Monday, June 17, 2024

Summer Slimline Birthday Card (DTC #169)



Here it is - time for another biweekly challenge at Double Trouble! This is Challenge #169 ending on Sunday evening, June 30, 2024. The general theme is "Long and Skinny" to remind us that the longest day in the northern hemisphere falls on Thursday, June 20. As is customary, we have three "Things" to our challenge. Specific information and guidelines are available on the DTC Blog.



Thing 1 (required): Trouble Maker is looking for Slimline or mini-Slimline cards because the longest day - the Summer Solstice - is June 20. Hmmm... sounds easy enough.

Thing 2 (optional): Double Dare dares us to join Ellibelle's Corner 'Something Bloomin' Lovely Challenge'.

Thing 3 (optional): Twisted Sister has challenged us to include flowers in our designs.

My slimline card was created using a floral paper collection from which flowers were fussy-cut. A panel of pink cardstock was adhered to a white card base. A panel of patterned paper was adhered to the pink surface, followed by the fussy-cut flowers, using foam tape. A sentiment was stamped, die-cut, and adhered to its die-cut pink shadow, then adhered with foam tape. A few gems were added. The inside was decorated with coordinating paper scraps and another stamped sentiment.

A close-up view of my card:

Thank you for stopping by my blog.
Melanie

Materials
Stamp & coordinating die: SBC "Happy Birthday" Collection
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White & Blushing Bride
Paper: Altenew "Enjoy the Ride" Collection
Misc.: Honey Bee gem stickers, CTMH thin foam tape


Sunday, June 2, 2024

You Are Of'fish'ally Awesome - Masculine Card (DTC #168)

 


Double Trouble Challenge #168 is up on the blog and ready to receive your masculine cards. Father's Day in the USA is two weeks away so this is the perfect time to follow our theme. We also have an optional theme - it's a color challenge - so visit the Double Trouble 168 Blog for guidelines and details. Our partner for this challenge is Colorful Options.

I went with the Colorful Options board to use their color of the month - shades of aqua - because that family of colors is my favorite. 
I always welcome making masculine cards because I have three brothers and six nephews. The stamp and die set has been in my stash for a while. Intending to create a masculine card for the many fishermen I thought this would be a good time to make one.

The two fish and sea turtle images were die-cut. There are coordinating stamps but I chose to use alcohol markers to color them, omitting the stamping. The large circles were inspired by the bubbles. The background was not supposed to look like outer space but rather the sea. The circles with the images and the sentiment were popped up on 2 mm. foam tape. 

The seagrass was fussy-cut from floral paper as was the paper with images. The largest circle was cut from silver textured holographic paper so the color varies according to the camera's angle. The card front was adhered to a white card base. The inside was decorated with grass, small fish images, and bubbles.

In addition, I submitted this card to Gem of a Challenge - Week #11, Anything Goes. Check out their Blog to see fabulous cards.
 
Thank you for stopping by my blog. I appreciate your comments. Be sure to visit the DTC168 Challenge Blog.

Thank you,
Melanie

Materials
Stamps: The Stamps of Life "Fish Tank More #2 & #4" & "Fish #2", 
Inks: Stampin' Up! Crisp Cantaloupe & Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White & Pretty Peacock
Paper: Altenew "Enjoy the Ride", SBC "Holographic Mirror"
Dies: The Stamps of Life "Fish #2", Hero Arts Infinity (circles)
Misc.: Honey Bee gem stickers, SBC foam tape (2 mm.)

Friday, May 31, 2024

Thanks - Clean and Simple/Masculine (CD 603)




Here we go with another bi-weekly challenge! This is Color My Heart Color Dare #603, consisting of three required colors. I did not have any of these precise colors so I used scraps from my stash that I hoped were close enough in color. The light is playing tricks with the camera, distorting my photo's colors.


I decided to go CAS (clean and simple) with the design, which led me to create a masculine card. Using a technique that's an oldie but goodie I cut scraps into strips of varying widths, adhered them to a piece of copy paper, then cut the word using a die. I especially like the "loose" font. The spatter was added and the inside of the card was decorated with a coordinating piece of scrap.

