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

Friday, September 7, 2018

Dream in Color

Another card for a challenge... this one is for Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #309 with a theme of "Twisted" Tic-Tac-Toe with colors. Pick at least three colors from the color chart below or use all of the colors! Visit our blog for more particulars about the challenge.

I decided to keep the design simple and low profile so die cut circles in different colors and papers that best matched the color chart. I selected colors that were close to Cranberry, Bashful, Crystal Blue, Juniper, Sorbet and a tiny bit of Tangerine.  I placed the circles onto a white card base until I liked the arrangement and then I simply adhered them, trimming away where the circles extended off of the card. I also made sure I could place my sentiment the way I intended before adhering the circles permanently. The sentiment was stamped in black ink, finished with a word die. Miscellaneous gems were also added. The inside was decorated with more circles.
Now that you've seen how easy this is, I hope you'll give it a try and join us at Color My Heart Color Dare #309!
Stamp Set: Sunny Studio "Color Me Happy"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Bashful Blue and Real Red
Paper: Stampin' Up! patterned paper from stash (retired)
Die: Sunny Studio Word "Color"
Misc.: Jolee "Bling" (gems)

Monday, September 3, 2018

School Days


Who doesn't remember those early school days... new hair cut, new shoes, the excitement of meeting a new teacher and of seeing classmates, old and new? Those were happy days for me because I loved school. For the next two weeks, we're celebrating the new school season with two challenges.

The first is Double Trouble Challenge #9. "Trouble Maker" is looking for a School Days theme, "Double Dare" challenges you to link up with a sketch challenge at Try Stampin' on Tuesday #378 and "Twisted Sister" is insisting that you include a bookmark along with your card.

Here is the TSOT #378 sketch with Double Dare:
For my card, I made a square in order to accommodate the extra borders on each side. I rarely make a square but it seemed to work for my design. Using some die cut images and a few stickers from my stash, I assembled the card. The schoolhouse and sun are adhered with thin foam tape. I made this card at a crop and only one attendee had cloud dies to lend so I used these huge die cut clouds. At the time I was looking for smaller clouds but had to make the best of it. In the end, I think they are quite whimsical and work well with the overall design. The inside was decorated with a school bus sticker. If you look carefully, there is a bookmark tucked away into a raised pocket in the card. I backed the card with an extra panel of cardstock using thick foam tape and the bookmark slides in and out.

I hope you enjoyed visiting my blog and that you will give our fun challenges a try. You could win a prize! Visit Double Trouble Challenge Blog and Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge Blog to get the details.

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Marina Mist, Mossy Meadow, Gumball Green, Real Red, Basic Black
Paper: Vertical borders and sun were stickers & bookmark elements were papers, all from my stash
Dies: Lawn Fawn Landscape; borrowed clouds & trees
Misc.: 3M foam tape - thin and thick 

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Hoot No Evil

09/06/2018 Update: This card was named as a "double" Favorite of the Week for the week ending September 1, 2018, at Splitcoast Stampers.

Time for another challenge at Crafter's Café. This challenge begins on Saturday, September 1. The challenge theme for #203 is to use THREE of something. This digital image was provided by one of our sponsors, Knitty Kitty Digis, and has three owls. Remembering the three wise monkeys, Kikazaru, Mizaru, and Iwazaru, famous for "Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil," look closely at these three owls. So cute! (The watermark covering the digi image is required by our sponsor.)

We hope you'll play along at our Crafter's Café Challenge #203 and perhaps browse in Knitty Kitty's Digi Shop.
A panel of cardstock was die cut to achieve the night sky, then adhered to a white card base. The tree trunk was fussy cut and colored then adhered. The image of the owls on the branch was downloaded, resized, printed and colored. After fussy cutting, the owls on a branch were adhered using foam tape for dimension. The leaves that were not part of the original image were die cut from white cardstock, colored and adhered. Some are adhered directly to the card's surface and some are popped up with foam tape. A sprig of colored leaves was also used to decorate the inside of the card.

Please join us at the Crafter's Café Challenge #203 with your project that uses THREE of anything!
Techniques: Digital image processing, fussy cutting, die cutting, coloring
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")
Stamp set: Knitty Kitty Digital Image "Hoot No Evil"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Not Quite Navy (retired); Spectrum Noir for Alcohol Markers
Dies: Stampin' Up! (leaves); Lawn Fawn (background)
Misc.: 3M foam tape