Friday, February 23, 2018

For You - Fancy Fold

This is a DT card for the Color My Heart Color Dare Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge #281. The challenge runs for two weeks. I used the colors from the middle horizontal row - Willow, Sorbet and Canary. My neutral is white. Fancy fold or fun fold cards are among my favorite to make. The fold adds variety and uniqueness to the card. I found the tutorial HERE. I changed a few items from the original but the instructions to make the basic card are the same.
The flowers and butterfly were punched from cardstock. Candy dots were added to the flower centers. The yellow panel was adhered using foam tape for dimension. The inside was lined with white cardstock and decorated with more punched flowers.

Lesson learned: The inside decoration should be placed so as not to be visible when the card is closed.

Visit our Challenge Blog for additional information on playing along. With tic-tac-toe you have eight color combinations from which to choose. If you don't have the exact colors but have some that are close, you may substitute those colors. You could be eligible for a prize by sharing your project!

Techniques: Stamping, die cutting, punch cutting, fancy fold
Size: A2

Stamps: Stampin' Up! "Blooms and Wishes"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, CTMH Willow
Cardstock: CTMH Willow & Sorbet; SU! Whisper White
Paper: Canary - Patterned paper from CTMH  "Happy Times" Collection
Die: Lawn Fawn Zigzag Border
Punches: SU! Bitty Butterfly & Itty Bitty Accents Trio (flower)
Misc.: Ribbon from stash, SU! Dimensionals (foam tape) & Candy Dots

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Marvella Mermaid

Today's card is being made for the 3-2-1 Challenge #190 at The Crafter's Café, scheduled to begin on February 15, 2018. The challenge ends Tuesday, February 27 at 7 pm US Mountain Time. The items assigned to the DT are 3 papers, 2 butterflies and 1 flower, which seems odd for an undersea image but I made it work. After all, in "Card-land" we use imagination and artistic license all the time!
The three decorative papers are the background, which is a recycled Kleenex box, the gold foil and the green embossed foil. The image, Marvella Mermaid, was downloaded from Rick St. Dennis, resized, colored with Copics and fussy cut. It was adhered to gold foil and fussy cut again, then adhered to the background paper with foam tape, along with the green foil die cut seaweed and the punch cut butterflies. A white flower was heat embossed using a Versamark pen and gold glitter embossing powder and a few dots with a Copic marker. The glass droplets were also adhered onto the drawn bubbles. The elements were adhered to a card base of Pool Party on white with a strip of gold foil. Two butterflies were cut from the background paper and adhered to the inside. I chose not to use a sentiment - I will wait until the right occasion comes along.

Check out The Crafter's Café Challenge Blog. We'd love to have you submit a project to the 3-2-1 Challenge #190. We also urge you to visit our sponsor's website, Rick St. Dennis, for some unique digital images.

Techniques: Up-cycling, coloring, die cutting, punch cutting, fussy cutting, heat embossing
Size: A2

Stamp: Rick St. Dennis "Marvella Mermaid" digital image
Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers, Versamark Pen
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Pool Party
Paper: Kleenix box for background, DCWV Gold Foil, Pressed Petals Embossed Foil (green)
Dies: Simon Says Stamp "Curly Streamers"
Punches: Stampin' Up! "Bitty Butterfly" & "Elegant Butterfly"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape), The Robin's Nest Dew Drops, Recollections Tinsel EP, flowers from stash

Friday, February 9, 2018

Valentine - Love You

This DT card will finish my Valentine cards for 2018. I really liked the color scheme for the challenge because there were all kinds of possibilities with it but in the end I went with just one more Valentine.
Please join in at Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #279. The required colors are Canary, Cranberry and Pacifica with Gold as an option. Black and white are permitted as neutrals. Check your inks, papers and accessories and if you have something close in color you are welcome to submit a card, scrapbook page or other paper project.

Find our blog HERE and have some fun!

The black panel was dry embossed with a diagonal stripe. A Versamark pen was used on the embossed stripes and then heat embossed with clear powder to give some shine and texture to the black background. The black panel was adhered to a white card base and the die cut elements were adhered. A second cranberry heart was adhered over the other using foam tape for dimension along with the tiny sentiment. Gold was an option for this challenge so gold sequins were added. The inside of the card was decorated with a small die cut heart.

It annoys me when my camera does not photograph the true colors but it's probably incorrect lighting coupled with my lack of knowledge.
We look forward to seeing your cards in our challenges at Color Dare! Please give it a try and you may be eligible to win our monthly prize!

