Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Give Thanks


Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #529 is up on the challenge blog. This biweekly challenge will end on Sunday afternoon, October 31, 2021. This is a sketch challenge with a fun option. The option for this challenge is to use kitchen items in your design. I usually include the option in my card designs but I have absolutely no kitchen item or kitchen paper in my stash. I did have this handsome paper with fall foods so elected to use it.



I cut the various panels and pieces to configure my interpretation of the sketch. (I tend to add extra layers here and there.) A stamped sentiment on vanilla cardstock die-cut into an oval and adhered with foam tape was added. The inside was lined with vanilla cardstock and stamped with another Thanksgiving sentiment.


The Design Team invites you to play along with our biweekly challenges by visiting the
TSOT529 Blog. We have a new biweekly challenge beginning every Tuesday so there is always a challenge in the works.

Materials
Stamps: Carta Bella "Gather Together"
Ink: Stampin' Up! Rich Razzleberry
Cardstock: SU! Very Vanilla, Old Olive & Pumpkin Pie
Patterned Paper: SU! Farmer's Market DSP (retired)
Dies: RCD (curved scalloped border) & Jeanine's Dies (oval mini-frames)
Misc.: Foam tape

Monday, October 18, 2021

Pumpkin-Man

 


We've been enjoying the fall season at Double Trouble Challenges and Challenge #95 is open through Sunday evening, October 31, 2021. As usual, we have three "Things" for our challenge:

Thing 1 (required): Trouble Maker is asking you to create an Autumn card using cheerful and cute Halloween items.

Thing 2 (optional): Double Dare suggests you link your card to the challenge at Cupcake Inspirations #530. This will give you an additional chance of winning our random draw.

Thing 3 (optional): Twisted Sister hopes you'll find a way to add Washi tape to your project so you can earn another chance of winning our randomly drawn prize. (I added it to the inside of the card.)







After die-cutting the "pumpkin-man" I colored him with markers followed by die-cutting the cat from black cardstock and adding two googly eyes. Onto a white card base, I added the patterned background paper. Using a rectangular die set, I cut two additional panels from patterned paper, adhering them to the card. The pumpkin-man and the cat were added with foam tape along with the sentiment. 

The inside of the card was decorated with paper imprinted with spiders and the word "Spooky" cut from a die. To adhere to Twisted Sister's optional challenge, I was given a strip of Washi tape from Trouble Maker. It has a spider web design and was added to the inside edge.

Be sure to visit the challenge blogs for 
DTC94 and CI530 to review the guidelines and play along. You could win a prize in the random draw!

Materials
Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White & Basic Black
Paper: CTMH Pumpkin Spice Paper Packet
Dies: Frantic Stamper (Pumpkin-Man, Scaredy Cats, Spooky Words) & Whimsy (Stitched Zigzag Rectangles)
Misc.: Washi Tape, googly eyes & CTMH thin foam tape

Friday, October 8, 2021

Making Memories at Christmas


The Design Team at Color My Heart Color Dare welcomes you to join our biweekly Challenge #465. This challenge will end on Thursday evening, October 21, 2021. This is a Tictactoe challenge so you must select and use three colors in a row. Once you know which three in a row you intend on using, you may also include other colors from the board. Any colors not on the board are not permitted. I initially selected the bottom row - Candy Apple, Harbour, and Evergreen. 


As I was selecting my paper, I found I was able to include all of the colors because they coordinate with a new CTMH paper packet, Holly & Ivy. You may, however, use any brand of products as long as you use close color matches. I also used a sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #441. This is a weekly sketch challenge ending on Sunday evening, October 10, 2021.


The patterned paper was matted with red cardstock and adhered to the card base. I die-cut a red oval frame and a vellum oval, inserting the stamped sentiment. The fawn was stamped, colored with Copic markers, and added with foam tape. The gold metallic gems were added. The inside of the card was lined with white cardstock, decorated with patterned paper, and stamped with a Christmas sentiment.

Be sure to visit our Color Dare Challenge Blog #465 for inspiration and to play along. Our biweekly challenges begin every Friday so there is always an active challenge underway. And don't forget to drop by the weekly sketch challenge at the AHSC Blog - you'll be glad you did!

