Monday, August 20, 2018

You're the Sweetest - Reveal Wheel

After seeing this stamp and die set I just could not resist making a purchase. I think the idea of the reveal wheel is great fun and it can be used with other stamps for other themes. This is a birthday card for my friend, Tracey. She loves glitter and glam so I used glitter paper to depict the flavors on the reveal wheel and plenty of clear Wink of Stella on the ice cream cones.

This card fits the new theme at The Double Trouble Challenge #8 and the Summer Birthday Party Challenge at Pause Dream Enjoy. Pause Dream Enjoy begins on Wednesday, Aug 22, but they will accept projects back-linked to 08/20 provided you are also posted at Double Trouble. We hope you'll check out these fun challenges!


I followed the instructions HERE in order to create my card. I made mine a little different than the samples in the tutorial but the basic method is the same. It takes three sets of dies to make the cards as in the tutorial and I only have two of them so I compensated by simply fussy cutting. Once the reveal part of the card was completed, I stamped, colored and fussy cut the ice cream cones and adhered three of them using foam tape. The cherries were directly stamped and colored. Clear Wink of Stella was added. A panel of dotted glitter paper was adhered to a black card base and the reveal card was adhered to that. The inside of the card was decorated with stamped cherries and a Happy Birthday sentiment.

The Double Trouble Challenge is quite unique and I urge you to explore the blog. Don't forget to link your card at Pause Dream Enjoy as well.

Just for fun, I also submitted this card to the Three Amigos Monthly Challenge #17, whose theme is "A Blast from the Past". I used the "Nom-nom" theme from a previous challenge.

Techniques: Stamping, coloring, fussy cutting, die cutting
Size: A2

Stamp set: Lawn Fawn "Sweetest Flavor"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Basic Black; Spectrum Noir for Alcohol Markers
Paper: The Paper Studio "Brights Glam-Glitter" (thin, flexible glitter paper)
Dies: Lawn Fawn "Sweetest Flavor Add-on" (coordinates with stamp) & Lawn Fawn Basic "Reveal Wheel"
Misc.: 3M foam tape & one brad from stash; ZIG Wink of Stella (clear)

Friday, August 17, 2018

Family Fun!

The die, borrowed from a friend, is a depiction of childhood and a reminder of family fun. I wanted my card to exude the fun that children have doing the simple things.

My card fits into two challenges. I used the sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #277 and the colors were inspired by Try Stampin' on Tuesday Color Challenge #4.


On a black card base, a panel of orchid paper was adhered with a bit of green in the upper left corner. The die cut image was adhered to the yellow panel, matted with black and backed with foam tape for dimension. The banners were added in keeping with the sketch, also backed with foam tape. The sentiment was hand-written. The inside of the card was lined with a panel of white and decorated with coordinating banners. The black gems were adhered to the front.

I hope you'll visit the challenge blogs and enjoy some challenge fun! Try Stampin on Tuesday Color Challenge #4 and Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #277.

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black, Barely Banana, Pistachio Pudding, Sweet Sugarplum
Die: Peachy Cheap Set "Spring & Easter"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape); gems from stash

Friday, August 10, 2018

Sympathy Card (Double Point Fold)

I needed a sympathy card and have been wanting to do this quick and easy fun fold. I added the challenge colors as an afterthought and I'm glad I did. I urge you to visit Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #305 for some paper crafting enjoyment. You could win a prize!

My fun fold is known as a Double Point fold and was not complex. There is a tutorial HERE. After cutting the cardstock and stamping the sentiments and flowers, I colored the images using Copic markers. I elected to color the images but the card would be fine left in black and white. A few pearls were added. I think it would be fun to add more embellishments but because this is a sympathy card, I kept it clean. The inside was also stamped with a floral image and a sentiment using a masking technique, then lightly colored.

I hope you'll join us at Color My Heart Color Dare #305.

Technique: Fancy or fun fold, CAS, stamping, coloring, die cutting, masking
Size: A2

Stamps: Stampin' Up! "Bloom with Hope" (florals) and "Heartfelt Blooms" (sentiments)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White and Basic Black
Paper: Stampin' Up! "Modern Medley" Collection (retired)
Dies: Stampin' Up! Labels Collection Framelits
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Pearls

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Wonderful Birthday - Acetate

After days of thought about this sketch challenge with a stripe theme, I ended up tearing apart my first card and making another. The only element that made the cut was the piece of striped acetate. This resulted in my having to scramble to get my card made for Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #375. But I like the new card so much more!

