Friday, 23 December 2016


Welcome!  I finished work yesterday for the holiday break and couldn't wait to get into my craft room last night to stamp!  I got the December Hero Arts Monthly Kit earlier in the week and wanted to have a play, so I came up with this card which meets the requirements at a few challenges:  CAS(E) This Sketch, CASology, and both Simon Says Stamp's Monday (Party Time) and Wednesday (Make it Sparkle) Challenges.

I actually used the kit packaging for the background for this card!  Their kits are mounted on the most gorgeous double-sided backing cardboard and I don't throw them away.  I cut this using a stitched rectangle die and adhered it to a white card base.  The bottle was stamped, colored and die-cut and the "cheers" was die-cut from one of the shimmery navy cardstocks in the kit.  I went over the gold on the bottle as well as the die-cut word with a clear sparkle pen which makes this card really shimmery in real life.  I finished with some rhinestones that came in my parcel to depict bubbles from the bubbly.  I was inspired by Jen's gorgeous bokeh card for the CTS challenge.

Thanks for visiting!

Products used:

Stamps:  Hero Arts My Monthly Kit (Dec 2016)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid
Cardstock:  White, Kit products and packaging
Dies:  My Monthly Kit, Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangle Mats
Accessories:  Copics, rhinestones, Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen



Jen Mitchell said...

Well I am just tickled pink that my card inspired yours! Who would have thought that would happen! I love how your bokeh background is jazzed up a bit by those two fireworks on the right side. Those really makes the champagne and the sentiment a bit extra special!

Aileen Ryan said...

Brilliant card Karren love that you could use the packing and that bottle looks brilliant. I love that Cheers die cut too. Might have to hit you up for a few of them, they are really neat looking, how about a trade hmmmmm. Love your card especially the sparkle on the bottle.

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, I love this and your fabulous background! Fantastic take on the sketch, Karren! Merry Christmas!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Such a clever design Karren! Festive and fun! Thank you for all your support this year. Have a wonderful Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year! Hazel xx

I Card Everyone said...

Cheers to you, and this fabulous card! What fun it is, Karren! LOve the sparkle of the bubbles and the bokeh fireworks! Thanks for playing cards with CTS this year - can't wait for all the cards you'll make in 2017!

Michelle said...

What a cool card! Great use of the packaging! :-)

Hannelie said...

Cheers for recycling that amazing packaging as a BG for you card!
I collected all the silver and gold card from the Christmas crackers yesterday! Cant wait to use it!
Your card looks gorgeous Karren. Thanks for joining CASology... and best wishes for 2017!

Sherrie M. said...

What a fabulous bokeh background! Perfectly matched to your celebratory champagne bottle. So glad you joined us at CASology this week Karren!

Barb Ghig said...

How cool that your background was right there and ready to go! I love how you kept your design CAS, and your navy blue sparkly sentiment is perfect! Fabulous card, Karren!
I hope you had a lovely Christmas with your family!

Teresa Kline said...

hello karren! awesome background...luv the star burst...very pretty! I am so glad you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

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Ardyth said...

Perfect New Year's card - full of energy and fun! So glad you joined us at CASology!

Brian King said...

What a gorgeous card, Karren. I love the backdrop - such a festive project. Thanks for playing along with this CAS(E) this Sketch challenge!

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Fabulous card Karren, I'm wishing you all the best for 2017!

Love and hugs

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

Ah! A fellow night crafter! I could totally relate to your sense of excitement to get home and get crafting! And what a wonderful card resulted! i am so impressed by the background you created and how it has such interesting shapes and patterns in it. But it is still so perfectly subtle! This is full of wonderful details and I'm so glad you shared your talents with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

Chrissy Larson said...

Totally gorgeous!

Linda Callahan said...

This is fabulous.....and a gorgeous way to start the new year! Cheers to you in 2017!