Be sure to join us over at Color Dare #603. This challenge runs through Thursday, June 13, 2024.
Melanie

Materials
Stamps: Wintertime Crafts "Spatter and Brush"
Ink: Stampin' Up! Soft Succulent
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White
Paper: Scraps from my stash
Die: Altenew "Mega Thanks"

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Welcome Home - Masculine Card (TSOT 647)


A new semi-monthly sketch is ready for your review at Try a Sketch on Tuesday. This is Challenge #647 and runs through Sunday, June 2, 2024.

Growing up in a military family taught me that there are events that bring sadness and others that are accompanied by great joy. Most homecomings were a reason to celebrate. 

Today's sketch triggered thoughts of my military-influenced childhood, waiting at a fence with a large noisy crowd of people eager to embrace loved ones, due to arrive at any moment.

In my stash, I found paper that reminded me of the Army green color along with a sheet of utility vehicles, resembling Army vehicles. Also included was a sheet of circles with various greetings so I selected Welcome Home.



Patterned pieces suitable for the sketch were cut and adhered to a black card base. The sentiment was die-cut from the paper as well and backed with a die-cut circle of black then popped up with foam tape. The inside was lined with a panel of white cardstock and decorated with coordinating paper.

Our semimonthly challenges begin on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. We encourage paper crafters of all skill levels to join us. Visit our TSOT Blog for guidelines and details.

Melanie

Materials
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White & Basic Black
Paper: Carta Bella "Home Again"
Misc.: CTMH thin foam tape

Monday, May 20, 2024

Cheers - Sixth Anniversary Challenge (DTC #167 & AHSC #578)



When this challenge was born, I worried if we could keep it going. After six years, we're here to stay - at least for a few more years! We appreciate the support we have received from our partners and participants so we are hosting a special challenge "Raffle" to celebrate our Sixth Anniversary. For details, visit the Double Trouble Blog

I selected a blue raffle ticket to create a masculine card. I always enjoy making them. For the card base, Kraft cardstock was selected, then brown plaid paper, plus a "tweed" print. I needed something bright because I thought the brown-toned paper was dull. I found some printed floral paper in my stash so I fussy-cut a pale yellow flower and colored it with bright-toned alcohol markers. I don't usually add flowers to a masculine card but I like the addition of this flower to complete the card.

The dark-green-almost-black leaves that coordinated with the flower were also fussy-cut and the elements were assembled onto a panel of white cardstock, and then onto the Kraft card base. The sentiment was ephemera from the birthday paper. Both the flower and the sentiment were added with foam tape. The inside of the card was lined with a panel of white cardstock and decorated with coordinating paper.

I am partnering with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenges, using Sketch #578, which runs from Monday, May 20, 2024, through Sunday, May 26, 2024. 


Be sure to check out the Double Trouble Sixth Anniversary Challenge. You could win one of several prizes being given away!
Melanie


Materials
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White & Baked Brown Sugar (sub for Kraft)
Paper: Altenew "Enjoy the Ride" (flower) & Photoplay "Birthday Bash"
Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers
Misc.: CTMH thin foam tape

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Dude! (Sketch Saturday #751)

 

This is a sketch challenge I came across recently from Sketch Saturday Challenge. I have never participated before but now that I know of its existence, I will try to play along more often. This appears to be a monthly challenge, beginning the second Saturday of each month and running for two weeks. Therefore, this challenge opened on Saturday, May 11, 2024, and will end on Friday, May 24, 2024.



I decided to go with a masculine theme. I enjoy creating masculine cards and my stash needs to be replenished. Using a paper pack of masculine paper and ephemera, I followed the sketch by using birthday candles as a focal point and a balloon and party hat added to the sides. 

I was unsure if this sketch required a sentiment because the strips that run horizontally across the lower edge of the sketch appear to be decorative. The Design Team cards are not definitive as to whether these are for a sentiment. Because of this, I added a little interest to the left side of the card by adhering a banner that simply says, "Dude!" The inside of the card was decorated with stars and another banner saying, "Cheers to You."

Thank you for visiting my blog.
Melanie


Materials
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White
Paper & Ephemera: Photoplay "Birthday Bash"

Friday, May 17, 2024

Keeping It Clean and Simple (CD 601)




It's another color challenge at Color My Heart Color Dare #601. This is an "Only Two" challenge where one color is required but you get to pick the second color from the color board below. I chose blue to go with the required red. I did not have the exact colors in my stash but used close substitutes. 


