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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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