Friday, August 23, 2019

Encircled Hello

It's time for another challenge! Color My Heart Color Dare #357 is a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge based on the grid below. I selected the bottom row - Glacier, Peach and Sapphire, using white as my neutral. This biweekly challenge is open from Friday, August 23 through Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

In addition, I followed the layout for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #330, a weekly challenge that is already underway through Sunday, August 25, 2019.

The sentiment, flowers and leaves were die cut. A panel of patterned paper was adhered to a white card base. Next, a smaller panel of cardstock was adhered to a white panel and adhered to the card base with foam tape. The banners were cut with the smaller one adhered using foam tape then lightly sponged with ink. The die cut elements were added along with the pearls. The inside was decorated with patterned paper and another die cut flower.

Please take a look at both challenge blogs and play along! Here are the links:
CMHCD357 and AHSC330.

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White; CTMH Sapphire, Peach & Glacier
Paper: Stampin' Up! Quatrefancy & Best Year Ever (both retired)
Dies: Sue Wilson (flowers &leaves) & Sizzix (sentiment)
Misc.: Foam tape; pearls from stash

Monday, August 19, 2019

School is Cool!

Challenge #36 "Round and Round" is now up on the Double Trouble Blog. The challenge runs from Monday, August 19, through Sunday, September 1, 2019. We are partnering with the ladies at Joy of Sets #008, which uses a Tic Tac Toe grid and is open through Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

For Double Trouble #36, the requirements are:
Thing 1: Include something round in your design.
Thing 2: (optional) Link your card to the Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe Challenge #008 - but check their guidelines first.
Thing 3: (optional) Include anything related to school.

For The Joy of Sets #008, I used the third column: Circle, Embossing, School. (I used the debossed side of my embossed panel.)

Here are the details. The image was stamped and colored then fussy cut. I believe there is a coordinating die set to go with the stamps but I don't have them. The stack of books were die cut and colored. A panel of cardstock was adhered to the card base. A smaller white panel was texturized to look like brick using an embossing folder then trimmed with a scalloped edge taken from scrap ephemera. This was also adhered. Next, I added the focal image directly to the card while the book stack was placed using foam tape for dimension. The sentiment was stamped onto die cut circles. The inside was lined with white cardstock and a bit more ephemera.

The Design Teams are eager to see your creations at both challenges so be sure to visit our blogs and find out how to play along. You could win a prize from Double Trouble!    DTC#36 Blog    JOSTTT008 Blog

Stamps: Photoplay "School Days"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black & Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Hello Honey, Baked Brown Sugar; Xcel for alcohol markers
Die: Reasonable Dies "Book Stack", Gina K Stacking and Nesting Circles & Scalloped Circles
EF: Spellbinders (brick texture) debossed side
Misc.: Ephemera and foam tape from stash.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Dragonfly Dreams

Today's card was made for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sketch Challenge #421 with "Flying Things" as the optional twist.  I was going to make a masculine card using aircraft but I came across this older stamp set and decided to use the dragonfly instead.

Dragonfly Dreams is a two-step stamp, so I used two ink colors to stamp the first step (body & solid wings) and when the ink was dry, I stamped with gold ink using the second stamp (body and veined wings). I fussy cut the image. A panel was die cut to give the edge some stitching and adhered to a white card base. I took a scrap of white cardstock and colored it using the direct-to-paper technique with the gold ink pad. The two strips were cut from the scrap and added. The corrugated cardboard was distressed and adhered. A small square was added along with the dragonfly image using foam tape for dimension and to lift the wings. The clear droplets were added. The inside was decorated with matching paper.

We welcome all skill levels at Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sketch Challenges so visit our blog and play along with #421. This challenge begins on Tuesday, August 13, and runs through Sunday, August 25, 2019.

Stamps: Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Dreams
Inks: Stampin' Up! Island Indigo, Tempting Turquoise; Delicata Gold
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Island Indigo
Paper: DCWV (Corrugated)
Die: Whimsy Stitched Zigzag Rectangles
Misc.: Clear droplets and foam tape from stash

Friday, August 9, 2019

Make a Splash - Masculine Birthday

There is another biweekly challenge opening today at Color My Heart Color Dare #355. This challenge ends on Wednesday evening, August 21, 2019. The requirement is to select at least three colors from the grid below and create a project for the challenge. Black and white are considered "free" colors. I selected substitutes that best represent all of the colors. (Candy Apple and Goldrush were blended together.)

One of my brothers is a fishing enthusiast so this card will serve as a birthday card for him. I hope the fish look like Rainbow Trout. Onto a card base a panel of brown cardstock was adhered, then a panel of white. I die cut the cattails and colored them, then adhered them. Next, the two squares were die cut and stacked, then adhered with foam tape. One of the fish, which had been colored with markers, was adhered, again with foam tape, along with the sentiment. A few droplets were added. The inside was decorated with the second fish and a die cut sentiment, "Make a Splash."

Have some fun with us at Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #355!

Stamp: Computer generated sentiment on card front
Ink: Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky
Dies: Reasonable Craft Dies (fish & cattails), Frantic Stamper (words), Whimsy (squares)
Misc.: Droplets & foam tape from stash

Monday, August 5, 2019

Life Is Good - Masculine

It's time again to play along at the Double Trouble Challenge Blog! Challenge #35 would like you to:

1. Follow a 3-2-1 Recipe: at least three colors, at least two patterned papers and at least one sentiment, greeting or image.
2. OPTIONAL: Partner with Try Stampin' on Tuesday #420 by using their sketch and submitting your project to their challenge.
3. OPTIONAL: Use a boating or nautical theme.

DTC #35 is open from Monday, August 5, through Sunday, August 18, 2019. TSOT #420 is open from Tuesday, August 6, through Sunday, August 18, 2019.


The background paper provided the inspiration for a boating theme and the colors. I used shades of blue along with coral and gold for three colors. I ended up using three patterned papers - the background, the blue wood grain and the gold pin dot and there is only one sentiment on the front.

A panel of patterned paper was adhered to a blue card base. A small scrap of coral was embossed with a zigzag design for texture, then applied. A banner from the blue wood grain paper was added. I cut the fishing boat image using a die then backed it with gold and fussy cut, leaving a small margin around the die cut. This was adhered to the card with foam tape. I have a die that says, "Life is good," but it was too large for this card. Instead, I went to my computer and generated the sentiment adhering it to a coral scrap with the zigzag texture. The clear droplets were added. The inside was lined with a panel of white and decorated with patterned paper.

Be sure to visit us at DTC #35 and TSOT #420 to view the guidelines for this biweekly challenge. DTC #35 will be giving away a prize to the winner.

Stamp: Computer generated sentiment
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Dapper Denim, Calypso Coral
Paper: Sunny Studio (blue wood grain), Lawn Fawn (gold pin dot), Stampin' Up! (wavy background-retired)
Die: Frantic Stamper "Dad's Catch" & "Make a Splash" (inside words)
TIEF: Stampin' Up! (zigzag texture)
Misc.: Foam tape and clear droplets from stash

Friday, August 2, 2019

Flight of the Butterflies

The new monthly challenge at Brown Sugar Challenges opens today! Challenge #292 runs through Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Our theme is Anything Goes and our sponsor is Morgan's Artworld.

Using dies, the butterfly tree and the clouds were cut and the tree was colored using Copic markers. The butterfly was punched from cardstock. The sentiment was computer generated and backed with cardstock. The image was downloaded, resized, printed and colored with Copics. I fussy cut the image leaving a tiny white rim. The card base was embossed for a Dotted Swiss look. The elements were adhered to the card base, using foam tape for the clouds, sentiment and focal image. The inside was lined with white cardstock and decorated with another punched butterfly.

To see the Design Team's artwork and to learn more about the challenge, visit the Brown Sugar Challenge #292 Blog. There is a prize for the winner!

Stamp: Morgan's ArtWorld Digital Store "Country Child"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Perfect Plum
Dies: Memory Box "Stitched Clouds", borrowed "Butterfly Tree"
Punch: Stampin' Up! Itty Bitty Butterfly
Misc.: Stampin' Up! TIEF, foam tape