Monday, April 29, 2019

It's Your Day... Celebrate!

Double Trouble Challenge #27 began this morning and runs through Sunday, May 5, 2019. Our biweekly challenges occur on the first and third Monday of each month but when there is a fifth Monday, we opt for Anything Goes and the challenge lasts only one week. I decided to participate with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #314 by using their weekly sketch.

The optional twist is to use words on the backgrounds of our cards. I used my PC to create a page with a repetitive birthday sentiment and printed it onto white cardstock using lavender ink. Because the background design I created is covered in sentiments, I elected to omit an additional sentiment. I turned the page for cutting so the words would be at an angle that matches the angles on the sketch I selected. I stamped and colored a floral image then assembled the card.

A panel of Wisteria Wonder cardstock was die cut with scallops and adhered to the white card base. Onto that I added a panel of Elegant Eggplant then the sentiment page. The ribbon was added in keeping with the sketch design. The floral image was fussy cut and adhered using foam tape and finally, the gems were adhered. The inside was decorated with additional colored flower images from the same stamp set.

Be sure to visit AHSC #314 and Double Trouble #27 for lots of inspiration.

Stamp: Altenew Striped Flowers& computer generated sentiment
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black & Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder & Elegant Eggplant
Die: Waffle Flower stitched scalloped rectangles
Misc.: Purple ribbon and gems from stash

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Floral Just for You

With barely enough time, I entered a card into Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #313 just before it closed for the week. I needed a few feminine cards for numerous occasions so the sketch provided the push I needed to make two cards alike.

Using a favorite scalloped rectangle die, I cut several pieces to stack onto the card. I also used the die to create a rectangle, which I adhered to the white card base. The additional pieces to achieve the turned part of the sketch were stacked, then adhered with foam tape. Tiny glittery flowers in three shades were added. The sentiment was die cut in two colors and adhered so the darker is a shadow for the lighter color. The inside was decorated with coordinating paper. I resisted the urge to add clear droplets or pearls because of the busy patterned paper.

If you're seeking some great sketches, I encourage you to visit the AHSC blog and play along with their challenges.

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Pool Party & Lost Lagoon
Paper: Echo Park "Spring Fling" and Carta Bella "Paris Girl"
Die: Waffle Flower scalloped rectangle and Penny Black "Just for You"
Misc.: Foam tape and flowers from stash

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Celebrate Spring!

Today begins the a sketch challenge at Try Stampin' on Tuesday #405. This is a biweekly challenge that runs through Sunday, May 5, 2019. As is my usual practice, I did not copy the sketch precisely but instead went with my own interpretation.

Onto a card base of Lost Lagoon, a panel of patterned paper trimmed with yellow die cut scallops was adhered to the card base. A strip of yellow patterned paper was adhered. The kites were fussy cut from patterned paper and adhered with foam tape. The ovals were die cut and the stamped sentiment was added. The sentiment unit was adhered with foam tape. Three pink pearls were added. The inside was lined with a panel of white cardstock decorated with a fussy cut kite.

The Design Team at TSOT #405 invites you to play along at this biweekly sketch challenge.

Stamp: Sizzix Layered Ovals (#663510)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Barely Banana (retired)
Paper: Echo Park "Spring Bloom" & "Rainboots" (kites), Lawn Fawn "Spring Fling", Dare 2B Artzy "Honey Bloomz"
Dies: Sizzix Layered Ovals Framelits (#663510) & Lawn Fawn Border Scallops
Misc: SU! Dimensionals & pink pearls from stash

Friday, April 19, 2019

Thank You Card

My Color Dare DT card is late - oh, my! I simply lost track of the due date, which is easy to do since I retired.

You have two weeks to join in the challenge fun at Color My Heart Color Dare #339 using the tic-tac-toe grid below. Don't lose track of the dates! The challenge starts today, Friday, April 19, and runs through Thursday, May 2, 2019. Once you select the desired row of three you may also add other colors as long as they appear on this grid. I selected Raspberry, Sugarplum and Lagoon then by using the patterned paper, included all except the Fern and Gold. All the materials were from my stash so similar colors were used where I did not have the precise colors.

