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December Challenge: Stripes!

December Challenge

Hi All!

It’s time to start the next challenge. Think stripes of all kinds – curvy, dotted, chevron… Or, maybe you go with stripes of paper. Maybe you have an embossing folder with stripes, or stamps, or maybe stripes of washi tape. The possibilities are endless. Be creative!

The last day to submit your entry is Sunday, December 31st, 11:59pm CT. One random winner will be selected from all entries and announced on Monday, January 1st.

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The giveaway will be a $25 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp, one of my favorite stores!

Okay, just to recap the main rules:

  • Your entry must incorporate stripes of some kind.
  • You can submit as many entries as you like! However, please submit only one entry per card.
  • After submitting your entry, leave a comment on the entry just before yours.
  • Leave more comments on entries, if you’re so inclined. 🙂
  • To be eligible for a prize, you must be an active member of LiveLoveCards at the time the winner is announced and your card must have been made in the current month.

Are you ready to enter? CLICK HERE!

I decided to create my own freehand stripes with watercolors. I used my Gansai Tambi paints because I wanted the colors to be bold:

December Challenge

Seriously, I had a lot of fun experimenting with different colors – there were samples all over my room. The nice thing (but the hard thing for me) is that you can’t make your stripes perfect. So, it’s also a good exercise in “letting go”, which we can all benefit from, especially during this time of year. 🙂

I used several greens from my set for the card I created in the video: #56, #50, #53, #55, #51, #58…

December Challenge

For this thank you card, I used several different blues:

December Challenge

This next one is in rainbow order. I used white embossing for each of the sentiments on these cards:

December Challenge

Finally, I created a personalized card for a French exchange student that was staying with us. Gaia stayed with us for 10 days and I made this for her before she left. I used Quinn’s ABC’s by Lawn Fawn to spell her name:

December Challenge

Enjoy the video. I’m looking forward to seeing your creations! 🙂

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Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
Watercolor panels 4 x 5 1/4 inches or 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches 10.2 x 13.3 cm or 10.4 x 13.7 cm
All card bases 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm

Supplies for Happy Birthday card:

Happy Celebrations
Happy Celebrations
Gansai Tambi Watercolors
Gansai Tambi Watercolors
AMZN|SSS
Stampin' Up! Sequins
Stampin’ Up! Sequins
Canson Mix Media Paper
Canson Mix Media Paper
BLSY|AMZN
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
EH|SU
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
EH|SSS
Micron Pens
Micron Pens
AZN|BSY
Uniball White Gel Pen
White Gel Pen
EH|SSS
Ranger Artist Brushes
Ranger Artist Brushes
EH|SSS
Mini MISTI
Mini MISTI
Pick Me Up Stick
Pick Me Up Stick
Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
EH|SSS
Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape

Additional supplies for other cards:

Labeler Alphabet
Labeler Alphabet
Altenew Super Script 2
Altenew Super Script 2
EH|SSS
Quinn's ABC's
Lawn Fawn Quinn’s ABC’s
EH|S.COM

