Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Monday, September 28, 2020
Christmas will be here before we know it and I am creating a few cards here and there to prepare for the 2020 holiday season. The weekly challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #388 is not only perfect for any occasion but also ideal for a shaker card.
Taking photos of foiled or sparkly cards can be frustrating. In this case, the shaker bits are all silver but some of them reflect the blue foil and others reflect the pink shirt I was wearing. How crazy is that?
A panel of blue mirror cardstock was adhered to a white card base, followed by a panel of winter paper. I cut the "film strip" from the mirror card, adding foam tape and shaker bits of glitter, beads, and snowflakes. Once adhered, I stamped the sentiment, die-cut the ovals, and added it with foam tape. In keeping with the sketch, I added a few tiny snowflakes for decoration. Another verse was stamped on the inside of the card, decorated with more of the blue mirror card.
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Stamps: Stampin' Up! Peaceful Boughs (sentiments)
Ink: Distress Oxide "Blueprint Sketch"
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Tonic Mirror Card (blue)
Paper: Stampin' Up! "Feels Like Frost" Collection
Dies: Hero Arts Infinity (nested ovals)
Misc.: Foam tape, shaker "bits" (glitter, beads, snowflakes) from stash
Friday, September 25, 2020
Thank you for visiting my blog! This card was made for a biweekly tic-tac-toe color challenge. Color My Heart Color Dare #413 starts on Friday, September 25, and runs through Thursday evening, October 8, 2020. The Tic-Tac-Toe challenge guidelines require that an entrant select three colors in a row from the board below. As long as there are three in a row then any additional colors on the board may also be used along with permitted neutrals. Using colors not on the board will disqualify the project. I selected the first column using Sangria, French Vanilla, and Fern. In addition, I used Canary.
I took this opportunity to create a Christmas card for the challenge. I added a panel of black cardstock to the green card base. Then I stamped the images along with a dotted background onto vanilla cardstock and colored the images with Copic markers. The sentiment was also stamped, colored, and matted then adhered using foam tape. This was added to the card front. The inside of the card base was lined with vanilla cardstock and decorated with more stamped and colored images. A greeting was also stamped on the inside.
Sometimes I find these color boards to be quite challenging but I enjoy them nonetheless. Our Design Team invites you to join in the challenge by visiting the Color My Heart Color Dare Blog.
Stamps: Stampendous "Cardinal Border"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black & Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Cucumber Crush
Paper: Foiled paper (Wine) from stash
Misc.: Foam tape
Monday, September 21, 2020
Participating in sketch challenges is one of my favorite activities. Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #387 begins on Monday, September 21, and runs through Sunday, September 27, 2020. I enjoy using their sketches for inspiration, often adding additional elements to complete the design.
I decided to make a few Thanksgiving cards for family members since we will not be together this year. I kept this design somewhat low profile for easy mailing. A panel of mint cardstock onto a vanilla card base was added, followed by a patterned paper and brown cardstock. I added three pieces, creating the angular strip required by the sketch. The sentiment was stamped and added with foam tape. The various leaves and branches were die-cut, punched, and arranged around the sentiment. The enamel dots finished off the front. The inside was decorated with additional die-cut branches.
If you haven't tried a sketch challenge, here's your chance! Visit the AHSC Blog and give it a try.
Stamp: Reverse Confetti "Autumn Blessings"
Ink: Stampin' Up! Cajun Craze
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Mint Macaron & Cajun Craze
DSP: Stampin' Up! "Gilded Autumn" Collection
Punch: Stampin' Up! Autumn Punch Pack (Maple leaf)
Dies: Frantic Stamper: Wreath & Swag Components
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Enamel Dots & foam tape
Interpreting a sketch can be a challenge in itself. I took some liberty with this sketch but I like my results and hope you do too! The card is multipurpose because it includes the collaboration between Double Trouble Challenge #67 and Try Stampin' on Tuesday #476. TSOT #476 has a sketch with an optional twist, "Off the Edge". This coordinates with the elements required to play along at DTC #67.
This "Off the Edge" technique is a nice addition to any card and can be used with about any image. There are excellent tutorials on YouTube and can be found by searching for "off the edge" or "partial die cutting".
Stamps: Sunny Studio "Love Monkey"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Marina Mist & Daffodil Delight
Dies: Sunny Studio "Love Monkey"
Stencil: My Favorite Things (MFT)
Misc.: Wink of Stella (clear), Boxon Gel Pen (white), and foam tape
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
I decided to use the sketch for a Christmas card. A panel of green cardstock was added to the white card base, followed by a panel of plaid paper. The tree was stamped, colored, and fussy-cut before being placed onto red foiled cardstock with foam tape and then adhered to the card front. The sentiment was stamped and adhered along with a few Christmas presents to the bottom right of the tree, in keeping with the sketch. Gold pearls were also added. The inside was decorated with the same style of gifts.
Stamps: Stampendous "Blessings" (sentiment) & Penny Black "All Wrapped Up" (tree)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black & Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Green, Foiled Red & Foiled Gold
DSP: Stampin' Up! (plaid) from stash
Die: Stampin' Up! "Stitched Nesting Labels"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Metal Pearls & foam tape
There is a biweekly sketch challenge beginning at Try Stampin' on Tuesday! TSOT #475 begins on Tuesday, September 15, ending on Sunday, September 27, 2020. In addition to the sketch, there is always an option. This challenge's option is "Metal". Just use something that represents metal on your card.
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black & Gold
Patterned Paper: Reminisce "Elegant Christmas"
Die: RCD "merry"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Metallic Pearls, ribbon & foam tape
Friday, September 11, 2020
As Fall approaches, I am eager to make a few Autumn cards. Living in Arizona means that there are few visible signs of any seasonal change until later in the year. The biweekly challenge at Color My Heart Color Dare #411 offers some colors that work perfectly to depict autumn leaves. This is a tic-tac-toe challenge so my project must include at least colors that align in a row on the board below. Once I select three colors, I am free to choose as many as appear on the grid plus any neutrals as permitted. The challenge stipulates that colors not on the grid may not be added. This challenge began on Friday, September 11, and ends on Thursday, September 24, 2020.
I selected the bottom row from the color board, Goldrush, Ruby, Julep, then added Eggplant and Pixie. I used a shade of brown as a neutral. I stamped the images with brown ink onto cardstock then blended the challenge colors. I die-cut the leaves and then heat-embossed them with clear embossing powder. The clear powder gives the leaves a soft shine. Using a julep card base, I added a panel of the brown cardstock and some wood grain paper. The leaves were placed with foam tape along with the sentiment. Three enamel dots were added. The inside of the card was lined with white cardstock and decorated with wood grain paper and a small color-blended leaf.
We hope you'll join us for our challenge by visiting the Color Dare Blog to learn more about taking part.
Stamps: Dare 2B Artzy "Tangle Leaves"
Inks: Versamark; Distress Oxide Gathered Twigs, Fossilized Amber, Candied Apple, Evergreen Bough, Wilted Violet & Worn Lipstick
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Hello Honey, Baked Brown Sugar & Just Jade
Paper: Stampin' Up! from stash (wood grain)
Dies: Dare 2B Artzy "Fall Leaves"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Embossing Powder (clear) & foam tape
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Tic-Tac-Toe challenges can be fun! When I saw the game board for this week at TicTacToe Challenge #080, I was drawn in by the elements on the top row - Stripes, Masculine, Blue.
I recently "rediscovered" a masculine stamp in my stash and decided to use it. I stamped the image on gray cardstock matted with white and added it to a white card base with blue striped patterned paper. I used foam tape to attach the image. The sentiment stamp is from the same stamp set. It was stamped onto white cardstock and then die-cut. A few enamel dots were added. The inside was stamped with tire tread for decoration.
This weekly challenge began on Thursday, September 3, and will end on Thursday, September 10, 2020, at noon CDT. Take a look at the TTTC080 Blog for details.
Stamps: Power Poppy "Move the Soul"
Ink: Distress Oxide "Blueprint Sketch"
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Smoky Slate
DSP: Stampin' Up! from stash
Die: Sizzix # 662347
Misc.: Enamel dots and foam tape
Monday, September 7, 2020
This a new stamp and die bundle for me. I think it's pretty as well as suitable for more than Christmas cards. I am entering this card at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #385, which began on Monday, September 7, and ends on Sunday, September 13, 2020. I am always pleased with their sketches.
I cannot call this a CAS (Clean and Simple) design but it is a QAE design. (My own acronym for Quick and Easy.)
Using a few of the dies, I cut the bird from silver foiled cardstock and the olive branch from green cardstock. In keeping with the sketch, I added two strips of blue cardstock across the center of the card. Because the Dove gives off the movement of flight, I thought the strips held more interest by cutting them with angles to convey an idea of moving with the bird. With foam tape, the bird's body and wings were added at slightly different heights to patterned paper that had been placed onto a blue card base. I stamped the sentiment with coordinating blue ink. The inside of the card was lined with a panel of white cardstock and decorated with an olive branch and some of the patterned paper.
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Stamps: Stampin' Up! "Dove of Hope"
Ink: Stampin' Up! Pacific Point
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Pacific Point, Mossy Meadow & Silver
DSP: Stampin' Up! "Snowflake Splendor"
Dies: Stampin' Up! "Detailed Dove"
Misc.: Foam tape
There is a new biweekly challenge at Double Trouble #66. This challenge begins on Monday, September 7, and ends on Sunday evening, September 20, 2020. As always, this challenge has three elements:
1. Thing 1 (required): Trouble Maker would like to see a project that depicts a scene. This can be a scene anywhere you wish - a favorite vacation spot or a place you dream of visiting.
2. Thing 2 (optional): Double Dare is hoping you will link your project to The Paper Girls Challenge #207, provided you have met their requirements, too.3. Thing 3 (optional): Twisted Sister is eager to learn about your mode of transportation when you travel (real or fictional). I have shown a hot air balloon on my card.
In addition, I have added my card at Moving Along with the Times Challenge #122. Their monthly challenge for September is to "Create a Scene".
Onto watercolor paper, I sponged a blue sky then painted a winter scene. The fir trees are also watercolored but the deciduous tree was stamped then touched up with a wet brush. I stamped the tiny red cardinal in the tree then added the balloon silhouette with a black pen. Because I used watercolor paper, I decided to distress the image piece on all four sides then added it to a card base along with gold foiled cardstock and patterned paper. The inside was lined with a panel of white cardstock. A white gel pen was used to add a bit of snow to the tree.
Stamps: Stampin' Up! "Snow Front"
Inks: ZIG watercolors, Stampin' Up! Soft Sky, Baked Brown Sugar & Real Red
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Island Indigo (card base) & Gold
Patterned Paper: From stash
Misc.: Boxom Gel Pen (white) & Sakura Micron Pen (black)
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
If you like sketch challenges, this is the one for you! The challenges begin weekly and last for two weeks so there is always an open challenge to join. Click HERE for the TSOT Blog.
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Island Indigo, Melon Mambo, Gold, & Vellum
Paper: Stampin' Up! "Lily Impressions" Collection
Dies: All from RCD
Misc.: Gems from stash