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November Challenge: Holiday (and a new technique video!)

November Challenge

Hi All!

Welcome to the start of the November challenge. It’s the time of year we all relish – cards are in season, haha! Your card can be winter-themed, Christmas, Thanksgiving, or any seasonal holiday.

The last day to submit your entry is Wednesday, November 30th, 11:59pm CT. One random winner will be selected from all entries and announced on Thursday, December 1st.

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Okay, just to recap the main rules:

  • Your entry must be winter or holiday-themed.
  • You can submit as many entries as you like! However, please submit only one entry per card.
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  • 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.

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I have a new technique for today’s card – creating a halo using your die. I have quite a few of these collage-type dies, where lots of pieces are cut out, but there is no edge. Whenever I use them, I always wish there is some sort of outline stamp. That’s what lead me to this halo technique. You can do this technique with any die that has an edge that follows the shape of the image that is cut out. For my cards, I used the Corbel Tree die and the Corbel Ornament die. Here are the cards:

Halo Technique

Using pencils will give you the best results (I used Derwent Inktense Pencils). Here are photos of the individual cards:

Halo Technique

Halo Technique

Halo Technique

And a close-up of the shimmer behind the tree openings:

Halo Technique

Enjoy the video, and I look forward to seeing your holiday cards!

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Supplies:

To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Inktense Pencils used: Deep Violet, Spring Green, and Poppy Red

Corbel Tree Die
Corbel Tree Die
Corbel Ornament Die
Corbel Ornament Die
Merry Messages
Merry Messages
EH|SSS
Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils
Inktense Pencils
DB|AMZN
Stampin' Up! Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Marker
Black Marker
Hero Hues Black
Hero Hues Black
EH|SSS
Canson Mix Media Paper
Canson Mix Media Paper
BLSY|AMZN
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner
EH|SSS

