Monday, July 16, 2018

Rejoicing with You - Double Flip



Thinking that maybe a "Christmas in July" Challenge would keep me cool this summer, I decided to give it a try! So far, it's not working...


I invite you to visit the Double Trouble Challenge (DTC) #5 and make a holiday card. Our challenge runs from July 16 until July 29, 2018. Trouble Maker's Thing 1 is Christmas in July, Double Dare's Thing 2 (optional) is to play along at the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog (H2H) and Twisted Sister's Thing 3 (optional) is to use a fun or fancy fold. You could be eligible to win a prize!



See the tutorial on making this Double Flip Fun Fold Card HERE. This is not the only style - there are tutorials on several other variations available. I elected to change my card by matting all of the patterned papers before adhering to the card base. I am please with the results and the card only took me about 90 minutes to make once I had viewed the tutorial and selected my paper.

I think this fold would really be fun if it were made using images of cute little critters celebrating Christmas with Santa Claus.


Hope to see you at DTC #5 and H2H.


Techniques: Stamping, die cutting, fun fold
Size: A2

Materials
Stamps: Stampin' Up! "Versatile Christmas"
Ink: DOX "Vintage Photo"
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla, Bashful Blue (retired)
Paper: CTMH "White Pines" & "Snow Haven" Collections
Dies: Stampin' Up! Framelit & Spellbinders Scalloped Ovals
Other: Stampin' Up! Candy Dots; ribbon from stash

Friday, July 13, 2018

Adorable Bloom Fairy



It's time for another card challenge at The Crafter's Café! Here is my card for Challenge #200. The theme for this challenge is to use layers. The image was provided by My Besties and is Image #937 - Adorable Bloom Fairy in the on-line store.




Panels of patterned paper in green, yellow and purple were adhered to a white card base. The image was downloaded, resized, printed using a laser printer and colored. The image was cut into a rectangle and adhered to a panel of pink patterned paper then adhered using foam tape. Three clear droplets were added. The inside of the card was decorated with a strip of patterned paper.


Our challenge runs from July 15 through month-end so we hope you'll stop by The Crafter's Café Blog and submit a project. There are prizes!

Materials
Stamps: My Besties Digital  Image #937
Inks: Copic Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White; SN for alcohol markers
Paper: Echo Park Summer Fun Collection & Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape) & Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets

Cat on a Fish Bowl

Update: Favorite of the Week ending 07/14/2018 at Splitcoast Stampers!



 
Having just returned from vacation, my card is late for the July monthly challenge at Brown Sugar Challenge Blog. I am using an image provided by A Day for Daisies, one of my personal favorite stores for on-line digital images. Our theme is to use at least two patterned papers in the design. (I used three.)

As someone who loves cats I gave humor a nod - one of my papers has fish skeletons on it...

 
 
Onto a card base, panels of patterned paper were adhered. The image was downloaded, resized and printed on a laser printer. After coloring the image with Copic markers, the image was trimmed down to a square, matted and backed with foam tape and adhered to the card front. Three clear droplets were added. The inside was lined with a panel of white cardstock and decorated with a strip of patterned paper.



We hope you'll come by and check out our Brown Sugar Challenge. Consider entering your project and you could win a prize!


Materials
Stamp: A Day for Daisies "Cat and Three Fish"
Ink: Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Gray; SN for Alcohol Markers
Paper: My Mind's Eye Meow Collection & Echo Park Merry Mermaids Collection
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals; Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets.

Sending Wishes Your Way - CAS



This card layout was CASE'd from memory but I cannot recall where I saw it. Having done it from memory it may actually be different than the original card. I used colors from Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #301, matching them as closely as possible to what I already have in my supplies. I hope you'll visit the Color Dare Blog and consider joining the challenge.


The floral image was stamped on white cardstock along with the sentiment. The left side of the panel was sponged with two ink colors and a stencil. A ribbon was added. This panel was adhered to a panel of patterned paper and then to a white card base. The enamel dots were added. The inside was decorated with a stamped leaf image.


In making this card, I found I was having difficulty with the stamps not sticking to my MISTI. This was the fourth attempt to get it stamped. This was the least damaged by the green ink from the stamp falling off of the MISTI and onto the card. I used my MONO sand eraser but some of the ink did not erase. After finishing everything, I cleaned my MISTI thoroughly and it appears that cleaning was the answer. Note to self: Clean MISTI after each use.


Please join us in the challenge fun at Color Dare Challenge #301.

