Friday, December 1, 2017

Merry, Merry from HOC!

Hi everyone! Can you believe we are at the end of another term here at House of Cards?! Unfortunately we are saying a fond farewell to some of our DT members and fortunately, we are so happy 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 is the photo inspiration~

Used the digi Snowman with Tree Hat stamp set: 

Sometimes it isn't a bad idea to crop an image. I think cropping the image works well here because of the tree-hat's position. 
The banner and sentiment were created digitally.
The magic of layers is what made this possible.
It's Christmas so why not create a bit of sparkle. That is just what I did by adding Stickles to the ornaments and star. The bling was the perfect finishing touch to this design.

I used a limited color palette so the tree would shine and become the central focal point. I used my Mexpy markers to color the snowman and its hat. 
Image result for snowflake divider
Used image from Finn's Bells digi set

The modern backdrop is a freebie from Winnie & Walter. I really like the way the bells blend into its surroundings. I think it makes the scarlet red bow shine! The more you look the more you see. 
Again, I used a limited color palette with this design as well. The different shades of green are representative of the tree from the inspiration photo. 

No bling on this card. As you can see from the inspiration the photography wanted to use only natural elements like burlap, wood, and the natural wooden ornaments.
Wow does this bow stand out! Red and green together make such a pretty combination. I also wanted to pop the bells a bit more due to the busy backdrop. I did that by shading the bells like there was light shining on them from above. I don't know if I succeeded but it was worth a try.

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

Prize: Any three products of your choice

Prize: $10 gift card

Prize: Choice of one digi stamp set

Prize: $10 gift card!


Make sure you leave a comment at each person's blog along the way because the prizes are hidden and we'll be doing random drawings from the blogs where they are hiding! After you're done, make a creation to share with us here, too, for another chance to win!
Here's your hop order.

UR Here>> Shawna <<Almost done!

Your next stop is Shirley'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! HUGS and happy stamping to you all!

For those of you who are new to TheGrandStampede I want to thank you so much for joining me and I invite you to browse around my other posts and see what I am all about! If you dropping by to hop that's fine too... I am just so glad you could visit.. 

Well, that should do it for me!! We will see you soon. Take care and Happy hoppin'!


Nana Connie said...

Shawna, I love your background for those bells! I think it works perfectly and your shading is great. :-D

craftysahmiam said...

Both of your cards are fun, but I really like the snowman with the sentiment strip going across the image. HOC teamie

Donna said...

Two fantastic cards, I esp. like the first one because it is such a darling image! Donna HOC teammate

Daen'Ys said...

Ah, this snowman! I think this one is the most beautiful version I ever saw, Shawna! Outstanding!
...and what a magnificent wreath on the second card! Love the colors and the bold lines!
Wish you a very pleasant Advent.
Rosi (HOC-teamie)

Pam Sebring said...

I love your cards! And all the detail in the coloring and shading is amazing! But I'm in love with your snowman! Great job! Enjoy your holidays

Marjorie DUMONTIER said...

These are two great cards ! I love your kinda cartoon style !

Glittered Paws said...

Two awesome cards and great images to work with. Love your big paper for the second card. Shirley. Team mate

Glittered Paws said...

Two awesome cards and great images to work with. Love your big paper for the second card. Shirley. Team mate

Em Louise Fairley said...

Wow! They are both stunning—as always—Shawna! xoxo

Doris Klein said...

Wow.. what a cool and clever idea. I love the snowman image, too!

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Susan Renshaw said...

Two lovely Christmas cards - but I do love that Snowman one!!
Fabulous makes for the House of Cards!
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