November Challenge Entries
Halo Technique with Dies
Halo Technique with Dies
Launch of the November challenge!
Merry Little Christmas Fox.jpg
Merry Little Christmas Fox.jpg
Paper and ink Sketch #8.JPG
Paper and ink Sketch #8.JPG
I followed Paper and Ink Sketch #8. The stamp set used in Holly Jolly by Gina D Designs. The paper is Season's Greetings patterned paper from Gina K. I enjoy following sketches.
Christmas 1
Christmas 1
Alma Dirpaul 1
Christmas 2
Christmas 2
Alma Dirpaul 2
Christmas 3
Christmas 3
Alma Dirpaul 3
Christmas 4
Christmas 4
Alma Dirpaul 4
Christmas 5
Christmas 5
Alma Dirpaul 5
Christmas 6
Christmas 6
Alma Dirpaul 6
Christmas 7
Christmas 7
Alma Dirpaul 7
Christmas 8
Christmas 8
Alma Dirpaul 8
Christmas 9
Christmas 9
Alma Dirpaul 9
Andrea & Raul
Andrea & Raul
Holiday love.
Karen Hasheck
Karen Hasheck
Front of Wisconsin Greetings card. Inside is even more fun. Come check it out here: http://karenskreativekards.blogspot.com/2016/11/seasons-greetings-from-wisconsin.html
Baubles
Baubles
Santa tri card
Santa tri card
Glitter baubles
Glitter baubles
Karen Hasheck
Karen Hasheck
Dashing Through the Snow
Dashing Through the Snow
I have had this Avery Elle stamp set for a LOOONG time, and finally got it inky! I love how I got the car to race down the hill. 🙂
Peace Love & Joy
Peace Love & Joy
I used the technique Darlene demonstrated for the frame on my card. Love the way it turned out!
Hanukkah Card
Hanukkah Card
I created this card to send to Send a Smile 4 Kids, in response to a special request, following a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers.com.
Warm Winter Wishes
Warm Winter Wishes
Frosty Fairy Friends
Frosty Fairy Friends
Pop Up card by Craftin' Caly
Karen Hasheck
Karen Hasheck
Double embossed on foil
image.jpeg
image.jpeg
First Christmas Card
Connie's First Reindeer Card
Connie's First Reindeer Card
Shaker ornament card
Shaker ornament card
Sherry W. - LF Ready Set Snow stamps, with add-on die set. I threaded the ribbon loop to the inside and secured with washi tape so the ornament can be removed. The bow is secured with a glue dot just above the hole. Whew - I made 12 of these!
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20161112_141717.png
CAS from Nichol Spohr.
Thanksgiving Card - Becky S.
Thanksgiving Card - Becky S.
Hero Arts Stamps and metallic (copper) embossing powder
Let it Snow
Let it Snow
Simple snowflake winter card
Pop up House
Pop up House
Using Karen Burniston Holiday House and Heartfelt Creations Frolicking Frosty and Spruce Stamp set
Snow Place Like Home
Snow Place Like Home
Using Spellbinders Guilded Gate die, brick embossing folder and Martha Stewart Spruce branch punch
Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving
Ornament Card
Ornament Card
This card was made the SU sleigh die and delicate ornament thinlits. I glued everything together then cut with the ornament die. The background is a SU embossing folder called Gently Falling.
Ugly Sweater Card
Ugly Sweater Card
I love this die, it is from MFT called Comfy Sweater and the sentiment is MFT Cozy Greetings.
Bird Crazy Christmas
Bird Crazy Christmas
I love these birds! They are from Tim Holtz and the sentiment is from TH as well called Crazy Talk and the present is Crazy Things. I used my Zig markers and Wink of Stella to blend.
Snowy Christmas
Snowy Christmas
The inside house is Winterland Village die by Cottage Cuts and the frame is Frostyville Frame by Memory Box. The paper in the background is from Stampin Up called All is Calm.
Ornament Shaker Card
Ornament Shaker Card
Since shaker cards are all the rage, I made this using some old red glitter paper (not sure where I got it) along with SU Embellished Ornament stamp set and gold and red sequins from Michael's.
Fall thanks
Fall thanks
Thank you card for my Stampin Up demonstrater.
Life Is Good
Life Is Good
I used Close To My Heart stamps. I made two identical card fronts using my MISTI and colored the middle of one of them and popped that up on the uncolored version. It is called "Spotlight Stamping"
SU Snow Swirled card
SU Snow Swirled card
Winter weather
Winter weather
Some Odd Girl Stamps, Lawn Fawn dies, Copic Markers
Fleas on Earth
Fleas on Earth
I created this to send to Northeast Animal Shelter, in Massachusetts. They are a strictly no-kill shelter (except in cases of bad health, of course), and we send them a Petsmart gift card every Christmas. I used 3 digi images, plus a Santa hat that I traced from a graphic I downloaded. Feel free to check out my blog post for more details: https://andreaspaperantics.blogspot.com/2016/11/fleas-on-earth.html. 🙂
