Friday, June 28, 2019

Celebrate with Roses

Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #349 starts Friday, June 28, and ends on Thursday, July 11, 2019. The colors for this challenge are perfect for a festive summer card. The requirement is to use at least three colors. I used equivalents of five colors plus white, excluding Pansy.

The floral elements were die cut from cardstock and spattered with ink. I  embossed them with clear powder to achieve a soft shine, causing the spatter to disappear. This technique will darken the cardstock's color but the shine will reflect when photographed. A scrap of watercolor paper was watercolored in green. Once dry, the scalloped frame was die cut from the green paper along with the leaves. The leaf detail was die cut from light green cardstock. A panel of white cardstock was stenciled and applied to a white card base with sponged lilac edges. The flowers and leaves were added using foam tape for dimension. The sentiment was stamped, die cut, matted with a coordinating heat embossed die cut oval and adhered with foam tape. The inside of the card was decorated from leftover elements.

The Design Team at Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge Blog welcomes you to visit and give our challenges a try. You are not required to use the exact colors shown on the grid, but rather, colors that are from your existing stash that are close. It's fun and often results in creating something out of the box.

Techniques: Stamping, sponging, die cutting, heat embossing, stenciling, water coloring

Stamp: Sizzix Sentiments #663510
Inks: Stampin' Up! Wisteria Wonder, ZIG Brush Marker (watercolor), Versamark
Cardstock: Stampin Up! Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding
Paper: Stampin' Up! Watercolor
Dies: Waffle Flower Scalloped Frame, Sizzix Framelits #663510, Altenew "Layered Rose"
Stencil: Altenew "Halftone"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Embossing Powder (clear), foam tape

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