Friday, October 19, 2018

Joyful Birthday

Tic-tac-toe challenges are usually fun... this one is unique because I was able to select the row of my choice and then add other colors from the grid. This is the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #315 beginning on October 19 and running for two weeks. I used the center column - Willow, Gold, Candy Apple - but I also have Lemon, Mint and Black in my background paper.

A panel of colorful butterfly paper was adhered to a black card base. Two additional panels of patterned paper were backed with black cardstock and adhered. One of the panels was stamped with a sentiment. A strip of gold glitter paper, also backed with black, was adhered across the panel. A die was used to cut a bow from coordinating paper, backed with another die cut bow in white glimmer paper. The doubled bow was adhered to the gold strip. Pearls were added to finish off the card front. The inside was lined with white cardstock and decorated with patterned paper.

We welcome everyone to Color My Heart Color Dare #315. Don't be concerned if you cannot match the colors exactly. Check your stash and use the closest match you can find.

Stamp: Dare 2B Artzy
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Basic Black
Paper: Stampin' Up! from stash (stripes and dots), glimmer paper in white and gold; Photoplay "Renew" (green) & "Encourage" (butterflies)
Die: Cottage Cutz "Elegant Bow"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Pearls

Monday, October 15, 2018

Halloween Witch & Cat

Halloween is almost here! I never think of Halloween as a true holiday. To me, it's merely a day when children and adults alike enjoy dressing in costumes to have fun with family and friends.

The Double Trouble Challenge Blog is preparing to celebrate Halloween. Take a look at Challenge #12 and join the fun beginning on October 15!  We're pairing up with Challenge #162 at the Paper Girls Challenge Blog. Take a look!

I already had this cute image with two sentiments that I don't remember ever using. I do not know where it came from so cannot give credit to the artist. The image was resized, printed and colored and the first sentiment ("Boo") was printed beneath. The cardstock was trimmed down to slightly smaller than A2 size and the die cut A2-sized frame was affixed to the front of the card. Some candy dots and gems were added to give the card a look of whimsy. The inside includes the second sentiment ("Witching you a happy Halloween") within a die cut frame and was then decorated with a few black gems and a little bat with googly eyes..

Stop by and take a look at the challenges by Double Trouble and Paper Girls. There are prizes awarded at both challenges!

Stamp: Unknown (digital image and sentiments from stash)
Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic Black; Spectrum Noir for alcohol markers
Die: Lawn Fawn "Outside-In Stitched Scalloped Rectangles"
Misc.: Gems from stash, Stampin' Up! Candy Dots

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Have a BEE-autiful Birthday!

This card is made with one of my favorite paper collections. There are many different designs that work together beautifully. I used five of the paper designs in the collection to create my card. This collection also includes stamps and dies that coordinate with the paper. Even after the paper is retired, the designs can be replicated with the stamps and dies.

My card was inspired by a sketch from Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #381, starting on October 9, 2018 and running for two weeks. I turned the sketch on its side and relocated the white element. Visit the blog and join the challenge! There is an additional optional element to the challenge to use twine, string or a ribbon.


I die cut the floral spray and the bee from two of the papers in the collection. The sentiment was computer generated then die cut with a small circle and matted with another die cut using paper from the collection. The large yellow panel, matching the mat for the sentiment was adhered directly to the card base. A panel was trimmed on each edge using more matching paper and adhered to the yellow panel. The floral spray, the bee and the sentiment were all backed in foam tape and adhered. I added the green tabs to the edge of the sentiment to give the ribbon option a nod. Glossy Accents were added to some of the elements. The inside was lined with white cardstock and decorated with coordinating paper and a bee.

Please share your work with us at Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #381.

Stamp: Sentiment computer generated.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White and Lost Lagoon
Paper: Dare 2B Artzy "Honey Bloomz" Collection
Dies: Spellbinders Classic Circles and Scalloped Circles; Dare 2B Artzy BEE-autiful
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape); Glossy Accents

Friday, October 5, 2018

Hollyhocks - Just for You

Color challenges are not easy for me but I continue to stick with them, hoping that a bolt out of the blue will strike and make them simple! I made this card for the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #313. Visit the Color Dare blog to see the fun color challenges that are ongoing. This one begins on Friday, October 5, and lasts for two weeks.

