Monday, December 30, 2019
The Monday challenge at Double Trouble #46 falls on the fifth Monday of the month so lasts only one week, from Monday, December 30, 2019, and ending Sunday, January 5, 2020. As usual, our "Fifth Monday" Challenges are a SomeThing, AnyThing, EveryThing theme. Here are the requirements:
Troublemaker says Thing 1 is required and requires you to make something new. Easy enough!
Double Dare says Thing 2 is optional but if you participate by linking up with one of previous challenge partners you receive an additional chance in the random draw. (A list is available at the Double Trouble Blog.)
Twisted Sister says Thing 3 is optional but if you add her twist to your project, you will receive an additional chance in the random draw. Her twist is to use something new you received in your stocking or under the tree OR create a card celebrating something new (new baby, new year, new home, etc.)
I decided to do something celebrating a new baby. I found this digital image so downloaded, resized, printed and colored it. The image was backed with black card stock and then added to a die cut panel. This scalloped panel was adhered to a white card base, cut slightly smaller so it is not visible through the eyelets in the scallops. The inside was decorated with the bluebird image from the original digital file. In order to meet Double Dare's requirement, I entered this card at the Anything Goes challenge at Brown Sugar Challenge #296.
We hope you'll join us at both Brown Sugar #296 and Double Trouble #46!
Stamp: Whimsy "Wee One" digital image; sentiment computer generated
Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers; Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Strawberry Slush
Die: Sunny Studio "Frilly Frames - Polka Dots"
Misc.: Candy Dots from stash
Sunday, December 15, 2019
12/18/2019 Update: This card is a Top Three winner at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #346!
Here's my card for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #346. I don't participate as often as I like because I stay busy with Design Teams. During the DT holiday break, I turned to this challenge because it's a favorite of mine.
I made this card at a crop with limited supplies but I liked it well enough that I'll be using it for a friend's birthday on January 6. Using dies, punches and patterned papers, I assembled the card while following the sketch, did a little sponging, then finished it with a few pearls and some Wink of Stella. The inside was stamped with "Happy Birthday" and decorated with matching papers and a butterfly.
Be sure to give Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge a visit - they have good sketches and are a weekly challenge, beginning each Monday.
Stamps: Sizzix #658838 "Phrases" (w/dies)
Ink: Stampin' Up! Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana; Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pool Party
Patterned Paper: Mintay by Karola "Farm Life Collection"
Dies: Sizzix #658838 "Phrases" w/stamps; Lawn Fawn border (scallops); Sue Wilson #CED-1468 ("Swirly Leaf Trio")
Punches: Stampin' Up! Itty Bitty Butterfly & Elegant Butterfly
Misc.: Gelly Roll gel pen (white), ZIG Wink of Stella (clear); foam tape; pearls
Friday, December 13, 2019
12/28/2019 Update: This card was selected as a Favorite of the Week at Splitcoast Stampers for the week ending December 21, 2019!
There is a new challenge at Double Trouble Challenge Blog beginning on Friday, December 13 . This is a departure from the usual Monday start but it was necessary in order to partner with Color My Heart Color Dare Challenges #373, beginning on Friday, December 13 and and #374, beginning on Friday, December 20, 2019. The challenges end on Sunday, December 28, 2019.
Here are the challenge requirements for Double Trouble #45:
Troublemaker's Thing 1 (required) - Use black & white stripes.
Double Dare's Thing 2 (optional) - Link to Color Dare #373 or #374.
Twisted Sister's Thing 3 (optional) - Use three colors.
I elected to use reds, pinks and yellows with the black and white stripe to create a feminine birthday card. The image was downloaded, resized, printed and colored with Copic markers. After fussy cutting, the image was adhered with foam tape to the card front, where black and white striped paper was adhered. The sentiment was stamped then die cut, backed with black cardstock and adhered with foam tape. A few pink pearls were added. The inside of the card was decorated with the same striped paper.
Be sure to visit the challenge blogs for DTC #45 and Color Dare #373 and #374 to join in the challenge.
