Monday, 1 July 2013

Brand New . . . "House of Cards Challenge"

Exciting news for all you card-makers out there . . . a brand new weekly challenge is launching today and I think it's something very different.
It's the first challenge blog (to my knowledge anyway) to spotlight many different card making styles all in one place.

Here's how House of Cards works --- there will be a monthly sketch or colour scheme given which covers all 4 weeks.  Each week, we will ask entrants to enter a specific card making style.  
If there is a 5th week within a calendar month, it will be any card making style goes but with a photo inspiration.

Grab the badge!

Here's how the card making styles will run:

Week 1: Fun and Cute
Week 2: Clean and Simple

Week 3: Classic and Elegant

Week 4: Shabby and Vintage

Week 5: Your Favourite Style + Photo Inspiration

To get things started there's a colour scheme theme for the month of July
Use at least 3 of the colour chips in your card

And it's the "Fun and Cute" House of Cards Design Team who have the honour of inspiring you this week.

Here's the card I made

I used my new Sizzix Album, Accordian Flip 3-D die #658035 and Sizzix Frame and Label, Bracket 658037, both by Karen Burniston (such a very talented lady) for the very first time.
Take a look at Karen's YouTube channel and you will know what I mean.

I cut out 3 of the base die cut shapes and followed the very simple instructions to link them together

I coloured up a Mo Mannings image called Big Shoes with Copic markers.

I used a Martha Stewart punch to create both the little butterfly and flower embellishments from the paper scraps to dot around the framework.  I used a white gel pen to colour the centres and edges to give some contrast.

The floral paper is from Kanban.
Red and teal cardstock from The Paper Mill.

The word "Love" was made using Forever Friends adhesive, chipboard letters.
I used a red fineliner pen to run faux stitching around the edges and then added Glamour Dust.

I hope that you will enjoy joining in the challenges at

House of Cards

Please stop by and look at what my fellow teamies created, you won't be disappointed.

Thanks for visiting


Ruth M said...

Hello Julie Ann - wowsers, what a stunning card, it's fabulous! It's definitely Fun & Cute, perfect for the challenge and a wonderful inspiration!
So lovely to have you along with us at HOC, I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work! Have a great week, Ruth x

Tammy said...

Gorgeous card Julie Ann! I love the fabulous design and your sweet image!
Tammy x

StephC said...

Gorgeous! Love the movement you created. Your coloring is fabulous also!

Nancy Seed said...

Way to Cute and love the intricate work.

Unknown said...

Looks fun julie will check it out. Hugs katie x

Donna Nuce said...

What a great unique card for the challenge Julie!

Anonymous said...

This is brilliant, love the fab design!
Helen x

Anonymous said...

Wow! This is beautiful! I love the unique shape of the album and all of the little details, such as the butterflies and flowers. Looking forward to working with you at HOC!
- Shauna

Anita said...

This is gorgeous, love the shape and swing of the card. Definitely cute and fun. Hugs.

Vannessa said...

Wow! This is just fantastic Julie Ann. I think I might have to invest in that fabulous too - thanks for the inspiration! Looking forward to seeing more of your fabulous creations and working with you at HOC.

Hugs, Vannessa x