Techniques: Stamping, stenciling, CAS
Size: A2

Materials
Stamp sets: Uniko Originally Organic & Organic Wishes
Inks: Stampin' Up! Pistachio Pudding (sub for Willow), Crushed Curry (sub for Lemon); Memento Tuxedo Black; Hero Arts Dark Peach (sub for Poppy)
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Whisper White
Paper: Photoplay "Think to Remember" Collection
Misc.: Stampin' Up! ribbon (Crushed Curry); enamel dots & stencil from stash

Monday, July 9, 2018

Cherry Blossoms


Challenge #4 requires a 3-2-1 theme - three colors, a two-word sentiment and one stamped image. Two options included with the challenge are embossing and joining in at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenges #271 and #272. Double Trouble is a biweekly challenge and AHSC is weekly, so this is the sketch for the second week, July 9 through July 15, 2018.

 
 


To meet the Thing 1 Challenge, I selected two shades of pink along with black as my three colors, used a two-word sentiment, and the single branch as the stamped item. For Thing 2, I followed the AHSC sketch and entered their challenge and for Thing 3, I included a dry embossed element.
 

A panel of black cardstock was adhered to a white card base. The floral paper panel was adhered to the black panel. A banner was cut from a panel of pink, dry embossed cardstock and adhered with foam tape. The reverse side of the floral patterned paper was cut, matted with black cardstock and adhered with foam tape. The final layer is a the image of a branch on vellum, colored with markers, fussy cut and matted with black cardstock. The inside of the card was decorated with a strip of the patterned paper and pink cardstock.

Please join in the challenge fun at Double Trouble #4 and AHSC #272! We look forward to seeing your designs.

Techniques: Stamping, dry embossing, coloring
Size: A2

Materials
Stamp: Stampendous "Brushed Wishes" & digital floral image (source unknown)
Ink: Stampin' Write Markers; Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black, Strawberry Slush
Paper: stash
Embossing folder: Stampin' Up! "Tuft" D-TIEF
Other: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape)

Monday, July 2, 2018

3-2-1 Masculine Birthday Card


Time to make another card for Double Trouble Challenge!


Challenge #4 requires a 3-2-1 theme - three colors, a two-word sentiment and one stamped image. Two options included with the challenge are embossing and joining in at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenges #271 and #272. Double Trouble is a biweekly challenge and AHSC is weekly, so this is the sketch for the first week, July 2 through July 8, 2018.

 
 
I flipped the design so my card followed this sketch:


To meet the Thing 1 Challenge, I selected brown, blue and vanilla as my three colors, used a two-word sentiment, which is also my stamped item. For Thing 2, I followed the AHSC #271 sketch and entered their challenge and for Thing 3, I included two dry embossed elements.


A panel of brown cardstock was adhered to a vanilla card base. The blue cardstock panel was dry embossed for texture and adhered. A strip of patterned paper was matted with vanilla cardstock and adhered with foam tape. A strip of brown cardstock was dry embossed with a basket weave design and adhered while the focal point was cut from patterned paper, matted with brown cardstock and adhered to a die cut stitched square, sponged with blue ink. The little tag was stamped, die cut, sponged with blue ink then adhered. A metallic gem was also added to the tag. The inside of the card was decorated with a small piece of the patterned paper.


Please join in the challenge fun at Double Trouble #4 and AHSC #271! We look forward to seeing your designs.

Techniques: Stamping, sponging, die cutting, dry embossing, masculine
Size: A2

Materials
Stamp: Stampendous "Brushed Wishes"
Ink: DOX Faded Jeans & Stampin' Up! Soft Suede
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Marina Mist
Paper: Authentique "Explore Seven" & "Rugged Seven"
Embossing folders: Stampin' Up! "Basket Weave" D-TIEF & vertical stripe (unknown origin)
Dies: Reverse Confetti Triple Stitched Squares & small stitched tag (unknown origin)
Other: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape); metallic gem from stash

Friday, June 29, 2018

A Big Happy Birthday - Masculine



Needing a masculine birthday card for a family member offers incentive to use a challenge for inspiration. Come visit us at Color My Heart Color Dare Tic-tac-toe Challenge #299 and play along with the challenge. I went with the left column, using Juniper, Toffee and Black, then added Nutmeg with the brown patterned paper and gold with the plaid patterned paper and, of course, white.


A panel of plaid paper was adhered to a white card base. The image was stamped, colored, fussy cut and adhered to patterned paper. The banners were added then the sentiment was backed with foam tape and adhered to the card base. The inside of the card was decorated using the same patterned paper.


Don't miss out on the challenge! Visit the Color Dare Blog and see how easy it is to join in. You may be eligible for a prize.



Techniques: CAS, stamping, coloring
Size: S2

Materials
Stamp: Taylored Expressions "Bubble Greetings"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black & Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Soft Sky (sub for CTMH Juniper); Spectrum Noir for alcohol markers
Paper: Stampin' Up! "Sweater Weather" Collection (retired)
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape)

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