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)