Monday, June 17, 2019

Desert Sunset (Route 66)

Double Trouble Challenge #31 is calling for a theme of "Vacation with Embossing" for this new challenge running from Monday, June 17, 2019 through Sunday, June 30, 2019. Our partner, Pile It On #155, is asking for a "Transportation/Vacation" theme so this is my card, featuring the twist of using a road sign. US Route 66 is a historic highway that started in Chicago and ended in Los Angeles. There was even a song written about it.


The background was sponged with sunset colors then embossed with clouds. The mountains were die cut. A landscape die was used to provide the desert floor with a horizon. The travel trailer, fire and cacti were stamped, colored with Copic Alcohol Markers, fussy cut and adhered. The road sign was a digital download. The mountains and road sign were adhered with foam tape for dimension. The inside was decorated with another digital download of a similar sign with the words, "Get Your Kicks on Route 66."

We welcome you to participate with us at Double Trouble #31 and our partner, Pile It On #155. Visit the blogs to find out all about these challenges. You could win a prize!

Dry Embossing, Sponging, Coloring, Die Cutting, Fussy Cutting,

Stamps: Stampendous "Campground"
Inks: Stampin' Up! Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait, Melon Mambo, Baked Brown Sugar; Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black, Baked Brown Sugar, Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder; Xcel for alcohol markers
Dies: Lawn Fawn (Mountains and Landscape), Frantic Stamper (Cactus)
Misc.: Stampin' Up! TIEF (clouds); foam tape

Friday, June 14, 2019

Congrats! in Hollywood Regency

Hollywood Regency is the primary inspiration for my card. I have a friend, Sylvia, who goes over the top with glam d├ęcor in blue so this card is to recognize her recent community volunteer achievement. I also followed the color grid presented by Color My Heart Color Dare #347, which is to use the color blue. I added neutrals in white and silver. Challenge #347 starts today, Friday, June 14, and ends on Thursday, June 27.

The cardstock and papers were cut into strips of varying sizes. The silver pieces were embossed using a die. The strips were adhered onto a white card base. The doily was cut with a two-die set - one in white glimmer and one in bright blue foil. The doily was adhered using foam tape for dimension. The sentiment is also cut from a die. The inside was decorated using the same papers as seen on the card front.

Join the color challenge and play along with everyone at Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #347.

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White; WRMK Foil (blue, slate)
Paper: Recollections "Holographic Dreams"
Dies: Frantic Stamper Doily & Word; Poppy "Delicate Stitches" (x-stitch)
Misc.: Foam tape

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Thinking of You - Vintage

Biweekly sketch challenge #411 at Try Stampin' on Tuesday begins today and is open through Sunday evening, June 16, 2019. Following the sketch below, the optional theme is to make a vintage or grunge card.

A number of years ago, I attended a CTMH card class. Included in the fee was a package of materials to make eight Christmas cards. The cards were finished and mailed but being an admitted paper hoarder, I hung on to all the little bits and pieces of cardstock and patterned paper in spite of the fact that there were no sentiments, stickers or ephemera remaining. When I saw this optional challenge was "Vintage", I went right to that pack and used up almost all that was left.

Using a favorite die set, I cut the centerpiece from scraps of cardstock and paper. I stacked the die cut pieces together and backed the stack with foam tape. I dry embossed a cardstock panel to add texture to the card. This embossed panel was adhered to the black card base. In keeping with the sketch, I added the horizontal piece, backing it with a die cut strip. The sentiment was stamped and adhered, the centerpiece was adhered and a few gold sparkle gems were added. I should mention that I sponged the edges of the papers to add a vintage look. The inside was lined with coordinating cardstock.

The TSOT Design Team invites you to visit our blog and play along!