2017 December Challenge Entries
Gold Stripes Merry Christmas.JPG
Gold Stripes Merry Christmas.JPG
I am using a set designed by Melanie Muenchinger for Gina K Designs, called Fabulous Frame. I stamped the frame on white cardstock and also on patterned paper. The patterned paper is from Hobby Lobby, last year. I cut and pasted the pieces onto the white stamped frame. It is an easy set to use with the MISTI. I had the original MISTI loaded up with the frame stamp and the Card MISTI loaded up with the sentiment. I was able to create several cards very quickly in this manner. The Merry Christmas stamp is Holly Jolly from Gina K Designs.
Watercolor Stripes
Watercolor Stripes
Launching the challenge!
Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday!
It’s always hard for me to create male Birthday cards. I found a card similar to this on Pinterest and made it for my nephew. It is made from washi tape and very easy to do. Making the candles turned out to be the hard part!
Foil stripes Christmas card
Foil stripes Christmas card
Foil Christmas card 2
Foil Christmas card 2
Birthday Card
Birthday Card
Washi Tape stripes
Birthday Card
Birthday Card
This picture makes the Happy Birthday easier to see.
Grandaughter’s Birthday Card
Grandaughter’s Birthday Card
Our Grandaughter loves Shopkins, so I came up with this for her birthday.
lovelivelaugh
lovelivelaugh
I used a ruler and a black copic sketch marker to make the stripes
Christmas Card
Christmas Card
Masculine Christmas card
Special Bunny GSD.JPG
Special Bunny GSD.JPG
I purchased this digital image from Gerda Steiner Designs for their December challenge. I used stripes in my background, so I am posting it here also. This was a fun image to color. I printed the image on Gina K Designs layering weight paper on my laser printer. I used Spectrum Noir markers to color the bunny and heart, then applied Clear Spectrum Sparkle pen and a glitter Jelly Roll pen for the stitches and string. This was fun to color. I do not use digital images much, but she makes it very easy.
Contemporary Christmas shaker card
Contemporary Christmas shaker card
Used the Ellen Hutson modern Christmas set. Color scheme inspired by wrapping paper for my niece. MFT whimsical waves background which reminds me of Christmas lights/garland for this card. My husband says the waves are snow.
Hey Chick Get Well Card
Hey Chick Get Well Card
I received oxide inks for my birthday and wanted to play around. I used glitter bead gel to create the background design. I was going to use stripes but decided I liked the way this pattern sort of mimicked the chickens “hair.” I decided to use stripes on the shaker frame to set it off from the background. This is a get well card for the daughter of some friends from HS. Makenzie was in a pretty bad car accident, and cards were requested to cheer her up during recovery. I thought this was a fun and colorful way to send the message and hopefully make her smile. The inside message says “better get better.”
Naughty Doxie Christmas Card
Naughty Doxie Christmas Card
Gift card holder
Gift card holder
Sherry W. - Rainbow Happy Birthday
Sherry W. - Rainbow Happy Birthday
Inspired by a tutorial by Laura Bassen https://youtu.be/bq2V3Hee7sU. I don’t have the stencil she used, but I cut one from some recycled plastic packaging. I used Distress Oxide inks for the background.
Hey Chick Happy Birthday
Hey Chick Happy Birthday
I created this shaker part of the card for a get well card I was making (see previous entry) but was not happy with the color combination. So I re-stamped and colored this chicken with more pastel colors for the get well card and kept this one and turned it into a birthday card for my niece.
Vellum Birthday flowers
Vellum Birthday flowers
I stamped a piece of CS with SU brushstrokes BG stamp using smoky slate ink. I added a piece of vellum on top adhering it under the left side of the card. On the vellum I adhered a stitched rectangle, and on top of it the flowers from Tim Holtz Flower Garden which were colored with Zig markers and fussy cut. The top flower was adhered with dimensionals. The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn and was stamped with versamark ink and embossed with pewter EP. Added a double bow and a few sequins to finish off and mounted the double panel onto the card base. Thanks for looking 🙂
All Is Calm, All Is Bright
All Is Calm, All Is Bright
Made this Christmas card for my parents, and I posted the materials and process on my blog. 🙂
Tiger Stripes
Tiger Stripes
Background is stencil and embossing paste. Tiger is stamped then water colored.
Happy Panda Birthday Card
Happy Panda Birthday Card
I used striped patterned paper from an old paper pack I had and used the Happy Panda set that Darlene and I both love so much!
Striped Flags Birthday card
Striped Flags Birthday card
I embossed 5 pieces of different coloured card stock and made 5 cards. The sentiment is from SU called Label Love.
TV Test Screen Birthday Card
TV Test Screen Birthday Card
I love this little tv and did the striped test screen like I used to see when I was a kid and tv programs actually shut off at midnight. The sentiment is from Crazy Talk by Tim Holtz.
Striped Shaker Card
Striped Shaker Card
I used a die cut for the stripes and filled them with different coloured sequins. The sentiment is from SU.
Washi Tape Striped Birthday Card
Washi Tape Striped Birthday Card
I know this is a very bright card, but I loved this washi tape and had to use it. I cut the large heart with a die and the smaller one is using the SU heart punch. These are easy and quick to make and you can use any washi tape you have on hand!
Foil Striped Thank You Card
Foil Striped Thank You Card
I used rainbow foil for this card on top of striped toner sheets from Heidi Swapp and a simple Thank You die.
Striped Happy Birthday Wishes Card
Striped Happy Birthday Wishes Card
I used distress inks to make the striped rainbow background then stamped the "stripes" using SU Delicate Details and embossed them in white. The sentiment is also from SU.
Bear Christmas Card
Bear Christmas Card
Snoopy looking to heaven over the rainbow bridge.
Snoopy looking to heaven over the rainbow bridge.
A sympathy card for one of my friends who recently lost her fur baby.
Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday
Stripes watercolor painted on cardstock, rose dies cut from stampin up
Christmas Card
Christmas Card
The card front is from patterned paper, the word merry is a Hero arts die, and stamps are from my stash. I tried this year to use some Christmas patterned paper to expedite by card making. Seemed to work OK.
Christmas card
Christmas card
Using patterned paper to create Christmas card. I added various embelliments and a computer generated sentiment.
Masculine Thank you Card
Masculine Thank you Card
I used masculine themed paper to create a thank you card. Used stamps from my stash for words and cut thanks on my electronic cutting machine and added some sparkle with Wink of Stella.
Stampin Up A Happy Thing
Stampin Up A Happy Thing
This card is entirely Stampin Up - paper, ink, and stamp sets. I love the Kukkaburra, an Australian native, that lives not too far away from us down the South Coast of NSW. They are mostly beige white with some brown and blue on their wings and tail. Black eyes. Most of the Kukkaburras I've seen using this stamp set don't look remotely like their true colour. So I decided to set the record straight and watercolour the bird as it really looks.
Striped Rainbow Hello
Striped Rainbow Hello
I created this for a card set I'm making for a friend. Feel free to check out my blog for more details: https://andreaspaperantics.blogspot.com/2017/12/rainbow-striped-hello.html. Tfl! 🙂
Christmas Stripes with Nuvo Gilding Flakes
Christmas Stripes with Nuvo Gilding Flakes
Leave a Trail
Leave a Trail
I created the background by sketching some curved lines on watercolor cardstock, then painted in stripes randomly. Once dry, I stamped the sentiment by MFT, rounded the corners, and mounted it on SU! Blackberry Bliss card base.
My Friend
My Friend
I created this card as part of a set I'm making for a friend. After stamping & masking the lotus, I created a mask for the waves (stripes) by cutting a curvy edge on a piece of delicate surface Frog tape. I adhered it to my panel, and inked with Broken China Distress ink just along the edge, then moved the mask and repeated. I finished the background by blending Tumbled Glass over the whole thing (minus the lotus), and colored the flower with Prismacolor pencils. 🙂