I created a 'Clean and Simple' (CAS) card since the colors are also 'Clean and Simple'. I also wanted a card that could be used for either gender. Onto a white card base, I stamped part of the sentiment in red and part in blue, then added "second generation" spatter painting. The inside of the card has spatter as well. Leaving plenty of "whitespace" adds to the CAS style.

If you have not tried a color challenge, please visit the CD 601 Blog and join the fun. You are free to make it as CAS or fancy as you wish as long as you use the correct colors.

Thanks for stopping by.
Melanie
 
Materials
Stamps: Honey Bee "Smooch" & Wintertime Crafts "Spatter and Brush Strokes"
Inks: Stampin' Up! Real Red & Pacific Point
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Celebrate - Masculine Card (TSOT 646)


It's time again to try a sketch over at the Try a Sketch on Tuesday Blog #646. This semi-monthly challenge began on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, and ends on Sunday, May 19, 2024.



I have three brothers and five nephews so masculine cards are in demand. After searching my stash I found a bit of ephemera and patterned paper that I liked and then simply followed the sketch, making two identical masculine cards. 

Thanks for checking out the TSOT Challenge and for stopping by.
Melanie


Materials
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White & Peacock
Paper: Photoplay "Birthday Bash" Collection with Ephemera & Scrapbook.com "Pinstripes & Polka Dots"
Misc.: Honey Bee Pearl Stickers & CTMH thin foam tape

Monday, May 6, 2024

Lovely Amazing You (DTC #166)



It's another Double Trouble Challenge. This biweekly Challenge #166 runs through Sunday evening, May 19, 2024. Our challenge has three "Things".

Thing 1 (required): Trouble Maker has decided we need to celebrate "Lost Socks Memorial Day". This occurs annually on May 9. The point is to honor all the socks that have disappeared and are no longer with us. Crazy, right? Take a look at the DTC #166 Blog for the details.


Thing 2 (optional): Double Dare would like to see your project posted at our partner's challenge. Visit Tuesday Morning Sketches #756 for their requirements.


Thing 3 (optional): Twisted Sister has suggested you create your card using our partner's sketch (below) for inspiration.


In honor of "Lost Socks Memorial Day", I used a favorite paper collection that is almost depleted. I was sure I needed more paper to follow the sketch successfully but I used a few tricks in piecing to complete the card. I was thinking, "Missing paper = missing sock." I know... it's a stretch, but it's fun.

Scraps were layered in keeping with the sketch. Each layer was backed with cardstock scrap to add dimension rather than using foam tape. (Most of my cards are mailed so I keep them low profile.) The layers were adhered to a white card base decorated with a panel of wood grain paper. The top layer was stamped, adhered, and decorated. The inside of the card was decorated with a coordinating paper scrap.

Here's hoping you'll join us for these challenges so be sure to include the sketch. For all the details, visit the blogs for DTC #166 and TMS #756!

Thank you for stopping by.
Melanie


Materials
Stamp: Stampin' Up! "Lovely Amazing You"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White
Paper: Honey Bee "Modern Spring" Collection
Misc.: Honey Bee "Winter Pearl" sticker gems

Friday, May 3, 2024

Silver Dragonfly (CD 599)



For years I dreaded color challenges, avoiding them at every turn. A friend encouraged me to try them and I have grown to enjoy them. Below is the color board for Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #599, a biweekly challenge that runs through Thursday, May 16. I used colors from my stash that most closely match the required colors. I also included silver foiled cardstock.



A design was die-cut into a cardstock panel and the resulting opening was backed with darker cardstock. Next, the leaf cluster was stamped and colored using alcohol markers. The dragonfly was die-cut from silver foiled cardstock and adhered to a piece of vellum that had been colored with a marker. The vellum was fussy-cut to fit the dragonfly. The elements were adhered to the panel and then to a white card base. A hole punch was used to cut a few bits from silver scraps and added to the card. The inside was decorated with a small dragonfly die-cut and additional silver bits.