Materials
Stamps: CTMH "Holly & Ivy" (Z4326)
Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers; Stampin' Up! Real Red, Baked Brown Sugar, Pretty Peacock (sentiment on front) & Soft Succulent (sentiment inside)
Cardstock: SU! Basic White, Baked Brown Sugar & Real Red
Paper: SU! Vellum & CTMH "Holly & Ivy" Paper Packet
Dies: Hero Arts Infinity Ovals
Misc.: Gold metallic gems and foam tape from stash

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Sweet and Swirly



Thank you for visiting my blog! The biweekly sketch challenge at 
Try Stampin' on Tuesday's Challenge #527 runs from Tuesday, October 5, through Saturday, October 16, 2021. The sketch is a required element but we also have an option for you to try, "Script/Text".



I was puzzled about developing the option so used the sketch to inspire my script-y, swirly background. Using a die, I created the background on white cardstock and then brushed on a bit of blue ink. I adhered it to coordinating blue cardstock and then to a white cardstock card base. The sentiment was die-cut from silver glittered cardstock and adhered to a die-cut shadow of the word, "love". The sentiment was added to the card using foam tape. A few small hearts were created with a punch to create the tiny glittered hearts. The inside was decorated with additional hearts.




The Design Team invites you to visit the TSOT527 Blog where you can find additional cards and guidelines. We offer a new biweekly challenge each Tuesday so there is always an active challenge to enjoy.

Materials
Ink: Stampin' Up! Marina Mist
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White, Marina Mist, & Silver Glimmer
Dies: Frantic Stamper (Stitched Sweet Swirls) & Pink & Main (word and shadow)
Punch: Stampin' Up! "Confetti Hearts"
Misc.: Foam tape

Monday, October 4, 2021

A Garland of Pumpkins


We are enjoying Autumn at Double Trouble Challenges and you're Invited to a Pumpkin Carving Party. This is Challenge #94, a biweekly challenge running through Sunday evening, October 17, 2021. We usually have three "Things" so here they are:

Thing 1 (required): Trouble Maker wants to see your best shot at creating a Fall card. You will be entered in the Random Drawing for a fabulous prize.

Thing 2 (optional): Double Dare is hoping you'll link your project with our partner at Use Your Stuff Challenge #432. Doing this will give you an additional chance at winning the Random Draw.

Thing 3 (optional): Twisted Sister is inviting you to join her pumpkin carving party by including a pumpkin on your project. This provides another chance at winning our Random Draw. (The pumpkin only needs to be carved with your scissors, a die, a punch, or by machine. Jack O'Lanterns are not required.)




Using a three-piece set of dies, first I cut two layers of cardstock. I colored the vanilla layer using blending brushes for the pumpkins and the red highlights. The top layer was cut from Kraft cardstock and adhered to the colored vanilla layer. Instead of using the third die for the bottom layer, I cut pieces from scraps of cardstock to add more color and interest to my card. Using a vanilla card base, the inside was decorated with a few punched leaves. The sentiment was die-cut and added.


Suggestion: The next time I use these dies, I will probably inlay the pumpkins or raise them with thin foam tape.


We hope to see you at our challenge. There is plenty of inspiration at DTC94 and
UYS432 Blogs. So take a look, check out our guidelines, and join the fun!

Materials
Inks: Stampin' Up! Real Red, Highland Heather, Pumpkin Pie, Pool Party & Mango Melody
Cardstock: SU! Very Vanilla, Baked Brown Sugar, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Blushing Bride, Night of Navy & Granny Apple Green 
Die: Birch Press (Autumn Breeze Plates) & Reverse Confetti (word)
Punches: SU! (Autumn Punch Pack) 

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Smooth Sailing



The Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #440 is coming to a close soon. With my Internet down this afternoon, I was frantic that it would not be restored in time for the deadline. This challenge began last Monday, September 27, and ends this evening, October 3, 2021. 



