Monday, June 18, 2018

Thinking of You - Shaker



It's time for another card in keeping up with the fun at The Double Trouble Card Challenge #3. This biweekly challenge begins on Monday, June 18, 2008 and ends on Sunday, July 1, 2018.


Thing 1: Trouble Maker has challenged us to take on some colors - Nutmeg, Glacier and Sorbet. It's OK to use colors close to these. (Permitted neutrals are black and white.)
 

Thing 2: Double Dare wants to see this card linked to Color My Heart Challenge #297.


Thing 3: Twisted Sister wants to see some "String Things".



The shaker was made by layering a die cut frame and a die cut cover-up design along with clear acetate. Foam tape was added around the framed unit and the sequins were added. This was adhered to a card base of white cardstock. Below the square shaker a panel embossed with butterflies was adhered along with a sheer brown dotted ribbon. The sentiment was stamped, punched and matted then adhered.  The butterfly was also a punch. The inside of the card was decorated with coordinating cardstock.


Hope to see you over at the Double Trouble Challenge. There is a "Bag of Things" for the winner!

Techniques: Stamping, die cutting, shaker
Size: A2

Materials
Stamp set: Stampin' Up! "Heartfelt Blooms" (sentiment)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Window Sheet; CTMH Sorbet
Paper: Stampin' Up! (inside trim)
Dies: Reverse Confetti "Blocked Out Square Panel" & Triple "Stitched Squares"
Punches: Stampin' Up! "Artisan" & "Elegant Butterfly"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! foam strips & "Fluttering" TIEF; sequins in tones of Glacier & Sorbet from stash; ribbon "string thing" from stash

Friday, June 15, 2018

Make a Wish



My card for this color challenge developed from wanting to use a die that I've had for a while but never used. The color challenge can be found at Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #297. All we ask is that you use these three colors or products that are a close match to the swatches below.


Panels of cardstock were adhered to a white card base. After studying the die, I elected to cut two images and then trim away part of the design including the flowers. The two remaining pieces were adhered to the card. Punches were used to cut the little flowers and they were adhered. The sentiment was stamped, die cut and adhered to a coordinating die cut oval then adhered using foam tape for dimension. One little punched flower was added. From scrap, tiny pieces of confetti were created and adhered randomly. The inside of the card was decorated with more of the punched flowers.


I hope you'll visit the Color Dare Challenge Blog and join in the fun. There may still be time to join in challenge #296 and you could be eligible for a prize!

Technique: Stamping, die cutting, punch cutting
Size: A2

Materials
Stamp: Uniko "Organic Wishes"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky; CTMH Sorbet
Dies: Poppy "Wandering Vine Squares" & Gina K Stacking & Nesting Ovals
Punches: Stampin' Up! "Itty Bitty Shapes"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape)

Monday, June 4, 2018

A Note to Say


 
It's time to make a card for the new Double Trouble Challenge! Challenge #2 is ready to go on Monday, June 4, 2018. Check out this new unique and fun challenge using any maker's products regardless of your skill level. You could win a prize...


My card includes:
Thing 1 from Trouble Maker - I did not use any patterned paper.
Thing 2 from Double Dare - I am submitting the card to Three Amigos Challenge #15.
Thing 3 from Twisted Sister - I have used at least one die.


A panel of black cardstock was adhered to a white card base along with a strip of white ribbon. A smaller panel of cardstock was adhered to the black panel. The vellum was die cut to give it wavy edges and it was adhered using foam tape for dimension.


I've used this stamp set in several different ways. This time I stamped the center flower then masked it to stamp the other two images. I watercolored the flowers then fussy cut them. The sentiment was stamped and die cut and the droplets added. The inside was decorated with a coordinating floral watercolored stamp leaving sufficient space for a note.

Stop by Double Trouble's challenge blog on June 4 and consider playing along with the challenge. Look at the options to decide on how to design your own card and still be eligible to win a prize!

Here is the information on the challenge:


Three Amigos Challenge #15

Machine Die Cutting!  Create something using at least one die cut that you cut using your Cricut, Brother, Silhouette, Big Shot, Cuttlebug or any other die cutting machine.




Techniques: Watercoloring, masking, stamping, die cutting, fussy cutting
Size: A2

Materials
Stamps: Altenew "Summer Daisy" & WPlus9 "Hand Lettered Hello" (sentiment)
Inks: Stazon Jet Black, ZIG Clean Color Brush Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black, Crisp Cantaloupe, Vellum
Paper: Watercolor
Dies: Gina Marie Ovals Set & Lawn Fawn Borders
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape); Pretty Pink Posh Droplets (clear); ribbon from stash

Friday, June 1, 2018

Celebrate Good Times


Another Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge! Challenge #295 is calling for Glacier, Nutmeg and New England Ivy or close substitutes. A three-step stamp set was the inspiration for this card so I was looking for an opportunity to use it.