I hope my card has inspired you to play along at Color Dare Challenge #599! Thank you for looking.
Melanie

Materials
Stamp: Altenew "Leaf Canopy"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black & Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White, Elegant Eggplant (for Royal), Wisteria Wonder, Foiled Cardstock (silver)
Dies: Altenew "Leaf Canopy", Sizzix Thinlits #660220, Unbranded Dragonflies
Misc.: CTMH thin foam tape


Monday, April 29, 2024

¡Salud! Cheers! (DTC 165)




It's interesting to learn that Cinco de Mayo is not a big celebration in Mexico, but is recognized more in the USA than elsewhere. In fact, the largest celebrations occur in Los Angeles, CA. Double Trouble is giving Cinco de Mayo an optional nod with Challenge #165. Because this is the fifth Monday of the month, it's an Anything Goes event and lasts one week, ending on Sunday evening, May 5, 2024. Here is a summary of the challenge:

Thing 1 (required): Trouble Maker says this is a "Something, Anything, Everything" challenge. Specific details are available at the DTC 165 Blog.


Thing 2 (optional): Double Dare hopes you will share your project with at least one of our previous partners. A list is available at the DTC 165 Blog.

Thing 3 (optional): Twisted Sister has provided an inspiration board for Cinco de Mayo (below). Playing along with the board will give you an extra chance in our random drawing. In addition, if you include the image of an avocado in your project, you will be eligible for an additional randomly drawn prize.


I selected five colors from the board for my card - green, yellow, purple, orange, and red. To create the background, strips of cardstock were hand-cut into fringe and adhered to a white card base. A piƱata image was stamped, colored with markers, and fussy cut, then adhered to a white die-cut circle. This was adhered to another die-cut circle in red. The sentiment was hand-printed and cut into a banner, backed with red cardstock. The sentiment and the pinata were adhered to the card using thin foam tape. A few gold pearl stickers were adhered. The inside of the card was decorated with a touch of the fringe, leaving sufficient space for a personal message.

I shared my card at The Paper Funday Challenges #64, an Anything Goes challenge.

Thank you for visiting my blog.
Melanie


Materials
Stamp: Lawn Fawn "Year Seven"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White, Mint Macaron, Hello Honey, Pale Plum, Real Red
Dies: Hero Arts Infinity (circles)
Misc.: CTMH thin foam tape, Honey Bee pearl stickers

Friday, April 19, 2024

Thinking of You... So Very Much! (CD #597)



It's time again for Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #597. This biweekly challenge ends on Thursday evening, May 2, 2024. Over time I have learned to enjoy color challenges although I found them daunting in the early days of my card-making. Below is the color board. The colors remind me of my emerging tulip garden. The challenge requires using at least three of the colors shown and there is also a selection of free options. I used all four colors plus black and white.




I have recently been thinking about creating Clean and Simple (CAS) cards more often, so this card attempts to accomplish a CAS design. The important element seems to be keeping a significant amount of "white space". The space does not actually mean the color white. In graphic art, white space refers to blank space, not color. I could not resist adding a bit of bling so my card may be just outside the realm of a true CAS design.

After die-cutting the leaf image, it was colored by blending three colors, Ballerina, Sundance, and Limeade. The leaf was adhered to a white card base. The sentiment was stamped. I selected this for the simple, small font. The color, Rosy, was introduced by adding gems. The inside of the card was decorated with a coordinating stamp of the leaves in green ink, leaving sufficient space for a personal message.

I plan to mail this card to my Aunt Mildred. She is 98 years old and recently broke her leg. I have already sent her a few cards but I know she will enjoy receiving another while she is rehabilitating. 

Please visit the Color Dare Blog #597 and enjoy our color challenge. Thank you for stopping by.

Melanie

Materials
Stamps: Altenew "Leaf Canopy" (sentiment and leaves inside of card)
Inks: Stampin' Up! Parakeet Party (for Limeade), Blushing Bride (for Ballerina), Crushed Curry (for Sundance); Memento Tuxedo Black (sentiment)
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White
Die: Altenew "Leaf Canopy"
Misc.: Honey Bee Gem Stickers



Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Hello... Love You (TSOT 645)

 


Thank you for visiting my blog. Today's card was inspired by a sketch from Try a Sketch on Tuesday Challenge #645. Sometimes my interpretation doesn't follow the sketch precisely but for me, the sketch is for inspiration, and not necessarily to be copied exactly, unless that is what the cardmaker is inspired to do.

Challenge #645 is a semimonthly event that began on the third Tuesday, April 16, 2024, and runs through Tuesday, April 30, 2024.