Polar Bear Christmas
Polar Bear Christmas
I love this card! I cased it from "Sending Smiles Across The Miles" on Pintrest. All you need are a few circle punches! She will send you instructions for free!
Be Merry
Be Merry
Funny Shakerd card using some Lawn Fawn goodies!
Be Jolly!
Be Jolly!
Another Christmas card using Lawn Fawn products
Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas
Love Shaker Cards... Using Crafting Desert Divas digi stamps I created this Christmas scene.
Always Grateful
Always Grateful
I used a Newton's Nook stamp with a watercolor Smoosh on an emboss resist base.
Christmas Cardinal
Christmas Cardinal
Winter scene with cardinals using northwoods stamp
snowflakes.jpg
snowflakes.jpg
White heat embossing on craft cardstock using an older Hero Arts (?) stamp. I used small flat back pearls and rhinestones as center embellishments.
Reindeer card
Reindeer card
Stamps are Mama Elephant's Reindeer Games, Hero Arts Tiny Star background and Avery Elle Merriest.
Christmas word art card
Christmas word art card
This card was made with stuff left over from other projects. The word art stamp is from Craftin' Desert Divas.
Poinsettia in window
Poinsettia in window
Gold heat embossing and water colored panel on navy cardstock. These are old wood mount stamps. Unknown maker.
Deck the Halls
Deck the Halls
Reindeer digital image from Gerda Steiner Designs colored with Spectrum Noir Markers.
Blessings
Blessings
I am so proud of this card! 🙂 Just the whole glowing look of it. Please see my blog post for more details: https://andreaspaperantics.blogspot.com/2016/11/blessings.html.
IMG_1180.JPG
IMG_1180.JPG
Thanksgiving Card-CharleneT
Christmas Shaker Card.JPG
Christmas Shaker Card.JPG
Subtle embossing contrasting with lots of shine using glitter cardstock, foil and metal shaker Christmas trees and stars. Catherine S.
Snowman
Snowman
Cased this from Pinterest!! So simple and cute.
Thanksgiving turkey
Thanksgiving turkey
My biggest card making is probably for Halloween and I do a lot less for Thanksgiving, but I send about 10-15.
Vintage Christmas
Vintage Christmas
Used the new Stampin Up! "Father Christmas" stamp set and the also new "Pretty Pines" thinlits dies. Water colored with Stampin Up! markers and an aqua painter.
Jingle Bells and Winter Rose.
Jingle Bells and Winter Rose.
Used a retired Flourishes stamp set, colored it with SU markers.
Maria Rodriguez
Maria Rodriguez
Used Power Poppy stamp set called "Bough Wow Wow", stamped with Versafine black ink, clear heat embossed it, colored it with SU markers and aqua painter. Added a bit of Dazzling Details on the puffs.
DSCN4165.JPG
DSCN4165.JPG
Retired SU stamp set "All Ye Faithful", stamped with Versafine black ink, colored with SU markers and aqua painter.
Maria Rodriguez.
Maria Rodriguez.
I used a stamp from the Power Poppy stamp set called "Poinsettia", stamped with Versafine black ink, colored with SU markers and an aqua painter. I used the Bargello Technique for the background. The sentiment is from the same set.
Elves tree... CASE  Therese lostinpaper.wordpress.com
Elves tree... CASE Therese lostinpaper.wordpress.com
Shameless CASE of therese at lostinpaper.wordpress.com. She has such a lovely style!
Red Dala Scandinavian Holiday
Red Dala Scandinavian Holiday
Lia Griffith by Hero Arts
Sugar Pea stamp Lost  Without You
Sugar Pea stamp Lost Without You
Connie's 2nd Christmas Card
Connie's 2nd Christmas Card
Connie's 3rd Christmas Card
Connie's 3rd Christmas Card
Connie's 4th Christmas Card
Connie's 4th Christmas Card
Vannessa Osbourn - Unity Stamp set "Holiday Delivery"
Vannessa Osbourn - Unity Stamp set "Holiday Delivery"
Vannessa Osbourn - Unity Stamp set "Holiday Delivery"
Vannessa Osbourn - Unity Stamp set "Holiday Delivery"
Christmas Card #1
Christmas Card #1
Sizzix Woodlands die.
Christmas Card #2
Christmas Card #2
Stamp: Flourishes, colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.
Christmas Card #3
Christmas Card #3
Penny Black Adornment stamp
Christmas Card #4
Christmas Card #4
Special card for family member.
Christmas Card #5
Christmas Card #5
Poppy Stamps Die colored w/ Spectrum Noir markers.
Christmas Card #6
Christmas Card #6
Made this with my granddaughter...we had fun!
A note of thanks
A note of thanks
Authentique pattern paper with a stamped Lawn Fawn stitched leaf die cut and a Papertrey Ink sentiment
Happy Holidays Reindeer
Happy Holidays Reindeer