Stamp: Digital image from Alex Syberia Design "Winter Flowers" & Sizzix (sentiment)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Basic Black; X-cel for alcohol markers
Patterned Paper: The Paper Studio
Misc.: ZIG Wink of Stella (clear), pearls & foam tape from stash
Sunday, December 8, 2019
One of my favorite challenges has always been Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. It's the first challenge in which I ever participated because of a friend's urging and enjoy coming back to it occasionally. This card is for AHSC #345. I made my card at a crop yesterday where I was making birthday cards for my personal stash.
The square was die cut along with the smaller piece of patterned paper with numbers. I backed the smaller square with black cardstock to give it definition. The sentiment was stamped and die cut. I like the oval done on an angle. The other part of the sentiment was punched from cardstock. After adhering a panel of red-toned paper to the card base, the black vertical strip was die cut and adhered. Another identical strip was used to decorate the inside. The other elements were popped up with foam tape. The card was finished off with the little black "flags" behind the oval and a few gems.
If you've never visited Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, be sure to check out their blog - you'll be glad you did!
Stamps: Birthday Sentiments - no manufacturer's label
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla, Basic Black
Paper: Stampin' Up! "Birthday Basics Collection" (retired)
Dies: Dare 2 B Artzy Stitched Wavy Squares, Spellbinders Classic Ovals, Lawn Fawn Borders
Punch: Stampin' Up! "Modern Label"
Misc.: Foam tape, gems
Friday, December 6, 2019
The December Monthly Challenge #296 begins today, Friday, December 6, 2019 at the Brown Sugar Blog. This challenge runs through Tuesday, December 31, 2019.
The theme for December is Anything Goes and the sponsor is The Paper Shelter, who provided the digital image shown above and those posted at the Challenge Blog. Participation means you are eligible for a prize.
Size: 5" x 5"
Stamp: The Paper Studio; The Paper Shelter "Holy Night" (digital image)
Ink: Stampin' Up! Real Red; Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White
Patterned Paper: CTMH "Holly Jolly" Collection
Die: Whimsy "Stitched Zigzag Rectangles"
Misc.: Ephemera from stash
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Welcome and thank you for visiting!
Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #437 begins Tuesday, December 3, and continues through Sunday, December 15, 2019. The optional twist is to use the theme, Winter Wonderland, with the required sketch.
Onto a white card base, I adhered a panel of sort-of-taupe with snowflakes, followed by a layer of silver cardstock. A subtle patterned paper imprinted with the sentiment was adhered. I cut the paper so "Let It Snow" represented the small square on the sketch. With foam tape, I adhered a strip of the taupe snowflake paper edged with die-cut stitched zigzag strips of glitter paper then added the silver foiled doily, also with foam tape. A simple die-cut snowflake was added. The inside was decorated with additional die-cut snowflakes and the coordinating sentiment, "A little Winter Wonderland sparkle".
The Design Team is always eager for new participants so visit their challenge blog to play along at Challenge 437!
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White
Paper: Craftsmith "Ice Crystals", PET Textured Foil (silver) & WRMK Glitter Collection (blue)
Die: Lawn Fawn Borders (stitch zigzag), Penny Black (snowflake)
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Foil Doily (silver), foam tape
Monday, December 2, 2019
This is not quite my last Christmas card for the season. I have almost all of my cards ready for mailing so this one will probably be set aside for 2020. For a different challenge, I made a card using black and white stripes and liked it so well that I decided to make another, also using black and white with broader stripes than this card.
Troublemaker's Thing 1 (required): "Wrap It Up!" Use holiday paper on your project.
Double Dare's Thing 2 (optional): Link with our partner, Artsy Stamper Challenge #5
Twisted Sister's Thing 3 (optional): "Tie It Up!" with a ribbon, string, etc.
Be sure to visit the challenge blogs and play along!
Stamps: Beccy's Place "Sweet Christmas" (digital image & inside sentiment)
Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White
Patterned Paper: Stampin' Up! (red/pink pattern-retired); WRMK Glitter Collection; Echo Park "Dots & Stripes"
Dies: Waffle Flower Stitched Rectangles; Reasonable Dies Stitched Labels
Misc.: foam tape and gems from stash
Friday, November 29, 2019
Monday, November 18, 2019
Trouble Maker - Thing 1 (required): Bring on the Glitz!
Double Dare - Thing 2 (optional): Link up with Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #483.
Twisted Sister - Thing 3 (optional): Include a snow-person in your design.
I rarely make a square card but decided to go with a 5" x 5" card base to use a new square die. The panels of patterned paper, glitter paper and silver-striped vellum were layered. The image, which had been downloaded, resized, colored and fussy cut was adhered with foam tape. The sentiment was stamped and die cut then, along with the snowflakes, adhered with foam tape. The snowman's nose was finished off with Glossy Accents and gems were added to the snowflakes and sentiment banner. The inside was decorated with additional paper and snowflakes.
We'd be so pleased to see your entry over at the blogs for Double Trouble Challenge #43 and Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #483.
Stamp Set: Stampin' Up! , The Paper Shelter Digital Store "Cheerful Snowman"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, WRMK Glitter Collection
Paper: Dare 2 B Artzy (snowflake print), Stampin' Up! (small trees print) & silver striped vellum (retired)
Dies: Whimsy Stitched Wavy Squares, Stampin' Up! (sentiment label)
Misc.: Glossy Accents; gems, snowflakes and foam tape from stash
Friday, November 15, 2019
Hello! Thank you for visiting.
Today's card was created in response to a tic-tac-toe color challenge at Color My Heart Color Dare #369. Based on the color grid below, the requirement is to select three in-a-row colors and, if you so choose, any other colors that appear on the grid. Black and white are also permitted. I chose the first column, Clover, Smoothie and Candy Apple. When I selected my patterned paper I discovered it also had Ballerina, Glacier and Green Apple. I did not have the precise colors in every case but used colors that are very close matches. This biweekly color challenge begins on Friday, November 15, through Thursday, November 28, 2019.
Onto a card base of red cardstock, panels of green cardstock and patterned paper were adhered. The inside was lined with a panel of white cardstock. The tree, ornaments and ovals were die cut. The ovals were adhered directly to the card. The tree was decorated with the ornaments covered in Glossy Accents then adhered to the card using foam tape. The sentiment was die cut once from red foil then five more were cut from white cardstock. These were stacked to give the word depth then adhered. For decoration, a few left over ornaments were added to the inside of the card for decoration along with some patterned paper.
The Design Team at Color My Heart Color Dare invites you to visit the challenge blog and play along at any of the biweekly challenges. There is a new challenge beginning each Friday.
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Real Red, Garden Green; CTMH Smoothie; PET Foil (red, green)
Paper: CTMH Paper Packet "Holly Jolly"
Dies: Kat Scrappiness "Stitched and Layered Christmas Tree" (includes ornaments), Spellbinders "Classic Ovals", Reasonable Dies "Joy"
Misc.: Glossy Accents, foam tape
Sunday, November 3, 2019
To make the card, I die cut the image of the cups, adhered it to white cardstock and colored in the open spaces with Copic markers. This was then cut with a stitched rectangular die, backed with foam tape, then adhered to another stitched die cut panel. The card base was embossed with coffee beans and a doily added. The other panels were adhered to complete the card front. The inside was lined with white cardstock and decorated with a scrap of the lime green and a scrap of turquoise embossed with coffee beans. I added a die-cut sentiment to the inside, "I love COFFEE."
Be sure to visit the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and play along for a chance to win some fabulous prizes.
Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: SU! Whisper White, Cajun Craze, Tempting Turquoise, Lemon Lime Twist
Dies: Reasonable "Stacked Cups"; Whimsy "Stitched Zigzag Rectangles" & "Stitched Notched Rectangles"; Frantic Stamper "I love Coffee"
EF: Darice Coffee Beans
Misc.: SU! Doily, foam tape
Saturday, November 2, 2019
The Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is something in which I don't usually participate. A few of my card making friends have won some great prizes so I decided to give it a try at one card per day. Maybe for the Spring/Summer event I can manage more.
My card came together quickly by using Dare 2 B Artzy's Christmoose Collection. I really like the "Hot Cocoa" on the moose's cup of steaming cocoa. The patterned papers are coordinates of the stamps and dies. I also included a photo of the inside of the card because I like the font of the sentiment and the strip of cute mittens.
Be sure to enter a card at Coffee Lovers!
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Real Red
Paper: Dare 2 B Artzy
Dies: D2BA (moose), Whimsy (Notched Stitched Rectangles)
Misc.: Foam tape