I cut a panel of striped acetate on the diagonal and inset it into a white card base. I actually made two card bases and adhered them to both sides of the acetate. I knew the card would need strength and I didn't want the raw edges of the acetate to show. Because I cut the striped material on the diagonal from one continuous piece, notice that when the card base is folded, it is possible to see the striped acetate creating a trellis look when it's closed.

The patterned papers were adhered and the flowers, which were fussy cut from the same paper, were enhanced using Copic markers and adhered with foam tape. Clear Wink of Stella was also added to the flowers. A simple sentiment was stamped and adhered and a few droplets were added. The inside of the card was decorated with coordinating paper trim. Although my card is not identical to the sketch it is possible to recognize the sketch and I also followed the stripe theme.

I invite you to come by and join the challenge fun at Try Stampin' on Tuesday #375!

Stamp set: Lawn Fawn "Reveal Wheel Sentiments"
Inks: Stamping Up! Crumb Cake; Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White; WRMK Acetate
Paper: Bo Bunny Collections "Felicity" and "Butterfly Kisses"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape); Pretty Pink Posh Droplets; ZIG Wink of Stella (clear)

Monday, August 6, 2018

Driftng Away

You are invited to Double Trouble Challenge #7. The theme is "The Dog Days of Summer" and the optional twist is to include a summer beverage or food. The Dare is to link up to the HeARTful Stamping Challenge. There is a prize for the winner of DTC #7!

Did you know?
The Dog Days have to do with the ancient study of the stars. The Greeks determined the Dog Star looked to be "following" the constellation, Orion, during a certain period each year. This period coincided with the hottest, most uncomfortable part of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. In modern times, these days have been determined to be from about July 30 to September 7. 

I recently came across this cute summer stamp and was eager to use the dog image. I decided he was probably doing what I do at the beach and that is drift away and doze a little. My dog is dreaming of summer beach food while his worries drift away.

Two panels of cardstock, one blue, one white, were adhered to a white card base. The background was created with masking, sponging and dusting with a brush. The palm tree is clip art and was added by printing it directly onto the background. I touched it up with some Copic markers. (Make sure the background ink is completely dry.) This was all adhered to the card base stack. The dog was stamped, colored and fussy cut. His "coat" was very lightly texturized using blending solution and terry cloth. He was adhered to the card using foam tape. The food elements were adhered to white cardstock for stability, then fussy cut and added to the card front with foam tape. The sentiment was stamped directly onto the card. The inside was decorated with a strip of the patterned paper.

We look forward to seeing your creation so stop by in the next two weeks and check out our blog at Double Trouble!

Techniques: Stamping, coloring, sponging, ink dusting, masking, fussy cutting
Size: A6

Stamp Set: Little Acres "Doggone Vacation"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic for the dog image; Stampin' Up! White Craft, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Hello Honey
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Pacific Point; Spectrum Noir for Alcohol Ink
Paper: Doodlebug Designs "So Much Pun"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape)

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Meet Dragonfly Fairy

Welcome to the Brown Sugar Monthly Challenge #281 for August 2018! The theme for the challenge is Fairies and Fantasy and the Design Team images were provided by Ching Chou Kuik Fantasy Art. The challenge began on the first Friday in August, which was August 3 and ends on Tuesday, September 4.

On a white card base, a panel of glitter paper was adhered. Using a panel of white cardstock a piece of gold embossed vellum was wrapped at each edge and adhered to the glitter panel. The image was downloaded, resized, printed and colored with Copics. The image was fussy cut along with two flowers and a hummingbird, which were taken from patterned paper. The flowers and bird were enhanced using Copic markers. One flower, the bird and the digital image were backed with foam tape and adhered. The inside of the card was decorated with an additional fussy cut flower. Wink of Stella was added to the dragonfly and bird. The sentiment will be added later.

Visit the Brown Sugar Challenge Blog and enter your creation. You could win a prize!