My plan was to create a masculine card but I decided to use pink. My design comes from a new sketch I have from Try Stampin' on Tuesday #405. I thought the simple layout worked well with the busy feathered paper. Onto the blue card base, I adhered dotted paper and the feather paper. The silver "ties" were adhered. The sentiment was stamped with coordinating blue ink and adhered to die cut layers. The sentiment oval was adhered using foam tape and the silver "gems" were added. The inside was lined with white cardstock and a decorative strip of the dotted paper.

Be sure to visit the Color Dare Challenge Blog so you can enjoy the challenge along with us! If you enjoy challenges, you will also enjoy Try Stampin' on Tuesday #405.

Stamp: Sizzix Layered Ovals (#663510)
Ink: Stampin' Up! Not Quite Navy
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Not Quite Navy; P-E-T Textured Foil (silver)
Paper: Making Cards "Feathers" & Lawn Fawn "Spring Fling" (dots)
Dies: Sizzix Layered Ovals Framelits (#663510)
Misc.: foam tape & gems from stash

Monday, April 15, 2019

Splish-Splash Umbrella Challenge

After a futile attempt to fold a perfect origami umbrella I switched my method to something simpler when making this card for the challenge at Double Trouble #26, "Splish-Splash". The challenge requirements include showing water in some form plus a twist - adding an umbrella. There is also an option to hook up with the Joy of Sets Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge #004. I selected the third vertical column - ribbon, floral, pearls.

I found the raindrop patterned paper in cheerful colors so adhered it to a panel of black cardstock and then onto a white card base. I drew an umbrella template and fussy cut two umbrella shapes from heavyweight cardstock. Using the template, I cut the pink patterned papers for the umbrella and adhered them. I added black cardstock so the umbrella would stand out from the raindrops background. Two pieces of patterned paper were cut and adhered to the inside of the umbrella. A crafting straw was flattened with a bone folder to depict the handle. I stamped the sentiment, hinged the two pieces then adhered with foam tape. The sheer ribbon and pearls were added and the inside of the card was decorated with coordinating paper.

No additional sentiment was stamped on the inside, leaving adequate space for a personal message.

We hope you'll play along at both challenges and browse what others submit as well. The challenges begin on Monday, April 15, through Sunday, April 28, 2019. Click HERE for DTC #26 and HERE for JOS #004.

Stamp: Sizzix #662347 Circle Sentiments
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Basic Black
Paper: Echo Park "Springtime - Puddle Jumper" & Lawn Fawn "Spring Fling"
Misc.: Taylored Expressions (heavyweight paper drinking straw); pearls & ribbon from stash

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Fearless - CAS

Who knows what I was thinking when I purchased a word die, "fearless". But then a younger member of my family was faced with battling breast  cancer along with the surgery and treatments required of her. I am so proud of her for facing this disease with such strength so "fearless" seems appropriate!

A sketch at Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #403 provided the inspiration for this design. There is also an option to use embossing, either heat or dry. I turned the sketch on its side in making my card.
A panel of white cardstock was dry embossed with a floral design then adhered to the card base. A strip of cardstock was cut and the ends were punched to achieve a design. The word was die cut. A second punched design was added for color. This was adhered to the card front using foam tape. A couple of metallic "gems" were also adhered. The inside was lined with white cardstock and decorated with coordinating cardstock. I enjoy writing a personal message in my cards so there is not sentiment on the inside.

We would enjoy seeing your card at Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #403. The challenge runs from Tuesday, April 9, 2019 through Monday, April 22, 2019.

