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Monday, 1 December 2014

Hi friends!  Can you believe we've come to the end of our third term at House of Cards?!  We are saying a fond farewell to some of our DT members and feel so grateful to those staying on.  To say goodbye and thank you, we're celebrating with a blog hop!  This hop will run FROM DECEMBER 1ST AT 6:00 AM CST THROUGH DECEMBER 15TH AT NOON CST,  ANY CARD STYLE is welcome and we've got a gorgeous photo inspiration for your crafting enjoyment! 

Here's our photo inspiration~

You should have arrived here from Mrs Duck's blog.  If you haven't, and you'd like to hop with us, please make sure you start there and continue through the whole thing for the most chances to win!  Speaking of winning, we have some amazing sponsors!

Here are all of our fabulous sponsors.
Our team will be using a variety of products
from these amazing companies!

Daydream Designs

Prize: $20 to their digital store

Deedee's Digis
Prize: Gift Card to the online store.
Eclectic Anthology
Prize: $50 gift voucher to the shop.

Great Impressions
Prize: Prize Package with 5 Stamps

Paper Sweeties
Prize: $20 gift voucher to the shop.

Stitchy Bear
Prize: $10 gift voucher to the shop.

My card uses a digital image from Stitchy Bear....its called Circle of Bells and the designer is Floppy Latte designs. Now this really was a challenge for me as I don't do digital, always prefer to stamp myself so I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to simply download the image, open up in photoshop and resize to exactly the dimensions I wanted to fit a particular circle die of mine. You don't get that flexibility to resize a stamp do you! Also no stamp to clean! I could get used to this. I just printed on good quality white card and left overnight before colouring in with copic markers to make sure the ink didn't bleed. (I could of heat set otherwise) Again, I rarely use my copic markers so don't look to closely at my shoddy colouring! The bows and bells in the image are also topped with Wink of Stella glitter pens but sadly don't show up in the photo, it really is sparkly. Little circles punched from glitter card stock for the bells "dongs"(!)  Then matted and layered onto Pool Party, Soft Suede cardstock by Stampin Up and a doily. Finished off with a white satin ribbon bow, silver bow and a satin flower then I couldn't stop myself and added some dew drops in the corners to emanate the champagne glasses in the inspiration picture. 

One more thing, Stitchy Bear have a Facebook group with a monthly challenge. Anyone can join in as long as they use one of their digital images. Check it out here. You may just find me entering as I did enjoy using their digital image. A first but not the last!

Now get to hoppin'!  Your next stop is Tammy's blog!  Don't forget to link up a project with us after completing the hop for an extra chance to win a mystery prize from one of our fabulous sponsors, too!


  1. Great image and a lovely card. Glad you've "caught" the bug - digi bug, that is! Christine

  2. This is gorgeous Pat, I love that image and it's colored beautifully!
    Tammy x

  3. Pat, this is SUPER DUPER GORGEOUS! Your coloring ROCKS and I adore the way you dressed up this image! LOVE! Thanks for all your hard work at HOC--I appreciate all you do there! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  4. Love those bells and all the layers here.
    Big Hugs :) Ma

  5. So beautifully colored, lovely embellishments and wonderful layers!

  6. This is beautiful Pat! I love it! I was hesitant to use digital images for the first time for our last blog hop and now I'm hooked!

  7. Beautiful card and lovely colouring! I am doing the House of Cards blog hop!

  8. Your coloring looks good. I love how you matted the image to make the image stand out even more. The bows and doily are just perfect. Beautiful card.
    Kathy D.
    Diane's Daydream Designs Sponsorship Coordinator and Deedee's Digis Sponsorship Coordinator

  9. It's beautiful When I started card making it was with cd roms Like you say you can re-size the image to fit I love it

  10. Love digistamps when time's short or you can't afford to go out somewhere covered in ink! Lovely work

  11. Your card is gorgeous! It took me some time to start using digis too, but it really is easy, they're not expensive to compared to real ones and they require no space, a part from on the computer I mean! I'm sure you'll get hooked now:)

  12. Beautiful card Pat! You did fabulous on the coloring. I'm still not a big fan of digi stamps but they do come in hand sometimes.

  13. I think I love your photograph Pat
    your card looks sooo clean tidy and adorable with this clean photo and I adore the coloring Images and add of the stone there and lovely silver bell too

    Yeah I was starting to use Digi Images at 2009 as I was a DT member from 2 ladies who drawing self the images and I loove their images...I love to coloring it..
    Pat I will send you some stamping Images on the envelope..would be happy if you can use it ...
    will send your card patient please my Teamy..
    hugs, Monika

  14. What a beautiful card!!!!

  15. Hi Pat,
    Your card is so fresh and pretty. i love all the little layers peaking out behind the image.
    Ang HOC DT

  16. Just gorgeous! Love the image and I think your coloring is fab. Great design and embellies, too. xxD

  17. This is so pretty! I think your coloring is very nice! Beautiful colors on this card! :)

  18. Your bells are beautiful, love your interpretation of the photo. Have a lovely day! X

  19. What a great image! I wish I wasn't so afraid of digital stamp!

  20. Fabulous card and I'm so glad you decided to use a digi they really are so easy to use (and saves on storage space no end too!).

    Hugs Vannessa
    HOC teamie

  21. Oh, my! Just gorgeous with the pretty bells and all the detail...LOVE!!!

  22. Beautiful, like the colors, your coloring and the ribbon!

  23. Gorgeous card! Love how you framed the bells, and of course the shimmer of the "dongs". :D
    Ruza's Craft Corner

  24. I'm so glad you chose these bells to color--it was a one I tossed around choosing too! Fab card, teamie!


  25. Gorgeous card, such masterful colouring and the embellishments are fab!!

  26. A beautiful card!!!! I like all the little details!!!! Thanks so much for the Blog Hop!!!!


  27. Love the layers! Beautiful card!

  28. Beautiful! I love the piercing you did for the corner accents, a great touch.

  29. I love the colors!

  30. OOoooo! The sparkly bells just drew me right in! Love the sweet lacy border behind the image - such a great touch! Thanks for sharing your talent this year!

  31. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous ...and so beautifully colored!
    Rosi x DT

  32. Thanks for sharing your BEAUTIFUL card. Love the colors.
    Crafty hugs,

  33. Absolutely gorgeous image and I love the details with the lace and ribbons too!! Thanks for sharing!

  34. Oh, I love the colours, your colouring and the card design!

  35. Your coloring is fabulous, and I love that image.

  36. One word for this card....STUNNING!!! Pat your card is amazing!


  37. Hi Pat! As always... classy and very elegant!
    hugs, Asha

  38. Thank You for making such a fabulous project using our images.

    It is a pleasure to sponsor you and I do hope you have enjoyed working with our images.

    Love and best wishes

    Mandy (Sponsor Co-Ordinator for Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet )