The remaining two weeks of Double Trouble Challenge #73 are underway. Use a favorite cutting tool, link to Bitten by the Bug 2 Challenge, and "Tie It Up" with string, twine, or ribbon. Both challenges began on Monday, December 7, 2020, ending on Sunday, January 3, 2021.
Monday, December 21, 2020
Sunday, December 20, 2020
Friday, December 11, 2020
The new biweekly challenge at Color My Heart Color Dare #424 opens Friday, December 11, ending on Wednesday, December 23, 2020. The colors for this challenge are to use non-traditional holiday colors although your project does not have to be a Christmas card.
I have a new paper pack that I was eager to use and I needed a few more Christmas cards to finish up so I used the paper pack to cut 12 One-sheet Wonder designs. This is one of the cards cut from that method. The other 11 cards are now completed but this was the first one I completed so chose it for the challenge. The floral paper in this set is really pretty.
Please join us at Color My Heart Color Dare #424 Blog and check out the cards of the Design Team and entrants. We'd love for you to play along!
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White; CTMH Sapphire, Toffee & Glitter (Blue Belle)
Paper: CTMH "Serenity" Collection
Die: Simon Says Stamp "Rejoice" (with shadow)
Misc.: Foam tape
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
First, I adhered a panel of "watery" blue paper to a white card base. Onto that, I added a panel of patterned paper with tiny hearts, attaching the scalloped edges in red cardstock. I downloaded the digital gnome image, resized, printed, and colored it with Copic markers. I fussy cut the image, backed it with foam tape, and added it to the card front. The sentiment was stamped onto a punched label, which was adhered with a banner to the card. The inside was decorated with patterned paper.Please take a few minutes and visit the TSOT487 Blog to view the sample cards made by the Design Team. You can also check out our guidelines while you're there. We hope you'll play along.
Paper: CTMH: "More Magical" & "Something Fierce" Collections
Die: Lawn Fawn Fancy Scallops
Punch: Stampin' Up! "Lovely Labels"
Misc.: Illustrated Faith (blue enamel heart) & foam tape from stash
Monday, December 7, 2020
The holiday crunch is alive and well as I finish my holiday cards and get them mailed. Card challenges have provided continued inspiration for the designs, whether through sketches, colors, or themes. I followed the theme at Double Trouble Challenge #73: Use a favorite cutting tool, link to Bitten by the Bug 2 Challenge, and "Tie It Up" with string, twine, or ribbon. I am also submitting this to Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #398, a fabulous source for sketches. All challenges are underway as of Monday, December 7, 2020. The DTC73 biweekly challenge ends on Sunday evening, December 20, 2020. Bitten by the Bug 2 ends on Monday, January 4, 2021, and the AHSC398 weekly challenge ends on Sunday evening, December 13, 2020.
The first element was cut by using a decorative edge rectangle on a white card base. I added a panel of green tree-patterned paper. The narrow gold ribbon was added and tied into a bow, in keeping with the sketch. The fishtails on two of the banners were done with a punch. The banners were stacked together then added with foam tape for dimension. Finally, the sentiment was stamped, heat embossed in gold, and punched from red cardstock. A few glittery gems were added. The inside was decorated with coordinating paper. By the way, my favorite cutting tool is the die - any die. I love the results. Perhaps over time, I will say it is my Cricut but I need to build more confidence.
For specific details on participating in these three challenges, be sure to visit their blogs for the guidelines. All three can be successfully combined. We hope you'll join the challenge fun at all of them! Here are the links: DTC73 Blog, BBtheB2 Blog, and AHSC398 Blog.Materials
Stamp: Stampin' Up "Itty Bitty Christmas"
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Gold Glimmer
Paper: Echo Park (I think!)
Die: Gina Marie Designs
Punches: Stampin' Up!
Misc.: Stampin' Up! ribbon and gems; SSS ultra-fine EP (gold); foam tape from stash
Sunday, December 6, 2020
Be sure to visit the AHSC397 Blog to see more inspiring cards using this sketch.
Stamp: Stampin' Up! "Itty Bitty Christmas"
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Just Jade, Silver Glimmer
Paper: Doodlebug "Winter Wonderland"
Dies: Hero Arts Infinity Ovals
Misc.: Stampin' Up! ribbon; SSS Ultra-Fine EP (silver); gems and foam tape from stash
Friday, December 4, 2020
Traditional Christmas colors - I love them! This is one of my favorite cards this season and I was inspired by Color My Heart Color Challenge #423. It's really quite simple. Select your favorite traditional colors and create a card. Black and white are permitted along with gold and silver. I selected red, green, gold, white, and, of course, black ink. Just to clarify - your project does not have to be a holiday card - just select what is considered traditional for the season and create your project.
