Jeu de l’Avent 2021 – 19

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First up today is the card I made for Day 19 of Simply Graphic’s advent challenge!

You know how I love a good sketch challenge and this one was particularly interesting because the sentiment was placed above the images! I loved Cecile’s interpretation and decided to stamp three blocks of colour to ground my images. I added a few die cuts and a New Year’s sentiment.

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LucieG.

My yoga journey

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Today I’m paying tribute to my 2021 yoga journey with a card using products from Penny Black!

But first, a little background story. About a year ago, a post popped up on my instagram feed about Adriene’s 30 day yoga programme. I was intrigued… I had tried yoga before but it hadn’t stuck – I had always become bored and demotivated and stopped… but something about this programme made me want to try it. So I did…. and somewhere along the way something just clicked.¬† By Day 20, I had started to feel disappointed that the programme was coming to an end…. And then I discovered that each month the Yoga with Adriene team issues a new calendar of mostly older sessions – I was delighted – I knew that I needed the variety that a curated calendar would provide.

I started last January with zero expectations. Certainly no intention to practice daily beyond January! Yet that is exactly what has happened! Today, I completed my 361st consecutive day of practice (1 January was an intro session)! And I feel so much better for it! Some days I have practiced for an hour. Other days, 10-15 minutes…. But I have got on that mat every single day! I still have a long way to go – I know that the impact of decades of my western lifestyle can’t be erased over a year or two or three. But that’s ok. I love my daily sessions and I know have made progress this year. I’m in it for the long haul.

So onto the card! To start with, I created an ink-blended background section using distress inks and then stamped, coloured and fussy cut the main image from the Breathe mini set (30-473). Next, I cut some flourishes and butterflies from vellum using dies from the Flourish and Butterflies die set, 51-198) and adhered everything to my card base. Finally I stamped the sentiment from the Breathe set.

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LucieG.

Jeu de l’Avent 2021 – 15

 

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Next up today is the card I made for Day 15 of Simply Graphic’s advent challenge!

Another colour combo challenge! The palette was shades of blue and brown plus either gold or copper. I rarely use copper so I pulled out my old pearlescent cardstock an got to work! I loved all the different textures in the challenge graphic so I tried to replicate it by using different cardstocks in my card. I used one of my favourite dies from Simply Graphic – unfortunately it doesn’t cut very well at top so I rarely use it. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp as I don’t have any Simply Graphic sentiments.

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LucieG.

Jeu de l’Avent 2021 – 08

 

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First up today is the card I made for Day 8 of Simply Graphic’s advent challenge!

A colour combo challenge – always one of my favourites. The palette was kraft, black, white and either gold or silver. I’d usually choose gold but decided to step away from my go-to combo and use silver instead. I used a lovely star stem from Simply Graphic – super simple and CAS but it will be perfect for the recipient I have in mind for this! The sentiment is from an old Clearly Besotted set as I don’t have any Simply Graphic stamp sets.

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LucieG.

Jeu de l’Avent 2021 – 11

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Today I created another card for Simply Graphic’s advent challenge!

This time, I chose the moodboard for Day 11. I was particularly drawn to the vase and the red ornaments on the window sill as well as the yellow glow from the candles. I used a Simply Graphic festive berry die with dies from their non-festive vase set. The sentiment is from an old Clearly Besotted set as I don’t have any Simply Graphic stamp sets.

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LucieG.

Jeu de l’Avent 2021 – 03

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Today I’m finally playing along with Simply Graphic’s advent challenge!

I discovered Simply Graphic a few years ago and fell for their dies – they are so delicate and unique! I’ve been watching the daily challenges on Instagram and hoped I would have time to play along – and today was that day! I’m not sure that I will be able to do many of the 24 challenges, but hopefully I will complete at least 12… we’ll see!

To start with, I chose the sketch from Day 3. This card uses an older polar bear die and a fun tree die from Simply Graphic. I added a Penny Black sentiment because I don’t have any Simply Graphic stamps.

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LucieG.