Card A Day Challenge-January Cards

In a previous post I excitedly told you I was accepted to Card A Day Challenge Design Team.  In that post, I shared my first of a series of cards.  As I didn’t know when the remaining cards would be posted during the month of January, I thought I would share them with you here.  But please be sure to visit Card A Day Challenge if you’d like to see what the other DT members did with the challenges.  I find it interesting to see how varied the cards can be when working from the same inspiration piece, sketch or cue.

Each day of the week has a theme.  You previously saw my Clean and Simple Sunday: Valentine’s Cards.  Here are the remaining day of the week and my card submissions:

Mistletoe Monday: Recycled Christmas


I generally don’t recycle cards, so this was a quite a challenge for me.  This card combines recycled items from others’ cards but also my scraps left over from Christmas cards in the past.  I actually used components from three different cards to make this.  I cut down the base of a larger square card to work better with the red panel I took from another card, together with the red circle.  I added the white scalloped circle.  I took the three-piece snowflake from another card.  The image I had left over from previous cards, but it was a rectangle, so I die cut it into a circle.  The designer paper came from my scraps.  Considering this was zero cost to me, it came out pretty darned nice, even if I do say so myself.

Tuesday Color Challenge


We were to make a card using the colors in the inspiration piece.  This was my card.

Birthday Beagle 1

My focal image is this adorable Birthday Beagle by Art Impressions.  It’s from their Front and Back collection, which allows for double-sided stamping.  He sits in a window created by the Spring Window die by The Scrapping Cottage.  (They have a number of nice window die cuts if you’re looking for something a little different)  The little stool on which he sits was free clip art which I turned into a print and cut file for my Silhouette.  The flowers were punched with Itty Bitty Punch Pack and the leaves with the Little Leaves Sizzlits by Stampin’ Up.   The card stock and DSP are from Stampin’ Up: Night of Navy, Marina Mist and Whisper White.  I did very little coloring on the beagle, but the blues, grays and black are all done with Stampin’ Up markers.

Wednesday Sketch Challenge

Wednesday Sketch Challenge

We were to make a card based on this sketch.  This is the card I made.

Thanks for the Lift

For the sketch challenge, I changed the rectangles to clouds.  I wanted to add a little dimension to the card, so I cut the cloud shape out of the Bashful Blue DSP by Stampin. Up and attached that with mounting tape.  Underneath the opening I placed Whisper White card stock embossed with Fancy Fan e/f by Stampin’ Up.  I added the second cloud with double dimensionals.  I cut the kite in four colors and pieced them together on a scrap piece of paper and trimmed it to size and embossed it with Square Lattice e/f by Stampin’ Up.  I added some white Bakers Twine as the kite’s tail and cut little ties to run down its length.  The font I used for the greeting is AlwaysHere.  I left the inside blank for a personal note.

Thursday Techniques: All about Die Cuts


For this card I stamped and colored my image, Wish from Designed 2 Delight (which looks like it’s now From the Heart Stamps), on Spellbinders Labels 10 with colored pencils.  I used the Dots stamp by Judith & Heather Stamps around the dog.  I colored his tag with a gold leaf pen and placed an open circle embellishment on top.  I placed Liquid Applique as icing on his nose, but I didn’t heat it as I wanted it to be smooth.  The greeting was typed and cut with Spellbinders Petite Ovals and placed it on a Spellbinders Petite Scalloped Oval mat.  I used some very old card stock and designer paper and really don’t know it’s origin.  I embossed the yellow panel with the Cuttlebug Stars embossing folder.  I wanted to share the inside of this card with you as well as I recycled a little embellishment bag.  I stamped tiny candles to match the image on the front and coated them with Glossy Accents and cut them out placing thread on the top as the candle wick.  I added Judikins Speckles as cake crumbs and Liquid Applique (unheated as icing).

Anything Goes Friday: Pick a technique and create a card.

We were given seven techniques from which to choose for this challenge.  I opted for faux metal.  Although now that I submitted it, I’m not sure it’s actually faux because it is made with aluminum foil.


