Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Clear It Out - Anything Goes

Does anyone know what time it is?

That's right!


And over at Clear It Out Challenge, it's time for a new challenge.  And, as usual, our fearless leader, Laura, has come up with another GREAT challenge for us.  So get out your paper, scissors, and glue . . .
Are ;you ready?

I didn't hear you . . .

Are you ready?


Theme:  Anything Goes
Stash:  Anything Goes

You have one week (till Nov. 24th) to get your projects in.

This week's sponsor is:
and the 3 Stitchy Bear's artists Clear It Out Challenge
is showcasing this week are:

For this week's challenge, I picked a digi image called "New Baby" by Ike's Art for Stitchy Bear Digital Outlet.  When I first saw this image, I knew it would be PERFECT for Christmas card . . . to show the "real reason for the season" (Jesus' birthday).  So wanting to keep it simple but meaningful, I got out my vellum paper from PaperTemptress and Metallic Gold Sparkle WOW! Embossing Powder and went to work . . . okay, I went to play.  Here's how my card turned out:

"Metallic Vintage Gold Sparkle" WOW! Embossing Powder
Vintage Gold Glitter
Raindrops from PaperTrey Ink
misc. gold ribbon
gold glitter
sealer (for the glitter on mat)
sentiment from Close To My Heart

For this digi, I did what is called "digital" embossing.  This is where you print your image on a slick paper, a paper that the ink doesn't dry instantly, so you can put embossing powder on it RIGHT after it gets done printing and then use a heat embossing gun to emboss it.  Since I was using vellum and I always have a hard time with my vellum curling as I use my heat gun, I decided to try something a bit different . . . I attached my image to my Heavenly White 120# paper from PaperTemptress before heat embossing instead of waiting to do so afterwards. And guess what?  It worked!!!  NO curls! YAY! 

Since I didn't have any glitter paper, I took some Cryogen paper from Paper Temptress, trimmed down to the size I needed and put glitter on outer 1/4" of the paper . . . then used a sealer so I didn't get glitter everywhere. After adding the ribbon and a few Raindrops, I put all my layers together . . . VOILA!  I was done . . . and I am VERY happy with the way it turned out.  So simple, but elegant!

Here's some closeups to show how "sparkly" the embossing powder is:

Here's a closeup of the sentiment:
 "For unto you is born this day
in the city of David a Saviour
which is Christ the Lord."
LUKE 2:11

Remember, you have one week (till Nov. 24th) to get your projects in over at Clear It Out Challenge in order to be eligible for the weekly prize.  We can't wait to see what you come up with next . . . and can't wait to be inspired as usual!!!

Till the next time I'm up in the night.
Challenges I would like to enter:
Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge - "T" for Traditional Christmas
Becca's Place - A Month of Holiday Cards
Christmas Cards All Year Round - NO patterned paper
Craft for Craic - Birthday (Christmas is Jesus' birthday)
Crafty Sentiments - 2 or more papers
The Crazy Challenge - Favorite Technique (digital embossing)
Crimbo Crackers - Clean and Simple
D.L.Art #144 - Anything Christmas
Decosse's Dynamite Doodles - 12 Days of Christmas Cards Link-up
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
Melonheadz Friends - Add a sentiment
My Craft Creations - Anything Goes
Our Daily Bread Designs - BLESSINGS Word Challenge (use at least 4 letters)
(B - Bling; E - Embossing powder; I - Ink; G - Gold Sparkle 
embossing powder & Glitter; S - Stamp/Sentiment) 
Pile It On - Vintage (my embossing powder is vintage gold)
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Sparkle n Sparkle -Anything Goes using glitter, embossing powder and/or flocking)
Stamp and Create - Ribbons or bows
STAMPlorations - Stamps & Layers
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes


Ema M

Wow! This is great! You are right... very simply elegant. Thanks for sharing your fabulous project and joining us for our current challenge at Inspiration Destination. Hope to see you again and good luck!
IDCB Owner

Jennifer LaVite

Beautiful! The glittery image is amazing. Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenges.

Barbara Godden

This is a gorgeous Christmas card, love all the embossing and so nice to know you can print and emboss (sounds like a lot of work) So simple so Beauritul.


Amazing card the embossing is perfect. Thanks for playing with us at Atsm


thanks for playing with us at crafty sentiments

Deborah Frings

Simple and lovely. thanks so much for playing along with ASM this week!.

Julie Odil

Kathy, this is wonderful! I don't know how you managed to do this with a digi, but it is just fantastic. I'm amazed! Thanks for joining us this week at IDCB. Julie, DT (hey, I miss you!)


What a beautiful image, I love the embossing the card is so elegant with the gold.
Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday #144 “ANYTHING CHRISTMAS” challenge, Have a Blessed day, DIANA L.


Oh beautiful, very elegant card, Love all the embossing! Thank you for joining us at ATSM!


Lovely image Katherine and a great technique too.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug

What a creative Christmas image!! I so love the elegance of the gold embossing against the white and your beautiful layout which highlights the verse and image!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at ODBD!

Anne Temple

Fabulous Christmas card. Love all that embossing. So glad you shared it with us for the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge.


WOW what a wonderful card, it is absolutely gorgeous, thank you for joining CCAYR and good luck, Kate x


Such an lovely job. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments.


Another great card - very elegant

Thanks for joining us at the Alphabet Challenge.

Helen x

Karen Hasheck

Wow- what a great card! Thanks for sharing with us at Through the Craft Room Door! Hope to see you again next week at TTCRD!
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How beautiful !! :-D That is a very elegant card and really super on the velum.Thank you very much for using one of my images :-D

IKE xx

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What a beautiful card!! Thanks so much for joining us at Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge, hope you will join us again!

(AJ) ArtJypsy

Gorgeous. Love the gold embossing you used. Thanks for joining us at Melonheadz Friends.

maria f.

Digital embossing, how cool. What a fantastic idea. As is the use of that image paired with that sentiment. Such an original and meaningful Christmas card. Thanks so much for joining us at STAMPlorations this month!


Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for my CHNC challenge extra for November - hope to see you again soon x

Yvonne Tune

very pretty card, good luck in the challenges.


A simply beautiful Christmas card. Thank you for sharing it with us at CHNC Extra.


This is so elegant, thank you for sharing with STAMPlorations

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