabulous weekend, big hugs! :)

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  40. Oh waw what a gorgeous creation! Thank you for joining us at As You Like It Challenge. Hugs! Mojca

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  41. Absolutely elegant. LOVE the soft colours. WOW! Thanks for joining our Polka Doodles challenge.
    xxx Asha

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