Stamp: "Meet Dragonfly" digital image from Ching Chou Kuik
Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White; DCWV Glitter Cardstock (aqua); SN for alcohol markers
Paper: Stampin' Up! Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum (retired) & other paper from stash for bird and flowers
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape); Wink of Stella (clear)

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Aug 2018 Technique Challenge - Add Dimension

Once a month at Try Stampin' on Tuesday, the Design Team features a technique. For August, our technique is adding dimension to our projects. We also have a tutorial on our blog. My card was made using several techniques. First, I layered and glued cardstock together to add dimension. In addition, I added foam tape to some of the decorative elements and I allowed the die cut foliage and flowers to curl up off of the card. Finally, uncharacteristically for me, I added plenty of layers.

The "Leaves" coverall die was used to cut six layers - five layers of white cardstock and one of the light green. I glued all of these layers together, adhering the green one on top. After ensuring the glue was thoroughly dry, the top layer was sponged with green ink and the layered panel was adhered to a card base. Die cut flowers and foliage were arranged and adhered with foam tape onto the card. The sentiment was die cut six times and stacked with glue before being adhered to the center circle. A tiny dragonfly was added. The inside of the card was lined with white cardstock and decorated with dragonflies. Wink of Stella was added to the flowers and dragonflies but does not also photograph well.

Please join us at Try Stampin' on Tuesday Monthly Challenge for August 2018 beginning on Thursday, August 2, and give our challenges a try. We're sure you'll like us!

Techniques: Adding dimension, die cutting, stamping
Size: A2

Inks: Stampin' Up! Soft Sea Foam; DOX Lucky Clover
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Soft Sea Foam, Bravo Burgundy (retired)
Paper: Stampin' Up! DSP from stash
Dies: Reverse Confetti "Leaves" Coverall, The Stamp Doctor "Tiny Dragon Flies" & "Happy Day"; Frantic Stamper "Wreath and Swag" & "Swirly Things"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape) and candy dots; ZIG Wink of Stella (clear)

Sending Warm Wishes - Holiday

Welcome to my blog! My card was made for Crafter's Café Challenge #201. The theme is Travel and/or Relaxing. The cat in my image is not traveling but I believe she is relaxing as only a cat can do. The image was provided by the challenge sponsor, Eureka Stamps. Let me encourage you to visit these sites!

A panel of white cardstock was adhered to a black card base. Another panel of patterned paper was adhered. A smaller panel of patterned paper was matted with black cardstock and adhered. The image was downloaded, resized, colored and fussy cut. It was adhered using foam tape to add dimension. The sentiment was computer generated and adhered with foam tape. Candy dots were also added. The inside was lined with a panel of white cardstock and decorated with a strip of coordinating patterned paper.

I invite you to visit the Crafter's Café Challenge #201 and Eureka Stamps. Join in the challenge and you could win a prize!

Stamp: Eureka Stamps "Kitty-in-Boot" (digital); computer generated sentiment
Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Basic Black; SN for alcohol ink
Paper: My Mind's Eye "Sugar Plum"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape) and Candy Dots

Monday, July 30, 2018

Hugs - CAS

Greetings! With this card, I decided to go with CAS for my theme and use it for two of my favorite challenges. I urge you to visit the following challenge blogs for real enjoyment.

The first challenge is Double Trouble Challenge #6. To meet the requirements the theme is "Anything Goes". Simple, yes? But, there are other considerations. The "twist" for this challenge is to decorate the inside of the card. I always decorate, so I can check that off.

Now this is where the second challenge comes in. The Double Dare element is to link to another challenge partner from a list provided at the Double Trouble blog. I selected Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge #16 for July, ending on July 31. Cutting it close but it's too soon to post to their August challenge. Their July theme is any type of embossing.

A panel of white card stock was dry embossed using Versamark ink on the raised shapes. Then it was heat embossed with clear embossing powder so the flowery doilies would have a soft shine. A die was used to cut the label shape, the label was matted in black and the sentiment die cut and adhered. The card base was also dry embossed for texture and the die cut unit was adhered using foam tape. The inside of the card was decorated with a die cut shape matching the front of the card and a leftover embossed piece and some strips of black scraps were added to the right edge.

