The Card Concept and 25 Tags of Christmas

Welcome to the Card Concept Challenge!  This week we have some extra-special fun for you...The Card Concept is joining our good friend Tracey McNeely for her annual holiday challenge, The 25 Days of Christmas Tags!
For specific details, you can check out Tracey's blog...but in a nutshell, there are lots of PRIZES available from companies we all know and love just for leaving a comment on Tracey's blog here...but all of the designers for the entire 25 days are each drawing a name from their blogpost for an additional chance to win one of these great, PLEASE leave a comment for me!


How do you participate?  First, take a look at the inspiration photo for the challenge:
All you have to do to participate for the Card Concept challenge is make a tag...or a card with a tag that has a snowman on it in one of the Card Concept Design styles:
Clean and Simple
Clean and Layered
Clean and Graphic
Freestyle Collage
Shabby Chic
Classy and Elegant
 I can not imagine any crafter not having at least one snowman image or die...if not, what a good excuse to go out and get one! Here's the tag I made:
I used some new dies from Top Dog Dies for my tag, lucky me that there was an adorable snowman die just released.  I used Top Dog Dies Snowman Globe Die Set as well as a brand new Top Dog Dies Gift Tag Die Set .  I especially love the cute to/from easy now to make a very quick and easy gift tag!
You have a lot of work to do now!
Leave a comment on my blog for a chance to win a prize.
Leave a comment on Tracey's blog for a chance to win a prize.
Leave a comment on all of the other Card Concept Design Team Members posts for yet another chance to win a prize!
Finally...get busy making your own tag with a snowman and link it up over at the Card Concept Challenge Blog...I can't wait to see all the fabulous snowmen you all create!

Thank you Tracey for including me in your annual 25 Days of Christmas Tags!

This weekend I needed a fun birthday card for a 4 year old boy and my first thought was the cute Top Dog Dies Dragon die...what little boy wouldn't love to see a "friendly-looking" dragon on their birthday card?  My little nephew is quite the talker...very funny and always says the cutest things, so I love the fun sentiment dies included with Top Dog Dies Thanks A2 Mat Die set.  The "You rock" sentiment seems like it was made for the dragon die...don't you think?
I also added some cute banners (Top Dog Dies Banners #1 Die Set) along the top attached with a staple and a bright red #4 using Top Dog Dies Vintage Numbers Die Set.

Top Dog Dies has just released a whole bunch of new dies, some for the holidays and some all-occasion dies too.  If you haven't seen them yet, here's a quick link for you to are going to want to see them!

Top Dog Dies November Release: Thanks A2 Mat Die

The Top Dog Dies Design Team has been very busy the last few weeks and the day we have all been waiting for has finally arrived.  Top Dog Dies is releasing six brand new dies which will be available in the Top Dog Dies Store today!  The Design Team will be sharing cards made with the new dies all week long, and today I am sharing my favorite die...Top Dog Dies Thanks A2 Mat Die.
The Top Dog Dies Thanks A2 Mat Die cuts a perfect frame making it very easy to create a quick and easy Thank You card that really packs a punch.  It's also detailed, yet makes for a nice, flat easy to mail card.  My daughter-in-law has been receiving so many presents for our soon to be born grandson and she asked me to make a few extra special thank you cards for some of the handmade blankets and quilts she received.  I also used the Baby Stroller from Top Dog Dies Baby On Board Die Set which looks super sparkly with the rhinestone star embellishments.  Now that you have seen my favorite die of the's a picture of the other dies being released today at Top Dog Dies.
Be sure to go check out all the other projects using the new November's a link to make it extra easy for you to jump right over to the store.

Top Dog Dies: Naughty or Nice?

Have you ever had an idea for a card that is way outside of your comfort zone?  Did you end up making it?  That was how I felt a few days ago when I had a card idea using the Top Dog Dies Corset Die.  I decided to go ahead and make the card that I envisioned even though I am not exactly sure when I will actually use this card.
Top Dog Dies Corset Die is going to be the die I always think of when I need to make a bachelorette or bridal shower card.  I love all the intricate details on the die and today I added some white pom-poms to turn it into a holiday corset...not sure Mrs. Claus could fit into this one...I know I sure couldn't!  I used Top Dog Dies Scalloped Frame and Mat Die Set for the base of my card and added some embroidery floss stitching through the scalloped openings.  I thought it was a nice contrast against the red and white.  The sentiment is digital and is printed on vellum so the candy cane print can shine through.  This card would be perfect for a bridal lingerie shower that falls near the holidays, so I'm going to tuck this one away and wait for just that kind of occasion.  

12 Kits of Occasions: October with Jessica

After today's post, I know it is officially Fall, not only the much nicer weather, but also time to start creating some fun, Autumn-themed cards.  I am extra lucky this month that Jessica of The Paper Parade is our 12 Kits of Occasions hostess and she sent us a fabulous package of goodies to play with.  Jessica's kit really put me in the Fall spirit!
Here's what I made with Jessica's kit:
 Jessica included some beautiful patterned papers and cute script die cuts...this card is my favorite!

 I almost cut this subway panel apart to use separately...but I could just not make myself take the scissors to such a perfectly stamped panel.  I used it as patterned paper instead.  Isn't that a cute turkey?
Once again the patterned paper shines...and I loved the wooden leaf that Jessica included with our kit.

For complete details on the stamps, papers and die cuts included in our October kit, just check out the 12 Kits of Occasions blog...all the details will be at your fingertips.  In the meantime, check out what the other members of our 12 Kits of Occasions group have created for Fall.



Card Concept Challenge #22: Thank "fall"

The weather is definitely changing...even in California we are having some comfortably warm days with nice, crisp nights.  It definitely is Fall...which brings me to this week's Card Concept Challenge #22.  This week's theme is Thank"fall" and wait until you see the photo we had to work cozy and definitely perfect for Fall.
It's a no-brainer that the colors were beautiful this week, but it was the beautiful texture of the cream colored siding on the house that inspired my card representing the Freestyle Collage design style.
In addition to the embossing folder to mimic the siding, I used lots of coordinating bits of patterned paper to die cut my banners, leaves, acorns and hexagons.  Freestyle Collage is such a fun design style to use...there's almost nothing you can't add to your card and have it still fit that category...a great time to use up all those little pieces and extra die cuts you have lying around.

Since we've almost reached our one year anniversary for the Card Concept Challenge, I am sure you all know how to play along by now...just make a card using the theme and in one of the six different card making styles.
Clean and Simple
Clean and Layered
Clean and Graphic
Freestyle Collage
Shabby Chic
Classy and Elegant

You have two weeks to play along...the contest ends on Monday, November 10th at noon, PST.

Top Dog Dies: My Happy Place

Being a cat lover...I have watched many times as my cats stared intently through our windows watching birds fly in and out of the trees outside our home.  When I got my Top Dog Dies Cool Cats Die Set, I set out to re-create the scene I have seen over and over.  I used Top Dog Dies Scalloped Frame and Mat Die Set to create my window scene.  This die creates the most perfect cutout for a window with a really cute scalloped detail.

I stamped a tree outline, added a bird's nest and some eggs to further tempt my sweet kitty silhouette made from Top Dog Dies Cool Cats Die Set.  I love the two cats in this set, and the banners are also part of the Top Dog Dies Cool Cats Die Set...notice the cute little mouse cutout?  
If you don't already have this die NEED it and there are lots of ideas of how to use them in the Top Dog Dies gallery...take a look here.


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