I enjoy making masculine cards and there are plenty of men in my family who receive my cards for every occasion. Using some old paper and a bit of new, I cut the pieces according to the shapes on the sketch. I stamped the sailboat scene and colored it with Copic markers and adhered each circle with a layer of thin foam tape. The sentiment was stamped and also added using foam tape. The card front was adhered to a white card base and the inside was decorated with nautical images.


Be sure to check back on Monday, October 4, to view
AHSC #441.

Materials
Stamps: Stampendous "Nautical Anchor"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black & Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White, Real Red, Night of Navy
DSP: SU! "Whale of a Time" (waves) & Maritime (fish)
Dies: Whimsy (stitched circles)
Misc.: Foam tape

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Masculine Thank you

9/29/2021 Update: This card was a Top Three Winner in AHSC Challenge #439!
               
Interruptions can be annoying. I created this card on Monday, the first day of the challenge. After adding the information to my blog, I was interrupted and published it later in the day but never added it to the challenge! Then I noticed I had not yet added the photos to my blog. So finally, here is my card, properly updated with photos and posted to the challenge.

The weekly challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Challenge #439 will end on Sunday evening, September 26, 2021. Here's their sketch:


I enjoy making masculine cards so looked through my stash of plaid and wood grain papers for inspiration. I cut the papers to match the sketch, adding a few extra layers here and there with black and blue-green cardstock. I tried gray cardstock but black gave the card more interest. The real issue for me was what to use for the center. I finally went with two die-cut stitched circles, stamped with a simple sentiment and decorated with three die-cut gears. I finished it off with a few black gems.


The inside was lined with a panel of white cardstock and additional die-cut gears.

This challenge is one of my favorites for great sketches, so visit the AHSC439 Blog and play along.

Materials
Stamp: Carta Bella "Gather Together"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White, Basic Black, Lost Lagoon, Foiled Cardstock (silver)
Paper: Stampin' Up! DSP (plaid scrap) & Kaiser Craft "Boardwalk" (wood grain)
Dies: RCD (gears) & Whimsy (stitched circles)
Misc.: Foam tape and black gems

Friday, September 24, 2021

Thankful for You Autumn Card


It's time for another biweekly challenge at Color My Heart Color Dare #463. This challenge runs through Thursday, October 7, 2021. Inspiration has been provided by the photo below and requires that we use at least three colors from the photo. I was overwhelmingly inspired to create a fall card by using colors of green, gold and red. 





Using some old paper from my stash, I layered two panels of coordinating patterned paper onto a third panel with foam tape for dimension. I selected a green card base and adhered the stack of panels to it. Finally, I added the top panel, which was from the ephemera in the paper packet. All I had to do was stamp the sentiment and the leaf. The inside of the card was lined with white cardstock and decorated with patterned paper. A few enamel dots were added to finish the card.


The Design Team welcomes you to view our challenge by visiting our
Challenge Blog. Our challenges are biweekly with a new challenge beginning each Friday so there is always an active challenge.

Materials
Stamps: Carta Bella "Gather Together"
Inks: Stampin' Up! Old Olive & Cajun Craze
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White & Old Olive
Patterned Paper: CTMH "Grateful Heart" Paper Packet
Misc.: Enamel dots and foam tape

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Hope Anchors the Soul


Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #525 is open and it's time for a mix-up challenge! This biweekly challenge runs through Sunday, October 3, 2021. Usually, we require the sketch to be used and the additional theme is optional. For our mix-up challenge you have three choices:

1. Use only the sketch
2. Use only the theme
3. Use both the sketch and the theme.

I elected to use both the sketch and the theme as shown below:

I started with a blue card base and added a panel of white cardstock. Using the plastic wrap technique, I added colors to a panel of white cardstock and stamped it with the scripture. The anchor was stamped onto white cardstock and fussy cut then added to the panel. The sketch shows a cutout in the upper left corner but I chose to let the curve of the anchor create the shape. Using foam tape this panel was added to the card. The inside was lined with a panel of white cardstock then stamped to resemble darker blue waves and a light blue ichthus (fish).

We hope you'll join our challenge. Guidelines are available at our TSOT525 Blog. We have a new biweekly challenge beginning each Tuesday so there is always an active challenge underway.

Materials
Stamp Set: Maymay Made It "Anchored"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Stampin' Up! Pacific Point, Balmy Blue, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie & So Saffron
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White & Pacific Point

Monday, September 20, 2021

Season of Harvest



Autumn has always been my favorite season. It seems as if we were just creating summer cards yet here we are assembling our materials for the fall. Beginning on Monday, September 20, Double Trouble Challenge #93 will run for two weeks, ending on Sunday evening, October 3, 2021. There are always three "Things" to consider when taking on our challenges:

Thing 1 (required): Trouble Maker has established that the challenge theme is Anything Goes. We all love that!

Thing 2 (optional): Double Dare hopes you'll take a few minutes to link up with any active challenge where we have previously partnered. Check out the DTC challenge blog for a list. I shared my card at The Paper Funday Challenge #33.

Thing 3 (optional): Twisted Sister would like you to include a Harvest item in your card design. This can be anything from an apple pie to a scarecrow. I included a patterned paper with fruits and vegetables that are abundant in the fall.




Keeping the layout simple but including extra layers to add dimension, a panel of gingham, cut on the diagonal and matted with vanilla cardstock, was adhered to a green card base. Next, the panel of fall foods was matted with green cardstock and adhered to the card using foam tape. Finally, the sentiment was added, also with foam tape, and a few gold metallic studs. The inside was lined with a panel of vanilla cardstock and decorated with coordinating paper plus a fussy cut eggplant.

For a chance at the random prize, be sure to join our challenge. Additional chances are available if you also participate in the options offered by Things 2 and 3. Visit the
DTC93 Blog for guidelines and PFC33 Blog to link your entry.

Materials
Stamp: Carta Bella "Gather Together"
Ink: Stampin' Up! Mossy Meadow
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla, Mossy Meadow, Tangerine Tango
Paper: Stampin' Up! DSP Farmer's Market Collection (retired)
Misc.: Metallic studs and foam tape

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


It's not yet Christmas but I am making holiday cards here and there as I can. This card is for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #438, which runs through Sunday evening, September 19, 2021. 

Onto a blue card base, I added a panel of pink cardstock and then another panel of patterned Christmas paper. The paper has plenty of sparkle because it's foiled with silver. In keeping with the sketch, I added a horizontal strip in a diagonal metallic stripe, followed by the pink sentiment banner. The banner was stamped and heat-embossed with the sentiment before adding the foam tape to adhere to the card front. A bow was added. The inside was lined with a panel of Basic White cardstock and decorated with matching patterned paper.

The art of photography continues to elude me. This foiled paper is alive with shine and my embossed sentiment appears perfect to the human eye (and quite possibly my cat's eye) but I continue to miss the reflective features when using a camera.


If you're seeking a sketch challenge, then the AHSC438 Blog is the place to go.

Materials
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Itty Bitty Christmas (sentiment)
Ink: Versamark
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White, Misty Moonlight, Strawberry Slush
Paper: Stampin' Up "Whimsy and Wonder" DSP
Ribbon: Stampin' Up! (striped organdy)
EP: SSS Ultra Fine Silver
Punch: Stampin' Up! Scalloped Tag Topper
Misc.: Rhinestones, foam tape

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

School Memories


It seems as if it's time again for "Back to School" so that's the theme at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie #160 for September.  It's back to school at Use Your Stuff #431, too, with both challenges ending on September 30, 2021. 

I originally created this card for a sketch challenge but missed the deadline. I tossed it in my stash until today when I realized these were "Back to School" challenges so I decided to add it to my blog and publish it.




I found the elements for my card after a search through my stash. Onto a card base of brown cardstock, I added a panel of green cardstock, embossed with the alphabet. With brown cardstock, I matted the yellow-pencil paper and placed it onto the card with thin foam tape. 

Next, I stamped the book stack with the apple and colored the image with markers. I purposely colored the apple green to match the cardstock but in retrospect, I got thinking, "Nobody ever gives the teacher a green apple!" I guess I should have colored it a bright red. The sentiment was stamped in brown ink and adhered with thin foam tape. The inside was lined with white cardstock and decorated with coordinating paper.


If you're looking for a fun challenge, be sure to check out these blogs: IYGCC160 and UYS431.

Materials
Stamps: Echo Park "Star Student"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip, Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White, Chocolate Chip, Hello Honey, Pear Pizzazz
Paper: Echo Park "Pencil Pushers"
Die: Whimsy (stitched circle)
Punch: Stampin' Up! (scalloped circle)
Misc.: Sizzix Embossing Folder (alphabet) & thin foam tape

Friday, September 10, 2021

Block Party (Mini-Slimline)


Another biweekly challenge is up at Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge. This is #461 and runs through Thursday, September 23, 2021. After staring at the challenge board for days, I finally decided to go with the double complementary colors on the sample for my own card because these were the colors I preferred. As you can see, the colors are Violet, Blue, Orange, and Yellow. I used the closest match from my cardstock stash.

Using a set of square-shaped dies, I cut the cardstock into squares then into additional shapes and styles - frames, triangles, bars, and other bits, etc. I created five "patchwork" squares (1 1/8") and adhered the squares with foam tape onto a white cardstock card base cut to mini-slimline size. 


I decided not to add a sentiment until I am ready to use the card. The inside was decorated with a few bar-shaped bits. I decided on gray as my neutral color so used some gray metallic studs to finish off the card front. At present, the card can be used in either portrait or landscape orientation.

The Design Team welcomes you to play along with our challenge by visiting our Blog #461. A new biweekly challenge begins every Friday morning so there is always an active challenge underway.

Size: Mini-slimline (3" x 6")

Materials
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White, Elegant Eggplant for violet, Bashful Blue for blue, Tangerine Tango for orange, Pale Papaya for yellow
Dies: Spellbinders
Misc.: EK Success Mini-Studs & foam tape from stash

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Advice from a Cactus


A new weekly challenge is up on the blog at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. This is #437 and will end on Sunday evening, September 12, 2021. The sketch is versatile and a card could be created for any occasion.


Someone recently jogged my memory about the old Plastic Wrap technique so that was my jumping-off point for my desert scene. I have a few stamp sets with a desert vibe so created my card with desert elements. A panel of soft pink was added to a white card base. Using plastic wrap I inked another panel of white cardstock as my background and added it to the pink panel. I stamped, colored, and fussy-cut the image of a Prickly Pear cactus, adding the image with foam tape. (I have several Prickly Pear Cacti in my yard here in Arizona.) Next, the sentiment was stamped, matted, and adhered with foam tape. The little cactus heart was also added. The inside of the card was decorated with a smaller cactus, also stamped and colored.

Join the challenge fun at the AHSC437 Blog!

Materials
Stamp sets: Stamps of Love (local store) "Cactus Coffee" & "Advice from a Cactus"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Stampin' Up! Balmy Blue, Soft Suede & So Saffron; Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White; CTMH Smoothie
Die: MFT (stitched rectangle)
Misc.: Foam tape

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Falling Leaves


It's your option to welcome Autumn at Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #523. This biweekly challenge begins on Tuesday, September 7, and runs through Sunday, September 19, 2021. Our required sketch is below and the optional theme is Falling Leaves. I elected to tilt the sketch as shown.

                       original sketch                       tilted sketch
  

Onto the card base, I added a strip of fall-colored cardstock then a panel of gold patterned paper imprinted with falling leaves and acorns. Any dies I have that depict leaves are large so I decided to "make it work". Dies created the two-layered leaves as well as a few extra bits for the inlay technique. The leaves were added to the card using foam tape for dimension. I elected to omit the squares and let the large leaves stand on their own. A few metallic gold gems were added. The inside was lined with a panel of vanilla cardstock and another die-cut leaf image.


Join us at TSOT 523 for our sketch challenges. A new biweekly challenge begins every Tuesday so there is always an active challenge.

Materials
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla, Peach Parfait, Rich Razzleberry & Hello Honey
DSP: Stampin' Up! "Gilded Autumn" Collection
Dies: RCD (leaves)
Misc,: Metallic gold gems and foam tape from stash