On a panel of white cardstock, the step one heart image was stamped in the lightest color. The small sentiments were stamped in brown ink. The streamers were stamped in dark green. The panel was adhered to the brown cardstock card base. Three additional hearts were stamped using the three-step technique. Although there is a die set, I elected to fussy cut because I did not want a white border around the cut hearts. A Copic marker was used to color the edges of the cut hearts and they were adhered to the card with foam tape. Glossy accents were used on the three balloons. The balloon strings were drawn by hand. The sentiment was added. The inside of the card was lined with white cardstock and decorated with an additional heart. Glossy Accents was added to give the three primary balloons some depth and shine.


I hope you'll visit our Color Dare Blog and play along using our suggested colors. You may be eligible for a prize!



Techniques: Stamping, fussy cutting
Size: A2

Materials
Stamps: Sunny Studio Bold Balloons
Inks: Stampin' Up! Lost Lagoon, Coastal Cabana, Pool Party (sub for Glacier), Chocolate Chip (sub for Nutmeg), Mossy Meadow (sub for New England Ivy); Copic Marker
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Chocolate Chip (sub for Nutmeg)
Die set: Neat & Tangled "Celebrate" w/shadow
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape); Glossy Accents

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Friendship Shaker Card



Taking monthly Copic classes for the past five or six months has been most helpful in learning coloring techniques. Part of the fun is that we can bring our colored image home and turn it into a card. The cardstock and papers are included with our stamped image and we can assemble and embellish as we wish.


I needed an idea for a shaker card for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday June Technique Challenge so this card was perfect. I hope you'll visit our challenge blog and play along. Our technique challenges are open for the month. We also have weekly sketch or color challenges.


The image was stamped, colored and fussy cut. The white cardstock was die cut with scallops and dry embossing with a dotted folder. The blue gingham patterned paper was cut with an uneven stitched frame die and a cloud die. The elements were layered onto a white card base including the shaker technique with tiny particles that sparkle. Once completed, the sentiment was stamped and adhered with foam tape as well as the bunny image.

Visit us at the TSOT June Technique Challenge! Our challenge last from June 1, 2018 through month-end so there is plenty of time to develop your shaker project. Be sure to take a look at our other challenges as well. We'd enjoy having you join in.

Techniques: Stamping, coloring, die cutting, embossing, shaker
Size: A2

Materials
Stamp: "Bunny Balloons" by Whimsy Stamps
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: White of unknown origin
Paper: Blue gingham of unknown origin
Dies & EF: Lawn Fawn
Misc.: Stampin' Up! foam tape and window pane acetate for shaker surface; sparkle for shaker

The Hen Party


The sponsor for the June Brown Sugar Challenge #279 is Time for Tea Designs. We were provided with such sweet images. Be sure to visit their blog - you won't be disappointed! Our theme for June is Wedding or Party.



I downloaded and resized two images and placed them side-by-side on the cardstock along with the computer generated words. The images were colored and the die cut streamers were added. The finished panel was trimmed to size and adhered to a panel of glitter cardstock and then to a white card base. The inside was decorated with streamers.


Please visit our Brown Sugar Blog and share your project for the June challenge. You could win a prize! Our challenge runs from June 1, 2018 until July 3, 2018.

Techniques: Coloring, die cutting
Size: A2

Materials
Stamps: Time for Tea Designs "Cheers Hen" and "Bubbly Hen"
Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Glimmer (copper, silver, gold glitter); SN for alcohol markers
Die: Frantic Stamper "Streamers"

Monday, May 28, 2018

Free to Be... Fisherman - Masculine CAS



The only requirement for my card was to use a sketch. I elected to make it a masculine card after receiving this new fishermen die. I used the Freedom die because I think having the time to enjoy a few hours fishing and relaxing is representative of being free.


The sketch is from Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #367. The challenge includes an optional twist to use metallic accents. We'd love to have you play along with us. The challenge begins on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 and runs for two weeks.


After die cutting the image and the word (twice), a panel of cardstock and a panel of patterned paper were layered on the white card base. The sketch included a little "something-something" on the lower right of the image so I also die cut what looks like a gear. I added the metallic element by using silver cardstock for the banner, the three inlaid fish, the sentiment and the "something-something" item. (My husband thinks it looks like a naval mine.) The die cut image was adhered using foam tape for dimension. The silver word die cut was backed with a navy word die cut as a shadow. The inside was decorated with strips of cardstock and paper.


Visit our blog at Try Stampin' on Tuesday and check out the sketch, color and technique challenges along with our Memorial Day Blog Hop.

Techniques: Die cutting, shadow, die cut inlay
Size: A2

Materials
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Night of Navy; Bazzill Metallic Silver
Paper: Stampin' Up! Maritime (retired)
Dies: Frantic Stamper "Freedom" and "Dad's Catch"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape)

Sunday, May 27, 2018

I Vike You - Masculine





Welcome to my blog! Please feel free to leave a comment about our Try Stampin' on Tuesday Blog Hop. I hope you'll come back again.

I recently found this stamp at a local shop. (There is also a die available.)