I found a digital image with a sentiment and downloaded it. After resizing, I colored it then using a fancy-edged die I cut a smaller rectangle including the digital image. Using a larger die from the same set, I cut another rectangle from white cardstock. I adhered it to a green panel. Next came the addition of a plain rectangle in gold glittery cardstock followed by the smaller fancy-edged rectangle bearing the digital image. This smaller rectangle was added with foam tape. A few gems were added. The entire card front was added to a white card base. The inside was decorated with gold glitter cardstock and a sentiment.Design Team cards can be viewed at the Color Dare Color My Heart Challenge Blog. Our challenge began on Friday, Dec 4, and ends on Thursday, Dec 10, 2020. You may enjoy our next biweekly challenge as well. Challenge #424 begins on Friday, December 11, 2020, and features using non-traditional colors. We hope you'll play along!
Stamp: Digital image in black and white (source unknown)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Garden Green & Gold Glimmer
Dies: Gina Marie Designs
Misc.: Gems & foam tape
Monday, November 30, 2020
The DTC Design Team hopes you'll visit our Challenge Blog and consider playing along. You could win a prize from Double Trouble!
Stamp: Whimsy Stamps "Penguin Holiday Squares"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black & Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White
Paper: Lawn Fawn "Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot" and other unknown
Dies: Cottage Cutz "Winter Wonderland", Lawn Fawn "Peekaboo Backdrop"
Misc.: Acetate, Diamond Dust, Stampendous Crystal Glitter, sequins from stash, foam tape
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #485 is up on the blog, ending Sunday, December 6, 2020. This is a sketch challenge with an option. The option is to create a non-traditional Christmas card. My interpretation of the option was to use non-traditional colors so I chose pink, black, and silver on a white card base.
Following the sketch, I cut three panels, adhering each to a panel of black cardstock. Using a punch, I cut three trees, adhering them with foam tape. The sentiment was heat embossed with silver powder on black cardstock and added with foam tape, followed by the addition of a few glittery gems, then attached to the white card base. The inside was decorated with strips of pink and silver and another tree.
Stamps: Stampin' Up! "Itty Bitty Christmas"
Inks: Versamark (front of card) and Memento Tuxedo Black (inside sentiment)
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black, Strawberry Slush, and Silver Glimmer
Paper: Doodlebug "Milk & Cookies" Collection
Punches: Stampin' Up! (trees and banner for sentiment)
Misc.: SSS EP (silver); gems & foam tape
Monday, November 23, 2020
Today is the first day of weekly Challenge #396 at Atlantic Heart Sketch Challenge Blog. The sketch is lovely and versatile. I was making a few holiday cards in non-traditional colors and was inspired by the sketch.
Using a die I cut the fancy-edged rectangle from pink cardstock, adhering it to a black card base. Next, I cut a simple rectangle from patterned paper and matted it with white card stock. I added this to the card front. Using another die, I cut the sentiment from black cardstock and added it to the card. Finally, I added some rhinestone snowflakes and a few gems to the card. The inside was lined with white cardstock and decorated with more of the paper.
Join in the fun at AHSC396! You have until Sunday evening, Nov 29, 2020, to play along.
Stamp: Stampin' Up! "Itty Bitty Christmas" (inside sentiment)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black & Strawberry Slush
Paper: Doodlebug "Milk & Cookies" Collection
Dies: Scrapbook.com (sentiment) & Gina Marie Designs (pink panel)
Misc.: Gems from stash
Monday, November 16, 2020
Although the temperatures are still warm I know it is Autumn here in the Arizona Desert. I am enjoying the sunshine along with cooler breezes as I sit on my porch. My Fall Gnome is enjoying a snack and feeling blessed. At Double Trouble Challenge #71, we are thankful for your support in participating in our biweekly challenges.
Here's what you need to know to play along. Our biweekly challenge begins on Monday, November 16, and ends on Sunday evening, November 29, 2020. There are three elements to each challenge:
Troublemaker's challenge is the required element. Use our TicTacToe board to qualify for the challenge. I used the center column, Leaves, Free Space & Digital Image but also added Fall Colors and used three Punches and a Die. Double Dare's optional element for you to play along at The Paper Funday Challenge #23. (Be sure to follow their guidelines.) Finally, Twisted Sister is offering an optional twist to use a large sentiment.
I sponged color onto a panel of white cardstock and spattered a little water on it to add some texture to the background. The panel was added to a green card base. I downloaded a digital image, resized it, fussy cut it, and adhered it to the panel using foam tape. The leaves were cut from white cardstock using punches and colored with Copic markers. They were added with foam tape. Finally, the sentiment was die cut and added to the card. The inside was lined with a panel of white cardstock and decorated with more leaves and a coordinating sentiment, "grateful".
Stamp: KLM Digital Designs "Fall Gnome"
Inks: Distress Oxide Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass, Fossilized Amber & Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White and Lucky Limeade
Punches: Stampin' Up!
Die: Reverse Confetti "Grateful, Thankful, Blessed"
Misc.: Foam tape
Monday, November 9, 2020
It's Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and my favorite season so I used a fall theme for my card. The design was inspired by two challenges. Double Trouble Challenge #70 is a biweekly challenge with three elements and began on Monday, November 2. The first element (required) is to include stitching in the design, the second element (optional) is to partner with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenges #393 and/or #394. The final element (also optional) is to include a humorous image or sentiment - one that will keep the recipient in stitches! DTC70 will end on Sunday evening, November 15, 2020.
This card was made to coordinate with Sketch #394, which is a weekly sketch challenge beginning on Monday, November 9, and is the second week of the challenge, ending on Sunday evening, November 15, 2020. To see the card for the first week of the challenge, Atlantic Hearts Sketch #393, click HERE.
A panel of vanilla cardstock was embossed with the same die of stitched leaves as used in Sketch #393. The vanilla panel was adhered to an orange panel and then to a card base. A banner was cut from designer paper and adhered with foam tape. The pinecones were stamped and cut with dies along with the leafy bits. The sentiment was stamped. The inside of the card was lined with vanilla cardstock and decorated with additional die-cut leafy bits.
Stamps: Stampendous "Brushed Wishes", Stampin' Up! (pinecones)
Inks: Stampin' Up! Soft Suede
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Lost Lagoon, Pretty Peacock, and Pumpkin Pie
Paper: Illustrated Faith (striped banner)
Dies: Stampin' Up! (pinecones) and Frantic Stamper (leafy bits and stitched background)
Misc.: Foam tape
Monday, November 2, 2020
This card was made to coordinate with Sketch #393, which is a weekly sketch challenge beginning on Monday, November 2, and ending on Sunday evening, November 8, 2020. To see the card for Atlantic Hearts Sketch #394, click HERE effective on Monday, November 9. The second sketch challenge ends on Sunday evening, November 15, 2020.
A panel of vanilla cardstock was embossed with a die of stitched leaves. Using small wads of Saran Wrap, the color was daubed onto the stitched design. This panel was adhered to a panel of brown cardstock and then to a card base of honey-colored cardstock. A vanilla circle was die-cut and matted with a honey circle and added. A strip of brown cardstock was included, in keeping with the sketch. The die-cut acorn and oak leaves were added with foam tape. Glossy Accents was added to the top of the acorn. The inside was lined with vanilla cardstock decorated with die-cut leaves. The sentiment, a silly pun about fall, was computer generated onto a banner and added.
Stamp: Computer generated
Inks: Stampin' Up! Hello Honey, Cajun Craze & Crumb Cake
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla, Hello Honey, & Chocolate Chip
Paper: Stampin' Up! (from scrap stash)
Dies: CAS-ual Friday (acorn & leaves), Spellbinders (circles); Frantic Stamper (Swirling Leaves Stitched Background)
Misc.: Glossy Accents & foam tape
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Sketch #481 is up on the blog at Try Stampin' on Tuesday. This sketch is a biweekly challenge, which began on Tuesday, October 27, and ending Sunday evening, November 8, 2020. In addition to the sketch, there is an optional color twist as well. The colors are navy, teal, and pink.
I stamped the Swanky Snowdude image, coloring it with Copics and fussy cutting it. Onto a white card base, I added the background papers. The white pearlized paper with a gold pattern represents snowfall. The "Snowdude" was added with foam tape to one of the rectangular cuts and covered in Wink of Stella for shimmer. The rectangles were then added to the card along with the die-cut snowflake. The inside was decorated with more snowflakes. The card does not have a sentiment because there is not one indicated on the sketch. I will be adding one to use the card for the upcoming holidays.
The TSOT Design Team invites you to join our challenges. There is a new challenge every Tuesday and each lasts for two weeks. Click HERE to review the guidelines for entering.
Stamps: Paper Smooches "Swanky Snowdudes"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black & Copics
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Gold Foil
Paper: CTMH "Ballerina" (pink glitter paper), Gold Foil Patterns, "Blue Skies" Collection (teal & navy patterned papers)
Die: Spellbinders (snowflakes)
Misc.: ZIG Wink of Stella (clear) & foam tape