For this card, I covered a Basic Black 5″ x 7″ card base with a panel of patch-worked pieces of aluminum foil and aluminum tape, some pieces were embossed using the Clockworks embossing folder, others were molded around mesh and two were embossed with the happy and birthday from the Happy Birthday embossing folder and another molded over a tiny key.  The pieces without embossing were “etched” using the Walnut Hollow Metal Working Kit; there are numerous tools to provide for a variety of looks. A few pieces of hardware were placed on top, the circle grommet from Stampin’ Up and the chain from Tim Holtz.  The circular alphabet letters are SO old I don’t know where I got them!  When I got everything in place, I painted over the entire surface with black acrylic paint and wiped off the surface, leaving the black in the lower areas.  Then I used copper and gold Rub and Buff on random spots to give the piece an aged look.  This is NOT a card you want to put in the mail unless the cost of postage is not an issue 😉  Inside, I used Gear Box, Dot Font and JI Caroch to create the sentiment to match the style of the card front.

Saturday Inspiration:

We were to choose a mood board or photo from Pinterest, a blog, etc. and include a photo of our inspiration in your email with your card for posting along with where your found it. (blog address, Pinterest, website etc.)

Saturday Inspiration-Inspiration Piece 1

This was my inspiration which I found on Pinterest.  And this was the card I made.


For my Saturday Inspiration, I selected this quilt-look card.  I really like the look of these cards and wanted to try my hand at it.  I made a card for someone dealing with some major health problems and I thought something with a “warm quilt” theme would help raise her spirits.  I used a quilt pattern I found on the Internet and formed the “quilt” using 3/4″ squares, alternating Pretty in Pin, Sage Shadow and So Saffron card stock and Spring Fling DSP from Stampin Up.
Once I finished with the quilt pattern, I matted it on a larger piece of So Saffron and embossed it with the Square Lattice e/f.  I placed that on a larger mat of Sage Shadow banded with wide So Saffron ribbon.  I took two scrap pieces and ran them vertically down the side.  I made the “hi” with a retired SU embosslit and made a tag with the jewelry tag punch.  To complete the look, I placed a threaded needle with the thread loosely laying on the card.  I trimmed off the pointed end of needle with wire cutters for safety sake.  There are a number of great free fonts with a stitched look which would be perfect for creating the sentiment inside.

Blog Hop: January’s blog hop is Winter Wonderland

I already participate in the blog hops sponsored by Scraps by Gracie, but being part of the Card A Day Challenge DT, we’re asked to make another card to include in the hop.  So here is my Winter Wonderland exploding box card closed.  If you want to see the inside, click on the image and it will take you to the gallery.

Mini Winter Wonderland 1

I made this adorable little exploding box card from a cut file I purchased on the Silhouette Design Store.  I used Bazzill blue card stock and Vellum card stock from Stampin’ Up.  I used Soft Suede, also Stampin’ Up, for the dear.  I’m not sure for what occasion I will give this card, so I haven’t added and sentiment as yet.  When I do, I will create an internal offset of the side panel(s) and type the sentiment on the same vellum and run it through my Silhouette.

For the month of January, we had one extra category and that was to:

Case A Card

This is the card I was to CASE (Copy and Share Everything)


And this is the card I made using the above as a springboard….looking at it now, I think I sprang pretty far from the inspiration piece!

Just a Note 1

I kept the split front, but I changed its location and angle, rather than water-color I used a digital image.  Instead of stitching the panel, I popped it and kept it the size of the card rather than smaller than shown in the original card.

So that’s it for my first month on Card A Day Challenge!  It was a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to joining them again in February.


6 Responses to “Card A Day Challenge-January Cards”

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  1. This Challenge sounds fun! I’ll have to check it out!

  2. Gracie says:

    Love them all but the card with aluminum foil is absolutely stunning!!!

  3. That’s a lot of inspiration in one post! You did a great job on all your projects! I love your take on the CASE card! TFS!

  4. Jeanette says:

    WOW! I am in awe! So many fabulous cards/projects!

  5. Kelly - CCMC says:

    What a sensational line up of cards, Kim! Each one is fabulous!

  6. Lynn McAuley says:

    What an awesome array of your remarkable work, Kim!! Crafted to perfection! I love them all, but the faux metal has stolen my heart!! Sensational!

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