Just about every card I make these days is with existing items from my stash. I have so many beautiful patterned papers that I have resisted purchasing more until I reduce my current inventory. I thought this paper was sweet when I saw the tiny pink birds and the coordinating floral paper. After die-cutting and adhering the double-stacked branch along with the sentiment and its shadow I used scraps of pink cardstock and adhered it to a white card base. A few silver pearls completed the card front. The inside was decorated with the die-cut words "love you" and a leafy pink branch.

Last week I received word that my 98-year-old Aunt Mildred had broken her femur (thigh) in a fall so this card with a long overdue letter enclosed, is already on its way to her in Virginia. I will be sending her cards regularly while she is in rehab for this fractured leg.

Please visit the TSOT Challenge Blog 645 and thank you for stopping by!
Melanie


Materials
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White & Pink Pirouette
Paper: Spellbinders "Love Grows Here"
Dies: Altenew "Decorative Swirls" (Leaf) & "Sweet Expressions" (sentiment)
Misc.: 3M foam tape & Honey Bee pearl stickers

Monday, April 15, 2024

Just for You - Less but Better aka CAS (DTC 164)

 


Thank you for joining in Double Trouble's Challenge #164. This challenge runs through Sunday evening, April For this challenge, we are partnering with The Crafter's Cafe #307. As is customary, there are three "Things" to the Double Trouble Challenge. 


Thing 1 (required): Trouble Maker is waiting to see your Clean and Simple (CAS) project. For details about CAS, visit the Double Trouble Challenge Blog.

Thing 2 (optional): Double Dare suggests you link your project to the CAS challenge at The Crafter's Cafe #307.


Thing 3 (optional): Twisted Sister wants you to tweak your CAS design. CAS usually means your card should have plenty of uncluttered "white" space. In graphic art, white space means uncluttered blank space regardless of color. So her optional twist is to use a color other than white for that uncluttered blank space. I chose to use pink with silver accents and a black sentiment.

To create my CAS card, a floral image was die-cut from pink cardstock and adhered to a pink card base along with a few additional flowers, also in pink. For a bit of interest, a stencil was used to add silver embossed accents. In addition, the centers of the small flowers were heat embossed with silver. The sentiment was stamped with black ink for contrast. The inside was lined with a panel of white cardstock and several small flowers were added for decoration.

As usual, photography seems to be the bane of my existence. The silver embossing was difficult to capture and there is a "funny" spot in the photo that is not present on my card. The camera lens is clean so who knows where that spot came from? Oh, well. 

Be sure to visit the challenge blogs for DTC #164 and The Crafter's Cafe #307 to view the Design Team projects.

Melanie

Materials
Stamp: Stampin' Up! "Picture Perfect" (sentiment)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black & Versamark
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White & Pink Pirouette
Die: Spellbinders "Kaleidoscope Floral"
Stencil: A Colorful Life "Rippling Squares"
Embossing Powder: Wow! Metallic Silver Super Fine

Friday, April 5, 2024

Thinking of You (CD 595)

 

It's time to create Challenge 595 at Color My Heart Color Dare Challenges. The color board below is a Fancy Five Challenge meaning you have five colors from which to choose. You may use three, four, or five colors from the board. I selected Peach, Flamingo, Glacier, and Sage, including black and gray. This challenge is biweekly and runs through Thursday evening, April 18, 2024.


I used a stamped image - a freebie from Honey Bee Designs, to create my card. After coloring it with Copic alcohol markers, it was fussy cut and adhered to a black and gray patterned paper panel. This was matted asymmetrically with Glacier-colored cardstock and adhered to a card base in a peachy hue. The sentiment banner provided with the image was adhered with thin foam tape and a few pearls were added. The inside was lined with white cardstock and decorated with patterned paper. 

We look forward to seeing your project in our challenge, so visit the Color Dare Blog and play along!

A few days after creating this card, I received word that my 98-year-old Aunt Mildred had fallen and broken her leg so I mailed the card to her with a personal message included. 

Thank you for stopping by.
Melanie


Materials
Stamps: Honey Bee Designs (freebie image & sentiment)
Ink: Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White, Pool Party (sub for Glacier), Crisp Cantaloupe (sub for Peach)
Patterned Paper: Paper Rose "Katie's Tea Party"
Misc.: CTMH thin foam tape, Honey Bee pearl stickers