I hope you'll join us in both challenges: Double Trouble #6 and Three Amigos #16.

Technique: CAS, die cutting, dry embossing, heat embossing
Size: A2

Ink: Versamark
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black and Crisp Cantaloupe
Dies: Stampin' Up! Labels Collection Framelits & Avery Elle "Hugs"
Embossing Folders: Stampin' Up!
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape) and clear embossing powder

Friday, July 27, 2018

Happy Everything - Using Acetate

It's time for the Tic-Tac-Toe color challenge at Color My Heart Color Dare. This is Challenge #303. The rules are simple - select a vertical, horizontal or diagonal row from the grid then add any other colors from the grid that you like! Looking at the grid you can see that I used the bottom horizontal row, Glacier, Black and Poppy, then included White Daisy, Lemon and Bashful. To finish the card, I added the optional Silver.

Somewhere I saw a card that I wanted to CASE. I did not make a note of the place or the creator of the card so I am CASEing from memory. I don't believe the card I saw used acetate for the stripes - it may have been patterned paper or stamped stripes and it did not have any silver elements.

Using some striped acetate by We Are Memory Keepers, I wrapped the card around the back of the card to the left front, cutting the front at an angle for interest. The piece on the right edge of the front was cut and adhered. The adhesive does not show through if applied to the stripes. The sentiment was added. Using some flowers from my stash, I used Copic markers to color the flowers to match the challenge colors. The foliage was die cut from silver foil cardstock. The elements were all adhered to the card front along with some droplets. The inside of the card was decorated with a scrap piece of acetate.

The Color Dare Design Team would be pleased to have you visit the Color Dare Challenge #303 and join in the challenge fun! You could be eligible for a prize! The challenge begins on Friday, July 27 and runs for two weeks. There may still be time to participate in Challenge #302 as well.

Stamp: Dare 2B Artzy "BEE-autiful" (sentiment)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Alcohol Markers (to duplicate Bashful, Lemon and Poppy)
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White (heavyweight); WRMK "Clearly Bold" Acetate
Dies: Frantic Stamper "Wreath & Swag"
Misc.: Pretty Pink Posh droplets; flowers from stash

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Balloon Wreath Shaker

Today's card was made for Challenge #149 at Creative Moments Challenge Blog. The theme is to make a shaker card.
Using a digital stamp and the sentiment from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles, the images were downloaded and resized. Printed on a panel of blue cardstock to give the look of sky, additional free balloon clip art was added. A fine black pen was used to follow the lines of the balloon strings. A circle was die cut into the center of the balloon wreath to create the shaker. The blue panel was matted with another panel of cardstock and then adhered with foam tape to a white card base.

Please stop by Creative Moments and join in the challenge fun. If you've never made a shaker card, here's your chance! There are plenty of great tutorials at You Tube and Splitcoast Stampers if you need help.

Technique: Shaker
Size: A7

Stamps: Digital from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles; misc. free clip art
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Soft Sky, Elegant Eggplant
Die: Spellbinders Classic Circles
Misc.: Foam tape, sequins and beads from stash

Honey Bee Thank You

Who ever heard of falling in love with a paper collection? Well, I am crazy about the patterned paper (with matching stamps and dies) that I used on my card. There are many more patterns than what you see here and I am eager to use all of them. My thank you card is based on a sketch from the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #373. The optional theme is "Field of Flowers".

On a cardstock base, a panel of cardstock was adhered and then a panel of patterned paper. The paper collection has strips that coordinate so I used one of them matted with gold to keep with the sketch. I tucked a die cut eyelet circle behind the dotted strip. I cut the two floral images from the paper, enhanced the colors with Copic markers, and adhered to a square of cardstock with foam tape. This was backed with foam tape and adhered. The inside was lined with a panel of white cardstock, decorated with a strip of coordinating paper and set aside to be mailed to a family member.

We hope you'll visit our challenge blog HERE and consider joining in the challenge!

Ink: Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Crushed Curry
Paper: Dare 2B Artzy "Honey Bloomz" Collection
Dies: Spellbinders Eyelet Circles & Dare 2B Artzy Honey Bloomz
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape)