New Year Adventures – Welcome 2018

Hi Everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend, hopefully getting closer to being ready for Christmas and in need of a little crafty break. If so, please join us for the last challenge of 2017 on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Our theme this week is, Party!, and this challenge will run for two weeks so you have plenty of time to get your projects linked to the challenge. Remember you could win a $50 gift voucher, wouldn’t that be a nice Christmas present for yourself? So join in the fun and we’ll see you there!

Also, please visit our December guest designer, Valerie-Jael fromΒ Bastelmania. Last week she created a beautiful wreath, so don’t miss out seeing what her amazing talent brings us this week. You won’t be disappointed.

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New Year Handmade Card


New Year Handmade Card

I created the car using the Tim Holtz Home for The Holidays die set. I used Kraft-Core cardstock to create the red part of the car. The woodgrain section was created using the Tammy Tutterow Designs Big Woodgrain background stamp. I stamped the image onto a piece of Neenah Solar White 110 lb. cardstock in Potting Soil Archival Ink. I then inked on Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the entire piece. From that piece, I cut the doors and side panels of the car. The bumper pieces are cut from white cardstock and colored with a Brushed Pewter Distress Crayon. Can you guess what die I used to create the people inside the car? If you guessed the Tim Holtz Trick or Treat die set, then you’re correct! I cut the trick-or-treaters out of black cardstock and cut away their Halloween costumes around their heads. I chose two of them that I liked and placed them behind the car. If you see seasonal dies and think you’ll never use them enough to justify the purchase, I think I proved you wrong. Haha How’s that for enabling?


To create the sky, I used the My Favorite Things Cloud stencil and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. Create the clouds by beginning at the top of the cardstock and using gentle circle strokes, go just over the edges of the design. Next, move downward rotating the die one turn to the left as you move down the paper. For the highway, I used the Tim Holtz Brushstrokes stamp set and stamped one of the images with Watering Can Archival Ink. I created the lines on the highway by using a Tim Holtz Ruler and a white paint pen.


New Year Handmade Card

To create the hills in the background under the clouds and above the highway, I cut the hill die from the Tim Holtz Home for The Holidays die set out of piece of cardstock that is the same size as the entire background panel.


New Year Handmade Card

I tape the top piece just under the clouds as shown above and I tape the bottom piece turned around just below the top of the highway image. I ink that section with Vintage Photo Distress Archival Ink.


New Year Handmade Card

I take away the two masks and ink the bottom of the scene being very careful not to go over the highway too much or the white lines and this completes the background scene for my card.


New Year Handmade Card




To complete the card, I create a couple of trees from the Home for The Holidays die set with two different shades of Kraft-Core green cardstock and ink the edges with Ground Espresso Distress ink. I add them just below the hills. I create some balloons from the Tim Holtz Crazy Things die set in various colors of Kraft-Core cardstock and ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink. I create 2018 from the Tim Holtz 3/4 Inch Tall Alphanumeric Thinlits dies in both black and white cardstock. I offset the black numbers over the white numbers to create a shadow to give them depth. I use burlap string for the balloon strings and wrap the bottoms of the string under the hood of the car and secure it with multi matte medium. I add a couple of Tim Holtz Small Talk sentiments with 3M foam tape. The trees, car and balloons are all adhered to the card with 3M foam tape to give nice dimension to the scene. I adhere the main panel onto a piece of Neenah Desert Storm cardstock and then onto a piece of Simon Says Stamp Black cardstock and my card is done.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I created this fun card to end out the 2017 year of Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenges. I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year and wish all the best for each and every one of you! Who knows what the new year will bring? Enjoy the ride!

Don’t forget you have two weeks to join this challenge and you could win a $50 gift voucher to Simon’s amazing store.

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  2. What a cool scene! Really love the way you organized that. The sky is lovely and the balloons so sweet. Wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year! Hugs, Marzena

  3. Love this card Cathie! πŸ™‚ the whole scene made me smile with the car being lifted up, absolutely brilliant πŸ™‚

    Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a fabulous 2018!! πŸ™‚
    Lols x x x

  4. This is a darling card! I love how you used the brushstoke stamp for the street and the Halloween die for the people in the car. Great idea to have the balloons lifting the car, too!

  5. Fantastic card, love the idea of the New Year lifting off. Have a great week, a merry Christmas and a very happy and healthy new year 2018. Hugs, Valerie

  6. so finely detailed and super!! Love the idea of new adventures in the new year. Happy holidays to you and thanks so much for sharing your talents and inspiration as DT member!

  7. This is just TOO cute and clever, Cathie! I love everything about the design… especially how the car is already starting to lift a bit πŸ™‚

    Simon Says Stamp!

  8. Awesome card, Cathie! What a great celebration of the new year, and I love how you focused on adventure. Cool way to do the year with the balloons and numbers lifting the car – reminds me of the movie “Up.” Very cute and clever idea! Wishing you and your family a wonderful season together! Merry Christmas and a happy and joyous New Year! hugs, Maura

  9. What a totally original use of Tim’s supplies! I love how you made the car taking flight in such a whimsical way. Clever, clever and I wish you every good thing in 2018!

  10. This is such a fantastic card, Cathie. The background you created is so beautiful. Love the fun balloons, too. Wish you a happy new year! πŸ™‚

  11. As always a wonderful design! love your card and your use of Tim’s dies is amazing! barbara

  12. a beautiful and fun card to celebrate a new year…hugs kath xxx

  13. such a fun a creative card!!! Love it!!
    Happy new year my dear friend xx

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