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Gray, Tempting Turquoise
Die: Stamplorations/Cut-plorations word die
Punch: Stampin' Up!
TIEF: Stampin' Up!
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape); gems from stash

Friday, April 5, 2019

Sending Hugs

Color challenges are such a... well, a challenge! Most of us don't like making masculine cards but for me, it's color limitations that are perplexing. But I don't let those color requirements stop me. This card is made for a  challenge at Color My Heart: Color Dare #337. Below is the color grid. The requirement for this challenge is to use at least three of these colors. Black and white are also permitted as long as at least three colors from the grid are used. I selected Ballerina, Glacier and Silver as my colors, then went to my stash to find what I had that could be used. I also added a wee bit of Sugarplum.

Using a set of oval dies, four ovals were die cut using four different colors or patterns of cardstock or paper. The Glacier and Ballerina ovals were edge-sponged. The smallest oval was stamped with a sentiment. The little hearts were simply colored with Copic markers to appear as Sugarplum and Ballerina. Onto a white card base, I stamped the Glacier leaves so they would surround the ovals. A die cut strip of Ballerina was adhered to the card base and then a strip of silver. The set of ovals was backed with foam tape and adhered to the card base. The inside was stamped with leaves to match the card front.

Color My Heart: Color Dare #337 begins on Friday, April 5, and lasts through Thursday, April 15, 2019. Be sure to visit the blog and play along.

Stamps: Sizzix Layered Ovals (#663510)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Stampin' Up! Soft Sky & Pretty in Pink; Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White (thick), Soft Sky, Pretty in Pink; P-E-T textured foil (silver)
Paper: CTMH "Seasons Mix-in" Collection
Dies: Sizzix Layered Ovals Framelits (#663510); Mama Elephant border die
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape)

Welcome Home

My sister-in-law has been seriously ill with a blood infection and has been hospitalized since September 5, 2018. After this long illness and recovery she was finally released to come home a few days ago. I made this card for her arrival home. My card is also for the Brown Sugar Monthly Challenge #289 beginning April 5 through April 30, 2019. The theme is "Spring or Fall." Since I live in the Northern Hemisphere, I stuck with a spring theme.

The image and inside sentiment were downloaded, resized, printed and colored using Copic markers and Wink of Stella. The image was die cut. A panel of cardstock was embossed and then die cut to use as a mat for the image. Onto a white card base, A panel of patterned paper was adhered. The corners were hand cut to match the die cuts. The focal panel was adhered to the card with foam tape for dimension. The inside of the card was decorated with a scrap of embossed cardstock and a sentiment.

My card for the BSC #289 has been mailed but the challenge is now underway. There is a prize for a randomly drawn winner!

Stamp: Graciellie Designs "More Than You Know" (Digital Flower Basket)
Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Peach Parfait (retired); Spectrum Noir for alcohol ink
Paper: Stampin' Up! "Painted Petals" (retired)
Dies: Unbranded stitched rectangle with inverted corners
EF: Sunny Studio
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals; ZIG Wink of Stella (clear); gems from stash

Monday, April 1, 2019

A Warm & Fuzzy Friend

This morning begins a new challenge at Double Trouble #25. You have until April 14, 2019 to submit your project using the theme, "Let's Get Groovy".    This time we are partnering with Cupcake Inspirations #467, so be sure to review the guidelines and post your project to both challenges. There is a prize for the winner!

This cute bear was stamped and colored. Elements that were die cut are the clouds and the water. The other elements were fussy cut. Onto a card base of Very Vanilla, the hill was adhered along with the water. The water was enhanced with white ink. The tree in the foreground was cut from woodgrain paper. The small trees were stamped and colored then adhered using foam tape to add dimension. The bear was added using foam tape as were the clouds. The inside was decorated with clouds and small trees. The sentiment will be added later. I have a young grand-nephew who would probably like this card so I may set it aside for him.

Be sure to check out these fun challenges by visiting the challenge blogs: Double Trouble #25 and Cupcake Inspirations #467.

Stamps: MFT "Warm & Fuzzy Friends"
Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers; Stampin' Up! Baked Brown Sugar; Uniball Signo Gel Pen (white)
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Soft Sky, Not Quite Navy
Paper: Stampin' Up! Woodgrain - name unknown (retired)
Dies: MFT for clouds and water
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape)