Saturday, November 10, 2018

Holiday Card 1 - A for Alcohol Inks

Hello, everyone!  Before I get started, I would like to welcome my two new followers - donna and Rochellies Creations.  If you would like to leave a link to your blog in the comments, I will be happy to hop over and follow you too!

Good news!  I am happy to report that my husband is back home with me again!  For those who are new here, Brian suffered a stroke in August.  He was discharged from the rehab hospital some days ago, and we have been trying to get into a routine; still working on that.  He will have a long road to recovery but at least he can heal at home now.  Your well wishes and prayers have been appreciated!

I am way behind in my holiday cards so that's what I've been working on.   I apologize to my followers in advance for the blog blast, but I will be sharing 10 cards today as I try to get caught up. Please do not feel obligated to comment on any of my projects.  I am planning to visit your blogs over the next few days, and I am looking forward to seeing what you made!

Inspiration for my holiday cards has come from the alphabet prompts over at Beccy's Place - she is having her sixth annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge.  Beccy is already on the letter "I" so I will be doing my best to catch up to her today!

My first card was inspired by Day 1 - "A", and I went with Alcohol Inks.  The background was made some time ago, so I don't recall the specific colours of alcohol inks I used, but it was a mixture of several shades of blue and maybe some green.

The die is Memory Box Grand Stag Oval Frame, and the embossing folder is Darice Snowflake Background.  The sentiment is from A Creative Journey with Melissa - You're Snow Wonderful.

I would also like to support the following challenges:  2 Crafty Critter Crazies AG Animals 1/5; ABC Christmas W for Wishes UE; Cardz TV 73 AG 1/3; Crafting by Designs November AG 1/3; Crafts Galore Encore AG 1/3; Crafty Catz Getting Ready for Christmas 1/3; Crafty Creations AG 1/2; Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas AG Optional Use a Button UE; Creatalicious AG Optional Embossing (dry embossing) UE; Creative Craft Cottage Christmas is Coming 1/3; Creative Inspirations November Chill 1/3; Crop Stop November Link Party AG  (Memory Box dies available at Crop Stop) 1/5; Cut it Up Clean and Simple 1E; Cute Card Thursday Snowflakes UE; Die-Cut Divas AG 1/4; Double D Wishes are Possible (inspired by blue/white in lower left quadrant of mood board) 1/3; Happy Little Stampers AG w Dies UE; Happy Little Stampers Christmas Clean and Simple UE; Incy Wincy Christmas 1/5; Jo's Scrap Shack AG 1/3; Just Keep on Creating November AG UE; Lil Patch of Crafty Friends AG 1/3; Pammie's Inky Pinkies AG 1/3; Paperbabe Animals/Pets 1/3; Papercraft Business 12 AG Optional Christmas Animal 1/3; Penny's Paper-crafty AG 1/3; Scribbles Designs Winter is Coming 1/3; Simon Says Stamp Monday Make Your Own Background (alcohol inks, dry embossing) 1/5; The Cat's Pajamas Winter Holidays UE; Through the Craft Room Door AG 1/2; Winter Wonderland What You Love to Do at Christmas (enjoy winter nature, animals, and snow) 1/3; Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 1/5 wk1; Your Scrapbook Place AG 1/3

Thank you for looking at my card!  Wishing you a joyful day!


Suzanne H said...

I'm so glad that Brian is home. I wish you both well and was happy to see you enter Beccy's challenge. I love how you make those pretty backgrounds. Can't wait to see your other cards.

Andrea W said...

Absolutely gorgeous Kitty! I love how the alcohol inks are swirled together and the deer die cut is fantastic. It's wonderful to hear that Brian is home with you!!!

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Hi dear Kitty!!! :D I'm so happy to see that you have not one, but 10 cards to show us!!! We missed you! :) My best wishes for Bryan's recovery and fingers crossed for finding a good daily routine sooner! Take care of yourself, too!
Your alcohol inked background is just stunning and makes pop out the elegant diecut of the stag on the wood, Wow wow wow!!!LOVE the scene!! How wonderful and magical it is!! And the snowflakes embossing makes it even more precious! Very inspiring! I have to brig out my alcohol inks and have a try myself! :) Thanks for sharing this awesome card! Big hugs!

Bunny said...

Welcome back, Kitty dear. So glad to hear that Brian is home and is recuperating. Don't forget that Nurse Kitty also needs some "me" time. I've been through to see all the gorgeous new creations you've made. I really love the blue and white creations. You'll catch up in no time with your Christmas cards. I hope that you'll get a routine worked out and everything will go smoothly. [Bunny]```

jimlynn said...

I didn't know about your husband! So sorry to hear he'd had a stroke but wonderful news that he's back home now. I know how important that is in the healing process!
Love your absolutely totally GORGEOUS card! Wow!!!!!

New Creations said...