Let It Snow Santa
Let It Snow Santa
Penny Black "Joy To The World" stamp set, SU Perfect Polkadot Embossing Folder, colored with Copic markers. Wink of Stella added to Santa's hat and snow flake dots.
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Stamp set used is Avery Elle Caroling Critters
NorthernLights
NorthernLights
Northern Lights using a tree diecut, ultra-fine glitter and stickit paper
Penguin easel card
Penguin easel card
Not much stamping on this one - it was made with my Cricut using the Create a Critter cartridge. I use that cartridge to make cards for young nieces and nephews.
SU Cozy Christmas card
SU Cozy Christmas card
Cricut reindeer card
Cricut reindeer card
Another card made for the little ones in the family using the Cricut.
Santa card
Santa card
Reproduced from a card I saw on Pinterest.
Word art card
Word art card
Another version of my card using Stampin Desert Diva Christmas Word Art stamp.
Thankful cross.JPG
Thankful cross.JPG
Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving - now I need to start my Christmas cards!
Peeking Santa
Peeking Santa
Stamp set used Peeking Friends by Gerda Steiner Designs
Christmas Candy
Christmas Candy
Candy Lane Collection by CPooler
cute puppy card.jpg
cute puppy card.jpg
Digital stamp is from Gerda Steiner Designs.
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IMG_1686.JPG
Snow Cuddle Stamp by Penny Black
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IMG_1684.JPG
Seasons Greetings!
Season Greetings
Season Greetings
I cased this card from Connie Stewart. Stamp used is SU More Merry messages card stock is SU and Bo Bunny. Love the way it turned out purple is my favorite color.
Santa Kitty
Santa Kitty
This is my favorite stamp, I just love this kitty!
Christmas Layered.JPG
Christmas Layered.JPG
For this card I used paper from the Home for the Holidays kit along with the Noel set. This card uses sketch #9 from chicknscratch. The flower came from one of the kit stamp sets. The kit is from Gina K Designs.
Blessed Season.JPG
Blessed Season.JPG
I was trying to use stamps that are stored in my Christmas container, so these are older. The shepherds and star are from the Blessed Season set by SU. The long sentiment is from Hobby Lobby.
Paper and Ink Sketch #10  Merry Christmas.JPG
Paper and Ink Sketch #10 Merry Christmas.JPG
Time for another Paper and Ink Sketch from chicknscratch. I used the Home for the Holidays kit for the paper and mitten stamp. The Merry Christmas is from Holly Jolly . All stamps and paper from Gina K Designs.
Season's Tweetings.JPG
Season's Tweetings.JPG
I colored these little birds last week and finally had an idea how to finish a card with them. The focal image is from Winter Sparrows by Lawn Fawn as well as the sentiment. The patterned paper and Ocean Mist cardstock are from the Winter Cheer kit, by Gina K Designs.
Snowman card
Snowman card
Rudolph
Rudolph
This is a digital image from Wee Stamps.
LF Ready Set Snow shaker
LF Ready Set Snow shaker
Distress ink blended background, Copic color for the snow people.
Deck-the-Halls.jpg
Deck-the-Halls.jpg
Penguin Santa
Penguin Santa
I used Stampin' Up Snow Place stamp set for this one.
Indigo blu xmas baubles
Indigo blu xmas baubles
Mass production! #1
Indigo blu xmas pressies
Indigo blu xmas pressies
Mass production #2 !
What's In Your Cup?.JPG
What's In Your Cup?.JPG
CASE from artist/blogger Heather Telford using PB Background stamp, PB cup Die, SU flower image on cup. (LauraL)
Crooky Christmas Tree
Crooky Christmas Tree
Made from the Candy Cane Lane Stamp of Approval collection.
Seasons Tweetings
Seasons Tweetings
Christmas Flowers
Christmas Flowers
Sweetest Christmas
Sweetest Christmas
Deck the (Gingerbread) Halls
Deck the (Gingerbread) Halls
Love this cute digi image from Jane's Doodles! Please see my blog post for more information on my card: https://andreaspaperantics.blogspot.com/2016/11/two-christmas-cards.html.
Merriest Wishes
Merriest Wishes
Yet another holiday card! I'm really on a roll--just hope I can stop when I'm done & move on. LOL See my blog post for more details: https://andreaspaperantics.blogspot.com/2016/11/two-christmas-cards.html.
Hearts Abound at Christmas
Hearts Abound at Christmas
Avery Elle Ornament die, Core'dinations card stock and Sizzix EF. I added some of the negative hearts from the ornament to the background. Sparkles in real life!
LF Home for the Holidays
LF Home for the Holidays
Copics. Coloring technique learned from Sandy Allnock videos.

Comments

  1. wrote on November 1st, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    mary w

    Great idea – I just love the look when the image has a color outline that fades to white.

  2. wrote on November 1st, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Patti

    Something fairly simple but with a big ta da! This would be pretty with a doily die cut or an intricate heart. Thanks Darlene. ?

  3. wrote on November 1st, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Elyse

    Great technique. Thanks once again!

  4. wrote on November 1st, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Carol Mac

    Hi Darlene, I use SU glimmer paper and my ATG gun adhesive will not stick to it. I usually use dimentionals or foam tape. Just throwing that out there! Love the card!?

    • wrote on November 1st, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      Andrea

      Have you ever tried liquid glue, like Tombow Mono Multi glue? I generally use some sort of glue when I’m adhering something to glitter paper, then put something on top like an acrylic block to keep everything flat until the glue dries. Perfect Paper Adhesive (another glue) works well, too. That’s generally the one I use. That way, you can adhere your layer, without having dimension, if you prefer a flat piece. 🙂 ~ Andrea

      • wrote on November 1st, 2016 at 7:12 pm

        Carol Mac

        Hi Andrea, yes I have, but don’t like to use liquid glue with white card stock or dsp. If I am adhering something small, glue dots are the way! Thanks for your suggestion!?

  5. wrote on November 1st, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Yvonne0302

    Thanks Darlene for sharing this technique. Love your cards. Have to try it.

  6. wrote on November 1st, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Andrea

    Darlene, I was so glad to see a notice in my e-mail that you had a video up! Today was kind of a bad depression day, and this helped me feel better. I had planned to work on cards this afternoon, but just really didn’t feel up to it. 🙁 Now I feel like getting something creative done this evening. Thank you! I really love the technique you demonstrated, and the resulting cards. I will definitely have to put this on my list of things to try. 🙂 ~ Andrea

    • wrote on November 2nd, 2016 at 10:14 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hope you had a creative evening last night Andrea! Glad the post put you in better spirits. Hugs to you. 🙂

  7. wrote on November 1st, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Becka

    Very pretty.

  8. wrote on November 2nd, 2016 at 5:57 am

    Connie

    This card seems so quick and easy. I’m sure it will have its challenges though because things always look deceptively easy when you do them (smile). I have a number of dies that will work perfectly and that I was wondering how to use. Thanks to you … I now have a plan!

  9. wrote on November 2nd, 2016 at 7:07 am

    swimbikerunat60

    Oh my gosh Darlene, this is just gorgeous!!! I’m astonished at how a simple outline and a bit of color can have such a WOW effect!! I always admire your amazing ideas and new things for us to try.
    I’m going to pull out all of my outline dies and try this technique, thank you so much for sharing.
    Big hugs,
    Maria.

  10. wrote on November 3rd, 2016 at 5:42 am

    Glenismaree

    What a lovely technique. I will certainly use this technique. Effective and easy. That is my kind of card!!!!!

  11. wrote on November 3rd, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Almadirpaul

    Sorry about the upside down and sideways photos. Thank you, Darlen, for making it SO much easier to upload photos.

  12. wrote on November 21st, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    mojo3356

    such pretty colors in this card

  13. wrote on November 26th, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Hand Crafted Just For Ewe

    Have never heard of this holiday but love the symmetry of the card!

  14. wrote on December 2nd, 2016 at 10:33 am

    KimmieD

    DARLENE – I was so shocked and pleased to have won the random drawing for my card entry for November – and will LOVE using my SSS gift certificate! Best Christmas gift! :-). You have me all excited about December’s challenge — love seeing all the entrys. Thank you so much! Have a blessed Christmas!

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