Techniques: Stamping, die cutting, dry embossing, heat embossing
Size: A2

Ink: Versamark pen
Cardstock: CTMH Black, Pacifica; SU! Whisper White
Paper: CTMH "Heartstrings" collection (cranberry pattern) & SU! stash (yellow pattern)
Dies: Spellbinders Hearts (Classic & Scalloped), SU! Expressions (love);  Verve Scalloped Trim Trio (heart strip)
Misc.: SU! Dimensionals (foam tape), sequins from stash; SU! TIEF (diagonal);  SU! Clear Embossing Powder

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Love You Valentine Easel Card

The new semi-monthly challenge at the Crafter's Café will be open on February 1, 2018. This is my DT card for the challenge blog. The image was provided by My Stitch Back in Twine.
I downloaded and resized the image then colored it using Copic alcohol markers. The card was assembled using a little guess work because I wanted to use two hearts of equal size and the tutorials I found were three hearts in descending sizes. The card flattens to fit perfectly into a standard business envelope.

Please visit My Stitch Back in Twine for some lovely digital images and join in the challenges at the Crafter's Café Challenge Blog.

Stamps: My Stitch Back in Twine "Rag Ann" image, Paper Smooches (sentiment) & Tapestry Peg Stamps "Lace of Hearts" set
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic Alcohol Markers; Stampin' Up! Strawberry Slush, Gumball Green, Tempting Turquoise, Wisteria Wonder
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Strawberry Slush; Spectrum Noir alcohol ink paper
Dies: Spellbinders Classic Hearts & Scalloped Hearts
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape)

Monday, January 29, 2018

A Toad or Prince Charming?

02/09/2018 Update: Favorite of the Week at Splitcoast Stampers.

This cute digital Valentine image, "Queen of Hearts" from the Eleanor and Pickles Collection by Lacy Sunshine, was selected for the February Brown Sugar Monthly Challenge #255 . I downloaded and colored it with Copic alcohol markers and then reduced it with my printer. I found it simpler to color using a larger image.

The image was die cut, the sentiment stamped and the panels were adhered to the card base. The pearls were added. The inside of the card was lined with white cardstock and decorated with a few small stamped hearts.

Brown Sugar Challenge #255 starts on February 2, 2018 and runs for one month. We would love for you to join us with your stylish cards and paper crafting - you could win a prize!

This card is also being submitted to:

1. Three Amigos January Monthly Challenge #10 "Anything Goes"

2. Happy Little Stampers Monthly Challenge "Anything Goes with Dies"

Stamps: Lacy Sunshine Eleanor and Pickles Collection "Queen of Hearts" digital image & Lil' Inker "Encouraging Words" (sentiment)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, Watermelon Wonder; Spectrum Noir for alcohol ink
Die: MFT Stitched Rounded Rectangles
Misc.: MS pearls from stash

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

You Are So Loved

The Color Dare Challenge #277 is a color challenge with Tic-Tac-Toe as a twist. I am making valentines for a few family members so decided to proceed with that although there are no pinks or reds in the color choices.
A panel of patterned paper was adhered to a black card base. A panel of cardstock was lightly stamped, and along with another small panel, was torn across the bottom edge and adhered to the card. The punched flowers were covered with Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear powder for a shiny finish. The flowers were adhered with foam tape and decorated with gray pearls. The inside of the card was lined with a panel of white cardstock and heat embossed punched flowers.
Here is the Tic-Tac-Toe grid for Challenge 277. I used more than one direction but was inspired by the center horizontal row: Fern, White Daisy, Charcoal.  I added optional colors of Black, Glacier and Heather.

Please join us at Color Dare for this new biweekly challenge beginning Friday, January 26.

Techniques: Stamping, distressing, heat embossing, punch cutting
Size: A2

Stamp set: Lil' Inker "Encouraging Words"
Ink: CTMH Heather, Versamark
Cardstock: CTMH Glacier, Fern, White Daisy, Charcoal
Paper: CTMH Chelsea Gardens
Punches: Stampin' Up!
Misc.: Kool-tac clear foam tape, pearls from stash

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Awesome Girl!

The image for the Crafter's Café Challenge #188 reminded me of my granddaughter, Brooke, who has her black belt in Tae Kwon Do, but is still a girly-girl. It is called Karate Girl and can be obtained at Polkadoodles.
I colored the image with Copic alcohol markers to resemble Brooke. The theme includes using "Lots of Bling" so I added the glitter paper for headband and colored the pearls for her hair. I also used Wink of Stella (clear) on her hair and on the shoes in the background but it does not photograph well.

The image was fussy cut then adhered to black cardstock and outline cut. The image was adhered to the card using foam tape. The layers are a white cardstock base, then a layer of black cardstock, then the patterned paper. The lacy frame was die cut. The sentiment was die cut three times from different cardstock and adhered in layers. The inside was decorated with a strip of the glitter paper to coordinate with the headband.
Join us at the Crafter's Café Challenge Blog where our challenges are semi-monthly. This challenge begins on January 15, 2018. We offer inspiration with a wide variety of images and card styles.