Stamp: Stampin' Up! "That's the Tag"
Ink: Stampin' Up! Baked Brown Sugar
Cardstock: CTMH - all except black; Stampin' Up! Basic Black
Patterned Paper: CTMH (retired)
Die: Sue Wilson "Montreal" (centerpiece); Gina Marie (border on strip)
TIEF: Stampin' Up!
Misc.: foam tape and gems from stash

Monday, June 3, 2019

Hang in There!

Meet Betty Sue! Today is the start of a new Double Trouble biweekly challenge ending on Sunday, June 16, 2019. Challenge #30 requires that you use a stencil or embossing folder to create your background design. The optional twist is to include a farm animal. Double Trouble is partnering with Two Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #26 so be sure to check their blog for guidelines.

I made a stencil from cardstock using a cloud die. The pink sky was created by sponging ink at the stencil's edge. The landscape panels were die cut. With a stylus, a few lines were added to the lighter green landscape piece to give a little texture. The tree branch and leaves were made from a tree die. I smudges a bit of ink onto the tree trunk for texture, adhered the leaves, turned the tree on its side and trimmed off the excess leaves. I left the small branches free for movement.

The cow was stamped, colored and fussy cut. The eyes were added. I hand drew the sign, colored it, stamped the sentiment and fussy cut it. The elements were assembled onto a panel of dark blue cardstock and a white card base. The inside was decorated using the portion of the tree that was cut away from the front. The inside sentiment says, "Happy Birthday, Party Animal".

If you've never visited the Double Trouble Challenges, now is the time to join in the fun. You could win a prize! Visit the Two Crafty Critter Crazies blog and double your fun.

Stamps: Stampin' Up! "Honeycomb Happiness" (front sentiment), My Favorite Things "Jungle Friends" (inside sentiment), Whipper Snapper Designs "Betty Sue" (cow)
Inks: Stampin' Up! Soft Suede, Crumb Cake; Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick; Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding, Crumb Cake, Cucumber Crush, Dapper Denim; SN for alcohol markers
Paper: Lawn Fawn "Spring Fling" (green dotted landscape)
Dies: Lawn Fawn landscape dies; Memory Box "Grand Oak Tree"
Misc. from stash: handmade stencil, googly eyes, foam tape, cord for swing

Friday, May 31, 2019

Happy Day in Gold Glitter

The recipient of this birthday card likes lots of glimmer! I know she'll enjoy receiving this card. Inspiration came from two sources - a sketch challenge from Atlantic Hearts #318 and a Tic-Tac-Toe color challenge from Color My Heart Color Dare #345. I selected the middle row, using Canary, Gold, Mint or equivalent.

Onto a white cardstock base, two die cut rectangles were adhered. A plain rectangle using patterned paper was backed with a piece of mint cardstock. This was adhered using foam tape for dimension. The gold glimmer strip was added in keeping with the sketch. The flower, die cut and backed with vellum, was adhered using clear foam. Two butterflies were punched from the gold glimmer cardstock and a sentiment was stamped using gold ink, fussy cut then adhered. The inside was decorated with a leaf of mint green vellum and another punched butterfly. Adding a few clear droplets finished the card.

Color Dare #345 is biweekly and runs from Friday, May 31, 2019 through Thursday, June 13. AHSC #318 is weekly, beginning Monday, May 27, 2019 through Sunday, June 2. Visit the challenge blogs and play along!

Stamp: Stampin' Up! "Flamingo Lingo"
Ink: Delicata (gold)
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Macaron Mint, Barely Banana, Gold Glimmer, Vellum
Patterned Paper: CTMH (retired)
Dies: Unbranded Sunflower, Gina Marie (frames)
Punch: Stampin' Up! "Itty Bitty Butterfly"
Misc.: foam tape & clear droplets from stash

Monday, May 20, 2019

You're Berry Special!

05/27/2019 Update: Favorite of the Week for the week ending 05/26/2019 at Splitcoast Stampers!

Two of my favorite challenges have partnered for this biweekly period: Double Trouble Challenge #29 and Try Stampin' on Tuesday #409. The challenge guidelines include using the sketch from TSOT along with their optional theme, National Brown Bag Day. The DTC challenge requires using paper from paper bags or Kraft then it's your choice if you wish to add the DTC twist, strawberries.

I downloaded a strawberry image, resized it into two sizes, printed, colored both images with Copics and fussy cut them. The sketch is not symmetrical so I decided to emphasize this with bright colors. The card base is like Kraft. Red cardstock and strips of green and white were adhered to the base. A scrap of burlap was adhered to give the card a rustic feel. The fancy circles were die cut from dotted green paper and white cardstock. The large strawberry image was adhered to the stacked circles and added using foam tape. A few strawberries were added at the bottom of the card. The sentiment was computer generated, layered with cardstock and adhered with foam tape. The inside was lined with white cardstock and decorated with the smaller strawberry image.

We hope you'll join us at both challenges. For details, visit the blogs for DTC #29 and TSOT #409. You could win a very nice prize! The challenges run from
Monday, May 20, through Sunday, June 2, 2019.

Stamps: Free digital download (strawberries); computer generated sentiment
Ink: Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Real Red; Spectrum Noir for alcohol ink
Paper: Lawn Fawn "Spring Fling" (green dot)
Dies: Sizzix Circle Sentiment Framelits #662347
Misc.: Burlap and foam tape from stash

Friday, May 17, 2019

Fancy Birthday Wishes

It seems as if I always need birthday cards so I used the color board from the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #343 for reference while making my card. The colors need not be exactly as named but should closely resemble the colors. This challenge permits three or more colors from the grid plus neutrals of gray, black or white but no additional colors. I selected Linen, Sage, Sugarplum and Silver, adding gray as a neutral. For the Linen color, I used a SU! paper, Naturals White. It has little slubs in the paper, much like linen fabric has. In the photos, you may see these tiny flecks.

I used a die to cut out the pieces from various colors of cardstock. I assembled the card by adhering the elements, using foam tape to provide dimension, to the Linen card base. The sentiment was stamped and die cut. The tiny rose was adhered. The inside was decorated using matching cardstock to decorate.

If you're looking for a color challenge, this could be the one. Beautiful colors and flexible guidelines keeps it fun so visit the Color My Heart Color Dare Blog. This challenge runs from Friday, May 17, through Thursday, May 30, 2019.

Stamp: Sizzix Phrases #658838
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: SU! Naturals White, Basic Gray, Pistachio Pudding, Sweet Sugarplum; Bazzil Silver Foil
Dies: Sue Wilson's "Lisbon"
Misc.: Foam tape, rose from stash

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Hugs with Vellum

My card was made for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #315. I have been wanting to use vellum for a while so I thought the sketch would lend itself to using it. This challenge consistently has great sketches.

A card base was cut from heavyweight vellum. Patterned paper and cardstock in two colors were cut to fit the required angle. One of them was die cut for a wavy look. The flourish was also die cut along with the sentiment. The elements were assembled and adhered onto the vellum. The sentiment includes a second die cut as a shadow. I elected to place the sentiment differently than the sketch so it would not get lost on the floral paper.

Because vellum is somewhat transparent, great care was taken to cover where evidence of glue or tape was visible. To finish the card, a few candy dots in lime were adhered and the punched butterfly was added.

Visit the Atlantic Hearts Blog - you'll be glad you did!

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade & Vellum (43-lb.)
Paper: Stampin' Up! "Painted Blooms"
Punch: Stampin' Up! "Bitty Butterfly"
Dies: SSS Hugs; Mama Elephant border die; MFT Flourish
Misc.: Candy Dots

Friday, May 3, 2019

Where's My Coffee?

Double Trouble Challenge #28 is getting an early start in order to play along at the 2019 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Challenge AND the monthly Three Amigos Challenge #26 "Food & Drink".