So happy for you that you and your hubby is home now!
Love the alcohol ink background, wonderful card!
Sending love

Beccy said...

I'm so glad to hear Brian is home again Kitty, and you can finally quit those horrendous bus trips. I'm sure he will be able to heal much faster in his own environment.
I love your first card for this challenge, the blue background is just stunning and the big stag looks very regal. The white, embossed background is the perfect choice as it doesn't take anything away from the dies. Lovely!

Linda Mc Enery said...

So glad you have your hubby back home with you! That's wonderful!

Your card is gorgeous! Such beautiful rich colours with a wonderful crisp die cut in white! Stunning! Thanks for sharing it with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges!

Wendy said...

What a beautiful creation! IDK what I like better; the beautiful background or that gorgeous die cut!! What a nice job!! Thanks for sharing this papery goodness with us all at the PIP :)
Wendy PIP DT

Cut It Up Challenge Blog said...

My goodness this is gorgeous. I love silhouette cards. Wonder why I don't make them? The background is beautiful. Reminds me of the Aurora Borealis.

Thanks for joining us for our Cut it Up for our Clean and Simple. challenge!


jimlynn said...

Forgot to tell you - thanks for joining us at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies. Again, I LOVE your card (and that die is now on my wish list!).

Barbara Godden said...

Awesome card!!! beautiful background, did you use reinkers or markers for the background, I can't seem to get mine that dark.

creationsnz said...

So very pretty, the background is stunning. We hope you join us again at Incy Wincy Designs, CarolG

Darlene said...

WOW! This is BEAUTIFUL! Love your design and that blue background is outstanding! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Wishes are Possible’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop in for a visit!

Paper Scissors Glitter said...

A beautiful card Kitty. Thanks for entering this month's challenge at Creative Inspirations and good luck Jayne DT. Best wishes for you and your husband's continued recovery

anncreatief said...

Beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft Cottage challenge good luck. Have a nice day
Anneke DT

Verna Angerhofer said...

That is such a beautiful card with that wonderful background behind the die. And, I am so happy your husband is home again. That is great news!

Let's Art Journal said...

Stunning card! The way the alcohol inks have blended looks amazing 😁. Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! J 😊 x

Scrapper69 said...

BEautiful card! LOVE the classic white on white look and that blue background is amazing!

I'm so happy to hear your hubby is home now. I hope you both get through the adjustments. That part can be just as hard sometimes (I know from Experience) :)
I'll keep praying for you both - Big HUGS!


Granmargaret said...

I am glad your husband is okay. Thank you for joining the Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge. Hope to see you again next time.

Michelle N. said...

Your background is stunning-I love alcohol inks! Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas!

Andree said...

A wonderfully elegant card. Fabulous embossing and gorgeous background.
Thank you for joining in with the Crafts Galore Encore November Challenge “Anything Goes”. Good luck x

maria f. said...

All the best for your DH's continued recovery. This card is such an eyecatcher!

Sandra said...

Wonderful card, the alcohol ink background is amazing, the deer is fabulous. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

Annemi said...

Amazing card and a stunning background with the inks. Just love it. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
Annemi {My Blog}
Through The Craft Room Door

Judy Woodland said...

How beautiful! Your background is amazing, it really makes the focal POP!!! Great take on the Mood Board, thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Double D Wishes Are Possible Challenge. Hope we see you back again soon!!
Judy~ DD DT
{Judy's Happy Place} Stop by and see me!!!!

Esther Asbury said...

What a gorgeous background for your deer die! So beautiful! Thanks so much for linking up to Cropstop with this!

suzARTe said...

Such an elegant and beautiful card, the blue background looks amazing and the deer image stands out so well against the white.Thanks so much for sharing your creation at the

November 2018 Anything goes link-up at Just Keep On Creating.

New Creations said...

Back again! Thanks for joining at Cut It Up Challenges with this gorgeous card!
DT Vinita

Aunty Sue said...

Wow this is amazing and thanks for sharing at crafty catz and sorry for the late comment

Fikreta said...

Im so happy to read Brian is home!
And happy to see your gorgeous cards.
I always like to comment on all your posts.
This is gorgeous card!
love it!

Suze said...

Lovely scene. The blue really pops against the white background. Thank you for joining in the Christmas challenge at Incy Wincy Designs.

Sue - said...

Beautiful card, love the white against the blue background. Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge.

VintageScrapsCanada said...

I love this silhouette card - The white in contrast to the blue is stunning ! Thanks for sharing with us at Papercraft Business Challenge!

Sharon said...

Stunning card. Thanks for joining us at the ABC Christmas Challenge.

NickScrapShack said...

This is so gorgeous! I love the background you created and the blue looks so pretty against the white embossing too.
Thank you for sharing your talent with us at SCRIBBLES DESIGN. Best of luck! Nick