I die cut the hollyhocks from white cardstock and colored them with Copic markers. The white oval was die cut and the flowers were adhered. It was backed with patterned paper and adhered to a white card base. The dragonflies were die cut from green cardstock and adhered. The sentiment was stamped directly to the card front. The inside was decorated with more hollyhocks and a dragonfly. Clear Wink of Stella was added to the flowers and dragonflies but does not show in the photos. I purposely allowed the hollyhock branches to lift away from the card front because it adds dimension.

Don't forget to stop by the Color Dare Challenge #313 and play along. You may find that Challenge #312 is still open with a different set of colors to try.

Stamp: Stampin' Up! "Rooted in Nature" (sentiment)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Lucky Limeade
Paper: Stampin' Up! DSP in Elegant Eggplant
Dies: Impression Obsession "Hollyhocks", The Stamp Doctor "Tiny Dragonflies" & Tutti Designs "Cross-stitch Nesting Ovals"

Monday, October 1, 2018

Bob's Old Truck - Masculine CAS

Time to make a card with a twist for two challenges...

On October 1, 2018, Double Trouble Challenge #11 (DTC) and Crafter's Café #205 (CCCB) have joined forces to bring you a fun challenge!

In order to meet the requirements as a DT member at CCCB, I used the sponsor's digital
image and created the card with black and white and only ONE additional color. Our sponsor is Wink Wink InkYou are not required to use a digital image for this challenge.

Next, addressing the three "Things" at DTC, I went with a masculine theme, including the color requirements for Thing #1. Submitting my card at CCCB satisfied Thing #2 (optional) and in order to play along with Thing #3 (also optional) I used a vehicle, reminiscent of my husband's favorite 25-yr old pickup truck that has been sold and is now being used on a farm in Mexico.

The truck image was free clip art found on the Internet and the dog image was provided by the CCCB sponsor, Wink Wink Ink. This digi store has lots of sweet images for many occasions. The images were downloaded, resized, colored and fussy cut. On a white card base, a border of trees was die cut for the background. The dog was inserted as if looking out of the truck window and the truck was popped up on foam tape for dimension. The clouds were die cut and sponged with ink matching the truck. The clouds were popped up with foam tape. The inside of the card was decorated with a larger image of "Spot". No sentiment has been used but can be added in the future.

We'd love to have you visit both challenge blogs, CCCB #205 and DTC #11 and submit your design.

Just a little note to advise that I am aware that pets should not be permitted to ride in vehicles with their faces in the wind. It can cause harm to their ears and eyes.

Stamps: Digital images using free clip art (vehicle) and Wink Wink Ink "Spot" (dog)
Ink: Copic Alcohol Marker
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Basic Black; Spectrum Noir for Alcohol Markers
Die: Lawn Fawn border die & Reverse Confetti "Sun 'n Clouds"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape)

Friday, September 21, 2018

Berry Botancial

9/23/2018 Update: "Berry Botanical" has been selected as a Weekly Favorite in the Splitcoast Stampers Gallery for the week ending 9/22/2018.

The card I made for a color challenge makes good use of some pretty patterned paper I have. Color My Heart Color Dare #311 is open for some fun. Visit the blog and enjoy the challenge. The requirement is to match the colors closely but the precise colors are not required. Find something in your stash and use it! This is a biweekly challenge.

A panel of patterned paper was adhered to a white card base. The frame was die cut, as well as the sentiment and its shadow, then adhered to the patterned paper. The sentiment was backed with foam tape to provide some dimension. White flowers were colored with Copic markers and adhered. The dragonflies were also die cut. The dragonflies and the sentiment were highlighted with Glossy Accents. The inside of the card was decorated with patterned paper and a die cut dragonfly.

We welcome you to join us at the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #311 by visiting our blog.

Inks: Stampin' Up! So Saffron; Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & So Saffron
Paper: Dare2BArtzy Honey Bloomz Collection - "Berry Botanical" & ColorBok "Color Splash"
Dies: Elizabeth Craft Designs "Dashing Rectangles" & The Stamp Doctor "Tiny Dragonfly" & "Happy Day"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape); Glossy Accents

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Take a Hike!

My grand-nephews, ages 5 and 7, enjoy hiking with my niece (their mom) all year 'round. They live in Tennessee where there are many hiking trails up through the hills and I am sure this time of year is especially pretty. I imagine the boys collecting leaves of all colors, acorns and pine cones along with other bits they find along the way. When I saw these paper scraps in my stash it made me think of taking a nature hike. My card was inspired by a required sketch and optional theme, Fall Faves, at Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #379. The challenges vary among technique, color and sketch and are always fun to enter. Hope you'll give this one a try!