For DTC #28, all you need to do is create a project for spring or summer. The added twist is to include a favorite beverage then submit your project to DTC #28 and Three Amigos. If you use coffee, tea or cocoa, be sure to consider the playing along at the Coffee Challenge. All three challenges offer great prizes!

I downloaded this cute digi image from Wink Wink Ink, then resized, colored and fussy cut it. Onto the card base, a large panel of cardstock was adhered with a strip of brown cardstock on the right edge. Two die cut labels, the larger of which was dry embossed, were also adhered after the edges were sponged with ink. The image was adhered using foam tape for dimension. The sentiment was computer generated, adhered to a cardstock banner and backed with foam tape. The brown candy dots were added. The inside of the card was decorated with a strip of patterned paper matching the die cut label.

So we hope to see you at one or all of the following challenges:

1. Double Trouble #28       

2. Three Amigos #26             

3. 2019 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers 

Stamps: Wink Wink Ink Designs "Teacup Chihuahua" & computer generated sentiment
Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers & Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise, Peach Parfait; Spectrum Noir for alcohol ink
Paper: Stampin' Up! (retired)
Dies: Spellbinders Labels
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Candy Dots (Chocolate Chip) & Dimensionals (foam tape); Cuttlebug EF (Dotted Zigzag)

Feliz Cinco de Mayo

Update: CAS Favorite of the Week ending 05/04/2019 at Splitcoast Stampers!

It's almost Cinco de Mayo and we're starting the celebration early at the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #341. The challenge is usually a grid with specific colors but this time an inspiration photo of a serape was provided.

I went searching to find out about serapes and found inspiration on the Internet for my little hombre. He is enjoying his siesta so must be tired from all the celebrating! I drew him freehand using a pencil, then colored with Copic Alcohol Markers. Next, I drew the serape and added colors with Copics. Finally, I downloaded a free digi image of a sombrero, colored and fussy cut it and plopped it onto his head. Keeping it simple, I used foam tape and adhered the elements to a red card base. A little shadowing was added with a Copic marker. The inside was decorated with a cactus stamp, some adobe houses and the computer-generated sentiment, "Feliz Cinco de Mayo".

My card has already been mailed to some friends of ours in California who are of Mexican descent and love to celebrate with Margaritas and plenty of good food!

Be sure and join us at the Color Dare Challenge #341 from Friday, May 3, 2019, through Thursday, May 16, 2019.

Stamps: Cactus on inside by Scraps of Love; other images and sentiment hand-drawn or computer-generated
Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Real Red; Spectrum Noir for Alcohol Ink
Misc.: Foam tape

Mother's Day for Aunt

It's time for the May 2019 Brown Sugar Monthly Challenge #290. This challenge begins on Friday, May 3, 2019, and runs through Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Our theme for May is Flowers! May also brings Mother's Day in several countries so this is the perfect time to create something special.

I enjoy honoring my Aunt Millie on Mother's Day. She is 91 and such a sweet lady! Because I will be mailing the card, I designed it to be low profile.

My image, Old Roses Frame, was provided by the challenge sponsor, Morgan's Art World.

I downloaded, resized and printed the image on Copic-friendly paper. I also turned it, using a different orientation from the artist's original. I inset the sentiment using my computer. After coloring with Copics, the image was fussy cut, adhered to a die cut fancy frame cut from a water colored scrap, backed with a panel of white cardstock and adhered to a gray card base. The green rhinestones were added. The inside was lined with white cardstock and decorated with more water colored paper.

Everyone is welcome to join the challenge - you could win a prize! Stop by the Brown Sugar Challenge Blog and play along with us.

Size: A2 (5.5" x 4.25")
Techniques: Water Color ("smooshing")

Stamp: Morgan's Art World "Old Roses Frame" (digital image)
Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Smoky Slate; Spectrum Noir for Alcohol Ink
Die: Gina Marie Rectangle Frames
Misc.: Gems from stash; water colored scrap using red & yellow paints