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December Challenge: Thank You! (and November winner!)

December Challenge

Hi All!

Today begins the December Thank You Challenge! But first, the winner of the November challenge… entry #12: Lisa K! Congrats, Lisa, I emailed you.

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. Cardmakers are the most generous and kind people I know. Personally, I jump at the opportunity to send a thank you card to someone, and I know most of you are the same way. If I receive a thank you card, I want to send a thank you card for the thank you card, haha! So, I honestly don’t think this challenge is going to be too much of a challenge for you guys. 🙂

I will say, however, that over the holidays with all the parties, kid activities, shows, holiday card-making, shopping, baking, etc… my thank you notes can get a little lost in the shuffle, especially for party hosts and people who may have done something kind. So, this challenge will be a nice reminder to maintain a thankful spirit this holiday season.

If you are new to the community, I encourage you to check out the Challenges Page for detailed information about how the challenges work.

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

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

Even though a random winner is selected at the end of the month, the challenge is open indefinitely. Please continue to post to the challenges. Continuously seeing everyone’s new work is a win for everyone’s inspiration!

Okay, just to recap the main rules:

  • Your entry must incorporate an element of thanks.
  • 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.

Are you ready to enter? CLICK HERE!

For my card today, I decided to make it festive yet cozy:

Thank You Bear

I used this Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings set in a similar way on THIS CARD.

I have a better method for masking all the curly details of the sentiment – the Molotow masking pen. The pen I use in the video is the 4mm tip – I’m not sure the 2mm was available when I got it. I probably would opt for the 2mm if I had to buy it again. Also, in the video, I went into more detail about how to get the best blend with distress inks using an applicator (i.e. fewer sponge marks!).

I used Gansai Tambi watercolors for my paint splatters. This paint works great with the splatters because it’s more opaque than typical watercolors. As a result, the spots don’t fade as much. the set comes with a shimmery white palette, which I also used for the splatter. Here is a close-up:

Thank You Bear

I used some masking tape that I couldn’t find online, but based on what I can tell, the 3M Post-It Tape is very similar.

As you know, I’m in my temporary crafting quarters for about another 6 weeks. Last week’s videos were done in sunshine, so it was a lot easier to get good light. It’s been very rainy here, so this video was done under cloudy conditions – I’m sorry about the shadows! Hopefully they are not too annoying.

Enjoy the video and good luck with the challenge!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Copic colors used: E51, E53, E55, E57, C1

Bear Necessities
Bear Necessities
Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings
Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings
Molotow Masking Pen
Molotow Masking Pen
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
Gansai Tambi Watercolors
Gansai Tambi Watercolors
Post-It Masking Tape
Post-It Masking Tape
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Black Ink
Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
Tumbled Glass
Broken China Distress Ink
Broken China
Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink
Chipped Sapphire
Ink Foam Applicator
Ink Foam Applicator
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


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  1. wrote on December 1st, 2015 at 8:54 am


    Thanks for the gift card. I will begin looking for something wonderful that I can use. I will have to think of a fun Thank You for this month’s challenge. I made Thank You card with the snowflake challenge and smooshing. I had never ink smooshed before and it was fun and cleaned up easier than I thought.

    • wrote on December 30th, 2015 at 2:32 pm


      Thought I would share what I purchased with the gift card. I selected the Warm Grays by Spectrum Noir, which completes my 6 pen sets, and also the round ink blending tool by Tim Holz. I haven’t used the ink blending tool, yet, but I am sure I will love it.

      • wrote on January 4th, 2016 at 9:47 pm

        Darlene DeVries

        Glad you got some fun goodies, Lisa! 🙂

  2. wrote on December 1st, 2015 at 9:56 am


    Congrats to Lisa…. your card had wonderful colors and the gold thread topped it off.

    Love everything about your card today, Darlene. Cute script, sweet bear, and I’ve got to try one of those skies with splatters. Love the effect against the masked white!

  3. wrote on December 1st, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Evelyn B

    Just love the bear and your execution of the background! It is just great – love the sparkly paint and that script sentiment!! Thanks Darlene!

  4. wrote on December 1st, 2015 at 2:33 pm


    Great card. Loved the tutorial on the sky and coloring the bear with copics.

  5. wrote on December 1st, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Brenda L.

    Super cute thank you card Darlene. I’d like to join in on this challenge, but just not sure I’m ready to start crafting since that death of my husband in Oct. But I’m starting to enjoy your video’s again. Thank you for doing them!! Hugs, Brenda

    • wrote on December 2nd, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Brenda, I am so sorry for your loss. I will pray for you and your family. Hugs and more hugs. 🙂

      • wrote on December 2nd, 2015 at 4:10 pm

        Brenda L.

        Thank you so much Darlene, I could really use the prayers as well as my boys. Big hugs, Brenda

        • wrote on December 2nd, 2015 at 9:52 pm

          Darlene DeVries

          Will do Brenda. 🙂

    • wrote on December 18th, 2015 at 4:38 pm


      Sending warm thoughts your way, Brenda. So sorry to hear of your loss.

  6. wrote on December 1st, 2015 at 10:11 pm


    Brenda, sending you a hug with heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your dear Husband.
    I hope you will be able to start making cards soon. I love this Thank you challenge! Thanks Darlene…

    • wrote on December 2nd, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      Brenda L.

      Thank you so much Anita, you are so sweet. I hope too to be able to start making cards again too. Hugs, Brenda

  7. wrote on December 2nd, 2015 at 2:14 pm


    Thank you, Darlene. Cute, cute, cute. I was thinking that the blue under the Than You, could look like a shadow.

  8. wrote on December 4th, 2015 at 3:08 am

    Peg C

    Hi Darlene, just love this card, would the splatter work the same with SU ink instead of Ranger inks?

    Also Sorry to hear your loss Brenda it’s always a sad time and hope you get to craft again soon.

    Contrats to Lisa on the last challenge

    • wrote on December 6th, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Peg. If you mean splattering with water, then yes. However, it won’t fade the color as much as it does with the distress inks.

      • wrote on December 6th, 2015 at 2:43 pm

        Peg C

        I meant with the Gansai water colour

        • wrote on December 6th, 2015 at 3:03 pm

          Darlene DeVries

          Oh, sure! The splatters will look the same. Sorry about that! 🙂

    • wrote on December 8th, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      Brenda L.

      Thank you so much Peg, you are so sweet. I hope after the holidays to get crafty again. Hugs, Brenda

  9. wrote on December 6th, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Peg C

    Thank you

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