The card is being submitted to the following challenges:

1. Paper Smooches January "Anything Goes" Challenge

2. Happy Little Stampers January "Anything Goes with Dies" Challenge

3. Three Amigos "Anything Goes" Challenge #10

Techniques: Coloring, die cutting
Size: A7

Stamp: Polkadoodles Unique Stamps & Papercrafting "Karate Girl" (digital)
Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black, Melon Mambo
Paper: Echo Park Fashionista "So Many  Shoes" & The Paper Studio Glam Glitter "Brights" stack.
Dies: Gina Marie "Pleated Lace Rectangles" and Paper Smooches "Awesome"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape), pearls from stash, ZIG Wink of Stella (clear)

Friday, January 12, 2018

St. Valentine's Day

This card was made for a family member and was inspired by Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #275. This is the first card I have made since becoming a member of the Design Team. I won a stamp set from a challenge in the UK and wanted to use two of the flowers and the leaves from that set.
Please consider joining in our challenges. They are posted weekly but each one runs for two weeks. We offer plenty of inspiration, a wide variety of color options and there is even a monthly prize!
This challenge's colors are Bashful, Fern and Heather with the option of adding Gold. I used white as my neutral choice. The flowers were heat embossed in white and the sentiment was stamped in Charcoal ink (because I don't have the Heather ink yet) onto a trimmed down rectangle with die cut scalloped edges. The panel with the sentiment was adhered using foam tape. The inside was decorated with the same roses only in Bashful ink rather than white embossing powder.
Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #275 can be viewed HERE.

I am submitting my card to the following challenges:

1. Paper Smooches January "Anything Goes" Challenge

2. Happy Little Stampers January "Anything Goes with Dies" Challenge

3. Three Amigos "Anything Goes" Challenge #10

Techniques: Stamping, heat embossing, die cutting
Size: A2

Stamp Sets: Craftwork Cards, Ltd. "Blooms" & Paper Smooches "Lots of Love" (sentiment)
Inks: CTMH Bashful, Fern, Charcoal (sub for Heather)
Cardstock: CTMH White Daisy, Bashful
Die: Lawn Fawn "Stitched Scalloped Borders"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape), SU! EP (white), sequins from my stash

Monday, January 1, 2018

It's a Party!

As a Brown Sugar Challenge Design Team member I was given a Rick St. Dennis image to download, color and turn into a birthday card. I thought it looked like a New Year design so I decided to make a card for a party -  an 18th birthday or to celebrate 2018.
The image was colored with Copic markers, fussy cut, then backed with black cardstock and fussy cut again. The earrings are black beads with silver sequins. The word "Party" and the streamers were die cut. The elements and glitter paper were assembled on a black card base. The inside was lined with white cardstock and decorated with a die cut streamer.
Please join us at the monthly Brown Sugar Challenge #274, which starts on January 5, 2018. The theme is "Birthday". The Top Three will be selected by the Design Team and a random winner will be chosen to receive a prize.

In addition, I am submitting my card to the following challenge:

Dies R Us #88 (Anything Goes)

Stamp: Rick St. Dennis digital image, Randi Dandi Girl "Nina Nouveau"
Inks: Copics
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black
Paper: The Paper Studio "Glam Glitter" (Hobby Lobby)
Dies: Frantic Stamper "Handwritten Party", Memory Box "Curled Ribbons" & "Drifting Ribbon"
Misc.: Beads & sequins from stash

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Wreath for Season of Cheer

The holiday season keeps everyone so busy! Here is the last of my cards for this year. Mailed in plenty of time, I just never got these added to my blog until today.

Another quick and easy card using stamped die cut elements adhered to patterned cardstock. I used elements from a kit, making five of them. It seems as if I always have junky stuff leftover that goes unused but I was able to use everything except a strand of sequins that I elected not to use.

The die cut tag was stamped and then adhered with foam tape onto the red cardstock strip and the patterned cardstock. The inside was stamped with "Merry Christmas" and decorated with some hand drawn holly leaves and berries to coordinate with the wreath.

My card is being submitted to a random drawing at:

Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #272 (Use red, green and white. Gold and silver are optional.)

Stamps: Stampin' Up! "Watercolor Christmas" (front) and "Christmas Bliss" (inside)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Emerald Envy, Real Red & coordinating markers for inside decoration
Cardstock & Papers: SU! Whisper White, Real Red, patterned card stock from kit
Misc.: Foam tape & red sequins from stash