The image was stamped, colored and cut into a rectangle with a die. The sentiment was added and the rectangle was backed with foam tape and adhered to the card base. The stick-on metallic squares were added. The inside of the card was lined with a panel of cardstock.


We have all kinds of challenges at Try Stampin' on Tuesday - sketch, color, technique and Tic-Tac-Tuesday. We'd love to see you play along each week.

Ready to move on? Here are your links:



Materials
Stamp: MFT "Viking"
Inks: Stampin' Up! Cajun Craze; Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla & Cajun Craze; Spectrum Noir for alcohol markers
Die: Elizabeth Crafts "Dashing Rectangles" (#1508)
Misc: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape); EK Success Metallic Bling

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Pretty Kitty


 
It's time for Creative Moments Challenge #144. The biweekly challenge begins on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. The theme is "furry animals" and one of my favorite furry animals is a cat.  The image was provided by My Besties Shop, one of our challenge sponsors.

 

The image was downloaded, resized, printed and colored. It was die cut with a cross-stitched oval. Two panels of coordinating patterned paper were adhered to the card base along with a bow-tied ribbon. The image was adhered using foam tape for dimension. The inside was decorated with leftover scraps.


Here's hoping we'll see you at the Creative Moments blog for Challenge #144!

My card is also being submitted to Challenge #14 at the Three Amigos Blog.


Techniques: Coloring, die cutting
Size: A2

Materials
Stamp: Digital cat image (IMG #326) from My Besties Shop
Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Soft Sky; SN for alcohol markers
Paper: Dare 2 Be Artzy"Bright Blooms (both sides)
Die: Tutti Designs "Cross-stitch Nesting Ovals"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape); ribbon from stash

Yellow Bird's Special Day



Tic-tac-toe challenges can be fun and this one was a great way to use up some scraps. This is my second card for this challenge. Give our challenge a look and play along at the Crafter's Café #197 beginning June 1, 2018. You have until June 14, 2018 to submit your creation. The other card can be viewed HERE.


This TTT challenge has a twist... the center space is a MUST even if you don't select a row that includes it. If you view the TTT grid below, I selected a diagonal direction that includes the paper so I used: black, yellow, patterned paper for my card.


I used a digital image called "Flower Bird" from Bugaboo Stamps. You will find all kinds of fabulous images at the Bugaboo website at reasonable prices.


The image was downloaded, resized, printed and colored. Patterned paper was used for the background. I especially like the butterflies with the coordinating green paper for matting. The paper panels were adhered to a panel of black cardstock, which was adhered to the white card base. The bird image was die cut using a frame die, backed with black cardstock and adhered with foam tape for dimension. The sentiment was also die cut from black cardstock. The inside of the card was decorated with a strip of the butterfly paper and a strip of black cardstock.


Come on by The Crafter's Café and check on our challenges. There are prizes!

I am entering this card into the May monthly challenge at Three Amigos Challenge #14.





Techniques: Coloring, die cutting
Size: A7 (5" x 7")

Materials
Stamp: "Flower Bird" digital image from Bugaboo Stamps
Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Basic Black; SN paper for Alcohol Markers
Paper: Echo Park "Bubble Trouble" (pink stripe); Photoplay "Encourage" (Butterflies) and "Renew" (green)
Dies: Gina Marie (frame) & Frantic Stamper #10199 (words)
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape); enamel dots

Friday, May 25, 2018

African Violets



Challenges can be fun and this one was a great way to use up some scraps. I also elected to make it in an A7 size because I resized the image a bit larger than usual for ease of coloring.

Give this new challenge a look and play along at Double Trouble Challenge #1 beginning today. You have until May 31, 2018 to submit your creation.

You may also choose to join in the tic-tac-toe challenge at the Crafter's Café #197 beginning June 1, 2018. You have until June 14, 2018 to submit your creation. I made two cards for CC challenge and the other card can be viewed HERE.




To keep the focus on the floral image, I used patterned paper that has a water colored look for the yellow and purple backgrounds. I especially liked the yellow cast on the left of the purple paper. The green cardstock was embossed for texture. These were adhered to the white card base. The sentiment was computer generated, matted and adhered with foam tape for height.


The image was downloaded, resized, printed and colored. Then it was die cut and framed with this pretty round die. The image was backed with foam tape and adhered. Pearls were added. The inside of the card was decorated with a strip of matching yellow paper.

Come on by Double Trouble Challenge #1 - there is a prize and Crafter's Café offers prizes, too!

At the urging of a friend (see comments below), I am submitting this card to The Three Amigos May Challenge #14  and The Spring/Summer 2018 Coffee Lover's Challenge.



Techniques: Coloring, dry embossing, die cutting
Size: A7 (5" x 7")

Materials
Stamps: "Violet Teacup" digital image from Bugaboo Stamps; sentiment computer generated
Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Grass Green (retired); Spectrum Noir paper for Alcohol Markers
Paper: Lawn Fawn "Watercolor Wishes"
Die: MFT "Linked Chain Circle Frame"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape); purple gems from my stash