Comments

  1. wrote on December 1st, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Andrea

    Love the loose look of your cards, Darlene! I noticed, on the thank you card, that the left-most stripe looked glossy at the top. I was curious if there was a build-up of paint that caused that, or what? I don’t think it really matters in the end, though, but like I said, I am curious. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing your projects! 🙂 ~ Andrea

    • wrote on December 2nd, 2017 at 11:31 am

      darlene

      Hi Andrea. Yes, it is a buildup of paint. It actually adds a really nice texture.

  2. wrote on December 1st, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Connie

    Thanks Darlene for giving us such bright and cheery looking cards. You could send them to both men and women of all ages. I like how loosely drawn the stripes are too. It reflects your creativity while still being done in a controlled manner. This is what I try to achieve too.

  3. wrote on December 2nd, 2017 at 1:53 am

    Emcee3@bigpond.net.au

    Great cards. Thanks for explaining the positioning of the sequence. Great tip.

  4. wrote on December 2nd, 2017 at 1:53 am

    Emcee3@bigpond.net.au

    Oops! Sequins.

  5. wrote on December 2nd, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Mary Jane

    Hi Darlene, These are great cards!
    Are the challenges going to be continued in 2018?
    Ive really enjoyed them and hope they continue.

    • wrote on December 7th, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      darlene

      Yes, Mary Jane, we will continue them!

  6. wrote on December 5th, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Quiltbinder

    I love seeing what everyone posts. They are so creative.

  7. wrote on December 5th, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Quiltbinder

    What fun seeing all the great cards.

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