Onto a white card base, panels of cardstock and paper were adhered. Interpreting the sketch, I elected to use banners in coordinating colors and fun papers. The sentiment was computer generated, then punched and added to the center. The inside was also decorated with coordinating cardstock and paper.

We welcome you to view our Design Team cards and enter our challenge. Visit our Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge blog.

Stamp: Sentiment was computer generated
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar & Pear Pizazz
Paper: Stampin' Up! from stash (retired) and Photo Play "Woodland Critters"
Punch: Stampin' Up!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Have a Hippo Birdie!

Reposted from 09/07/2018:

OK, so "Have a Hippo Birdie" is a bad pun for "Have a Happy Birthday".  I know this card will work for just the right person's birthday.

Welcome to my blog! My card was made for the September challenge at Brown Sugar #282. Our theme is "All Creatures Great and Small" and I'm hoping you'll share some great projects this month. The challenge starts today, September 7, 2018. Our sponsor for September, QKR Stampede, provided us with some really special images. Take a look at their store the next time you're looking for digital images.

My card is also serving as the DT entry for Double Trouble Challenge #10. Double Trouble's Double Dare option is to link to both of these challenges The Trouble Maker requirement is to use three colors and the biweekly optional twist is to use a pun. Double Trouble will accept projects back-dated to 09/07/2018, the date that Brown Sugar Challenge went live.

On a card base of light gray, panels of white and darker gray were adhered. The striped paper was adhered down the center front. The image was downloaded, resized, printed and colored. After trimming the image to an almost square, it was matted with pink cardstock, backed with foam tape and adhered to the card base. The sentiment was computer generated then backed with foam tape and adhered. The birds were stamped, colored, fussy cut and adhered. A fine black marker was used to draw the tiny legs on the birds. Clear Wink of Stella was added to all of the birds and the toes of the hippo.

Please join us for both challenges. There are plenty of creatures and silly puns to use as inspiration for your project. Visit Brown Sugar Challenge #282 for the challenge and browse the QKR Stampede Store and be sure to submit your creation to Double Trouble #10!

Stamp: Hippo by QKR Stampede & Paper Smooches "Chilly Chums" (birds)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Sweet Sugarplum; Spectrum Noir for Alcohol Markers
Paper: Stampin' Up! from stash (retired)
Misc.: ZIG Wink of Stella (clear); Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape)

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Pumpkin Kin for Fall

The Crafter's Café has a special challenge this semi-monthly period beginning on September 15. This two-for-one challenge gives participants the opportunity to celebrate spring or fall depending on where in the world the participant lives. I live in the northern hemisphere in North America so I selected fall. Check out the Crafter's Café Challenge #204 and read all about it. The challenge sponsor is Creative Bug on the Loose, who provided this image, Pumpkin Kin.

Onto a white card base, a panel of cardstock and two smaller panels of patterned paper were adhered. The image was downloaded, resized and colored. The image was adhered with foam tape for dimension. The additional leaves were die cut from white cardstock and colored then adhered to the card. The inside was decorated with strips of cardstock and paper and a spring of leaves. A sentiment will be added later. The pumpkins were embellished with clear Wink of Stella.

Please join us at The Crafter's Café Challenge #204 and have some fun with your handmade creations. You could win a prize!

Stamp: Creative Bug on the Loose "Pumpkin Kin"
Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Lucky Limeade; Spectrum Noir for Alcohol Markers
Paper: Stampin' Up! DSP (retired) from stash & Darice Core-dinations "Orange Plaid"
Die (leaves): Stampin' Up!
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape) & Candy Dots; ZIG Wink of Stella (clear)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Rudolf's Selfie

Creative Moments Challenge #151 is live! This biweekly challenge theme is to make a tag or label. SheepSki Designs provided this humorous image, called "Rudolf's Selfie". I think it's cute that the design has the border like a film negative when selfies did not come along until the digital age. Come on by the challenge blog and join in our challenge.

The image was downloaded, resized, printed and colored. After trimming it to tag size, it was adhered to a bookmark-size panel of cardstock. The top was trimmed and a hole punched. The ribbon was added. The back has a strip of white cardstock so there is space to add a TO: and FROM: notation.

I hope you'll visit Challenge 151 and also consider browsing SheepSki Designs.

Stamp: SheepSki Designs "Rudolf's Selfie"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black & Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Real Red; Spectrum Noir for alcohol markers
Misc.: Ribbon from stash